Catalonia Cycling Holiday

  • Category

    Cycle Touring
    Self Guided
  • Grade

    Easy to Leisurely
  • Duration/s

    5 or 7 nights
  • Start / Finish

    Palau Saverdera / Sant Pere Pescador
  • Distance

    111 miles/179 kms
  • Themes

    EbikeGastronomicWine Lovers
  • Accommodation

    Superior
  • Tour code

    009-101CES
Price From £584

Overview

This relaxing two-centre cycling holiday shows you the beautiful and diverse scenery and culture of Catalonia. Staying in charming villages, taking daily rides into the surrounding countryside, you’ll cycle along river banks, through nature reserves and along the gorgeous Catalan coastline. You’ll explore medieval villages coastal towns, ancient ruins and wide sandy beaches..

This tour really explores the authentic Catalonia. You’ll spend three nights in the charming inland village of Palau Saverdera before heading south to spend 4 nights in the equally delightful Sant Pere Pescador, a village on the river Fluvia just a short cycle ride from a glorious beach.

Daily rides lead you through the diverse landscapes of this wonderful fertile region of Spain. One day you’ll be riding through a rural landscape of orchards and olive groves, the next you are enjoying a ride through the serene wetlands of a nature reserve or following a river course as it winds its way inland.

Cycling trip

Ready for the day’s ride

You’ll visit some interesting towns and villages along the way too and being a self-guided tour there is always plenty of time to park the bike and have a wander round. The wine and cuisine of this region is renowned throughout Spain and in the sleepy backstreet Bodegas and Tavernas of these small towns you can really strike gastronomic gold.

You’re never too far from the coast on this tour so its a good idea to always have your swim stuff in the pannier in case you feel like taking a refreshing break at one of the many sandy beaches along the way.

The daily rides are easy to leisurely and will suit anyone with an average level of fitness. The routes follow quiet country lanes, paths and trails.

Itinerary & Map

The daily rides are easy to leisurely and will suit anyone with an average level of fitness. The routes follow quiet country lanes, paths and trails.

This tour is available in two durations, a 7 night/8 day version and a 5 night/ 6 day version. The itinerary below describes the 7 night/ 8 day tour. If you opt for the 5 night/6 day trip then days 3 and 5 are omitted.

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Day 1: Arrive Palau Saverdera

Catalonia market

Exploring the area

Arrive Girona Airport or Figueres train station where you will be picked up and transferred to the charming Niu de Sol Hotel, set in the small farming village of Palau Saverdera. Depending on what time you arrive you can either go out for an exploratory ride through the local countryside to get the legs working or simply relax and enjoy your surroundings.

Day 2: Palau Saverdera – Peralada – Palau Saverdera, 23 miles/36 kms

Vineyard - Catalonia - Spain

Catalonian vineyard

Today’s circular route is a great introduction to the Catalan countryside, as you enjoy a leisurely cycle ride past vineyards and olive groves to the historic town of Peralada. The town has an impressive old quarter made up of winding narrow streets and pretty squares. Be sure to visit St. Domènec’s cloister, the impressive casino-castle with its wonderful gardens, museum and library. Afterwards, cycle back, via the tiny villages of of Marza and Pau to Palau Saverdera.  For a small fee and with a prior reservation, you can stop off in the village of Pau to visit the impressive Empordàlia Winery. Here you will be given a guided tour where you will learn all about the wonderful Sinols wines – of course this also includes a tasting session too. From here it’s only a 20 minute cycle back to your accommodation where you can relax for the evening.

Day 3: Palau Saverdera – Coll de Roses – Palau Saverdera, 25 miles/39 kms

This day is omitted if you opt for the 5 night/6 day  trip.

Cycling in Catalonia

Cycling in Catalonia

Today’s cycle route takes you to the Catalan coast and the seaside towns of Santa Margarita and the port of Roses. Don’t forget your swim things today as there are plenty of opportunities to stop for a refreshing dip in the Med. Cycle along the promenade and out along the harbour wall to admire the many yachts and gin palaces bobbing at their moorings. You return to Palau via a different route that leads you along rural lanes towards the Albera Mountains (don’t worry you’re not going over them!). Olive groves and vineyards line the route including the Coll de Roses Vineyard. The wines produced here are a faithful reflection both of the majestic character of the magnificent manor house, which has watched over these vines for centuries, and the mild Mediterranean climate. Then it’s just a short ride along quiet lanes back to your hotel in Palau Saverdera.

Day 4: Palau Saverdera – Sant Pere Pescador, 18 miles/28 kms

Aiguamolls emporda nature reserve - Girona - Spain*

Aiguamolls Nature Reserve

After breakfast you bid farewell to Palau Saverdera and cycle south to the beautiful medieval village of Castello D’Empuries. From some way off you will be able to see the Gothic church of Santa Maria, nicknamed the ‘Cathedral of the Empordà’ because of its grand scale. Afterwards a change of scenery as you enter the natural serenity of the Aiguamolls Natural Reaserve, home to a diversity of birds including Ibis, Herons, Tufted Ducks, Pochards, Snipes, Redshanks, Marsh Harriers and Sandpipers. If you are visiting during the during the spring and autumn migrations then you may also see Grey Herons, Golden Plovers, Flamingos and Black Storks. After emerging from the Natural Park it’s only a short ride to the village of Sant Pere Pescador, and the lovely 4 star rural guesthouse that will be your home for the next 4 nights. The pretty village sits in glorious countryside on the Fluvia River just a short 2km cycle ride from a glorious white sand beach on the coast.

Day 5: Free Day

This day is omitted if you opt for the 5 night/6 day  trip.

Salvador Dali museum - Figueres - Spain

Salvador Dali Museum – Figueres

Today is yours to do as you please. Perhaps have a lazy day in and around the small village. Alternatively, visit the nearby town of Figueres and the Salvador Dali Museum or you could just head for the beach.

Day 6: Sant Pere Pescador round-trip, 23 miles/37 kms

The locals - Catalonia

The locals – Catalonia

Today’s cycle route leads you along the Fluvia River on paths and quiet lanes. You’ll pass fruit orchards and cycle through some sleepy hamlets along the way. On a clear day this route provides wonderful views of the high Pyrenees. Cross over the river before looping southwards through open farmland back to San Pere Pescador.

Day 7: Sant Pere Pescador – Empuries, 25 miles/39 kms

Empuries - Catalonia - Spain*

Empuries

Your destination today is the walled coastal settlement of Sant Martí d’Empúries and the nearby Greek and Roman ruins of Empuries (pay locally), set in a stunning location in the Gulf of Roses, Costa Brava. These ruins are one of the most important archeological sites in Catalonia offering a glimpse into the historic past. There are some amazing preserved mosaics and other remains, most dating
 from 218BC onwards. Afterwards cycle back up the coast towards Sant Pere Pescador. You’ll pass a succession of beaches along the way so make sure you have your swim things along so you can stop for a dip on the way home.

Day 8: End of trip

After breakfast your adventure comes to an end and you’ll be transferred to Girona airport or Figueres Station, whichever suits you best.

Dates & Prices

2017 Arrival Dates
Arrivals daily from 01 March to 30 October

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2017 Prices
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Deposit per person £100

Price Includes

5 or 7 nights accommoodation. See notes below
Board Basis: Bed & Breakfast
Bike hire, includes lock and pannier
Transfer to/from Figueres train station
Transfer to/from Girona Airport
Luggage transfer
Maps and Route information
Local assistance

Price Excludes

Flights & transfers as stated

Supplements

Dinner for 5 night stay, 3 dinners only (£66)
Dinner for 7 night stay, 4 dinners only (£88)
Empordalia Vineyard & tasting day 2 (£23)
Electric bike (£109)

Notes

Superior: A privately owned 3 star hotel and a 4 star rural farmhouse

Practical Information

Bikes

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Example of bikes used on this tour

The bikes provided on this tour are modern alloy framed, hybrid models with 21 speeds and comfortable saddle with upright riding position. The bikes also come equipped with rear pannier, lock, repair kit, map holder, water bottle, water bottle holder and odometer.

Electric bikes & smaller framed children’s bikes are also available.

We suggest you bring your own helmet for safety and hygiene reasons. Alternatively, helmets are provided on arrival.

Accommodation

Below you will find examples of the types of accommodation typically used on this tour. Please note that the hotels we book for you may differ slightly from those described but they will certainly be of a similar standard.

Superior: A comfortable privately owned 3 star hotel and a 4 star rural farmhouse.

Palau Saverdera: Niu de Sol-Hotel Rural
Sant Pere Pescador: Mas del Joncar –Turisme Rural

Getting There

Fly to Girona Airport or Barcelona Airport

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Take the train from Girona Airport or Barcelona Airport to Figures train station or Figueres Vilafant Train Station

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