Spain: Barcelona & Costa Brava
Savor a free-spirited reel on Spain’s Costa Brava. You’ll set your own agenda on this inn-to-inn Self-Guided Bicycle Vacation among Catalonia’s coastal ranges and medieval enclaves.
- Daily Mileage: 15 - 35|
- Biking: 2 - 5 hr
9-day Self-Guided Air+
6-day Bike Vacation Only
Per person, double occupancy
Spain: Barcelona & Costa BravaSavor a free-spirited reel on Spain’s Costa Brava. In the shadow of the Pyrenees, you’ll set your own agenda on this inn-to-inn Self-Guided Bicycle Vacation among Catalonia’s coastal ranges and medieval enclaves. Cycle into tiny villages dripping with atmosphere, pausing to explore narrow cobbled lanes and sip café to your liking in pedestrian squares. Thrill to exhilarating spins with glimpses of a scenic coast of sandy beaches and rocky coves. Pedal into former fishing ports loved by Hemingway and Dalí. And experience a biking paradise beloved by professional cyclists for decades.
What to Expect
This tour offers a combination of easy terrain and moderate hills and is ideal for beginner and experienced cyclists. Rides are on flat to rolling paved roads and bike lanes. The Mediterranean landscapes of the interior are more rolling but less trafficked than the coast. As you ride closer to the coastal towns, it is flatter with busier roads. Some historic centers are cobbled. Travel with your friends and family—we can accommodate multiple guests on this self-guided vacation. Our 24/7 support system is available as needed.
- Daily Mileage: 15 - 35|
- Biking: 2 - 5 hr
- Explore Girona’s cultural treasures, including the old Jewish quarter, medieval walls, Gothic churches and Romanesque architecture
- Savor superb Catalan seafood and farm-fresh cuisine, complemented by excellent local wines including sparkling cava
- Cycle through history, stopping to view Greco-Roman ruins at Empúries, Gothic gems in Girona, and charming medieval villages
- Discover the most important Greco-Roman ruins on the Iberian Peninsula at the coastal archeological site at Empúries
- Immerse yourself in authentic Catalonian village life during a farmhouse stay in tiny Sant Feliu de Boada
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Bike Vacation Only
|Roundtrip international airfare|
|Detailed information for your independent travel to/from arrival and departure airports|
|One night in Girona and one night in Barcelona in conveniently located hotels with breakfasts included|
|5 nights in boutique hotels|
|5 meals: 5 breakfasts|
Hotel Nord 1901
Located in the historic heart of Girona, the Nord 1901 Hotel was completely renovated in 2009 to offer a sophisticated flair and modern amenities while still preserving the ambiance of its Old Town setting. Intimate and family-operated, it is within walking distance of Gironas’ main attractions, including the colorful houses along the River Onvar, the Plaza Independencia, the Jewish quarter, the cathedral, and a wide range of popular restaurants and cafés. Enjoy breakfast on the garden terrace and take advantage of the only garden with a swimming pool in the city center. Each luxurious room is equipped with climate control, a safe, hot-water kettle for coffee- and tea-making, flat-screen TV, free WiFi, and a private bath with shower, bathrobe, slippers, and hairdryer.
The lovely, restored Can Barrull is one of Catalonia’s traditional masia farmhouses, steeped in history and updated with the latest amenities. Its charm is bolstered by its location in the tiny village of Sant Feliu de Boada. Despite the modest size of this hamlet, it boasts excellent Catalan restaurants that are just a short walk away. The property’s intricate stonework, lovely gardens, and the ambiance all evoke a warm Spanish country home. The air-conditioned rooms are generously sized and boast large bathrooms. You’ll be greeted with a smile by hospitable owners who provide a hearty homemade breakfast.
Hotel mas Pastora
Situated in the fishing village of Llafranc, Hotel Mas Pastora boasts a rich history as an 18th-century Catalan country house that once belonged to the noble Marquises de Cruilles. Its current family has owned the property since the 1930s and has lovingly created a beautiful, garden-like setting. This charming air-conditioned hotel, recently restored as an eco-friendly property, boasts energy-efficient construction, solar panels, and rainwater recycling. Swim in the salt-water pool to cool off, or walk down to the beach, just a few hundred feet away. Wind down your day at the bar with a tapas menu and local wines. Your room offers all the amenities you need for a comfortable stay, including a private terrace overlooking the pool and grounds, providing a slice of Catalan countryside.
Situated directly on Portitxol Beach and on our route, overlooking the Bay of Roses, the Hostal d’Empúries stands on an ancient settlement, beside the Greek and Roman ruins of Empúries, and is within easy walking distance of the medieval towns of Sant Martí d’ Empúries and L’Escala. The resort hotel is dedicated to sustainable tourism and also to the health and well-being of its guests. The property features lovely gardens of native vegetation, an outdoor terrace overlooking the sea, and landscaped areas to stroll through. Gym facilities are complimentary, and optional spa services and indoor pools are also available. Each room also features a flat-screen TV, telephone, climate control, safe, minibar, free WiFi, and a full private bathroom with a large tub and separate rain shower, hairdryer, and toiletries.
Hotel Olivia Plaza
A superior four-star hotel on Barcelona’s Plaça Catalunya, the Olivia Plaza Hotel boasts a cutting-edge design, sun-bathed spaces, and generous amenities. This magnificent boutique hotel in the center of Barcelona overlooks the Gothic Quarter and is a short walk from Las Ramblas pedestrian zone and an array of tapas bars. If you prefer to stay in for dinner, the Nineteen Restaurant also serves tapas alongside an international menu. During your stay, you can enjoy its city garden, fine restaurant and a complimentary pass to the nearby Holmes Place Urquinaona gym. Each of its 113 rooms is air-conditioned and soundproofed, ensuring you a restful stay in this sophisticated city hotel.
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