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Savor a free-spirited ride on Spain’s Costa Brava. You’ll set your own pace on this inn-to-inn Self-Guided Bicycle Vacation along Catalonia’s coastal ranges and medieval enclaves.

Self-Guided Biking

  • Daily Mileage: 18 - 31|
  • Biking: 2 - 5 hr
Activity Easy/Moderate
Easy / Moderate
E-Bikes Available
E-Bikes Available
Airplane
Air Package Available
Self-Guided Tour
Self-Guided Tour

Starting From

9-day Self-Guided Air+

$2,845

6-day Bike Vacation Only

$1,945

Per person, double occupancy

Spain: Barcelona & Costa Brava

Savor a free-spirited ride on Spain’s Costa Brava. In the shadow of the Pyrenees, you’ll set your own pace on this charming inn-to-inn Self-Guided Bicycle Vacation. You’ll make your way along among Catalonia’s coastal ranges and pedal deep into the heart of medieval enclaves. Every day, you can cycle into tiny villages brimming with atmosphere, pausing to explore narrow cobbled lanes and sip coffee in pedestrian squares. You’ll thrill to exhilarating rides with views of scenic coasts framed by sandy beaches and rocky coves and pedal into former fishing ports loved by Hemingway and Dalí. On this trip, you’ll experience a biking paradise favored 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 landscape of the interior has rolling hills. As you ride closer to the coastal towns, the roads will be flatter, but busier. Some historic centers have cobblestone roads. Please verify your bike selection for this tour as it is not always possible to change bikes once you arrive on tour. 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: 18 - 31|
  • Biking: 2 - 5 hr
Activity Easy/Moderate Easy / Moderate
Cycling
Bar Graph Beginner - Experienced
Cyclists
24/7 Support System 24/7 Support
System

Tour Highlights

  • 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

Climate Information

Temperatures

Average High /
Low Temperature (°F):

Mar61º/44º

Apr64º/47º

May69º/54º

Jun76º/60º

Sep78º/62º

Oct71º/55º

Average
Precipitation:

Mar1.6 in

Apr1.9 in

May2.3 in

Jun1.6 in

Sep3.4 in

Oct3.6 in

What's Included

Self-Guided Air+

Bike Vacation Only

Roundtrip international airfare Check
Detailed information for your independent travel to/from arrival and departure airports Check
One night in Girona and one night in Barcelona in conveniently located hotels with breakfasts included Check
Five nights in boutique hotels Check Check
Five meals: Five breakfasts Check Check

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Self-Guided Biking Packages Include:

Custom VBT bike, helmet, and bike bag

Welcome orientation and bike fitting with local host

Luggage transfers

Ride with GPS and daily route notes

VBT Road Book with destination information

24/7 support system

Flat kit and multi-tool

Your choice of VBT branded gear for your adventure

Itinerary

Tue, Sep 14 to Wed, Sep 22 - 2021

Show Itinerary:

Depart home for Spain. The particulars of your arrival overseas are detailed with your flight itinerary.

Upon arrival at the Barcelona Airport, make your own travel arrangements to Girona. For details, refer to your VBT Handbook.

Arrive in Girona this afternoon. You’ll have time to soak up the city’s ancient past as you stroll narrow cobbled streets past the brightly colored houses of the Old Town. The splendid cathedral boasts one of the world’s largest Gothic naves. You might also cross the Onyar River to step into one of Europe’s oldest Jewish quarters. Girona’s main square offers a bounty of choices for dinner on your own.

Accommodation: Nord 1901, Girona
Included Meals: None included

After breakfast at Nord 1901 Girona, meet your VBT local host at 10:00 a.m., along with any other VBT guests arriving on the same day, for your Welcome orientation in the lobby. Please be dressed and ready for cycling. Your local host will be carrying a VBT sign and/or wearing a VBT garment.

The Welcome orientation with your VBT local host includes:
• An overview of the itinerary
• Bike fitting and equipment familiarization
• Review of the Ride with GPS navigation app
• Important contact information in case you need to reach your VBT local host
• Safety briefing
• Local suggestions (restaurants, things to do, etc.)

Your self-guided bike tour begins as you set off on your own, following your Ride with GPS app. Your first invigorating ride creates a figure eight, leading you northwest of Girona into the Catalan countryside and the gently sloping foothills of the Pre-Pyrenees. You ascend gradually, taking in lovely views of the village of Montcal below. As you ride, you can take inspiration knowing the Rocacorba climb is nearby; this cycling ascent up Puigsou Mountain—named for the 12th-century sanctuary of Rocacorba near the summit—provides solid training for professional cyclists and hardy challenges for amateurs. For now, you turn south as rolling terrain takes you through the traditional Catalan town of Sant Medir known for its candy festival in early March. Then, enjoy an easy coast back to the center of Girona. Your hotel is steps away from the city’s Old Town and pedestrian squares, rich with history and brimming with the excellent cuisine of the region.

Today’s Ride:
Girona “under Roca Corba” loop: 28.8 km (17.9 miles)

What to Expect: Depart along city streets and ride into the countryside on secondary paved roads. You will pass horse farms and small villages, then gradually ascend to the highest point just past Montcal. Enjoy stunning views of Girona and the surrounding mountains, which will be part of the next day’s ride, followed by a rolling descent back to the center of Girona. This ride allows you to get your legs moving and still have time to explore Girona.

Accommodation: Nord 1901, Girona
Included Meals: Breakfast

Today you will cycle out of Girona heading east toward the Mediterranean. After winding your way out of the city, you have two options to get to the coast. One option contains a long climb favored by the many cyclists drawn to the region and you’ll quickly see why, as you’re surrounded by emerald-green hills and forests. Pause at the Els Angels chapel to admire its stonework along the way.

From the highest point, you will be rewarded with fantastic views northwest to the Pyrenees and east to the Mediterranean. Linger a while to take it all in, then coast your way to a flat finish through scenic fields and farming villages. The two options come together in Madremanya, then roll through the villages of Monells, Corçà, Ullastret, Canapost, and Peratallada. Each of these centers is worth a quick stop to do some exploring and soaking up the rural Catalan character. You’ll find this network of quiet country roads, all paved and with little traffic, to be a cyclist’s dream as you crisscross this Mediterranean landscape.

The ride ends in the beautifully preserved village of Sant Feliu de Boada in the region of Baix Empordà, surrounded by farmland and stone houses. In the heart of the village, admire the 16th-century church built in late-Gothic style that is believed to have been founded as early as the 11th century. Make yourself at home in a traditional Catalan masia, a sprawling, authentic stone farmhouse renovated with all the comforts of a modern inn. It is ideally situated for a stroll to either of Sant Feliu de Boada’s excellent Catalan restaurants, where the region’s specialties are prepared with locally sourced ingredients, and where crema catalana, the local custard dessert, is always a favorite finale.

Today’s Rides:
Girona to Sant Feliu de Boada via Els Angels: 49.6 km (31.0 miles)

What to Expect: Begin cycling from your city center hotel on pedestrian and city streets. After 4 km (2.4 miles), you will be outside the city and ready to begin a steady ascent to Els Angels. The highest point is at 15 km (9 miles) after which you’ll coast almost 5 km (3 miles) downhill with some steep sections into the lovely medieval town of Madremanya. Another 5 km (3 miles) of descent brings you to Monells and rolling to flat farmland through several villages and into the small medieval hamlet of Sant Feliu de Boada.

Girona to Sant Feliu de Boada: 60 km (37 miles)

What to Expect: Begin cycling from your city center hotel on pedestrian and city streets. The route has some traffic in the first 8 km (5 miles) in Girona’s outskirts then follows quiet country roads with two ascents after 20 km (12 miles) before getting to the lovely medieval town of Madremanya. Another 5 km (3 miles) of descent brings you to Monells and rolling to flat farmland through several villages and into the small medieval hamlet of Sant Feliu de Boada.

Accommodation: Can Barrull, Sant Feliu de Boada
Included Meals: Breakfast

Today’s ride leads you to the shores of the Mediterranean Sea and Spain’s Costa Brava. You will start your ride along bucolic country roads, passing meadows and fertile farmland. Catalan masias, country houses like the one you stayed in last night, round out this picturesque landscape. Your first destination today is Calonge, past the outskirts of La Bisbal d’Empordà. This is the province of Baix Empordà, or Lower Empordà, where gentle agricultural plains are topped by small ridgelines—all of it interlaced with a network of small rural roads that stretch for miles, ideal for cycling. Spend all the time you like exploring the 13th-century towers and walls of the Calonge castle, taking in views of the Bay of Sant Antoni.

Later, continue your breathtaking ride to Palamós, home to one of the last surviving fishing fleets along these shores. This seaside town is a beloved beach destination. Next, cycle through a coastal pine forest, arriving in Llafranc, a seaside resort with a small sandy beach where Ernest Hemingway and Salvador Dalí were said to have spent time. High above the town on a bluff, the historic Saint Sebastian lighthouse warns sailors of the rocky Saint Sebastian point below. Once you settle in to your hotel, take a short stroll to Llafranc’s seaside promenade, where a range of restaurants awaits.

Today’s Ride:
Sant Feliu de Boada to Llafranc: 45.1 km (28.0 miles)

What to Expect: Roll out of Sant Feliu de Boada on flat rural paved roads through tiny villages and farmland. You will ride around the outskirts of the larger town of La Bisbal d’Empordà, then return to un-trafficked rural roads. A gradual climb of about two km (1.2 miles) leads up to a ridge where views of the Mediterranean Sea unfold. At 16 km (9.6 miles), an easy descent winds into Calonge, where you join slightly busier roads as you approach the coast. You will encounter the most traffic of your trip near Palamós, between about 28 km (17.4 miles) and 30 km (18 miles), but then you will return to smaller, quieter roads. End your rewarding day by winding your way slightly downhill to seaside Llafranc (and a very short but steep ascent to hotel).

Llafranc Challenging loop: 21 km (13.0 miles)

What to Expect: This short but challenging loop is for those who don’t mind climbing (just over 1,500 feet) and want some more spectacular Costa Brava views. The route takes you north paralleling the coast, getting close to the seaside when possible, closest at the little port of Tamariu. After 11 km (7 miles), you turn inland and then loop south through the little massif of Begur, then coast mainly downhill past the outskirts of Palafrugell and back to Llafranc.

Accommodation: Hotel mas Pastora, Llafranc
Included Meals: Breakfast

Today’s ride takes you up and over the coastal range, through the gentle plains of the Costa Brava, then north from the Baix (or lower) Empordà to the Alt (or upper) Empordà—with ample opportunity to stop and explore. Your ride begins in a dreamy landscape of medieval towns and traditional mas farmhouses. You will skirt the town of Palafrugell—once a producer of cork harvested from local forests, and ride into the historic hilltop town of Pals. This remarkably restored medieval center boasts cobblestone streets framed with arches and stone balconies. Its 49-foot Romanesque tower—known locally as the Torre de les Hores, or the Tower of the Hours—was built between the 11th and 13th centuries.

Riding through rice paddies and orchards through medieval Palau-Sator village, you’ll continue north to Torroella de Montgri, once an inland port for the Kings of Aragon until the Ter River silted up and changed its fate. As you continue cycling, you’ll have the towering Montgri massif to the west. You are in the heart of Dali’s native region as you enjoy an easy spin to the coast. Your hotel is located on a beach in a protected cove.

Today’s Ride:
Llafranc to Cala Mongo: 55 km (34.2 miles)

What to Expect: Today’s ride starts with an ascent away from the coast of about two km (1.2 miles), so you may want to pack a croissant as a reward for the climb. You will skirt the town of Palafrugell and some busier roads, partially following a bike path. At about 17 km (10.5 miles), you will enter the hilltop town of Pals. After riding beside rice paddies, orchards and medieval Palau-Sator, you will encounter busier roads and the town streets of Torroella de Montgri. Soon you’ll be back to slightly rolling rural paved roads until you reach 46 km (28.5 miles) at Albons. A short stretch north along the coast leads to your hotel.

Accommodation: Can Miquel, L’Escala
Included Meals: Breakfast

Take today to kick back and enjoy your seaside hotel. You can paddle board or relax on the beach, then stroll through the former fishing port of nearby L’Escala. Anchovies were the main catch here and remain central to the town’s annual October festival. If you’d like to visit the fascinating ruins at Empúries, a ride through L’Escala on the shared-use path will lead you there. Other sites worth exploring are the port of L’Escala, the Old Town, and the Archaeology Museum of Catalonia Empúries.

If you’re up for more riding today, you can follow a scenic 60 km (38 mile) loop that leads you inland and gains some elevation that provides spectacular views of the Bay of Roses and the Pyrenees. After your descent, you will circle back, returning to the shore at Sant Pere Pescador, a pretty town along the River Fluvià near the coast. Take some time to enjoy the long sandy beach, explore the 14th-century castle, and find a café for a lunch of fresh seafood. Afterward, as you ride parallel to the coast, you will pass the archaeological site at Empúries, the most important Greco-Roman ruins on the Iberian Peninsula. Pause here to explore, admiring the ancient Roman wall and some incredibly preserved mosaics.

This evening, consult our recommendations for a spot to enjoy a final dinner and celebrate your exploration of the Costa Brava. Your hotel’s restaurant is highly recommended.

Today’s Ride:
Cala Mongo loop: 49 km (30 miles)

What to Expect: Ride inland away from the sea, initially through rolling farmland. After an initial climb, pedal along a high plateau with views of the Pyrenees and the Bay of Roses. After a quick descent you will climb to the highest point of the day at around 30 kilometers (18 miles). A sustained descent rolls through farms and villages and traverses rolling hills until the route flattens out at the plain at Sant Thomas de Fluvià. At Sant Pere Pescador you will cross the Fluvià River and turn south, riding parallel to the coast through the medieval town of Sant Martí d’Empúries and L’Escala, before returning to your hotel.

Accommodation: Can Miquel, L’Escala
Included Meals: Breakfast

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel. The hotel can help arrange the short taxi ride to the nearest regional train station in the town of Flaça, which is on the train line serving Girona and Barcelona. We suggest taking the late-morning train.

Upon arrival in Barcelona (at the Passeig de Gràcia station) head to your hotel, conveniently located near the Plaça de Catalunya and a six-minute walk from the station. Leave your luggage at your hotel and set out on foot for lunch and a day of exploring the remarkable architecture and rich culture of this city. Stroll down the pedestrian-only Las Ramblas, wind through the nearby Gothic Quarter, or make your way to Port Vell, Barcelona’s lively seafront.

Your VBT City Information provides useful recommendations for exploring on your own for the rest of the day.

Accommodation: Olivia Plaza, Barcelona
Included Meals: Breakfast

After breakfast* this morning, allow yourself a minimum of four hours prior to your flight from Barcelona airport; for details, refer to your VBT Handbook. This timeframe includes approximately one-hour travel to the airport and around three hours recommended pre-flight check-in time.

Included Meals: Breakfast

Thu, Sep 16 to Tue, Sep 21 - 2021

Show Itinerary:

We suggest arriving in Spain at least one day prior to the tour start date as your tour begins at 10:00 a.m. Make your own travel arrangements to Girona. For details, refer to your VBT Handbook.

Meet your VBT local host at 10:00 a.m., along with any other VBT guests arriving on the same day, for your Welcome orientation in the lobby of the Nord 1901 Girona (Career Nord 7-9, +972.411.522). Please be dressed and ready for cycling. Your local host will be carrying a VBT sign and/or wearing a VBT garment.

The Welcome orientation with your VBT local host includes:
• An overview of the itinerary
• Bike fitting and equipment familiarization
• Review of the Ride with GPS navigation app
• Important contact information in case you need to reach your VBT local host
• Safety briefing
• Local suggestions (restaurants, things to do, etc.)

Your self-guided bike tour begins as you set off on your own, following your Ride with GPS app. Your first invigorating ride creates a figure eight, leading you northwest of Girona into the Catalan countryside and the gently sloping foothills of the Pre-Pyrenees. You ascend gradually, taking in lovely views of the village of Montcal below. As you ride, you can take inspiration knowing the Rocacorba climb is nearby; this cycling ascent up Puigsou Mountain—named for the 12th-century sanctuary of Rocacorba near the summit—provides solid training for professional cyclists and hardy challenges for amateurs. For now, you turn south as rolling terrain takes you through the traditional Catalan town of Sant Medir known for its candy festival in early March. Then, enjoy an easy coast back to the center of Girona. Your hotel is steps away from the city’s Old Town and pedestrian squares, rich with history and brimming with the excellent cuisine of the region.

Today’s Ride:
Girona “under Roca Corba” loop: 28.8 km (17.9 miles)

What to Expect: Depart along city streets and ride into the countryside on secondary paved roads. You will pass horse farms and small villages, then gradually ascend to the highest point just past Montcal. Enjoy stunning views of Girona and the surrounding mountains, which will be part of the next day’s ride, followed by a rolling descent back to the center of Girona. This ride allows you to get your legs moving and still have time to explore Girona.

Accommodation: Nord 1901, Girona
Included Meals: N/A

Today you will cycle out of Girona heading east toward the Mediterranean. After winding your way out of the city, you have two options to get to the coast. One option contains a long climb favored by the many cyclists drawn to the region and you’ll quickly see why, as you’re surrounded by emerald-green hills and forests. Pause at the Els Angels chapel to admire its stonework along the way.

From the highest point, you will be rewarded with fantastic views northwest to the Pyrenees and east to the Mediterranean. Linger a while to take it all in, then coast your way to a flat finish through scenic fields and farming villages. The two options come together in Madremanya, then roll through the villages of Monells, Corçà, Ullastret, Canapost, and Peratallada. Each of these centers is worth a quick stop to do some exploring and soaking up the rural Catalan character. You’ll find this network of quiet country roads, all paved and with little traffic, to be a cyclist’s dream as you crisscross this Mediterranean landscape.

The ride ends in the beautifully preserved village of Sant Feliu de Boada in the region of Baix Empordà, surrounded by farmland and stone houses. In the heart of the village, admire the 16th-century church built in late-Gothic style that is believed to have been founded as early as the 11th century. Make yourself at home in a traditional Catalan masia, a sprawling, authentic stone farmhouse renovated with all the comforts of a modern inn. It is ideally situated for a stroll to either of Sant Feliu de Boada’s excellent Catalan restaurants, where the region’s specialties are prepared with locally sourced ingredients, and where crema catalana, the local custard dessert, is always a favorite finale.

Today’s Rides:
Girona to Sant Feliu de Boada via Els Angels: 49.6 km (31.0 miles)

What to Expect: Begin cycling from your city center hotel on pedestrian and city streets. After 4 km (2.4 miles), you will be outside the city and ready to begin a steady ascent to Els Angels. The highest point is at 15 km (9 miles) after which you’ll coast almost 5 km (3 miles) downhill with some steep sections into the lovely medieval town of Madremanya. Another 5 km (3 miles) of descent brings you to Monells and rolling to flat farmland through several villages and into the small medieval hamlet of Sant Feliu de Boada.

Girona to Sant Feliu de Boada: 60 km (37 miles)

What to Expect: Begin cycling from your city center hotel on pedestrian and city streets. The route has some traffic in the first 8 km (5 miles) in Girona’s outskirts then follows quiet country roads with two ascents after 20 km (12 miles) before getting to the lovely medieval town of Madremanya. Another 5 km (3 miles) of descent brings you to Monells and rolling to flat farmland through several villages and into the small medieval hamlet of Sant Feliu de Boada.

Accommodation: Can Barrull, Sant Feliu de Boada
Included Meals: Breakfast

Today’s ride leads you to the shores of the Mediterranean Sea and Spain’s Costa Brava. You will start your ride along bucolic country roads, passing meadows and fertile farmland. Catalan masias, country houses like the one you stayed in last night, round out this picturesque landscape. Your first destination today is Calonge, past the outskirts of La Bisbal d’Empordà. This is the province of Baix Empordà, or Lower Empordà, where gentle agricultural plains are topped by small ridgelines—all of it interlaced with a network of small rural roads that stretch for miles, ideal for cycling. Spend all the time you like exploring the 13th-century towers and walls of the Calonge castle, taking in views of the Bay of Sant Antoni.

Later, continue your breathtaking ride to Palamós, home to one of the last surviving fishing fleets along these shores. This seaside town is a beloved beach destination. Next, cycle through a coastal pine forest, arriving in Llafranc, a seaside resort with a small sandy beach where Ernest Hemingway and Salvador Dalí were said to have spent time. High above the town on a bluff, the historic Saint Sebastian lighthouse warns sailors of the rocky Saint Sebastian point below. Once you settle in to your hotel, take a short stroll to Llafranc’s seaside promenade, where a range of restaurants awaits.

Today’s Ride:
Sant Feliu de Boada to Llafranc: 45.1 km (28.0 miles)

What to Expect: Roll out of Sant Feliu de Boada on flat rural paved roads through tiny villages and farmland. You will ride around the outskirts of the larger town of La Bisbal d’Empordà, then return to un-trafficked rural roads. A gradual climb of about two km (1.2 miles) leads up to a ridge where views of the Mediterranean Sea unfold. At 16 km (9.6 miles), an easy descent winds into Calonge, where you join slightly busier roads as you approach the coast. You will encounter the most traffic of your trip near Palamós, between about 28 km (17.4 miles) and 30 km (18 miles), but then you will return to smaller, quieter roads. End your rewarding day by winding your way slightly downhill to seaside Llafranc (and a very short but steep ascent to hotel).

Llafranc Challenging loop: 21 km (13.0 miles)

What to Expect: This short but challenging loop is for those who don’t mind climbing (just over 1,500 feet) and want some more spectacular Costa Brava views. The route takes you north paralleling the coast, getting close to the seaside when possible, closest at the little port of Tamariu. After 11 km (7 miles), you turn inland and then loop south through the little massif of Begur, then coast mainly downhill past the outskirts of Palafrugell and back to Llafranc.

Accommodation: Hotel mas Pastora, Llafranc
Included Meals: Breakfast

Today’s ride takes you up and over the coastal range, through the gentle plains of the Costa Brava, then north from the Baix (or lower) Empordà to the Alt (or upper) Empordà—with ample opportunity to stop and explore. Your ride begins in a dreamy landscape of medieval towns and traditional mas farmhouses. You will skirt the town of Palafrugell—once a producer of cork harvested from local forests, and ride into the historic hilltop town of Pals. This remarkably restored medieval center boasts cobblestone streets framed with arches and stone balconies. Its 49-foot Romanesque tower—known locally as the Torre de les Hores, or the Tower of the Hours—was built between the 11th and 13th centuries.

Riding through rice paddies and orchards through medieval Palau-Sator village, you’ll continue north to Torroella de Montgri, once an inland port for the Kings of Aragon until the Ter River silted up and changed its fate. As you continue cycling, you’ll have the towering Montgri massif to the west. You are in the heart of Dali’s native region as you enjoy an easy spin to the coast. Your hotel is located on a beach in a protected cove.

Today’s Ride:
Llafranc to Cala Mongo: 55 km (34.2 miles)

What to Expect: Today’s ride starts with an ascent away from the coast of about two km (1.2 miles), so you may want to pack a croissant as a reward for the climb. You will skirt the town of Palafrugell and some busier roads, partially following a bike path. At about 17 km (10.5 miles), you will enter the hilltop town of Pals. After riding beside rice paddies, orchards and medieval Palau-Sator, you will encounter busier roads and the town streets of Torroella de Montgri. Soon you’ll be back to slightly rolling rural paved roads until you reach 46 km (28.5 miles) at Albons. A short stretch north along the coast leads to your hotel.

Accommodation: Can Miquel, L’Escala
Included Meals: Breakfast

Take today to kick back and enjoy your seaside hotel. You can paddle board or relax on the beach, then stroll through the former fishing port of nearby L’Escala. Anchovies were the main catch here and remain central to the town’s annual October festival. If you’d like to visit the fascinating ruins at Empúries, a ride through L’Escala on the shared-use path will lead you there. Other sites worth exploring are the port of L’Escala, the Old Town, and the Archaeology Museum of Catalonia Empúries.

If you’re up for more riding today, you can follow a scenic 60 km (38 mile) loop that leads you inland and gains some elevation that provides spectacular views of the Bay of Roses and the Pyrenees. After your descent, you will circle back, returning to the shore at Sant Pere Pescador, a pretty town along the River Fluvià near the coast. Take some time to enjoy the long sandy beach, explore the 14th-century castle, and find a café for a lunch of fresh seafood. Afterward, as you ride parallel to the coast, you will pass the archaeological site at Empúries, the most important Greco-Roman ruins on the Iberian Peninsula. Pause here to explore, admiring the ancient Roman wall and some incredibly preserved mosaics.

This evening, consult our recommendations for a spot to enjoy a final dinner and celebrate your exploration of the Costa Brava. Your hotel’s restaurant is highly recommended.

Today’s Ride:
Cala Mongo loop: 49 km (30 miles)

What to Expect: Ride inland away from the sea, initially through rolling farmland. After an initial climb, pedal along a high plateau with views of the Pyrenees and the Bay of Roses. After a quick descent you will climb to the highest point of the day at around 30 kilometers (18 miles). A sustained descent rolls through farms and villages and traverses rolling hills until the route flattens out at the plain at Sant Thomas de Fluvià. At Sant Pere Pescador you will cross the Fluvià River and turn south, riding parallel to the coast through the medieval town of Sant Martí d’Empúries and L’Escala, before returning to your hotel.

Accommodation: Can Miquel, L’Escala
Included Meals: Breakfast

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel and depart on your own. For details, refer to your VBT Handbook. Depending upon your destination, it may not be possible to depart for the U.S. on the last day of the tour. Please check airline schedules carefully. If you plan to schedule return flights immediately following the tour’s conclusion, please call your airline directly for specific check-in requirements.

Included Meals: Breakfast

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Among bike tours in Vermont, this inn-to-inn self-guided itinerary is special. Explore town and country with prolonged stays at two classic inns.

Activity Easy/Moderate
Easy/Moderate
E-Bikes Available
E-Bikes Available

The Netherlands: Holland’s Golden Age Towns & the North Sea

Self-Guided Biking

Starting from 6 days at

$1,845

This bike tour through North Holland’s tulip country takes you to serene canals, Renaissance-era cities, cheese markets, untouched dunes, and breathtaking fields of springtime blooms.

Activity Easy
Easy
E-Bikes Available
E-Bikes Available

Portugal: Porto, the Silver Coast & Lisbon

Self-Guided Biking

Starting from 7 days at

$2,895

This Self-Guided Bicycle Vacation follows Portugal’s scenic Silver Coast from Porto to Lisbon along white-sand beaches, fragrant pine forests, and historic villages.

Activity Easy/Moderate
Easy/Moderate
E-Bikes Available
E-Bikes Available

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Your Bike Tour Tools and Technology Guide

May 4, 2018

If you're heading off on a cycling trip soon, you'll want to make sure you have some essential gear on hand. Here are a few examples of bike touring tools...

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Wilderness Lodges on our New Zealand South Island Tours

February 27, 2015

Looking for VBT Walking Vacations? All VBT Walking Vacations have moved to our sister company, Country Walkers. The same tours you know and love, plus exciting new itineraries, are available...

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Why You Should Get into the Slow Food Movement

January 25, 2018

In our fast-paced American lives, everything is go go go. Unfortunately, our diets are subject to this same dizzying pace. Breakfasts are eaten as we rush out the door, desk lunches are...

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