|Type of tour:||Self-guided|
|Distance:||22 Miles/day average|
|Dates:||Daily: Jan 1-Dec 14, 2014|
|Start city:||Palau Saverdera, Spain|
|End city:||Sant Pere Pescador, Spain|
This self-guided cycling holiday gives you the opportunity to explore the beautiful Catalan countryside and rugged coast. Surrounded by the Pyrenees and pine-fringed valleys dotted with historic castles, hilltop fortresses, ancient wine villages and fields full of lavender, this is a beautiful cycling holiday you will never forget!
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Day 1: Arrival
Arrive at Girona Airport or Figueres Train Station where you will be transferred to your accommodation in Palau Saverdera. Surrounded by vineyards and orchards, immerse yourself in the history and culture of this traditional Catalan farming village, take a cycle through the local countryside and discover all the details that go together to make up the everyday life of this beautiful part of Catalonia.
Overnight in Palau Saverdera.
Day 2: Circular Route - Peralada (22 miles/36 km)
Today you will travel west on a circular route through the beautiful Catalan countryside; you will pass fields lined with vineyards and olive groves, eventually arriving at the historic town of Peralada. Peralada's historic character remains reflected in each step. Its narrow streets, museums, St. Domènec's cloister, the impressive casino-castle with its gardens and library give it a unique and exclusive air. You will then make your way back to Palau Saverdera via the sleepy hamlets of Pedret and Marza.
Overnight in Palau Saverdera.
Day 3: Circular Route - Vilaberton and Vilanova de la Muga (24 miles/39 km)
Today you will again travel west through beautiful Catalan countryside; you will pass fields lined with vineyards and olive groves. You will pass through the village of Vilaberton home of the Monastery of Santa Maria, built in 1069 and steeped in history. You will pass through the sleepy hamlet of Vilanova de la Muga with the 11th century Church of Santa Eulàlia de Vilanova and finally onwards back to Palau Saverdera.
Overnight in Palau Saverdera.
Day 4: Palau Saverdera - Sant Pere Pescador (17 miles/28 km)
Today you leave Palau Saverdera behind and head south. You will pass through Castello D’Empuries, a beautiful medieval village steeped in history. There are many historical buildings to visit; however the landmark of the village, visible from afar, is the Parish Church of Santa Maria which is often called the “Cathedral of the Empordà” because of its size and gothic influenced architecture.
You will travel through the Aiguamolls Natural Park. At any times of the year you are likely to spot birds such as ibis, herons, tufted ducks, pochards, snipes, redshanks, marsh harriers and sandpipers. But if you are lucky you can make some exciting sightings during the spring and autumn migrations: grey herons, golden plovers, flamingos,black storks and spoonbills.
Then you continue onwards through the stunning Catalan countryside to the village of Sant Pere Pescador. Surrounded authentic natural beauty and bordered by the River Fluvià, Sant Pere Pescador keeps a perfect balance between land and sea, between the greens and yellows of its orchards and the blue and gold of its extensive beaches. Immerse yourself in the history and culture of the village, take a cycle through the local countryside and discover the wide-open landscape on the banks of the River Fluvià, with its apple orchards and nature trails and its glimpses of windsurfers and sand-dunes.
Overnight in Sant Pere Pescador.
Day 5: Free Day
Perhaps spend a day on the beach or visit Dali’s house in Cadaqués. Or take a visit to the Monastery of Sant Pere de Rodes or just spend a lazy day around the village would be in order.
Overnight in Sant Pere Pescador.
Day 6: Circular Route - The River Fluvia (23 miles/37 km)
Today you will travel on a circular route through stunning Catalan farming countryside; you will pass apple orchards and many small hamlets. You start by heading westwards, parallel with the River Fluvià, before crossing the river and looping southwards to arrive back at San Pere Pescador. Throughout the first section on a clear day there are superb views across the high Pyrenees. If you prefer to do very little cycling, you could simply head to the nearby beach and spend the day by the sea.
Overnight in Sant Pere Pescador.
Day 7: Circular route - Greek and Roman Ruins (24 miles/39 km)
Today you will travel south on a circular route; you will pass the walled coastal settlement of Sant Martí d'Empúries, which is well worth a visit. The real highlight, however, is the fascinating Greek and Roman ruins at nearby Empúries (pay locally). The ancient city was used by the Romans as their base for the invasion and dominance of the Iberian Peninsula. There are some excellent mosaics and other remains, most dating from 218 BC onwards. You will pass several beaches where you could pause for a swim, then onwards via several small hamlets and finally back to Sant Pere Pescador.
Overnight in Sant Pere Pescador.
Day 8: Tour Ends
Pick up and transfer to Girona airport or Figueres Train Station.
We now have 2015 information for some tours. Please contact us to inquire if you don't see 2015 dates and prices here.
Daily: Jan 1-Dec 14, 2014
|Low season:||Jan 1-Apr 14; Apr 23-Jun 30; Sep 1-Dec 14, 2014|
|High season:||Apr 15-Apr 22; Jul 1-Aug 31, 2014|
These are sample hotels and may vary based on availability.
Days 1-3: El Cau de Palau, Palau Saverdera
Days 4-7: Mas del Joncar, Sant Pere Pescador
Interested in visiting other areas before or after your tour? Visit our hotels page to learn more about lodging options.
Bike available on this tour, and included in the tour cost (must be reserved in advance at time of booking):
Bikes come equipped with the following at no extra cost:
The bikes will have FLAT pedals. If you want to bring your own pedals, please remember to bring your own shoes.
If you plan to bring your own seat, please ensure that it has a universal seat post.
Helmet rental is not available on this tour. We recommend that you bring your own helmet for safety and hygiene purposes.
The terrain on this tour consists of rolling plains, farmland, olive groves, vineyards, pine woods, wetlands. You will cycle principally on sandy/stony farm tracks and trails, sometimes on quiet country lanes.
This route is ideal for occasional cyclists in average physical condition. The daily distances are below 25 miles/40 km, and you will encounter just a few short hills.
"This was a very easy ride, although many of the trails had loose gravel etc making for a bumpy ride. We ended up preferring the roads which were paved and not busy anyways. We received very detailed route notes and maps - although we most often do our our routes and this was the case here.
"The accommodations were four-star and very comfortable. We found both the hotel and the bed and breakfast farm were above average in hospitality. The bed and breakfast was excellent. The food plan worked out well with great food and good conversation with the owners.
"The bikes were also top quality. The best part of the excusion was the initial meeting with the tour operators. They had a good introduction to the week's activity and we were assured of backup support - which we never needed.
"We think this is our 30th week of biking in Europe and we would rate this as a four-star event, at an easy activity level. Highly recommended for those not wanting to go 100km a day."
- Bob and Debbie (Canada)
Tour start and end
Nearest airports: Girona Airport (GRO); Barcelona Airport (BCN)
Nearest train station: Figueres Train Station
Please note: transfers from/to either the Girona airport or Figueres train station and the tour start/end points are included in the tour package.
There are regular flights from many European cities to Girona airport, the closest airport for this holiday, most of which are operated by Ryanair. The transfer from Girona airport to your first accommodation takes about 1 hour.
Through Barcelona airport to Figueres train station
There is a wider choice of airlines flying into Barcelona including Ryanair and Easyjet. You need to take the shuttle train to Barcelona Sants from the airport; they leave every 30 mins and take approximately 20 mins. You then change trains at Sants and take a train to Figueres or Figueres Vilafant depending on the train you catch. The transfer from Figueres or Figueres Vilafant to your first accommodation takes about 20 mins.
The fastest train is the high speed train AVANT from Barcelona Sants to Figueres Vilafant. There are approximately 9 trains a day, take 53 mins and cost about 20 euros each way. You can buy the tickets at the station before you board the train.
The other option is to take a regional or medium distance train from Barcelona Sants to Figueres. There are about 20 trains a day, and they take between 1 hr 50 mins and 2 hrs 10 mins and cost between 11-15 euros each way. Tickets can be purchased at the station before boarding the train.
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Established in 2007 we have grown steadily and attribute this to our excellent, personalized customer care.
We are locally based family run licensed Spanish Tour Operator and with our local knowledge we have created some beautiful scenic cycling routes with an emphasis on embracing the culture, history and fantastic gastronomy this region has to offer.
We look forward to meeting you on our cycling tours!
If You Cancel
If you are in the position that you have to cancel your holiday at any time, we will require written notice within the times specified below and you will be charged the following cancellation fee:
The fee charged will be based on the date that we receive your written notice of cancellation.
If We Cancel
Catalan Adventures, reserves the right to cancel trips up to the due date of final payment. If a trip is cancelled then you will be offered alternative dates or trips, or, if these are not acceptable, a full refund will be made.
It is highly recommended that you enquire with us before making any flight reservations, as in the unlikely event of trip cancellation, we cannot be held responsible for additional expenses incurred by the traveler such as, airline cancellation fees, travel insurance and passport fees.
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Confirmation of Booking
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We strongly recommend that you purchase accident, baggage and trip cancellation insurance to cover yourself in the event of loss or damage to personal property, accident or illness, or cancellation of your trip. These policies are available from most travel agencies and insurance agents.
Any physical disability requiring special attention or treatment must be reported to Catalan Adventures when a reservation is made.
The right is reserved to refuse acceptance of anyone in such physical condition as unfit for travel because of disease or any other reason, or to anyone whose condition may constitute a danger to him/herself or to other tour participants.
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The aforesaid Catalan Adventures and/or its agents can accept no responsibility for losses or accidental expenses due to delay or changes in schedules, sickness, weather, strikes, war, quarantine, or other causes. All such losses or accidental expenses will be borne by the passengers. Furthermore, the right is reserved to refuse to accept or retain as a member any individual whose acts or conduct are judged detrimental to, or incompatible with the interest, comfort, harmony, or well being of the group as a whole.
Baggage is at "owners risk" throughout the tour. Small articles (coats, umbrellas, cameras, etc.) are entirely under the care of the passengers.
The right is reserved to cancel or alter any part of the tours. The right is reserved to change any portion of the tours and make refunds accordingly.
The payment of the required deposit or any partial or full payment for a reservation on these tours shall constitute consent to all provisions contained herein.
Release and Assumption of Risk
I understand that during the tour I am participating under the arrangements of Catalan Adventures and its agents or associates and that certain dangers and risks may arise, including but not limited to the forces of nature, travel by air, motor coach, van, boat, chairlift, or other conveyance, and the hazards of traveling on foot or bicycle in rural and remote areas without access to medical facilities, transportation, or means of rapid evacuation and assistance, and where paths, trails, stiles, and bridges may be slippery or rough and not well maintained.
In consideration of, and as part payment for, the right to participate in such tour or other activities and the services and food arranged for me by Catalan Adventures and its agents or associates, I have and do hereby assume all of the above risks.