Catalonia

Catalonia, Spain

Catalonia Catalonia

At a glance

Bordered by France and the Mediterranean, Catalonia boasts unique traditions and a rich history that make the region a rewarding destination.

The ancient Greeks, and then the Romans, colonized the region. Among the many reasons to visit Catalonia are the music, architecture, literature, delicious cuisine, amazing wines and bubbly champagnes – all influenced by the rich history of the region.

The landscape runs from the seacoast to the Pyrenees Mountains, with beautiful countryside in between.


Why cyclists love it

Bicycling in Catalonia is very popular in great part due to an extensive network of well-marked cycling paths. The government is committed to improving cycling conditions in Spain, and Catalonia is no exception. Routes are often on dedicated paths, converted railways, rural paths or side roads with minimal traffic. Signs on the routes are easy to understand, making tours navigable even to a first-time cycle tourist. Information boards along many of the trails provide interesting historical and cultural information.

Another reason cyclists love Catalonia is the diversity of landscape. Cyclists can choose tours along the coast, across the inland farmland and countryside, or in the steep Pyrenees Mountains. The diversity of landscapes makes cycle touring in Catalonia attractive to seasoned cyclists, professionals, first-timers and families with children.

The climate in Catalonia is diverse but is generally moderate year-round. Of course, don’t forget about local seafood, regional delicacies, locally produced wines and champagnes that you can dine on each day. And, traveling to Catalonia is very easy, with a major airport in Barcelona, other regional airports throughout the region, and excellent, reasonably priced train and bus service.


Tour spotlight

Medieval Villages of CataloniaBT_GoldStar_tourpage2 Catalonia
The 7-day Medieval villages cycling tour is a perfect way to explore the quieter and less-travelled areas of this fascinating region of Catalonia. Starting in the medieval town of Girona, the tour makes its way to the sea before turning inland again and exploring well-preserved walled medieval towns. All of the cycling takes place on quiet country roads that are part of the well-marked Baix Emporda Cycle Network. 
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Best of Catalonia Cycle Touring
This is a 8 day/7 night cycling tour that includes cycling the “Carrilet”, the converted railway that runs for 135km from Ripoll in the Pyrenees to Sant Feliu de Guixols on the Mediterranean Sea.
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Catalonia Road Bike Tour: Girona to the SeaA 2016 Gold Star TourBT_GoldStar_tourpage2 Catalonia
Experience the very best of the fantastic Road Riding that the Girona area has to offer and discover for yourself why so many pros choose Girona as their training base. The rides are a fantastic mix of stunning coastal scenery, quiet and hilly inland roads, challenging climbs and buzzing descents that take you through undoubtedly some of the most picturesque scenery on the Costa Brava.
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  • Bike Tour in Spain Anyone? These Clients Loved Catalonia!
    “We had a great trip through Catalonia and the Costa Brava this month!  The scenery was so beautiful and the countryside was dotted with endless medieval villages! The food was shockingly great! I would have to say it was some of the best I’ve eaten anywhere.”…

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