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Medieval Villages of Catalonia

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  • 6 nights | 25 miles/day
  • Difficulty Level: 2
  • Guided from: €1750
  • Self-guided from: €1250
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Tours using road, hybrid or touring bikes:

  1. Mostly flat
  2. Flat with some gentle slopes
  3. Rolling, hilly terrain
  4. Some long and/or steep climbs
  5. Extensive climbing

Tours using mountain bikes:

  1. Mostly flat, wide trails
  2. Some gentle slopes, wide trails
  3. Rolling, hilly terrain and/or narrow trails
  4. Some long and/or steep climbs and/or technical trails
  5. Extensive climbing and/or highly technical trails
  1. Variety: Choose from more than 200 tours offered by local operators in 35 countries.
  2. Advice: Our informed advisors help you choose the trip that's right for you.
  3. Lower cost: You pay local tour company prices—less than what big American companies charge.
  4. Great exchange rates: Pay low rates thanks to the millions of dollars in foreign currency we buy each year.
  5. Convenience: We handle the full booking and payment process.
  6. Support: We’re your advocates from initial planning through final pedal stroke.

Tour description

This Medieval villages cycling tour is a perfect way to explore the quieter and less traveled areas of this fascinating region of Catalonia.

The tour starts in Girona city and winds its way gently through the undulating and ever-changing scenery of the Baix Emporda. All of the cycling takes place on quiet country roads that are part of the Baix Emporda Cycle Network. The network has been developed to allow cyclists to fully enjoy the splendors of this area.

The tour follows the cycling network for 5 nights and finishes in the charming medieval village of Monells. Your luggage will be transported for you from hotel to hotel so you can relax and enjoy the cycling to its fullest. The accommodation provided is 2-, 3-, and 4-star hotels, including breakfast with your stay. Hotels are dependent upon availability.

Each day’s ride is approximately 25 miles/40 km and covers terrain that is mostly flat with rolling hills, so you can pace yourself to stop and enjoy the views. Each day, after arriving at your hotel, there are plenty of great cycling options to explore the local areas further. These rides range from 12-25 miles/20-40 km, so if you have enough energy to see a little more then each area is well worth exploring. You will be provided with detailed maps and route plans to help you on your way.

Each day from your hotels you will explore the beautiful scenery of the Baix Emporda region of Catalonia, cycling the selected highlights of the well-signposted bike trail network. Additionally, you will cycle a variety of stunning rides that will clearly explain why this area of Europe is renowned as a cyclist’s paradise!

The rest of the tour follows the well-marked "Baix Emporda Cycle Network" that utilizes quiet country lanes and back roads that are almost completely free from traffic. The road surfaces are a mix of hard packed gravel and tarmac. The terrain is again mostly flat with few hills to climb. Luggage is transported from hotel to hotel.

The Medieval Villages tour is our easiest tour and is well within the reach of almost all cycling abilities. In addition, it is a beautiful route that encompasses spending time exploring Girona city by the Mediterranean Sea as well as cycling through the timeless medieval villages of the Baix Emporda region of Catalonia, Spain.

NOTE: If you wish, you may extend this program. If you book during the months of July or August, the program must be extended by one night due to hotel restrictions. Please contact us if you wish to book for these months.

Daily program

Day 1: Girona
Individual arrival. Explore the medieval center of this beautiful city.
Overnight in Girona.

Day 2: Girona to the Mediterranean Sea (25 miles/40 km)
10am Tour Briefing and Bike Setup in your Hotel in Girona city. Cycling from Girona city to Sant Feliu de Guixols by the shores of the Mediterranean Sea. Riding the ‘Carrilet’ – the converted railway that is now a dedicated cycleway, from Girona to the coast. Optional extra ride: Exploring the coastal area of Sant Feliu de Guixols to Cala Sa Conca (13 miles/20 km)
Overnight in Sant Feliu de Guixols.

Day 3: Sant Feliu de Guixols to Llafranc (25 miles/40 km)
Follow the beautiful coastal route through fields and forests of Pine and Cork trees to Llafranc. Optional extra ride: Llafranc to Tamariu return (19 miles/30 km).
Overnight in Llafranc.

Day 4: Llafranc loop ride (25 miles/40 km)
Explore the beautiful bays of Llanfranc and Tamariu.
Overnight in Llafranc.

Day 5: Llafranc to Monells (25 miles/40 km)
Meander through the charming medieval villages of the Baix Emporda.
Overnight in Monells.

Day 6: Monells loop ride (25 miles/40 km)
Explore more of the Medieval villages following the Baix Emporda cycle network with a visit to the castle that Salvador Dali built for his wife, Gala.
Overnight in Monells.

Day 7: Departure to Girona city (19 miles/30 km)
Return to Girona with the option to cycle up and over the challenging and stunning 'Els Angels' monastery route that is one of the favorite road rides for the professional riders based in Girona. Lodging in Girona is not included but is available as an extra night. End of tour and individual departure.

Route Map

Maps are for information purposes only and reflect typical routes between overnight locations. They may not reflect your actual route.

Dates

Daily, upon request: Mar 1-Jun 30; Sep 1-Nov 15, 2019 (additional dates in Jul-Aug available upon request for a surcharge)

Prices

Tour package
Per person, double occupancy
€1750
Single room surcharge (1 person/1 room)
€300
Solo traveler surcharge (1 person in party; payable in addition to the single room surcharge)
€300
Bike Rentals
Electrically assisted bike
€245
Extra Nights, Girona
Per person, double occupancy
€90
Single room surcharge (1 person/1 room)
€40
Extra Nights, Sant Feliu de Guixols
Per person, double occupancy
€90
Single room surcharge (1 person/1 room)
€40

Dates

Daily, upon request: Mar 1-Jun 30; Sep 1-Nov 15, 2019 (additional dates in Jul-Aug available upon request for a surcharge)

Prices

Tour package
Per person, double occupancy
€1250
Single room surcharge (1 person/1 room)
€300
Bike Rentals
Electrically assisted bike
€245
Extra Nights, Girona
Per person, double occupancy
€90
Single room surcharge (1 person/1 room)
€50
Extra Nights, Sant Feliu de Guixols
Per person, double occupancy, prices starting from:
€90
Single room surcharge (1 person/1 room)
€50
Please note: Instead of operating bicycle tours ourselves, BikeTours.com represents local bicycle tour operators around the world. Review the tour operator's information and terms below, then submit your booking request through BikeTours.com. The primary benefits of booking your tour through BikeTours.com include:
  • Lower cost: You pay local tour company prices—less than what big American companies charge
  • Variety: Choose from more than 200 tours offered by local operators in 35 countries.
  • Advice: Our informed advisors help you choose the trip that's right for you.
  • Great exchange rates: Pay low rates thanks to the millions of dollars in foreign currency we buy each year. Or pay in euros!
  • Convenience: We handle the full booking and payment process.
  • Support: We’re your advocates from initial planning through final pedal stroke.
Contact us with any questions about booking and paying for your tour through BikeTours.com. We look forward to serving you!

Creative Catalonia Terms and Conditions

Our change of tour dates or cancellation rates are as follows:

  • 30 days or more prior to the start of the tour = 75% refund for cancellation.
  • 15 - 30 days prior to the start of the tour = 50% refund for cancellation.
  • 7 - 15 days prior to the start of the tour = 25% refund for cancellation.
  • less than 7 days prior to the start of the tour = no refund for cancellation.

If you would like to change your tour dates we will do what we can to change your hotel reservations. However, if a hotel applies a cancellation charge, then this charge will have to be paid for by the client. Additionally, an administration charge of 50 Euros will be applied

Hire Bike Terms & Conditions
1) The client is responsible for paying for mechanical damage that occurs to a hire bicycle or Garmin GPS unit, including labour and the cost of replacing damaged parts. This excludes brake and gear cables as well as inner tubes.

2) The cost for call out for the tour operator to repair a puncture on a self-guided tour is 100 Euros.

3) If a hire bicycle or Garmin GPS unit is stolen while being hired by a client, the client is responsible for the cost of replacing the bicycle.

General Terms & Conditions
1) In participating in a cycling or walking holiday with the tour operator the client is aware of the fact that these activities have an inherent element of “risk”. It is obligatory that the client has checked with his or her travel insurance policy to confirm that he or she is covered to participate in the chosen activity.

2) The tour operator takes all necessary precautions to reduce the element of risk during the activity. However, due to circumstances that are impossible to foresee or control (Force Majeure*) or for negligent behaviour on the part of the participant(s), the tour operator cannot be held responsible for any accident or incident that may occur.

* circumstances which may include civil disobedience, terrorism, natural disaster, adverse weather conditions, fire and all similar events beyond our control.

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5) Our Web Site DOES NOT contain all the information relevant to any holiday or travel arrangements you may book with us. In particular, all bookings are subject to our applicable booking conditions. All bookings are subject to the general information applicable in each instance. You must obtain a copy of our applicable booking conditions and this additional information together with all other relevant details relating to your chosen holiday or travel arrangements prior to making a booking with us.

6) Our booking conditions contain limitations and exclusions of our liability to any person(s) who books and/or takes any of our holidays and/or travel arrangements. Cancellation charges are payable if a booking is cancelled after it has been confirmed (see our Payment conditions).

7) No warranties, promises and/or representations of any kind, express or implied, are given as to the accuracy of any of the information contained on our Web Site or as to the nature, standard, suitability or otherwise of any services offered by us or on our behalf. We shall not be liable for any loss or damage of whatever nature (direct, indirect, consequential or other) which may arise as a result, directly or indirectly, from the use of any of the information or material contained in our Web Site and/or use of or access to any other information or material via web links from our site or any inability to access or use of our Web Site.

8) The information shown on the Web Site is updated from time to time and therefore may have changed by the time you come to book your holiday or travel arrangements. Whilst every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of all such information and prices, regrettably errors do occasionally occur. You must therefore ensure you check all details of your chosen holiday or travel arrangements (including the price) at the time of booking.

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All photos used by permission. ©Creative Catalonia

Ratings

Ratings Snapshot

  • 5 Star 15
  • 4 Star 3
  • 3 Star 0
  • 2 Star 0
  • 1 Star 0

Average Ratings

  • Overall

    4.8

  • Difficulty level (Actual vs. expected) 3.2
  • Value 4.6
  • Included meals 4.7
  • Bikes & equipment 4.9
  • Hotels or boat 4.7
  • Scenery 4.9
  • Ease of navigation 4.2
  • Tour documents 4.3
  • Local tour company services 4.8
  • Route selection 4.7
  • Guides (if applicable) 5

Reviews

sharon November 11, 2018

beautiful scenery, perfectly planned route

This is one of the most organized self-guided tours we have taken. The map and accompanying photos and tips were terrific. In addition, one bike had a Garmin GPS device, the other a smart phone with Maps.me. Great bikes, high-quality accommodations...It was a wonderful trip. We have several friends who are considering doing it.

pam123 September 5, 2018

Beautiful landscapes - amazing way to see Catalonia

Our second trip through biketours.com did not disappoint. We did the peak season self-guided trip in August 2018. Our orientation guide was extremely kind and took a lot of time with us to get us oriented to the materials and the bikes. There was a hiccup on the first day with the bag drop off, but Daniel, the head of the local tour company, was responsive and immediately worked to rectify it. We were pleased that they gave us both a GPS device and an smartphone with the routes outlined in the maps.me app - so both of us could follow our route in real time. We had a few times where we had to backtrack just a bit to make a different turn, but we were never lost -- and the GPS-enabled devices meant we could venture off the course when we liked and then find our way back to the pre-determined route pretty easily. Bikes were very good. Roads were a mix of paved and dirt (about 60/40 I'd guess). We had one flat just before the last day but we were able to fix it with just tire inflation. All in all, we liked the routes and the suggested stopping points, as well as the hotels we stayed in -- especially the first and the last hotels. One thing that would have made the trip better would have been some information on each daily route, with more suggestions/options on places to stop in the various towns or along the way -- e.g. churches, museums, other points of interest.

Maria June 24, 2018

Beautiful coast and villages

What a fantastic trip! We were 10 women all eager to see the Costa Brava and Creative Catalonia made it happen. First off the tour briefing in Girona with Lucy and Daniel before we set off was amazing. I've done 5 trips with Bike Tours and never have we had the tour operator go over so thoroughly our week at a glance. Very impressed with the time and care these two put into their clients' cycling experience.

The hotels and restaurants were lovely and every attention to detail sorted before we set off. We can not thank you enough for your expertise and all the time and effort in creating our Catalonia experience. You had your work cut out for you and you delivered. It was outstanding. We will be back! Muchisimas gracias!!Example: The perfect way to experience Italy! Our guide was great - a very knowledgeable local. The hotels were charming, but wish we'd gone for....

Kimmer June 21, 2018

Girona - Great Trip!

This was my first bike trip so I was a bit nervous but Lucy was amazing, she kindly installed the upright handlebars that I'd brought so that I could ride more upright. Lucy and Daniel gave us a very thorough briefing with maps and GPS devices. We had such an amazing trip I would highly recommend them!

happyPedals December 3, 2017

Variety, history, largely off roads

I appreciated the variety in landscape, from hilly interior to craggy and beautiful coastline. The trails were varied, from slightly rough bike trails to quiet roads. Hotels were good. I went at the end of October. Some facilities were closed, but also this made things quiet which I like, and the weather was still warm. I would recommend this tour. The Creative Catalonia owners were very helpful.

Badger biker October 26, 2017

Good trip

A very interesting ride along the shore of the Costa Brava and by a number od medieval towns. Generally not a difficult ride however much of the ride is on unpaved lanes and quite of bit of that is on rough roads, with sand and big rocks and large potholes. The tour company Creative Catalonia was very good. The hotels were excellent.

Cowboybob October 17, 2017

Off-Road Adventure

My first tour with Creative Catalonia tours, and I would consider another. I was with a group of eight friends, one who managed the Garmin about 90% of the daily routes were on off-roadway, gravel trails through beautiful countryside. Staying on route required close reading of the route maps at times. The villages toured are amazing for their age and charm. Plenty of great cafes and restaurants along the way. The arranged hotel lodging was very good.

Bonita September 25, 2017

Great scenery, great food & good biking trails

Our guide, Daniel with Creative Catalonia, was always aware of our safety. He was knowledgeable about the things we were seeing. If he didn't know the answer to questions, we'd often receive an email that evening containing an answer. We got to see some amazing sites. The hotels were very nice & resturants we were directed to were usually really good. He made sure that our bikes were all in good, working condition.

Responses from Biketours.com

Jim Johnson, founder and president December 12, 2018
Thank you for your review and ratings! Daniel is great, as is the Creative Catalonia organization. I'm glad you were able to have such a positive experience with them.
bikebuddies September 20, 2017

Muy Bueno!

A great way to see and experience this area of Spain. The hotels were very nice to exceptional; especially the Hotel Los Arcs in Monells with its very gracious host/owner family and wonderful food. The maps and Garmin GPS made route finding almost flawless and the tour operators (Lucy and Daniel ) checked in with us during the week to see how things were going and if we needed anything. Don't miss seeing the Botanical Gardens midway through the trip on one of the loop rides; it is very well worth a visit. We have done over a dozen self-guided bike tours in Europe and this is one of the best organized and planned.