La Costa Brava
Cycle the prettiest coast in all of Spain
Situated in the north-eastern corner of Spain, the Costa Brava is one of the most romantic and gorgeous stretches of coast arguably in all of Europe. It is home to some of the finest Blue Flag beaches, turquoise waters, secluded coves, and highest concentration of Michelin-starred restaurants in Spain, making Catalonia a foodies’ paradise. What makes the Costa Brava even more spectacular is its mild year-round climate and varied cycling terrain, making it the preferred training ground for amateur and pro cyclists.
On this itinerary start inland in Girona, with its strikingly well-preserved medieval center, castles, and home to some of the best dining options, and continue south to the beautiful beaches of Tossa de Mar, perched on the Mediterranean and filled with delicious seafront restaurants.
- Mild year-round climate perfect for cycling
- Strikingly well-preserved ruins and archaeological sites
- Turquoise waters, secluded coves and white sandy beaches
- Sample the finest Spanish cuisine
Day by Day
We meet at the hotel around 1 pm for a light lunch, introductions and a bike fitting. We’ll leave the hotel for a short warm-up ride.
Today after breakfast we depart for our first full ride of the tour. Founded by Romans, Girona was later taken over by Moors and Franks before falling under the rule of Barcelona. Because of its various influences, the city has produced many fine Romanesque and Gothic buildings that still stand to this day. As we pedal, we’ll see the many sites that Girona has to offer. There will also be a walking tour!
Besalu is one of the most beautiful – and less known – Medieval villages in Spain. It has charm, art, culture and good food, but it has been secluded enough that it doesn’t get overly crowded. Treasuring its turbulent history, the village has restored the picturesque bridge and maintained areas of the Jewish quarter that make a stroll through Besalu a highlight of today.
El Port de la Selva
This is a more challenging day with the climb to Sant Pere de Rodes, a 9th century Benedectine Monastery that offers exceptional views over the French Riviera and Costa Brava. This is followed by a fabulous descent to El Port de la Selva. Near the French border you can enjoy the great, opulent landscape where the blue of the Mediterranean Sea compliments the green of the vineyard.
Today we ride from El Port de la Selva to Empuries traveling south parallel to La Costa Brava. In the morning we will visit Cadaques on the Cape de Creus, which is the home of famous surrealist painter Salvador Dali’s and the legendary Picasso.
Today’s relaxing ride takes us around the municipality of L’Escala. This afternoon you are free to relax at the beautiful beaches and explore the town.
Tossa de Mar
We depart in the morning for a long but scenic ride to Tossa de Mar. We’ll stop along the way for a special Spanish wine tasting, and end with dinner in Tossa de Mar.
This morning after breakfast we shuttle you directly to Barcelona airport (BCN), approximately 1.5 hours, to make your connecting flight home.
- Carbon bike rental equipped with Garmin Edge Touring GPS
- Informative tour leaders throughout the program
- Ciclismo jersey and water bottle
- Post tour shuttle
On The Tour
- 1 wine tasting
- 1 guided walking tour
- 1 visit to a museum
Accommodations & Meals
- All accommodations
- All breakfasts
- Some lunches
- Most dinners
Here’s a sampling of some of the amazing places you’ll stay on your journey.
For a full listing, request a detailed itinerary!
Ciutat de Girona
Ciutat de Girona is a 4-star hotel located in the cultural heart of Girona near the historic center and shops. The hotel combines a modern style with a Spanish flair. The hotel has a small spa and indoor pool. Rooms are equipped to offer comfort, style, personality and functionality. Free Wi-Fi and mini bar.
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Hotel Spa Empuries
The historic Hotel Spa Empuries stands on an ancient settlement beside Greek and Roman ruins. The hotel boasts 34 charming 100-year-old rooms with either sea or garden view, and in some cases a balcony. Tastefully refurbished and decorated.
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The 4-star Delfin was recently restored. It is located in the most commercial area of Tossa de Mar with quality installations and exquisite service. All rooms are large, with views of Tossa de Mar or an outdoor garden.
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