Ride from Barcelona to Girona trough the Empordà. Start your rides along the coast line of the Costa Brava. Discover the Iberian town of Ullastret, the medieval village of Peratallada, arriving to Girona passing through the charming village of Cadaqués and the famous Figueres.
Barcelona is a cosmopolitan city with a singular rhythm and heart beat, as well as its own customs which make it unique. In Barcelona can be found magnificent examples of artistic trends throughout the ages providing a great Romanesque, Gothic and above all Modernistic legacy, the latter represented by the work of architectural genius Gaudí.
Tossa de Mar is located on the Girona coast, half way between the city of Barcelona and the French border. Tossa de Mar is an ancient fishing village with an important historical background that has been transformed during the last 50 years into an emblematic tourist destination of the Costa Brava area.
Discover the mediveal village of Peratallada. “Peratallada” means "Carved Stone", and many of the narrow streets and building foundations in this town are just that, literally carved right into the natural rock. There are also ancient cartwheel ruts cut into the road. The town is beautifully kept, and strolling around its cobbled streets you can admire a whole range of well-preserved buildings whose origins date back to pre-Roman times.
The Iberian town of Ullastret is one of the best-preserved Iberian settlements in Catalonia. It was one of the first fortified urban settlements to be found in Catalonia. It is located on a small hill from which it overlooks the gentle and peaceful landscape of the Emporda and Costa Brava to the South and the Pyrenees Mountains and Girona to the North. The original village was founded in the 6th century BC and was by the end of that century defended by a magnificent wall.
The history of the fishing village of Cadaqués dates back from thousands of years ago and was in?uenced by different civilizations like Greece and Rome. Nowadays, the main economy of Cadaqués is tourism but it keeps its charm as a fishing village.
Figueres has the unique museum of Salvador Dalí. Inaugurated in 1974, the Dalí Theatre-Museum was built upon the remains of the former Figueres theatre. It contains the broadest range of works spanning the artistic career of him, from his earliest artistic experiences and his surrealist creations down to the works of the last years of his life.
Girona has all the charm of a large city but without the crowds;
The old town is one of the most evocative historical centres in Catalonia, with certain elements that are unique in Europe: the Carolingian wall, an exceptionally well conserved Jewish quarter, and the grandeur of the Cathedral’s Gothic nave, the widest in the world. Girona also has six museums which possess a patrimonial collection of great interest.
The ride starts along the coast riding along a flat route crossing the "ciudad de veraneo" Lloret de Mar all the way to Tossa de Mar. It is a good opportunity to get acquaintance with the Costa Brava picturesque villages.
Stage 2 Tossa - Torroella de M.
You will leave the Sea behind, to visit one of the most beautiful Villages in Catalonia, Peratallada. No less impressive is Ullastret. After a day covered with Architecture treasures and history we can soak in the pool of our Hotel.
Stage 3 Torroella - Cadaqués
This mostly flat stage passes trough the natural reserve of "Aiguamolls”, privileged habitat for aquatic birds. Leading to Cadaqués you will find the day's climb, and decent to this Fishing Village.
Stage 4 Cadaqués - Figueres
The day starts with a climb and decent to Port de la Selva, with the constant view of the Med. You will pass trough the village of Llançà and a must stop required in Peralada. End of Stage will be in the famous Figueres.
Stage 5 Figueres - Girona
This is a rolling hills stage. In your way to Girona you will pass by Banyoles the largest natural lake of Catalonia. Girona has all the charm of a large city but without the crowds.