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Stage in Empordà

From Barcelona...
ride five days near Girona


  Duration:   5 Days / 5 Nights  
  Type:   Self Road Bike  
  Level:   4  
  Average/day:   103 km - 64 miles  
  When?:   Year round  
  Minimum:   2 riders required  
Map of the Barcelona to Girona Road Bike Tour
This Bike stage aloud you to combine the commodity of staying in the same Hotel every night in Torroella de Montgrí, with the possibility of riding in the most exceptional bike routes of the Empordà. You will ride in the surroundings of Cap de Creus, by the Banyoles lake and along the agriculture fields of the Empordà on secondary roads.
Torroella de Montgri is a 13th-14th century urban structure, a good example of classical Roman camp type layout. The old part of the town is surrounded by promenades that trace the path of the former defence walls, of which some remain: the 15th-16th century Torre de les Bruixes (Witches’ Tower), evoking legendary witches who once prevented a Catalan king from entering the town, and the 14th century Santa Caterina gate, the only remaining of the six original entrances to Torroella.

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. Gerona also has six museums which possess a patrimonial collection of great interest.

  COSTA BRAVA EMPORDÀ  
PRICES 2013:
From 425€ per person. More info in PDF
INCLUDED in this price:
5 nights accommodation in 2* (economic option) or 4*(deluxe option).
5 breakfasts.
One GPS per group with the preloaded route.
Maps and cue sheets to help you follow the tour.
Guided visit to the Iberian town in Ullastret.
All taxes.
Not included:
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Travel Insurance.
Χ
Transport from and to Barcelona.
Χ
Lunches during the tour.
Χ
Bike and helmet rental.
Χ
Dinners.
OPTIONAL extras:
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Personal Sport Travel Insurance.
Χ
Transport from Barcelona to Torroella and from Torroella to Barcelona.
Χ
All dinners.
Χ
Equiped Bike and helmet rental.
Carbon bike rental

 
 
 
 ITINERARY
  Stage 1
Banyoles Lake

This is a rolling hills stage and a good way to get acquainted with the area. You will head to the largest natural lake of Catalonia. Enjoy the leisure flat ride around the lake before heading back to the hotel.
 
  Stage 2
Cap de Creus.

In this day is mostly a flat stage passing trough the natural reserve of "Aiguamolls” a privileged habitat for the fauna. Keep your energies for the Hills leading in and out to El Port de la Selva.
 
  Stage 3
Costa Brava

In this stage you are heading south passing trough the pictures village of Pals, and to Palamós for a refreshing dip in warm waters of the Med sea. Back to Torroella, trough the secondary roads of the Empordà.
 
  Stage 4
Boadella Lake

A rolling hills stage will lead you toward the city of Figueres, although not entering into the city. In your way back you will pass by Peralada and finally reaching the artificial Boadella Lake.
 
  Stage 5
Les Gavarres

A challenging day, as you have 2 long climbs to accomplish. You head south to Peratallada and towards Les Gavarres. The outstanding views will compensate all your efforts..
 
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