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From the Pyrenees to the Sea

From Barcelona... The Pyrenees, Girona, Empordà and Figueres


  Duration:   7 Days / 6 Nights  
  Type:   Self Hybrid Bike  
  Level:   2  
  Average/day:   45 km - 28 miles  
  When?:   Year round  
  Minimum:   2 riders required  
Map of the Pyrenees to the Sea Bike Tour
From the Pyrenees to the sea runs through landscapes of special interest in an area of great architectural and artistic richness: La Garrotxa region. The city of Girona. The coves along the Costa Brava. The enchanting medieval villages of the Empordà. The Greco-Roman ruins at Empúries and the Dalí Museum in Figueres.
The Monastery of Santa Maria de Ripoll. The tour will start with a "must see visit" to Ripoll town, located in the Pyrenees. The Ripoll Monastery was founded by Guifré el Pilós (Wilfred the Hairy) towards the end of the 9th century. The portal of the Monastery is one of Catalunya’s Romanesque masterpieces, the iconography in its impressive carvings is known as “The Stone Bible”.

The Garrotxa's Volcanic Zone is the best example of volcanic terrain on the Iberian Peninsula. It has 40 volcanic cones and more than 20 lava flows. The mountain landscape, the sun and climate provide a variety of vegetation, often exuberant, with holm oaks, common oaks and beech trees of exceptional value to the landscape.

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 Costa Brava, often translated as "wild coast," is paradise not only for the wild-spirited and wild at heart, but also for those who are simply looking for something a little out of the ordinary. It has something to suit everyone: Along with peaceful villages and a quiet time sunbathing, fun parties.

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.

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.

Our last stage leads us to Figueres, today the home of the world-famous Spanish artist, Salvador Dali. The city is located in the north-eastern Catalonia. With a population of 45.000 inhabitants, is the largest city near the border with France
PRICES 2013:
From 435 € per person. More info in PDF
INCLUDED in this price:
6 nights accommodation including breakfast.
One GPS per group with the preloaded route.
Maps and cue sheets to help you follow the tour.
All taxes.
Not included:
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Travel Insurance.
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Train tickets from and to Barcelona.
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Lunches during the tour.
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Luggage transfer from Hotel to Hotel.
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Bike and helmet rental.
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Dinner in Girona.
OPTIONAL extras:
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Personal Sport Travel Insurance.
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Luggage transfer from Hotel to Hotel and from/to Barcelona.
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Road transport from Barcelona to Ripoll.
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Road transport from Figueres to Barcelona.
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Equiped Bike and helmet rental.
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 ITINERARY
  Stage 1
Ripoll - Olot

After visiting Ripoll we will make our way up to St. Joan de les Abadesses, using the paved Green way. From St Joan we will do our most challenging climb for the tour, we will take the side road to Olot doing a 4km climb.
 
  Stage 2
Olot - Olot

As we are in the Natural parc of La Garrotxa Volcaninc area we will do a 40 km loop trough the most beautifull places, passing the Village of Santa Pau.
 
  Stage 3
Olot - Girona

We will cycle the Green Way passing trough La Garrotxa. We will arrive in the afternoon to Girona, early enough to stroll through the City’s main historical attractions.
 
  Stage 4
Girona - Platja d'Aro

Taking advantage once again of one of the Green ways routes, finally to arrive to the famous "Costa Brava" by the Mediterranean sea.
 
  Stage 5
Platja d'Aro - Torroella

Riding through the lands of El Baix Empordà region, where agriculture lives alongside the establishment of tourism in the coastal area, we will visit Ullastret and Peratallada.
 
  Stage 6
Torroella - Figueres

Our last stage leads us to Figueres. Riding along the shore line of Costa Brava, passing trough Castello d'Empúries we will arrive to our final destination, near the border with France .
 
  Stage 7
Train back to Barcelona.
 
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