105km / day 75% Difficulty6 days cycling / 7 nights / 8 days
Lovely backcountry and the Pyrenees both on the French and the Spanish side.
600 Km of incredible roads, including the panoramic route from Tossa de Mar to Sant Feliu de Guíxols.
Feel secure and comfortable in an area where car drivers respect cyclists.
Bike route description
This week long itinerary provides guests exclusive and amazing scenic routes, while enjoying excellent accommodation and food.
Cycle along the best places of the Catalan coast with hidden coves and long sandy beaches.
With this route, you are going to discover an exceptional cyclist destination, as many and popular professional cyclists live and train in this area. Girona is an ideal territory for road cycling because of its huge offer of secondary roads without traffic and the combination between challenging mountain stages and flat and easy roads.
Must do & must sees
Girona, absolutely fantastic medieval city.
Anchovie Museum in L’Escala.
Follow the steps of the pro-cyclists that live and train in the Girona region.
There is plenty to see and to do in this magic historical city. Spend the day visiting the Cathedral, which has the broadest single nave of Gothic architecture in the world and getting lost through the narrow streets of the ancient Jewish quarter, one of the best preserved in the world. We also recommend a stroll along the Rambla or the medieval walls, which gives you a fantastic panoramic view of the city.
Day 1: Loop ride Girona – Sant Hilari - Girona (102 Km 1.560m+)
Today provides riders a chance to climb to over 1.000m in altitude to the mountain town of Sant Hilari. The climb to the town is approx. 30 km and is an excellent training climb with its slack gradients but long distance. Riders then have a thrilling 18 km descent to the town of Santa Coloma.
This is another famous training ride used by hundreds of local riders. The ride returns to Girona winding through the fantastic countryside of the Gironès area.
Day 2: Girona – Calella de Palafurgell (108 Km 1.500m+)
We start south through a plane until Llagostera. From there we start the climb of Sant Grau (465 m). After passing the col a great descent with fantastic views over the Mediterranean sea will be recorded on your mind for all your live. This coastal road has been used for the Tour de France in 2009. Then following the coast, north direction, we will ride in one of the most famous routes.
We reach Palamós and we finish our ride at the great fisherman village of Calella, considered one of the best villages of the Costa Brava.
Day 3: Calella – Castelló d’Empúries (67 Km 480m+)
Starting from Calella we will deal with the short but really step climb to the light house of Sant Sebastià (climb 2 km / 150m+).
After that we climb to Begur and reach the gulf of Pals with his long sandy beach. From there we ride inland to Pals, a famous medieval village. Really worth to spend a while walking on its narrow streets. After crossing some more medieval villages we reach Torroella de Montgrí, just under its castle on the top of the mountain.
Later to cycle quietly towards the beaches in Empúries and l’Escala. In Empúries you should take the time to visit the archeological site Empúries with Greek and Roman ruins in front of the sea dating from 600BC, the gateway of the classic cultures to the Iberian Peninsular.
After the route passes through Castelló d’Empúries with a stunning cathedral that shows how powerful was the village in the ancient time. From there we will cross a small wetland with an ornithological reserve, finishing in the village of Roses.
Day 4: Castelló d’Empúries - Banyuls – Figueres (109 Km 1.500m+)
This route extends to the North visiting the beautiful and challenging nature reserve Cap de Creus, passing the col of Perafita. From there you have an optional ride (11 Km) descending to Cadaqués where Dalí the famous surrealist painter used to live, and coming back climbing again Perafita.
Later we cycle along the coast before crossing over the French border until Banyuls. Riders return to Spain passing the famous Col de Banyuls with a strong slopes, finishing the ride and overnight in the city of Figueres.
Day 5: Figueres - Coustouges – Molló (101 Km 2.672m+)
This ride takes riders further into the mountains crossing the French border via the mountain pass at Coustouges (810m) and Coll d’Ares (1.524m) before descending to spend a night in Molló near the winter ski town of Camprodon.
Day 6: Molló – Girona (110 Km 798m+)
We will start through the pass of Coll de Capsacosta and the town of Olot in the heart of the Volcanic park called La Garrotxa. The route finishes in Girona.