Pyrenees and Costa Brava 6 stages

from 820€/person
43 km / day 50% Difficulty 6 stages / 7 nights / 8 days
N3-Highlights

Highlights

Cycle from the feet of the Pyrenees to the coast at the Mediterranean Sea.

Enter in the fascinating area of l’Empordà, with its beautiful rural landscape.

Amazing scenery spots: volcanic areas, forests, rough coast and the biggest lake in Catalonia.

Get transported to ancient times, visiting the charming little medieval villages.

Cycle at your own pace in the middle of nature, away from the crowds and the noise.

N3-Description

Bike route description

The tour starts in Girona, the provincial capital and its charming old town, famous for its spectacular Jewish Quarter.

From Girona, the itinerary takes you to the Costa Brava, along the greenway "El Carrilet", the ancient railway line.

The next laps will keep you following one of the most beautiful parts of the coast line, combining long beaches with small rough coves and charming ancient fishing villages.

While leaving the Mediterranean Sea, cyclists will first enjoy the Empordà plain where the genius painter Dalí was born.

And later the inland countryside, with the lake of Banyoles and the volcanoes of Olot, as highlights.

You return back to Girona cycling along the greenway again with 60 Km of nature, rivers and peace.

N3-Must-do

Must do & must see

If the weather is warm, don’t hesitate to swim both in the sea, and also in the lake of Banyoles.

Leave the bike aside for a moment and do some short walks following the coastal paths. You’ll find out why.

Trip Itinerary

Arrival day
Arrival in Girona. There is plenty to see and to do in this magical historical city. Spend the day visiting the Cathedral, which has the widest 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.
Stage 1: Girona - St Feliu de Guíxols (45 Km 410m+)
After the delivery of the necessary documentation and bike fitting (if bikes are contracted) the first bike ride takes you straight to the Mediterranean Sea. This section follows the greenway “El Carrilet”, passing through the towns of Quart, Cassà de la Selva, Santa Cristina d’Aro and Llagostera. Just out of Girona, the route follows the Onyar river, which gives us one of the most picturesque and most photographed images: the colored houses of the Onyar river. Along the route we always have the Gavarres Massif as a backdrop, a mountainous forest area, consisting mainly of oaks, important for the cork production. We arrive in San Feliu de Guíxols, in front of the Mediterranean Sea
Stage 2: St Feliu de Guíxols - Calella de Palafrugell (30 Km 271m+)
Today you’ll ride North along the coast visiting the main port town Palamós. After a few kilometers you’ll pass the unspoilt cove Platja de Castell, with its Iberian settlement, before arriving in the picturesque old fishing village of Calella de Palafrugell, one of the pearls of Costa Brava. On the last section you’ll cycle along the greenway called “Ruta del Tren Petit”, connecting Palamós and Palafrugell, this last one with its amazing beaches and coves at the coast. This track also offers a long alternative climb up a scenic mountain route.
Stage 3: Calella de Palafrugell - Torroella de Montgrí (29 Km 180m+)
The route starts towards the north, inland passing through Palafrugell, with its fish, meat and vegetable market. This is a nice place to learn about the local product of this region. You can also visit the Cork Museum. After exiting Palafurgell you reach Pals, one of the better conserved medieval centres. The ride will take you through natural wetlands with extensive rice fields and long sandy beaches. The bike tour ends in Torroella de Montgrí at the foot of the Montgrí massif with its impressive castle.
Stage 4: Torroella de Montgrí – Banyoles (46 Km 450m+)
Starting the day in a flat area, the territory becomes more and more undulated. Banyoles is highly interesting for its lake – the biggest one in Catalonia – and for its natural space with a large sport and leisure centre. The old part of this capital of the Pla de l’Estany region is of high interest, too. From Torroella de Montgrí you cycle an easy path first following the Ter river until reaching Colomers. Then, the track becomes a little bit more challenging towards Banyoles.
Stage 5: Banyoles – Olot (40 Km 663m+)
This challenging ride takes you into the volcanic area of La Garrotxa, the most important one of the Iberian Peninsula. As another highlight you can visit and enjoy a lunch stop in the medieval village Santa Pau with its fortressed nucleus, lovely square and castle. Then, you’ll be cycling through the heart of the Natural Park of La Garrotxa, through a beech wood and the volcanoes before you arrive at Olot.
Stage 6: Olot – Girona (58 Km 233m+)
This route takes you from the city of Olot to Girona following the valley of the river Brugent along the old train rail called “Carrilet”. The landscape is really lovely. Its natural situation offers an extensive and rich variety of landscapes from lofty mountains and rolling hills to beautiful oak and beech forest, not to mention the outstanding scenery of its volcanic area. You return back to Girona.
Departure day
Departure from Girona after breakfast.
Map of the touring bike tour Pyrenees and Costa Brava

Pricing Chart 2024

Low Season
March 1st - 26th
October 1st- 31th
Standard / Premium
820€/1.005€
  • per person in double room B&B
  • Single room supplement
    179€ / 263€
  • Half board supplement
    110€ / 123€ (4 dinners)
  • Alone traveler supplement
    120€
  • Tourist Tax (adults over 16 years old)
    5,00€ / 9,50€
  • BIKE RENTAL

    6 days touring bike
    130€

    6 days electric bike
    260€

    6 days gravel bike
    225€

    6 days gravel plus bike
    295€
Mid Season
March 27th - June 20th
September 1st - 30th
Standard / Premium
880€/1.115€
  • per person in double room B&B
  • Single room supplement
    219€ / 332€
  • Half board supplement
    110€ / 123€ (4 dinners)
  • Alone traveler supplement
    120€
  • Tourist Tax (adults over 16 years old)
    5,00€ / 9,50€
  • BIKE RENTAL

    6 days touring bike
    130€

    6 days electric bike
    260€

    6 days gravel bike
    225€

    6 days gravel plus bike
    295€
High Season
June 21st - August 31st

Standard / Premium
955€/1.395€
  • per person in double room B&B
  • Single room supplement
    265€ / 413€
  • Half board supplement
    110€ / 123€ (4 dinners)
  • Alone traveler supplement
    120€
  • Tourist Tax (adults over 16 years old)
    5,00€ / 9,50€
  • BIKE RENTAL

    6 days touring bike
    130€

    6 days electric bike
    260€

    6 days gravel bike
    225€

    6 days gravel plus bike
    295€

What's included?

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Self-guided tours

Roadbook and maps.

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Tourist information

General tourist information of the area.

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Accommodation

7 nights accommodation in double room in B&B.

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Luggage transfer

Luggage transfer from hotel to hotel.

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Emergency assistance

Hotline assistance during the trip from 8 am to 8 pm.

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Bike rental (optional)

Bike delivery in Girona.

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Great place to rent a bike in Girona! Located close to the centre which makes it easy to get there. Online booking was very convenient and bike was in great condition. Staff was super welcoming, friendly and helpful. I would definitively rent bikes again!
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Roy HendersonRoy Henderson
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Simply excellent. Good quality bikes which required no maintenance. The GPX routes were accurate, challenging enough and fun. Our hotels were amazing with friendly staff and all luggage transports were timely. Great company to deal with :-).
Isis HannaIsis Hanna
14:56 07 Aug 23
We loved renting our bikes and taking a self guided tour through cycleTours Catalonia. The team was very kind and knowledgeable about the area. They took the time to walk us through all the routes. They were also super responsive when we called them for help. Additionally, the gravel bikes we rented were great, we were apprehensive to rent because we love our own bikes but we ended up being very happy with them. Would highly recommend!
margaret rooneymargaret rooney
16:16 07 Jul 23
Had a great 4 day trip with a self guided tour from Catalonia Bike tours. The bike was perfect, top of the line and worked flawless.The staff were friendly and knowledgeable. They preloaded GPS routes that were accurate and hit the highlights of Girona surrounding area.They arranged hotel bed and breakfast which suited us and was very convenient to the town. I would highly recommend this company and hopefully return in the future.
DuncanDuncan
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This is the second time I have rented a bike from Cycle Tours in Girona. The staff are very friendly and helpful and the bikes are top of the range in excellent condition. I will defiantly use them again.
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Steve SayerSteve Sayer
06:58 04 Apr 23
I have hired a road bike from CycleTours Catalonia twice now and each time they have delivered. Efficient friendly service, great value for money and recommendations for local routes if you need them. This time I went for a BMC Team Machine SLR Two, which was super light and speedy and in great condition. The online booking engine is simple to use. See you next time!
Mark BarsonicMark Barsonic
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I had a last minute change of plans so dropped by the shop the night before bike collection day. The staff were super friendly and very helpful, providing some route plans and asking if I wanted to take the bike early. Overall I had a great experience riding around Girono fantastic roads and beautiful scenery, I did get a couple flats which were due to an issue with the wheel rim but the bike overall was well maintained.Would definitely use this shop again next time I’m in town.
Chance BexChance Bex
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The service and bike hire were both amazing and flawless. I picked up the bike and was greeted by a friendly mechanic who made the adjustments to the bike fit I wanted and I was on my way to riding. Returning the bike was also pleasurable and easy. I would easily recommend Cycletours Catalonia to anyone in need of a rental or bike tour.
Philip McKinneyPhilip McKinney
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Fantastic bike rental company!I have hired bikes from lots of different companies in lots of different locations and have never received this level of service. Everyone I talked to was friendly and extremely helpful. They also were able to help me out even though I completely messed up my booking.The bike I rented was very well specced, in amazing condition and had no issues at all. And the price was great and included a cycle bag with items to repair any problems I may have had.I will 100% use them the next time I'm in Girona and would highly recommend them to anyone.
Margaret PhelanMargaret Phelan
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Chris RawlinsChris Rawlins
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They can’t do more to help! Great bike selection, and advice, including booking a taxi to our start point in Vic. Our late return, gone 6 when they close, was not a problem, even our filthy bikes were immediately washed and all for a great price.
Roy BroughtonRoy Broughton
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