Arrival in Girona. 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.
Stage 1: Girona - St Feliu de Guíxols (45 Km 410m+)
After the delivery of the necessary documentation and bike fitting (if bikes contracted) the first bike ride takes you straight to the Mediterranean Sea. Section that 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 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 it’s 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 on the coast.
This track offers also a long alternative climbing up a scenic mountain route.
Stage 3: Calella de Palafrugell - Torroella de Montgrí (29 Km 180m+)
Route towards the north, inland to passing through Palafrugell, with his fish, meat and vegetables market. Nice place to learn about the product land of this region. You can also visit the Cork Museum. After exiting Palafurgell you con stop to the cellar Mas Oller for the guided visit and the wine tasting. Later on you reach Pals, one of the better conserved medieval centre. 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 castle Montgri Massif.
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 in Catalonia – and for its natural space with a large sport and leisure centre. The old part is of high interest, too. It‘s the capital of Pla de l’Estany region. 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 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. You arrive at Olot
Stage 6: Olot – Girona (58 Km 233m+)
This route takes you from the city of Olot to Girona following the river Brugent valley through the old train line 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 from Girona after breakfast.