Pyrenees to the Sea
A fantastic route of great scenic and cultural interest that goes from the Pyrenees to the Costa Brava, passing through Girona. You will enjoy a great variety of landscapes, from Vallter (2,000 m elevation) to the Mediterranean Sea cycling through areas of forest in the upper reaches of the river, crops in the plain area and rice fields and marshes near the sea. You will visit towns of great cultural interest, such as Ripoll or Saint Joan de les Abadesses with their magnificent Romanesque monasteries, the city of Girona with its old centre, the important Jewish quarter and the historic centre.
Need to Know
We will transfer you from the airport to the hotel in Set Cases, where you will stay for the first night. We will hold the orientation session, where your bike will be specially fitted for you and you’ll be presented with all the documentation and things you need for your trip. After the session, it is time to take a walk around the beautiful village made of stone.
Day 2 - Down the Pyrenees
Distance: 47km or 35km
We will transfer you and your bikes to Vallter to start your first day. In this first day, the route starts at Vallter 2000 ski station, near the source of the river Ter. You will start to descend following the GIV 5264 local road. From Sant Joan de les Abbesses you will follow the route along the Greenway "Via Verde del Ferro" in Ripoll, with its outstanding Romanesque monastery of Santa Maria de Ripoll.
Day 3 - To the Volcanoes
You start the day along the same path from Ripoll to Sant Joan de les Abadesses, with its magnificent Romanesque monastery and interesting old centre. Then you will have to climb up the Hill of Capsacosta (1,020 m.), it is the highest hill that you will have to climb! Then, we are going to descend along the paved road option to Olot through forest and old volcanoes. Before diner, you will have time to visit Olot.
Day 4 - “El Carrilet” (The narrow-gauge railway)
Today’s route from Olot to Girona takes you along the Greenway (old railway), visiting the beautiful valley of La Vall d'en Bas, known as the “Catalan Switzerland”, with its stunning scenery and typical villages such as Sant Privat d'en Bas and Hostalets d'en Bas. After the “Coll d’en Bas” (620 m) you will follow the Burgent river valley to La Cellera, where you reconnected with the river Ter, which continues to Girona. Your accommodation this evening is in the heart of Girona.
Day 5 - Costa Brava and Mediterranean Sea!
Today’s cycle takes you from Girona to the coast, following the ancient railway called "El carrilet". It is a fantastic route, 40 km long, through a railway which has been conditioned for pedestrians and bikers only. You will reach Sant Feliu, with its wonderful seaport and a great cultural and historical interest. Accommodation today is on the sea front at the beautiful beach of Sant Pol.
Day 6 - The Coastline
Sant Feliu de Guíxols-Calella de Palafrugell
On day six, the itinerary goes along the coast to Calella following the Palamós bay. You can visit the most important villages in the area, Platja d´Aro and Palamós, with its fascinating fishing port and its exquisite fish. To the inland is a region of vineyards. Accommodation is in the old fishing village of Calella de Palafrugell, which still retains its original charm.
Day 7 - Costa Brava Medieval Towns (circular from Calella de Palafrugell)
A beautiful route towards the inland of Baix Empordà where you will swiftly succumb to the charm of the region's ancient towns. You will cross pretty medieval villages and towns that are mere dots on the map become quaint terracotta coloured settlements the closer you get. Peratallada and Pals are worth prising yourself away from the beach. Drift from town to town, stopping off for a glass of the region's wine and flavoursome tapas in the tiny local bars.
Day 8 - Free Time Calella
Free day in Calella and transfer to the airport or the departure point or...why not to stay two or three days more to enjoy one of the most beautiful sites of Costa Brava or continue riding through Dali’s trail?
Hybrid bikes are provided and included in the cost of this tour, as they are ideal for the nature of the route and the terrain involved, as well as offering a reasonable level of comfort over the daily distances shown.
As for all of our tours, electric ‘E-Bikes’ are available with an additional supplement.
Bikes are provided fully equipped with helmets, pump and puncture repair kit, pannier bags, bike lock and bike computer, all included.
This is a SELF-GUIDED cycle tour, while comprehensive maps and route notes are provided. It is available from around mid-March to mid-October, while the months of July and August are of course the busier times and the weather can be very warm to cycle, however this does not mean it would not be enjoyable! We ask for 48 hours to confirm our tours, yet this may be slightly longer in the aforementioned peak July and August period.
The hotels and accommodations provided here are of an excellent standard, they are a mixture of traditional and modern Spanish hotels and authentic 'agriturismo' farmhouses, offering a warm welcome. They are specifically selected as being ideal places to relax after a hard day's cycling while offering a taste of the local culture.
Of course, single rooms are available at a supplement on the main tour cost, while this can again vary dependent on the overall package, whilst not forgetting that extra nights are always available too.
Other airports close by include Girona Airport (GRO) approximately 90 min by taxi or transfer from the airport to Setcases.On the first day transfers from Barcelona and Girona are included.If you're looking for international or domestic flights to GRO, airlines that fly there include Iberia, BA, Norwegian, Ryanair and Easyjet.
There are buses that connect from Barcelona airport and Girona airport. However, the service can be sporadic and therefore direct transfers are available. Please just ask for further details.
Most of our tours are available from early April until the end of October to enable you to make the most of the weather and scenery with some available year round. There is no ‘best’ time to go, this is really down to personal preference and your requirements however, peak summer months like July and August can be warm in southern Europe and busier so we would recommend these to sun worshippers. We would suggest that around May, June and September are the preferable months for comfortable and optimum cycling experience.
What clothing and kit should I bring?
Each individual tour provides slight variations in kit provided so we would always recommend checking your individual booking. In all cases bicycles are provided along with full puncture repair kit. In the majority of cases helmets will be provided and you will be given this information as part of the booking process. Where these are not provided there is the option to add this on or bring your own. Clothing is not provided but we would recommend suitable, comfortable clothing to cover all eventualities! Lycra and padded short are not mandatory but we would recommend these for your comfort. Breathable fabrics and light layers with a shower proof jacket will enhance your experience and we would also recommend comfortable footwear.
How do I carry this clothing and kit from A to B?
You don’t! Whilst we would recommend taking a small backpack or loading your panniers with daily essentials such as a light cycle jacket, water, snacks and your phone and camera the great news is your main luggage will be transported by ourselves between your accommodations allowing you to enjoy you day baggage free. We usually ask you to leave this the morning of the day you depart the particular hotel and should arrive by late afternoon at your next destination but we always aim to have this there before you.
How fit do I need to be to do the tours?
Every tour description gives an indication of the level of suitability along with details on the distances and terrains covered. However, the majority of our tours on Pedal & Break are open and suitable for all with a reasonable level of fitness and all age groups. As we say Lycra is optional and we actively encourage and truly welcome those on a first time cycling holiday. You also do not all need to be the same level to enjoy our holidays as a group. A basic level of cycling is a must in order to be confident on the roads and routes and we would recommend a good base level of fitness. Our routes are designed to enjoy the scenery at a leisurely pace with sightseeing and refreshment stops factored in, after all this is your holiday! The days should not be viewed as a leg of the Tour de France and don’t require you to cycle flat out from dawn till dusk. The e-bike is also an excellent option for those needing a ‘boost’. As a husband and wife partnership on our first holiday this worked perfectly for us and enabled us to enjoy our holiday together stress free.
What is an e-bike?
An e-bike is an electric bike and does not require a license and nor should it be confused with a moped or scooter! An e-bike will be available on most of our tours and is the perfect option for the slightly more apprehensive cyclist, simply as these bikes provide the ideal boost when the legs feel a little tired or when facing a hilly section. You are still required to pedal as the bike is a modified standard bicycle and the e-bike merely gives you a helping hand. The electric element can be turned on and off as you like but from personal experience having this at a low level throughout with an extra boost added for setting off at junctions and up hills enabled my wife to enjoy her first cycling tour alongside me throughout and gave her the confidence she needed.