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Catalonia Tours - From Volcanoes to the Coast Catalonia's green heart

Enjoy an extra helping of captivating Catalan scenery up in the volcanic hills of the La Garrotxa natural park before wheeling away down via Girona to the blue waters and beaches near the ancient port of St Feliu de Guíxols. A rewarding circular route from Olot leads through the greenest and most peaceful countryside imaginable: a timeless world of hidden valleys, villages and waterfalls which makes for a really refreshing introduction to ancient rural Catalunya. From volcano country, the gloriously green ‘Via Verde’ cycle path steers you downhill almost all the way to Girona’s gothic cathedral and colourful riverside, then finally to magical Mediterranean itself.

Tour details

Tour Name
From Volcanoes to the Coast Catalonia's green heart
Tour Reference
SCOS5
Tour Duration
5 days and 4 nights
Start Day
Any Day
Tour Grade
2
Board Basis
Bed & Breakfast
Price
From £470 to £505 per person
Accommodation

is located in Olot, Girona and St Feliu de Guíxols. Selected properties include one 3 star and one 3 star town centre hotel and one 3 star colonial villa. Two hotels have open air swimming pools. We are pleased to discuss details on request.

Tour at a Glance

Get a real taste for the idyllic region of La Garrotxa – renowned for both its volcanic landscapes and its gastronomy - before enjoying some great country lanes and traffic-free cycling down this former railway line route where iron, coal, wood and cork was once transported from the foothills of the Pyrenees to the port of St Feliu de Guíxols on the Mediterannean coast. Highlights include the natural magic of the volcanic hills; views of craggy La Barroca mountain around El Pasteral; the varied and authentic architecture of ancient rural villages; the bright medieval houses leaning out by the Onyar River in Girona, the City of Four Rivers and St Feliu de Guíxols’ seafront beach and clustered port.

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Itinerary

Day One - Arrive & explore
     Arrive in Olot, the small city located inside the volcanic region of La Garrotxa, surrounded by the wooded slopes of sleeping volcanoes. Explore the city with its modernist architecture, historic Carmelite cloister and rich art connections, before spending your first night in this beautiful wooded region. Overnight Olot.

Day Two – A land of villages and volcanoes
     A circular ride into the heart of La Garrotxa to discover hidden river valleys, ancient villages and waterfalls. There is a the steady climb up to a volcano to enjoy magnificent views across this wonderfully wooded area before wheeling back down to Olot for your next overnight.
Miles 19 Kms 30

Day Three - Along the ‘Via Verde’ to Girona
     Heading out from Olot, the former trackbed of a narrow gauge freight railway is now the very well maintained path for cyclists and ramblers known as the ‘Via Verde’ or Green Way. It leads through leafy tree tunnels and over bridges, following the Fluvia, Brugent and Ter river valleys. Enjoy a really smooth ride where greenery clears to reveal the most wonderful natural vistas. It’s downhill all the way too (with the exception of just one section of uphill effort - a prearranged transfer is available, if preferred), crossing three regions and taking in twelve towns and sun-baked villages including St Esteve, Amer, Angles and Bescano on the way to ancient Girona. As the route opens up into the pasturelands of the Ter Valley, the towering, solid mass of Girona cathedral appears on the horizon. Park up and refresh on the café terrace, before climbing the steep Roccoco steps leading up to the world’s widest Gothic nave or drinking in the most spectacular sunset views over the city from the town ramparts. Overnight Girona.
Miles 35 Kms 57

Day Four – From green pastures to the bluest of seas
     From the art museum at the old Episcopal Palace to the bright façades of the medieval Onyar houses which cling to the old riverside walls, Girona is colourful stuff. Back on two wheels there’s a patchwork landscape of woods, pasture and stretches of earthy farmlands via Quart, Llambilles, Cassa de las Selva, Llagostera, San Cristina D'Aro and Castell D'Aro, en route down to the coast and the champagne cork capital, St Feliu de Guíxols. Don’t miss the famous Romanesque Porta Ferrada at the town’s Benedictine Monastery or the fine seafront manor houses near the golden beach and blue Mediterranean waters of San Pol. Overnight St Feliu de Guíxols.
Miles 26 Kms 43

Day Five – Depart after breakfast
     Depart after breakfast following your final night in St Feliu de Guíxols.

Extra nights can be booked to allow more time to explore the colourful Catalan coast at your leisure.

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