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Catalonia Tours - The Catalan Coast

A delicious story of vineyards, olive groves and Roses, this tour takes in all the fantastic Catalan contrasts of our five day tour from Girona to Figueres and adds some more superb cycling so you can really savour the flavour of Empordà’s vineyard slopes and explore La Gola del Ter estuary as well as the beaches, bays and creeks of the Mediterranean coast. Leave colourful Girona to pedal past ancient villages for a first glimpse of the glittering Med at Sant Pere Pescador. Then it's round the mountain at Montgri towards the beaches of L’Estartit. Head west along La Gola del Ter, then venture north, riding alongside beautiful beaches and through the Aigamols natural park and visiting the ruins of Empúries en route from L’Escala to Roses bay with its famous citadel. The Empordà wine museum here is fine introduction to a day of cycling the vineyards in the foothills of the Pyrenees, before a route full of ancient rural villages finally leads back to Figueres, the local capital and birthplace of Surrealist painter, Salvador Dalí.

Tour details

Tour Name
The Catalan Coast
Tour Reference
SCF7
Tour Duration
7 days and 6 nights
Start Day
Any Day
Tour Grade
1
Board Basis
Bed & Breakfast
Price
From £704 to £786 per person
Accommodation

is located in Girona, L'Estartit, Roses and Figueres. Selected properties include three 3 star hotels. Two hotels have open air swimming pools. We are pleased to discuss details on request.

Tour at a Glance

Pedal down from colourful Girona to spot the Medes Islands by the Mediterranean coast at L’Estartit then explore many medieval villages of the beautiful Gola del Ter estuary. Bike alongside beautiful beaches almost all the way from L’Escala to Roses. Sit back and sip a refreshing glass of well deserved Empordà during a day in the vineyards or put a toe in the water in some quiet Catalan cove. As well as stunning scenery, highlights include Dalí’s eccentric Theatre Museum in Figueres; the citadel and lighthouse at Roses; the village of Sant Pere Pescador; the natural park of Aiguamols de l’Empordà and the famed Empordà wine museum Coll de Roses – such a must that we’ve included a ticket in the tour price!

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Itinerary

Day One - Arrive and explore
     Arrive in Girona and relax and unwind with a glass of something local on the café terrace, take a wander to admire the ancient town and its ramparts. Climb the Roccoco steps leading up to the world's widest Gothic nave. Overnight Girona.

Day Two – Cruise along to the coast
     A day to head eastwards along the Ter river through relaxing rural landscapes and sun-baked ancient villages. Wheel away for a first glimpse of Mediterranean magic at Sant Pere Pescador, then it's round the mountain at Montgrí towards San Martin d'Empúries, L'Escala, Torroella de Montgrí and the big beaches of L’Estartit for your next overnight.
Miles 31 Kms 50

Day Three - Tales of the Ter River
     After its 208 km journey from Setcases, some 2,400m up in the Pyrenees, the great River Ter meets the Mediterranean sea at Torroella de Montgrí in the Baix Empordà region. Our circular day route gives just a taste of the river’s very special cycle route, leading through wildlife rich landscapes to charming medieval villages with their historic churches and impressive wall paintings. Don't miss the medieval hilltop village of Pals with wonderful views of the Medes Islands from its historic ramparts. Overnight in L’Estartit.
Miles 29 Kms 47

Day Four - Bike up the Bay of Roses
     Heading out from L’Estartit, you’ll have the sea on your right side as you pedal along this very special stretch of ancient coastline. The area is renowned for its wealth of creeks and beaches, its historic settlements, beautiful Mediterranean colours and the Aigamols natural park. Roses boasts 3,000 years of fascinating history, not to mention truly amazing sunsets perhaps best enjoyed from viewpoints such as the Puig Rom. Overnight Roses.
Miles 31 Kms 49

Day Five – A true taste of the place, through vineyards and olive groves
     Roses has so many sights to enjoy from its lighthouse to the historic citadel and its ancient megaliths, but the wine museum (admission ticket included in tour price) is a must before you head off to explore the Empordà vineyards in the foothills of the Pyrenees on a circular day ride which takes you through Vilajuiga, Garriguella and Peralada. Overnight in Roses.
Miles 26 Kms 41

Day Six – A rural return to Figueres
   With the Pyrenees on your right, small country lanes lead back via vineyards towards Figueres. Villages like Vilanova de la Muga, Peralad and Vilabertran encourage you to stop and stay a while, to drink in just a little more of the real Catalunya and enjoy its gentle landscapes, before for your final taste of Catalan culture and last overnight in Figueres.
Miles 20 Kms 32

Day Seven – Depart after breakfast
     Depart after breakfast following your final night in Figueres.

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

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