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From Volcanoes to the Coast

Tour: SCOS4
Hotel To Hotel Cycling Holiday
Linear Cycling Holiday

Stunning scenic cycling just doesn’t come more gentle or more colourful than on this neat downhill tour through northern Catalonia. Follow the gloriously green ‘Via Verde’ cycle path through the ancient rural Catalan county of La Garrotxa, from the wooded volcanic hills by the peaks of the Pyrenees down to the blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea at the beaches and ancient port of St Feliu de Guíxols. Historic Girona, City of Four Rivers, is a real en route gem, with rich museum pickings and bright medieval houses leaning out by the Onyar River. Read More


Europe, Spain

Start Day

Any Day

Board Basis

Bed & Breakfast

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4 Days, 3 Nights


Mar - Oct

Tour Grade

Grade 1 (Very Easy)

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Enjoy 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 views of craggy La Barroca mountain around El Pasteral; the varied and authentic architecture of ancient rural villages; the art museums and colourful cultural past of Girona and St Feliu de Guíxols’ seafront beach and clustered port.

Tour Code:
Hotel To Hotel Cycling Holiday, Linear Cycling Holiday
Europe, Spain
4 Days, 3 Nights
Board Basis:
Bed & Breakfast
Mar - Oct


Day 1 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 2 Volcanoes, villages and 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  36  Kms 57

Day 3 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 4 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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Ensuite accommodation in 3 star hotels as described with buffet/continental breakfast (prices based on two adults sharing). Some hotels have open air swimming pools.

Hire of hybrid bicycle and ancillary equipment (single pannier and handlebar bag, pump, basic tools, spare inner tube & puncture repair equipment)

Luggage transfer between hotels

Local assistance on call (although puncture repair is excluded)

Information pack with detailed joining instructions and daily route overviews sent out approximately two weeks before departure so you can plan ahead and look forward to your cycling adventure

Printed routing information and GPS information available on receipt of bikes

Local visitor taxes

Please note that the price EXCLUDES

Cost of getting to and from the tour area

Transfers to / from Girona Airport or Barcelona Airport ( on request)

Accommodation Options

Selected 3 star hotels in Olot, Girona and St Feliu de Guíxols. Some hotels have open air swimming pools.We are pleased to discuss details on request.

Half board is an option on this tour (2 dinners – no dinner in Girona).

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