Spain | Biking in Catalonia Itinerary
(Host City: Barcelona, Spain (BCE))
Day 1: Olot
Day 2: Girona
Day 3: Girona
Day 4: La Bisbal d'Empordà
Day 5: La Bisbal d'Empordà
Day 6: Vilafranca del Penedès
Day 7: Vilafranca del Penedès
Day 8: Barcelona
Quotes from the Field:
"Our tour was incredibly well-organized with a team of guides who were truly, unbelievably great."
Julie Treumann - New York, NY
Medieval villages, coastal hamlets, and mouthwatering Catalan fare
Retrace the footsteps of Picasso, Dali, and Miro as you pedal your way from the Pyrenees Mountains to the Mediterranean shores of the Costa Brava, soaking up Catalonia's rich artistic legacy , spectacular scenery, and fabulous food along the way.
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• Cycle the gentle Via Verde in the Pyrenees en route to the Romanesque Benedictine Monastery of Santa Maria
• Bike fertile fields to the bayside town of Sant Feliu du Guixols on the Costa Brava
• Visit the mansion Salvador Dali bought and decorated for his wife, Gala, in Pubol
• Sample tapas and local cava in Sant Saduri d'Anoia
• Pedal postcard-perfect wine cuontrym pausing at Sant Marti Sarroca church for a picnic overlooking the village below
• Sit down to a feast prepared Catalan-style over and open fire at the hillside astell d'Emporada, your home for two nights
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8 days/7 nights
Night 1: Hotel Riu Olot
A modern hotel within walking distance of the historic town center, with nice views of the surrounding mountains and volcanic hills. The Hotel Riu Olot is located in Olot-Girona, surrounded by mountains, sensational valleys and panoramic views. Just 5 minutes from the national park of the volcanic region of Garrotxa and only 3 minutes from the city center, this hotel is the ideal place for enjoying nature and calmness, not to mention the hotel’s excellent quality and service.
Nights 2 & 3: Hotel Ciutat de Girona
Centrally located in the commercial part of town, this hotel is perfect for exploring this medieval town center across the river and the famous landmarks including the Walls of Girona, Fira de Girona, and the Castle of Montjuic. Modern, yet comfortable, this four-star hotel is an outstanding choice for those visiting the historically rich, charming town of Girona.
Nights 4 & 5: Hotel Castell d’Empordà
This medieval castle with modern additions is surrounded by a park. The Castell d’Empordà is now a luxurious four-star hotel fully satisfying all the requirements of the 21st century. Comfortable, tastefully decorated rooms. Amenities include a gourmet restaurant, an outdoor swimming pool, and terraces.
Nights 6 & 7: Hotel Casa Torner i Güell
Located in the historic town center of Vilafranca, this boutique hotel is housed in a majestic building dating to 1884. It boasts modern-design rooms with top-quality furniture and state-of-the-art bath rooms.
A few more reasons why you've gotta go...
1. There is lots of history in Spain! Throughout history the Iberians, Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, Visigoths, Celts, Basques, and the Moors have settled in Spain.
2. At Austin Adventures, we appreciate explorers and the Spanish have had more than a few important ones. The first European men to see California, Antarctica, the Pacific Ocean, and to circumvent the globe were all Spaniards. Christopher Columbus was not only not the first European to land on the Americas (Leif Ericson), he also wasn’t a Spaniard (Italian, though commissioned by the Queen of Spain).
3. Spain has among the most diverse plant populations in Europe. During the last ice age, most of Europe was covered in glaciers but Spain was far enough south to avoid the ice so many plant species that were wiped out elsewhere, survived.