Pirinexus cycling route is a marked cycling route around Catalonia which includes gravel paths and small roads.
No need to say that Catalonia has become one of the best places for cycling. For both road cycling and gravel cycling.
The total distance of this Pirinexus route is 360 km, then it is possible to do it in just 1 day (tough ride, indeed!), or 2 days, also 3 stages (pretty doable for experienced bikers), etc. The route is mainly easy even if it crosses the Pyrenees (border Spain-France).
The highest point is Coll d’Ares, at 1513 mts, but from the spanish side it is much milder than from the french side. If done from the north side, Coll d’Ares, starting at Arles sur Tech, it is a remarkable climb 32 km long with a total elevation of 1250 mts. In general, this Pirinexus cycling route is much easier if done clockwise
Girona, suggested starting point.
A good starting point could be Girona, as it is one of the most important cycling destinations in the world. Mainly for roadcycling, but als
o for gravel cycling. Then, from Girona, the main towns to go through are Olot, Camprodon, (Coll d’Ares), Prats de Molló, Arles sur Tech, Le Boulou, La Jonquera, Perelada, L’Escala, Palamós, Sant Feliu de Guixols and finally again to Girona.
One of the most important cycling infrastructures in Catalonia are the Greenways, the so called” Vies Verdes”, former railways converted into bike paths. This Pirinexus route goes along some of the main Greenways. Specially remarkable is the way from Sant Feliu de Guixols (at the coast) to Olot, getting through Girona.
But all the Pirinexus cycle route gets to perfect paths for cycling, so it is great experience in which you can discover Catalonia, southern France, and have a taste of the Pyrenees. Also the coastal paths are very enjoyable.
About the best time to do this cycling route, we recommend to avoit July and August (hotter and more expensive). Possibly the best months are April to June and September to November. We provide gravel bike rental, hotels including breakfast and dinner and also luggage transportation.