Barcelona – Girona

Selfguided Cycling Tour Barcelona – Girona

Here we suggest our most successfull trip in Catalonia. Putting together Barcelona, the great mediterranean metropolis, and Girona, the most famous cycling destination in Spain.
Will you join us?

Barcelona-Girona, cycling trip in 6 stages

Recommended all year long. 

DEPARTURE: Hotel in Barcelona. You will begin cycling from the hotel
DEPARTURE TIME You choose starting time. Usually 9AM every day
INCLUDED
Carbon road bike rental
6 nights in hotels including breakfast in, Barcelona, Calella, Caldes de Malavella, L’Escala, Figueres and Olot.
Dinner at hotels except day 1 in Barcelona
Maps and tracks for all stages
Luggage transportation from hotel to hotel
Cycling guide first day to get out of Barcelona
Hotline you can call in case of any problem during the route
NOT INCLUDED
Any lunch
Dinner in Barcelona and Girona (ask for our recommendations)

Recommended all year long.

Why us:

  • We will take you to the best roads around. We know every small road you will enjoy and keep away from busy and dangerous roads.
  • We can adapt every stage to your needs. We can make them longer or shorter (we might change some destination towns)
  • Tour itself can be shortened if needed. 6 stages is the ideal number of stages to get to know the coastal roads, some climbing getting to the Pyrenees and some of the best roads around Girona. But we can adapt the route to 4, 5 or 7 stages if you need.
  • Our hotel selection is very accurated. We mix some of the best urban hotels (in Barcelona you will enjoy a fantastic 4 stars hotel with the best location) with other hotels at the seaside and even some rural cozy hotels. You will enjoy all of them.

In short:

  • 6 cycling days
  • From 560 kilometers
  • 6 nights in 3-4 stars hotels
  • Recommended March-November. Better avoid July and August.
  • This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
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Day 1: Departure

Barcelona-Calella 83 km It is a stage to get closer the Costa Brava. Flat road beside the sea to get out of the city and then, instead of leading straight to Calella, get a small nice hilly road in Mataró towards Arenys de Munt and Sant Pol de Mar. After that, back to the main road NII leading to Calella.

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Day 2

Calella-Caldes de Malavella 80 km
One of the nicest roads you can cycle in whole Catalonia is the one from Tossa de Mar to Sant Feliu de Guixols. It is time to enjoy landscape, views, weather… cycling. Once in Sant Feliu de Guixols then direction Santa Cristina d’Aro and afterwards to Romanyà. Finally, a crossroad leading to Llagostera will put you in the right direction to Caldes de Malavella.

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Day 3

Caldes de Malavella-L’Escala 77 km. Few miles after the start begins the climb of the day, a beautiful, solitaire and not very steep climb named Santa Pellaia. After the descent towards La Bisbal we will cycle through not very crowded roads, and then a stop in Peretallada is worth. Old and touristic town, cars are not allowed and lots of restaurants and shops welcome the tourists. After Peretallada we will continue through Torroella de Montgrí till L’Escala..

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Day 4

 L’Escala-Figueres 86 km There are several options for this stage.  A possibility would be going from Roses to Alt de Perafita and stop in Cadaqués, where genious Salvador Dalí lived. Steep climb to the Monestry of San Pere de Rodes is also possible. Nice aerial views from there to Port de la Seva and Costa Brava. This area maybe windy, with the so named, tramuntana wind, very strong if it blows. Figueres is a must, with the Museum dedicated to Salvador Dalí.

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Day 5

Figueres-Olot 73 km Going out from Figueres through N260 is a quick way out. Wide road leading Besalú that you will leave direction Esponellà and Banyoles. It is worth, the visit of Banyoles, the village beside the famous lake, where a lot of triathlon competitions take place. A good place to stop and enjoy lunch. Afterwards there are severals climbs, not very steep, to get some height reaching finally Olot at 440 meters. For the strong riders we can include the beautiful and very steep climb to Mare de Deu del Mont. Really worth, breathtaking views from the top to the Canigou peak in the Pyrenees!

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Day 6

Olot-Girona 84 km. One of the best spots for last day! The climb to Santuari del Far is one of the highlights of the whole trip. Climbing to Coll de Condreu and then taking the crossroad to the Sanctuary. Once you have enjoyed the views, then the rest of the stage is mainly downhill. This stage can be shortened to 55 km avoiding the climb if some of you had enough of climbing! When you get to Girona you realize why this town is becoming so popular for cyclists!

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Day 7: Return

Road Cycling Barcelona Girona
Road Cycling Barcelona Girona

– My husband and I organised this trip with Claudio via email. We are reasonably experienced bike tourers, but were fitting this trip in between other travel so wanted to be able to hire bikes and have our luggage transferred between hotels.Everything about our communication with him was helpful, accurate and easy.Claudio organised our bikes (which were great) and guided us out of Barcelona. The routes were as described as was the accommodation and they were fantastic.Along the way, he kept in touch with us and gave us extra ideas of things we may want to see or do.Claudio was great company as he guided us out of Barcelona and transferred us back and we learned quite a bit about local history and culture along the way.I highly recommend this trip and Claudio to you.It was a highlight of our trip to Spain!

– Booked at last minute having checked the weather forecast in UK and Barcelona. Claudio very helpful and interactive in sorting out a suitable itinerary for us. Brought the bikes to our hotel the day before and all set up to our sizes with correct pedals for our shoes. Bikes excellent and nicely maintained. Getting out of Barcelona a little tricky (but not Claudio’s fault of course) – take the guided option if not comfortable with big city traffic. All routes loaded into the Garmin door to door. Once out of Barca the routes were great. Coast from Arenal de Mar onwards stunning and no traffic. Second day we cycled to the hotspring at Caldes and stayed in a stunning old hotel (Hotel Balneari Vichy Catalan with hotspring baths in basement – think Grand Budapest Hotel). Day 3 we had fantastic climbs on empty roads en route to Girona. Claudio very helpful at beginning of day 3 when we were a little unsure about best options re route – clearly he knows the area backwards. Transfer back to airport at end and all luggage transfers very smooth. Day 3 Hotel Nord in Girona again lovely

We did a 5 day self-guided bike tour from Girona, down the Costa Brava, and ended in Barcelona. Claudio created a fantastic route on scenic, backcountry roads. He recommend great places to stay and lunch stops along the way. The trip was just perfect, and we highly recommend using Claudio for your next bike tour!
“Excellent support on a multi-day cycling trip for a couple.” Claudio planned our routes, booked accommodations, shuttled our luggage and rented bicycles for a six day trip from Barcelona to Girona via many Catalonian cycling highlights. All this for two people! Most outfits wouldn’t even talk to us.Claudio is an enthusiastic guide with an incredible amount of knowledge about the area. The routes were suited to our ability and the equipment was excellent. Each day had a highlight: Tibidabo, Costa Brava, the Spa at Balneari Vichy Catalan, the hill out of Tamariu and on to Begur, the climb to Sant Pere de Rodes, the farm stays in Perelada and Joanetes (plus Collada des Bracons bonus climb), capped off by the view at el Far and riding into Girona.
I’d heartily recommend any trip with Claudio and would love to go back. Unforgettable.

– Wir, 2 Personen, haben die „Self Guided“ Tour Barcelona – Girona bei Claudio gebucht. Es fing schon gut an! Beim Start der Tour in Barcelona regnete es in Strömen! Aber kein Problem, Claudio hat uns einfach per VW Bus incl. Fahrräder und Gepäck zum nächsten Hotel gebracht. Hier haben wir dann vereinbart, dass wir am nächsten Morgen, per WhatsApp entscheiden, wie es weitergeht. Es war kalt und regnete wieder so dass wir die Variante VW Bus wählten. Die Woche war wettermäßig insgesamt unbeständig, so dass wir Tag für Tag morgens entschieden haben, ob Fahrrad oder VW Bus! Insgesamt, so eine Superlösung, gerade wenn man nicht im Regen und bei niedrigen Temperaturen Rad fahren möchte. In allen Hotels fühlte man sich wohl und es gab immer Möglichkeiten neben dem Radfahren (Sauna, Thermalbad, Wandern, Stadtbummel, Museum, nett sitzen) alle Hotels hatten das „gewisse Etwas“!
Alle Touren, die wir fahren konnten, waren superschön, ohne viel Verkehr, landschaftlich ein Genuss.
Man kann Claudio nur weiterempfehlen! Entspanntes, genussvolles Radeln und Reisen ist garantiert!

“My wife and I were planning a two week bike ride through the North of Spain and South Western France. We generally do our own thing, not being tour oriented. We discovered Claudio online. His communication was extremely professional and timely. His pricing was a good value…”

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