Girona and Costa Brava cycling trip
The Girona and Costa Brava region offers the perfect early or post season cycling training. On the Girona and Costa Brava cycling trip you will experience a dry climate with great weather and diverse terrain. Girona and Costa Brava offer up a fantastic medium intensity cycling destination! Our Girona and Costa Brava cycling trip starts in the center of Costa Brava in the medieval city of Girona. Sitting in a valley at the convergence of two rivers, Girona is surrounded on three sides by pre-Pyrenean foothills. The walled city is remarkably well-preserved with ancient attractions,upscale bakeries, numerous cafes and chic restaurants all easily explored on foot. Girona has evolved into the international cycling center for professional riders. Hardly a day passes where you don’t see a pro out training on the same roads as you.
From Girona we move north and then west towards the rugged coast. The cycling terrain changes daily with hilly challenges, small fishing villages, olive groves and a fantastic ride down the Mediterranean coast.
- Tapa-bar hopping in Girona
- 6 days cycling, 370 scenic miles, average 3,200′ vertical/day
- Testing your legs on Rocacorba & St. Hilari loop
- Fresh Catalan cuisine
- Riding the dramatic Mediterranean Coast
The Ride Strong Style
This Girona and Costa Brava cycling trip is designed with an obsessive tendency towards the most well-designed routes, multiple nights in one-of-a-kind hotels, authentic (& delicious) cuisine and, yes, loads of riding. We operate our tour with knowledgeable guides, vehicle/mechanical support throughout the day and cycling options of 40 – 75 miles. To enjoy this Girona and Costa Brava cycling trip you must be a fit cyclist capable of riding the daily distances on hilly terrain. Non-cyclist significant others are welcome.
The Girona and Costa Brava Cycling Trip Includes:
- Seven nights accommodation in authentically Catalonian city and country hotels;
- Breakfast daily (except arrival day);
- 5 dinners and;
- Experienced, local guides;
- Luggage transfer and van support;
- Energy snacks and hydration products during rides;
- Cycling route maps; and
- Ride Strong Travel Planner
Travel and Bikes
- You are responsible for travel expenses to and from the arrival and departure city;
- There are direct flights to Barcelona from North America. Girona is easily accessible by train or car from Barcelona or direct flights from the U.K.
- The majority of our clients bring their own bikes and helmets on the Girona and Costa Brava cycling trip. High quality road bikes are available (with a pre-reservation) through our local bike shop at an additional charge; and
- Passports are needed for all international tours.
Travel Insurance & Cancellations
Ride Strong Bike Tours strongly recommends purchasing peace of mind travel insurance for unexpected trip cancellations or any necessary medical insurance covering you during international travel. We’ll provide you with information about insurance plans upon receipt of your completed registration form and deposit. Please also see our Terms and Cancellation Policy. Ride Strong Bike Tours reserves the right to make modifications to hotels, dates, routes or tour pending confirmation of our hotels and registrations. We will notify you of any material modifications at our earliest possible convenience. Ride Strong Bike Tours also reserves the right to cancel a tour in the unlikely event of insufficient registrations, inclement weather, wars or other matters outside of our control.
Girona and Costa Brava cycling trip daily plan
Day 1 – Girona, Spain.
Your guides will meet for the Girona and Costa Brava cycling trip at the Girona airport or train station at 1:30 p.m. They will whisk you to our hotel in Girona city. After checking-in, introductions and a light lunch, we’ll go for a short warm-up ride to the summit of Els Angels, just outside of the old city. Relax or explore the medieval town before dinner. Dinner at one of our favorite restaurants in Girona. Ride: 20-25 miles, undulating.
Day 2 – St Hilari Loop.
On the Girona and Costa Brava cycling trip, the St. Hilari loop is a 100 km local cycling classic made famous by the professional riders who live and train here. It includes moderate climbing through beautiful forested scenery. We’ll approach the town of Saint Hilari from the backside on narrow roads. From here it’s one up and then a long descent back down to Angles, stopping for a light lunch before a scenic mostly fast ride back to Girona. Ride: 62 miles, 3885 feet climbing.
Day 3 – Girona to Banyoles or Besalu.
Leaving behind the ‘city,’ we’ll ride into the protected zone of the Parc Natural Volcanic de la Garrotxa. Garrotxa literally means “rough area” and this is a good description of the incredibly scenic ride with twisting, climbing and quiet roads. We’ll stop in the Volcanic park to refuel before the mostly down spin into Lake Banyoles. For those looking for more, extend your ride up Rocacorba starting at the south end of Lake Banyoles (13.8 km, gain of 2,900′) 50 miles 4,500 feet+.
Day 4 – Beget Loop
Potentially your most challenging and favorite ride of the week, we’ll climb the Spanish Pyrenees into the mountain hamlet of Beget. The ascent continues until intersecting with the Valley Alto del Ter. Enjoy all your efforts on the twisting, turning, down, down, down descent of the Coll de Capsacosta, past Castelfollit and back to the hotel. Ride: 75 miles, 6,500′
Day 5 – Banyoles to Cadaqués
Our ride takes us to the most easterly point of the Iberian Peninsula, Cap Creus. It’s a mostly flat to undulating day with one particularly pesky 8 km climb. The high point is at 1750 feet where the 10th century monastery sits above the rugged coast. From here, the descent zig-zags back to sea level with a great fishing village for a cafe. We’ll stop for lunch in the charming seaside town of Cadaqués, the former home of Salvador Dali and digest on the spectacular descent into the medieval village of Castelló d’Empúries where we’ll finish the day on the coast. Ride: 68 miles, 5,200 feet climbing.
Day 6 – Castello d’Empuries to Baix Empordà.
Today is intentionally less challenging with much of the day spent recovering on fast and flat plains of the Baix Empordà region. Medieval villages and Greek ruins mark most of the route. Pass through St Marti Empuries, quite possibly the first and most important Greek colonies on the Iberian Peninsula. Take a dip in the Mediterranean and continue further south for lunch under the shadows of Castell de Montgri. We’ll arrive at our hotel in the country with plenty of time to relax and enjoy the afternoon. Ride: 45-55 miles, relatively flat
Day 7 – Gavarres Mountains to Tossa del Mar.
Today is Costa Brava at its best! We’ll start with two of our favorite, relatively moderate climbs of Coll de la Ganga and Romanya de la Selva cutting through the Gavarres mountains. We descend almost directly onto the beach for a challenging Mediterranean promenade. From San Feliu de Guixols enjoy a 22 km stretch of twisty, tiny roads rising and falling above the Mediterranean. Descend into the fortified ancient town of Tossa de Mar for lunch on the coast. After a walk about town, we’ll have a short transfer back to Girona for our final night celebrations. Ride: 60 miles, 4,000 feet climbing.
Day 8 – Homeward Bound.
The end of the Girona and Costa Brava cycling trip. After breakfast, we’ll have a short morning transfer to the Girona train station or Girona airport for your connections home. If you are staying on in Barcelona to enjoy the city for a few days, it’s easy to connect to the train direct to the city center.
Book this Tour
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Selected Tour: Girona and Costa Brava Cycling trip – May 2017
We will have great memories of the trip for a lifetime. I was thrilled with the entire trip.Rhonda Gessow, CA. Mallorca 2015