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PRIVATE TOURS

CATALONIA

Catalonia

Mesmerizing Costa Brava’s splendor and acclaimed Priorat wine region.

Costa Brava’s rugged coastline and Priorat’s distinguished vineyards set the stage for an unforgettable adventure. With trendy Barcelona as our gateway city, we will then pedal through enchanting medieval villages of Girona province, soaking in the Mediterranean sun against the breathtaking backdrop of the Pyrenees. Along your journey, savor the region’s culinary gems, from fresh seafood at picturesque fishing villages to world-class wines of one of the most world renowned wine regions. Experience Catalonia’s fusion of natural beauty, rich culture, and gastronomic delights, and discover why it’s the ultimate destination for cyclists seeking an extraordinary blend of experiences.

Highlights

  • Catalonia’s unique, diverse scenery. Costa Brava’s rugged coast, Empordà’s rolling vineyards, and Priorat’s dramatic landscapes collectively create a breathtaking tapestry of natural beauty.
  • Exceptional mixture of challenging routes, stunning vistas, and diverse terrain for road biking enthusiasts of any level, from the famous Cap de Creus climb to unknown small roads through the vineyards.
  • Fascinating Catalan towns. Explore Cadaqués’ artistic legacy, Pals’ medieval allure, Begur’s coastal serenity and Gratallop’s centuries-old winemaking heritage.
  • Carefully selected accommodations. Indulge in a palace of a medieval town, a noble house of the XVIII century and a luxury boutique hotel in the heart of Priorat.

Highlights for foodies: Catalonia’s culinary scene is a vibrant tapestry of flavors, featuring fresh seafood from the Mediterranean, farm-to-table produce, traditional tapas, and exquisite dining experiences.

 

Day 1: Welcome to Catalonia!

Welcome to Catalonia!

Arriving at Barcelona airport, make your way to your hotel of your choice in this incredible city or directly to our meeting point, in case you arrive the same day the tour starts. Once the group has gathered, we will transfer to Castelló d’Empuries, our home for the next two nights. We will go over the week’s logistics and options with an aperitivo followed by dinner.

* Transfer: 2h shuttle from Barcelona to Castelló d’Empúries

Accommodation: Palau Macelli

 

Day 2: The Allure of Cadaqués

Today’s route promises breathtaking coastal views on our way to Cadaqués, a picturesque coastal town beloved by painters like Salvador Dalí and Pablo Picasso where we’ll explore its quaint, winding alleys and stop for a coffee break. We will continue our scenic journey to Port de Selva, where a seaside lunch awaits. You can opt for the morning challenge of conquering rugged Cap de Creus and consider climbing to the majestic medieval Benedictine monastery of Sant Pere de Rodes in the afternoon. In the evening, we will visit Peralada, one of the most illustrious and storied wineries in the area.

Sweet – Port de Selva lunch route. 36 km. Elevation 700 meters
Salty – Cap de Creus Out & Back. 52 km. Elevation 1100 meters
     – Castelló loop. 61 km 1000 meters
Spicy – Sant Pere de Rodes Challenge. 78 km. Elevation 1800 m

Accommodation: Palau Macelli

 

Day 3: Medieval Heritage

Savor a captivating day of cycling by the enchanting landscapes of Empordà as you pedal through idyllic medieval villages and lush countryside. As you arrive at Gala’s Castle in Pubol, soak in the surrealism-inspired ambiance of this historical gem, once home to Salvador Dalí and his muse Gala. Enjoy a leisurely lunch in the charming village of Monells, known for its cobbled streets and traditional Catalan cuisine. We’ll relish our splendid accommodation for the next two nights at the magnificent Mas de Torrent hotel. This day offers a perfect blend of cycling, cultural exploration, and culinary delights in the heart of Catalonia.

Sweet – Monells lunch. 52 km – Elevation 600m
Salty – Mas de Torrent Route. 70 km – Elevation 800 m
Spicy – Els Angels Challenge. 85 km – Elevation 1200 m

Accommodation: Mas de Torrent

 

Day 4: Coastal Splendor

The journey continues with a charming rural route, featuring an ascent to La Ganga, located within a nature reserve in the Catalan Coastal Range. Then, you’ll follow a bike path to Palamós, an inviting harbor town ideal for a coffee break. As you pedal along the coast, you’ll pass elegant residences nestled amid tree-covered hills. In the picturesque fishing village of Calella de Palafrugell, relish Catalan cuisine at a restaurant offering scenic views. Unwind on the beach or take a refreshing swim in the crystal-clear Mediterranean waters. Later, return to the hotel for relaxation or spa indulgence, or, for the adventurous, opt for the uphill challenge to Begur.

Sweet – Calella lunch. 44 km. Elevation 500 m
Salty – Pals loop. 61 km. Elevation 700 m
Spicy– Begur Challenge. 78 km Elevation 1200 m.

Accommodation: Mas de Torrent

 

Day 5: Iconic Catalan History

We’ll bid farewell to the stunning Costa Brava as we set our sights on the captivating wine region of Priorat, promising an exciting change of scenery and unforgettable experiences. Not only will we immerse ourselves in the breathtaking landscapes of Priorat, pedaling through the picturesque vineyard-covered hills and savoring the essence of this renowned wine region, but we will also visit Poblet and Escaladei, two iconic monastic sites, integral to Catalan history, preserving centuries of religious, cultural, and architectural heritage. Today’s journey is incredibly rich in cultural and natural beauty.

Sweet – Prades lunch route. 20 km Elevation 700m
Salty – Escaladei route. 55 km. Elevation 1100 m
Spicy – Arbolí Challenge. 70 km. Elevation 1500 m.

* Transfer: 2h30 shuttle in the morning from Torrent to Poblet

Accommodation: Mas d’en Bruno

 

Day 6: Priorat Wine Country

Today we will experience a captivating riding day in Priorat as you explore Falset and Gratallops. This journey takes you deep into the heart of Catalan wine culture, where you’ll pedal through picturesque vineyards, visit historic wineries, and indulge in the rich flavors of this renowned wine region. As an option, conquer the challenging climb to Siurana, known for its breathtaking vistas overlooking Priorat’s renowned vineyards. It’s a day filled with scenic beauty, making it an unforgettable experience for wine enthusiasts and cyclists alike.

Sweet – Falset Lunch Route. 39 km. Elevation 1000m
Salty – Priorat Loop. 58 km. Elevation 1500 m
Spicy – Siurana Challenge. 73 km. Elevation 1900 m

Accommodation: Mas d’en Bruno

 

 

Day 7: Adéu, Catalunya!

For our final ride we will enjoy the tranquil roads around Priorat as we pedal through La Vilella Baixa’s terraced vineyards and mountainous backdrop. A picturesque Catalan gem to finalize our week in this wonderful region. After lunch, we will say Adiós!

Salty – Torroja loop. 45 km. Elevation 1100 m

 

 

Dates & Prices

Your choice of dates

(7 days/6 nights) – 6 full riding days

 

What is included?
  • 6 nights accommodation with breakfast. Lunch and dinners can be added according to your preference.
  • Top range road bike or e-bike
  • Expertise and service from our Local Leaders
  • Van support along the route
  • 3 to 4 daily route options
  • Local snacks, foodie treats and beverages on the rides
  • Transfer to Barcelona airport on departure day
  • All baggage transportation
  • A reusable Foodie Cycling water bottle
  • All gratuities for baggage, porters, restaurants, and hotel service
  • A GPS device per person
What is not included?
  • Travel to Barcelona
  • Lunches and dinners (but may be added)
  • Travel & Health insurance
  • Gratuities for local trip leaders
  • Anything not specified as included
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