Biking Costa Brava and Catalonia

Biking Costa Brava and Catalonia

Biking Costa Brava and Catalonia

Prices

From $775USD

Difficulty

Self-guided

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Highlights

Take a bike ride through Catalonia to legendary Costa Brava

Discover one of National Geographic’s Best Destinations as you tour Costa Brava.

Enjoy leisurely bike rides through picturesque rural Catalonia, where historic monuments await.

Kick back on the beach after exciting days spent pedalling with your friends or family.

Sample Spanish food, visit museums, admire historical sites, and get a taste of Spanish nightlife.

The Costa Brava is one of the most desirable destinations in Spain, and was one of National Geographic’s top destinations in 2012. This divine stretch of coastline is the star of the show on the Biking Costa Brava and Catalonia tour, where you’ll enjoy laidback bike rides to the hotspots of the Costa Brava and rural Catalonian countryside.

Between breaks on the idyllic sand, you’ll spend three days riding from Calella and three from L’Escala, giving you easy access to tons of the coast’s top spots. Bike through fragrant orchards, cruise along the same beaches that pirates used to loot (don’t worry, they haven’t been around in years), and become part of the convivial energy of quaint fishing villages like Cala s’Alguer. Visit Greco-Roman ruins at Empuries and fill up on tapas in Torroella de Montgrí. The Biking Costa Brava and Catalonia tour will offer some of the best bike rides and beachside days of your life, hands down!

Biking Costa Brava and Catalonia Itinerary

Day 1 Welcome Meeting and Bike Fitting

Get ready to begin your bike adventure tomorrow with an information session held by tour representatives. You’ll get your GPS, maps, guidebooks, and any other information you need for your tour. You’ll also be fitted for a rental bike.

Once you’re all set, enjoy a walk around the pretty village of Calella, perhaps seeking out a local dessert or glass of wine.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Calella
Distance
None
Meals
None

Day 2 El Carrilet Loop Route

Ready to hit the road? This tour gives you a short route and a long route most days, but either route will hit the same highlights. Today, you’ll head out on a loop on the El Carrilet trail. Your first stop is in Palamos, a bustling fishing village. Grab some catch of the day for lunch before continuing to the coves of La Fosca and Es Castell, both stunning spots.

Next up is Cala s’Alguer, a little fishing village where it feels like time stands still. You’ll complete your loop back in Calella

Overnight Location
Hotel in Calella
Distance
21km or 35km
Meals
Breakfast

Day 3 Medieval Village Route

Ready for a blast from the (distant) past? Ride through the countryside of Baix Emporda, where medieval villages await. Stop in Peratallada and Pals, where you can find a tapas bar and a glass of wine alongside stellar architecture.

Continue through picture-perfect sunflower fields and olive groves before returning to Calella.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Calella
Distance
24km or 42km
Meals
Breakfast

Day 4 Riding from South to North to L’Escala

Saying goodbye to Calella, you’ll ride north through apple orchards and rice fields towards L’Escala. Stop in any of the cute villages that draw your eye, chatting with locals or grabbing a bite to eat. The ground is mostly flat, making for an easy ride.

Cruise through a couple of vineyards before reaching your destination for the night, a vibrant fishing village. The town centre of L’Escala is full of energy, so wander through here to find the perfect tapas bar for dinner.

Overnight Location
Hotel in L’Escala
Distance
41km
Meals
Breakfast

Day 5 Exploring the Emporda Coast

The sea beckons today, so begin with a ride along the Emporda Coast. This area was attacked by pirates for many years, but thankfully it’s now less of a scene from Pirates of the Caribbean and more of an idyllic stretch of sand.

Cruise inland to see walled villages and fortresses (used to keep the pirates out, of course) before heading to the sea at the end of the day.

Overnight Location
Hotel in L’Escala
Distance
22km or 40km
Meals
Breakfast

Day 6 Beaches of the North

Depart L‘Escala this morning, riding along a well-kept bike path to the ruins of Empuries, the most important ruins in the area. Next, you’ll ride alongside the beach to Sant Pere Pescador. From here, you can choose to either return to L’Escala or keep riding through orchards to the Romanesque village of Castello d’Empuries.

However, you choose to spend the afternoon, make sure you soak up your last evening in the unbeatable Costa Brava.

Overnight Location
Hotel in L’Escala
Distance
25km or 41km
Meals
Breakfast

Day 7 Tour Concludes

While your official tour in Costa Brava is over, you’re welcome to book additional nights to enjoy this dreamy area a bit longer. Otherwise, you’ll find your way to the airport to depart.

Overnight Location
None
Distance
None
Meals
Breakfast

Biking Costa Brava and Catalonia Price and Dates

This self-guided biking tour in Spain is always run as a private tour for your group only and the price depends on the number of people in your group.

Prices below are per person:

  • Price per solo traveller: from $1,150USD*
  • Price per person staying in a single room (groups of 2+): from $1,075USD*
  • Price per person sharing a double/triple room: from $775USD*

* - Pricing for this tour depends on the dates of your trip. Please click the Book Now button below to get the exact pricing for your trip dates.

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Accommodation on the Biking Costa Brava and Catalonia Tour

This tour is based in hotels. The hotels offer daily breakfast and comfortable rooms and are 2 or 3-star.

In some cases, the accommodation listed below may need to be substituted for other comparable accommodations.

Single Rooms and Solo Travellers
Rooms are double occupancy, however, you can pay a supplement to have a single room instead.

Hotel Calella de Palafrugell in Calella de Palafrugell

This gorgeous white-washed hotel is directly on the beach, so you can walk out of your door and feel the sand underfoot. Enjoy daily breakfast and room service.

Hotel L’Escala Centre in L’Escala

Enjoy a bright, clean room at L’Escala Centre, with a nearby beach to warm up during the day and air conditioning to cool off at night.

Hotels on Standard Tour

What’s Included in the Biking Catalonia to Barcelona Tour?

Meals

6 breakfasts are included.

Accommodations

Accommodations for 6 nights are included. Accommodations before or after the tour are not included but can be added as a supplement.

Transportation during the Tour

Transportation for your luggage is included throughout the tour. Airport transfers are not included but can be added for an extra charge. You will be picked up from Palafrugell bus station on Day 1.

Also Included

  • Detailed trip notes, GPS, maps, and guidebooks
  • Luggage transfers each day
  • Welcome meeting

Not included

  • Flights
  • Meals, drinks, or snacks not previously mentioned
  • Gratuities for tour guides or other staff if desired
  • Travel insurance
  • Optional excursions
  • Visas if required
  • Anything not mentioned as included

Optional Extras

  • Optional activities or excursions
  • Additional nights before or after the tour
  • Airport transfers
  • Bike rentals
  • Picnic lunches package

Frequenty Asked Questions about Biking Costa Brava and Catalonia

How hard is the Biking Costa Brava and Catalonia tour?

We rate this tour as a 2/5. Daily distances are modest, and no difficult clubs are included. You can rent an e-bike to make your rides easier if desired, and most days offer either a short or long option. Travellers who are comfortable on a bike and have a decent level of fitness should be able to enjoy this tour.

Do I need a visa to travel to Spain?

Check with your local country about visa requirements. You could also try this website, though you should verify with your government.

Are meals included on the Biking Costa Brava and Catalonia tour?

6 breakfasts are included.

Can I bring my own bike?

Yes, you can bring your own bike.

When is Easter Week?

Easter Week changes each year. We can advise during booking if your trip falls during Easter.

Do I need insurance?

Yes, it is mandatory to have health and medical insurance to join this trip. Get your Travel Insurance.

How do I get to Calella to start this tour?

Fly into Josep Tarradellas Barcelona-El Prat Airport (BCN). Take the direct bus from the airport (T1 and T2) to Palafrugell bus station. You will be picked up from the bus station. Transfers can be booked as a supplement if you’d prefer a direct ride from the airport (250 EUR, fits 4 people).

Is the Biking Costa Brava and Catalonia tour guided?

No. You will be provided with all necessary information to complete your self-guided tour. You will have a welcome meeting on Day 1 to prepare and access to a helpline during your tour.

Where does the Biking Costa Brava and Catalonia tour end?

The tour ends in L’Escala, where you will find your way back to the airport to depart. Buses and trains are available to get you back to the airport.

Do I need special vaccines to travel to Spain?

Check with your family doctor.

Are there any travel restrictions for Spain?

Please check with your local government about travel restrictions before you book your tour. This map from the US Department of State provides an overview of the current status in countries around the globe. The UK‘s Foreign Office and Government of Canada also provide advice on foreign travel. Note that the travel advice may change depending on your nationality.

When is the best time to travel to Spain for this tour?

The best time to visit Spain for this tour is between April and October. Many travellers enjoy June and September when the weather is warm but there are fewer tourists than in July and August.

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Tour Difficulty

We rate this tour as a 2/5. Daily distances are modest, and no difficult clubs are included. You can rent an e-bike to make your rides easier if desired, and most days offer either a short or long option. Travellers who are comfortable on a bike and have a decent level of fitness should be able to enjoy this tour.


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