From the Pyrenees to the Sea Bike Tour

From the Pyrenees to the Sea Bike Tour

From the Pyrenees to the Sea Bike Tour

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From $1,150USD

Difficulty

Self-guided

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Highlights

Ride from the mountains to the sea to see the best of Catalonia

Pedal under the impressive peaks of the Pyrenees, soaring down into impossibly lush mountain valleys.

Ride past dormant volcanoes, through forests, and finally, to the deep blue waters of the Mediterranean.

Pedal into villages seemingly stopped in time, where the tapas never run out and the locals are ever-welcoming.

Soak up the sun on the white sands of the Costa Brava, one of the top destinations in Spain.

The From the Pyrenees to the Sea Bike Tour is a favourite, and for very good reason! This tour takes you to a true slice of paradise, leading you through the stunning mountain valleys of the Pyrenees down to the unbelievable Costa Brava, combining the mountains and the ocean for a tour that’s truly the best of everything.

Beginning in the postcard-worthy Pyrenees, you’ll take laidback bike rides under summits and through gorgeous valleys. Stop into the villages dotting the La Vall d’en Bas, then watch the mountains give way to the sea as you ride towards the coast. This part of the Mediterranean coastline is one of the most divine, where the Costa Brava boasts its unbeatable sand and sea. Ride through neatly-kept vineyards, chat with locals, and let the warm terracotta hues of the local villages colour your days. Revel in the chatter of fishing villages or lay back on the warm sand, letting the Spanish sun work its magic. The From the Pyrenees to the Sea Bike Tour is a peek into paradise that you’ll never want to depart from.

From the Pyrenees to the Sea Itinerary

Day 1 Welcome Meeting and Bike Fitting

You’ll be picked up from the airport and taken to Setcases to begin your tour. Take part in an orientation session to get all the information you’ll need and have your bike fitted to you.

Once you’re all set, enjoy a walk around Setcases, perhaps seeking out some dessert or a glass of wine.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Setcases
Distance
None
Meals
None

Day 2 Riding through the Pyrenees

Get ready to get going! After breakfast, you’ll be transferred to Vallter. You’ll begin riding down for a ski area near the Ter River. Descend alongside the river, stopping in Sant Joan de les Abbesses for lunch and a coffee.

Continuing along the Via Verde del Ferro greenway, you’ll finish your ride in Ripoli, where you should carve out some time to visit the gorgeous Romanesque monastery of Santa Maria de Ripoli.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Ripoli
Distance
35km or 47km
Meals
Breakfast

Day 3 Volcanoes and Hill Climbs to Olot

Today you’ll ride from Ripoli to Sant Joan de les Abadesses, where the unique old town centre beckons for a quick break, which you should take before a few slightly heavier climbs. Crest the Hill of Capascosta, cruising downhill with the satisfaction that the tougher climbs are behind you.

You’ll whiz through forests and past dormant volcanoes to Olot, where you can find a local spot for a tasty dinner.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Olot
Distance
39km
Meals
Breakfast

Day 4 El Carrilet and Village Views

This morning, you’ll head out towards Girona via an old railway track. Cruise through the valley of La Vall d’en Bas, a beautiful verdant corridor known as the “Catalan Switzerland.” Picture-perfect villages dot the valley, and you can dip into any or all of them on the way.

Reconnect with the Ter River, following it all the way into the heart of Girona.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Girona
Distance
60km
Meals
Breakfast

Day 5 Costa Brava and the Mediterranean

Leave the mountains in the rearview as you bike towards the legendary Costa Brava, one of Spain’s most renowned destinations, with dreamy water. white sand, and historic towns dotting the coast for miles. You’ll ride the El Carrilet railway to get there, a great purpose-built pathway that lets you just enjoy the view of the Mediterranean unfolding before you.

Reach Sant Feliu, a pretty port with a rich cultural and historical scene. Your hotel is right in front of the beach, so spend the evening soaking up the beauty of this near-perfect place.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Sant Feliu
Distance
40km
Meals
Breakfast

Day 6 Riding along the Mediterranean Coast

It’s all about the ocean today as you ride along the coast, tracing the Palamós Bay. Visit quaint fishing villages like Platja d’Aro, where the catch of the day is irresistible. If you head inland you’ll find the neat rows of vineyards.

Spend tonight in Calella de Palafrugell, an ultra-charming fishing village.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Calella
Distance
32km
Meals
Breakfast

Day 7 Medieval Towns of Costa Brava

After awaking in the spectacular Costa Brava, you’ll ride inland towards Baix Empordà, where the charm of the area’s ancient villages is irresistible. Ride past several of these villages, admiring the pretty terracotta hues as you pass by. You’re free today to drift between towns, stopping where you please for tapas, a glass of wine, or a chat with a friendly local.

Return to Calella whenever you’re ready.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Calella
Distance
38km
Meals
Breakfast

Day 8 Tour Concludes

Leaving this idyllic part of Spain is tough to do, so consider booking an extension to continue exploring the area. Otherwise, you’ll transfer to the airport to depart.

Overnight Location
None
Distance
None
Meals
Breakfast

From the Pyrenees to the Sea Price and Dates

This self-guided biking tour in Spain is run as a custom tour for your group and the price depends on whether you book B&B style or half-board and the time of year in which you choose to travel.

Prices below are per person:

  • Price per solo traveller: from $1,795USD*
  • Price per person staying in a single room (groups of 2+): from $1,550USD*
  • Price per person sharing a double/triple room: from $1,150USD*

* - 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 From the Pyrenees to the Sea Tour

This tour is based in hotels and guesthouses. The hotels offer daily breakfast and comfortable rooms and are 2-3-star. Guesthouses are charming and rustic. You can upgrade your hotel rooms for a supplement.

Sometimes, the accommodation listed below may need to be substituted for other comparable accommodations.

Single Rooms and Solo Travellers
Rooms are double occupancy. If you prefer a single room where possible, you can pay for a supplement to have a single room where possible.

Hotel Can Tirada in Setcases

This charming rural hotel provides a warm, homey atmosphere with the mountains visible just outside the windows. Enjoy great food and welcoming service here.

Hotel La Trobada in Ripoli

This hotel offers dramatic modern decoration, giving it a luxurious feel. Enjoy spacious rooms and bathrooms and views of the monastery nearby.

Hotel Rural Mas Garganta in Olot

For a taste of life in the Catalonian countryside, this rural hotel delivers authentic rooms that’ll make you feel a part of Olot, while still offering everything you need to stay comfortable, including a great pool!

Hotel Casa Cundaro in Girona

With exposed stone walls, hand-sewn quilts on the bed, and unbeatable hospitality, this rural hotel is a little oasis that captures the spirit of Girona.

Hotel Sant Pol in Sant Feliu de Guixols

With the beach right outside of your window, it’s hard to beat this hotel. Enjoy balconies, room service, and air conditioning to cool off after a day of biking and sun-worshipping.

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.

Hotels on Standard Tour

What’s Included in the From the Pyrenees to the Sea Bike Tour?

Meals

7 breakfasts are included.

Accommodations

Accommodations for 7 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 to Setcases on Day 1 are included but transfers from Calella to the airport are available as a supplement for a fee.

Also Included

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

Not included

  • Flights
  • Guide services
  • 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
  • Bike rentals
  • Half-board upgrade
  • Hotel room upgrades
  • Airport transfers on final day

Frequenty Asked Questions about From the Pyrenees to the Sea Bike Tour

How hard is the From the Pyrenees to the Sea Bike Tour?

We rate this tour as a 3/5. You’ll bike between 30km and 60km per day on average through some flat and some hilly terrain. There is one day with some more demanding climbs, but you can take this at your own pace. You should be comfortable on a bike and have a good level of fitness to get the most out of 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 From the Pyrenees to the Sea Bike Tour?

7 breakfasts are included.

Is my bike rental included?

No, but you can book a bike rental as a supplement. Bikes available are hybrid bikes or e-bikes and are available for 125-235 EUR depending on the model.

Can I bring my own bike?

Yes, you can bring your own bike.

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 Setcases to start this tour?

Fly into Josep Tarradellas Barcelona-El Prat Airport (BCN). You’ll be picked up and driven to Setcases to begin your tour.

Is the From the Pyrenees to the Sea Bike Tour guided?

This tour is offered as a self-guided tour at the prices mentioned, but guided tours can be booked on-demand for groups of 2 or more. Please ask us for more information and a quote.

Where does the From the Pyrenees to the Sea Bike Tour end?

The tour ends in Calella, where you will find your way back to the airport to depart or book a transfer as a supplement.

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. If you enjoy the beach and swimming, June and July are warm while not being too hot to bike on the coast.

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We rate this tour as a 3/5. You’ll bike between 30km and 60km per day on average through some flat and some hilly terrain. There is one day with some more demanding climbs, but you can take this at your own pace. You should be comfortable on a bike and have a good level of fitness to get the most out of this tour.


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