Ride from the mountains to the sea to see the best of Catalonia
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.
Highlights of the From the Pyrenees to the Sea Bike Tour
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 sharing a double room.
Travel During Regular Season (March 1-June 14 and September 16-November 1)
- Per self-guided traveller with B&B option: $895 USD
- Per self-guided traveller with half-board option: $1,175 USD
Travel During High Season (June 15-July 1 and September 1-15)
- Per self-guided traveller with B&B option: $1,050 USD
- Per self-guided traveller with half-board option: $1,325 USD
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 185 EUR per person in a double room.
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. If you prefer a single room where possible, you can pay a supplement of $325 USD. Solo travellers will be required to pay a $175 USD supplement in addition to the applicable single room supplement.
Hotels on Standard Tour
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.
What’s Included in the From the Pyrenees to the Sea Bike Tour?
7 breakfasts are included. If you book the half-board option, 7 dinners are also included.
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. To the Barcelona Airport, it’s 260 EUR for 4 people, and to the Girona Airport, it’s 98 EUR for 4 people.
- Detailed trip notes, GPS, maps, and guidebooks
- Luggage transfers each day
- Welcome meeting
- 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 activities or excursions
- Additional nights before or after the tour
- Bike rentals:
- Hybrid bike: $175 USD
- E-bike: $275 USD
- Half-board upgrade: $295 USD
- Hotel room upgrades
- Airport transfers on final day
Frequently Asked Questions about From the Pyrenees to the Sea Bike Tour
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