Catalonia Family Cycling Holiday

Catalonia Family Cycling Holiday

The Catalonia Family Cycling Holiday is an easy cycling tour on nearly flat or gently rolling terrain, from the peaceful green countryside to the blue Mediterranean Sea. Pedal back through history among Medieval villages. Enjoy the shade of pine forests. Cycle through fields of sunflowers, wheat and rice on your way out to the beach. Discover an ancient land settled by Iberians in pre-Roman times and once besieged by pirate attacks. Observe thousands of water birds in the protected wetlands of Aiguamolls. Visit the surprising Dalí Museum in Figueres. Overnight stay at three rural guesthouses, historical stone buildings converted into charming accommodations. Rooms for families are available.

Catalonia Family Cycling Holiday Highlights

  • Easy cycling routes suitable for all members of the family
  • Historical Catalan villages in rural settings, quiet roads
  • Varied landscapes, from farmland to riverbanks and out to the coast
  • Aiguamolls Nature Park, interesting museums and monuments
  • Optional afternoon at the beach on Costa Brava
  • Friendly accommodation where children are welcome
Detail Description
Destination Catalonia Spain
Holiday Type Family Cycling
Start/Finish La Pera/Sant Pere Pescador
Duration 8 Days
Grade Easy
Distance 30-50km per day
Season Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct

What we do

We put together the trip for you: reserve the hotels, transfer the luggage and organise your transfers to the start of your itineraries. Each tour includes a complete Road book with detailed itineraries, information for visits along the way, a detailed map and total peace of mind with our 24-hour local support.

We work with local operators through-out each destination that are passionate about their regions.

We can tailor make this tour, if you want to add an extra rest day, spend a few days relaxing before or after the trip just let us know and we will be happy to provide a quotation.

Start: La Pera Finish: Sant Pere Pescador

Day 1: Arrival in La Pera
Day 2: Villages of the Baix Empordà
Day 3: From La Pera/Corçà to Peratallada
Day 4: The Ter River Delta
Day 5: The Costa Brava
Day 6: Peratallada to Sant Pere Pescador
Day 7: To Figueres and Aiguamolls Natural Park (Dali Museum)
Day 8: End of arrangement

Day 1: Arrival in La Pera
Arrival at your accommodation in La Pera. A taxi transfer from the airport or train station can be arranged.

Challenge: Travel to the Ampurdán.
Villages along the way: La Pera

Day 2: Villages of the Baix Empordà
Immerse yourself in the ambience of the Baix Empordà, or Lower Ampurdán, cycling through traditional and picturesque landscapes. Small vegetable gardens, Mediterranean woods, the Medieval village centres of Monells and Madremanya, and an interesting optional visit to the castle-museum in Pubol which Dalí dedicated to his wife, Gala. If the longer route seems a bit tough for a first day, there´s an optional shortcut.

Challenge: (short route) 17km, 300m ascent // (long route) 31km, 300m ascent
Villages along the way: Monells, Madremanya, Pubol

Day 3: From La Pera/Corçà to Peratallada
A short climb through the woods, then on to flat terrain surrounded by Tuscany-like hilltop villages. You traverse a vast and fertile agricultural region worked long ago by the Iberians, who introduced the use of the now-characteristic cypress tree as a wind-panel. This evening, you’ll have the challenge of selecting one of Peratallada’s 13 inviting restaurants for dinner.

Challenge: 24km, 150mascent, 175m descent
Villages along the way: La Pera, Peratallada

Day 4: The Ter River Delta
Today you cycle mainly on the flat, following gravel roads and quiet tarmac lanes through the Daro River delta. This area has vast swamps and rice fields, criss-crossed by numerous narrow irrigation channels. Again you ride by several pretty hilltop villages rising up out of the surrounding landscape. On the way, you also pass some beautiful beaches, as well as the wetlands of Les Basses d’en Coll, a nature preserve. Plan to make time to visit the Medieval villages of Fontclara and Gualta, with lovely windmills and a 16th-century 5-arch bridge.

Challenge: 31km, 150m ascent
Villages along the way: Pals, Mas Pinell, Gualta (Valle del Río Ter)

Day 5: The Costa Brava
Today you do an interesting excursion along quiet country lanes to reach Calella de Palafrugell, one of the most beautiful fishing villages on this coast. Option of taking a break for lunch at a very nice restaurant on the beach (though, unfortunately, in order to get there you have to ride through the busy town centre of Palafrugell). Optional detour to visit the lovely botanical gardens in Cap Roig before cycling back to Peratalla

Challenge: 40,5km, 150m in ascent
Villages along the way: Pals, Palafrugell, Lafranca, Calella

Day 6: Peratallada to Sant Pere Pescador
Today you begin by cycling through lovely woodlands north of Peratallada. Along the way, you’ll pass an ancient Iberian settlement, interesting archaeological site on a hilltop, with fabulous views of the surrounding countryside. Further northward your route takes you past the base of El Montgri massif. On the coast, you cycle past a former Greek colony and a Roman town. Then, following quiet gravel tracks through a beautiful nature reserve, you come to the pretty village of Sant Pere Pescador, where your rural hotel is located (38km).

Challenge: 38km, 200m ascent, 200m descent
Villages along the way: Torroella, Bellcaire, Sant Pere

Day 7: To Figueres and Aiguamolls Natural Park (Dali Museum)
On to Figueres, the village whose name is synonymous with that of Salvador Dalí. Visit the surrealist painter’s museum, take a pleasant stroll along the town Rambla and admire the beautiful Augustine monastery just outside town. Then follow the Muga River to the medieval town of Castello d’Empuries. Later you are welcomed by the refreshing greenery of Aiguamolls de l’Emporda Natural Park, whose wetlands are home to a significant seasonal waterbird colony.

Challenge: 53km, 125m ascent, 125m descent
Villages along the way: Figueres, Castello d’Empuries

Day 8: End of arrangement
Your arrangement ends today after breakfast. Transport to Flaça train station included. An optional taxi transfer to the airport may also be booked.

Challenge: Departure from the Ampurdán.

Dates

Arrive any day Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct. 

Prices. 

Dates Price per person sharing twin/double
01 April – 09 June €605
10 June – 31 July €640
01 August – 27 August €665
28 August – 09 September €640
10 September – 31 August €605
Triple rooms Deduct €11 per person per night.
Quad rooms Deduct €17 per person per night.

Included
Accommodation for 7 nights
All breakfasts
2 dinners
Luggage transport according to program
Bike rental
Transfers to and from nearest railway station on days 1 and 8
Detailed route descriptions and maps

Not Included
Lunches
5 dinners
Transfers using public transport
Personal expenses such as drinks, tips, phone calls, additional transfers, etc.

Extras
Additional nights before, during or after the walk
Single Room Supplement(s)
Solo Traveller Supplement

NOTE: Bicycle rental includes helmet, repair kit, padlock, pump, front and rear luggage rack.

Scott Atacama Sport X60 (Men/ Lady)
This bike is designed to enjoy excursions in comfort. The frame provides a lot of comfort and strength.

Bike Type: Hybrid
Frame: Aluminium
Speed: Shimano 24 speed
Fork: Suntour suspension
Brakes: V-Brakes
Wheels: 28″
Sizes: Women (S,M,L) / Men (S,M,L,XL)

Your Accommodation

The hotels on this trip have been carefully selected for their location, atmosphere and/or unique services.  Friendly accommodations where children are welcome. All rooms are en-suite. Some of the hotels we work with appear here. If a certain hotel is unable to confirm due to lack of availability, we will request a similar one and inform you about the alternative booked.

Extra nights:

Extra nights can be booked at any of the accommodations along the way.

Can Massa-La Pera
Can Massa (La Pera)

A true oasis to relax in a house and town like the seem like the ones from before. This rural guest house is located in a quiet environment, at the foot of the Gavarres massif and close to the beach. All rooms have en-suite bathroom, Wifi, air conditioning, central heating and antique furniture that has been carefully restored.

www.canmassa.com

 

Ca l'Anguila-Peratallada
Ca l’Anguila (Peratallada)

A traditional manor house or masía built in 1823 and recently restored. it is in the outskirts of the medieval town of Peratallada. Surrounded by agriculture fields and forests, this farm has many milking cows as well as other farm animals such as ducks, hens, rabbits … that will delight the smaller members of the family. The rooms have been decorated in a very personal way and with great detail.

www.calanguila.com

Mas del Joncar-Sant Pere Pescador
Mas del Joncar (Sant Pere Pescador)

This masía from the 19th century is surrounded by orchards and located by the Natural Reserve of “Parc de Mig de Dos Rius” , a natural reserve which features a wide diversity of fauna species. The manor house has been completely restored and decorated with care. It has a nice and sunny dinning room with views to the garden, an outdoor swimming pool and a playground area.

www.masdeljoncar.com

Where you rest your head after an active day is hugely important to us. We go to great lengths to find properties that are unique expressions of the region you are travelling through. Think of them as the charming and intimate garnish atop your trip. 

Whether nestled in the heart of a village or lost in the countryside and surrounded by nature, all accommodations are chosen using a strict criteria of comforthospitality, and authentic charm. We like to use locally run independent small hotels, guest houses and B&Bs instead of the larger “chain” hotels.  All of them are hand-picked, visited, and re-visited by our local partners. On most of our holidays you will be staying in different hotels and their  uniqueness and individual character only adds to the enjoyment of your holiday. You will also benifit with knowledge that your trip is contributing to local economies, and supporting local family run businesses.

You will be welcomed in a double or twin room (2 beds) – based on double occupancy.
All of our rooms have private bathrooms.
Individual rooms are possible upon request when you book; they are subject to availability and incur a supplemental fee.
For biking trips, all of our inns have a safe place to keep bicycles for the night

Flights are not included in the price. Adventure Holidays do not book flights. We will  advise you on best times, dates and airfares to book.

You can start on any day of the week, subject to availability, between April and October.

Nearest airport to get to Baix Empordá is Barcelona-El Prats airport (BCN)

Arrival in Flaça:
From Barcelona airport (BCN), you can travel by train or bus to Barcelona-Sants station in the city. From Barcelona-Sants station take a train to Flaça (on the Figueras line). There are daily services, with at least one train per hour. Travel time is 1h30min to 1h50min, depending on the type of train you take. Check timetables in www.renfe.es . Ones you get to Flaça station you will need a taxi drive to your first accommodation.

Departure from San Pere Pescador
First you take a taxi from Sant Pere Pescador to Figueras. From Figueras take a train to Barcelona-Sants (daily services, with at least one train per hour. Travel time is around 2hrs. Check timtables at www.renfe.es). From Barcelona-Sants take train Line R2 (Cercanías) to Barcelona airport (departures every half hour).

From Price pp

€605

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