Catalonia Family Cycling Holiday

Catalonia Family Cycling Holiday

The Catalonia Family Cycling Holiday follows along the Girona Greenways, divided into short rides to making it an ideal trip for families with children. Depending on the children’s ages and fitness, even the smallest ones from 5 years can do this ride. The accommodation is handpicked and you will  stay in quiet, lovely little hotels and farmhouses, most of them with swimming pool. The route has plenty of different pretty spots to discover with the kids such as volcanic areas, forests and river marshes.  There will be plenty to  do and see, such as visiting the Cathedral or the ancient Jewish Quarter, one of the best preserved in the world. The cycling is easy, downhill, and fun.  On this Catalonia Family Cycling Holiday you will be passing through cropland and forests finishing each day with lots of time rest and relaxation.  The last section of the greenway brings you to the coast, reaching the Mediterranean Sea. Why not extend you trip further and enjoy relaxing by the sea.

Catalonia Family Cycling Holiday Highlights

  • Enjoy the nature away from the crowds:  volcanic areas, forests and rivers.
  • Fun on the beach the last day.
  • Stay in small local hotels and farmhouses, some of them with swimming pool.
  • Fully supported with luggage transfers and 24 h emergency support.
  • Easy and short cycle rides along the greenway “El Carrilet”.
  • Have a coffee in one of the oldest railway stations converted to bars and restaurants.
  • Meeting the local people, get to know people from the mountain and from the sea, with amazing different stories to share with you.

The Greenways

TheCatalonia Family Cycling Holiday Greenways are trails that are reserved exclusively for  cyclists, with gentle slopes that generally do not exceed 3%. They are very safe trails, because the use of motor-powered vehicles is absolutely forbidden. The trail is in very good condition and has been fitted with new bridges, railings and signs.
The Railway Route begins in the Garrotxa Volcanic Area, and following the old narrow-gauge railway line, reaches the Ter valley and the pasturelands of Salt and Girona. Then the route continues to Sant Feliu, the client get to know two of Girona ́s regions – the Gironès and the Baix Empordà – from the Ter River basin, crossing the Selva depression and ending in the Ridaura valley.

Catalan Cuisine

As the region has so many different landscapes we have a really rich variety of land products, that developes a great variety of tradtional cuisine. Now a days this cuisine it combines with a prestigious gastronomy, with famous chef like Ferran Adrià from restaurant El Bullí, or the three brothers from the 3* Michelin restaurant El Celler de Can Roca considered the best restaurant in the world on 2013 and 2015.

Climate

The best season for cycle tourism in Spirng (March to June) and Autumn (September- October). Temperatures being between 20 and 25 o C. In summer temperatures are quite hight, reaching 33-34 o.
On the whole Girona has a mild climate, with plenty of sunny days and not too much rain. There are differences on the coast, which is a couple of degrees warmer, but has a cooling sea breeze.

 

 

DetailDescription
Destination Catalonia Spain
Holiday Type Family Cycling Holiday. Leisure Cycling Holiday
Start/Finish Girona
Duration6 days 5 nights  4 cycling days. You can begin the holiday on any day.
Grade Easy
Distance25Km/ day
SeasonBest time is Spring (March to June) and Autumn (September- October).
Adult BikesADULT BIKES Scott sub sport 30 or similar. Frame sizes: XS/S/M/L/XL.
Child Bikes mountain bike with 21 gears: Frame sizes: From 10” to 18”
Electric bikesFlyer T9 premium with 8 gears Shimano Nexus: Frame sizes: M/L

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. Arrange bikes and equipment. 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.

Day 1: Arrival at Girona
Optional arrival in Girona and transfer to Olot.

Olot is known for being the most singular volcano landscape in the Iberian Peninsula, with about 40 dormant volcanoes. You can also walk through La Fageda d’en Jordà, a beech wood, well-known for its beauty.

Day 2: Olot – Les Planes d’Hostoles (22 km)
After the delivery of the necessary documentation and bike fitting (if bikes contracted) you start your day route following the cycle path along the old narrow gauge railway line “Carrilet d’Olot”. You reach les Planes d’Hostoles, passing the fantastic area of the Bas Valley with its gorgeous countryside and typical villages, also called the Catalan Switzerland. Once in les Planes, take your time to enjoy the gorges next to the river.

Day 3: Les Planes d’Hostoles – Girona (35 km)
The ride is downhill and fun, through the countryside. The ride is quite long but is mainly downhill and flat. You’ll cycle following the Ter River, one of the most important rivers of Catalonia, getting to know its fantastic cultural heritage, left among the years. You arrive at Girona, where you can spend the rest of the day visiting the Cathedral, which has the broadest single nave of Gothic architecture in the world and getting lost through the narrow streets of the ancient Jewish quarter, one of the best preserved in the world. We also recommend a stroll along the Rambla or the medieval walls, which gives you a fantastic panoramic view of the city.

Day 4: Girona – Campllong (16 km)
You pass the village of Quart, well-known for its ceramics, and Cassà de la Selva, with beautiful modernist houses in the centre of the town. You can spend the afternoon having a good time with the animals in the farms nearby the accommodation.

Day 5: Campllong – Sant Feliu de Guíxols (30 km)

The last stage is the longest, but also flattest and easy to cycle. A fun downhill takes you to the town of Sant Feliu de Guíxols, with its magnificent fishing port and cultural interest, especially for its monastery. You can enjoy the rest of the day at the beaches.

Day 6: Sant Feliu de Guixols
Departure after breakfast ( possible to extend you stay with a few days on the beach or a city break in Girona or Barcelona. ) ask for details.

SeasonsDates
Low Season01 – 23 Mar. 03 – 31 Oct
Mid Season24 Mar – 08 Jul. 29 Aug – 02 Oct
High Season09 Jul – 28 Aug

Price per adult sharing
Low Season: €565 – Single Supplement €116
Mid Season: €595 – Single Supplement €123
High Season: €630 – Single Supplement €137


Third person sharing room,
child 0 – 2 Free,
Child 3 – 8 Low Season: €255: Mid Season €269: High Season €287
Child 9 – 11 Low Season: €380: Mid Season €405: High Season €431


Supplements


Half board (4 dinners) €76
Half board kids (4 dinners): €55:


Add On Nights (price per person)

Hotel Ultonia 3* (Girona)Low Season: €56: Mid Season €56: High Season €56
Hotel Sant Pol 3* (Sant Feliu de Guixols),Low Season: €53: Mid Season €63: High Season €83


Bike extras.
Pedals ( Shimano Look toe clip): €12, GPS: €28, Child seat: €15


Private transfers
Transfer price per car with 1-4 people
Return transfers Girona Airport, €155
Return transfers Barcelona Airport,€330

  • Bike Hire
  • Road book and mapsGeneral touristic information of the area.
  • 5 nights accommodation in double room on bed and breakfast basis. Standard Accommodation in 2* and 3* Hotels.
  • Baggages transfer between hotel to hotel.
  • 24 hours hotline assistance during the tripBike deliver in Olot.

Your Accommodation

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.

Fly to Girona (closest) or Barcelona. Private transfers available or we can provide public transfer details.

Girona is located north of Barcelona and it can be reached by bus, train, car. It is 98km (61 miles) away from Barcelona.

By train: Barcelona city- Girona city There is a train from Barcelona to Girona that leaves approximately every hour from Sants station (also from other stops at Passeig de Gràcia and Clot). The journey takes 1 hour 35minutes and the ticket costs about 11€, There is also a High Speed Train (RENFE- AVE) that leaves many times a day from Sants station. The journey takes only 38 minutes and the tiket costs about 15€

By bus: Barcelona city- Girona city If you want to travel to Girona from Barcelona city you can take a bus. That bus stops in the center of Barcelona, in Estació d’Autobusos Barcelona Nord (Barcelona’s main bus terminal). The journey take 1 hour aprox, and the ticket costs about 15€

From Price pp

€560

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