Girona & Costa Brava Self-Guided Cycling Holiday
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Self-Guided Cycling Holiday

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Girona & Costa Brava
Self-Guided Cycling Tour (Road / Gravel)
Length: 8 Days
Level: Difficulty Medium to Challenging
Price: €1,470 EUR
This self-guided cycling holiday discovers the best of the Girona province and the Costa Brava. We offer both road and gravel routes, with different options depending on how far you wish to ride.

Beginning in the city of Girona this tour loosely follows the Costa Brava, heading north towards the border with France. You will visit beautiful cove beaches, historic Medieval villages, and impressive ancient ruins. And you will cycle through Natural Parks, the Cap de Creus peninsula and the foothills of the Pyrenees mountains.

You will also stay in high quality hotels in the most charming towns, including Begur, Empuries and Cadaqués, and you will find out why they so inspired a generation of great Spanish artists, including Salvador Dalí and Pablo Picasso.

If you choose to do the longer road rides you will also have the opportunity to tackle some of the best climbs in the region, including Rocacorba, Els Angels and St Pere de Rodes. Below you can find a detailed itinerary, and click on the tabs to see more highlights, as well as all the practical information about the holiday.

You may also be interested in our guided version of this tour.
Girona & Costa Brava Cycling Tour Map

Tour Availability


Day 1 - Girona

We will pick you up from Girona airport or train station and transfer you to your hotel in the historic center. Girona began to take its modern form 2000 years ago, when the Romans built a citadel there.

Since then it has been strategically important as the first major settlement across the Pyrenees. Both Charlemagne and Napoleon made capturing the city a key part of their plans to invade Spain. The city walls, imposing cathedral and the winding streets of the old town are all vivid reminders of this impressive past.

Girona is also one of the major centres of cycling in Europe. It has long been the choice of residence amongst professional riders thanks to the mild climate and varied terrain close to the city. The Girona region offers something for cyclists of all levels and disciplines, making it a very flexible region to tour.

Cycling around Girona
The variety of routes around Girona make it a very popular cycling destination

Day 2 - Girona & Begur

The first day in the saddle leaves Girona and heads towards the beautiful town of Begur, situated overlooking the Costa Brava. The shorter hybrid route follows a very pleasant path alongside the Ter River, before riding along quiet country lanes and through rice fields to arrive in Begur.

The gravel and shorter road routes also tackle some climbs in the Gavarres Natural Reserve, while the longer road route includes the iconic climb to Rocacorba.

In Begur you stay for two nights in a charming hotel, housed in a converted 17th century convent. It's a great setting in which to relax, and is also within walking distance of the cove beach at Sa Riera.

Cycle Routes

Hybrid Route: 56km / 400m Elevation
(35 miles / 1,300ft Elevation)

Gravel Route 65km / 900m
(40 miles / 3,000ft)

Road Routes: 52km - 108km / 700m - 1,600m
(32 - 67 miles / 2,300ft - 5,200ft)
Girona Countryside
Pleasant rolling roads lead to the Costa Brava

Day 3 - Pals & Costa Brava

The routes today begin by exploring the Costa Brava. You follow winding roads around the coastline, visiting picturesque beaches and climbing up to the castle in the center of Begur.

Another highlight of the ride is the town of Pals - which includes one of the best preserved Medieval centers in all of Spain. The beautiful narrow streets can be explored by bike or on foot, and it makes for a very memorable coffee or lunch stop.

The longer routes also include enjoyable climbs around the Coll de la Ganga.

Cycle Routes

Hybrid Route: 42km / 550m
(26 miles / 1800ft)

Gravel Route 77km / 1,200m
(48 miles / 3,900ft)

Road Routes: 46km - 86km / 600m - 1,200m
(29 - 53 miles / 2,000ft - 3,900ft)
Cove Beach near Begur
One of the Cove Beaches of Begur

Day 4 - Historic Catalonia

The routes today explore the rich history of this part of Spain. They begin by visiting the picturesque village of Peratallada and the ancient Iberian city of Ullastret, before heading through several other charming villages, all with well-preserved centers.

The shorter rides today are largely flat, and follow quiet lanes through scenic countryside. The longer routes have some additional climbing, including the ascent of Els Angels.

The day finishes in the town of L'Escala, just a short distance from the beach. It is also close to the ruins of the ancient Greco-Roman city of Empuries. Founded over 2,500 years, Empuries was once the most important city in Northern Spain.

It only began to decline after Barcelona was founded as a Roman colony under the Emperor Augustus. Today you can see the ruins of both the Greek and Roman sites, which were built alongside each other. You can easily compare the different architectural styles of the two ancient super-powers!

Cycle Routes

Hybrid Route: 44km / 200m
(27 miles / 650ft)

Gravel Route 86km / 800m
(53 miles / 2,600ft)

Road Routes: 53km - 90km / 380m - 1,100m
(33 - 56 miles / 1,250ft - 3,600ft)
Medieval Peratallada
Medieval Peratallada

Day 5 - Aiguamolls & Cap de Creus Peninsula

The routes today continue heading north along the Costa Brava. The highlight is the ride through the spectacular Cap de Creus peninsula - the most easterly point of mainland Spain.

Before reaching the Cap de Creus you will ride through the Aiguamolls Natural Park, a popular spot with birdwatchers, and you will also visit the delightful town of Castello d'Empuries.

The shorter routes head through Roses, where you can visit the ancient citadel. The longer road route climbs to the hilltop monastery of St Pere de Rodes, while the gravel route follows a stunning hilly trail around the southern edge of the peninsula.

The day ends in the town of Cadaqués. A former home of Salvador Dalí, Pablo Picasso and Marcel Duchamp, it isn't hard to see why the beautiful buildings and dramatic coastline captured the imagination of some of Spain's greatest artists.

Cycle Routes

Hybrid Route: 52km / 500m
(32 miles / 1,650ft)

Gravel Route 67km / 850m
(42 miles / 2,800ft)

Road Routes: 58km - 70km / 500m - 1,100m
(36 - 44 miles / 1,650ft - 3,600ft)
Cap de Creus
The Cap de Creus peninsula has beautiful scenery for riding

Day 6 - Cadaqués

The routes today explore more of the Cap de Creus Peninsula. The shorter rides head to Port Lligat, where you can see Dalí's former home, before continuing to the lighthouse at the end of the peninsula. This is an undulating ride, but not too long, and so it should leave you with plenty of time to look around Cadaqués, or relax on one of the town's many beautiful beaches.

The gravel route tours the peninsula, following fun trails with great coastal views throughout the ride. The longer road route heads further north along the Costa Brava, tackling a series of climbs along the coast, all the way to the border with France.

Cycle Routes

Hybrid Route: 24km / 400m
(15 miles / 1,300ft)

Gravel Route 65km / 1,200m
(40 miles / 3,900ft)

Road Routes: 25km - 75km / 400m - 1,350m
(16 - 47 miles / 1,300ft - 4,400ft)
Cadaques Harbour
There is a lot to see in Cadaqués, both on and off the bike

Day 7 - Figueres

The final day in the saddle leaves the coast behind and heads inland to the town of Figueres. The routes cross the Emporda wine region and follow picturesque rolling lanes through vineyards and arable farmland.

The longer routes head into the foothills of the Pyrenees, with impressive mountain peaks looming in the distance.

On arriving in Figueres you can extend the route to the large hilltop castle - which is claimed to be the largest intact fortress in Europe. It was built in the 18th century to try to help to defend Spain against French aggression, but was unable to prevent the invasion by Napoleon around fifty years after its construction.

Figueres is also home to the Dalí theatre and museum, which holds the largest collection of the artist's works. This is a must visit for fans of surrealism or simply art in general.

Cycle Routes

Hybrid Route: 39km / 400m
(24 miles / 1,350ft)

Gravel Route 73km / 1,100m
(45 miles / 3,600ft)

Road Routes: 51km - 108km / 850m - 1,700m
(32 - 67 miles / 2,800ft - 5,600ft)
Dali Museum, Figueres
Dalí Museum, Figueres

Day 8 - Departure / Extensions

After breakfast, the cycling holiday comes to an end. We can help to arrange extra nights for you to stay in Catalonia to discover even more about this great region.

Popular extensions include Barcelona, the Costa Brava and the Pyrenees mountains.

If you prefer not to extend your stay, we will transfer you to Girona airport or train station in time for your onward journey.

To find out more information about this holiday; including practical information, prices, dates and more tour highlights; return to the top of the page and click on the various tabs.

Cycle Route in Catalonia
There are several great options to extend your holiday

Whether you choose the hybrid, gravel or road routes, this tour explores the best of Girona and the Costa Brava. You ride through natural parks, visit dozens of stunning villages and historic sites, while stay in high quality hotels.

You can swim in the cove beaches of the Costa Brava and enjoy the finest Catalan and Spanish cuisine. This holiday really allows you to immerse yourself in the history and culture of this fascinating region.

These are just a few of the many highlights of the tour. Check out more in the photo album below:

  • 7 Nights Accommodation (see the Hotels section for more details)
  • Continental breakfast each day
  • Bicycle Hire (Hybrid, road, gravel bike or e-bike)
  • Transfers to and from the arrival and departure points (see below for details)
  • Luggage transferred between hotels
  • GPS routes and mobile app to easily follow the routes
  • Detailed information pack
Not Included:

Bicycle hire is included in the cost of the holiday. Which bike you choose depends on the rides that you plan to do. Hybrid or Gravel bikes give you the flexibility to do any of the four routes on a given day. But if you know you will ride the road routes, then it makes more sense to use a road bike.

The e-bikes for this tour are e-mountain bikes, to provide extra comfort.

More details about our road and hybrid bikes can be found on our bicycles page. We provide these or similar models. Our gravel bikes are all full carbon with 42c tyres and generous gearing.
Hybrid Bicycle Our lightweight hybrid bikes

Difficulty Level & Roads
We rate this tour as medium level of difficulty if you do the hybrid or shorter road ride. The daily distances are generally around 40-50km and there is some climbing, although the majority of the routes are flat or gently rolling. The off-road sections on the hybrid rides are non technical and very easy to ride.

The longer road route and gravel route are challenging in difficulty. They are 70-110km in length and actively seek out hills and more technical terrain. They are designed as more sporty routes.

We hate cycling alongside traffic, and so avoid it wherever possible. Having said that, drivers in Catalonia are very courteous towards cyclists, so it isn't a problem on the short sections where you will meet the odd car, for example entering or leaving some of the towns.

Find out more about our tour difficulty levels.

Arrival and Departure
The tour begins in Girona. Transfers are included from Girona airport or train station. If you are unable to get a flight there, then we recommend flying into Barcelona airport and taking the train to Girona. This takes less than an hour and runs roughly hourly throughout the day.

The holiday ends in Figueres. From here we transfer you to Girona airport or Figueres train station. From Figueres you can easily take the train into Barcelona and also into Perpignan in France; from there fast trains leave to Avignon, Lyon, Paris and other destinations.

Please contact us if you would like any advice or more information regarding getting to and from the region.
Girona Arrivals and Departure Map

Frequently Asked Questions

Please browse through some of the frequently asked questions about this cycling tour. If you have any further questions, or would like any more information, please contact us and we will answer by email.

What is your policy regarding Covid travel restrictions?

*Updated Covid Policy 2022*

In response to the Covid Pandemic we have made some temporary alterations to our standard terms and conditions.

Reservations made in 2021 and 2022 (for holidays taking place in 2022) can be postponed for any time in the following year, without penalty, if you are unable to travel as a result of travel restrictions or other uncertainty. Notification of the postponement must be made at least ten days before the start of the tour.

Before the balance of the invoice has been paid, the deposit of €150 is also refundable in full for reservations made in 2021 or 2022, if holidays are cancelled because of Covid related travel restrictions.

For reservations not made in 2021, the normal terms and conditions regarding cancellation apply.

What are the main differences between the routes?

There are four route options each day. The easiest is the hybrid option, which generally has the shortest distances and the least climbing. These routes mostly follow paved roads, but take good quality (and not technical) gravel roads to avoid certain climbs or busier stretches of road. These routes are designed for a more leisurely kind of tour, where you stop frequently to explore the villages and other interesting sites.

The gravel routes are longer and more challenging. They are on a combination of paved roads and trails, but, unlike the hybrid routes, they actively follow the off-road option wherever there is a choice. Most of the rides include over 40km of gravel trails, including some climbing, and so offer a more sporty kind of tour.

The shorter road routes are similar to the hybrid routes, but are entirely on paved roads. They have a bit more climbing than the hybrid route and are generally a bit longer, but they are still designed for leisure riders who like to take their time and explore places en-route.

Finally, the longer road routes are challenging and for riders looking for a more sporty tour. They tackle at least one significant climb each day and can be quite challenging due to their longer distances.

Mixing Routes

You can mix and match the routes throughout the holiday. On a road bike you can choose between the two road options each day. While on gravel, hybrid or e-bikes, you can choose between all four rides each day, depending on how you feel!

Is it possible to change the itinerary?

Absolutely! The itinerary is flexible. If, for example, you would rather stay for more or fewer nights, or stay in a different town, we would be happy to change it for you.

Similarly, we can provide different routes if you would prefer to do longer or shorter rides than the ones in the itinerary.

What is the weather like?

The Girona region is mostly dry and sunny throughout the year, with little rain. This tour is most enjoyable in Spring (March - June) and Autumn or Fall (September to November), when the temperatures tend to be very pleasant for cycling.

It is also possible to go in July and August if you are used to cycling in warmer temperatures (it can be above 30°C (85°F). Please bear in mind though that this is the main season for other holidaymakers. The roads and towns are busier and the hotels are more expensive, so we recommend avoiding the height of summer if you have the choice.

It is also possible to go on this holiday in winter. Day time temperatures in January average around 14°C (56°F), so it isn't T-shirt weather, but it can be quite pleasant for cycling.

Can I extend the tour?

Yes, we would be happy to arrange any tour extensions for you. The most popular option is to spend extra nights in Barcelona.

But we can also help you to extend the trip if you wish to spend more time on the Costa Brava, or to visit anywhere else in Spain or France.

Do you run this as a guided tour?

Yes, for groups of six or more people, we can run this as a private guided tour.

You may also be interested in our Guided Girona & Costa Brava holiday, which is similar to this one, but is more of a leisurely tour with most meals included.

What is your cancellation policy?

The full cancellation policy can be found in our terms and conditions.

Why book with us?

We are a small and independent company who are locally based, which offers several advantages:

- We have a lot personal experience of all of our tours, which have been refined over many years. We believe we are genuine experts in the regions where we run tours, and we are also close at hand to offer support and a personalized service.

- We are flexible and can tailor our itineraries to suit your requirements.

- We have low overheads. We don't spend money on advertising and don't use third party agents. We only sell our tours through this website.

By cutting out the middle man, you can be sure that more of what you pay is being spent on the important things: like hotels, equipment and other services.

- We are a registered and fully bonded tour operator in accordance with EU regulations.

Hotel Nord 1901
Hotel Nord - Girona
This charming 4-star hotel is situated in the heart of Girona, just a short distance from the cathedral and impressive city walls. It has large rooms and a nice swimming pool area for relaxing.
El Convent Begur
Hotel Convent - Begur
You spend two nights in this beautiful 4-star hotel housed in a converted 17th century convent. It is situated on the edge of Begur and within walking distance of the beach and coves of the Costa Brava. The historic building of the hotel, the colorful gardens and the swimming pool create a tranquil backdrop.
Molí de l'Escala
Palau Mirador - Torroella
This 4-star boutique hotel is housed in a converted 17th century flour mill on the edge of l'Escala. It has charming rooms and is just a short walk from both the beach and the ancient ruins of Empuries. The hotel also has very high quality restaurant.
Hotel Blaumar
Hotel Blaumar - Cadaques
You spend two nights in this small 3-star boutique hotel in Cadaqués. It's situated close to both the center and the cove beaches around the town, making it a great base for exploring.

The hotel is beautifully decorated in traditional white and blue style and has comfortable rooms and a nice garden and swimming pool area.
Hotel Pirineos
Hotel Pirineos
This 4-star hotel has comfortable rooms and is located in the center of Figueres. It is a short walk from both the Dali museum and theatre, and also from the lively Rambla boulevard.
To find out more about how we select our hotels, please see our accommodation page.

Starting Date Price (per person)¹ Single Supplement Bike Hire
All Other Dates €1,470 EUR €640 EUR Included
1st July - 31st August €1,740 EUR €720 EUR Included

¹Price is based on two people sharing a double or twin room. If you would prefer to stay in a single room, the single supplement is applicable.

To reserve a place on the tour, click the button above and complete the reservation form. We will then get back to you within 24 hours to confirm the reservation, and to arrange for payment of the deposit.

For more details on the booking process, please check out our Reservations page.

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