GIRONA & COSTA BRAVA
Guided Cycling Holiday
The six night tour begins in the stylish city of Girona and finishes in Dalí's home town of Figueres. In between we stay on the Costa Brava in various luxury hotels and we immerse ourselves in the history and culture of the region. We visit the Medieval villages of Peratallada and Begur, the Greco-Roman ruins of Empuries and the citadel of Roses. We get charmed by the stunningly picturesque fishing villages of Cadaques and Sa Tuna, and we indulge by tasting some of Catalonia's finest gastronomy.
This tour is designed as a leisurely cycling holiday and is suitable for riders of all levels, with different route options depending on how far you wish to ride. 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.
We also run a self-guided version of this tour.
Day 1 - Girona
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 and winding streets of the old town are reminders of this impressive past.
In Girona we carry out the bike fitting and have our welcome meeting. Afterwards we go to an excellent restaurant and taste some of the best local dishes in tapas style.
Day 2 - Begur
Highlights of the ride include our stops at the stunning Medieval old town of Peratallada and also the castle-citadel of Pals.
After lunch we ride a short distance to our hotel on the edge of the village of Begur. Housed in a converted 17th century convent, this is a great place to relax, and is also within walking distance of the cove beach at Sa Riera.
Shorter Route: 36km (22 miles)
Longer Route: 52km (32 miles)
We ride on quiet roads through scenic countryside
Day 3 - Medieval Villages of Catalonia
We pass through more of the historic villages that are so characteristic of the region and also stop at the ancient ruins of Ullastret - a fascinating Iberian town, which showcases life before the arrival of the Romans.
The ride finishes by riding alongside the Ter River into the town of Torroella de Montgrí. Here we stay in another stunning hotel converted from a 14th century mansion, and located in the heart of the historic center.
Shorter Route: 33km (21 miles)
Longer Route: 46km (28 miles)
Day 4 - Empuries & Roses
On the way we stop at the Greco-Roman ruins of Empuries. Well over 2000 years ago, this was the most important city in Catalonia, and was the major trading post here, with Barcelona yet to be founded. Today at this fascinating site, you can see the ruins of both the Greek and Roman colony which were built alongside each other.
From Empuries we continue through the vineyards and fruit orchards of the Aiguamolls Natural Park, before heading into the town of Roses for lunch.
After lunch, and having admired the ancient citadel at Roses we continue the short distance along the coast to our hotel. Situated on its own cove overlooking a delightful beach, this 5-star hotel is our stunning home for two nights.
Shorter Route: 35km (21 miles)
Longer Route: 51km (32 miles)
Greco-Roman Ruins of Empuries
Day 5 - Cap de Creus & Cadaqués
And you certainly should take your time to savour the fine views overlooking the wild and rugged Costa Brava. Mid-way into the ride we reach the fishing village of Cadaqués, one of the most charming along Catalonia's entire coastline.
Artists including Salvador Dalí, Pablo Picasso and Marcel Duchamp all spent considerable time here; and it's easy to see how they could find inspiration in the colorful surroundings.
After admiring Cadaqués we return to our hotel on the edge of Roses, and in the evening we sample the best of Catalan cuisine, with a seven course tasting menu.
Shorter Route: 24km (15 miles)
Longer Route: 43km (27 miles)
The Artistic Village of Cadaqués
Day 6 - Figueres
The longer route takes a slight diversion to climb up to the Monastery of Sant Pere, an imposing Medieval building situated on the edge of the Cap de Creus peninsula.
Our destination is the town of Figueres, best known as the home of Salvador Dalí. There is an excellent museum and theatre dedicated to the artist, situated in the lively and charming historic center.
Figueres is also home to a huge castle, whose walls stretch for over 5km. It was built in the 18th century to try to defend Spain from a possible French invasion. But despite its impressive size, it was unable to stop Napoleon when his Grand Armée came across the Pyrenees.
Shorter Route: 33km (20 miles)
Longer Route: 56km (35 miles)
Dali Museum, Figueres
Day 7 - Departure / Extensions
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.
Barcelona is one option to extend your holiday
We ride through Natural Parks, coastal scenery and tranquil arable farmland, and to refuel we enjoy some of the best of Catalan and Spanish cuisine.
These are just a few of the many highlights of the tour. Check out more in the photo album below:
- ✔ 6 Nights Accommodation (see the Hotels section for more details)
- ✔ 14 meals: 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches & 3 evening meals (all with drinks and tips inlcuded)
- ✔ Bicycle Hire (Hybrid, road or e-bike) (see below for details)
- ✔ Transfers to and from Girona airport or train station (see below for details)
- ✔ Luggage transferred between hotels
- ✔ Vehicle Support on the routes
- ✔ Experienced guide cycling the routes and explaining places of interest
- ✔ Detailed information pack
- ✔ Entrance to the Greco-Roman site of Empuries
- ✔ Entrance to the ancient Iberian village of Ullastret
- ❌ Flights
- ❌ Tour Extensions
- ❌ Travel Insurance
More details about our bikes can be found on our bicycles page. All of our bikes come with helmets and handlebar bags if required, as well as a Cycle Fiesta water bottle.
Difficulty Level & Roads
The longer routes have a few more hills and we classify these routes as being a medium level. You can choose whether to do the shorter or longer ride on any given day. In any case, the route lengths are more suggestions than strict guidlines: the tour is fully supported so you can get in the van whenever you feel like it!
We hate cycling alongside traffic, and so ride on a combination of quiet paved roads and cycling greenways. The majority of the route is paved, but there are some light gravel sections. These can be avoided if you are on a road bike or prefer to stay entirely on paved roads.
Find out more about our tour difficulty levels.
Arrival and Departure
The holiday ends in Figueres. From here we transfer you back to Girona airport or train station. We can also transfer you to Perpignan in France, from there you can take fast trains 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.
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?
*Covid Policy 2021*
In response to the Covid Pandemic we have made some temporary alterations to our standard terms and conditions.
Reservations made in 2021 (for holidays taking place in either 2021 or 2022) can be postponed for any time in the following two years, 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, if holidays are cancelled because of Covid related travel restrictions or uncertainty.
For reservations not made in 2021, the normal terms and conditions regarding cancellation apply.
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 - July) and Autumn or Fall (September to November), when the temperatures tend to be very pleasant for cycling.
There is always the possibility of getting caught in a shower though, so we recommend to bring a rain jacket, just in case.
Should I do the longer or shorter routes?
This depends entirely on you! The longer and shorter routes all start and finish at the same place, and so you can decide on any given day which you would prefer to do. There is no need to commit until the day of the ride itself.
On the longer routes you see more and are able to visit more places, while the shorter routes are more relaxing and ideal if you like to take your time and go at a slower pace.
If you would like to visit the extra towns and monuments on the longer routes, but are worried about the distances, then we recommend hiring an e-bike, which will give you more flexibility.
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
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.
Can non-cyclists come on the trip?
Absolutely! Non-cyclists are more than welcome.
Although cycling is a big part of the holiday, we also do a lot off the bike. Usually non-cyclists ride in the support vehicle and can explore the various towns and villages along the route.
How big are the groups on your tour?
We usually limit the groups to a maximum of 10 people. We find that if there are many more than that, it can become a bit unwieldly. We think that smaller groups also provide for a more personal experience, as well as enabling to book more easily in some of our favourite restaurants.
Who is leading the tour?
All of our guided tours are led personally by the founders of Cycle Fiesta - Ian & Lucia.
See our about us page for more information.
What are the meals like?
Lunches are taken in restaurants along the route and consist of a three course menu with local specialities. All drinks are also included.
The three evening meals are each different. In Girona we enjoy many different plates in traditional tapas style. In Begur, we take a high quality fine dining menu. While in Roses we visit one of the top local restaurants for a seven course tasting menu.
We believe that the gastronomy is a key part of the local culture, and we have endeavoured to find excellent restaurants to show you the best of Catalan and Spanish cuisine.
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.
Can I do this as a private guided tour?
Yes, we can run this as a private tour for groups of six or more people. Please get in contact with us to discuss dates and any changes you would like to make to the itinerary.
What is your cancellation policy?
The full cancellation policy can be found in our terms and conditions.
Where can I find more information about the region?
We have plenty more detailed information on the website.
Check out our page on Costa Brava
Hotel Nord 1901
El Convent Begur
Hotel Palau Lo Mirador
|Date||Price (per person)¹||Single Supplement||Bike Hire|
|19th - 25th June 2022||€1,580 EUR||€460 EUR||Included|
|25th September - 1st October 2022||€1,580 EUR||€460 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.