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Costa Brava Self-Guided Bike Tour

Experience the Catalan flair of Costa Brava

The gentle hills and soothing ocean breezes of the Costa Brava is a dream destination beckoning us to return again and again. On the alluring Mediterranean shoreline where the mountains meet the sea, somewhere between the real and the surreal, warm sunshine, spectacular winding roads, seascape views, and Catalan charm all combine to create a truly unique cycling holiday in this vibrant region of Spain. You will move from nights in Girona, the region’s most enticing city, boasting a thriving community with buzzing cafés and providing some of Europe’s best cycling to days spent in a beachfront hotel, relaxing and biking the spectacular Costa Brava coastline. This Mediterranean paradise offers a perfect mixture of lively culture, fabulous cuisine, and beautiful cycling terrain to be enjoyed on your own terms. This trip offers an upgrade option to enjoy luxury-level accommodations. Please contact a trip consultant at 866-464-8735 to learn more about upgrade pricing and availability.
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Explore the old town, the beating heart of Girona, with a labyrinth of cobbled streets lined with museums, galleries, bakeries, and bars
Discover the beautiful and rugged Costa Brava meaning, "Wild Coast", by bike
Stay in two of the region's best hotels, one located in the heart of Girona and the other on the beach, overlooking the Mediterranean sea
Delight in warm hospitality of the proud and passionate Catalan people as you greet them - "Bon día!"
Savor "mar y montaña" (sea and mountain) quintessential Catalan cuisine—a blend of fresh, local seafood and the bounty of the land
Costa Brava Self-Guided Bike Tour
A very well-conceived trip with fun routes, excellent food, and interesting side tours. We felt Trek was fully behind us whilst enjoying the freedom of self-guidance. And the Trek bikes inspired confidence!
-John, Trek Travel Guest

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Welcome to the first day of your self-guided Costa Brava bike tour! Your Trek Travel host will meet you at 11:00 AM at the Hotel Nord 1901 in the heart of Girona's historical center. Girona has long been a hotbed of cycling, with international pros relocating to this charming town, awash in local cafes and small markets. After giving you an overview of the week ahead, your host will make sure you are fitted comfortably to your Trek bike and will share some safety tips. Then you’ll say, "Adéu!" and take to the road for a warm-up ride on a gently undulating route that meanders through the patchwork of wheat fields in the Empordà plains. If you wish to ride a little more, don't miss the longer option extending to the village of Púbol. Here you may choose to pay a visit to the Castell de Dalí, a gift from Costa Brava-born artist Salvador Dalí to his wife, Gala. The castle was transformed into a museum, showcasing the lives and art of the Dalís. This is a fantastic opportunity to visit this jewel and gain deeper insight into the life of this genius artist. This evening is yours to explore the cobbled streets of Girona and find a restaurant that best suits your palate, choosing from our list of recommendations!

Today's Ride:

Girona to Bordils Loop
Approximately 17 miles with 431 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Girona to Bordils to Púbol Loop
Approximately 32 miles with 1,283 feet of climbing

Hotel:

Hotel Nord 1901

Be sure to pack your camera today, as you ride through quiet roads taking in the panoramic views of the Pyrenees that rise above the countryside. Your destination is Banyoles, Catalonia’s largest freshwater lake that is a beloved location among locals, especially in the summer. There are a few bars and restaurants next to the lake which are great for a meal or drink while enjoying some relaxing views. If you feel like testing your climbing legs today, the Rocacorba climb will satisfy your hunger for a challenge! Rocacorba is, hands down, the most famous and challenging climb in Girona, loved by amateur cyclists and pro riders alike. At nearly ten kilometers long with an average gradient of 7%, the switchbacks play a vital role in turning it into an iconic climb. After this optional ascent, the ride continues back to Girona along pleasant rural roads. In the afternoon, take some time to relax by the pool and enjoy a stroll in town. If you haven't seen it yet, we recommend you visit Girona's monumental cathedral. Standing impressively at the top of a long flight of stone steps, it is famous for having the widest Gothic nave in the world. Tonight, an array of Catalan specialties are at your fingertips. You'll be provided with names of our favorites in town.

Today's Ride:

Girona to Banyoles to La Mota Loop
Approximately 36 miles with 2,693 feet of climbing

Short Option:

Girona to Banyoles Loop
Approximately 30 miles with 1,771 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Girona to Banyoles to La Mota Loop with Rocacorba
Approximately 50 miles with 5,384 feet of climbing

Hotel:

Hotel Nord 1901

Included Meals:

Breakfast

Today you'll leave vibrant Girona and get to the coast, starting the ride with the locals' favourite climb called Els Angles, an 11-kilometer mellow climb with an average gradient of 3.6% , which is the perfect way to warm up your legs! A lovely winding road takes you up through the trees to the hilltop Santuari dels Àngels, the chapel where Salvador Dalí got married. If you climb up the steps to the terrace by the church, you’ll be rewarded with fantastic panoramic views. Once you leave Girona, your luggage will be transferred to your next hotel and you will find it already in your room upon arrival. Enjoy the luxury of travelling worry-free and focus on your ride on rolling terrain through lovely, historic villages scattered inside the enchanting and unspoilt Catalan countryside. Stop for a casual lunch in Cruilles, where you can opt to take the avid option through Santa Pellaia, a popular climb among pro athletes due to its steady uphill gradient. On both routes views abound over the Gavarres Natural Park, a mountain massif of the Catalan Coastal Range. The Gavarres mountains have been inhabited since prehistoric times and are largely protected as a nature reserve, dotted with a few farmhouses and hamlets. Cruise over the ridge that separates the mountains from the coast to enjoy a sweeping descent to your beachfront hotel, your home for the next three nights. There will be plenty of time to take a dip in the infinity pool or schedule a massage before dinner overlooking the crystalline Mediterranean Sea.

Today's Ride:

Girona to Platja d'Aro
Approximately 35 miles with 2,792 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Girona to Platja d'Aro via Santa Pellaia
Approximately 47 miles with 3,834 feet of climbing

Hotel:

Park Hotel San Jorge

Included Meals:

Breakfast

Today is yours to enjoy at your leisure, as nothing is pressing on your schedule. Perhaps you'll begin by exploring Costa Brava’s most astounding coves that you can access directly from your hotel: Belladona and Cap Roig. Then make sure you visit the hotel’s spa, or take a walk to the centre of Platja d’Aro which is awash with shopping opportunities and fantastic local restaurants and cafes. Alternatively, two ride options are also available if you'd like to explore the countryside and the stunning Costa Brava coastline. Return to the hotel at your leisure and then meander to a beachside bistro to enjoy a sunset cocktail before dinner. You'll be sure to sleep soundly tonight after a day of fresh sea air, great food, and excellent local wines!

Today's Ride:

Platja d'Aro to Llagostera Loop
Approximately 32 miles with 2,235 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Platja d'Aro to Llagostera with Massis Loop
Approximately 39 miles with 3,051 feet of climbing

Hotel:

Park Hotel San Jorge

Included Meals:

Breakfast

This morning the journey is the destination as you ride along quiet, winding roads following the extraordinary Costa Brava coastline (reminiscent of California’s Big Sur), this road boasts more cyclists than cars! Pause for a coastal lunch of your choice in the medieval walled town of Tossa de Mar before riding back to the hotel along the same spectacular route, or maybe spend the afternoon exploring the old town and castle then relaxing on the beach. This evening, we suggest you savor your final taste of "mar y montaña" (Catalonia's famed cuisine) either at the hotel or choosing from our list of recommended restaurants along the beach, just walking distance from the hotel. Raise a glass and toast to an incredible week of riding, culinary discoveries, and of course, memories to last a lifetime.

Today's Ride:

Platja d'Aro to Tossa de Mar Return
Approximately 32 miles with 3,343 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Platja d'Aro to Ermita de Sant Grau to Tossa de Mar Loop
Approximately 39 miles with 4,464 feet of climbing

Hotel:

Park Hotel San Jorge

Included Meals:

Breakfast

Though this morning’s ride is short, it’s a great last spin through the historic Catalan countryside. During the ride stop off to explore a mystical grove containing a prehistoric burial site with some of the best-preserved dolmens in Europe. Or, if you prefer, simply linger over a hot cappuccino and enjoy a leisurely morning, soaking in the gorgeous sea views from the breakfast patio. Your Trek Travel host will meet you at your hotel at 11:00 AM to take your bike and say farewell before you depart to conclude your Costa Brava Self-Guided bike tour.

Today's Ride:

Platja d'Aro to Romanya de la Selva Loop
Approximately 19 miles with 1,374 feet of climbing

Included Meals:

Breakfast

Welcome to the first day of your self-guided Costa Brava bike tour! Your Trek Travel host will meet you at 11:00 AM at your luxury retreat at the heart of the historical center of Girona, with its typical Catalan architecture that reflects the essence of the old town. Girona has long been a hotbed of cycling, with international pros relocating to this charming town, awash in local cafes and small markets. After giving you an overview of the week ahead, your host will make sure you are fitted comfortably to your Trek bike and will share some safety tips. Then you’ll say, "Adéu!" and take to the road for a warm-up ride on a gently undulating route that meanders through the patchwork of wheat fields in the Empordà plains. If you wish to ride a little more, don't miss the longer option extending to the village of Púbol. Here you may choose to pay a visit to the Castell de Dalí, a gift from Costa Brava-born artist Salvador Dalí to his wife, Gala. The castle was transformed into a museum, showcasing the lives and art of the Dalís. This is a fantastic opportunity to visit this jewel and gain deeper insight into the life of this genius artist. This evening is yours to explore the cobbled streets of Girona and find a restaurant that best suits your palate, choosing from our list of recommendations!

Today's Ride:

Girona to Bordils Loop
Approximately 17 miles with 431 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Girona to Bordils to Púbol Loop
Approximately 32 miles with 1,283 feet of climbing

Hotel:

Hotel Nord 1901 Superior

Be sure to pack your camera today, as you ride through quiet roads taking in the panoramic views of the Pyrenees that rise above the countryside. Your destination is Banyoles, Catalonia’s largest freshwater lake that is a beloved location among locals, especially in the summer. There are a few bars and restaurants next to the lake which are great for a meal or drink while enjoying some relaxing views. If you feel like testing your climbing legs today, the Rocacorba climb will satisfy your hunger for a challenge! Rocacorba is, hands down, the most famous and challenging climb in Girona, loved by amateur cyclists and pro riders alike. At nearly ten kilometers long with an average gradient of 7%, the switchbacks play a vital role in turning it into an iconic climb. After this optional ascent, the ride continues back to Girona along pleasant rural roads. In the afternoon, take some time to relax by the pool and enjoy a stroll in town. If you haven't seen it yet, we recommend you visit Girona's monumental cathedral. Standing impressively at the top of a long flight of stone steps, it is famous for having the widest Gothic nave in the world. Tonight, an array of Catalan specialties are at your fingertips. You'll be provided with names of our favorites in town.

Today's Ride:

Girona to Banyoles to La Mota Loop
Approximately 36 miles with 2,693 feet of climbing

Short Option:

Girona to Banyoles Loop
Approximately 30 miles with 1,771 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Girona to Banyoles to La Mota Loop with Rocacorba
Approximately 50 miles with 5,384 feet of climbing

Hotel:

Hotel Nord 1901 Superior

Included Meals:

Breakfast

Today you'll leave the vibrant Girona and get to the coast, starting the ride with the locals' favourite climb called Els Angles, an 11-kilometer mellow climb with an average gradient of 3.6% , which is the perfect way to warm up your legs! A lovely winding road takes you up through the trees to the hilltop Santuari dels Àngels, the chapel where Salvador Dalí got married. If you climb up the steps to the terrace by the church, you’ll be rewarded with fantastic panoramic views. Once you leave Girona, your luggage will be transferred to your next hotel and you will find it already in your room upon arrival. Enjoy the luxury of travelling worry-free and focus on your ride on rolling terrain through lovely, historic villages scattered inside the enchanting and unspoilt Catalan countryside. Stop for a casual lunch in Cruilles, where you can opt to take the avid option through Santa Pellaia, a popular climb among pro athletes due to its steady uphill gradient. On both routes views abound over the Gavarres Natural Park, a mountain massif of the Catalan Coastal Range. The Gavarres mountains have been inhabited since prehistoric times and are largely protected as a nature reserve, dotted with a few farmhouses and hamlets. Cruise over the ridge that separates the mountains from the coast to enjoy a sweeping descent to your beachfront hotel, your home for the next three nights. There will be plenty of time to take a dip in the infinity pool or schedule a massage before dinner overlooking the crystalline Mediterranean Sea.

Today's Ride:

Girona to s’Agaro
Approximately 35 miles with 2,792 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Girona to s’Agaro via Santa Pellaia
Approximately 47 miles with 3,834 feet of climbing

Hotel:

Hostal de la Gavina

Included Meals:

Breakfast

Today is yours to enjoy at your leisure, as nothing is pressing on your schedule. Perhaps you'll start with a stroll along the cliffside path that connects the local beaches to the hotel, visit the hotel’s luxurious spa, or take a trip into the coastal town of Platja d’Aro which is awash with shopping opportunities and fantastic local restaurants and cafes. Alternatively, two ride options are also available if you'd like to explore the countryside and the stunning Costa Brava coastline. Return to the hotel at your leisure and then meander to a beachside bistro to enjoy a sunset cocktail before dinner. You'll be sure to sleep soundly tonight after a day of fresh sea air, great food, and excellent local wines!

Today's Ride:

S'agaro to Llagostera Loop
Approximately 32 miles with 2,235 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

S'agaro to Llagostera with Massis Loop
Approximately 39 miles with 3,051 feet of climbing

Hotel:

Hostal de la Gavina

Included Meals:

Breakfast

This morning the journey is the destination as you ride along quiet, winding roads following the extraordinary Costa Brava coastline (reminiscent of California’s Big Sur), this road boasts more cyclists than cars! Pause for a coastal lunch of your choice in the medieval walled town of Tossa de Mar before riding back to the hotel along the same spectacular route, or maybe spend the afternoon exploring the old town and castle then relaxing on the beach. This evening, we suggest you savor your final taste of "mar y montaña" (Catalonia's famed cuisine) either at the hotel or choosing from our list of recommended restaurants along the beach, just walking distance from the hotel. Raise a glass and toast to an incredible week of riding, culinary discoveries, and of course, memories to last a lifetime.

Today's Ride:

S’Agaro to Tossa de Mar Return
Approximately 32 miles with 3,343 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

S'Agaro to Ermita de Sant Grau to Tossa de Mar Loop
Approximately 39 miles with 4,464 feet of climbing

Hotel:

Hostal de la Gavina

Included Meals:

Breakfast

Though this morning’s ride is short, it’s a great last spin through the historic Catalan countryside. During the ride stop off to explore a mystical grove containing a prehistoric burial site with some of the best-preserved dolmens in Europe. Or, if you prefer, simply linger over a hot cappuccino and enjoy a leisurely morning, soaking in the gorgeous sea views from the breakfast patio. Your Trek Travel host will meet you at your hotel at 11:00 AM to take your bike and say farewell before you depart to conclude your Costa Brava Self-Guided bike tour.

Today's Ride:

S'Agaro to Romanya de la Selva Loop
Approximately 19 miles with 1,374 feet of climbing

Included Meals:

Breakfast

Welcome to the first day of your self-guided Costa Brava bike tour! Your Trek Travel host will meet you at 11:00 AM at the Hotel Nord 1901 in the heart of Girona's historical center. Girona has long been a hotbed of cycling, with international pros relocating to this charming town, awash in local cafes and small markets. After giving you an overview of the week ahead, your host will make sure you are fitted comfortably to your Trek bike and will share some safety tips. Then you’ll say, "Adéu!" and take to the road for a warm-up ride on a gently undulating route that meanders through the patchwork of wheat fields in the Empordà plains. If you wish to ride a little more, don't miss the longer option extending to the village of Púbol. Here you may choose to pay a visit to the Castell de Dalí, a gift from Costa Brava-born artist Salvador Dalí to his wife, Gala. The castle was transformed into a museum, showcasing the lives and art of the Dalís. This is a fantastic opportunity to visit this jewel and gain deeper insight into the life of this genius artist. This evening is yours to explore the cobbled streets of Girona and find a restaurant that best suits your palate, choosing from our list of recommendations!

Today's Ride:

Girona to Bordils Loop
Approximately 17 miles with 431 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Girona to Bordils to Púbol Loop
Approximately 32 miles with 1,283 feet of climbing

Hotel:

Hotel Nord 1901

Be sure to pack your camera today, as you ride through quiet roads taking in the panoramic views of the Pyrenees that rise above the countryside. Your destination is Banyoles, Catalonia’s largest freshwater lake that is a beloved location among locals, especially in the summer. There are a few bars and restaurants next to the lake which are great for a meal or drink while enjoying some relaxing views. If you feel like testing your climbing legs today, the Rocacorba climb will satisfy your hunger for a challenge! Rocacorba is, hands down, the most famous and challenging climb in Girona, loved by amateur cyclists and pro riders alike. At nearly ten kilometers long with an average gradient of 7%, the switchbacks play a vital role in turning it into an iconic climb. After this optional ascent, the ride continues back to Girona along pleasant rural roads. In the afternoon, take some time to relax by the pool and enjoy a stroll in town. If you haven't seen it yet, we recommend you visit Girona's monumental cathedral. Standing impressively at the top of a long flight of stone steps, it is famous for having the widest Gothic nave in the world. Tonight, an array of Catalan specialties are at your fingertips. You'll be provided with names of our favorites in town.

Today's Ride:

Girona to Banyoles to La Mota Loop
Approximately 36 miles with 2,693 feet of climbing

Short Option:

Girona to Banyoles Loop
Approximately 30 miles with 1,771 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Girona to Banyoles to La Mota Loop with Rocacorba
Approximately 50 miles with 5,384 feet of climbing

Hotel:

Hotel Nord 1901

Included Meals:

Breakfast

Today you'll leave vibrant Girona and get to the coast, starting the ride with the locals' favourite climb called Els Angles, an 11-kilometer mellow climb with an average gradient of 3.6% , which is the perfect way to warm up your legs! A lovely winding road takes you up through the trees to the hilltop Santuari dels Àngels, the chapel where Salvador Dalí got married. If you climb up the steps to the terrace by the church, you’ll be rewarded with fantastic panoramic views. Once you leave Girona, your luggage will be transferred to your next hotel and you will find it already in your room upon arrival. Enjoy the luxury of travelling worry-free and focus on your ride on rolling terrain through lovely, historic villages scattered inside the enchanting and unspoilt Catalan countryside. Stop for a casual lunch in Cruilles, where you can opt to take the avid option through Santa Pellaia, a popular climb among pro athletes due to its steady uphill gradient. On both routes views abound over the Gavarres Natural Park, a mountain massif of the Catalan Coastal Range. The Gavarres mountains have been inhabited since prehistoric times and are largely protected as a nature reserve, dotted with a few farmhouses and hamlets. Cruise over the ridge that separates the mountains from the coast to enjoy a sweeping descent to your beachfront hotel, your home for the next three nights. There will be plenty of time to take a dip in the infinity pool or schedule a massage before dinner overlooking the crystalline Mediterranean Sea.

Today's Ride:

Girona to Platja d'Aro
Approximately 35 miles with 2,792 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Girona to Platja d'Aro via Santa Pellaia
Approximately 47 miles with 3,834 feet of climbing

Hotel:

Park Hotel San Jorge

Included Meals:

Breakfast

Today is yours to enjoy at your leisure, as nothing is pressing on your schedule. Perhaps you'll begin by exploring Costa Brava’s most astounding coves that you can access directly from your hotel: Belladona and Cap Roig. Then make sure you visit the hotel’s spa, or take a walk to the centre of Platja d’Aro which is awash with shopping opportunities and fantastic local restaurants and cafes. Alternatively, two ride options are also available if you'd like to explore the countryside and the stunning Costa Brava coastline. Return to the hotel at your leisure and then meander to a beachside bistro to enjoy a sunset cocktail before dinner. You'll be sure to sleep soundly tonight after a day of fresh sea air, great food, and excellent local wines!

Today's Ride:

Platja d'Aro to Llagostera Loop
Approximately 32 miles with 2,235 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Platja d'Aro to Llagostera with Massis Loop
Approximately 39 miles with 3,051 feet of climbing

Hotel:

Park Hotel San Jorge

Included Meals:

Breakfast

This morning the journey is the destination as you ride along quiet, winding roads following the extraordinary Costa Brava coastline (reminiscent of California’s Big Sur), this road boasts more cyclists than cars! Pause for a coastal lunch of your choice in the medieval walled town of Tossa de Mar before riding back to the hotel along the same spectacular route, or maybe spend the afternoon exploring the old town and castle then relaxing on the beach. This evening, we suggest you savor your final taste of "mar y montaña" (Catalonia's famed cuisine) either at the hotel or choosing from our list of recommended restaurants along the beach, just walking distance from the hotel. Raise a glass and toast to an incredible week of riding, culinary discoveries, and of course, memories to last a lifetime.

Today's Ride:

Platja d'Aro to Tossa de Mar Return
Approximately 32 miles with 3,343 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Platja d'Aro to Ermita de Sant Grau to Tossa de Mar Loop
Approximately 39 miles with 4,464 feet of climbing

Hotel:

Park Hotel San Jorge

Included Meals:

Breakfast

Though this morning’s ride is short, it’s a great last spin through the historic Catalan countryside. During the ride stop off to explore a mystical grove containing a prehistoric burial site with some of the best-preserved dolmens in Europe. Or, if you prefer, simply linger over a hot cappuccino and enjoy a leisurely morning, soaking in the gorgeous sea views from the breakfast patio. Your Trek Travel host will meet you at your hotel at 11:00 AM to take your bike and say farewell before you depart to conclude your Costa Brava Self-Guided bike tour.

Today's Ride:

Platja d'Aro to Romanya de la Selva Loop
Approximately 19 miles with 1,374 feet of climbing

Included Meals:

Breakfast

Welcome to the first day of your self-guided Costa Brava bike tour! Your Trek Travel host will meet you at 11:00 AM at your luxury retreat at the heart of the historical center of Girona, with its typical Catalan architecture that reflects the essence of the old town. Girona has long been a hotbed of cycling, with international pros relocating to this charming town, awash in local cafes and small markets. After giving you an overview of the week ahead, your host will make sure you are fitted comfortably to your Trek bike and will share some safety tips. Then you’ll say, "Adéu!" and take to the road for a warm-up ride on a gently undulating route that meanders through the patchwork of wheat fields in the Empordà plains. If you wish to ride a little more, don't miss the longer option extending to the village of Púbol. Here you may choose to pay a visit to the Castell de Dalí, a gift from Costa Brava-born artist Salvador Dalí to his wife, Gala. The castle was transformed into a museum, showcasing the lives and art of the Dalís. This is a fantastic opportunity to visit this jewel and gain deeper insight into the life of this genius artist. This evening is yours to explore the cobbled streets of Girona and find a restaurant that best suits your palate, choosing from our list of recommendations!

Today's Ride:

Girona to Bordils Loop
Approximately 17 miles with 431 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Girona to Bordils to Púbol Loop
Approximately 32 miles with 1,283 feet of climbing

Hotel:

Hotel Nord 1901 Superior

Be sure to pack your camera today, as you ride through quiet roads taking in the panoramic views of the Pyrenees that rise above the countryside. Your destination is Banyoles, Catalonia’s largest freshwater lake that is a beloved location among locals, especially in the summer. There are a few bars and restaurants next to the lake which are great for a meal or drink while enjoying some relaxing views. If you feel like testing your climbing legs today, the Rocacorba climb will satisfy your hunger for a challenge! Rocacorba is, hands down, the most famous and challenging climb in Girona, loved by amateur cyclists and pro riders alike. At nearly ten kilometers long with an average gradient of 7%, the switchbacks play a vital role in turning it into an iconic climb. After this optional ascent, the ride continues back to Girona along pleasant rural roads. In the afternoon, take some time to relax by the pool and enjoy a stroll in town. If you haven't seen it yet, we recommend you visit Girona's monumental cathedral. Standing impressively at the top of a long flight of stone steps, it is famous for having the widest Gothic nave in the world. Tonight, an array of Catalan specialties are at your fingertips. You'll be provided with names of our favorites in town.

Today's Ride:

Girona to Banyoles to La Mota Loop
Approximately 36 miles with 2,693 feet of climbing

Short Option:

Girona to Banyoles Loop
Approximately 30 miles with 1,771 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Girona to Banyoles to La Mota Loop with Rocacorba
Approximately 50 miles with 5,384 feet of climbing

Hotel:

Hotel Nord 1901 Superior

Included Meals:

Breakfast

Today you'll leave the vibrant Girona and get to the coast, starting the ride with the locals' favourite climb called Els Angles, an 11-kilometer mellow climb with an average gradient of 3.6% , which is the perfect way to warm up your legs! A lovely winding road takes you up through the trees to the hilltop Santuari dels Àngels, the chapel where Salvador Dalí got married. If you climb up the steps to the terrace by the church, you’ll be rewarded with fantastic panoramic views. Once you leave Girona, your luggage will be transferred to your next hotel and you will find it already in your room upon arrival. Enjoy the luxury of travelling worry-free and focus on your ride on rolling terrain through lovely, historic villages scattered inside the enchanting and unspoilt Catalan countryside. Stop for a casual lunch in Cruilles, where you can opt to take the avid option through Santa Pellaia, a popular climb among pro athletes due to its steady uphill gradient. On both routes views abound over the Gavarres Natural Park, a mountain massif of the Catalan Coastal Range. The Gavarres mountains have been inhabited since prehistoric times and are largely protected as a nature reserve, dotted with a few farmhouses and hamlets. Cruise over the ridge that separates the mountains from the coast to enjoy a sweeping descent to your beachfront hotel, your home for the next three nights. There will be plenty of time to take a dip in the infinity pool or schedule a massage before dinner overlooking the crystalline Mediterranean Sea.

Today's Ride:

Girona to s’Agaro
Approximately 35 miles with 2,792 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Girona to s’Agaro via Santa Pellaia
Approximately 47 miles with 3,834 feet of climbing

Hotel:

Hostal de la Gavina

Included Meals:

Breakfast

Today is yours to enjoy at your leisure, as nothing is pressing on your schedule. Perhaps you'll start with a stroll along the cliffside path that connects the local beaches to the hotel, visit the hotel’s luxurious spa, or take a trip into the coastal town of Platja d’Aro which is awash with shopping opportunities and fantastic local restaurants and cafes. Alternatively, two ride options are also available if you'd like to explore the countryside and the stunning Costa Brava coastline. Return to the hotel at your leisure and then meander to a beachside bistro to enjoy a sunset cocktail before dinner. You'll be sure to sleep soundly tonight after a day of fresh sea air, great food, and excellent local wines!

Today's Ride:

S'agaro to Llagostera Loop
Approximately 32 miles with 2,235 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

S'agaro to Llagostera with Massis Loop
Approximately 39 miles with 3,051 feet of climbing

Hotel:

Hostal de la Gavina

Included Meals:

Breakfast

This morning the journey is the destination as you ride along quiet, winding roads following the extraordinary Costa Brava coastline (reminiscent of California’s Big Sur), this road boasts more cyclists than cars! Pause for a coastal lunch of your choice in the medieval walled town of Tossa de Mar before riding back to the hotel along the same spectacular route, or maybe spend the afternoon exploring the old town and castle then relaxing on the beach. This evening, we suggest you savor your final taste of "mar y montaña" (Catalonia's famed cuisine) either at the hotel or choosing from our list of recommended restaurants along the beach, just walking distance from the hotel. Raise a glass and toast to an incredible week of riding, culinary discoveries, and of course, memories to last a lifetime.

Today's Ride:

S’Agaro to Tossa de Mar Return
Approximately 32 miles with 3,343 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

S'Agaro to Ermita de Sant Grau to Tossa de Mar Loop
Approximately 39 miles with 4,464 feet of climbing

Hotel:

Hostal de la Gavina

Included Meals:

Breakfast

Though this morning’s ride is short, it’s a great last spin through the historic Catalan countryside. During the ride stop off to explore a mystical grove containing a prehistoric burial site with some of the best-preserved dolmens in Europe. Or, if you prefer, simply linger over a hot cappuccino and enjoy a leisurely morning, soaking in the gorgeous sea views from the breakfast patio. Your Trek Travel host will meet you at your hotel at 11:00 AM to take your bike and say farewell before you depart to conclude your Costa Brava Self-Guided bike tour.

Today's Ride:

S'Agaro to Romanya de la Selva Loop
Approximately 19 miles with 1,374 feet of climbing

Included Meals:

Breakfast

Hotels

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Hotel Nord 1901

Girona, Spain

Explorer Accommodation | Located in the heart of Girona city centre, the sophisticated and spacious rooms at the Nord 1901 hotel are equipped with plenty of amenities with the aim of making you feel at home. A complementary breakfast is offered at the hotel and a wide range of popular restaurants and cafés are at your fingertips. You'll can enjoy the outdoor pool at the hotel and you can count on the staff's friendly hospitality for an unforgettable experience in Girona.
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Park Hotel San Jorge

Platja d’Aro, Spain

Explorer Accommodation | Located in a privileged seafront setting surrounded by pine trees and crystal-clear waters, this 4-star Superior Hotel enjoys direct access to the spectacular coves of Belladona and Cap Roig, providing some of the region’s most iconic images. With luxurious facilities including an infinity pool, a spa, and rooms exquisitely decorated in a refined Mediterranean style with spectacular sea views, you will relax and unwind while enjoying the sea breeze.
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Hotel Nord 1901 Superior

Girona, Spain

Luxury Accommodation | Located in the heart of Girona city centre, this family-run modern boutique hotel embraces Girona's rich culture and celebrates the incredible cycling the city has to offer. It boasts its own onsite cycle-centric coffee bar to get that pre- and post-ride espresso. Amenities include an indoor and outdoor pool, spa treatments, and rooms with flat-screen TV and free WiFi, all while hosted by the warmest hospitality provided by the hotel staff. Combined with a wide range of popular restaurants and cafés all around, you are sure to have an unforgettable stay.
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Hostal de la Gavina

S’Agaró, Spain

Luxury Accommodation | This hotel is situated on a cliff overlooking the Sant Pol beach on the Mediterranean Sea and for decades has been a popular retreat for many stars, such as Frank Sinatra, John Wayne, and Sean Connery. Rich cultural heritage is evident throughout the hotel in the Flemish tapestries, 17th century furniture, Romanesque carvings, Murano lamps, and 18th-century Sèvres vases. The outdoor swimming pool, beautiful gardens, and spa all add to the enjoyment of this quiet, scenic, and truly magnificent Mediterranean property.

What's Included

For us, the details matter most

Every moment of a Trek Travel self-guided bike trip has more than you could have ever dreamed. More experiences. More scenery. More choice. It's the little additions to every Trek Travel cycling vacation that make it truly special. And that's how we help you create more memories.

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Trek Domane SL 7 Disc

It isn’t the cycling vacation of a lifetime unless you have the industry’s best bike to match. In 2019, we upgraded our fleet to feature the award-winning Domane SL 7 with Shimano Ultegra Disc brakes. Because when you combine the lightweight stability and comfort of the Domane with the superior safety and stopping power of disc brakes, you get a match made in cycling heaven. And the best part? It’s included in the trip price. Ride confidently, comfortably and longer in the most beautiful destinations around the world with the new Domane SL 7. Learn More

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Trek Electric-Assist Verve+

With its Low-Step frame design, hopping on and off the Trek Verve+ is super easy. The front suspension will take the edge off any bumps in the road and the Bosch system will keep you smiling from ear to ear. The integrated battery keeps this bike looking sleek as you pedal through amazing terrain. Learn More

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • Five nights of accommodation at handpicked hotels
  • Daily breakfast
  • Daily lunch and dinner recommendations
  • Ride a Trek Domane SL 7 disc or Trek Electric-Assist Verve+
  • Up to three daily route options on riding days
  • Trek Travel water bottles to keep
  • Each bike is equipped with a flat pack containing one tube, two tire levers, and a patch kit (the flat pack is only large enough for these items so if additional gear is needed, please plan to bring your own bar bag or small backpack for daily rides)
  • A mini frame pump, phone mount, front and rear lights
  • Bontrager helmet (optional if you do not bring your own)
  • Bontrager saddle (we suggest you bring your own for the most comfortable fit)
  • Shimano clipless pedals or flat pedals (optional if you do not bring your own)
  • All luggage transfers during your trip
  • A bike lock, all necessary chargers, and a floor pump
  • Bike fit on the first day to help you find your optimal riding position, with recreational or avid set-up along with saddle preference
  • Ride With GPS app on your phone to navigate and get all the information you need on your self-guided adventure

GEAR

  • Trek Domane SL 7 disc carbon road bike with Shimano Di2 electronic shifting or Trek Electric-Assist Verve+, available in a limited quantity
  • Trek Travel water bottles to keep
  • Shimano clipless road pedals, Shimano clipless mountain pedals, or flat pedals (optional if you do not bring your own)
  • Bontrager helmet (optional if you do not bring your own)
  • Bontrager men's and women's specific saddles
  • Bontrager front and rear Flare R lights
  • Each bike is equipped with a flat pack containing one tube, two tire levers, and a patch kit (the flat pack is only large enough for these items so if additional gear is needed, please plan to bring your own bar bag or small backpack for daily rides)
  • A mini frame pump and phone mount
  • Coupon valued up to $500 off a new Trek Bicycle. Your coupon will be delivered via email prior to your trip.
  • For the most comfortable ride, you may choose to bring your own pedals, saddle, and helmet on the trip. Your Trek Travel host will install your gear on the first day during your bike fit.

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

Gratuities for your Trek Travel host are not included in your trip price. We recommend tipping 7.5-10% of your trip price, preferably in the local currency. Please tip your host at your discretion, based on their level of professionalism, guest care, and service.
  • Airfare and transportation to and from the trip meeting/departing locations
  • Lodging before and after the trip
  • Personal items purchased during the trip
  • Optional activities not scheduled by Trek Travel
  • While we provide daily breakfast and one lunch, the other meals are not included. On self-guided trips, Trek Travel provides restaurant recommendations and invites you to explore the local cuisine at your leisure.

More Information

Rider Level: 3?

AVERAGE DAILY MILEAGE:
28.5 miles
TOTAL MILES:
171 miles
AVERAGE DAILY ELEVATION:
2,144 feet
TOTAL ELEVATION:
12,868 feet
TERRAIN: UNDULATING
The terrain around Girona is varied with rolling plains and mountainous areas while the Costa Brava presents winding, hilly coastal roads. Hills generally are short, but can be steep in places. Our self-guided trips accommodate a variety of riding levels. Choose to add miles with our avid options or take a shorter route for a more relaxed ride.
NON-RIDING ACTIVITIES:
There are a variety of non-riding options on this trip for riders who want to take the afternoon off or travel companions who want to spend little or no time in the saddle. Some of these options may need to be scheduled before your trip–please contact one of our Trip Consultants for more information. Except as specified in the itinerary, expenses and transportation to these activities are not included in the trip price. Some non-riding options on this trip are:
  • Explore Peratallada, a beautifully preserved medieval town
  • Visit Salvador Dalí’s castle, a gift to his wife Gala
  • Swim in the crystal clear waters of the Mediterranean
  • Walk on the beach
  • Explore Girona
  • Enjoy gourmet lunch and tapas
  • Enjoy a wine tasting of the Empordà wines, the Catalan wine region

See itinerary for specific daily ride distances and elevation options. On all of our vacations, Trek Travel seeks to find quiet, paved secondary roads or bike paths to experience a region; busy roads are avoided as much as possible. Our itineraries are an approximation of our trips. Trek Travel strives to offer every guest a vacation of a lifetime on every trip. At times routes, hotels, activities, etc. listed here may change at the discretion of the trip designer or Trek Travel's local experts to improve the trip experience.

Averages and totals are calculated from our "Today’s Ride/Avid Ride" options.

Travel Details

How to Get There

FLY INTO:
Barcelona (BCN)
MEETING TIME:
11:00 AM
MEETING LOCATION:
Your trip hotel

Say Farewell

FLY OUT OF:
Barcelona (BCN)
DEPARTING TIME:
11:00 AM
DEPARTING LOCATION:
Your trip hotel

Arriving

We suggest that you arrive at least one day prior to the trip start, which will enable you to adjust to the time zone and minimize the risk of missing the trip start due to flight-related delays. We recommend that you fly into Barcelona (BCN) and then take a train to Girona from Barcelona Estació Sants. From Terminal 1, buses depart every 30 minutes for Barcelona Estació Sants or you can take a metro on Line L9, change at Collblanc onto line L5 to go to Barcelona Estació Sants. Outside Terminal 2, trains depart directly for Barcelona Estació Sants. Alternatively, taxis are plentiful from both terminals and operate 24 hours a day. The journey to the train station in the city center will take 20-30 minutes and cost around 35 euros. From Barcelona Estació Sants and Estació de França, trains depart hourly for Girona. For more information, consult www.renfe.com.

From the Girona Train Station, Hotel Nord 1901 is approximately a 15-minute walk, or taxis are also available for the short ride.

Your Trek Travel host will meet you at the trip hotel, Hotel Nord 1901 (Carrer Nord, 7, 9, 17001 Girona) at 11:00 AM on the first day of the trip. You will get a brief orientation of the week ahead and your host will fit you to your Trek bike ensuring you are comfortable for the week. After a safety talk, and a few tips about cycling in the area you will set off at your own pace through the roads of Catalonia.

If you will be late for the meeting or are going to miss it altogether, please inform your Trek Travel host. You will receive an email a week before the trip start with their name and contact details. If you cannot reach them, please call our first hotel, Hotel Nord 1901 (+34 972 41 15 22), and leave a message with your expected arrival time and contact details.

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Leaving

Your Trek Travel host will meet you at the trip hotel, Park Hotel San Jorge (Av. Andorra, 28, 17251 Calonge, Girona) or upgrade hotel Hostal de la Gavina (Pza. Rosaleda, s/n, 17248 S'Agaró, Girona) at 11:00 AM to take your bike and equipment and say farewell before your departure. If you wish to take a private shuttle to Girona or Barcelona we suggest you contact our local driver. A Trip Consultant can provide you with our recommended local contact information. You can pay with credit card but American Express is not accepted. The trip to Girona takes approximately 45 minutes and costs about €80, whereas the transfer to Barcelona city or Barcelona airport takes about one and a half hours and costs €210. Please allow adequate connection time for any ongoing travel to accommodate possible traffic delays.

All air passengers returning to the United States, including U.S. Citizens and fully vaccinated people, are required to have a negative COVID-19 test result no more than 72 hours before travel (unless you have documentation of recovery from COVID-19 in the past three months before boarding your flight). We advise you to book your return tickets with this in mind, giving yourself a clearance of two days after the trip ends. We recommend spending a day in one of the major urban centers following your trip (Barcelona, Girona, Palma, or Sevilla) where you can yield test results within 24-48 hours. Trek Travel will provide you with the necessary information 30 days prior to your trip.

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Planning For Your Trip

Packing and Weather

The springtime brings green hills, with pleasant daytime temperatures (70F-80F) and evening temperatures 10-15 degrees cooler. The fall is drier and warmer with daytime temperatures reaching the mid 80s. Girona's northern location means that it can be hit with the odd cold spell or rain shower. Light layers and a waterproof shell are recommended. Packing List

Before and After Your Trip

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Before: Girona, Spain

Girona has long enjoyed the reputation for being the richest town in Spain. Founded in the first century BC, it soon became the most important point on the Spanish Via Augusta. Enjoy the reflections of the colorful pastel row houses on the River Onyar before crossing the river and wandering the narrow cobblestone streets of the medieval Jewish quarter. Admire the cathedral from below and then enjoy a 15- minute walk atop the old town walls to get great views of the town. Search out our favourite cafe, La Fabrica in the old quarter, where local and professional cyclists training in Girona sometimes stop for coffee. We recommend the following accommodations for your post-trip hotel:

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After: Barcelona, Spain

The Catalonian capital of Barcelona boasts a beautiful coastline; a great diversity of culture, leisure, and shopping; creative, innovative gastronomy; and an avant-garde spirit. Be sure to check out some of the fantastic architecture and art of Antonio Gaudí, such as Sagrada Familia or Parc Guell. The Gothic quarter is the heart of Barcelona’s old town, with narrow cobblestone streets on which Picasso and Miró lived long ago. Las Ramblas is a long tree-lined shoppers’ paradise that leads to the sea. Be sure not to miss the fascinating Boqueria market for a slice of local life. We recommend the following accommodations for your pre-trip hotel:

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Why Trek Travel

Our Bikes

Our unrivaled selection of Trek Bikes sets the bar for quality and comfort. From the ultra-smooth Trek Domane SL 7 to the Trek Electric-Assist Verve+, you deserve the best ride on your vacation. Plus, we offer a range upgrade options to take you the extra mile.

Our Guides

Our guides are trained to make your trip magical. They aren't just experts in riding; they're trained in delivering uncompromising service in ways you won't believe. We know that it's the unexpected surprises that make a trip magical. That's why our guides pride themselves on anticipating your needs before you ask.

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Our vacations are built to deliver the ultimate in flexibility, from extreme relaxers to hard-core roadies. You pick your mileage, itinerary and experiences. We take care of the rest.

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