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Costa Brava Self-Guided Bike Tour

Discover the Catalan flair of Girona and the Costa Brava

Take yourself to the heart of Catalonia and the cycling capital of the world. The vibrant town of Girona offers a unique setting for bicycle aficionados, pairing local culture, historical streets and town squares, and fabulous cuisine with a rich cycling community and sporting atmosphere. From here you’ll enjoy a seemingly endless assortment of glorious riding options immediately available from the door of your hotel, perfectly situated in the center of town. The rides are a fantastic mix of quiet and hilly inland roads along sunflower fields, stunning coastal scenery, challenging climbs, and buzzing descents that take you through undoubtedly some of the most picturesque scenery in the region. Discover for yourself this Mediterranean paradise in northeastern Spain and experience this memorable self-guided itinerary that can be enjoyed exactly as you wish. Book your trip with confidence »
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Explore the old city of Girona on a Girona Ride Camp bike tour
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$1999 Per Person
Duration:
5 Days & 4 Nights
Rider Level: ?
3 - Active
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Self-Guided
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Trip Wows
Explore the old town, the beating heart of Girona, with a labyrinth of cobbled streets lined with museums, galleries, cafes, and bars
Discover the beautiful and rugged Costa Brava meaning, "Wild Coast", by bike
Relax and unwind at one carefully selected hotel perfectly located in the heart of Girona
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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Our Costa Brava Self-Guided bike tour is available from the end of April to the end of June so that you may enjoy the best riding conditions.
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Welcome to the first day of your self-guided Girona bike tour! Your Trek Travel host will meet you at 11:00 AM at your cozy 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 local favorites’ ride into the hills to the south-west of Girona. Once you are out of the city you will be delighted by the very quiet country roads. After the two short and gradual climbs over Les Serres and over Mas Llunés you’ll loop back to the hotel in the medieval old town. This evening is yours to enjoy as you wish; 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 Les Serres to Mas Llunes Loop
Approximately 32 mi | 51 km and 1,549 ft | 472 m

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 Pyrénées 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 drinks 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 just over six miles 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 37 mi | 60 km and 2,833 ft | 863 m

Short Option:

Girona to Banyoles Loop
Approximately 30 mi | 48 km and 1,905 ft | 580 m

Avid Option:

Girona to Banyoles to La Mota Loop with Rocacorba
Approximately 53 mi | 85 km and 5,582 ft | 1,701 m

Hotel:

Hotel Nord 1901 Superior

Included Meals:

Breakfast

Today you’ll begin the ride with the locals' favourite climb called Els Àngels, a nearly seven-mile mellow climb with an average gradient of 3.6%, which is the perfect way to warm up your legs! The winding road will take you to the hilltop Santuari dels Àngels, the chapel where Salvador Dali got married. If you climb up the steps to the terrace by the church, you’ll be rewarded with fantastic panoramic views! The descent to the beautiful village of Madremanya is a special moment, with wide turns and views over the plains. Here you may choose to loop back to the hotel on a flat road winding through farm fields, riding past the village of Púbol or you may opt for the avid option featuring the Santa Pellaia climb. If you decide to ride past Púbol, don’t miss the opportunity of visiting the Castell de Dalí, a gift from the 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. Alternatively, if you feel like adding another climb, you will absolutely love the steady and gradual ascent of Santa Pellaia, known as the "Hincapie" climb as it is one that George Hincapie was very regularly using for training during his years as a professional cyclist. Back at the hotel, take some time to relax perhaps with a dip in the pool before choosing the restaurant in town that best suits your mood.

Today's Ride:

Girona to Els Angels to Púbol Loop
Approximately 33 mi | 53 km and 2,705 ft | 824 m

Short Option:

Girona to Madremanya to Els Angels Loop
Approximately 24 mi | 39 km and 2,238 ft | 682 m

Avid Option:

Girona to Els Angels to Santa Pellaia Loop
Approximately 38 mi | 61 km and 3,793 ft | 1,156 m

Hotel:

Hotel Nord 1901 Superior

Included Meals:

Breakfast

Today we have riding options to suit every level. The shorter loop ride to Llagostera will accommodate those wanting a shorter ride on quiet, country lanes through pretty hamlets and dense woodland. The Today’s Ride option will take you over the Gavarres Natural Park, a mountain massif of the Catalan Coastal Range, to enjoy a sweeping descent to the coast. Finally, the avid option will have you climb up to Ermita de Sant Grau d’Ardenya through a dense forest and then descend to a winding road that follows the extraordinary Costa Brava coastline where views abound! You'll cruise along craggy red rock cliffs, capped with gnarly green trees above the shockingly turquoise water of the Mediterranean sea. This ride is the most challenging of the week but totally worth it! A truly stunning ride revealing, corner after corner, beautiful little coves on fabulous smooth road surfaces, all set against an azure sea. The rollercoaster effect is fantastic on this road that boasts more cyclists than cars! Pause by the sea for a lunch of your choice before riding back to the hotel. This evening, we suggest you savor your final taste of mar y montaña (Catalonia's famed cuisine blending "sea and mountain") choosing from our list of recommended restaurants. Raise a glass and toast to an incredible week of riding, culinary discoveries, and of course, memories to last a lifetime.

Today's Ride:

Girona to Llagostera to S’Agaro Loop
Approximately 55 mi | 88 km and 3,175 ft | 967 m

Short Option:

Girona to Llagostera Loop
Approximately 28 mi | 45 km and 1,388 ft| 423 m

Avid Option:

Girona to Llagostera to Ermita de Sant Grau to S’Agaro Loop
Approximately 64 mi | 103 km and 5,034 ft | 1,534 m

Hotel:

Hotel Nord 1901 Superior

Included Meals:

Breakfast

Though this morning’s ride is short, it’s a great last spin through the Catalan countryside exploring idyllic country lanes to the west of Girona. It’s amazing how quickly you can get out of town and suddenly be surrounded by quiet, near-empty roads in what feels like the quintessential Spanish countryside. If you prefer, simply linger over a hot cappuccino and enjoy a leisurely morning in town. Your Trek Travel host will meet you at your hotel at 11:00 AM to take your bike and equipment, and say farewell before you depart to conclude your Costa Brava Self-Guided bike tour.

Today's Ride:

Girona to Canet d'Adri Loop
Approximately 18 mi | 29 km and 1,313 ft | 400 m

Included Meals:

Breakfast

Hotels

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Hotel Nord 1901 Superior

Girona, Spain

Explorer 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.

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

  • Four nights of accommodation at one handpicked hotel
  • 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, CO2 cartridge with inflator, 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, CO2 cartridge with inflator, 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:
56 kilometers / 35 miles
TOTAL MILES:
281 kilometers / 175 miles
AVERAGE DAILY ELEVATION:
705 meters / 2,315 feet
TOTAL ELEVATION:
3,528 meters / 11,575 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 trip accommodates 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
  • 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:
Hotel Nord 1901, Girona

Say Farewell

FLY OUT OF:
Barcelona (BCN)
DEPARTING TIME:
11:00 AM
DEPARTING LOCATION:
Hotel Nord 1901, Girona

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, Hotel Nord 1901 (Carrer Nord, 7, 9, 17001 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 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. A private 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.

For all guests returning to the United States, COVID-19 testing can be booked at the end of the trip at a convenient location that allows for proper timing to receive results. Your guides can provide more information on the first day, should you require a test during your trip with us. See our Travel to Europe page for updated information on the latest US re-entry requirements.

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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 & 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.

Your Day. You Decide.

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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