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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 this dream destination beckon 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 combine to create a truly unique cycling holiday. From nights in a beachfront luxury hotel to days spent biking the spectacular Costa Brava coastline and exploring the mystical musings of Salvador Dalí, this Mediterranean paradise offers a perfect mixture of lively culture, fabulous cuisine, and beautiful cycling terrain to be enjoyed on your own terms. Book your trip with confidence »

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From:
$2799 Per Person
Duration:
6 Days & 5 Nights
Rider Type: ?
3 - Active
Hotel Style: ?
Luxury
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Trip Wows
Discover the beautiful, dramatic and rugged Costa Brava meaning, "Wild Coast", by bike
Savor "mar y montaña" (sea and mountain) quintessential Catalan cuisine—a blend of fresh, local seafood and the bounty of the land
Marvel at the surreal art of Salvador Dalí at a medieval castle he left to his wife, Gala
Delight in warm hospitality of the proud, passionately independent Catalan people as you greet them - "Bon día!"
Stay in two of the region's best hotels, La Plaça de Madremanya and Hostal de la Gavina
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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2020 - June 1, 2021 Departures:
  • 6+ Guests    Price as advertised*
  • 4-5 Guests +$500 per person to trip price*
  • 2-3 Guests +$2,500 per person to trip price*
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2021 Departures After June 1, 2021:
  • 10+ Guests Price as advertised*
  • 8-9 Guests +$500 per person to trip price*
  • 6-7 Guests +$1,000 per person to trip price*
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Welcome to the first day of your self-guided Costa Brava bike tour! Your Trek Travel guide will meet you at 12:00 PM at your beautiful retreat in Madremanya, a charming village with a medieval flavour. Here you will enjoy lunch at the hotel and you will get a brief orientation of the week ahead. After lunch your guide will make sure you are fitted comfortably on 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 more, don't miss the locals' favourite climb called Els Angels. A lovely winding road takes you up through the trees 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’re rewarded with fantastic panoramic views. This evening, you’ll taste the much revered, local cava with handmade tapas on the hotel’s garden terrace before dining at its gourmet restaurant set in a beautifully restored 14th-century farmhouse.

Today's Ride:

Madremanya to Foixa Loop
Approximately 16 miles with 1,000 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Madremanya to Foixa Loop with Els Angels
Approximately 24 miles with 2,200 feet of climbing

Hotel:

La Plaça de Madremanya

Included Meals:

Lunch | Dinner

Be sure to pack your camera today, as you explore the lovely, historic villages scattered inside the enchanting and unspoilt Catalan countryside. Take in the panoramic views of the Pyrenees that rise above the countryside of the Baix Empordà. Pass by the medieval village of Pals, and stop for lunch in this charming town characterized by cobbled streets, craft shops and traditional Catalan restaurants. After lunch continue pedalling on an undulating ride to other medieval villages, through green pastures decked with abundant swaths of wildflowers. The avid option adds a peaceful rolling climb up to the church of Santa Pellaia. Should you wish to take the time to explore Girona today, feel free to do so on your bike! Girona has long been a hotbed of cycling, with international pros relocating to this charming town, awash in local cafes and small markets. Today you have the option of riding to this vibrant city, where you can refuel with a quick cortado at one of the coffee shops in the plaza and enjoy lunch at one of the many bistros in town, choosing from our list of local recommendations. In the afternoon take some time to relax by the pool before making plans for dinner. You can have dinner at the hotel or choose to dine in a nearby village. The hotel will be happy to arrange a taxi for you!

Today's Ride:

Madremanya to Pals Loop
Approximately 34 miles with 1,700 feet of climbing

Alternate Today's Ride:

Madremanya to Girona Loop
Approximately 25 miles with 2,700 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Madremanya to Pals to Santa Pellaia Loop
Approximately 53 miles with 2,900 feet of climbing

Hotel:

La Plaça de Madremanya

Included Meals:

Breakfast

Your ride today takes you from the plains to the sea. Once you leave Madremanya, 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 through Les Gavarres, 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. Choose to stop on your way to visit 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. Mount your bike once more, and cruise over the ridge that separates the mountains from the coast to enjoy a sweeping descent to the beach and your home for the next three nights: the decadent 5-star Hostal de la Gavina. 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:

Madremanya to Palamos to s’Agaro
Approximately 33 miles with 1,700 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 on the beach, visit the hotel’s luxurious spa, or take a trip into the beach town of Platja d’Aro which is awash with shopping opportunities and fantastic local restaurants and cafes. Alternatively, a ride option is 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!

Optional Ride:

S'agaro to Llagostera Loop
Approximately 32 miles with 2,300 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" (Catalunya's world-famous 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 3,400 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

S'Agaro to Ermita de St Grau to Tossa de Mar Loop
Approximately 39 miles with 4,400 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. A Trek Travel guide will meet you at the hotel at 11:00 AM to take your bike and say farewell before you depart to conclude your Spanish self-guided bike tour.

Today's Ride:

S'Agaro to Romanya de la Selva Loop
Approximately 19 miles with 1,400 feet of climbing

Included Meals:

Breakfast

Hotels

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La Plaça de Madremanya

Madremanya, Spain (Girona)

Madremanya is a beautiful medieval walled village with traditionally restored buildings set amidst the lush rolling farmlands of the Empordà plains. Your home will be at La Plaça, a 14th century stone farmhouse with a cosy yet stylish interior. The gourmet restaurant serves the freshest local ingredients in a style fusing tradition and innovation.
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Hostal de la Gavina

S’Agaró, Spain (Girona)

Leading Hotel of the World Award on Trek Travel VacationsThis 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 magnificent Mediterranean property.

What's Included

For us, the details matter most

Every moment of a Trek Travel bike trip has more than you could have ever dreamed. More romance. 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
  • Day 1 lunch with the guide
  • 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
  • Trek Travel Bontrager cycling jersey to keep
  • Each bike is equipped with a flat pack, 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 position for comfort, 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
  • Optional daily phone or video call with the guide to prep you for the next day’s adventure
  • Support on the ground in case of emergency

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 Bontrager cycling jersey to keep
  • 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, frame pump and phone mount
  • A bike lock, all necessary chargers, and a floor pump
  • 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 guides will install your gear on the first day during your bike fit.

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

Gratuities for your Trek Travel guide 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 guide 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:
33 miles
TOTAL MILES:
200 miles
AVERAGE DAILY ELEVATION:
2,867 feet
TOTAL ELEVATION:
17,200 feet
TERRAIN: UNDULATING
The terrain of Girona and the Costa Brava varies from hilly to winding coastal roads. 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. The terrain in Girona is varied with rolling plains and mountainous areas. Hills generally are short, but can be steep in places.
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 guides 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:
12:00 PM
MEETING LOCATION:
Hotel La Plaça de Madremanya, Madremanya, Girona

Say Farewell

FLY OUT OF:
Barcelona (BCN)
DEPARTING TIME:
11:00 AM
DEPARTING LOCATION:
Hostal de la Gavina, S'Agaró, 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, you will need to take a taxi to your trip hotel, La Plaça de Madremanya, where you will meet your guide. We suggest you contact our local driver ahead of time to arrange the transfer. Our Trip Consultant can provide you with our recommended local contact information. The trip takes approximately 40 minutes and costs about €50. You can pay with credit card but please note that American Express is not accepted.

Your Trek Travel guide will meet you at the hotel La Plaça de Madremanya (Carrer de Sant Esteve, 15, 17462 Madremanya, Girona) at 12:00 PM on the first day of the trip. You will enjoy lunch with your guide at the hotel and you will get a brief orientation of the week ahead. After lunch, you may change into your cycling gear and your guide will fit you to your bike ensuring you find your optimal position for comfort 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 Catalunya.

If you will be late for the pick-up or are going to miss it altogether, please inform your guide. 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, La Plaça de Madremanya (+34 972 49 04 87), and leave a message with your expected arrival time and contact details.

View our pre hotel recommendations

Leaving

A Trek Travel guide will meet you at the hotel Hostal de la Gavina 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.

View our post hotel recommendations

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

before

Before: 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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After: 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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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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