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Girona Self-Guided

Experience Catalonia from Girona to the 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 bicycle vacation. 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.
From:
$2499 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
Trek Travel never disappoints. We celebrated our 20th Anniversary in Spain with Trek where we honeymooned 20 years before. It was magical and even better on the bike.  We have every intention of celebrating more anniversaries the same way. Thank you!
-Elyana

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Welcome to Girona! It has long been a hotbed of cycling, with international pros relocating to this charming town, awash in local cafes, small markets and access to great roads right at your door. After a 45-minute shuttle, you’ll arrive at your hotel in Madremanya where a Trek Travel representative will ensure a perfect fit with your bike. Then, you’ll say, "Adiós!" and take to the road for a warm-up ride on a gently undulating route along poppy-lined roads that cut through the patchwork of wheat fields in the Empordà countryside. 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:

Social Hour | Dinner

Be sure to pack your camera today, as you explore the enchanting countryside, charming villages, and stunning coastline of the Costa Brava. Take in the panoramic views of the Pyrenean mountains that rise above the countryside of the Baix Empordà. Pass by the medieval village of Pals, and stop for an espresso in its narrow cobblestone streets before setting off on an undulating ride to the ancient pueblo of Calella de Palafrugel. This traditional fishing village is perched on a rocky coastline, sprinkled with small coves and oozes old-world charm. Savor lunch overlooking the azure blue Mediterranean Sea, then wind your way back through green pastures decked with abundant swaths of wildflowers. Tonight, take a short taxi ride to Peratallada for a walking tour to learn about the history of this beautifully preserved medieval village, before enjoying a dinner at one of the colorful bistros in this truly enchanting town.

Today's Ride:

Madremanya to Calella de Palafrugell Loop
Approximately 53 miles with 3,000 feet of climbing

Hotel:

La Plaça de Madremanya

Included Meals:

Breakfast

Your ride today, takes you from the plains to the sea 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. 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* 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 Calonge to s’Agaro
Approximately 33 miles with 1,800 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 beach side 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 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, kick back and savor your final taste of "mar y montaña" (Catalunya's world-famous cuisine) at the hotel’s gourmet restaurant, Candlelight. The chef Romain Fornell was the youngest chef to get a Michelin star and prides himself in creating culinary masterpieces using a combination of daring and passion. 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 | Dinner

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. Bid your farewell at 12:00 PM at the Hostal de la Gavina when you will transfer back to Girona. It's been a magical week in Costa Brava, and we've enjoyed hosting your adventure of a lifetime!

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 warm interior. The gourmet restaurant serves the freshest local ingredients in a style fusing tradition and innovation. See their most recent video including a couple of our guests. Watch now»
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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.

bike

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 XM700+

It’s lightweight and equipped with an adjustable pedal-assist motor that helps riders of all skill levels stay together, play together and make some great memories together. Included at no additional cost, these bikes will be available on a first-come, first-served basis, so reserve yours when you book today. Learn More

Trek 7.6 FX Hybrid

Trek 7.6 FX Hybrid
is also available on this trip

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • 5 nights of accommodation at handpicked hotels
  • Daily breakfast and 2 dinners
  • Social hour of drinks and hors d'oeuvres
  • A list of recommended restaurants to enjoy at your leisure
  • Ride a Trek Domane SL 7 disc, Trek's newest Electric-Assist, or a Trek 7.6 FX Hybrid
  • Up to three daily route options on riding days
  • Trek Travel Bontrager cycling jersey and socks to keep
  • Trek Travel water bottles to keep
  • Cinch sack day bag to keep
  • Each bike is equipped with a Garmin Edge 1030 GPS computer, flat pack, front and rear Bontrager Flare R lights, a Bontrager saddle and pedals (Shimano clipless road pedals, Shimano clipless mountain pedals, caged or flat pedals)
  • Bontrager WaveCel helmets
  • Transfers to and from the trip
  • All gratuities for guides walking tour, local guides and hospitality staff
  • All luggage transfers and transportation during your trip
  • Entrance fees for all activities, private tours and events

GEAR

  • Trek Domane SL 7 disc carbon road bike with Shimano Di2 electronic shifting or Trek 7.6 FX Hybrid bike
  • Trek Electric Assist XM700+ also available in a limited quantity
  • Trek Travel Bontrager cycling jersey and socks to keep
  • Trek Travel water bottles to keep
  • Shimano clipless road pedals, Shimano clipless mountain pedals, caged or flat pedals
  • Bontrager WaveCel helmet
  • Bontrager men's and women's specific saddles
  • Bontrager front and rear Flare R lights and a flat pack
  • Garmin Edge 1030 GPS computer
  • Bike lock and frame pump
  • Cinch sack day bag to keep
  • Upgrade your bike to include carbon wheels (+$200)
  • 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

On a self-guided bike tour, Trek Travel welcomes you to explore the region by bike with curated routes and recommended restaurants and stops from our expert Trip Designers.
  • Airfare to and from the trip pick-up/drop-off locations
  • Lodging before and after the trip
  • Personal items purchased during the trip
  • Optional activities not scheduled by Trek Travel
  • On these trips, a social hour and 2 dinners are included. For other meals Trek Travel invites you to explore the local cuisine at your leisure.

More Information

Rider Level: 1-4?

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. Each day is at your own pace with a variety of route options to choose from. Modify any loop routes and take stops along the way to further enjoy the region. 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:
Trek Travel self-guided trips combine the freedom to decide how you want to explore your favorite destinations with the best parts of any Trek Travel itinerary­–curated route suggestions, world-class bikes and the best accommodations along the way. The biggest difference is you will not have a Trek Travel guide with you during the week. They will only be available for bike fitting on day one.

See itinerary for specific daily ride distances and elevation options. On all of our vacations, Trek Travel strives 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:
11:00 AM
MEETING LOCATION:
Girona Train Station, Girona, Spain

Say Farewell

FLY OUT OF:
Barcelona (BCN)
DEPARTING TIME:
1:00 PM
DEPARTING LOCATION:
Girona Train Station, Girona, Spain

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. Outside Terminal 2, trains depart for Barcelona Sants, and from outside Terminal 1, buses depart every 30 minutes for Barcelona Sants (6:00 AM-11:45 PM). Alternatively, taxis are plentiful 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 Sants and Estació de França, trains depart hourly for Girona. For more information, consult www.renfe.com.

Your Trek Travel guide will meet you at the Girona Train Station (Pl. Espanya, s/n, 17004, Girona) at 11:00 AM on the first day of the trip. You'll shuttle 45 minutes to your first hotel, La Madremanya. Please have your first day cycling clothes and riding gear easily accessible, separate from your luggage.

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. A taxi from the Girona train station to the ride start or first hotel will take about 45 minutes and cost around 60 Euros.

View our pre hotel recommendations

Leaving

You will say farewell to your bikes at 12:00 PM at the Hostal de la Gavina. You’ll then shuttle 1 hour to the Girona Train Station, arriving at approximately 1:00 PM. 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 greener 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 SpanishVia 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 Café Viaugusta in the old quarter, where professional cyclists training in Girona sometimes stop for coffee. We recommend the following accommodations for your post-trip hotel:

Customer Reviews

Why Trek Travel

Our Bikes

Our unrivaled selection of Trek Bikes sets the bar for quality and comfort. From the all-new, ultra smooth Trek Domane SL 7, to the new Trek Electric-Assist XM700+ and the comfortable Trek 7.6 FX Hybrid, to our numerous upgrade options, you deserve the best ride on your vacation.

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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