Food Wine and Bike - 7

from 750€/person
35 Km / day 50% Difficulty 8 days / 7 nights / 6 days cycling
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Highlights

Cycle through one of the most beautiful landscapes of Catalonia: l’Empordà.

Enjoy 2 guided visits to a winery with a nice products picnic.

Optional Michelin GASTRONOMIC PACK: 2 degustation dinner menu at a Star Michelin restaurants.

Discover the land products of the region! visit some local museums of history of fishing, the cork manufacturing or anchovies, ancient factory of flour, marmalade shop, or an oil mill.

Admire the surrealist genius Salvador Dalí born in Figueres.

N3-Description

Bike route description

This week itinerary discovers you the Empordà, one of the oldest wine-producing regions in the world.

Thanks to the Mediterranean climate and the soil, the footsteps of the mountains surrounding the plane are a perfect terrain to produce the grape. The ancient farmers in the area decided to use the plains for planting olive trees and the slopes for planting vines on terraces separated by dry-stone walls.

Since 2005 influential wine guru Robert Parker put Empordà on the world wine-producing map. Thanks of the hard work of the wineries this area has been certified as a Origin Designation of Empordà.

It’s an easy tour for regular cyclist, that combines half of the tour on quite secondari roads, and half on nice and clean non paved roads. Stages are 40km average without big climbs.

The tour includes two guided visits to cellars with a wine, land products tasting.

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Must do & must sees

El Museo Dalí, el mayor objeto surrealista del mundo.

Toma un café frente al mar, y disfruta de unos instantes de relax antes de afrontar el día en bicicleta.

Trip Itinerary

This week itinerary discovers you the Empordà, one of the oldest wine-producing regions in the world.

Day 0: Arrival at Girona
In Girona there is plenty to see and to do. The city is famous for having one of the best preserved Jewish old towns and the Cathedral boasts one of the largest stone vaulted spaces in Gothic architecture. A walk along the city walls is highly recommended, or following the Onyar River, which gives you a nice picturesque view of the colored houses of Onyar River.
Day 1: Girona-Sant Feliu de Guíxols (45 km 280m+)
Starting from Cicloturisme office you will follow a cycle path to exit the city to the south. The ride takes you straight to the Mediterranean Sea. This section follows greenway called “El Carrilet” , passing through the towns of Quart, Cassà de la Selva, Llagostera and Santa Cristina d’Aro. Along the route we always have the Gavarres Massif as a backdrop, a mountainous forest area, consisting mainly of oaks, important for the cork production. We arrive in San Feliu de Guíxols, our hotel will be near the nice beach of Sant Pol.
Day 2: Sant Feliu de Guíxols- Calella de Palafrugell (30 Km 271m+)
Today you’ll ride North along the coast combining the coastal road with the front sea boulevards, visiting the main port town of Palamós. After a few kilometers you’ll pass the unspoilt cove Platja de Castell, with it’s Iberian settlement on the left side . This is a nice place to do a picnic and take a swim in the Mediterranean sea. Later on you arrive in the picturesque old fishing village of Calella de Palafurgell, one of the pearls of Costa Brava. On the last section you’ll be cycling along the greenway called “Ruta del Tren Petit”.
Day 3: Calella de Palafrugell - Torroella de Montgrí (29 Km 180m+)
Route towards the north, inland to passing through Palafrugell, with his fish, meat and vegetables market. Nice place to learn about the product land of this region. You can also visit the Cork Museum. After exiting Palafrugell you con stop at the cellar Mas Oller for the guided visit and the wine tasting. Later on you reach Pals, one of the better conserved medieval centre. The ride will take you through natural wetlands with extensive rice fields and long sandy beaches. The bike tour ends in Torroella de Montgrí at the foot of the castle Montgri Massif.
Day 4:  Torroella de Montgrí - Castelló d’Empúries (36 Km 60m+)
The route continues to the North passing the Montgrí massif into the county of Alt Empordà. We enter the long Bay of Roses with long, sandy beaches. Next to the pretty medieval settlement Sant Martí de Empúries and right in front of the superb beach, we should take the time to visit the archeological settlement Empúries with Greek and Roman ruins, the gateway of the classic cultures to the Iberian Peninsular. The route then continues North where riders will pass through the protected marshlands of Aiguamolls de l’Empordà. The route ends at the village of Castelló d’Empúries, it has a rich architectural heritage; gothic church , Count’s palace, old market building and Jewish quarter.
Day 5: Loop Castelló d’Empúries (37km 65m+)
This ride provides fantastic views of the Pyrenees as a backdrop while cycling through the 100 year old vineyards. Today you will have the opportunity to visit the most interesting wineries, that are mainly located in the towns of Vilajuïga and Pau. This day include a wine tasting and lands product’s picnic in Espelt Cellar.
Day 6: Castelló d’Empúries - Figueres (43 Km 370m+)
The last bike tour heads first to Peralada (the capital of the wine DO) where you will visit the castle and the medieval town. From there you will cycle crossing the upper part of the vineyards zone passing by Garriguella, Vilamaniscle and Rabos wit the most ancient groves. Don’t miss a fast visit to the modernist cellar of Espolla cooperative. From there the tour takes you to a long downhill ride until arriving to your final destination, the city of Figueres. After arriving to Figueres riders enjoy a visit to the world famous Theatre-Museum Dalí, still one of the most visited tourist site in Spain.
Day 7: Figueres
Departure from Figueres.

Pricing Chart 2019

Low Season
March 15th - April 14th
October 1st - 27th
Standard / Premium
730€ / 900€
  • per person in double room B&B
  • Single room supplement
    162.00 € / 266.00 €
  • Half board supplement
    117.00 € (6 dinners) / 115.00 € (5 dinners)
  • Gastronomic pack
    2 dinners in 1* Michelin Restaurant
    195.00 €
  • Alone traveler supplement
    97.00 €
  • Tourist Tax (adults over 16 years old)
    3.50 € / 6.50 €
  • 6 days hybrid bike rental
    70.00 €
  • 6 days electric bike rental
    175.00 €
Mid Season
April 15th - June 16th
September 1st - 30th
Standard / Premium
760€ / 1035€
  • per person in double room B&B
  • Single room supplement
    175.00€ / 326.00€
  • Half board supplement
    117.00 € (6 dinners) / 115.00 € (5 dinners)
  • Gastronomic pack
    2 dinners in 1* Michelin Restaurant
    195.00 €
  • Alone traveler supplement
    97.00 €
  • Tourist Tax (adults over 16 years old)
    3.50 € / 6.50 €
  • 6 days hybrid bike rental
    70.00 €
  • 6 days electric bike rental
    175.00 €
High Season

June 17th - August 31st
Standard / Premium
850€ / 1275€
  • per person in double room B&B
  • Single room supplement
    217.00 € / 436.00 €
  • Half board supplement
    117.00 € (6 dinners) / 115.00 € (5 dinners)
  • Gastronomic pack
    2 dinners in 1* Michelin Restaurant
    195.00 €
  • Alone traveler supplement
    97.00 €
  • Tourist Tax (adults over 16 years old)
    3.50 € / 6.50 €
  • 6 days hybrid bike rental
    70.00 €
  • 6 days electric bike rental
    175.00 €

What's included?

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Self-guided tours

Roadbook and maps.

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Tourist information

General turist information of the area.

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Accommodation

7 nights accommodation in double room in B&B.

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Wine tasting

2 wine tastings with land products picnic and guided visit at cellars.

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Luggage transfer

Luggage transfer between hotel to hotel.

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Emergency assistance

Hotline assistance during the trip from 8 am to 8 pm.

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Bike delivery

Bike delivery in Girona.

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