Chef On Wheels Costa Brava Bike Tour

  • Region: Rest of Europe
  • Destination: Spain
  • Duration: 6 days / 5 nights
  • Level: Weekend
  • Price From: $6995
  • Single Supplement: $1000
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Join award-winning New York Chef Seamus Mullen on a culinary bike tour in Spain’s gourmet powerhouse: Catalonia. Bike your way across a diverse topography, each day a medley of dramatic vistas, sparkling coastlines, and rolling plains on this Chef on Wheels Costa Brava Bike Tour. Shop with Seamus for fresh organic produce at the bountiful seaside markets in preparation for your cooking classes. Share an unforgettable Michelin-starred meal with Seamus and enjoy a light lunch on the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean from the deck of a luxury schooner. Welcome to Catalonia—where gastronomy and cycling go hand in hand.


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Tour by Day

Day One: Welcome to Catalonia
Your DuVine guides will greet you at the Vilafant train station and drive you to the nearby city center of Figueras for a guided visit of the intriguing Salvador Dalí museum. A short stroll takes us to our favorite tapas bar for some bite-sized pintxos such as marinated anchovies and spicy patatas bravas. Our first ride after lunch finds us spinning along quiet tree-lined country roads and over the gently rolling hills that form the base of the Pyrenees. This evening will be an introduction to the region’s authentic flavors with a tasting of Catalonian wines and some local specialties at Salvador Dalí’s favorite restaurant.

Meals: Light Lunch / Dinner
Destinations: Figueras, Avinyonet, Llers, Cistella
Accomplished: 16 miles / 25 km, elevation gain: 359 meters
Accommodations: Peralada Hotel and Spa

Day Two: The Plains of Catalonia​
Today’s ride will take us south over the rolling plains from the Alt Empordà to the Baix Empordà, east of Girona. Our journey takes us through Ullastret, noted for its sixth-century BCE Iberian settlement, before stopping in the pretty village of Palau-Sator. Lunch will be prepared for us by Chef Toni and his wife Silvia in the tree-shaded garden of their delightful local eatery specializing in traditional Catalan cuisine. Then a short spin takes us to our luxury hotel, Mas de Torrent, where you will have time to relax at the hotel pool or experience the fabulous spa facilities. Tonight, we will dine at Vicus in Pals, one of the rising stars of gastronomy in the region.

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Destinations: Verges, Ullastret, Palau-Sator, Torrent
Accomplished: 33.5 miles / 54 km, elevation gain: 674 meters
Accommodations: Hotel Mas de Torrent

Day Three: Exploring Medieval Villages
Early this morning we will accompany the chef to the fish market in Palamos to buy ingredients for lunch. Next we ride into the cultural heartland of Catalonia to discover some of the charming medieval villages that pepper the lands between Girona and the coast. We’ll spin through the paddy fields of Pals and the pottery town of La Bisbal before arriving at the Can Solivera olive oil farm. After our visit, we will help Seamus create a sumptuous lunch at Can Solivera with the fresh produce that we purchased at the morning market. Tonight we transfer into Girona for an unforgettable gastronomic experience at the three-Michelin-starred restaurant, Celler Can Roca.

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Destinations: Pals, Peratallada, Ullastret, Monells, La Bisbal
Accomplished: 28 miles / 45 km, elevation gain: 398 meters
Accommodations: Hotel Mas de Torrent

Day Four: The Wild Coast of Costa Brava
Today we’ll start with a spin through the town of La Bisbal before beginning a climb to la Col de la Ganga. Revel in an exhilarating cruise downhill to the fishing town of Palamos. At the port, we hop onto a luxury schooner for a sail along the coast and a picnic lunch on the waves. We’ll drop anchor along the way for a swim and some snorkeling before returning to our home for the next two nights, La Malcontenta. Relax at the pool this afternoon or accompany Seamus into Palamos to buy fresh seafood for our dinner tomorrow. Tonight, dine on your own or follow Seamus to one of the best seafood restaurants in Spain.

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch
Destinations: La Bisbal, Calonge, Palamos
Accomplished: 26 miles / 33 km, elevation gain: 475 meters (optional additional 6 miles / 10 km)
Accommodations: La Malcontenta

Day Five: Braving the Costa Brava​
Today’s roller coaster ride is short and sweet, and we’ve saved the best for last! We’ll ride north this morning along the coast to Llafranc for a spectacular view of the 150-year-old lighthouse. We then continue our journey following quiet back roads to the medieval town of Begur for a coffee stop before making the winding descent to the small fishermen’s village of Sa Tuna. Enjoy a paella lunch on the terrace and a refreshing dip in the crystalline waters before returning to the hotel. This evening we will visit Baix Empordà for an exclusive wine tasting, followed by a grand finale dinner conjured by Seamus in the grand masía overlooking the winery.

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Destinations: Llafranc, Begur and Sa Tuna
Accomplished: 16.5 miles / 26.5 km, elevation gain: 559 meters (optional additional 12.5 mile / 20 km)
Accommodations: La Malcontenta

Day Six: Adios to Catalonia​
Enjoy breakfast at La Malcontenta before our drive to the bustling city of Girona where your guides will see you off at the train station for your journey back to Barcelona. We also highly recommend extending your stay an extra night to visit this vibrant city, its enigmatic cathedral, the Jewish quarter, and its busy cobblestone streets lined with a varied array of little boutiques.

Meals: Breakfast

About The Chef: Seamus Mullen

Chef-Seamus-Mullen-ThumbnailSeamus Mullen is an award-winning New York chef, restaurateur and cookbook author known for his inventive yet approachable modern Spanish cuisine. A leading connoisseur on Spanish food in the United States, Seamus opened his first solo restaurant Tertulia in Manhattan in 2011, which was awarded two stars from The New York Times, three stars from New York Magazine and was a finalist for one of the industry’s highest honors, the James Beard Foundation Award for Best New Restaurant. Most recently in November 2013, Seamus opened El Colmado, a classic Spanish tapas and wine bar at Gotham West Market, a new food hall in New York’s Hell’s Kitchen.

After many years cooking in kitchens throughout Spain, New York and San Francisco, Seamus first rose to national prominence in 2006 with the opening of Boqueria, one of the first critically acclaimed and highly successful tapas restaurants in New York. In 2009, he was one of three finalists on the Food Network’s “The Next Iron Chef.” He has since been a contributing columnist to Everyday with Rachael Ray, and was a regularly featured judge on the popular Food Network series “Chopped.” Seamus currently contributes to SURFACE Magazine, Men’s Journal and Panna, an iPad video cooking app.

Seamus currently lives in Brooklyn with his wife and enjoys training for cycling races all over the world. Having joined DuVine’s Chef on Wheels series for his first time last year in Piedmont, Seamus is excited to join DuVine for a second year leading our Chef on Wheels bike tour in Costa Brava, Spain.

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