Costa Brava Bike Tour

Cycling Girona Province: the Gastronomic Heartland of Catalonia

6 days / 5 nights Level: 2Price From: $4,895Collection: Classic

Tour Highlights

  • Admire the surrealist works of Salvador Dalí at his dedicated museum in Figueres
  • Visit a boutique winery for an exclusive tasting and private dinner in a historic masía
  • Rest and rejuvenate at the ultra-refined Mas de Torrent hotel and spa
  • Taste olive oil unlike any other at an 800-year-old organic olive oil farm

Eat

A mix of mar i muntanya (sea and mountain): Jamón Ibérico, paella, olive oil, tapas, organic meats, and fresh seafood like Mediterranean lobster and prawns

Drink

Sparkling Cava and robust table wines of the Empordà

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  • Day 1

    Welcome to Catalonia

    Your DuVine guides will greet you at the Vilafant train station near the city of Figueras—just south of the French border—where our boutique hotel is located. After a light lunch beside the hotel pool, our first ride of the week finds us spinning along quiet, tree-lined country roads and over rolling hills with views of the Pyrenees. This afternoon, we return to Figueras for a guided visit of Salvador Dalí’s surreal museum. Toast to the adventure ahead with a glass of local Cava before a dinner of bite-sized pintxos (gourmet tapas like gazpacho and spicy patatas bravas) at our favorite tapas bar.

    Meals: Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Figueras, Avinyonet, Llers, Cistella
    Accomplished: 16 miles / 26 km, elevation gain: 315 meters
    Accommodations: Mas Falgarona Hotel

  • Day 2

    The Plains of Catalonia

    Our ride today brings us south over rolling plains from the Alt Empordà to the Baix Empordà, east of Girona. Pedal through country villages and farming landscapes to the bastion town of Ullastret, then on to the pretty village of Palau-Sator. Here, Maria and her family prepare lunch for us in the garden of her delightful restaurant which specializes in traditional Catalan cuisine with a hint of her Argentine heritage. Then it’s time for a short, easy spin to our luxury hotel. Take a dip in the pool or experience the fabulous spa facilities, then reconvene for dinner at the hotel’s homey restaurant.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Verges, Ullastret, Palau-Sator, Torrent
    Accomplished: 30 miles / 48 km, elevation gain: 478 meters
    Longer Option:  33 miles / 53 km, elevation gain: 539 meters
    Accommodations: Mas de Torrent Hotel + Spa

  • Day 3

    Exploring Medieval Villages

    This morning, set out cycling through charming medieval villages: our first stop is the enchanting bastion village of Peratallada and its vaulted market square, followed by a stop for coffee or cold beer on the ancient main plaza of Monells. Our ride culminates at the De Roos family’s 800-year-old olive oil farm for a gourmet picnic featuring their organic extra virgin olive oil. This evening, visit one of the most exclusive wine producers of the Baix Empordà and tour their award-winning cellar. We’ll retire to the manor house for a delectable organic dinner prepared for us by our friends Pepi and Angel and served on their panoramic terrace.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Pals, Peratallada, Ullastret, Monells, La Bisbal
    Accomplished: 19 miles / 31 km, elevation gain: 272 meters
    Longer Option:  25 miles / 41 km, elevation gain: 343 meters
    Accommodations: Mas de Torrent Hotel + Spa

  • Day 4

    The Wild Coast of Costa Brava

    Today we’ll spin through the pottery-making town of La Bisbal and climb to la Col de la Ganga, a favorite of local cyclists. We’ll continue our journey to the bustling fishing town of Palamos where we’ll enjoy a tapas lunch at a beachside chiringuito. Next, choose to ride on or hop in the van for a short transfer to our colonial-style mansion for the next two nights, La Malcontenta. Relax at the pool, arrange a massage, or walk down to Castell beach. This evening, enjoy dinner on your own in Palamos, whether you’re in the mood for wine and tapas on a waterfront terrace or a magnificent seafood feast.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch
    Destinations: La Bisbal, Calonge, Palamos
    Accomplished: 20 miles / 33 km, elevation gain: 362 meters
    Longer Option:  25 miles / 41 km, elevation gain: 448 meters
    Accommodations: Hotel Malcontenta

  • Day 5

    Braving the Costa Brava

    Today’s Costa ride is short but Brava! We’ll follow the coast north to Llafranc for a spectacular view from the 150-year-old lighthouse. Arrive in Begur after some short but challenging sections peppered with chic holiday homes, spectacular vistas, and small seaside villages, then shop for souvenirs or take a stroll through this medieval market town. Our ride concludes with magnificent coastal vistas at the beachside village of Pals Playa. The day’s cycling achievements are rewarded with a paella lunch and picturesque terrace views—we may even take a celebratory dip in the cool coastal waters. Tonight, we end our week in customary DuVine style with a show-stopping meal at Hotel Malcontenta.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Llafranc, Begur, Pals Playa
    Accomplished: 20 miles / 33 km, elevation gain: 675 meters
    Longer Option:  32 miles / 54 km, elevation gain: 868 meters
    Accommodations: Hotel Malcontenta

  • Day 6

    Adios to Catalonia

    Sit down to a final breakfast at La Malcontenta before our guides transfer you to Girona, where our journey ends. We highly recommend a few extra days in this captivating city beloved for its majestic cathedral, Sephardic history, and medieval streets brimming with charming boutiques.

    Meals: Breakfast

DuVine itineraries may be subject to slight route changes, hotel substitutions, and other modifications.



Arrival Details

Airport City: Barcelona, Spain Pick-Up Location: Figueres-Vilafant Train Station (AVE) Pick-Up Time: 10:40 am
Departure Details

Airport City: Barcelona, Spain Drop-Off Location: Girona Drop-Off Time: 12:00 pm

Any scheduled tour can be made private. Your group, your dates.     Go Private

2019Single Supplement From: $1,000
2020Single Supplement From: $1,000

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Accommodations

  • Thoughtfully selected accommodations that reveal the true character of the region
  • Luggage transfers

Meals

  • Daily breakfasts, all lunches, nutritious snacks, and après velo cocktails
  • 4 gourmet dinners at our favorite local restaurants and renowned culinary establishments
  • Carefully selected local wine, beer, or spirits with every meal

Activities

  • Wine tastings and activities as outlined in the tour itinerary
  • Entrance fees to historic sites, museums, parks, and all other exclusive events
  • Gratuities for baggage, porters, and hotel service

Gear

  • Top-of-the-line bicycle selection and bike helmet
  • Complimentary DuVine gear, including a custom cycling jersey, DuVine t-shirt, water bottle, and drawstring bag
  • GPS in most destinations

Support

  • Expert bilingual guides with extensive local knowledge
  • Support vehicle that follows the day’s route, distributes refreshments, and offers lifts
  • Pick-up and drop-off before and after your tour from predetermined meeting points
  • Daily bike maintenance to ensure optimal performance
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