Costa Brava Bike Tour

Catalonia: the Gastronomic Heartland in Barcelona's Backyard

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 and drive you to the nearby city center of Figueras, just south of the French border, where our boutique hotel is located. After a light lunch next to 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: 249 meters
    Longer Option:
    22 miles / 35 km, elevation gain: 283 meters
    Accommodations: Mas Falgarona Hotel

  • Day 2

    The Plains of Catalonia

    Our ride today will take 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. In the pretty village of Palau-Sator, Maria and her family prepare lunch for us in the garden of her delightful restaurant, which specializes in traditional Catalan cuisine with an added 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: 33 miles / 53 km, elevation gain: 417 meters
    Accommodations: Mas de Torrent Hotel + Spa

  • Day 3

    Exploring Medieval Villages

    This morning we set out riding through charming medieval villages. Our first stop is the ancient main plaza of Monells, followed by La Bisbal, a town famous for its pottery. 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, we visit one of the most exclusive wine producers of the Baix Empordà. For dinner, a beautiful, organic meal is prepared for us by our friends Pepi and Angel on their panoramic terrace.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Pals, Peratallada, Ullastret, Monells, La Bisbal
    Accomplished: 26 miles / 42 km, elevation gain: 240 meters
    Accommodations: Mas de Torrent Hotel + Spa

  • Day 4

    The Wild Coast of Costa Brava

    Today we’ll spin through the town of La Bisbal and climb to la Col de la Ganga. 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 home 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: 26 miles / 42 km, elevation gain: 305 meters
    Accommodations: Hotel Malcontenta or Hotel Casa Vincke

  • 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 a thrilling descent into the petite fishermen’s cove of Sa Tuna. Here, 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, Michelin-starred meal at Hotel Malcontenta.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Llafranc, Begur, Sa Tuna
    Accomplished: 17 miles / 27 km, elevation gain: 477 meters
    Accommodations: Hotel Malcontenta or Hotel Casa Vincke

  • 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, hotels substitutions, and other modifications.

Airport Information

Arrive

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

Depart

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

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

2018Single 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 wines with every meal

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

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

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Synapse Carbon 105

Manufacturer: Cannondale

Type: Road

Custom DuVine Hybrid

Manufacturer: Duratec

Type: Hybrid

E-Wheel

Type: E-wheel

E-Bike

Type: E-Bike