We’ll wake up in the heart of the lush La Garrotxa Volcanic Zone Natural Park, where our Pyrenean tour will begin. After a breakfast of local products and a short briefing we’ll set off, surrounded by pastureland and volcanoes. We’ll head towards the old mountain pass of Canes, which will take us near Ripoll and its famous Benedictine monastery.
We’ll stop in Ripoll before tackling the biggest challenge of the day, the dreaded Coll de la Creueta, a mountain pass that has witnessed numerous cycling battles that were decisive for defining the winner of the Volta a Catalunya, created in 1911. Halfway up the climb we’ll pass through Castellar de n’Hug, where we’ll be able to get our strength back sharing some of the typical huge croissants that are made in this pretty village. By then the summit, with an altitude of 1,925 metres, will be much nearer.
Deep in the heart of the Cadí-Moixeró Natural Park, with tired legs after this tough stage, we’ll pedal along flat ground until we reach La Molina ski resort, where we’ll begin the final descent to the valley of La Cerdanya, where we’ll be able to relax in our superb hotel that includes a golf course and exceptional sports leisure facilities. The establishment is part of a family and sports tourism centre located in the middle of the region.