Project Description

COSTA BRAVA SELF-GUIDED TOUR

Sunny weather, challenging quiet roads and cycling culture

TOUR TYPE

Road Cycling

TRIP LENGTH OPTIONS

3 stages | 4 nights

4 stages | 5 nights

AVERAGE DAILY METRICS

80km | +1,300m

PRICE

From €850

TOUR DESCRIPTION

Our sunniest and most refreshing self-guided tour will take you all over the southern-half of Costa Brava. You will discover at your own pace the most emblematic coastal landscapes and places in the province of Girona, our country’s quintessential cycling capital.

The tour starts and finishes in the beautiful city of Girona, home of multiple professional cycling teams and pro riders. In this tour you will be passing charming fishing towns, sandy beaches, and picturesque medieval villages while challenging yourself in the classic climbs of this province.

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Climb some of the most iconic ports in the Costa Brava
  • Have a pastry with pro-cyclist in the cycling cafes in Girona
  • Discover hidden beaches and coves
  • Visit Emporda’s Medieval Towns
  • Ride through 2 Natural Parks and numerous Natural Protected Areas
  • Take pictures in the sites used for the set of Game of Thrones
  • Taste delicious Spanish Cuisine
  • Swim in the turquoise waters of the Costa Brava
  • Walk around Fishing Villages and Coastal towns
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ACCOMMODATION CATEGORIES

Find the right selection of trusted accommodation
options according to your preferences.

EXPLORER

Budget accommodation without compromising on quality.

san jorge

COMFORT

Upscale 4* hotels where you can relax and enjoy all the comforts.

LUXURY

The best hotels with premium facilities and top locations.

DAY BY DAY

ARRIVAL DAY

DESCRIPTION

The first destination of the trip is the marvellous city of Girona, a major city and pro-cycling hub near Costa Brava.

Your accommodation will be booked and you will only need to check-in at the hotel. After, you can enjoy the rest of your time ascending els Angels, the most iconic climb in Girona or exploring the city. Don’t miss the opportunity to stroll around its historic quarter, or to share your passion for bikes with others while enjoying a coffee in one of the numerous cycling cafes!

Girona

RIDE DETAILS
30 km | +450 m

Depending on your arrival time, we suggest you to take a short ride to els Àngels, the most iconic climb near Girona, before visiting the city.

INCLUDED CLIMBS
Els Angels (from Girona): 11 km | 3.5% av. gradient

OVERNIGHT TOWN
Girona
Girona city has established a perfect balance between history, leisure, gastronomy and cycling culture. This little bubbling city won’t leave you indifferent.

ACCOMMODATION POSSIBILITIES


EXPLORER

HOTEL ULTONIA GIRONA
Gran Via de Jaume I 22,
Girona

COMFORT

HOTEL CIUTAT DE GIRONA
C/Nord 2,
Girona

LUXURY

NORD 1901 HOTEL
Av. de Castell d’Aro 2,
Girona

STAGE 1: FROM GIRONA TO THE SEA

DESCRIPTION

In the morning you will leave Girona heading to Platja d’Aro through one of the most beautiful cycling sections in Catalonia. The first challenge of your trip will be the unforgettable Sant Grau climb, from where you can take in the panoramic views over the wooded mountains and down to the sea as well as enjoy a coffee on the courtyard of its monastery.

Descending the mountain you will reach Tossa de Mar with it’s lovely Castle, old town, marina, and beach. Further along the trail you can’t miss Sant Feliu de Guíxols just before reaching S’Agaró – Platja d’Aro, the main tourist spot in the Costa Brava.

Costa brava classic climbs

RIDE DETAILS
81 km | +1,307 m

INCLUDED CLIMBS
Sant Grau: 8.8 km | 3.6% av. gradient

OVERNIGHT TOWN
Platja d’Aro
Considered the heart of the Costa Brava, this town boasts of a long beach, hidden little coves and Roman ruins.

ACCOMMODATION POSSIBILITIES


EXPLORER

HOTEL SPA LA TERRASSA
Av. de Castell d’Aro 2,
Platja d’Aro

COMFORT

PARK HOTEL SAN JORGE
Av. Andorra 28,
Calonge

LUXURY

CALA DEL PI HOTEL
Av. Cavall Bernat 160,
Platja d’Aro

STAGE 2: CLASSIC CLIMBS OF THE COSTA BRAVA (OPTIONAL)

DESCRIPTION

On the second stage of the tour you will enjoy three classic climbs in the Gavarres Protected Natural Area massif, all of them of great cycling interest. During today’s stage keep a watch out for your favourite professional cyclists living in Girona!

The first climb of the day is Alt de la Ganga and it’s also the easiest one. It connects the coast with the inland town of La Bisbal d’Empordà, home of the pottery industry in Catalonia. Leaving the city behind, you will ride up to Alt de Santa Pellaia while soaking the wonderful views of the Gavarres massif.

Puig d’Arques is the last climb of the stage, the steepest and most challenging one and very much worth it, due to the wonderful views from the 360º viewpoint on top. Enjoy it!

costa brava cycling

RIDE DETAILS
91 km | +1,513 m

INCLUDED CLIMBS
La Ganga: 4.7 km | 3.7% av. gradient
Santa Pellaia: 6 km | 4% av. gradient

Puig d’Arques: 7.6 km | 4% av. gradient

OVERNIGHT TOWN
Platja d’Aro
Considered the heart of the Costa Brava, this town boasts of a long beach, hidden little coves and Roman ruins.

ACCOMMODATION POSSIBILITIES


EXPLORER

HOTEL SPA LA TERRASSA
Av. de Castell d’Aro 2,
Platja d’Aro

COMFORT

PARK HOTEL SAN JORGE
Av. Andorra 28,
Calonge

LUXURY

CALA DEL PI HOTEL
Av. Cavall Bernat 160,
Platja d’Aro

STAGE 3: THE COASTLINE OF THE COSTA BRAVA

DESCRIPTION

The third stage of the trip will let you discover why the wild and rugged landscape of this coast is named ‘Brava’ (fierce).

You will start passing by the fishing village of Palamós and its most famous cove “La Fosca”. You will continue heading north until reaching Calella de Palafrugell, considered one of the most beautiful fishing towns in the Costa Brava.

Next section it’s a challenging sequence of short and step climbs that will test your cycling skills. From the top of those ascencions you will enjoy amazing panoramic views of the sea. Before reaching Torroella – l’Estartit, you will pass by Begur and the Natural Park of Aiguamolls de l’Empordà (Empordà Marshlands).

Costa brava coast line

RIDE DETAILS
88 km | +1,271 m

INCLUDED CLIMBS
Alt de Sant Sebastià: 1.3 km | 13% av. gradient
Alt de Begur: 5.3 km | 3.2% av. gradient

OVERNIGHT TOWN
Torroella – L’Estartit
Torroella & L’Estartit are privileged and interesting towns. The diversity of natural landscapes, the long beaches, the shopping and the cultural and leisure opportunities make this area an ideal spot for enjoying pleasant holidays.

ACCOMMODATION POSSIBILITIES


EXPLORER

MOLÍ DEL MIG by URH
Camí del Molí s/n,
Torroella de Montgrí

COMFORT

MOLÍ DEL MIG by URH
Camí del Molí s/n,
Torroella de Montgrí

LUXURY

ARKHÉ BOUTIQUE HOTEL
C/ del Raval 5,
Pals

STAGE 4: COSTA BRAVA MEDIEVAL TOWNS

DESCRIPTION

Departing from Torroella, you will head to a huge number of medieval towns through a flat section of quiet secondary roads and apple tree fields.

We suggest you to take your time to visit the most important ones: Ullastret and it’s fortified old town; Palau-Sator with its famous clock tower; Pals, perhaps the most visited medieval town in the Costa Brava; Peratallada, with his imposing town walls and picturesque streets; Monells and it’s spectacular main square.

On the last section of your trip, you will ascend the other side of the mythic Els Àngels climb which will offer you amazing views over Girona: the best way to say goodbye to this incredible adventure!

costa brava medieval villages

RIDE DETAILS
81 km | +1,093 m

INCLUDED CLIMBS
Els Angels (from Madremanya): 10.5 km | 4% av. gradient

OVERNIGHT TOWN
Girona
Girona city has established a perfect balance between history, leisure, gastronomy and cycling culture. This little bubbling city won’t leave you indifferent.

ACCOMMODATION POSSIBILITIES


EXPLORER

HOTEL ULTONIA GIRONA
Gran Via de Jaume I 22,
Girona

COMFORT

HOTEL CIUTAT DE GIRONA
C/Nord 2,
Girona

LUXURY

NORD 1901 HOTEL
Av. de Castell d’Aro 2,
Girona

PRICING & INCLUSIONS

LOW SEASON
(January to April & November to December)
3 stages
4 nights
4 stages
5 nights
Explorer from €850 from €960
Comfort from €920 from €1,025
Luxury from €1,330 from €1,590
GROUP DISCOUNTS
Groups >4 people get 15% off
MEDIUM SEASON
(May to June & September to October)
3 stages
4 nights
4 stages
5 nights
Explorer from €890 from €995
Comfort from €1,020 from €1,170
Luxury from €1,440 from €1,590
GROUP DISCOUNTS
Groups >4 people get 15% off
HIGH SEASON
(July to August, Easter Holidays & Girona Temps de Flors)
3 stages
4 nights
4 stages
5 nights
Explorer from €950 from €1,120
Comfort from €1,120 from €1,320
Luxury from €1,530 from €1,925
GROUP DISCOUNTS
Groups >4 people get 15% off

INCLUSIONS

Accommodation in double occupancy room with bed and breakfast regime

Daily luggage transfers

Digital travel guide, tourist advice and turn by turn navigation through mobile app

On call assitance. 9AM-6PM

Tourist advice and off the bike activities booking management

Health Insurance

TESTIMONIALS

Catalonia Bike Tours
5.0
Based on 54 reviews
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Joseph HagedornJoseph Hagedorn
21:31 07 Nov 22
This was an amazing experience. We did the 3 day, self guided tour (I’m sad I didn’t get to do the 2nd route in the four day series but will have to come back). Everyone we worked with (Montse and Girard) was thoughtful and conscientious about the service they provided. For example, CBT provided us with well maintained Canyon bikes fit exactly to our dimensions and preferences (they met via zoom to orient us about the biking landscape), met with us at our convenience when we arrived in Girona, arranged wonderful hotels to stay at, including the lovely Del Moli del Mig in the countryside outside of Torroella de Montgri, transported our luggage from hotel to hotel, and provided us with great routes through Ride With GPS (you cannot do these routes without it). The routes were everything Girard said they would be including the Els Angels climb on the last day.
SophiaSophia
20:31 16 Oct 22
We booked a 5-day self-guided tour of the Costa Brava with Catalonia Bike Tours and had an absolutely incredible time. The bikes that two of us rented were very nice and in great condition (Canyon Endurace with eTap) and had just the right gearing for the many iconic climbs on the route. The route plans were impeccable, taking you through quiet scenic countryside, well-renowned climbs, stunning descents, gorgeous towns of many flavors and sizes along the coast and of all modern and medieval eras. There is such a unique charm to riding in Catalonia, the other riders always wave, the drivers are always courteous. I can't wait to come back to experience it again. The only thing we are sad about is that we've already experienced it for the first time, and we can't get that initial feeling of astonishment back again.
Marie TerrillMarie Terrill
18:14 14 Oct 22
I had a fantastic experience with Catalonia Bike Tours recently. They were incredibly on point with every detail. They picked me up at the train station and drove us to the first hotel. They organized lunches and dinners for us and luggage transport between hotels. The support van driver and our tour guide were kind, funny and instantly part of the group energy. Our guide was Cristina, who worked closely with our Support driver and 'back up guide', Miquel.We ate local food and stayed in gorgeous locations at very nice hotels.I highly recommend Catalonia Bike Tours and would book with them again in a second.
Susan BeltzSusan Beltz
15:25 09 Oct 22
We had a super Costa Bravo bike tour with Catalonia Bike Tours. We did 4 days of self guided biking starting and ending in Girona. We stayed in the towns of Girona, Pals, and Platya de Aro and they were each unique and wonderful. The hotels were top notch! We loved going to the beach and swimming in Platya de Aro and the walled village of Pals and hotel we stayed in were fabulous. The bikes provided were perfect and Catalonia Bike Tours was very supportive, checking in most days to see how things were going. The app was a little tricky to use in the busier towns but we always managed. Overall this was a bike trip and company I highly recommend!
Jeff OhlhausenJeff Ohlhausen
21:11 15 Aug 22
My family of four took a 4 day self guided tour from Girona to Platja D’aro to Pals then back to Girona. We rented bikes and they were amazing. 3 canyon gravel bikes and a Scott ebike for my daughter. They were immaculate and great bikes. The route was excellent, the app worked great and the riding was a lot of fun. Nice mix of everything and the bikes were up to the challenge and the right tool for the job. Transfers to and from Barcelona went off without a problem. Montse helped us out of a self induced problem, going above and beyond. Gerard and I traded sport food and had great a great chat on the way to Girona. The towns we visit Ted were amazing and well chosen. I’d go again in a heartbeat. We did over 200 km in four days with a 15 and 12 year old. It was just awesome. Thank you!
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RENTAL BIKES

All our rental bikes are completely up to date in terms of maintenance, fully eqquiped with pedals of your choice (Look Keo or Shimano SPD SL), two bottle cages and rear light. They are also delivered with a complete set of tools to help you solve any unforeseen event that may happen during your trip.

Megamo Raise

MEGAMO RAISE SHIMANO Di2

The Raise has been designed for versatile riders. Its carbon frame and integrated handlebars provide lightness and stiffness allowing you to ride long routes without sacrificing comfort. In addition, it comes equipped with full new Shimano 105 Di2 2×12 speed groupset.


MEGAMO RAISE RENTAL PRICE:

3 Stages Program: €153

4 Stages Program: €192


Megamo Pulse

MEGAMO PULSE SHIMANO Di2

The Pulse Elite is undoubtedly the pinnacle of performance. This aerodynamic bike has been designed for the most demanding riders, those who crave the perfect machine to enjoy maximum speed and progress with less effort. It comes equipped with full new Shimano 105 Di2 electronic shifting.


MEGAMO PULSE RENTAL PRICE:

3 Stages Program: €153

4 Stages Program: €192


Canyon Endurance:ON

CANYON ENDURANCE:ON

This endurance e-road bike delivers a complete performance package, pairing a powerful Fazua motor with a comfortable frame geometry. The Endurace:ON AL 7.0 looks as good as it rides, and eats up the kilometres for fun with maximum battery autonomy up to 90km.


CANYON E:ON RENTAL PRICE:

3 Stages Program: €153

4 Stages Program: €192


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