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Pyrenees to Costa Brava Family Bike Tour

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  • Kick off the journey in vibrant Barcelona
  • Ride scenic routes in the Pyrenees
  • A kid-friendly ceramics class and scavenger hunt 
  • The white-sand beaches of Costa Brava
  • Get surreal and admire the artistic genius of Salvador Dalí

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Miles of Smiles from Catalonia's Peaks to Mediterranean Beaches

Melting pocket-watches? Elephants with spider legs? In Catalonia, the very same landscape that inspired surrealist Salvador Dalí is sure to inspire your gang's real spirit of adventure. From Barcelona, venture into the majestic Pyrenees, where kids scale the Via Ferrata Rock Climbing Course. Adults hug the border to France, pedaling along the famous Camino de Santiago pilgrimage trail. Practice your Spanish as you discover medieval villages and a far-out castle en route to the heavenly beaches of the Costa Brava. Seem surreal? You're not dreaming - you're in Catalonia!

Itinerary

Day 1 Kick off the journey in Barcelona, Catalonia's effervescent capital Head into the mountains, pedaling past alpine villages, herds of cows and goats, and farmers tending their crops  Adults enjoy a tasting of fine Catalan wines.

Day 2 Pedal scenic routes in the French Pyrenees foothills, testing your legs on a stretch that's seen action during the world's greatest bike race  Kids spend an action-packed day in France where they visit the World Heritage towns of Mont-Louis and Villefranche and join a local guide on a rock climbing course.

Day 3 Acclaimed Catalan fusion cuisine and fresh seafood   Pine and chestnut trees give way to oaks and olive groves en route to Ripoll, the cradle of the Catalan nation  Experience some of Dalí's mind-bending work at the magical Dalí Theatre-Museum.

Day 4 Kids create their own pottery masterpiece in La Bisbal, famous for its ceramics  Ride past fields of sunflowers and wheat to the beautiful Baix Empordà, the "region of coves," stopping to explore hamlets with cobbled town squares, Baroque-style churches and ancient fortresses A guided walk through the fortified medieval gem, Pals.

Days 5-6 Bike along the bays of the Costa Brava and enjoy fresh seafood where the Mediterranean laps against white-sand beaches and villages cling to forested hills The Gavarres Nature Reserve offers up a pass to climb Kids explore a coastal path once used by smugglers and pirates Wiggle your toes in the sand during some well-deserved beach time  Glorious sea views greet you from the Sant Sebastià lighthouse.

Premiere & Casual Inns*

Hospes Villa Paulita
Hospes Villa Paulita
* Casual Inn

Puigcerdà (2 nights) A "lakeside Art Nouveau villa" that's "full of surprises," including gardens adorned with glass pyramids, according to Travel + Leisure. (pool, spa)

Mas Falgarona
Mas Falgarona

Figueres (1 night) Owners Brigitta and Severino warmly welcome us into their renovated 15th-century stone farmhouse, tucked into the countryside between the Pyrenees and Costa Brava. (pool)

Mas de Torrent Hotel & Spa
Mas de Torrent Hotel & Spa

Torrent (2 nights) A beautifully restored 18th-century manor house with stylish rooms and historic country charm. A Relais & Châteaux member. (pool, spa, tennis)

Guest Reviews About This Trip

Once again, Backroads provided a most wonderful vacation and family experience. We learned so much about Catalunya and ourselves through this extraordinary trip that took us from the mountains to the sea. Since coming home, much of my day is spent reliving 420 pictures of a most beautiful experience. Everyone says a memory is worth more than things. Backroads has put together a most magical formula to make that happen... We enjoyed the beauty of Spanish culture, the magic of new friendships, the exuberance from athletic challenge (the Lance climb), the growth that comes from laughter, and the love of family. Backroads allows you to just "be" - to experience the joy of all our senses in a given day, and to appreciate the uniqueness of each one (smell, touch, see, hear and taste). I am forever grateful for all the time and attention that Backroads has given to me and my family. There is no greater thrill than to see your child grow in experience, family and friendship.
Judy Riendeau - Prospect, KY
The itinerary you planned for this trip was an unforgettable combination of everything the region had to offer - from the coastal ride, to the hills and valleys, from small villages to interesting ancient towns. I was completely delighted.
Kelly Babij - Minneapolis, MN
The leaders were great, the scenery was great, the accommodations were great, the biking was great, the weather was great! It will be hard for you guys to beat this one!!
Cheryl Moulthrop - Arlington, VA

Trip Dates & Prices

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2015 FAMILY DATES
June 2015
July 2015
August 2015

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This Trip Is Rated Level 2-4

Routes For All Abilities
Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. We know your pace may vary from one day to the next-and your traveling companion's may differ somewhat from yours. So we present a range of mileage options, and each day you decide exactly what and how much you want to do.

Daily Route Options
Day EASYGOING ACTIVE AVID
Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5
miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain
1 14 1300
18 1800
2 9 100 16* 2000 36 2600
Kids: Mont-Louis Scavenger Hunt (1 Hour)
Kids: Via Ferrata Rock Climbing Course (1.5 Hours)
3 12* 1000 22* 200 35 1300 43 3100
Dalí Museum Tour (1.5 Hours)
4 9* 700 32* 1000 44 1300
52 2400
Kids: Pottery Making Class (2 Hours)
5 12* 300 31* 1000 44 1200
47 1700
Kids: Smuggler and Pirate Path Coastal Walk (1 Hour)
6 9 200
15 200
 
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On this Family Trip, our routes follow rolling terrain. Liberal van shuttling is incorporated into the itinerary to facilitate our activities and mileage is kept moderate to enable you to spend more time exploring on your own.

* Includes a shuttle

Private Trips Options & Pricing

Pricing for Private Trips (prices may vary based on departure date)

2015

2 - 3 guests from $7,198 pp dbl. occ. 8 - 9 guests from $5,098 pp dbl. occ.
4 - 5 guests from $6,198 pp dbl. occ. 10 - 11 guests from $4,298 pp dbl. occ.
6 - 7 guests from $5,498 pp dbl. occ. 12 or more guests from $3,998 pp dbl. occ.

For 35 years, Backroads has been perfecting the art of active travel. We are the Pyrenees to Costa Brava tour experts. See our award-winning Europe Spain biking tours, Europe Spain walking and hiking tours and Europe Spain multisport tours.

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All meals included except 1 lunch, 1 dinner 

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