Barcelona lures you with its irrepressible éclat, tapas and wine. Soon you're swept into the Pyrenees, traversing the French border and riding the same roads as pro cyclists. Descend to Costa Brava's beaches, with Mediterranean views that inspired Salvador Dalí—a fitting end to this journey through one of Europe's most enticing regions.
1 Kick things off in Barcelona, Catalonia’s effervescent capital | Gaze at the limestone massif of Cadí-Moixeró Nature Reserve | Spin through mountain villages, past herds of sheep and farmers plying their trade | Relax at an exquisite Relais & Châteaux hotel designed by a disciple of Antoni Gaudí.
2-3 Scenic routes in the high Pyrenees ease across the border between France and Spain | Ride in Llívia, a Spanish enclave on the famous Camino de Santiago pilgrimage trail | Savor rustic regional cuisine in a mountain village | Journey to Figueres, the birthplace of surrealist artist Salvador Dalí, and experience his mind-bending work at the Dalí Museum | Taste Catalan wines and Mediterranean-influenced dishes.
4 Fields of wheat and sunflowers blanket the countryside as you pedal to the beautiful Baix Empordà | Explore hamlets with cobbled squares and baroque churches | Wander through the enchanting medieval town of Pals | Put your feet up at a historic Catalan farmhouse turned luxury hotel.
5-6 Bike along the Costa Brava to the “region of coves,” where the Mediterranean laps against secluded beaches and villages cling to forested hills | The Gavarres Nature Reserve offers up another thrilling climb | Cool off in the sea or at the pool.