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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.
THIS ITINERARY: 6 days, 5 nights
ACCOMMODATIONS: Premiere Hotels
Start / End Barcelona
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Kick things off in Barcelona, Catalonia's effervescent capital | Gaze at the limestone massif of Cadí-Moixeró Nature Reserve, one of the region's largest parks | Bike through mountain villages, past herds of sheep and farmers plying their trade | Scenic cycling 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 (Way of Saint James) pilgrimage trail | Savor rustic regional cuisine in a mountain village | Relax at an exquisite Relais & Châteaux hotel designed by a disciple of Antoni Gaudí.
Set amid acres of lush manicured gardens, this modernist château from the early 1900s was designed by a disciple of Antoni Gaudí. A Relais & Châteaux member. (pool)
Climb up Coll de la Creueta, one of the highest paved roads in this cyclist's mecca | Descend into the sun-drenched Cerdanya Valley | 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.
Enjoy a warm welcome at this renovated 15th-century stone farmhouse, tucked into the countryside between the Pyrenees and Costa Brava. (pool, spa)
Golden fields of wheat and sunflowers blanket the countryside as you ride to the beautiful Baix Empordà | Explore hamlets with cobbled squares and Romanesque churches | Wander through the enchanting medieval town of Pals and admire its impressive clock tower | 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 | Sample tasty Catalonian specialties in the charming fishing village of Calella de Palafrugell | Put your feet up at a historic Catalan farmhouse turned luxury hotel.
A beautifully restored 18th-century manor house with stylish rooms and historic country charm. A Relais & Châteaux member. (pool, spa)
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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. LEARN MORE.