Big adventures for families with older teens & 20-somethings
Pyrenees to Costa Brava Family Breakaway Bike Tour
- Kick off your family's journey in vibrant Barcelona
- Ride scenic routes in both the Spanish and French Pyrenees
- Highly acclaimed Catalan fusion cuisine and fresh seafood
- Costa Brava bike paths, where the Mediterranean laps against miles of white-sand beaches
- Admire the artistic genius of Salvador Dalí
From Barcelona to Catalonia's Peaks & Mediterranean Beaches
Barcelona lures you with its irrepressible éclat. But it’s just the start of an unforgettable trip through the heart of Catalonia. Soon you’re swept into the Pyrenees. Straddling the French border and riding roads the pro cyclists use to train for that famous French race. Descend and the air warms, the sun strengthens and the aroma of the coast fills the air. You’ll wind up on the Costa Brava, with glorious sea views and a landscape that inspired surrealist Salvador Dalí - a fitting end to this journey through one of Europe’s most enticing regions.
Day 1 Kick things off in Barcelona, Catalonia's effervescent capital Gaze in awe at the limestone massif of Cadí-Moixeró Nature Reserve, standing above the idyllic Cerdanya Valley Find your rhythm as you spin past mountain villages, herds of sheep and farmers plying their trade.
Days 2-3 Scenic routes in the Pyrenees foothills lead into France Begin your ride in Llívia, a Spanish enclave surrounded by French territory and situated along the famous Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route A challenging climb up Coll de la Creueta is rewarded with incredible views Experience Salvador Dalí's mind-bending work at the Dalí Museum in Figueres Even the building itself is a work of art, considered "the largest surrealistic object in the world."
Day 4 Fields of wheat and sunflowers blanket the countryside as you pedal to the beautiful Baix Empordà, perhaps stopping to explore hamlets with cobbled squares and Baroque-style churches Penchant for pottery? You'll be in heaven in La Bisbal, famous for its ceramics Stroll around fortified Pals, a medieval gem whose stone buildings now accommodate enticing art galleries - and enraptured visitors.
Days 5-6 Bike along the Costa Brava, to the "region of coves," where the Mediterranean laps against white-sand beaches and villages cling to forested hills above hidden bay The Gavarres Nature Reserve offers up another heart-pumping climb Indulge in a siesta on a white-sand beach or cool off in the crystalline Mediterranean.
Premiere & Casual Inns*
Hotel Villa Paulita
Puigcerdà (2 nights) This renovated feudal estate is just five minutes from World Heritage site Palazzolo Acreide. (pool)
Figueres (1 night) Enjoy a warm welcome at this beautifully renovated 15th-century stone farmhouse, tucked into the countryside between the Pyrenees and Costa Brava. (pool)
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
From the Pyrenees to the beautiful Costa Brava, this trip offers an excellent introduction to all that Catalonia has to offer. There are fascinating historic villages to visit and epic landscapes to explore. We'll take you to hidden spots that locals know well, but visitors don't often discover. To top it off, Barcelona is your gateway city and a truly fun place for you and your family to extend your vacation before or after your trip.- Regional Manager, Spain
Trip Dates & Prices
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2016 Family Breakaway DATES
- 6/2 - 6/7 ( $4298 per person, double occ., +$1130 for single occ.
- 7/24 - 7/29 ( $4298 per person, double occ., +$1130 for single occ.
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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.
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* Includes a shuttle