Everything about Catalonia is unique. Part of Spain, but with its own identity, flag and language. Its sights are distinct too, from the glorious Pyrenees and Costa Brava to stylish Barcelona. Just wait until you ride through it and get a whiff—the sea air, a hot bowl of fideuà, a forest of pines. This place is special.
1 Get things started in vibrant Barcelona, a city likely to ignite your love affair with Catalonia After reaching the Pyrenees, bike past alpine villages, herds of cows and farmers tending their crops Sample cava, Spain's beloved sparkling wine.
2 Ride scenic routes into the French Pyrenees, where pros train for the Tour de France—the incredible views are exhilarating Spend a full day in France, stopping in the fortified mountain town of Mont-Louis, a World Heritage site Cross back into Spain for a dinner of irresistible fondue complemented by regional white wines.
3 Gear up for an epic climb up La Collada de Toses, which at 5,907 feet is one of the highest paved roads in the Pyrenees Relish a long winding descent into a sun-kissed valley Quiet pastoral lanes and riverside bike paths lead to the picturesque village of Llanars Tempted by tapas? Enjoy some of the best.
4 Acclaimed Catalan fusion cuisine and fresh seafood awaits Cycle alongside Banyoles Lake, set in a remote volcanic area rarely visited by tourists Ready for a break? Stroll through medieval towns where red-tile roofs and wooden balconies adorn stone homes Pine and chestnut trees give way to oaks and olive groves en route to the coast.
5-6 Spin through the stunning Costa Brava, where the Mediterranean laps against white-sand beaches and villages cling to forested hills above hidden bays Stop for a leisurely café in the harbor town of Palamós Pedal past fields of sunflowers and wheat to the Baix Empordà, the "region of coves," stopping to explore hamlets with cobbled town squares, baroque-style churches and ancient fortresses.