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Pyrenees to Costa Brava Bike Tour

Spanish Peaks to Beaches

From $3,298 - $3,498 pp dbl. occ. | 6 days / 5 nights

(+$530 for sgl. occ.)

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 plate of fideuà, a forest of pines. This place is special.

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Highlights

  • Ignite your love affair with Catalonia in vibrant Barcelona
  • Ride scenic routes into the French Pyrenees, where pros train for the Tour de France 
  • Enjoy irresistible tapas, Catalan fusion cuisine and regional white wines
  • Spin through stunning Costa Brava, where the Mediterranean laps against miles of white-sand beaches
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Itinerary

Day 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.

Day 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.

Day 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.

Day 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 | Join our local friend and guide for a village tour of lovely Peratallada.

Days 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.

The earlier you book, the more choice you'll have and the lower your price. And you can always change your mind — you won't be charged to transfer to a different trip before your final payment is due. View cancellation policy.

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Gather your favorite people to share a Backroads adventure on a ready-to-book Private Trip - featuring all the legendary Backroads hallmarks from expert leaders to unforgettable activities. You can pick from the selection of dates below for your group; some dates are only available for 16 or more guests while other dates are available for 8 or more guests. If your party has fewer than 8 guests, or your preferred date is not available, we'll create a departure just for you. Call or email us to reserve your date.

2018 Private Trip Pricing
  • 10 or more guests: from $3,298 pp dbl occ
  • 8 - 9 guests: from $3,798 pp dbl occ
  • 6 - 7 guests: from $5,098 pp dbl occ
  • 4 - 5 guests: from $5,498 pp dbl occ
  • 2 - 3 guests: from $6,398 pp dbl occ

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Prices

From $3,298 - $3,498 pp dbl. occ.
6 days / 5 nights

(+$530 for sgl. occ.)

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Casual Hotels

Bernat do So
Hotel Bernat de So

Llívia (2 nights)

Hotel Grevol
Hotel Grèvol

Llanars (1 night)

Castell d'Emporda
Castell d'Empordà

Girona (2 nights)

Activity Level

This trip is rated Levels 2-5

What's Included

Services and equipment are included.

Why Backroads

Why Travel with Backroads in Pyrenees and Costa Brava 

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5.0

Spectacular scenary!!

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from Toronto

Comments about Pyrenees to Costa Brava Bike Tour:

Another great backroads experience! The trip leaders and support were superlative as expected. There were some challenging rides, but there were many options for each day and an option for use an e-bike for those who are less experienced cyclists or didn't have the time or inclination to do the training for the challenging hilly days. With these options the trip was suitable for a range of fitness levels from the moderately active to the experienced cyclist. The roads were well paved and quiet with very little traffic.

 
5.0

Fantastic experience on every level.

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from Darien, CT

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Exceeded all expectations! The cycling was epic and the scenery, food, culture and accommodations were terrific. And the leaders catered to every whim. One of the best vacations ever.

 
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An invigorating vacation and a sense of accomplishment and

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from Akron, OH

Comments about Pyrenees to Costa Brava Bike Tour:

This was our first Backroads trip, and it will not be our last, for the experience was outstanding. The bike rides were challenging but well worth the effort for the spectacular views afforded by the carefully planned routes. The guides were professional, knowledgeable, and truly entertaining. Each ride was supported with more food, water, and mechanical support than I would have thought possible. The guides supported riders of all skill levels, and everyone was able to ride to the level of their own ability and comfort. Afternoons and evenings were relaxing and filled with (well-earned) fantastic meals, drinks, and company. I cannot remember the last time I came home from a vacation feeling so invigorated and accomplished. We eagerly await our next opportunity to travel with Backroads.

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5.0

Just another trip of a lifetime biking experience!!

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from Mundelein, IL (NW of Chicago)

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I have grown to expect no less than a "10" level experience from Backroads and this trip did not disappoint me! My husband and I have done 5 trips with Backroads in the past 4 years, and plan to do many more. Backroads always provides cultural experiences that we would never even think of or find on our own. The biking portions of the trip are set up such that a couple with varying abilities can each be happy and bike as much as they want every day...some of it together and always having lunch together; Backroads will accommodate the weakest rider such that they don't feel bad or feel like they missed out!! The scenery and food and wine along the Costa Brava trip was fantastic. One of my favorite lunches was eating paella along a beach on the Mediterranean Sea and taking a dip after lunch....then biking onward and upward for incredible views of the sea.

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The Pyrenees to Costa Brava trip one of the best trips!

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from Seattle, WA

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The Pyrenees to Costa Brava trip exceeded my expectations. The riding in the Pyrenees was absolutely breathtaking climbing the mountains, the winding and twisting descents, and maneuvering through the many small towns. The location, culture, food, riding, and more importantly the people. Bar none the best biking trip! We had awesome trip leaders in Kelsey and Tim and support from Javier. Backroads you have done it again!!!

 
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Best trip ever

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from Toronto, Canada

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This was the best vacation I have taken in many years. Loved it.

 
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Great trip - highly recommend!

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from San Mateo, CA

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Our first Backroads trip and a wonderful experience! I don't think it could have gone better. From the guides to the rides, bikes, food and accommodations, we absolutely loved it!

 
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The trip was beyond our expectations.

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from Boston, MA

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The trip was beyond our expectations. We loved the group, trip leaders, and rides. We are definitely planning another Backroads trip when money permits.

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Most fun I ever had

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from Jericho, NY

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Everything was well executed and the trip was a fantastic experience for all. The rides were well planned, the choice of locations for the lunches were perfect. The organizaton of the rides was well thought out with the challenging rides early on and the easier rides towards the end of the trip. The food, the locations, the routes and the way the leaders were always there making sure we were taken care of made the trip stressfree, carefree and fun.

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Casual Hotels

Accommodations may vary based on departure date. Any difference from what is listed below can be found by clicking on your desired date on the View Scheduled Dates or Private Dates tabs.

Bernat do So

Hotel Bernat de So

Llívia (2 nights)

Set amid an expansive garden, this beautifully converted historic farmhouse blends traditional Catalan design and contemporary style. (pool)

Hotel Grevol

Hotel Grèvol

Llanars (1 night)

The design and warmth of an alpine chalet in the beautiful Camprodon Valley. (pool, spa)

Castell d'Emporda

Castell d'Empordà

Girona (2 nights)

It's said that "even Salvador Dalí tried to buy this architectural gem," a medieval castle-turned-luxurious boutique hotel. (pool)

This Trip Is Rated Levels 2-5

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 (drag to see full )

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 21* 1400
24 1800
2 17* 1900 30 2300 51 5000
3 31* 600 38* 1600 45* 3100 63 4400
Guided Tour of Santa Maria Cathedral (45 Minutes)
4 28* 1500 38* 2100 46* 3200
5 29* 1700 45 2700 48 3100
6 15 900
 

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* Includes shuttle.

Learn more about how we determine our activity level and fully support a range of abilities and interests.

Please note that our distance and elevation figures come from Ride with GPS. Other sources (such as Map My Ride and Garmin devices) may give differing elevation figures due to different GPS and mapping technologies. Readings from a Garmin or a smart phone are influenced by other factors such as air pressure.

Meals

All breakfasts, 4 dinners, 3 lunches

Available Bike Options

The key to a stellar day’s ride is a bike that’s perfectly in tune with your cycling style… Backroads has you covered with the best bike fleet in the world! Read on for your available bike options for this trip or view our full bike fleet in further detail.

Backroads Titanium Bikes (Included in your trip price)

Our custom-built titanium bikes are specially designed for you—and we offer different models for varied terrain so your bike is ideally suited to the region. Our custom-made bikes are included in your trip price.

Touring Bike (Included)

Road Bike (Included)

For trips departing before 4/15/18, please see available bike options here.

Backroads Custom Electric-Assist Bike (Included in your trip price)

Wishing for a little extra assistance up those hills? Our custom Backroads Electric-Assist Bike lets you experience the thrill of exploring on two wheels while providing a boost when you want it. We've modified a selection of our great Titanium Bikes with the intuitive BionX "pedal-assist" system.

Backroads Custom Electric-Assist Bike (Included)

Specialized S-Works Roubaix & Ruby ($400 rental fee)

Ride like a pro with the new top-of-the-line S-Works bike featuring ultrasmooth Shimano Di2 electronic shifting. Faster and smoother than any other bike out there, this race-ready carbon machine delivers phenomenal acceleration and handling in an ultralight, ultrapowerful package—perfect for experienced riders. The Specialized S-Works Ruby is a light, agile speed machine precisely designed for women. You can upgrade to a Specialized S-Works Roubaix or Ruby on your trip.

Specialized S-Works Roubaix (Upgrade)

Specialized S-Works Ruby (Upgrade)

Co-Motion Torpedo Tandem ($400 rental fee)

Do you prefer to spin in tandem with your partner? You'll love the Co-Motion Periscope Torpedo tandem on your Backroads trip. You can upgrade to a Co-Motion Torpedo Tandem on your trip.

Co-Motion Torpedo Tandem (Upgrade)

Also Included

  • Expertise and services of our experienced Trip Leaders
  • Snacks and beverages between meals
  • Additional guides and experts from the region on many trips
  • Van shuttles to support a variety of route options
  • Comprehensive Travel Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at museums, historic sites, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the Travel Planner
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Special events, including wine tastings and other select attractions as mentioned in the Travel Planner
  • On biking and multi-adventure trips, use of fully equipped Backroads titanium bike plus helmet and accessories
  • Trailercycles, carriers, and kid-sized helmets for Family Trips
  • Equipment and experienced guides for kayaking, rafting, snorkeling, sailing and canoeing as described
  • Park and other entry fees
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the Travel Planner
  • Select coach transfers
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

Get the Straight Talk about This Trip

We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.

Why Travel with Backroads in Pyrenees and Costa Brava 

We Join the Mountains to the Sea

Only Backroads offers a biking trip that takes you from the high valleys of the Spanish Pyrenees down to the sunbaked beaches of the Costa Brava, all in one expertly crafted itinerary. Along the way, you ride among the green foothills of the Garrotxa region, renowned for its superb cheeses – made from the milk of the goats who watch you pass.

A Variety of Routes Each Day

In Pyrenees and Costa Brava  you head off each morning after choosing among several expertly designed routes—all with detailed directions, mileage and shuttle options. Unlike trips with one fixed daily route (or worse, one guide that everyone's obliged to follow), you're free to enjoy the best of the region at your pace, stopping wherever you want to explore further.

Great Bikes Included (or Upgrade)

Choose a Backroads Custom Titanium or Custom Electric Assist bike—both are included in your trip price. Maybe a Specialized carbon-fiber pro model is more your speed or go for double fun on a tandem. Our fleet is the best in active travel, so you don't have to roll the dice on this vital trip component. Learn why our titanium bikes are ideal for most riders. See the bike options for this trip.

More Leaders to Support You

On our Pyrenees and Costa Brava  trips we have an extra leader supporting you along the road—for a total of three, compared to the industry standard two. So we can be in more places at once, giving personal attention to guests traveling at their own pace. Here's more on our Trip Leaders.

Navigate Your Way in Pyrenees and Costa Brava 

Your ride comes equipped with a Garmin Edge Explore 1000, the best bike-touring GPS device on the market. This is a Backroads exclusive, and it's included with your bike in Pyrenees and Costa Brava  . If you prefer to bring your own device, we also have downloadable GPS files and of course, our good old paper directions are always available. Read more on why our navigation options are the best.

The Value of Casual Hotels

In addition to the ideal balance of comfort and hospitality in our choice of lodgings, this trip featuring Casual Hotels includes nearly all of your meals, plus everything from cocktail receptions to the best snacks along the road. So there's rarely a need to reach for your wallet – we've got you covered.

A Second Van When You Need It

Backroads is the only active travel company providing two support vans in Pyrenees and Costa Brava  —because we know it's essential to ensure a truly great travel experience. It doubles our ability to be there when you need us to offer hydration, lighten your load or give you a lift if it's time to take a break. Read more on why two vans make all the difference.

The Best Leaders in Pyrenees and Costa Brava 

Backroads has the best-qualified people to lead your trip in Pyrenees and Costa Brava  , and our guests back that up, rating our Trip Leaders an average of 9.75 out of 10 for all-around quality of performance. Get the facts (and no fluff) on how we recruit and develop the very best people for your trip.

We Speak the Language

If we told you many companies' leaders can't actually speak the language where they lead trips, you'd say incroyable... ridicolo... không the tha thú. At Backroads, fluency in the local language is a given. Find out more on the best leader recruitment, training and development in the business. (And by the way, that was "unforgivable" in Vietnamese.)

Experts with Secrets to Share

In choosing the ideal experts to enrich your travel experience, we look for people with a wealth of local knowledge, but also the ability to convey their insights in English. Too often travelers find themselves smiling politely, not quite understanding what they're being told. Our experts share intriguing facts, anecdotes and inside stories that stay with you forever.

The Right Local Pairings

Our Trip Leaders combine deep local expertise with a firm grasp of North American expectations around quality of service. By the same token, we pair experienced Backroads leaders with local guides who know how to cater to your needs while cracking open the culture or natural history in ways that are meaningful, memorable and often magical.

Signature Backroads Picnics

Guests rave about our picnic spreads. Enjoy a welcome break in a scenic spot, or a quick refuel stop if you don't want to lose momentum. And because we have two vans, one can host lunch while the other is out providing support along the route.

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