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Spanish Pyrenees to Costa Brava Bike Tour

Barcelona, Spanish Flavors, Peaks & Beaches

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.

THIS ITINERARY: 6 days, 5 nights

ACCOMMODATIONS: Casual & Casual Plus Hotels

FROM: $3,699 pp dbl occ
($500 for sgl occ)

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Start/End Barcelona

Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.

Highlights
  • Ignite your love affair with Catalonia's culture, art and architecture in the enchanting gateway city of Barcelona
  • Ride scenic routes into the majestic French Pyrenees, where pros train for the legendary Tour de France 
  • Enjoy world-class dining—irresistible tapas, fresh seafood, Catalan fusion cuisine and regional white wines
  • Spin through dazzling Costa Brava, where the Mediterranean laps against miles of white-sand beaches
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Accommodations may vary based on departure date.
6 Days Casual & Casual Plus Hotels
Accommodations may vary based on departure.
Days 1-2

Get things started in vibrant Barcelona | After reaching the Pyrenees, bike past alpine villages, herds of cows and farmers tending their crops | Sample cava, Spain's beloved sparkling wine | Scenic bike routes—popular training ground for the pros—lead into the French Pyrenees, where 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 and delicious, locally sourced dishes.

Hotel Bernat de So, Girona, Spain
Hotel Bernat de So
Llívia
| Casual Hotel

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

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 the sun-kissed valleys of the pre-Pyrenees | Are you a foodie or a history buff? Enjoy the best of both in the heart of Girona's old quarter.

Hotel Ciutat de Girona
Hotel Ciutat de Girona
Girona
| Casual Hotel

This modern hotel sits on a quiet corner in the heart of the city; its emphasis on sustainability has earned it certification as a Biosphere Responsible Tourism. (pool, spa)

Days 4-6

Bike over the Gavarres Mountains for panoramic views | Ready for a break? Stroll through medieval towns where red-tile roofs and wooden balconies adorn stone homes | Join our local friend and guide for a village tour of lovely Peratallada | Ride through the stunning Costa Brava, where the Mediterranean laps against white-sand beaches and villages cling to forested hills above hidden bays | Acclaimed Catalan fusion cuisine and fresh seafood awaits | 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.

Castell d'Emporda
Castell d'Empordà
Girona
| Casual Plus Hotel

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

Dates & Prices

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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Activity Level: 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. LEARN MORE.

Day 1
Biking
Level 2 | 21 miles* | 1400 ft. gain
Level 2 | 24 miles | 1800 ft. gain
Day 2
Biking
Level 2 | 17 miles* | 1900 ft. gain
Level 3 | 30 miles | 2300 ft. gain
Level 5 | 51 miles | 5000 ft. gain
Day 3
Biking
Level 2 | 31 miles* | 600 ft. gain
Level 3 | 38 miles* | 1600 ft. gain
Level 4 | 45 miles* | 3100 ft. gain
Other
Tapas Cooking Class & Wine Tasting (1 hour)
Day 4
Biking
Level 2 | 28 miles* | 2200 ft. gain
Level 3 | 36 miles* | 2300 ft. gain
Level 4 | 44 miles* | 3500 ft. gain
Other
Guided Tour of Peratallada (45 minutes)
Day 5
Biking
Level 2 | 29 miles* | 1700 ft. gain
Level 4 | 45 miles | 2700 ft. gain
Level 5 | 48 miles | 3100 ft. gain
Day 6
Biking
Level 1 | 15 miles | 900 ft. gain
* Includes shuttle.

What's Included

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.

Performance Road Bike

This custom-designed titanium bike is lightweight and responsive, featuring Shimano Ultegra Di2 electronic shifting, 11-speed compact gearing, a premium Mavic Ksyrium Pro wheelset and a full carbon fork. 

Touring Bike

A proven classic, our most popular custom-designed titanium bike is suited for a wide range of cyclists. It features a comfortable ergonomic seat and a long wheel base that add to the bike’s control and stability.

NEW! Electric-Assist Bike

Our newly redesigned titanium e-bike is a lightweight yet powerful machine unique in the world of e-bikes. It provides plenty of power to flatten the hills and more than enough battery range to cover the distance.

Carbon Bike

Ride like a pro with the top-of-the-line carbon Cannondale Synapse Hi-Mod Red ETAP AXS. Delivering phenomenal acceleration and handling in a light and powerful package—it’s built for hard-core riders.
$400 rental fee

Tandem Bike

This hand-built frame features Co-Motion's custom-designed cro-moly steel tubeset, powerful Avid disc brakes, Shimano Ultegra drive train, and a custom, upgraded wheelset. For experienced tandem riders.
$400 rental fee

Also Included

  • All breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners
  • 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

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