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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
Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.
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.
Set amid an expansive garden, this historic farmhouse blends traditional Catalan design and contemporary style. (pool)
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.
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)
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.
It's said that even Salvador Dalí tried to buy this architectural gem, a medieval castle turned luxurious boutique hotel. (pool)
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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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.
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.