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  • Backroads Pyrenees to Costa Brava Family Breakaway Bike Tour
  • Backroads Pyrenees to Costa Brava Family Breakaway Bike Tour
  • Pyrenees to Costa Brava Family Breakaway Bike Tour
  • Backroads Pyrenees to Costa Brava Family Breakaway Bike Tour

Pyrenees to Costa Brava Family Breakaway Bike Tour

From Barcelona to Catalonia's Peaks & Mediterranean Beaches

  •     Ignite your love affair with Catalonia in vibrant Barcelona
  •     Ride scenic routes into the French Pyrenees, where pros train for the Tour de France
  •     An epic climb and descent over La Collada de Toses, one of the highest paved roads in the Pyrenees
  •     Irresistible tapas, highly acclaimed Catalan fusion cuisine and fresh seafood
  •     Spin through the stunning Costa Brava, where the Mediterranean laps against miles of white-sand beaches

Everything about Catalonia is unique. Part of Spain, but with its own unique identity, flag and language. Its sights are distinct too, from the glorious Pyrenees and Costa Brava to stylish Barcelona. Just wait until you and your family ride through it and get a whiff—the sea air, a hot bowl of fideuà, a forest of pines. This place is special.

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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.

Day 2 Ride scenic routes into the French Pyrenees, where pros train for the Tour de France—the incredible views make your efforts worthwhile   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 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 sunkissed 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  Cycle alongside deep valleys and rugged rock walls in La Garrotxa, 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.

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.

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.
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Casual Inns

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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 Grevol

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)

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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
23 1800
2 17* 1800 30 2100 52 5800
3 24* 400 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 15 800
 

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* Includes shuttle.

Learn more about how we determine our activity levels 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.

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.

Everyone at Their Own Pace

We design and support our Pyrenees and Costa Brava  trips to suit mixed abilities and varied interests—so you can set your own pace, then change things up as the day unfolds. And all guests are free to do the same, traveling together or apart, with no one cramping anyone else's style. Which sounds easy in theory, but it's hard to pull off. Here's more on how we do it.

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.

Kids Who Aren't Kids Anymore

Only Backroads offers active trips in Pyrenees and Costa Brava  designed for families with older teens and 20-somethings. Our Family Breakaway trips are aimed at you and the amazingly grownup members of your clan—whether they're almost high school grads, already in college or further along. Find out more in this blog post.

Your Trip Will Run. Period.

Under our Book with Confidence policy, your Backroads trip will run even for a single family of three or four people, subject to a nominal extra fee. Or transfer to another trip, and we'll give you a credit. It's all part of our trademark commitment to treating guests with integrity, transparency and total accountability. Read all the details.

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.

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.

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 Inn Trips

In addition to the ideal balance of comfort and hospitality in our choice of lodgings, this Casual Inns trip 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.

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.)

Quality You Can Measure

Since 1979, Backroads Founder and President Tom Hale has shown that staying #1 means constantly evaluating our performance using the best possible source of information: our guests. As we systematically analyze your feedback on our trip consultants, leaders, hotels, meals and on-trip activities, we never stop working to make a great company even better.

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Private Trips Options & Pricing

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 a large selection of dates for your group of 8 or more. Call us for date availability. If your party has fewer than 8 guests, or if your preferred date is not available, we'll create a departure just for you.

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Pricing for Private Trips

2017

  • 10 or more guests: from $3,398 pp dbl occ
  • 8 - 9 guests: from $3,798 pp dbl occ
  • 6 - 7 guests: from $4,598 pp dbl occ
  • 4 - 5 guests: from $4,998 pp dbl occ
  • 2 - 3 guests: from $5,798 pp dbl occ

2018

  • 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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