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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 Barcelona
Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.
Start your journey in vibrant Barcelona, a city likely to ignite your love affair with Catalonia | Arriving in the Pyrenees, ride past alpine villages, herds of cows and farmers tending their crops | Celebrate the week ahead with cava, Spain's beloved sparkling wine | Bike unforgettable routes into the French Pyrenees, where the incredible views are exhilarating—pros train here for the Tour de France! | Spend a full day in France, pausing in Mont-Louis, a fortified mountain town and World Heritage site | Return to Spain for a dinner of decadent fondue and delicious, locally sourced dishes.
Set amid an expansive garden, this historic farmhouse blends traditional Catalan design and contemporary style. (pool)
Prepare for an epic climb up La Collada de Toses, one of the highest paved roads in the Pyrenees at 5,907 feet | Enjoy the wind in your hair on a long winding descent into the sun-kissed valleys of the pre-Pyrenees | Foodies and history buffs rejoice! The best of both awaits 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)
Savor acclaimed Catalan fusion cuisine and fresh seafood | Climb over the Gavarres Mountains for panoramic views | Stroll through medieval towns where red-tile roofs and wooden balconies adorn stone homes | Our local friend and guide joins in lovely Peratallada for a village tour | Bike through the stunning Costa Brava, where the Mediterranean laps against white-sand beaches and villages cling to forested hills above hidden bays | In the harbor town of Palamós, pause for a leisurely café | Ride past fields of wheat and sunflowers to the Baix Empordà, the "region of coves," stopping to explore towns with cobbled main 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.