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Costa Brava Deluxe Tour – BOWLIN

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6 days / 5 nights

Experience the beauty and variety of the Costa Brava countryside by bike

Overview

In many ways a nation unto itself – proud, independent and rich with heritage – Catalonia is the land of Picasso, Dalí and Gaudí, who clearly drew inspiration from the strong culture and stunning surroundings that define this landscape: from the towering Pyrenees to volcanic flats, rolling pastoral hills and rugged Costa Brava.

Each day of biking in this region offers a medley of dramatic vistas, sparkling coastlines and rolling plains. Spin through charming medieval villages, stop to visit an artisinal pottery workshop in La Bisbal, visit exclusive boutique wineries and sample some of the best cuisine the area has to offer. At the the confluence of Spanish and French culinary traditions, the Costa Brava is home to some of the most renowned cuisine in the world.

Highlights

  • Biking through the picturesque medieval villages of the Baix Emporda region
  • A fascinating guided tour through the surreal world of Salvador Dali’s theatre museum in Figures
  • Sampling the up and coming red wines of the Emporda in a boutique winery on the coast
  • Visiting the famous ceramics workshops in La Bisbal d’Emporda
  • Eating in exceptional restaurants in one of the culinary centers of the world

Itinerary


Day 1: Monday, April 11 

Route: 23 – 43 km
Accommodation: Mas Falgarona

 

Meet with Bike Spain tours guides. Complete a bike fitting and start your bike ride in the Garrotxa Natural Park, which embraces at least forty dormant volcanos, you will begin your week of riding on a tranquil road through the park to the beautiful medieval town of Banyoles for lunch in the town’s historic medieval centre.

After lunch you can chose to bike a bit further or transfer directly back to the hotel to enjoy some time downtime on the peaceful grounds of your boutique hotel, Mas Falgarona, before enjoying a gourmet dinner by the pool this evening.

Day 2: Tuesday, April 12
Route: 30 – 40 km
Accommodation: Mas Falgarona

 

This morning’s ride is a foray into the Alt Emporda, a region with borders of both geographical and political significance, nestled between the Pyrenees and the Mediterranean. The tranquility of the rolling fields punctuated by the occasional masia (the traditional Catalan farmhouse) and its proximity to the coast attract city folk from Barcelona when they are ready to escape to the countryside. This area is gaining a great reputation for its hearty red wines and we will pass some notable wineries along the way.

Following lunch, we will make our way back to the hotel for a quick refresh before making our way into Figueres for an illuminating guided tour of the fascinating Dali theatre museum.

Day 3: Wednesday, April 13
Route: 52 km
Accommodation: Mas de Torrent

 

Leaving the area of the Alt Emporda we make our way down towards the southern part of the province, the Baix Emporda or Lower Emporda. Our bike ride from the hotel takes us through rolling, bucolic terrain surrounded by olive groves and vineyards. We pass through many charming, small towns, stopping along the way for a hearty local lunch before arriving on the luxurious grounds of our 5-star lodgings for the next 2 nights, Mas de Torrent.

Dinner tonight is on the terrace of the hotel’s atmospheric restaurant.

Day 4: Thursday, April 14
Route: 40 – 50km
Accommodation: Mas de Torrent

 

Today our ride takes us into the cultural heartland of Catalonia to discover some of the charming medieval villages that pepper the lands between Girona and the coast. We’ll spin through La Bisbal and Madremanya as well as Pubol, where you can visit Castell Gala-Dali, the castle Dali bought just for his wife Gala to live in.

Towards the end of the ride we arrive in the town of Ullastret for a well-deserved lunch on the charming terrace of the excellent Iberic restaurant. Depending on how you feel after lunch, you can opt to return to the hotel to relax by the pool or in the spa or to visit some exceptional ceramics workshops in the town of Bisbal.

Day 5: Friday, April 15
Route: approx 30 km
Accommodation: Parador de Aiguablava

Today we’ll start with a spin through the town of La Bisbal before beginning a climb to la Col de la Ganga. Then it’s time to relax and revel in an exhilarating cruise downhill towards the fishing town of Palamos. After arriving at the seafront we make our way towards a private wine estate for a hands-on cooking class before sitting down to enjoy the fruits of our labour and the stunning views from the beautiful terrace of the estate.

Afterwards you can take a dip in the pool on the estate or make your way back to our final hotel, the impresive modern building hanging between pine trees and elevated over the clifts with magnificient views of the coast. The Parador is a moder art museum by inside as well. Peacefull and relaxing place to end our tour.

Day 6: Saturday, April 16 – Departure

 

It´s time to say goodbye after an exciting trip, whose memories will accompany us on our journey home and hopefully encourage us to return to Spain again in the future!

Your Bike Spain guides will transfer you to Barcelona airport for your onward journey. 

Hotels

Parador Aiguablava

Hotel Parador Aiguablava Costa Brava

In between meadows, forest, beaches and sea, Parador Aiguablava forms the perfect place to spend the night after a day cycling. The Suite Room is spacious and luxurous with sea views for great nights rest. 

It is located in a privileged area in the Mediterranean coast, with a stunning view of the Costa Brava from the top of the cliff of La Punta d’es Muts. The natural environment is surrounded by pine trees and has an almost unspoilt nature. There is no better place to break away.

One of the great new changes in this Parador is the SPA with a view of the Aiguablava cove. The pool, gym, sauna, terraces and outdoor areas have been renovated to improve the comfort of our guests. The beach area has also been expanded and access to the entire complex has been improved. All rooms have been fully renovated and most have a terrace overlooking the Mediterranean sea.

The town of Begur, placed on top of a hill, is located only four kilometres away from the Parador. On its summit, the main symbol of the town can be found: its medieval castle. It must also be highlighted the colonial-style Indian houses, which were built in the 19th century by emigrants who returned from America.

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Mas de Torrent

Mas de Torrent Hotel & Spa is an eighteenth-century Catalan farmhouse converted into an exclusive five star hotel.

Mas de Torrent Hotel & Spa is noted for its exceptional gardens, magnificent swimming pool and spectacular views. Charming medieval villages and pretty towns such as Begur and Pals with their beaches are all just a 10-minute drive away.

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Mas Falgarona

Falgarona MAs costa brava

Hotel Mas Falgarona is a 4-star boutique hotel set in a fifteenth century farmhouse.

The eleven rooms of this hotel are all uniquely designed in light colors and offer an ambience of relaxation. The swimming pool is perfect for taking a refreshment or for just enjoying the sunshine and tranquility. Delicious traditional dinners are served in the restaurant, accompanied by a glass wine from Mas Falgarona´s excellent collection. The surroundings of the hotel, with rich cultural heritage, mountains and sea, invite its guests to numerous cultural and sport activities.

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What’s included

Included

  • Luxury accommodations: 5 nights with breakfast
  • Meals: All breakfasts, 5 lunches
  • Bicycles: Specialized TARMAC
  • A support van which is always readily available to provide technical assistance and snacks, as well as transport you through whatever stretch of the route you do not wish to ride. Your luggage will also be transported in this van.
  • Detailed regional maps with useful information about the region
  • A handlebar bag, a water bottle, luggage tags and a Bike Spain Tours jersey
  • A trip coordinator in our office who is always available to help you before and after your trip
  • Travel insurance with medical assistance

Not Included

  • Dinners

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Costa Brava – BOWLIN

3.750,00

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