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Emporda: Food and Wine Self-Guided Bike Tour

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Self Guided / Wine Country Route
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Are you a food and wine lover with a passion for pedalling? This special bike tour will allow you to discover the Empordà, one of the oldest wine-producing regions in the world.

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Overview

This special bike tour will allow you to discover the Empordà, one of the oldest wine-producing regions in the world.

Thanks to the Mediterranean climate and the soil, the footsteps of the mountains surrounding the plane are a perfect terrain to produce the grapes. The ancient farmers in the area decided to use the plains for planting olive trees and the slopes for planting vines on terraces separated by dry-stone walls.

Since 2005 influential wine guru Robert Parker put Empordà on the world wine-producing map. Thanks of the hard work of the wineries this area has been certified as a Origin Designation of Empordà. You are invited to visit 2 of the best wine cellars!

It’s an easy tour for regular cyclist that combines half of the tour on quite secondary roads, and half on nice and clean unpaved roads. Stages are 40km average without big climbs.

The tour includes two guided visits to cellars with a wine tasting at the end.

Highlights

  • Cycle through one of the most beautiful landscapes of Catalonia: l’Empordà.
  • Enjoy two guided visits to important wineries with a nice land products picnic.
  • Optional Michelin Gastronomic Pack: 2 degustation dinner menus in star Michelin restaurants.
  • Discover the land products of the region! Visit some local museums of history of fishing, the cork manufacturing or anchovies, ancient factory of flour, marmalade shop, or an oil mill.
  • Admire the surrealist art of the genius Salvador Dalí born in Figueres.

Itinerary

Day 1: Girona
Accomodation: Hotel URH Girona

Arrival day

In Girona there is plenty to see and do. The city is famous for having one of the best preserved Jewish old towns and the Cathedral boasts one of the largest stone vaulted spaces in Gothic architecture. A walk along the city walls is a highly recommended, or following the Onyar River, which gives you a nice picturesque view of the colored houses of Onyar River.

Day 2: Girona-Sant Feliu de Guíxols
Route: 43 km
Accomodation: Hotel S’Agaro

Starting from our partner office you will follow a cycle path to exit the city to the south. The ride takes you straight to the Mediterranean Sea. This section follows greenway called “El Carrilet” , passing through the towns of Quart, Cassà de la Selva, Llagostera and Santa Cristina d’Aro. Along the route we always have the Gavarres Massif as a backdrop, a mountainous forest area, consisting mainly of oaks, important for the cork production. We arrive in San Feliu de Guíxols, our hotel will be near the nice beach of Sant Pol.

Day 3: Sant Feliu de Guíxols – Calella de Palafrugell
Route: 29 km
Accomodation: Hotel San Roc

Today you’ll ride North along the coast combining the coastal road with the front sea boulevards, visiting the main port town of Palamós. After few kilometers you’ll pass the unspoilt cove Platja de Castell, with it’s Iberian settlement on the left side . This is a nice place to do a picnic and take a swim on the Mediterranean sea. Later on you arrive in the picturesque old fishing village of Calella de Palafurgell, one of the pearls of Costa Brava. On the last section you’ll be cycling along the greenway called “Ruta del Tren Petit”.
Optional ride: This track offers also a long alternative climbing up the scenic mountain route of Romanyà.

Day 4: Calella de Palafrugell – Torroella de Montgri
Route: 26 km
Accomodation: Hotel Moli del Mig

Route towards the north, inland to passing through Palafurgell, with his fish, meat and vegetables marquet. Nice place to learn about the product land of this region. You can also visit the Cork Museum. After exiting Palafurgell you can stop to the cellar Mas Oller for the guided visit and the wine tasting. Later on you reach Pals, one of the better conserved medieval centers. The ride will take you through natural wetlands with extensive rice fields and long sandy beaches. The bike tour ends in Torroella de Montgrí at the foot of the karstic Montgri Massif.

Day 5: Torroella de Montgri – Castelló d’Empúries
Route: 34 km
Accomodation: Hotel de la Moneda

The route continues to the North passing the Montgrí massif into the county of Alt Empordà. We enter the long Bay of Roses with long, sandy beaches. Next to the pretty medieval settlement Sant Martí de Empúries and right in front of the superb beach, we should take the time to visit the archeological settlement Empúries with Greek and Roman ruins, the gateway of the classic cultures to the Iberian Peninsula. The route then continues North where riders will pass through the protected marshlands of Aiguamolls de l’Empordà. The route ends at the village of Castelló d’Empúries, it has a rich architectural heritage; gothic church, Count’s palace, old market building and Jewish quarter.

Day 6: Loop Castelló d’Empúries
Route: 35 km
Accomodation: Hotel de la Moneda

This ride provides fantastic views of the Pyrenees as a backdrop while cycling through the 100 year old vineyards. Today you will have the opportunity to visit the most interesting wineries that are mainly located in the towns of Vilajuïga and Pau. This day include a wine tasting and lands product’s picnic in Espelt Cellar.

Day 7: Castelló d’Empúries – Figueres
Route: 42 km
Accomodation: Hotel Duran

The last bike tour heads first to Peralada (the capital of the wine DO) where you will visit the castle and the medieval town. From there you will cycle crossing the upper part of the vineyards zone passing by Garriguella, Vilamaniscle and Rabos wit the most ancient groves. Don’t miss a fast visit to the modernist cellar of Espolla cooperative. From there the tour takes you to a long downhill ride until arriving to your final destination, the city of Figueres. After arriving to Figueres riders enjoy a visit to the world famous Theatre-Museum Dalí, still one of the most visited tourist site in Spain.

Day 8: Figueres

Departure day

Figueres train station is within walking distance of your hotel and has many regular trains to Barcelona for your onward journey. Alternatively, if you would like to organize a car transfer please get in touch with us and we will be happy to assist.

Hotel

Hotel URH Girona

The URH Girona, located 10 minutes from historic downtown.

The hotel offers a nice terrace with pool and wonderful views of the Pyrenees, with bar service and snacks in the evening. The hotel has comfortable and modern rooms, with warm decor and wooden floors. It offers standard and superior rooms and junior suites, with amenities and free Wi-Fi.

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Hotel S´Agaró Wellness & Spa

S’Agaró Hotel is located in the heart of the Costa Brava.

S’Agaró Hotel is located in the heart of the Costa Brava, in the exclusive, idyllic bay of S’Agaró, one of the Costa Brava’s most prestigious enclaves, a pioneer in quality holidays, internationally recognised for its select, glamorous surroundings. S’Agaró Hotel is right on the seafront, on Sant Pol beach, one of the Costa Brava’s top locations. A small beach of fine sand, far removed from the noise of other coastal areas in the summer season.

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Hotel Sant Roc

Enjoy exceptional views of Calella in a comfortable, intimate and relaxed atmosphere.

It’s a beautifully decorated and extremely well-kept hotel, with gentle staff and a great soul. It’s within walking distance to everything in the little town. At the bottom of the steps is a beach or rocks for swimming, and a playground is in front of the hotel. Hotel San Roc has rooms with own character, most of them with sea views.

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Hotel URH Molí del Mig

It is a unique space in the heart of Emporda.

The Hotel Moli del Mig Restaurant and SPA is located in the the majestic area of Massis del Montgrí and one kilometer away from the historic center of Torroella de Montgrí. With a careful restoration of the ancient mill, it boasts the most modern facilities and cutting-edge design that seek to highlight its historical value, respecting the landscape in an integrated architecture in the natural environment with seven acres of gardens and fields.

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Hotel de la Moneda

XVIII century ancient mansion located in the Jewish quarters in Castelló d’Empúries.

Hotel de la Moneda is a XVIII century ancient mansion located in the Jewish quarters in Castelló d’Empúries, a strategic town at the heart of the Empordá and Costa Brava. The building is catalogued as an historic monument and during its renovation as a four star hotel it has kept the period’s architectonic features.

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Hotel Duran

Set in the heart of Figueres, in the upper part of the Rambla.

Right in the historical centre of the city and just a short walk from its most charismatic buildings: the Dalí Museum, the Toy Museum of Catalonia, El Jardí Theatre, and more. It is a high category 3-star hotel of recognised prestige, totally refurbished in contemporary style. It is the city’s most emblematic hotel, as the building was originally an old inn dating back to 1855, El Celler de Ca la Teta.

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Price

  • Low Season: 1030.00€ / person
  • High Season: 1195.00€ / person - departure between 25/03 to 01/04 and 29/06 to 03/09/2018

What’s included

Included

  • 7 nights’ accommodation in 3* / 4* hotels in double room on bed and breakfast basis
  • 2 wine tastings with land products picnic and guided visit to cellars
  • Daily luggage transfers between hotels
  • Roadbook and maps for every day
  • General tourist information of the area
  • 24 hours hotline assistance during the trip
  • Welcome meeting and bike delivery in Girona

Options

  • Travel insurance: 40.00 €
  • Half Board (4 dinners): 95.00 €
  • 2 dinners in Girona and Castelló d'Empúries: 175.00 €
  • Single Room Supplement: 285.00 € (high season 430.00 €)
  • Supplement Single Departure: 100.00€
  • Transfers from 1 to 4 persons to first hotel: Girona Airport 35.00 € /Barcelona airport 165.00 €
  • Pedals ( Shimano, Look, toe clip...): 30,00 €
  • GPS with Tracks: 65.00€
  • Extra nights (ask for options and prices)

Our bikes

  • Bike Hire (hybrid bike): 90.00 €
  • Electric Bike Hire: 190.00 €