If you're a foodie, this is the holiday for you. Catalonia offers unrivalled cuisine from local hearty dishes to some of the best seafood imaginable. The tour includes a cooking class from a local chef where you will eat what you prepare, evening meals including one in a mountain top restaurant, as well as a lunch in a 700 year old market square. The food is delectable and so we include some of the best local dinners, not to mention, the liquer, wine and olive oil tasting in local farmhouses.
You will ride small and manageable distances allowing you to enjoy the food, immerse yourself in the rich culture of the region and enjoy the magnificent medieval villages all under Mediterranean blue skies.
Arrive into Barcelona or Girona airport and we will transfer you to Girona to start your trip.
DAY 2Olot to Sant Miquel de Pineda
After a transfer to Olot, your adventure awaits. Your first ride begins in Garrotxa cycling over ancient volcanoes and farmland, known as La Fagenda. This unique combination of landscapes have formed an oak and beech tree forest which is an SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest).
Today's cycling is approximately 22km.
DAY 3Circular Sant Miquel de Pineda
Staying in the La Garrotxa region, today's ride leads you up into the mountains and the Rectoria. Embrace the ascent to Vento, upon which you'll come across a hidden hotel and restaurant in the mountains overlooking Olot, where you'll stop for lunch. The descent down the valley leads to a hidden paradise, Gorges Moli dels Murris. Featuring a natural lake and forest, immerse yourself in the great outdoors and natural wonders and if you're feeling brave go for a dip.
Today's cycling is approximately 25km.
DAY 4Sant Miquel de Pineda to Girona
Today you will ride the Greenway path. A former railway line, positioned from the mountains to the coast it is solely used by cyclists so you'll have no traffic to contend with. As you cycle through rural land and ancient volcanoes you will work up an appetite to be enjoyed in one of Girona's best restaurants offering delicious cuisine served in a buzzing atmosphere.
Today's cycling is approximately 43km.
DAY 5Medieval Villages
Southern Emporda is a haven for medieval villages and ruins. Noted for their wine and olive oil production, the villages are brimming with character. Stop off and explore these hamlets as you hop from hilltop to hilltop.
It's the final day of cycling so you will end on a high. Vall de Llemena is your first stop. Natural, peaceful and agricultural it is the perfect place to relax and simply take in its beauty. For lunch we recommend somewhere in the village of Canet d'Adri, which can be reached by cycling around ancient volcanoes.
Today's cycling is approximately 29km.
After breakfast at the hotel it's time to continue with your onward travel.
The stunning medieval city of Girona is the jewel in northern Catalonia’s crown. Your ride begins here and takes in the stunning Catalonia hills and coastlines. The region offers superb dining, cultural exploration and magical cycling.
The weather in Catalonia makes it one of the reasons why it has become such a popular cycling destination. The cycling season can begin as early as March and April which offers cool Spring riding. The summer is warm but not usually sweltering like some other Mediterranean destinations and the Autumn cycling season can last sometimes until late November.
You will be met and collected at Girona airport on your arrival and be provided with a transfer back to the airport on your final day. There is also the possibility of being met at Barcelona if you prefer although this is a longer transfer.
is a self guided holiday allowing you to explore Catalonia at your own pace. The holiday includes daily rides, 5 in total which will be provided to you along with route books, maps and GPS. These will be sent to you once you have booked your holiday with Love Velo and each file will be titled with a short description of the ride and the distance. If you would like to see the profile of each route, we recommend that you download the files before your holiday and open them with a GPS viewer such as this. If you would like guiding instead, please just ask our cycle experience team.
One of the highlights of the holiday is enjoying Ratafia tasting in farmhouse. Ratafia is a local liqueur only made in Catalunya. With no set recipe and over 40 ingredients that have to be harvested at different times of the year, it is a complicated drink to produce. Enjoy some of the different varieties under the guidance of the owner of the house and Ratafia connoisseur.
You will want to know that your bike is in great condition and that you won’t have any mechanical problems during your ride. Our bikes are extremely well serviced and maintained but in the very unlikely event there is a mechanical issue with the bike (not including basic maintenance such as slipped chains or punctures), we will provide you with an emergency number for someone to come out and repair or replace your bike.
We have the best road bikes available for hire for your holiday. Simply advise your preferred options and components and we can match the right bike for you. Our essential bike for riding in Gran Canaria is a full carbon road bike with Ultegra groupset but we can upgrade or provide mountian, hybrid and e-bikes. If you would like, you can upgrade your bicycle to a full carbon with Dura Ace or DI2 electric gearing, or to our top specification bicycle - a full carbon road bike with DI2s, upgraded wheels and ultra stiff frame.
We consider travel insurance to be essential. Accordingly, it is a condition of making a booking through us that you have suitable insurance cover for the booking you have made and any activities which you expect to take part in. This insurance as a minimum should cover cancellation, baggage loss, accidents and health issues while you are away. We also recommend that you take your policy details with you when you travel. Please ask our cycling experience team if you would like us to arrange travel insurance for you.