From Cerdanya to the Costa Brava
This bicycle trip is designed for cycling enthusiasts who want to cross part of Catalonia by bicycle, from the Pyrenees to the Costa Brava, through secondary roads and surrounded by landscapes of great beauty. The route accumulates 382 km in 4 days on the road (plus the first “easy ride” day).
The first part of our tour is of moderate difficulty and runs through the Pyrenees and Pre-Pyrenees, where we will have the opportunity to discover some works of the Catalan Romanesque.
The second part of the route takes us, in two stages of approximately 100 km each, to the Costa Brava. The initial section runs through the regions of Ripollès and La Garrotxa, the last one famous for its volcanoes. The second section crosses the Gavarres massif and Ampurdán. Along the route we will enjoy the gastronomy of the area and we will not miss the opportunity to know the idiosyncrasy of the place.
DAY 1 · Welcome to Catalonia
The trip starts in Barcelona. At 10 in the morning, our staff will meet you and welcome you at the meeting point, Estación de Francia. We will then go to our destination, located in the Pyrenean region of la Cerdanya (the journey time is about 2 hours). Once at the hotel, and after check-in is done, the routes and other activities will be presented.
Departure in the afternoon to get the legs in shape:
Distance: 30 km
Elevation: + 200 m
After having prepared the bicycles, we will carry out a first ride to get the legs in shape.
DAY 2 · Climb to Lles de Cerdanya
Distance: 81 km
Elevation: + 1330 m
This first circular route runs through the western part of the valley. We start from the hotel in the direction of Bellver and, along very quiet roads with little traffic which run along the foothills of the Serra del Cadí, we pass through Pi, Montellà and reach Martinet.
Once there, the ascent of 10 kilometers (at 6%, with some breaks) to Lles (1471 m) begins. We pass through Ardóvol, a charming little mountain village, and go down a winding road to Prullans. Finally, we return to Puigcerdà by the national road, flat and with a good shoulder.
DAY 3 · Font-Romeu, Bolquère, Llo
Distance: 62 km
Elevation: + 920 m
We leave the hotel to make a circular route through Upper Cerdanya. After about twenty minutes warming up the legs, we begin the climb in Ur to Font-Romeu, passing through Angoustrine and Targassone. After completing the pass of Calvaire, just over 1800 meters high, a rapid descent takes us to Bolquère. At this point we change the slope and take the road that takes us to Llo, a town at the foot of the Puigmal known for its thermal baths. The last part of the route has an advantageous slope that takes us at a good pace to Llívia and Puigcerdà, the end point of the route.
DAY 4 · From Puigcerdà to Olot
Distance: 98 Km
Elevation: + 1520 m
Our route to the Costa Brava leaves from Puigcerdà, coasts a few kilometers along to Alp and then departs from the traffic to take the Collada de Toses, a pass of 20 km gentle slope that allows you to find a good climbing tempo. Once in the ski resort of La Molina, we cross the meadows of Pla d’Anyella and we reach the pass of Creueta (1888 m), of 1st category and crossing point on numerous occasions of the Vuelta a España and the Volta a Catalunya. The last two kilometers before the end of the pass are hard, but they have wonderful views over the Berguedà region (on days with good visibility we can see even the Montserrat massif). During the descent along the south face of the pass, towards Castellar de n’Hug, we will be very busy enjoying the curves and the mountain range.
We continue pedaling along the Montgrony road to Gombrèn, Campdevànol and Ripoll, the capital of the Ripollès region. The last part of the stage goes through the Coll de Canes, of 3rd category (15 km at 3%), and takes us to the Vall de Vianya entering the natural park of the Garrotxa Volcanic Zone. End of stage in Olot, with a visit to the village before dinner.
DAY 5 · From Olot to Palamós
Distance: 111 Km
Elevation: + 1060 m
The fifth and final stage takes us from Olot to the Mediterranean coast, with a slightly favorable profile. The first part of the stage takes place in the region of La Garrotxa, passing through Sant Esteve d’en Bas and Sant Feliu de Pallerols. A climb of barely 5 km allows us to change the valley and reach Sant Esteve de Llèmena. Then, we go around the Girona area for a stretch of flat kilometers and easy roads until we start a 12 km pass that leads us to conquer Els Àngels, already in the massif of les Gavarres (with spectacular views over Girona on one side and on the other the sea). Once there, we take the Madremanya road to Monells, a town of medieval origin (a must stop in its wonderful arcaded square). We continue to La Bisbal, and we turn off on a road with a thousand curves to the top of the Ganga, from where a pleasant descent takes us to Calonge and Palamós. End of stage on the promenade and a village visit.
DAY 6 · End of the adventure
Breakfast, check-out and transfer to Barcelona Estación de Francia train station, where we put an end to our adventure and our services.