Arriving: Your hotel is included on arrival; assuming you are flying into Barcelona, the high-speed train reaches Figueres in 1h50. Our Area Manager typically meets you for bike fit etc. at 4 pm, but this is flexible.
Start your exploration
of Catalonia in Figueres, the birthplace of Dali. Salvador Dali was
known as much for his flamboyance and exhibitionism as he as for his
surrealist and exotic imagery; most of his work are in the Dali museum
here. Dinner is included at a restaurant where Dali was often a patron.
On Day 2, you’ll ride a loop east towards the coastal town of Roses. A
long option will reach Cadaques, an unspoiled and remote village with
crystal-blue water, fishing boats, sandy beaches, and old white-washed
houses. Back in Figueres, walk the narrow, twisting streets and dine in
one of the many excellent restaurants. Distances: D2: 42 km with 515 m
gain or 55 km with 700 m gain D3: your choice of: 42 km with 295 m gain
OR 52 km with 155 m gain OR 90 km with 1155 m gain
south from Figures, you will have a chance to visit Empuries, to e
Roman and Greeks live excavations. Lunch is recommended in the medieval
city of Torroela de Montgri at a restaurant that has been in the same
family for five generations. Then it is on to Pals and Calella de
Palafrugell, a sea-side village with a superb hotel, the San Roc (our
luxe trip will stay at Castell D’Emporda in La Bisbal). The views
between Calella and Begur are sublime and your ride along this coast
will be a favourite. You will have time to explore medieval Begur with
its castle above town and Pals, which is one of the popular and
enchanting villages in Catalonia. We will provide hiking instructions
should you wish to take a day off the bikes, as this coastline has some
short but steep hills. Distances: D4: your choice of 45 km (with 25 km
shuttle) OR 69 km with 180 m gain; D5: 43 km with 460 m gain or day off the bike to hike
Ride to Girona, one of the most important historical sites in Spain, where professional cyclists often live and train off-season (attracted by the climate and food, just like us). Stop to visit the castle that Dali lived at in Pubol and to have lunch before a wee climb over the Mare de Deu dels Angels before descending into Girona. Next day, choose from moderate or challenging rides west of Girona. For dinner, we will provide recommendations from local finds to El Roca de Can Roca, rated the 2nd best restaurant (3*Michelin) in the world. Hungry anyone? Distances: D6: your choice of 40 km with 220 m gain (with 12 minute train from Flaca to Girona) OR 62 km with 600 m gain OR 86 km with 800 m gain; D7: 55 km with 385 m gain OR 69 km with 500 m gain.
Depart at your leisure for onward travel.
Trains from Girona reach Barcelona in 30 minutes (25 trains per day).