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A Taste of Catalunya Cycling

A Taste of Catalunya Cycling

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  • Holiday type
    Self-guided cycling
  • Duration
    7 nights
  • Accommodation
    hotel-to-hotel
    and
  • Activity level
  • From $2549per person, tour only
  • Departures
    Every two days from 26 Apr '20 to 1 Oct '20
  • What your holiday price includes
  • 7 nights hotel-to-hotel accommodation in a mix of and hotels
  • All continental breakfasts and 4 evening meals
  • Services of your local Headwater Representative
  • Route directions and maps
  • High quality hybrid bikes
  • RidePlus route options
  • Standard transfers at the start/end of the trip (if booking inclusive flights)
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Optional Upgrades
  • Tandems available
  • Room upgrades and extra nights at selected hotels
  • RidePlus road bike
  • Excellent choice for
  • Food lovers, flora & fauna, art & history, swimming opportunities, couples, coastal routes


For 2020 departures our trip inclusions are changing - please contact us for full details

      from 1 reviews

Mrs Knight says...
Lovely area. Great hotels. A little hillier than information suggests. Easy to get lost but great guide Greg at the end of a phone always ready to help and ...
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Spain: Catalunya

A Taste of Catalunya Cycling

  • Quiet country roads - perfect for first-timers or nervous cyclists
  • Wide sandy beaches, beautiful bays, traditional fishing ports, sun-drenched villages off the tourist trail
  • Excellent hotels, all with pools, including 14th century luxury castle
  • Lovely sea breeze, perfect cycling conditions - never too hot, even in high season
  • Pretty medieval villages to explore en route and on your rest days
  • Based on our popular 6 night, Contrasts of Catalunya Cycling

Catalunya is a semi-autonomous area of Spain; steeped in culture, its traditions and festivals date back over thousands of years. Rich in medieval villages, highlights include prosperous Peratallada, peach-coloured Pals and fashionable Begur. The rocky coastline is dotted with pretty fishing villages, crystal clear waters and beautiful beaches which are perfect to explore.

This holiday is full of contrasts and variety and explores one of the most beautiful corners of Catalunya. It's gentle cycling too, occasionally off-road, through olive groves, peach orchards and pine forests, and along pretty coastal paths. The landscape is gently rolling for the most part, making this an easy cycle and a relaxing holiday. The changing seasons bring white blossom in spring, sunflower yellow in summer and warm gold at harvest time. Fabulous coastal views, beautiful beaches and aquamarine waters make this an inspirational area.

You stay in a variety of hotels, all with pools, which have been hand-picked for their charm and character. The family-run Hotel Garbi in the traditional fishing village of Calella de Palafrugell, is set on the hillside overlooking the sea. The stylish Hotel Sa Punta in Platja de Pals is set in attractive gardens and is within walking distance of the beach or you can cycle to nearby Begur. Two nights of the holiday are spent at the Hotel Castell d'Emporda, a magnificently restored 14th century castle perched proudly on its outcrop, just outside La Bisbal. The breathtaking views over the plain from its sun terrace are not to be missed.

This holiday has RidePlus routes as an option - longer, more challenging routes suitable for more experienced cyclists. See the itinerary for routes and distances. RidePlus routes require the use of a lightweight road bike, details of bike upgrades can be found in the dates and prices. Routes are supplied as downloadable GPX files for you to use with own navigation device (Garmin, Wahoo, Bryton, etc).



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Standard itinerary

standard cycling elevations




We're here to help

If you've any questions about this holiday call our sales team on 1-800-267-3347 , or email usa@exodustravels.com

The standard routes shown below offer plenty of opportunities for sightseeing and local exploring. Electric bikes are also available (at a supplement) for an even more relaxing experience.

We also offer a RidePlus option for this holiday - longer, more challenging routes that require the use of a lightweight road bike and are suitable for more experienced cyclists. GPX files are provided for you to download to your own route navigation device. View our RidePlus routes

Day 1: Arrive in Barcelona

Arrive at The Gallery Hotel in cosmopolitan Barcelona, a bustling seaside metropolis offering a fascinating blend between old and new. Spend time discovering the modernistic masterpieces of architect Antoni Gaudi, including the awe inspiring Basilica de Sagrada Familia and the Park Guell. Visit the narrow medieval streets of the Gothic Quarter and La Rambla, a broad tree lined promenade, always jostling with activity. Head out to dinner where you will find cuisine for every taste.
You stay at the Gallery Hotel (breakfast included)

Day 2: Barcelona to Calella de Palafrugell

Transfer by train to Calella de Palafrugell and the Hotel Garbi. All Headwater guests are accommodated in rooms with a private balcony and sea view. It's less than 5 minutes' walk to the centre of town where you have so many restaurants to choose from, we've left evening meals up to you.
You stay at the Hotel Garbi (breakfast included)

Day 3: Calella de Palafrugell to Platja de Pals 33km/21mi

Your route today passes through the pine forests behind Calella before heading off to peach-coloured Pals, a lovely mediaeval town with Romanesque church affording stunning views. After lunch, head on through the pretty hamlets of Palau-Sator (where there has been a settlement since Roman times) and Fontanilles, before looping back towards the coast and a gentle downhill ride to Platja de Pals.
You stay at the Hotel Sa Punta (breakfast and evening meal)

Day 4: At Platja de Pals

We strongly recommend a visit to medieval Begur, a fashionable hilltop town with 11th century castle and outstanding views over the coast. Alternatively, relax on the beach, follow the superb coastal walking path or simply chill out by the hotel's semi-Olympic pool.
You stay at the Hotel Sa Punta (breakfast and evening meal)

Day 5: Platja de Pals to La Bisbal 30km/19mi

You'll begin today cycling past rice fields before following the River Ter to Torroella de Montgri with wonderful views of the Illes Medes. Visit this lovely mediaeval town with its Roman defensive wall before heading inland along wonderfully quiet roads through the village of Gualta (picturesque 16th century bridge) and pretty hamlets of Fonolleres, Matajudaica and Casavells to La Bisbal. Here you'll stay in a uniquely converted 14th century Gothic castle - once reputed to have been on Dali's shopping list but now owned by Dutchman Albert Diks.
You stay at the Hotel Castell d'Emporda (breakfast and evening meal)

Day 6: At La Bisbal

Laze by the pool (there's a fabulous sun terrace and bar area) or follow our suggested cycling circuit linking the pretty mediaeval villages of Corca, Monells (pretty square and lovely choices for lunch) and La Bisbal, a lively market town famous for antiques and pottery. Take time to explore the old quarter including the Carrer del Call, formerly a Jewish ghetto, whose intricate arches are still intact today.
You stay at the Hotel Castell d'Emporda (breakfast and evening meal)

Day 7: La Bisbal to Calella de Palafrugell 33km/21mi

Today offers lovely gentle cycling, stopping first at the walled village of Ullastret. The vast archaeological site here contains the remains of one of the oldest Iberian villages in Spain. Continue your journey through beautifully preserved Peratallada to the bustling market town of Palafrugell. Then back to Calella de Palafrugell for a final swim in the pool.
You stay at the Hotel Garbi (breakfast included)

Day 8: Leave Calella de Palafrugell

Please note that cycling helmets are a legal requirement in Spain. As we cannot provide these, we strongly recommend you bring your own.

Please see our Planning your holiday page for full details.

The RidePlus routes shown below are longer, may have steep climbs and offer more of a challenge than those on our standard tour. They require the use of a lightweight road bike and are suitable for more experienced cyclists. The routes are supplied as GPX files for you to download to your own route navigation device (Garmin, Wahoo, Bryton, etc).

Our standard routes for this holiday take a more relaxed, shorter route, with plenty of opportunities for sightseeing and local exploring. Electric bikes are also available (at a supplement) for an even more relaxing experience. View our standard routes

Day 1: Arrive in Barcelona

Arrive at The Gallery Hotel in cosmopolitan Barcelona, a bustling seaside metropolis offering a fascinating blend between old and new. Spend time discovering the modernistic masterpieces of architect Antoni Gaudi, including the awe inspiring Basilica de Sagrada Familia and the Park Guell. Visit the narrow medieval streets of the Gothic Quarter and La Rambla, a broad tree lined promenade, always jostling with activity. Head out to dinner where you will find cuisine for every taste.
You stay at the Gallery Hotel (breakfast included)

Day 2: Barcelona to Calella de Palafrugell

Transfer by train to Calella de Palafrugell and the Hotel Garbi. All Headwater guests are accommodated in rooms with a private balcony and sea view. It's less than 5 minutes' walk to the centre of town where you have so many restaurants to choose from, we've left evening meals up to you.
You stay at the Hotel Garbi (breakfast included)

Day 3: Calella de Palafrugell to Platja de Pals - RIDEPLUS - 64KM/40MI

Today you ride inland from the coast to La Bisbal d'Emporda before returning to the coast and your hotel in Platja de Pals. The first climb of the day follows a series of classic switchback bends alongside the Riera de la Ganga before descending alongside the Riera del Vilar towards the plains and the second climb via Castell de Begur and down onto rolling terrain and the Hotel Sa Punta.
You stay at the Hotel Sa Punta (breakfast and evening meal)

Day 4: At Platja de Pals

We strongly recommend a visit to medieval Begur, a fashionable hilltop town with 11th century castle and outstanding views over the coast. Alternatively, relax on the beach, follow the superb coastal walking path or simply chill out by the hotel's semi-Olympic pool.
You stay at the Hotel Sa Punta (breakfast and evening meal)

Day 5: Platja de Pals to La Bisbal - Rideplus - 84KM/52MI

25km of gentle warm up on the plains above Pals gives ample chance to view the majestic Gavarres massif, training ground for most of Europe's pro cyclists. The start of the first 500m climb out of Madremanya has signs warning of cyclists along all the road, indicating its popularity. Don't feel too bad if you are overtaken by someone in team lycra, on one of the 15% switchbacks, they might be a world champion! After descending towards Girona you return via a more gradual climb over the Gavarres to your hotel.
You stay at the Hotel Castell d'Emporda (breakfast and evening meal)

Day 6: At La Bisbal

Laze by the pool (there's a fabulous sun terrace and bar area) or follow our suggested cycling circuit linking the pretty mediaeval villages of Corca, Monells (pretty square and lovely choices for lunch) and La Bisbal, a lively market town famous for antiques and pottery. Take time to explore the old quarter including the Carrer del Call, formerly a Jewish ghetto, whose intricate arches are still intact today.
You stay at the Hotel Castell d'Emporda (breakfast and evening meal)

Day 7: La Bisbal to Palamos - RIDEPLUS - 66KM/41MI

Today's ride begins by retracing the end of the descent into La Bisbal. A prolonged climb is capped by a series of rooftop level switchbacks at 17%. The reward is 10km of sweeping roads down through the shade of the trees off the West side of Les Gavarres Massif. The cork producing town of Cassa de La Selva offers opportunities for refreshment, and maybe give brakes a chance to cool down after the 4km straight-line downhill section. A second shorter climb, followed by a further 12km of downhill, takes you to the coast and your hotel at the seaside town of Paloma.
You stay at the Hotel Garbi (breakfast included)

Day 8: Leave Calella de Palafrugell

{BOLD}Please note that cycling helmets are a legal requirement in Spain. As we cannot provide these, we strongly recommend you bring your own.{UNBOLD} {BREAK} Please see our Planning your holiday page for full details.

Where you stay

During your holiday you stay at the following hotels. If you'd like to extend your time at any of these or, if you'd like to enhance your stay with an upgraded room, just let us know at the time of booking.

To find out more call our sales team on 1-800-267-3347, use our live webchat or email usa@exodustravels.com


Find out more on the hotel website.
Read customer reviews on Tripadvisor.

Gallery Hotel , Barcelona

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Located in the centre of Barcelona, the Gallery Hotel has 25 years of experience to take care of you during your stay. The rooms are bright and have lots of home comforts included. The hotel also boasts a roof top pool and garden terrace.


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Hotel Garbi, Calella de Palafrugell

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The Hotel Garbi is located on the hillside overlooking the fishing village of Calella de Palafrugell with its own extensive gardens, shaded by pines.

The Hotel is family-run and has a warm welcoming atmosphere where its friendly staff will do their utmost to ensure your stay is as comfortable as possible.

The hotel also has a car park-for anyone who would like to drive to this hotel.


Room upgrades: Duplex Superior Room.
Duplex Superior rooms offer the same facilities as a standard room with the addition of a mezzanine level with sofa

Extra nights: Please contact us for details.


Find out more on the hotel website.
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Hotel Sa Punta, Platja de Pals

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The Hotel Sa Punta, just a five minute walk to the beach is set in beautiful grounds with a lovely terrace area for afternoon drinks. There is also a semi-olympic size swimming pool with spa pool.

Rooms are spacious and modern with balcony or terrace.

Evening meals are taken either in the hotel restaurant or on the terrace.


Room upgrades: Superior Room or Suite.
Superior rooms are larger in size and have a pool view. Suites are larger still with a sitting area and large terraces and sea views.


Find out more on the hotel website.
Read customer reviews on Tripadvisor.

Hotel Castell d'Emporda, La Bisbal

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The Castell d'Emporda could not be in a better location, perched on a rocky outcrop with breathtaking views from its sun terrace. The building is a superbly restored 700-year-old castle, that is now owned by Albert and Margo, who are both very friendly and speak excellent English.

Each of the hotel rooms has been individually decorated by furniture collected by the owners while they were on their travels around China, India and Morocco.

All of the rooms have spectacular hill-top views, featuring air conditioning and heating, fully equipped bathroom, flat-screen TV, in-room CD/DVD player, telephone and mini bar.


Room upgrades: Castle Room, Garden Suite or Suite Pere Margarit.
Castle rooms: housed in the original castle building making for a romantic stay. Garden suites: larger than the standard garden rooms (53 sq. metres) and have a separate sitting area. Both the bedroom and the bathroom have balconies! Suite Pere Margarit: (80 sq. metres) was originally the master bedchamber of the medieval castle.

Extra nights: Please contact us for details.

Extending your stay

If you'd like to extend your trip with extra nights at the start or end, or if you'd like to arrange a stop off point en-route, then we recommend the following hotels.


Find out more on the hotel website.
Read customer reviews on Tripadvisor.

Hotel Ciutat de Girona, Girona

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The Hotel Ciutat de Girona is located in the historic centre and beating heart of Girona and is just a 10 minute walk from the train station. The hotel has been decorated with iconic images of Girona's past, the historic pictures sit well with the modern decor of the hotel. The hotel has an indoor pool and an indoor cycling area. You are welcomed with a glass of the local moscatell. The restaurant of the hotel if you decide to eat there prides itself on serving food using local products all of which come from a 62.1 mile radius.

Travel

On day 1 you should make your own way from Barcelona airport to the Gallery Hotel Barcelona, a taxi rank can be found just outside the arrivals hall and you should expect to pay around €35 - €45 for the journey. On day 2 of your holiday transfer is included from Girona train station at 16:18 (16:58 on Saturdays), and back to Girona train station at 11:45.

Call now to speak to our specialist team at 1-800-267-3347 or email us at usa@exodustravels.com for enquiries or to book your trip.

Reviews

Everyone who goes on a Headwater holiday will be emailed a link to our post-holiday questionnaire where they can give us an honest assessment of all aspects of their holiday - everything from how quickly we answer the phone to how clean the hotels were - plus an overall rating and comments about their holiday.

Any feedback collected is posted to our website, so that people can make an informed decision based on past experiences before heading off on holiday. We don’t edit the reviews, the only thing we do is proofread them and alter any typos, where necessary, to ensure they are easy to read for everyone. All reviews will be published (except in certain extreme circumstances), and a member of the Headwater team will respond to any constructive criticisms/comments under the reviews, at their discretion. So, for the real tales, twists and turns of our holidays, look no further than the reviews from our previous travellers.


Mrs Knight, 26/09/2019

Lovely area. Great hotels. A little hillier than information suggests. Easy to get lost but great guide Greg at the end of a phone always ready to help and pick you up if completely lost. Our only problem was passing the hotel in cassavells at the app and notes did not tell us we were there. Had to be rescued after an extra 3 hours of cycling in deserted country side. Quite an adventure!



Dates and prices

You can be confident that our pricing includes all the standard requirements of your holiday and many additional extras. Always ensure that you are comparing like for like when booking your holiday.

Find out about The Headwater Price Promise to ensure you're getting the very best value for money.

For 2020 departures our trip inclusions are changing - please contact us for full details.

This 7 night self-guided cycling holiday includes:

Hotel-to-hotel accommodation in a mix of and hotels

All continental breakfasts and 4 evening meals

Services of your local Headwater Representative

Route directions and maps

High quality hybrid bikes

RidePlus route options

Standard transfers at the start/end of the trip (if booking inclusive flights)

Luggage transfers between hotels


How to book:

For further details, or to check availability, speak to our sales team on 1-800-267-3347 or complete our holiday enquiry form (we'll contact you at a time that's most convenient for you).

To enquire about this holiday, or for further information, call our sales team on 1-800-267-3347 or complete our holiday enquiry form.

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Holiday details

Children
Please contact us for child prices.

Holiday type
Self-guided cycling Managed locally by Headwater appointed rep.

Departures
Every two days from 26th Apr 2020 to 1st Oct 2020, for 7 nights. All dates are subject to availability, please contact us to check.

Meals
All continental breakfasts and 4 evening meals

Tandems
It is possible to hire tandem bikes for this holiday at a supplement of £50 per bike. As these are available on a first come first served basis, we recommend early booking to avoid disappointment.

RidePlus
Customers wishing to include the free RidePlus option should request this at the time of booking. RidePlus holidays include additional route directions as GPX files for you to download to your own route navigation device (Garmin, Wahoo, Bryton, etc). Our standard hybrid bikes are not suitable for RidePlus routes so you will need to bring your own road bike or hire one (see below).

Rideplus bike upgrades
Road bikes (Scott Addict) are available at a supplement of £120 per person. As these are available on a first come first served basis, we recommend early booking to avoid disappointment.

Other details
No departures between August 5 and August 23 inclusive. This holiday can also be reduced to a 4 night version just deduct £235 per adult.

Tailor-made travel

Tour only

On day 1 you should make your own way from Barcelona airport to the Gallery Hotel Barcelona, a taxi rank can be found just outside the arrivals hall and you should expect to pay around €35 - €45 for the journey. On day 2 of your holiday transfer is included from Girona train station at 16:18 (16:58 on Saturdays), and back to Girona train station at 11:45.

How to book

For further details, or to check availability, speak to our sales team on 1-800-267-3347 or complete our holiday enquiry form (we'll contact you at a time that's most convenient for you).

Call now to speak to our specialist team at 1-800-267-3347 or email us at usa@exodustravels.com for enquiries or to book your trip.



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