Classic Catalan (organised holiday) Cycling Route

Route Name:Classic Catalan (organised holiday)
Distance: miles (km)65.59 (105.56)
Duration: (hh:mm)
County/Region:Catalunya (Barcelona)
Start Location:Calella de Palafrugell
End Location:Calella de Palafrugell
This route is taken from one of our organised holidays - click here to view the tour
Day 1 - Arrive in Calella de Palafrugell
Arrive in Calella de Palafrugell. There's time for a dip in the pool before dinner in town - we give you plenty of suggestions.
Day 2 - Calella de Palafrugell to Torroella de Montgri 35km/22mi
Today you head up to the elegant mediaeval hilltop town of Begur where you'll be rewarded with superb views from its ruined C11 castle. It's then a fabulous downhill ride towards the beaches of Platja de Pals, before a final stretch through pine forests and past rice fields to Torroella de Montgri.
Day 3 - At Torroella de Montgri
Torroella was originally the Royal Port for the Kings of Aragon, and the town retains its mediaeval core and walls. It's well worth the walk up through the Montgri Massif to the C13 castle that overlooks the town. A popular cycle is to L'Estartit, where there are great beaches and superb snorkelling opportunities or, if you just want to relax, then your hotel boasts 7 hectares of gardens, and spa treatments are also on offer.
Day 4 - Torroella de Montgri to Peralada 48km/30mi
It's a longish day today, but you'll agree it's well worth it! Following flat country lanes, your route first hugs the coast around L'Escala, taking in the ancient Greek and Roman Empuries ruins, before heading through the Aiguamolls Nature Reserve. Lunch perhaps in Castello d'Empuries, with its 1000-year-old church, before continuing on to pretty Peralada where Antoni and Doris' delightful hotel is built into the mediaeval town walls.
Day 5 - At Peralada
The Museo el Castillo here houses one of the most important Catalan art collections in the world, including 80,000 books published since the C9. If you want to explore further afield, we provide cycling notes for a gentle circular route below a magical backdrop of vine-clad hills, full of historical interest, such as the 1000-year-old village of Garriguella, an C8 battlefield from the reign of Charlemagne, crumbling Rabos Church and ancient wine cellars, which are still open for visits, in Mollet.
Day 6 - Peralada to Avinyonet de Puigventos 36km/22.5mi
After an easy ride along the delightful River Muga, you start climbing gently uphill with stunning views through the lower hills of the Albera mountain range. It's then a lovely descent through a chain of pretty mediaeval hamlets before arriving at your charming hotel where you can relax with a swim before dinner.
Day 7 - At Avinyonet de Puigventos
You may just want to relax at the hotel today; the gardens and pool can be quite tempting. If you fancy venturing out, we provide notes for a 21km circular tour taking in the village of Llers, then Castell de Sant Ferran, the largest monument in Catalunya and ramparted fortress in C18 Europe. Finally, head into Figueres - art lovers will be thrilled by the amazing Dali Theatre-Museum which is dedicated to local born Salvador Dali and the Museum of the Emporda, housing one of the region's foremost art collections.
Day 8 - Avinyonet de Puigventos to La Bisbal 45km/28.5mi
Quiet country roads take you through a succession of small, peaceful villages and through rolling farmland, studded with tall cypress trees, before arriving at the Castell d'Emporda. Here you'll stay in Albert Dik's magnificently restored C14 Gothic castle and can dine on the fabulous sun terrace which affords stunning views right out across the Emporda plain.
Day 9 - At La Bisbal
Today we provide route notes for a wonderful cycle through six stunning mediaeval villages, returning via mediaeval La Bisbal, famous for its distinctive ceramics.
Day 10 - La Bisbal to Calella de Palafrugell 37km/23.5mi
Today's route begins with a lovely ride through the Gavarres Hills and on to the narrow streets of mediaeval Calonge. Visit its Gothic castle before heading on to the coast where the quiet resort of La Fosca makes a good beachfront lunch stop. You then loop back around the coast to Calella de Palafrugell for your final evening.
Day 11 - Leave Calella de Palafrugell
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Nearby Accommodation
Garb Bungalow for 5 personsDoctor Fleming 118, 17220
Ganx Bungalow for 2-3 personsDoctor Fleming 118, 17220
Camping and Yurts
Lodge tent for 5 personsCarrer de la Punta Mil, s/n, 17130
Daina Bungalow for 2 adults 2 childrenDoctor Fleming 118, 17220