This bike trip offers you a panoramic view of all the Girona’s region: Down from the Pyrenees, across the Garrotxa Region to the major city, Girona, and to the Costa Brava. Then, you will bike north near the coast and visiting many beaches and sleeping in a coastal villages. The tour ends in Figueres city, in the Empordà region.
The first part of the bike tour is ciclyng on the Greenways cycle path. It is the an ancient railway from the tiny train which time ago travelled from the Pyrenees to the Costa Brava, today turned into a track only for hikers and bikers, making it a safe and peaceful cycle tour which allows you enjoy a privileged environment and diverse landscapes, from the volcanoes at the Garrotxa to the Costa Brava beaches and coves, This is a Cycle route for the whole family.
The second part, after Sant Feliu de Guixols goes thought secondary roads and dirty tracks. All of them are indicated in our roadbooks and maps to discover the most interesting points such as the typical medieval villages of the area, Pals or Peretallada, or one of the many natural beaches that you will reach during your bike experience in this priviligied enviroement: The Costa Brava. Also in this visit, and taking advantge of the Emporda wine region, we include in a visit in the Wine Muses “Coll de Roses” in Roses village. The Last day is in Figueres where you can visit the Museum of the quite famous painter Salvador Dali.
Day 1: Settle down in Joanetes
Arrival at Joanetes. Settle down in the hotel and welcome meeting with someone from Touring Catalonia staff to introduce about ‘From the Volcanoes to the Costa Brava bike trip’. Overnight in the fully restored farmhouse in Joanetes, a small and millenary village in the heart of La Garrotxa county, where the route begins.
Day 2: Go down from Joanetes to Girona, 54 kms
Today the route descents from Joanetes to Girona by the Greenway cycle path, an easy and safe path, across the countryside and different ancient villages such Sant Feliu de Pallerols, Les Planes d’Hostoles, Amer or Angles. In Amer you can stop an visit its natural sparkling fountain called “Font Picant”. Of course, if you could visit one of these villages, didn’t miss the opportunity to enjoy it. Then, after 4 hours, you will arrive at Girona. There you can visit the Old town, the Cathedral and the magnific Jewish quarter, as well as many historical and art museums. Also, Girona is well-known for its gastronomy. The hotel is located in the city center.
Day 3: Girona to Sant Feliu de Guíxols, reaching the Mediterranean sea, 43 kms
Again, the route the Greenways bike trip continues go down to the Costa Brava. Across some fields and plains, you can reach Cassa de la Selva, Llagostera and Santa Cristina d’Aro before arrive at Sant Feliu de Guíxols, a typical fisherman little town. There you would enjoy its seafront, its beach and its port.
Day 4: From Sant Feliu de Guíxols to L’Estartit, La Gola del Ter & Medes Islands, 55 kms
You will bike north along and near the beach. You will pass through beaches without buildings and small villages. Then, you will go inside the medieval town of Pals, where you will enjoy the panoramic view of the Empordà. The final part of the track is following the Ter river’s mouth (Gola del Ter), an amazing natural enviroment. After you will arrive at L’Estartit where easily you can enjoy its beach and of course its Medes Islands, a protected area since 1983.
Day 5: L’Estartit to Roses, Biking along Roses bay, 54 kms
Leaving l’Estartit, you will bike around Montrgí mountain range with its lonly castle in the top. Then, after Bellcaire d’Empordà and Albons you will reach to L’Escala, another lovely tytpical coastal village. In l’Escala there are the famouse Ruines of Empuries, an ancient Greek settlement. Also there is a small and amazing medievall neighborhood called Sant Martí de Empúries, their views of the Roses bay are priceless… After take the bike again and go to Sant Pere Pescador. Following, you will arrive at the Parc Natural dels Aiguamolls de L’Empordà. That’s a Natural Parc where you can enjoy the bird watching. Then continue biking along the Roses bay, what is one of the most beautiful experiences that you can have in the Costa Brava, always with the sea on your right side. In Roses you can enjoy its seafront the beach, the citadel and the lighthouse. In Roses you will visit the wine museum where you would taste the wines of L’Empordà.
Day 6: From Roses to Figueres, across the vineyards, 28 kms
Back to Figueres across small and ancient villages in the countryside, such as Castelló d’Empúries, Vilanova de La Muga or Perelada.And also surronded by vineyards and always with the Pyrenees on the right on your way, it will be the best way to finish your trip in Figueres city: the city of the famous painter Salvador Dalí.
Day 7: Sweet Goodbye
After a good breakfast, the trip will be formally over.
• 1 Dinner in Joanetes
• Welcome meeting in the first hotel with contact person from Touring Catalonia staff
• Roadbook for every day and detailed map of the ‘From the Volcanoes to the Costa Brava bike trip’
• Touring Catalonia assistance from 9h to 17h, Monday to Sunday
• Daily luggage transport from hotel to hotel
• Transfer from Figueres hotel (last hotel) Figueres train station
• GPS Tracks
• Bicycle / E- bike
• Extra nights before, during or after the ‘From the Volcanoes to the Costa Brava bike trip’
• Transfer from Girona train station / airport to Joanetes rural farmhouse (first hotel)
• Dinners (except in Joanetes where is included!)
• Touristic Tax, between 0,5 cents and 2,5 Euro per person per night (depends on location and hotel category)
The tour is available any day from February to November.
High season: from 23th June to 31th August (Both included)
Minimum 2 persons.
|Basic price (Double/breakfast)||595 €|
|High season basic price (Double/breakfast)||650 €|
|Surcharge single room||108 €|
|High season Surcharge single room||150 €|
|Half board||120 €|
|Rental bike||75 €|
|Rental E-bike||150 €|
*40 % Discount on adult price. (Child <12 y.o )* Babies from 0 untill 2 y.o. free of charge
Accommodation: 3* hotels
High season double room
|Juanetes (dinner included)||55 €||67 €|
|Girona||47 €||62 €|
|Sant Feliu de Guíxols||42 €||60 €|
|L’Estartit||47 €||65 €|
|Roses||42 €||52 €|
|Figueres||42 €||47 €|
All prices per person in EUR
Please Ask price per triple or other rooms.
How to get Girona
E15/A9 in France and then AP7 until Girona. Then drive across C-66 and A-26 roads until Olot.
You can arrive until Girona Station. You can check the timetables and prices here
Then a bus o a transfer until Olot.
Low cost flights are available to Girona Airport (mainly Ryanair, in Summertime more companies are available). Then Transfer to Olot or Bus until Girona and another bus until Olot.
Other option is the Barcelona option. Then take a bus Barcelona city (20 minuts and free) and a train to Girona (40 minuts – 1h30minuts depends on the train). Then Bus to Olot or Private transfer
Upon a request, we even organize transfers from the airport to the starting point of the cycle tour and to the end point to others.
Starting from the interior of Girona, this route takes us to the Costa Brava, one of the most important tourist spots on the Mediterranean coast. All the central days of this trip take place there, until we get back inside to finish the route in Figueres, the city where Salvador Dalí saw the light and which offers visitors a great cultural offer and a well-preserved old town. The visit to the Dalí Museum is a must.
The bike route From the Garrotxa to the Costa Brava has a level one of difficulty, which makes it one of the easiest routes in our catalog, ideal for children, making it one of the family trips most requested. With an average of 50 km per day, even less on the last day, and without any difficult route, it is very easy to make the daily journey even making a number of stops to enjoy the landscape, to eat or to make rest our children.
Throughout the six days of the route, you can enjoy places as wonderful as the Bay of Roses, a place of great beauty in which you can see some typical fishing villages. These towns have a special charm since many of them have not succumbed to the great masses of tourists and still keep their traditions and their image of always. There will also be a tour of historical places such as the ruins of Empuries, an ancient Greek settlement.
The Parc Natural dels Aiguamolls de L’Empordà, is a natural park in which you can see many native birds, if you have the patience for it. It is recommended to save some time to enjoy the place in silence and enjoy the song of the birds. With a bit of luck, you will be able to see some of the most characteristic birds of the place.
Another of the favorite visits of all those who have made this tour is the one that leads to Girona, a city of great beauty in which you should not miss its old town, full of history and interesting places for its architecture and for its legends. The Jewish quarter is well preserved. In addition, you can enjoy the cuisine of the land in one of the famous restaurants of this provincial capital.