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Cycling Catalonia: La Garrotxa Short Break  The Natural Adventure Company 9

Cycling Catalonia: La Garrotxa Short Break

Overview

Get on a cycling adventure through La Garrotxa Natural Park’s ancient volcanic landscapes and the Catalan countryside’s gently rolling hills, loved by both amateur and professional cyclists training there in the winter. You will spend most of the overnights in Olot, at a comfortable rural hotel with a private swimming pool just a few steps away from one of the best restaurants in La Garrotxa. The perfect base for some excellent cycling. Then you follow the Via Verde, a converted railway cycling path, to reach Girona’s medieval town centre, with its impressive cathedral and colourful houses along the river. Going mostly on quiet country roads with less traffic with a limited elevation gain, the routes are accessible and suitable for beginner cyclists and family vacations.

Highlights

  • Easy cycling on quiet country roads and rural tracks through beech woods and picturesque landscapes
  • La Garrotxa Natural Park and its fascinating volcanic rock formations
  • Charming hotels and authentic Catalan restaurants
  • Family rooms and rental bikes for children available
  • Girona’s medieval centre, Jewish quarter and cathedral

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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Olot

Arrival at your lovely rural accommodation with a private swimming pool. The perfect base for your cycling routes in the next few days. And just steps away from the hotel, you will find one of the best restaurants in all of La Garrotxa.

Day 2: Cycling around Olot | 25 km

Today you will cycle through the Natural Park of La Garrotxa. Explore beautiful landscapes, while riding through gorgeous beech woods, past agricultural fields and among ancient lava flows, then on to enchanting villages. Optional walking routes to visit natural and historical monuments.

  • Accommodation: Mas Can Blanc or similar
  • Cycling for the day: 25 km, ↑270 m

Day 3: Cycling around Olot | 11 to 48 km

Today you’ll choose between three routes in the Natural Park. Explore beautiful landscapes, while riding through gorgeous beech woods, past agricultural fields and among ancient lava flows, then on to enchanting villages.

  • Accommodation: Mas Can Blanc or similar
  • Cycling for the day: 11-48 km, ↑150 – 350 m

Day 4: From Olot to Girona | 60 km

Today you’ll do some truly pleasurable cycling along a converted railway bike path, the Via Verde, from Olot to the medieval town centre of Girona. Enjoy the green rural scenery, which gives way to the lovely city with its imposing cathedral and colourful houses along the river.

  • Accommodation: Hotel Historic or similar
  • Cycling for the day: 60 km, ↑150 m

Day 5: Departure

Your tour ends after breakfast, departure on your own or extension (upon request).

What to Expect

Accommodation

Accommodation on this trip is in small family-owned hotels, all with en-suite rooms. We have carefully hand-picked all places and regularly monitor their quality. We have tried to choose accommodations that offer friendly service, clean and comfortable rooms and local flavour.

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Can Blanc is a 19th-century “masía” (traditional cottage house). It was completely restored to provide maximum comfort. It has a wide terrace, a private swimming pool, a garden area of 8000 sq m and a private parking area. 

Located in the very heart of Girona´s old town, next to the cathedral and near Sant Domènec square. This hotel is a mix between history and modernity; the building has foundations from Roman times, 11th-century walls, and has been renovated preserving the spirit of the time adding the comfort and elegance of modern times. 

Hotels are subject to availability. In case a particular hotel is fully booked for your desired dates, we will replace it with a hotel of equal or higher value and quality level. We will provide exact accommodation details to you upon booking confirmation.

Meals

All breakfasts are included in the programme. When no restaurant location is available en route lunches and snacks should either be bought from local shops or you can pre-order a packed lunch at your hotel. Dinner is available either from the restaurant in your accommodation or from the restaurants in the town where you stay for overnight.

Difficulty & terrain

The daily distances range between 25 and 40 km, on day 4 the stage is 60 km, but on almost entirely flat terrain (read more about difficulty grades). The trip is suitable for both beginner and intermediate cyclists in good physical shape. You can also rent an E-bike which makes the trip practically accessible to everybody. We will provide you with detailed road notes and maps, and you can call our 24/7 local assistance phone number anytime.

When to go

The tour can depart on any day of the week from March to October. Weather is most pleasant in the spring and autumn months, July and August can be quite hot.

Getting there

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By plane

Our recommended airports for this tour are Girona (GRO) and Barcelona (BCN)

By train or bus

Arrival in Olot

  • From Girona airport (GRO) there is a good bus connection to Girona bus station (Line 607, 30 min trip), and from there you continue your trip by bus to Olot (see time tables at www.teisa-bus.com). 
  • From Barcelona airport El Prat (BCN) you can take the airport shuttle bus to Barcelona city centre, from where you can travel first by train to Girona and then continue by bus to Olot. There is also a bus service from Barcelona airport via Girona airport to Girona city centre (Line 602, check www.sagales.com)

Departure from Girona

  • To Girona airport (GRO) you can go by bus from Girona bus station (city centre) (line 607, check www.sagales.com)
  • To get to Barcelona airport El Prat (BCN) you can go from Girona by bus (line 602 vía Girona airport) or by train from Girona to Barcelona Sants station (1,5 hrs). Check timtables at www.renfe.com

Private taxi transfers from/to Barcelona airport or Girona airport can be booked through us, on request.

Inclusions

Included

  • 4 overnights in good family-run hotels, en-suite rooms
  • Breakfast each day
  • Luggage transport when changing hotels on day 4
  • Detailed maps and route descriptions in English (in digital form)
  • 24/7 phone assistance by our local office/representative

Excluded

  • Flights and airport transfers
  • Lunches and dinners
  • Additional transfers
  • Travel insurance (required – get a quote online)
  • Personal expenses
  • Tourist city taxes
  • Personal expenses such as snacks, lunches and dinners, drinks, phone calls, extra transfers, tips, etc.
  • Any items not specifically mentioned as ‘included’ in the programme

Options, extras & supplements

  • Single room supplement applies to members of a group who require a single room
  • This holiday is available for solo travellers; as costs are not shared, there is a solo traveller supplement to the standard price.
  • Hybrid Bike, Road Bike or E-bike rental (upon request)

Bike Rental

We offer rental of hybrid bicycles with 21 gears, including helmet, repair kit, padlock, pump, front and rear luggage rack. E-Bikes are also bookable upon request.

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