Spain: Contrasts of Catalonia

Self-Guided Biking Tour, Spain: Contrasts of CataloniaSelf-Guided Biking Tour, Spain: Contrasts of Catalonia

Spain

Contrasts of Catalonia

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Why imagine yourself biking in delightful Mediterranean breezes, past turquoise seas, and through the glow of Spain’s famous Pyrenées-framed countryside when you can actually do it! Set out from the ancient Roman tower in medieval Pals for deserted beaches whose waters offer cooling respites, then enter the pine forests of Begur, where you’ll discover an 11th-century castle and superb coastal views. At Torroella de Montgri, explore age-old Roman defenses, then wander the feudal hamlet of Fonolleres and the carved stone alleyways of historic Peratallada. In La Bisbal, you’ll find markets famous for antiques and pottery, and an 8th-century castle you’ll call home. Pedal to the walled village of Ullastret, the site of one of Spain’s original Iberian settlements, and stop for a tasty lunch in Sant Feliu de Boada. Take your time, because there’s lots to see—the thousand-year-old cathedral at Castello d’Empuries, the Headwater12th-century church in sun-dappled Fonteta, the Moorish tower houses of Ermedas, and much more. From tapas in lively towns to the views from the lighthouse at Llafranc, it’s the cycling dream of a lifetime.

2014 Downloadable Itinerary

Activity Level
Easy to moderate;
15-25 miles daily
Meet
Flaçà, Spain
Depart
Flaçà, Spain
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Self-Guided Biking 
7 days, 6 nights Trip Includes 

Trip Includes

  • Breakfast daily and four dinners (nights 2-5); beverages not Included
  • All accommodations (with private bathrooms) while on tour
  • Local transfers as noted in the itinerary
  • Luggage transfers between the hotels
  • Detailed route notes and maps
  • High-quality bicycle with 21-speed Shimano gears (helmet not provided), tire repair kit, lock, map/route note holder, and panniers
  • 24-hour emergency service
  • The unbeatable and cumulative experience of the Country Walkers and Headwater staff
Compare Dates & Prices
2014 Seasonal Pricing Starting From...
Season
2+ travelers
Single Supplement
Solo Surcharge
2014
April 21 - 29
$1,819
$515
$0
May 1 - 21
$1,978
$515
$0
May 23 - June 30
$2,167
$515
$0
July 2 - Aug 3
$2,259
$515
$0
Aug 25 - Sept 10
$2,259
$515
$0
Sept 12 - 20
$2,167
$515
$0
Sept 22 - 30
$1,978
$515
$0
Oct 2 - 24
$1,819
$515
$0

*Price is based on per person, double occupancy.

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Itinerary and Accommodations

Days
Destination
1
Calella de Palafrugell
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2
Platja de Pals
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3
Platja de Pals
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4
La Bisbal d’Empordà
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5
La Bisbal d’Empordà
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6
Calella de Palafrugell
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7
Calella de Palafrugell
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Day 1

Calella de Palafrugell

Arrive in Calella de Palafrugell

We meet you at Flaçà railway station and take you to your hotel (35 mins), where all Headwater guests are accommodated in rooms with private balcony and sea view. It’s less than 5 mins walk to the center of town, where you have so many restaurants to choose from that we’ve left evening meals up to you.

Hotel Garbi

Calella de Palafrugell, Spain

Located on the famous Costa Brava just 5 minutes from a sandy beach, this family-run resort is set on the edge of town in expansive grounds shaded by manicured pine trees. Comfortable rooms have balconies and sea views; also with an inviting swimming pool with chaise lounges and umbrellas. Calella is a relaxed seaside resort town with three sandy coves for swimming and a wide choice of bars and restaurants for your two independent dinners.

Day 2

Platja de Pals

Calella de Palafrugell to Platja de Pals 24km/15mi or 33km/21mi

Your route today passes through the pine forests behind Calella before heading off to peach-colored Pals, a lovely old village with a 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.

Hotel Sa Punta

Platja de Pals, Spain

The Hotel Sa Punta, just a 5-minute walk to the beach, is set in expansive grounds with a wide terrace area surrounding its semi-Olympic-size swimming pool. Guest rooms are spacious, airy, and modern with either a balcony or terrace. Evening meals are served either in the hotel restaurant or on the terrace. The 2-mile-long beach, the Platja de Pals, is considered one of the Costa Brava’s best and is backed by sand dunes. Nearby is the medieval village of Pals.

Day 3

Platja de Pals

At Platja de Pals

We strongly recommend a visit to mediaeval Begur, a fashionable hilltop town with C11 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.

Hotel Sa Punta

Platja de Pals, Spain

The Hotel Sa Punta, just a 5-minute walk to the beach, is set in expansive grounds with a wide terrace area surrounding its semi-Olympic-size swimming pool. Guest rooms are spacious, airy, and modern with either a balcony or terrace. Evening meals are served either in the hotel restaurant or on the terrace. The 2-mile-long beach, the Platja de Pals, is considered one of the Costa Brava’s best and is backed by sand dunes. Nearby is the medieval village of Pals.

Day 4

La Bisbal d’Empordà

Platja de Pals to Castell d'Empordà 34km/21mi

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 C16 bridge) and pretty hamlets of Fonolleres, Matajudaica and Casavells to Castell d'Empordà. Here you’ll stay in a uniquely converted C14 Gothic castle—once reputed to have been on Dalí’s shopping list but now owned by Dutch man Albert Diks.

Hotel Castell d'Empordà

La Bisbal, Spain

A uniquely restored hotel in a castle dating from the 14th century (which Salvador Dalí once tried to acquire!)  located on a 30-acre estate comprised of hundred-year-old forest and olive orchards. Spacious guest rooms are dramatically decorated with a mixture of modern and antique Spanish furnishings, with either a balcony or terrace overlooking the countryside. Dinner is a set menu from the restaurant renowned for its excellent local cuisine, also served on the patio area, weather permitting. An outdoor pool and deck area with chaise lounges looks over the Empordà plain.

Day 5

La Bisbal d’Empordà

At Castell d'Empordà

Laze by the pool—fabulous sun terrace with über-trendy bar area!—or follow our suggested cycling circuit linking the pretty mediaeval villages of Corçà, 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 de Call, formerly a Jewish ghetto—its intricate arches are still intact today.

Hotel Castell d'Empordà

La Bisbal, Spain

A uniquely restored hotel in a castle dating from the 14th century (which Salvador Dalí once tried to acquire!)  located on a 30-acre estate comprised of hundred-year-old forest and olive orchards. Spacious guest rooms are dramatically decorated with a mixture of modern and antique Spanish furnishings, with either a balcony or terrace overlooking the countryside. Dinner is a set menu from the restaurant renowned for its excellent local cuisine, also served on the patio area, weather permitting. An outdoor pool and deck area with chaise lounges looks over the Empordà plain.

Day 6

Calella de Palafrugell

Castell d'Empordà to Calella de Palafrugell 32km/20mi

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. On via beautifully preserved Peratallada to the bustling market town of Palafrugell. Than back to Calella de Palafrugell for a final swim in the pool.

Hotel Garbi

Calella de Palafrugell, Spain

Located on the famous Costa Brava just 5 minutes from a sandy beach, this family-run resort is set on the edge of town in expansive grounds shaded by manicured pine trees. Comfortable rooms have balconies and sea views; also with an inviting swimming pool with chaise lounges and umbrellas. Calella is a relaxed seaside resort town with three sandy coves for swimming and a wide choice of bars and restaurants for your two independent dinners.

Day 7

Calella de Palafrugell

Leave Calella de Palafrugell

We take you to Flaçà station to catch your train back to Barcelona—a city option is popular here before flying home.

Itinerary Disclaimer

Bear in mind that this is a typical itinerary, and the actual activities, sites, and accommodations may vary due to season, special events, weather, or transportation schedules. We reserve the right to alter the itinerary since tour arrangements are made up to a year in advance, and unforeseen circumstances that mandate change may arise. Itinerary changes are made to improve the tour and your experience. If you are currently booked on a CW adventure, an itinerary has been sent to you for your exact departure date. Please call CW at 800.464.9255 if you have any questions about the exact itinerary or hotels selected for any of our tours.

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