- self-guided hotel-to-hotel cycling, luggage transported
- gentle discovery of the unspoiled, quiet side of the Costa Brava
- stay in two friendly agroturismos and one seaside hotel, all with a pool
- timeless rural landscapes, medieval villages and secluded beaches
Between the historic city of Girona and the shimmering blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea lies the lower Empordà Plain, a vast landscape of gently rolling hills basking in the southern shadow of the Pyrenees. This is a land of golden wheatfields and almond woods, with rocky outcrops topped by the occasional flamboyant castle, and dotted with evocative honey-coloured villages draped in bougainvillea, hiding pretty restaurants among their ancient stonework.
The lower plain is a rural still life of ancient, ginger-coloured stone farmhouses, or masías - some built of stone recycled from Roman ruins - and fertile, lime-green fields irrigated by a web of streams and marshes that used to run to the Mediterranean.
New York Times
On this leisurely cycling holiday you journey east along quiet back-roads, meandering country lanes and dedicated cycle tracks from the foothills of the rugged Gavarres Mountains to the Mediterranean via a patchwork of fascinating paddy fields to reach the unspoiled beaches of the lower Ter Estuary. You stay in two welcoming, family-friendly farmhouses and a smart hotel with a locally acclaimed restaurant, only 400 metres from the sea.
This is the Costa Brava – but not as you might know it!
Our recommended routes are relatively short, leaving plenty of time for long, lazy lunches and to explore the enchanting villages en route, not to mention ‘down time’ by the pool. However, this holiday is in the heart of a fairly extensive and very well waymarked cycling network, with lots of opportunities for the more adventurous family to extend their cycling days using the maps we provide.