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Bikes, Back-Roads & Beaches

Family cycling through unspoiled Catalonia
 
As a family, explore the quiet side of the Costa Brava, cycling self-guided through medieval villages and timeless scenery, while your luggage is transported ahead. All the accommodation has a pool, and two hotels are by the sea, so you can spend plenty of time on the beach.
 
Bikes, Back-Roads & Beaches. 6 nights
Bikes, Back-Roads & Beaches. 6 nights
 

Holiday information

 

A family cycling holiday in Catalonia

Between the shimmering blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea and the historic city of Girona 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.
Our recommended cycling 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. Your journey leads you via a patchwork of fascinating paddy fields along quiet back-roads, meandering country lanes and dedicated cycle tracks to end by the sparkling waters of the Mediterranean – a wonderful place to finish.

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.
 
 

Itinerary

The key to Inntravel holidays is flexibility. You can start on the day of your choice, and are free to add extra nights.
  • The average maximum daytime temperatures and monthly rainfall relate to the nearest weather station and are intended as a guide only.

    Pleasant sea breezes ensure that summers do not seem excessively hot.
    Average temperatures and rainfall
      Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
    °C 13 14 16 18 21 25 29 28 26 21 16 14
    mm 46 45 59 54 52 41 25 44 68 101 58 56
  • Arrival in La Gola
    Night 1: at Hotel Picasso (the first of two nights here).
    As your first night’s accommodation is on the day of travel, Day 1 is your first day of cycling.
  • Choice of routes from La Gola: 26km to 40km
    There are three options for your first day, which makes the Hotel Picasso a superb choice for extra nights, whether you choose to enjoy more cycling or time on the beach.

    Circular route via Pals: 26km
    Trails meander through paddy fields – best visited in summer when the green shoots are clearly visible, or in late summer when the harvest is in full swing – on your way south to medieval Pals, standing proud on a hilltop. The village is the perfect place for a long lazy, lunch of arròs a la cassola (rice stew), the local speciality, perhaps, and an afternoon stroll through tiny alleyways between ancient stone walls. You can also climb through the steep cobbled streets to the Mirador de Pedro viewpoint and look north to Torroella de Montgrí, from where you have come.

    Circular route via Torroella: 32km
    Cycle along the river to the market town of Torroella, and then on to the more popular seaside resort of Estartit. Here, you can enjoy a wide range of watersports including scuba diving, canoeing and snorkelling, or take a boat to visit the the natural park of the Illes Medes, an archipelago of uninhabited islands and islets lying just off the coast.

    Circular route via Empúries: 40km
    Head north through small villages to visit the ruined city of Empúries (Ampurias) filled with toppled columns and skeletons of villas with only their mosaic floors intact. It's a fascinating day out for the whole family – especially if you call into the nearby town of Sant Marti to sample the local ice cream.
     
    Seafront enroute to Empúries
  • La Gola to Cruilles: 27km
    After a leisurely breakfast, you now cycle west across the heart of the Empordà Plain – a glorious ride through fields of sunflowers, wheat and poppies, interspersed by poplar groves – and very reminiscent of Tuscany. You will have time to discover the picturesque fortified village of Ullastret, an interesting fortified village that was formerly the site of an Iberian (pre-Roman) settlement. The village museum houses a fine collection of archaeological finds. After a leisurely lunch, continue to Cruilles and your base for the next two nights, the welcoming Mas Masaller, a delightfully restored 13th-century farmhouse. The pool here will no doubt prove very tempting after your ride.
    Pause for lunch at La Bisbal d'Empordà
  • Free day in Cruilles
    On your day here, you may choose to relax at your hotel, though we suggest two cycling routes if you'd prefer to explore some more.

    Circular route via Monells: 14km
    After the well-preserved medieval village of Cruilles, with its two distinctive towers, this route takes in picturesque Monells – a gem of a village with a maze of arches and cobbled passages, and a porticoed main square, Plaça Jaume, where there are a couple of restaurants and bars whose tables spill out onto the cobbles. Look out for traces of the castle that once stood in the heart of the village or relax in the shade with a cooling drink.

    Circular route via Monells and Púbol: 29km
    This route, an extension of the first option, continues north from Monells to Púbol, where you can visit the fascinating Gala-Dalí castle museum (pay locally; closed Mondays in April, May & October). Púbol Castle was Salvador Dalí’s present to his wife Gala who is buried there, and it houses interesting furniture, paintings and sculptures. There is a restaurant next door which serves tasty lunches (closed Mondays). Return via the hamlet of Sant Sadurni de l'Heura.

     
    Bucolic countryside on the way to Pubol
  • Cruilles to La Fosca: 30km
    Today you head back to the sea, beginning with a cycle to the nearby town of La Bisbal – famed for its colourful pottery based on Moorish designs, and a fabulous cake shop. Continuing south, you reach medieval Peretallada where a maze of narrow winding streets begs to be explored. After skirting the town of Palafrugell you join a vía verde (a dedicated cycle path) for the final section to the coast. On reaching the seaside town of La Fosca, you spend your last two nights at the family-friendly Hotel Ancora.

     
    Approaching Palamós on the via verde
  • Free day in La Fosca
    You’ll find there’s plenty to keep you busy here for your final day: the hotel has a swimming pool, tennis court and mini golf, as well as a lovely beach just 200 metres away. It's also only a short walk or cycle down to the lively port of Palamós and the long, sweeping beaches just beyond for swimming, water sports or a long lunch or picnic.
    Enjoy a gentle walk along the coast
 

Accommodation

All three places at which you stay have a swimming pool, and all can accommodate up to four – two adults and two children – in family rooms.
 

Extend your stay

 

Prices for 2020

We are in the process of updating our prices for 2020. If you’d like to book now, please contact us – we’ll be happy to provide a quotation.
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Prices

All prices are in £ sterling (GBP), based on 2 sharing, with a 3rd/4th bed as required.
 

Prices in £ per person
5 April - 31 October 2019

Adult / Child (up to 15yrs), sharing a room for 2 people *
5 Apr - 23 May: £775 / £595
24 May - 19 Jun: £815 / £625
20 Jun - 31 Aug: £895 / £695
1 Sep - 25 Oct: £815 / £625
*For a single room, add £165, all dates except 5 Jul - 31 Aug when single rooms are not available.

For family rooms, add the following:

Child (9-15) / Child (3-8), in 3rd/4th bed
5 Apr - 23 May: £440 / £360
24 May - 19 Jun: £460 / £375
20 Jun - 31 Aug: £495 / £395
1 Sep - 25 Oct: £460 / £375

All child prices include child's bike; deduct £65 for a tag along or child seat on an adult bike
Electric bikes available: add £62 per person (adult size bikes only)

Connecting travel from Girona
return taxi from Girona (out 1h/home 0h45) £178 for a family up tp 4, £230 for a family of 5+

Connecting travel from Barcelona
return rail/taxi from Barcelona (out 1h25/home 1h45) rail £38 per adult, £20 per child (4-13) plus taxi £158 for a family up to 4, £225 for a family of 5+

 

 
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  • RECOMMENDED AIRPORT(S):
    Girona, Barcelona

    Travelling from the UK

    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  we recommend flying via Barcelona. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    Outward route Airline
    Belfast Intl. - Barcelona easyJet,  jet2 
    Belfast Intl. - Girona jet2 
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    Birmingham - Barcelona Norwegian,  Ryanair,  Vueling 
    Birmingham - Girona jet2,  Ryanair,  TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Bournemouth - Girona Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Bristol - Barcelona easyJet 
    Bristol - Girona Ryanair,  TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Nottingham East Midlands - Barcelona Ryanair 
    Nottingham East Midlands - Girona jet2,  Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Edinburgh - Barcelona Norwegian,  Ryanair,  Vueling 
    Edinburgh - Barcelona (via Paris) Air France 
    Edinburgh - Girona jet2,  Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Glasgow - Barcelona jet2 
    Glasgow - Girona jet2 
    Outward route Airline
    Glasgow Prestwick - Barcelona Ryanair 
    Glasgow Prestwick - Girona Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Leeds Bradford - Girona Ryanair 
    Leeds Bradford - Barcelona jet2,  Vueling 
    Leeds Bradford - Girona jet2 
    Outward route Airline
    Liverpool - Barcelona easyJet,  Ryanair,  Vueling 
    Liverpool - Girona Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Gatwick - Barcelona British Airways,  easyJet,  Norwegian,  Vueling 
    Gatwick - Girona TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Heathrow - Barcelona British Airways 
    Outward route Airline
    Luton - Barcelona easyJet,  Ryanair,  Vueling 
    Luton - Girona Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    London Southend - Barcelona easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Stansted - Barcelona Ryanair 
    Stansted - Girona jet2,  Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Manchester - Barcelona easyJet,  jet2,  Norwegian,  Ryanair,  Vueling 
    Manchester - Girona jet2,  Ryanair,  TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Newcastle - Barcelona easyJet,  Vueling 
    Newcastle - Girona jet2,  Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Southampton - Barcelona (via Paris) Air France 
    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  we recommend flying via Barcelona. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    This list of flight options should be used as a guide only, and you should check each airline’s website for current routes, frequency and schedules. Not all flights operate daily, and may not run for the entire season. You should also heed the latest flight arrival time and earliest flight departure time stated in the connecting travel section, as it may not be possible to arrange connecting travel outside these times. Please do not book your flights until we have confirmed your accommodation to you. Alternatively, our expert reservations team will be happy to offer advice and to make flight bookings for you. We charge £35 per person for our flight booking service (£60 for India and Nepal). Your flights are then covered by our package-booking conditions, which give you greater protection in the event of delay or cancellation, as well as providing ATOL cover.

What is included
  • 6 nights
  • 6 dinners
    6 breakfasts
  • luggage transported
  • route notes and maps
  • high-quality bicycle
 
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FAQs

If you have any questions relating to this or any other Inntravel holiday, our friendly travel experts will be happy to help.
  • No, we don't set age limits. You are best placed to judge if your child(ren) can cope with the demands of the holiday and be confident on roads next to traffic on occasions.
  • For adults, our chosen bike rental shop will provide you with a city trekking bike with 21 gears (grip shift mechanism); a waterproof map case on handlebars (one between two bikes); panniers/saddlebags; an odometer (one between two bikes); puncture-proof tyres; and a lock. Electric bikes are available as an upgrade (see price panel), subject to availability, and must be requested at the time of booking. The bike shop also has a limited number of tandems.
    For children, we will be happy to arrange hire of children’s bikes (20”, 24” or 26”) or child seats. Helmets are delivered with the bikes – they are obligatory on public highways in Spain.
  • Helmets are a legal requirement on public roads in Spain, and as such are included free of charge with your bike.
  • Yes, we will provide GPX tracks for this holiday prior to departure so that you can follow your route on your smartphone or dedicated GPS device if you wish. (We also provide maps and our tried-and-tested route notes.)
  • We’ll send you route notes and maps 2-3 weeks before your holiday. The route notes not only contain directions to get from hotel to hotel, but also include practical information about places of interest and eateries along each route, plus cultural information about the area. On mornings when you are moving between hotels, you leave your luggage in reception as you leave, and it will be transferred ahead to your next accommodation so that all you need to take with you are a camera, sun cream, drinks, food and waterproofs.
  • You do need to make sure you’re covered, because it’s you who is responsible for any damage to or loss of the bike during the holiday. You should always lock it (preferably to an immovable object) and remove any easy-to-steal accessories when leaving it unattended. The travel insurance policy that we offer covers you for loss and damage (provided you’ve locked or stored it appropriately). If you are arranging your own insurance, but it doesn’t cover bikes, we can provide bike-only cover for £19 per person. More details >
  • We can book a wide range of airlines and routes from the UK. As well as being more convenient for you to book all elements of your holiday together, it also means that we’ll accept liability for your travel arrangements, so if things go wrong, such as the airline going bust, we’ll make suitable alternative arrangements for you. For Europe and Morocco, there’s a £30 booking fee per person (£15 for children aged 2-11). For India and Nepal, the booking fee is £50 per person. More information on flights >
  • Absolutely! We are experts in tailored rail travel. Making use of sleeper trains or stopovers in cities along the route, we can get you from London to virtually anywhere in mainland Europe. We can even make arrangements to Mallorca, Sicily and Norway with a combination of ferries and rail. Please contact Abi to discuss your plans.
  • We can’t book flights that originate outside the UK, but if you wanted book your own flights to London (or elsewhere in the UK), we can make all onward travel arrangements (including flights) from there. Alternatively, if you are booking your own flights to an airport in continental Europe that’s appropriate for your holiday, we can book onward rail travel and/or taxis. More information about how we can tailor holidays for customers outside the UK >
  • Since our holidays are self-guided, we recommend calling us for a chat about your plans before making a booking, especially if it’s the first time you’ve booked with us.
    The price panel shows the supplement for a single room and also the single traveller charge (this covers (luggage) transfers and other costs which are usually shared between two people).
  • Once you’ve decided on your exact itinerary (our travel experts will be happy to offer advice), you need to provide us with your party’s details, either by phone or via our booking form. At this point we also ask you to pay a deposit so that we can secure a room for you immediately on confirming availability with the hotel(s). If it turns out that we can’t secure the accommodation for the holiday you’ve requested, or offer an acceptable alternative, we’ll refund your deposit promptly and in full. After booking your accommodation and other key elements, we'll then book your travel (or you can do so if you’re making your own arrangements) and send you a Booking Confirmation and Invoice.
  • Yes, it’s something we insist on, even for holidays in the UK. The vast majority of holidays go smoothly, but when things go wrong, it can be expensive to put them right. Buying a new pair of walking boots after your suitcase is stolen mightn’t seem so bad, but the bill for being airlifted down from a mountain with a broken leg or flown home while still recovering from an illness or accident can cost tens of thousands of pounds.

    You don’t have to buy our policy (if you live outside Europe you’ll definitely need to make your own arrangements, as the policy is only for UK and EU residents), but you do need to make sure that you’re covered for medical emergencies and repatriation. We also recommend that you are covered for other eventualities, such as cancellation and loss of luggage and passports.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure you are in possession of the correct travel documents, with the correct validity. If you’re a UK citizen, you need a full British passport to travel to Spain, but not a visa (if you are travelling after 31 October 2019, see the Brexit question below for more information). If you are a citizen of another country, you’ll need to check requirements with the national embassy or your own consulate.

    Current information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice can be found through the following NHS link: www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/advice/ You must make sure you have adequate insurance cover for illness, accidents and repatriation (see the insurance question). UK citizens should also obtain a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) by applying at a Post Office or at www.ehic.org.uk. The EHIC allows reciprocal health care but should not be seen as a substitute for travel insurance. EHICs may cease to be valid in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
  • (Castilian) Spanish is one of several official languages; in Catalonia, for example, Catalan has equal status. The currency is the Euro. Spanish time is GMT/UTC + 1. It uses Daylight Saving Time, so in summer is on BST + 1.
  • Even in the event of a no-deal Brexit, it’s been confirmed that flights will continue as normal and that you won’t need a visa to go on holiday (the limit on stays is 90 days). What you will need if there’s no deal is a passport that is valid for at least 6 months beyond the date of your arrival (extra months added because you renewed your passport early do not count) and adequate travel insurance to cover you for accidents and illness in case reciprocal health deals are suspended. If you are driving while on holiday, you will probably need an International Driving Permit (plus a Green Card if you are taking your own car to Europe). More information >
  • The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) provides up-to-date, country-by-country travel advice, as well as information on security, local laws, passports and visas for UK citizens.
    If you live outside the UK, see our essential travel information page for a list of relevant websites.
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