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Freewheeling in Catalonia

From the inland plain to the Mediterranean Sea
 
Journey self-guided along disused railways while your luggage is transported, stay in wonderfully varied accommodation, visit historic Girona and indulge in the excellent regional cuisine, before finishing your trip in style at a 4-star hotel near the sparkling Mediterranean.
Freewheeling in Catalonia. 7 nights
Freewheeling in Catalonia. 7 nights
 

Holiday information

 

A cycling holiday in northern Catalonia

In this delightful corner of northern Catalonia, Pyrenean peaks give way to wooded, volcanic hills and they, in turn, lead down to the valley floor – one of the most fertile spots in Catalonia. Here, beneath jagged ridges and the iconic outline of Santa Magdalena, begins a wonderful journey all the way to the Costa Brava, via the fascinating and historic city of Girona.

Starting in the picturesque hamlet of Joanetes, this gentle cycling holiday explores a culturally rich yet remote-feeling corner of Catalonia which is blessed by a truly Mediterranean climate.
You stay in splendidly varied accommodation, and the landscapes you experience are just as diverse. The route is mainly along traffic-free vías verdes  (dedicated cycle paths) and includes a lovely ride between allotments and market gardens that takes you into the very centre of Girona – a wonderful and often-overlooked city you won’t want to leave. But leave you must (after a full day to explore the sights and ancient city walls) as your final day’s ride is a fitting finale: back on the vía verde, you cruise through corn fields before the sparkling Mediterranean sea suddenly appears before you, as if by magic!
 
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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.
    Average temperatures and rainfall
      Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
    °C 13 13 15 17 20 25 28 28 25 21 16 13
    mm 57 51 61 70 85 60 38 58 68 95 76 58
  • Arrival in Joanetes
    Night 1: at Mas el Ferrés (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.
  • Circular route from Joanetes: 26.5km; longer option: 34.5km
    Take our gentle introductory circuit out across the verdant meadows, dotted with beech and oak woods and criss-crossed by a multitude of streams and brooks, burbling their way to join the River Fluvià. Take in views of ancient volcanoes from a lovely picnic spot and perhaps extend your route by continuing into Olot, the bustling provincial capital, before winding your way back on a stretch of rejuvenated former railway line, the vía verde.
    Circular route from Joanetes: 26.5km
  • Joanetes to Les Planes: 22km
    Discover the exquisite and flower-bedecked village of Hostalets, virtually surrounded by steep, wooded foothills, before rejoining the vía verde  for a glorious cruise all the way into the pretty town of Les Planes d'Hostoles. Here you find Can Garay, your base for two nights.
    Joanetes to Les Planes: 22km
    The route from Joanetes to Les Planes
  • Circular route from Les Planes: 31km
    Explore the hidden valleys and waterfalls of this beautiful corner of the Garrotxa on a route that takes in two distinct river valleys, both of which bore witness to many battles and insurrections during the Middle Ages. Today, this peaceful countryside is disturbed only by birdsong and the buzzing of bees.
    Circular route from Les Planes: 31km
    Waterfalls on the circular route around Les Planes
  • Les Planes to Girona: 37km
    A leisurely coast along the via verde  takes you through rich pastureland and woodland right into the heart of the walled medieval city of Girona. You stay at the friendly Hotel Peninsular, located next to the waterfront where pastel-coloured houses hang precariously over the river. Alternatively, upgrade to the Hotel Historic, located next to the cathedral. There are many good places to eat, including the world-renowned El Celler de Can Roca, but as it is consistently voted in the top three restaurants in the world, you will need to book well in advance!
    Les Planes to Girona: 37km
  • Free day in Girona

    Explore Girona 
    Steeped in history (it withstood nearly thirty attacks and sieges, earning the name 'the Immortal City'), Girona is an underrated gem of a city and has more than enough to keep you occupied on foot today without needing your bike. Walk along the ancient walls for magnificent views or take our self-guided route through the labyrinth of narrow streets and hidden courtyards of the old Jewish quarter and admire the striking Gothic cathedral. 

    Circular route from Girona: 31km 
    If you do wish to get back in the saddle, though, we suggest a route through open countryside and hamlets, past an ancient small volcano.
    Circular route from Girona: 31km
    Girona's colourful waterfront
  • Girona to S'Agaró: 42km
    Back on the vía verde  once more for your final day in the saddle, you cruise through corn fields and past several appealing villages until the sea becomes tantalisingly close. You can’t see it, however, until the very end of your journey, when it suddenly appears before you. Your bikes are collected from the stylish Hotel S’Agaró while you take a dip in the pool, or – better still – the sparkling waters of the Mediterranean.
    Girona to S'Agaró: 42km
    S'Agaro
 

Accommodation

You stay in delightful variety of accommodation.

To make your holiday all the more special, opt for our upgrade hotel in Girona. Please indicate your preference at the time of booking. Whichever hotel you choose, we recommend adding an extra night in Girona so that you have more time to discover this hidden gem of a city.

 
 

Extend your stay

 
Prices & travel options
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  • 7 nights: 06 April 2019 - 19 October 2019 & 01 April 2020 - 31 October 2020

    Start any day | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Price Single room
    6 - 30 Apr 2019 £1018 £195
    1 - 23 May 2019 £1035 £195
    24 May - 25 Jun 2019 £1065 £215
    26 Jun - 25 Jul 2019 £1115 £240
    26 Jul - 25 Aug 2019 £1145 £205
    26 Aug - 24 Sep 2019 £1065 £215
    25 Sep - 12 Oct 2019 £1035 £195
    1 - 30 Apr 2020 £1060 £185
    1 May - 24 Jun 2020 £1095 £205
    25 Jun - 25 Jul 2020 £1145 £230
    26 Jul - 25 Aug 2020 £1195 £195
    26 Aug - 24 Oct 2020 £1095 £205
    3rd & 4th person discount -£25
    Single traveller supplement £0

    Includes accommodation, meals, bike hire, luggage transfers and any other services integral to the holiday as described, plus cycling notes and maps, but no travel from the UK, nor any connecting travel from the airport unless stated below.

    Electric bikes available: add £75 per person

    Book your flights through us and we'll find the best route and times to suit you. Please contact us to find out more about our flight booking service. We can also book connecting travel - see below.

    7 nights: 06 April 2019 - 19 October 2019 & 01 April 2020 - 31 October 2020

    Start any day | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Price Single room
    6 - 30 Apr 2019 £1478 £195
    1 - 23 May 2019 £1495 £195
    24 May - 25 Jun 2019 £1535 £215
    26 Jun - 25 Jul 2019 £1575 £240
    26 Jul - 25 Aug 2019 £1615 £205
    26 Aug - 24 Sep 2019 £1535 £215
    25 Sep - 12 Oct 2019 £1495 £195
    1 - 30 Apr 2020 £1545 £185
    1 May - 24 Jun 2020 £1595 £205
    25 Jun - 25 Jul 2020 £1645 £230
    26 Jul - 25 Aug 2020 £1695 £195
    26 Aug - 24 Oct 2020 £1595 £205
    3rd & 4th person discount -£115 to -£125
    Single traveller supplement £90 to £100

    Includes all elements in the 'cycle price', plus standard-class travel by Eurostar from London St Pancras or Ebbsfleet International to Lille or Paris, with onward travel as described below.

    Electric bikes available: add £75 per person
    Included travel: UK–Paris (Eurostar), Paris–Figueres Vilafant out and Girona–Paris home (TGV), approx duration 9h10 out/10h40 home & transfer (out 0h50/home 1h30).

    If you book your holiday less than 3 months in advance of your travel date, seats may no longer be available at the tariffs on which our prices are based, but we may be able to offer you seats on the sames services at a supplement.

  • Extra nights (£ per person per night) in a double or single room

    Prices include an extra day’s hire of a standard bike except at Hotel S'Agaro. If you are upgrading to an e-bike, add a further £8pp per day.
    Hotel Peninsular, Girona (B&B) Double room Single room
    06 Apr - 11 Apr 2019 £86 £104
    12 Apr - 02 Jun 2019 £99 £113
    03 Jun - 30 Jun 2019 £86 £104
    01 Jul - 01 Sep 2019 £99 £113
    02 Sep - 19 Oct 2019 £86 £104
    01 Apr - 14 Jun 2020 £104 £118
    15 Jun - 30 Jun 2020 £90 £108
    01 Jul - 01 Sep 2020 £104 £118
    02 Sep - 31 Oct 2020 £90 £108
    Hotel S’Agaró, S’Agaró (B&B) Double room Single room
    06 Apr - 18 Apr 2019 £80 £128
    19 Apr - 22 Apr 2019 £98 £154
    23 Apr - 31 May 2019 £80 £128
    01 Jun - 30 Jun 2019 £98 £154
    01 Jul - 31 Jul 2019 £105 £185
    01 Aug - 31 Aug 2019 £132 £182
    01 Sep - 30 Sep 2019 £98 £154
    01 Oct - 19 Oct 2019 £80 £128
    01 Apr - 09 Apr 2020 £105 £155
    10 Apr - 13 Apr 2020 £128 £188
    14 Apr - 31 May 2020 £105 £155
    01 Jun - 30 Jun 2020 £128 £188
    01 Jul - 31 Jul 2020 £148 £236
    01 Aug - 31 Aug 2020 £180 £234
    01 Sep - 30 Sep 2020 £128 £188
    01 Oct - 31 Oct 2020 £105 £155
  • 7 nights, staying in Hotel Historic (4 dinners)

    25 September - 19 October 2019 & 1 April - 31 October 2020 Price Single room
    25 Sep - 12 Oct 2019 £1075 £275
    1 - 30 Apr 2020 £1075 £270
    1 May - 10 Jun 2020 £1110 £295
    11 - 24 Jun 2020 £1135 £290
    25 Jun - 25 Jul 2020 £1160 £315
    26 Jul - 25 Aug 2020 £1210 £280
    26 Aug - 24 Oct 2020 £1135 £290
    3rd & 4th person discount -£25 n/a
    Single traveller supplement £0 -
  • 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 
    Outward route Airline
    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 
    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 £30 per person for our flight booking service (£50 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.

  • Prices below are based on 2 people travelling together. If you are travelling solo or as a party of 3 or more and our arrangements include a taxi, please contact us for prices; additional passengers often pay less.

    Unless otherwise stated, connecting travel by rail or bus tends to be from the city centre station, rather than from its airport, and connections between the two should be paid for locally.

    Connecting travel options - flying via Barcelona

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    rail Barcelona Sants to Torelló (1h30, pay locally), taxi Torelló to hotel (0h30) £24 1800
    bus Barcelona Passeig de Gràcia to Olot (2h, pay locally), taxi Olot to hotel (0h15) £12 1500 (Mon-Sat)
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    taxi hotel to Girona (1h30), rail Girona to Barcelona Sants (0h40) £68 1200 (1300 Sun)
    hotel transfer to S'Agaró bus stop (0h05), bus S'Agaró to Barcelona airport (2h50, pay locally) £6 1130

    Connecting travel options - flying via Girona

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    direct taxi Girona airport to hotel (1h) £50 flexible
    bus Girona to Olot (1h30, pay locally), taxi Olot to hotel (0h15) £12 1715
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    direct taxi hotel to Girona airport (1h) £48 flexible
    bus S'Agaró to Girona (1h10, pay locally) £6 1300 (1900 Sun)
What is included
  • 7 nights
  • 4 dinners
    7 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.
  • Our chosen bike rental shop will provide you with a city trekking bike with 21 gears (grip shift system); a waterproof map case on handlebars; panniers/saddlebags; pump; puncture repair kit; 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.
  • 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 >
  • 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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