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Catalan Coast & Villages

Pretty coves & golden villages
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If you are looking for a shorter break, we also offer the A Short Cycle through Catalonia.
  About Empordà >Empordà encompasses the Costa Brava and the rolling plain behind it in north-easternmost Catalonia. Costa Brava translates as ‘rugged coast’, a name that belies the presence of beautiful sandy beaches between the rocky headlands. Inland, medieval villages of honey-coloured stone stand amid vineyards, cork-oak woods and fields of sunflowers and rice. It was in Empordà that the sardana – the Catalan national dance, accompanied by a 3-holed flute – originated, and it is a common sight at fiestas. As in the rest of Catalonia, you will hear Catalan – one of Spain’s four official languages – spoken more commonly than Castilian. Catalonia is renowned throughout Spain for its gastronomy, and Empordà boasts some superb restaurants. The local rice features in both meat and fish dishes, while sauces made from tomato, pepper and aubergine are used in many recipes. Combinations of mar y muntanya (sea and mountain) are also common on menus, be it lobster with partridge or chicken with prawns.
This Holiday in a nutshell
  • self-guided hotel-to-hotel cycling, luggage transported
  • relaxed cycling, sightseeing and swimming
  • quality hotels and good food
  • pretty medieval villages
  • visit the Dalí Museum in Púbol

The contrasting charms of unspoiled Catalonia are impossible to resist. The coastline reveals hidden coves and sandy beaches where you can relax and cycle well away from the crowds, while inland, the Empordà Plain, south of the River Ter, is a beguiling patchwork of medieval farms, ancient villages, fields of sunflowers and vineyards.
What a captivating landscape it is, with its brick-red earth splashed with emerald vegetation and drowsing, biscuit-coloured villages.
Daily Express
The peaceful bays of the Costa Brava are small arcs of inviting sand enclosed by rocky outcrops and wooded hills; inland, quiet, undulating lanes lead past tiny vineyards, cornfields and olive groves to medieval villages and bustling market towns. This is perfect cycling country, with plenty of time to pause for a dip in the sea, to visit a Romanesque church, or to linger over a seafood lunch. The warm, sunny climate ensures a long season, and much of life here is lived outdoors.
Cycling chiefly on quiet back roads, with parts on farm tracks and some short sections on forest tracks through woodland, this journey takes you from the gently rolling plain, rich in biscuit-coloured, medieval villages to the tranquil coves and pine-clad headlands of the Catalan Coast.

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