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Bikes, Back-Roads & Beaches

Family cycling through unspoiled Catalonia
This Holiday in a nutshell
  • self-guided hotel-to-hotel cycling, luggage transported
  • gentle discovery of the unspoiled, quiet side of the Costa Brava
  • stay in two seaside hotel and one friendly agroturismo, all with a pool
  • timeless rural landscapes, medieval villages and secluded beaches

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.
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 start in a smart hotel with a locally acclaimed restaurant, only 400 metres from the sea and the unspoiled beaches of the lower Ter Estuary. 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. Heading inland, you journey via a patchwork of fascinating paddy fields along quiet back-roads, meandering country lanes and dedicated cycle tracks to reach the foothills of the rugged Gavarres Mountains and a welcoming, family-friendly farmhouse.

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, as you return to the sea once more and another welcoming hotel.

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 Average Temperatures & Rainfall
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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.