Barcelona and Catalonia Bike Tour

Six nights; six days of cycling on rail trail bike paths and lightly travelled paved roads, from the Pyrenees foothills to the beaches of Costa Brava.
“Loved cycling in the country and getting a real feel for Spain. Never felt at risk on the roads because of low traffic volumes. Loved the mix of hills and flats and the ability to go at our own pace. ” - John and Betty A.

"Loved the preserved medieval towns, the hotels in amazing historic buildings, the astonishing food (both roadside picnics and restaurants), the quiet and beautiful roads, the views of mountains and coast, and our three guides." - Steve & Kathy


Start: Ripoll train station, 13:00, day one. Frequent daily trains from Barcelona Sants Station to Ripoll take approximately 2hrs; Click here for the schedule. Please contact us to arrange alternate plans, if necessary.

Finish: Girona train station, noon, day seven. Trains from Girona to Barcelona take approximately ~55min; Click here for the schedule.

Day 1

Ripoll to Sant Miguel de Pineda 48km

Your ride begins in the shadow of Ripoll’s impressive 9th century Benediction Monastery and follows the Ruta del Ferro I del Carbo (The Way of Iron and Coal) through the Ter River valley. After a gentle climb into the volcanic town of Olot you’ll stop for lunch before continuing on the Ruta del Carrilet Olot-Girona to just outside of the hamlet of Sant Miquel de Pineda where you’ll spend your first night. D (Meal inclusions provided for guided trips. Self-guided trips include breakfasts)
La Rectoria, Sant Miquel de Pineda

Day 2

Sant Miquel de Pineda to Girona 52km

After a short stint on the wonderfully flat Ruta del Carrilet Olot-Girona, today’s route descends toward the picturesque provincial capital, Girona, via a quiet country road through the Rocacorba Mountains. Set on the confluence of four rivers this medieval city is packed with architectural delights and boasts a rich artistic community which we encourage you to explore. For tonight's independent dinner, why not try El Celler de Can Roca, previously ranked as the top restaurant in the world -- twice! BL
Hotel Llegendes de Girona Cathedral, Girona

Day 3

Girona Loop Ride 43km

Today you'll ride one of the many routes around the city where you’ll quickly learn why Girona is such a hub for road riders both locally and internationally. Starting at your hotel, today’s route snakes through pastoral hills dotted with ancient fortified farmsteads. After a gentle climb and a thrilling descent you’ll follow Girona’s urban cycling network back to your inn. Enjoy a world-class dinner amidst the ancient stone buildings. BLD
Same lodging

Day 4

Girona to Pals via Els Angels Pass 43 or 48km

Leaving the streets of Girona behind, today you climb the famous Els Angels Pass, a route frequented by professional cyclists as a cool-down climb after a long day in the mountains. After gaping at the views from the top of the pass the ride heads down through the many medieval villages of Baix Emporda, a historic region dotted with timeless towns, cobblestone streets and the Castle of Pubol, home and resting place of Gala Dali and a large collection of works by her late husband, Salvador. The ride ends in the crown-jewel of the region, Pals, a picturesque town perfect for a late evening stroll. BLD
Hotel Es Portal, or Hotel Sa Punta, Pals

Day 5

Hike to Castell del Montgri 1.5hr + Cycle Baix Emporda Loop 26km

This morning's hike leads to the Castell del Montgri, a fortress ordered by the court of Barcelona to control the moves of the counts of Empuriés. Work commenced in 1294 but the fortress was never completed, leaving a historical edifice. The rocky uphill climb is well rewarded with spectacular views from every direction. Afterward, cycling will pick up where you left off yesterday, exploring the medieval beauty and tranquillity of the Baix Emporda. Today’s mainly flat and gentle route takes you through the fortified villages of Palau-Sator and Ullastret before visiting the ruins of the ancient Iberian city of Ullastret. BL
Same lodging

Day 6

Sant Feliu de Guixols to Tossa De Mar 22km

Begin with a transfer to your starting point in coastal Sant Feliu de Guixols. Today’s ride follows one of the most beautiful roads in all of Spain, and a section of the 2009 Tour-du-France, the 682 to Tossa Del Mar, where you’ll have time to explore the area and enjoy your final night of spectacular dining. BLD
Hotel Diana, or Hotel Delfin, Tossa De Mar

Day 7

Return transfer to Girona (~1hr) – Farewells

Stay in Tossa de Mar and explore the surrounding coast, or join us for a complimentary transfer to Girona, where high-speed trains depart several times daily for Barcelona, southern Spain and France. B

“Thanks for a great trip.” - Tracy and Ken L.


Note about the route:

30-80km daily. Groomed bike paths and freshly paved coastal roads provide a moderately easy ride through a famous cycling region. Relaxed riders can skip the two climbs while more advanced cyclists have the option to tackle many famous routes around the cycling mecca of the city of Girona.

Catalonia, home to beautiful Barcelona and the sharp spires of the Pyrenees holds a lot to attract the everyday cyclist. Wedged between mountainous peaks, the beaches of Valencia and the border with France and Andorra, Catalonia is dotted with medieval villages, hidden coves and spellbinding coastal rides. Taking advantage of the Vias Verde network – converted narrow-gauge rail beds that take intrepid cyclists from the volcanic slopes of Garrotxa to the rocky shores of the Costa Brava – you can glide past centuries-old cathedrals and groves of ancient oaks from the solitude of a cycling path. Hitting the rugged coast you’ll find yourself among the landscapes and forms that inspired the surrealist works of the one and only Salvador Dali. Catalonia is known for its rich history, even richer cuisine and as training ground of some of the world‘s top cyclists.

Meet in Ripoll, high in Catalonia near the Pyrenees and easily accesible by train from Barcelona. Ripoll is home to a benedictine monastery with a colourful history. The Santa Maria de Ripoll monastery was built by Count William the Hairy in 879, and was the birthplace of famous troubadour Ponç de la Guàrdia. After descending to the sea through the cyclist friendly city of Girona, you will finish riding on the coast at Tossa del Mar. A final transfer will bring you back to Girona where your tour concludes and trains to Barcelona and other destinations are frequent.

Map & Elevations

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Day # Daily distance
Up to ~48km
  ~26km cycling + 1.5hr hike

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Pre-tour recommendation:"Mas El Mir was fantastic and so was the food. It is only about 2km outside of Ripoll."

Post-tour recommendation:"Hotel Casa Fuster was elegant and well located in the Gracia neighborhood. I visited some of the other "posh" hotels around town in various neighborhoods and I would go back to Casa Fuster in a heartbeat."

"We went to San Sebastian after and would recommend this... all about the food, and we hiked on the coast and ended up doing a portion of the Camino."

Barcelona Airport Hotel is recommended for late arrivals. There is easy train access to central Barcelona. Reach Ripoll, the starting point for your trip, with the RENFE R3 train from Barcelona's Sants Station, located downtown. Find the schedule daily here.

Spend an extra day or week in Barcelona, where highlights include the fantastic architecture of Antoni Gaudi.

Visit and stay at the beautiful Parador de Cardona, a medieval castle-turned-hotel located just an hour north of Barcelona.

Take a short diversion to little Andorra, a tiny landlocked microstate, for some excellent hiking and the highest capital city in Europe, Andorra la Vella!

After finishing your trip in Girona Jump on a high-speed train and blast away to hundreds of European destinations within hours.

Stick around Girona after the May 29-June 5 tour and enjoy the Girona Bike Festival, a weeklong cycling extravaganza featuring an urban downhill course, a night-time road criterium and a 125km Gran Fondo.

"We gave ourselves an arrival day as well as a full day to explore. We stayed at La Merdien, just off La Rambla - a terrific location and a lovely (though generic) hotel. We strolled in the Gothic District; visited Casa Battlo (Gaudi); poked around in the Mercat de la Bouqueria, and explored the awe-inspiring Sagrada familia. If any Freewheeling guests are looking for a delightful dinner spot not completely on the tourist route, we highly recommend Sensi Tapas, 26 Carrer Ample - not to be confused with Sensi Bistro!. Train to Ripoll was easy to navigate, and to purchase tickets for, on the day of the journey. It really is on a sort of extended commuter line.

Afterwards, in Tossa del Mar, we explored the fortified castle, and hiked north on the coastal trail; relaxed on the beach and swam in the sea. Afternoon tapas at Seina, in the square just outside the door to Hotel Diana. Dinner, heartily recommended, at Restaurant can Pini."


US 3135 C 3855 (per person, double occupancy)

Includes 7 days, 6 nights, 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners, luggage handling, full time guide and vehicle support, maps, route instructions, taxes

US 2745 C 3295 (per person, double occupancy)

Includes 7 days, 6 nights, 6 breakfasts, inn to inn luggage transfers, maps, route instructions, on-call support, taxes

Single room

US 625 C 755


Hybrid: US 235 C 265
Road: US 355 C 395
Electric-assist: US 395 C 475

All details and pricing are subject to change without notice.