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COSTA BRAVA GASTRO
<small>Touring / Hybrid</small>
Gastro Cycling

ACCOMODATION: Rural Hotel / Hotel 3* & 4*
DURATION: 8 days / 7 nights
RATING:
DATES: May - September
OTHER DATES: Ask
GROUPS: 4/... MIN/MAX
PRICE: From 2350 € / person
         





Costa Brava Gastro's itineraryCatalonia possesses an extraordinary landscape and patrimonial richness, but it is undoubtedly one of the main gastronomic destinations in the world. Catalan gastronomy dates from classic roman age. A complex, assorted and rich cuisine, plenty of mediterranean influences and based on all kind of products (seafood, vegetables, and all kind of meat). It is adapted to every season and all sort of traditions, as well. We cannot talk about gastronomy without including wine. Catalonia is the number one producer of high quality wine in Spain and one of the most important wine producing areas in Europe, holding a great history. Ancient Greek and Roman introduced the wine-making process and, by middle-age, catalan monasteries conitnued with this practice. Nowadays, Catalonia has eleven protected denominations of origin, spreaded throughout all our territor, with a great variety of white, rosé and red wines.

In UTOPIC BIKE TRAVEL we believe that cyclo tourism is not at odds with the pleasure of a good meal and that's why we have created gastronomic rotes for everyone who wants to experience a new culinary experience. It is still a cyclotourist route where we discover villages, valleys a beautiful spots of Catalonia, but we are going to dedicate more time to discover gastronomic culture and traditions, enjoying typical products and dishes available across this territory.

In this COSTA BRAVA GASTRO tour, we ride through the beautiful Costa Brava (meaning Brave Coast), enjoying charming crystal water coves, steep cliffs and picturesque fishing villages. We are going to discover the most rural and unknown part of the "Empordà" region. A tile of vineyards, cereal, fruit, all kind of vegetables and even rice fields, sorrounded by an endless number of medieval villages, romanesque churches and old castles, that will set us out on a time travel in this historical land inhabited in past centuries by iberian, greek, roman and modern pirates. The city of Girona is to be discovered as well. A place with the charm of big cities but with no crowds. Located in a privileged site between the sea and the mountains it offers us a great display of unique and spectacular monuments, testimony of its millenary history. We will lodge in old stone country houses and in little charming hotels, selected upon their quality, exclusivity and personalized care. And, of course, we are going to taste "l'Empordà", starting with "la gamba de Palamós" (Palamós prawns), Pals rice or the famous "anxoves de l'Escala" (salted anchovies). Sea products are responsible for the name of several Costa Brava's villages. And Catalonia, being a seafaring tradition country, has always tried to make the most out of Mediterranean sea resources.

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  • D1
    GIRONA

    Individual arrival at hotel.
    UTOPIC BIKE TRAVEL presentation.
    Bicycles set up

    Possibility of pickup at the Train Station or at the Girona Airport.
    Please consult "Arrivals & Departures" in case of different arrivals or for additional logistical information.

    WELCOME TO CATALONIA!

    Once settled in the hotel, our guides will give you information regarding tour details and will complete the setup of your bike. You have spare time to visit the Barri Vell (Old Neighborhood), the historical center of the city where you can find unique constructions in Europe: the roman city walls, el Call (one of the best conserved jewish quarters in Spain) and the Gothic Cathedral, with the widest central nave in the world. We recommend too a visit to the river Onyar colored houses that, together with the numerous bridges and the Cathedral in the background, define the most emblematic image of Girona.
    At night we will have dinner in one of many traditional restaurants available.

    Lodging in a central 4* hotel.

  • D2
    GIRONA-SANT FELIU DE GUÍXOLS Distance: 42km / Elevation: 190m img02

    After breakfast, we start our adventure riding through what used to be the old route of El Feliuet, the narrow-gauge railway line from Girona to St. Feliu de Guíxols, set up nowadays for cycling and walking. We will discover two regions today, el Gironès and el Baix Empordà.

    This route has smooth curves and slope. Leaving Girona behind we find a tile of fields alternate with forest terrains. After Cassà de la Selva our itinerary runs through farming fields, little forests, streams and country houses until we arrive to Llagostera, the midpoint of our journey. In the charming park besides the old Station we will rest and enjoy a picnic prepared by our guides.

    Trip continues along the valley of the river Riudaura to arrive finally to Sant Feliu de Guíxols, by the sea, which is our final destination today.

    We will visit the village and then we will head to our hotel, a former XVIII century "Masia Catalana" (country house) completely reformed in a purely natural and mediterranean environment.

    At night we will taste a unique way of cooking Ganxó fish (sardine, anchovy, mackerel, horse mackerel, seabass, tuna or sea bream among others) in a Sant Feliu de Guixols restaurant.

    Lodging in rural 4* hotel.

  • D3
    SANT FELIU DE GUÍXOLS-CALELLA Distance: 32km / Elevation: 230m img02

    Today's stage runs through the warm and shiny Costa Brava, plenty of charming crystal water coves and picturesque fishing villages. Undoubtedly, 100% Mediterranean flavour...

    We start our journey following a road that follows the sea line until we arrive to the fishing village of Palamós with its harbor plenty of fishing boats that bring all kind of fresh seafood and fish everyday. Palamós fish market is one of the most important in Costa Brava and supplies restaurants and stores with the best products.

    After visiting the harbor and the seafront promenade we will have lunch in one of the best Palamós restaurants to enjoy "El menú de la gamba" (prawn's menu). After this culinary experience we keep our journey visiting the la Fosca beach and the beautyful Platja de Castell beach, with an ancient iberian village on its top. We keep the pedalling through a "green way" that connects Palamós and Palafrugell and is known as La Ruta del Tren Petit (little train's route), a 6 kms section that will allow us to explore the rural and farming landscape of the zone.

    In Palafrugell we keep our route until we arrive to the charming and picturesque village of Calella de Palafrugell, with its white façades that remind us of a fishing past. Here is our hotel.

    Dinner and lodging at a 3* hotel.

  • D4
    CALELLA-PALS Distance: 30km / Elevation: 270m img02

    Time to leave Costa Brava behind and head inland into the Baix Empordà region. We ride through rural roads in the middle of a farming landscape, splattered with medieval villages. Time seems to have stopped here.

    In the village of Pals we will be able to admire the medieval area, one of the best conserved and most visited of the Girona province, and a magnifiscent panoramic view of all Empordà, with Medes islands, from its overlook. After a walk through its cobblestone streets we will enjoy a typical rice dish, arròs a la cassola, in one of its restaurants.

    Pals is well known for its rice, which has always been highly regarded thanks to the praiseworthy work of local farmers and a combination of environmental factors, like sun and water.

    Back to our bikes, we will ride through the rice fields and marshes of Pals.

    Todays lodging is a completely reconditioned fortified XVI century country house.

    For dinner, if weather permits it, we will enjoy a barbecue by the pool with grilled meat, typical catalan cold meats and pa amb tomàquet (tomato's spread bread), all accompanied with cava, catalan sparkling wine.

    Lodging in rural hotel.

  • D5
    PALS Distance: 44km / Elevation: 130m img03

    Circular route calmly pedalling through Baix Empordà's plains and crossing numerous medieval villages like Palau-Sator, Peratallada, Ullastret, Monells. We visit too La Bisbal d'Empordà, region's capital and well known for its ceramics and pottery tradition, with multitude of stores and craftsman workshops dedicated to this activity, as is reflected in the old town zone.

    Lunch will consist of a picinic prepared by our guides with typical products.

    In the afternoon we will visit one of the winaries distinguished by Robert parker. A former XVIII century country house where award-winning wines, which have become synonym of high quality, are produced. We'll go for a walk through its vineyards, visit the cellar and enjoy the taste of one of its +90 points wines.

    Back to the hotel, spare time to relax in the library, the living room, the pool or with a massage (this service is not included in the tour price and must be reserved previously).

    Before dinner, our guides will explain the next two days of the tour.

    Dinner and lodging in the same rural hotel.

  • D6
    PALS-L'ESCALA Distance: 60km / Elevation: 340m img03

    After breakfast we continue our trip riding through a very beutiful farming landscape. Cereal, fruit trees and all kind of vegetables as we keep crossing little stone villages.

    Today's route main point is the Montgrí massif, crowned by a XII and XIII century castle from which all Empordà plain can be admired.

    The route continues and we meet Mediterranean sea again. This time the fishing village of L'Escala, where we end today's stage, centres our attention. Our hotel is located in an extremely beautiful and historical place.

    Once settled in we will visit the ancient Greco-Roman city of Empúries, located just besides our hotel. It is the only archaelogical site in iberian Peninsula where greek and roman archaelogical remains can be found together. We can actually see very clearly how the city was arranged, and admire its homes, temples, streets, markets and stores.

    Dinner at the hotel.

  • D7
    L'ESCALA

    This is one of the places where a stop is well deserved. The hotel, placed in front of the sea, rests in a millenary spot which is considered one of the best of Costa Brava.

    After breakfast we will visit Salvador Dali's Museum in Figueres. The biggest surrealistic object of the world.

    Coming back to L'Escala, free lunch to get the chance to explore the area by yourself. Our guides will be delighted to suggest some of our favourite restaurants.

    L´Escala has got a long heritage in the salted anchovies industry. This process remains today and it has worldwide reputation, thanks to the use of completely natural products and its traditional elaboration.

    In the evening we will visit a salted anchovies factory and we will be able to watch this traditional preservation process. Later we will visit some of the most beautiful spots of L'Escala and will have dinner in one of the best mediterranean and seafood cuisine restaurants of the village.

    Lodging in the same hotel.

  • D8
    DEPARTURE

    After breakfast, farewell and end of our services.Possibility of extra days in Costa Brava, Girona or Barcelona. Consult us.



In UTOPIC BIKE TRAVEL we have made a selection of what we think are special lodgings, regardless of their price or category. They are usually located in unique surroundings and placed at historical or ancient buildings with a great architectural value.
Charming and inviting places which are family-runned and join quality, peacefulness and personalized care.

In this route COSTA BRAVA, GASTRO we will stay in little 3* and 4* hotels (spanish qualification) and in charming rural houses.

Hotel Carlemany

HOTEL CARLEMANY

Girona
Mas Tapiolas

HOTEL MAS TAPIOLAS

Santa Cristina d'Aro
Hotel Sant Roc

HOTEL SANT ROC

Calella de Palafrugell
Ses Garites

SES GARITES

Pals
Hostal Empúries

HOSTAL EMPÚRIES

L'Escala


MAY
   30th   (8 days - 7 nights):
  2350 € / person   (+350 €  Single OCC)

JUL
   18th   (8 days - 7 nights):
  2350 € / person   (+350 €  Single OCC)

SEP
   19th   (8 days - 7 nights):
  2350 € / person   (+350 €  Single OCC)



  • INCLUDED


  • ARRIVALS & DEPARTURES
  • Transfers to and from Girona Train Station or Girona Airport to Hotel

  • LODGING & MEALS
  • 7 nights at selected and unique lodging
  • Breakfast every day, lunches, picnics, snacks and drinks throughout all the route. 6 dinners and local wine included in every meal.

  • SUPPORT
  • Minimum of one guide + one support vehicle. (depending on group size)
  • Road book with maps and tour documentation in spanish or english.
  • 24h personalized care.
  • Clothes clean and ready every day.
  • Luggage transportation during the tour.
  • Client transportation in our support vehicle if necessary.

  • TICKETS & ACTIVITIES
  • Tickets for the most important historical places like churches, monasteries and museums. Specially: Teatre-Museu Dalí, Empúries Archaelogic site, anchovies factory and visit and taste of wines in a traditional winery.

  • INSURANCES & TIPS
  • Basic travel insurance (consult policy)
  • All tips in restaurants and hotels


  • NOT INCLUDED


  • Plane ticket, air taxes and airport taxes.
  • Bike rental. Bianchi Camaleonte. 70 €.
  • Optional travel or cancellation insurance
  • Guide tips
  • Personal items purchased during the tour.
  • Optional activities not programmed by Utopic Bike Travel
  • Any aspect not specified in the above section.


  • EXTRAS THAT WILL MAKE YOUR TRIP EVEN MORE INTERESTING...


  • We know that, even though our tours offer a lot, you may want more. That's why we provide you with extra experiences which can be added to the standard tour.
    You can contact us once you've made the reservation of your chosen trip, or before you actually book it , and we will send you all the information about the available options and prices in those dates.

    Some examples...

    SPORT ACTIVITIES
  • Trekking
  • Sailboat rides
  • Balloon flights
  • "BIKE FIT"


  • ENJOY BARCELONA
  • Extra nights in Barcelona
  • Shopping
  • Cultural visits
  • FC Barcelona Stadium visit


  • AND MUCH MORE...
  • Sports massages
  • Bianchi  products
  • Grand Prix of Formula 1 and MotoGP in the Circuit of Montmelò...


  • Contact us if you have any idea or wish. There's a lot of possibilities and experiences that can make your trip unforgettable!!!



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