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UTOPIC COLS CHALLENGE GIRONA
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ACCOMODATION: Hotel 3* / Hotel 4*
DURATION: 8 days / 7 nights
RATING:
DATES: May - October
OTHER DATES: Ask
GROUPS: 4/... MIN/MAX
PRICE: From 2250 € / person
         





Girona Mountains ItineraryGIRONA MOUNTAINS is a route designed for cyclists used to long and hard journeys. It has a high difficulty due to the numerous mountain passes, with high grade, to be climbed. Nevertheless, the pace is adapted to the group level and we make as many stops and regrouping as necessary. We will climb famous passes like Mare de Déu del Mont (1124m), Vallter 2000 (2144m) or Bellmunt (1246m) and some other less known but as hard as them.

It is indeed a very impressive and demanding tour, with beautiful landscapes as natural space of Alta Garrotxa (a steep scenery, with narrow and deep valleys surrounded by cliffs and stone walls), El Ripollès (between valleys and mountains, splattered with little mountain villages) or Garrotxa's Volcanic Zone (smooth and undulating, represents the best example of volcanic area in Spain with its more that 40 volcanoes).

Throughout all the route we will enjoy a very rich cultural patrimony as well. In this area we can find exceptional medieval samples, like the village of Besalú, designated a site of national artistic and historical interest,  which conforms one of the most important and well preserved medieval sites in Catalonia and where a majestic romanesque XI century bridge stands out. Or the XIV century medieval village of Santa Pau, located inside the natural park. Designated a site of national artistic and historical interest too, we can single out its XIII century castle and its arcaded square, one of the most beautiful in Catalonia.

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.

At the end of every stage we will taste a unique and rich gastronomy, based in local, native and traditional products. Volcanic features of the soil in la Garrotxa make it very rich and fertile. This has a clear effect in its cuisine and we can definitely affirm that culture and nature can be found in local dishes. We will lodge in charming hotels, where we can relax, rest and forget about the daily routine to turn these days into an unforgettable vacation.
 
We are waiting for you!

Utopic Bike Travel, SL


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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-CAMPRODON Distance: 144km / Elevation: 2800m img02

    After a good breakfast we start riding towards our first objective, La Mare de Déu del Mont (1124m), undoubtedly one of the most challenging and attractive climbs in Girona's province. At the top we find a Sanctuary with a really impressive view.

    We start then a descent to the village of Besalú, designated a Site of National Artistic and Historical interest and Castellfollit de la Roca, a village placed on the top of an spectacular 50m high basaltic rock.

    We penetrate into the natural area of Alta Garrotxa riding through rural roads. Alta Garrotxa is, undoubtedly, given its diversity and uniqueness, the most important space in Oriental Pre-Pyrenees. Deep valleys surrounded by cliffs and stone walls conform an impressive landscape.

    The mediaval village of Beget is to be higlighted. With its stone houses stepped on the river, cobblestone streets and with the imposing bell tower of the romanesque church of "Sant Cristòfol" (s.XII).

    We continue our trip towards Camprodon, where our hotel is located.

    Dinner and lodging in a 4* hotel.

  • D3
    CAMPRODON - OLOT Distance: 104km / Elevation: 2370m img02

    Today's route crosses the Ripollès region, located in the Pyrenees, with  an spectacular itinerary through the Camprodon valley, with high mountains, green valleys and little stone villages. Our first objective is the legendary pass of Vallter 2000 (2144m), which has been final stop of a stage in Volta Catalunya.

    This 12 km pass is one of the hardest and most impressive in the Pyrenees, with a very tough initial part but with an incredible finish. We will have the chance to climb two more passes, El Pla d'en Plata (1360m and 6 km through a nice concrete and high slope forest track) and La Terma (996m and 3,5 climb through a another concrete forest track with a very changeable and high slope -12% to 22%-).

    Once we leave this track behind we start one of the most popular ascents in this zone, El Coll de Canes (1120m) which connects the cities of Ripoll and Olot. After La Terma, the climb to Coll de Canes becomes much easier, with good tarmac and smoother slope (2% to 4%).

    After this, only a long descent to Olot, capital of the Garrotxa's Volcanic Area, is left. Transfer to our hotel located in the medieval village of Santa Pau. (XIV century)

    Dinner and lodging in a 3* hotel.

  • D4
    GARROTXA'S VOLCANIC ZONE

    Free day. A spot like this deserves a stop in our way.

    We invite you to explore the area either walking, riding or flying. Garrotxa's volcanic zone is exceptionally beautiful, regardless of the way you choose to do it.

    At lunchtime we will go to one the most traditional restaurants of the area to taste typical "volcanic" dishes.

    In the afternoon we will visit the "Saints Museum", a patrimonial center that allows us to discover the production of religious imagery in Olot, a very important activity in the city with more than 100 years of history. We are going to find a workshop at full activity and we will be able to follow the whole manufacturing process. An interesting collection of images of Saints, manger figures, Holy Week processions, decorative figures and emblematic pieces of old workshops.

    After this, we will visit the old town and will have dinner in a central traditional catalan restaurant.

    Lodging in the same 3* hotel.

  • D5
    OLOT-BELLMUNT-OLOT Distance: 136km / Elevation: 2660m img03

    After breakfast, we will move to la Vall d'en Bas, a delicious valley with one of the most fertile soils in Catalonia and crossed by numerous streams that flow into river Fluvià. We ride through a network of rural roads that communicate all its populated areas to arrive to Hostalets d'en Bas, designated site of historical and artisitic interest.

    We then initiate the nice climb to Coll de Condreu (1017m), through a narrow and winding road surrounded by a leafy forest. 12 km of smooth ascent (5%). At the top we take a diversion to narrower road that will take us to El Far Sanctuary, where we will enjoy a great view.

    After another climb to Coll del Bac 1002m) a long descent to the city of Manlleu and to the village of St. Pere de Torelló and we can already descry our next destiny, Bellmunt Sanctuary (1246m and a final 400m very hard section, with average grade of 14% and ramps up to 23%).

    At the top, amazing views of several peaks of different mountain chains.

    Dinner and lodging at the same 3* hotel.

  • D6
    OLOT-BANYOLES-OLOT Distance: 80km / Elevation: 1090m img03

    We will enjoy today a gorgeous and not too hard route through the areas of Garrotxa and Pla de l'Estany with a very popular trip in this zone. A typical tour around Banyoles (Pla de l'Estany's Region Capital). To make it even more attractive and a little more challenging, we've introduced changes to the standard itinerary.

    We will ride through Garrotxa's Volcanic Zone and will discover the famous Fageda d'en Jordà and Croscat volcano. We will be going around Estany de Banyoles (lake of Banyoles), the biggest natural lake of Catalonia that hosted the rowing competition during the 1.992 summer Olympic Games, and will ride to the medieval village of Santa Pau.

    Free afternoon to enjoy hotel's facilities or to make some additional visits.

    At night, dinner in one of the most emblematic restaurants of the area. We will discover there why pa amb tomàquet (bread and spread tomato) is the gastronomic symbol of Catalonia.

    Lodging in the same 3* hotel.

  • D7
    OLOT-SAU-OLOT Distance: 153km / Elevation: 2640m img03

    A tough but unforgettable ride today through Collsacabra Natural space, one of the most beautiful and inhospitable spots in Catalonia. Its unmistakable landscape is characterized by the relief of its plateaus, precipices that descend abruptly and green and deep valleys where streams flow. Romanesque churches and hermitages appear everywhere, as well as traditional country houses, waterfalls, natural springs, prehistoric caves, more than 40 km of cliffs with an average height of 1100m, leafy forests, small medieval villages and even a reservoir.

    The Sau reservoir, surrounded by forests and extremely steep cliffs is considered one of the most peculiar in Catalonia. It's 17 km long and has a maximum width of 3 km. Submerged under its waters we can find the village of Sant Romà de Sau. Only the bell tower of its romanesque church stands above the water level and can be seen from outside.

    The visits to the medieval villages of Tavertet, with 48 extremely well preserved rural houses build during XVII and XVIII centuries, and Rupit, that maintain almost intact its architectural patrimony. Rustic XVI and XVII century houses, cobbled streets, medieval bridge and its peculiar hanging wooden bridge. Designated site of national artistic and historical interest, is considered one of the most beautiful villages of Catalonia.

    At night, farewell dinner and lodging in the same 3* hotel.

  • D8
    DEPARTURE

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

    NOTE: Since we try to give our customers the best possible experience, our guide reserves the right to modify itinerary due to weather reasons.



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 UTOPIC COLS - CHALLENGE GIRONA we will stay in little 3* and 4* hotels (spanish qualification) and in charming rural houses.

Hotel Carlemany

HOTEL CARLEMANY

Girona
Hotel El Grèvol

HOTEL GRÈVOL

Llanars
Hotel Cal Sastre

HOTEL CAL SASTRE

Santa Pau


MAY
   23th   (8 days - 7 nights):
  2250 € / person   (+285 €  Single OCC)

JUN
   20th   (8 days - 7 nights):
  2250 € / person   (+285 €  Single OCC)

AUG
   01st   (8 days - 7 nights):
  2250 € / person   (+285 €  Single OCC)

SEP
   12th   (8 days - 7 nights):
  2250 € / person   (+285 €  Single OCC)

OCT
   10th   (8 days - 7 nights):
  2250 € / person   (+285 €  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. 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: Museum "dels Sants".

  • 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 Intenso. 140 €.
  • 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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