From deep green to the intense blue

Mountains & Catalonian Coast

From deep green to the intense blue

1.070 € pp
+ additional services

Overview

Short Tour Description

This e-MTB trekking route offers a fascinating variety of colourful landscapes. During this tour you will venture deep into La Garrotxa, a beautiful natural park, comprising a dark green, woodland paradise, littered with inactive volcanoes and impressive peaks. As you then continue towards the coastline, you will see the crystal-clear waters of the Mediterranean Sea shimmering in front of you! Be ready for some spectacular sights ahead!

As part of this tour, you will also cross the border into France, as did the Spanish politicians of the Republic, fleeing from the Franquist invasion eighty years ago at the end of the 1930s. Most of the exiled never returned to Spain. Nowadays, the border is an interesting place to visit, a historic landmark that holds a wealth of memories.

Approaching the sea, the rough landscapes of the Cap de Creus area are similar to the rocky Pyrenean landscapes that lie inland. The hillside terracing here provides a reminder of the flourishing agricultural activity that took place in this area. The wealth bought to the region from farming and rural activities including fishing, has played a huge part in the success of this part of Catalonia, and cultivation continues to this day.

Towards the end of this tour you will ride through the meadows of Emporda. The views riding through the open plains are simply breath-taking, and you will marvel at the Pyrenean Mountains in the distance. The end of the route approaches and you will complete the loop, finishing up back at where you first started. You are guaranteed to return with a backpack full of fantastic memories, and plenty of tales to tell your family and friends back home!

Duration

  • 8 Days / 7 Nights / 6 Days of e-cycling

Total km: 240-300 km*
Total ascent: 8200-8600 m*
*This will depend on the daily variations of the tour that are available

Participants

  • Self-Guided: 2 - 8

Scenery

  • Countryside & Coast
  • Mountains & Sea
  • Pyrenees

Highlights & Facts

  • e-MTB trekking: Mountains & Sea round-trip
  • Experience two countries: France and Spain
  • Pyrenees - Albera Nature Park
  • Visit an abandoned medieval castle hidden in dense forest
  • Cycle around the wonderous Cap de Creus
  • Dine in front of the Mediterranean Sea
  • Luggage transfer included – you just need to bring yourselves!

Cycling Level

  • 4 wheels (Moderate to Challenging)

Recommendation

Don’t forget to bring your swimwear with you! On this tour you will find rivers, lakes and the beautiful Mediterranean Sea and you will not want to miss out on a refreshing swim!

Mountains & Catalonian Coast

Tour Route

Day 1: Welcome to Catalonia!

Besalú offers splendid surroundings to begin this Mountains and Catalonian Coast. Back in the Middle Ages, Besalú was an important town and the capital of a vast territory. The medieval bridge here is truly iconic and is a reminder of its great past, with superb views from the top of the bridge, providing you with a clear outlook across the nearby countryside. It is an excellent place to spend your first night!

Day 2: From river to river

Today you will begin to immerse yourself in the nature around you and you will enjoy the dense and unspoilt woodland of deep Garrotxa. You will explore this wonderful area, cruising on your e-bikes through Mediterranean forests until you reach the River Fluvia. You will cross the river and follow a secluded pathway up into Lliurona, where you will make a well-earned stop and enjoy a lunchtime picnic. In this idyllic spot you will enjoy outstanding views to the blue sea on the horizon. From here you can see your entire route laid out in front of you! Who knows whether a deer will pay you a visit during this break? The deer here are curious, shy and demure so if you keep your eyes peeled you might just catch a glimpse of one of these beautiful creatures! The afternoon ride continues through evergreen oaks, descending towards the next river on this journey, the River Muga. This evenings dinner will be enjoyed in the small town of Sant Llorenç de La Muga, where you will spend the night.

Km: 45 km approx.
Ascent: 2000 m approx.

Day 3: Surrounding the water reservoir of Boadella

Today is a day of relaxed riding, where you will cycle around a large reservoir and we encourage you to stop to enjoy the clear waters! Swimming here is highly recommended. Among cork oaks you will arrive at Molí de'n Robert and take a break in the middle of the forest. On the banks of a quiet river you will enjoy a delicious lunch. You will spend the night in a very charming lodging on the western side of the lake; a former hydroelectric power station that has been converted in a beautiful spa hotel!

Km: 31 km approx.
Ascent: 1300 m approx.

Day 4: Historical passageways. Towards France

This leg of our e-bike tour will take you back to the days of the Spanish Civil War. You will discover tracks and hidden passageways that were used by the Spanish to escape the Civil War and Francoism many years ago. Many people crossed into France looking for refuge and a next start. The exile routes used by politicians, members of the military and everyday families, brought salvation for many, enabling them to start a new life in France. Today this area holds many memories and is an interesting and historical place to visit. In France, a magnificent mature beech forest awaits. There are fun tracks to ride that provide views to this vast new country that lies ahead of you! Crossing the border back into Spain, you enter into Albera, a large natural park made up of lush forests. You will have lunch in a truly authentic place within the park and enjoy the views of the castle in front of you! Descending is a relaxed ride and you will appreciate the stunning landscapes around you and enjoy some historical surprises along the way!

Km: 51 km approx.
Ascent: 2100 m approx.

Day 5: From the green Albera to the blue sea

Getting closer to the sea, the landscape around you changes. You will pass rows of picture-perfect vineyards, cork oaks and olive tree plantations and pass through small, but charming rural towns as you head towards the Costa Brava coastline! Today you will finally get to put your feet into the Mediterranean Sea after a great ride with your e-bikes. Nothing feels better than the uplifting waves lapping at your feet after a day in the saddle! Cap de Creus is the easternmost point of the Iberian Peninsula and home to colossal jagged cliffs and secluded bays. There are amazing rocky formations, shaped by the wind and waves, it almost seems like a landscape from a faraway planet! You will spend the night in Port de la Selva, a quaint fisherman’s town, and will fall asleep listening the sound of the waves gently crashing against the shoreline outside.

Km: 54 km approx.
Ascent: 1300 m approx.

Day 6: Cap de Creus

As you ascend you will be rewarded with views of the Gulf of Lion and the Bay of Roses. We know that you will experience complete enjoyment as you climb higher and high, looking back down at the sea and the Costa Brava below you! It is possible to organise a visit to an Eco-winery here in Emporda if you fancy trying the local delicacies! You will see the scars on the landscape here, which remind us of the rich agricultural history of this part of Catalonia. The terraces which are planted with olive trees and vineyards have been worked by local women and men for generations. The Bay of Roses is home to glorious scenery, where the two rivers we have met along our way, the Muga and Fluvia end their journey and flow into the Mediterranean Sea. Surrounded by palm trees you will sleep in the National Park, known as Aiguamolls de l’Emporda and fall asleep to the chirping of crickets and frogs, singing a dreamy lullaby.

Km: 44 km approx.
Ascent: 600 m approx.

Day 7: Up the river back to the wonderous green

Today’s long and steady uphill e-ride will follow the River Fluvia upstream, moving from open meadows to volcanoes and their impressive peaks. Riparian forests and pine trees make way to evergreen oaks and the green colours becomes darker and deeper as we venture inland. Along the course of the River Fluvia you will enjoy a varied landscape and see river meanders, small islands and lakes. Today’s final destination will close the loop of this tour and you will head back to the beginning of your e-bike adventure. Today you should make the most of the views around you and enjoy the peace and tranquillity of riding in this gorgeous natural environment before returning home!

Km: 62 km approx.
Ascent: 1000 m approx.

Day 8: See you soon!

From Besalú transfers back to civilisation will be available. We hope to see you again soon!

Information & Services

Character

The Mountains & Catalonian Coast tour offers a great variety of stunning landscapes. Mountains, meadows, plains, cliffs, rivers, lakes, sea …… With this tour you will get to know the landscapes of Northern Catalonia and Southern France. Over almost 300 km of tracks, trails and roads requires a minimum of good physical shape and technique riding of the e-bike in often different terrain. This tour is mainly e-bike trekking with some long days covering substantial distances, but there are also some e-MTB parts which require a good cycling ability. For this reason, you will cycle with an e-MTB. The electric power of our e-bikes helps you to get through the particularly challenging mountain terrain. If you are an active person and enjoy sport this tour is absolutely perfect for you!

Included services

  • e-cycling programme as described
  • 6 cycling days with 7 nights’ accommodation, including breakfast. Stay in a double room with shower and toilet facilities (approximately 1-2 nights of which will be with shared shower and toilet facilities)Guide (Guided tour)
  • GPS with detailed route
  • Taxes on stays in tourist establishments
  • Luggage transfer included – you just need to bring yourselves!

Excluded services

  • Flight or public transport (on arrival and on departure) including taxis
  • Transfer to / from the start / end-point of the tour
  • e-bike rental and accessories
  • 6 lunches and 7 dinners (a packed-lunch style picnic for you to take with you in your bike bag for 10,- Euro or a restaurant for 25,- Euro depending on your choice)
  • Drinks / food in bars
  • Entrance fees to museums, monuments and any associated guided tours
  • Tips for the team and other services
Transfer fees for 2019 here

e-bike hire

Your hired e-bike is equipped with a rack - bike bags, basic e-bike tools and a battery charger are all included.

e-bike
Fee per e-MTB touring bike 240,- Euro
e-bike
Fee per helmet 9,- Euro

Accommodation

Double room

Single room supplement – extra 30,- Euro per night

Please note

  • Arrival day: at 7:00 p.m. with a tour briefing and introduction to the e-bikes (typically last about 2 hours). Dinner at 9:00 p.m.
  • Departure day: Breakfast (approximately 9:00 a.m.) – departure with transfer to the train station / airport (Girona).
  • The tour operator reserves the right to substitute the described accommodation with an equivalent alternative if necessary.
  • Due to local conditions, a route change or amendment may be necessary.

Arrival / Departure

Self-guided tour:

For a private taxi (1-4 persons) the costs are approximately:

Arrival:
70,- Euro from Girona Airport (GRO) / train station
230,- Euro from Barcelona Airport (BCN)

Departure:
70,- Euro to Girona Airport (GRO) / train station
230,- Euro to Barcelona Airport (BCN)

We would be happy to organise your personalised arrival / departure to the respective start/end points. If needed, we can book a taxi transfer or reserve train tickets in advance for you. Please contact us!

Important notices

Important notices to all customers!

All tour itineraries are general guidelines and in order to offer our customers the best e-cycling holiday experience we make occasional changes. The number of daily kilometres and metres of ascent are approximate as we offer different options on most of the days of the tour. For example, sometimes you can choose between a longer or a shorter route and sometimes between easy and more challenging paths to suit your preferences.

Depending on the number of simultaneous tours, the season, the weather and national holidays, we may make alterations to the itineraries at short-notice, which could affect the number of hours of e-cycling per day, the route we take to any given destination or the use of alternative accommodation. Tours can also be cycled in both directions. All changes are at our discretion, but when changes are made, we endeavour to ensure that our high quality standards are maintained and reflected in the alternatives that we choose.

Presentation, organisation, photos and information are provided by Anaïs Roca and Rudi Stolz.

Booking

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You can choose your own travel dates (upon request).

1.070 € *
* Prices without not included services

Guest opinions

Mountains & Catalonian Coast

September 2018

A wonderful week! The e-bikes are just amazing! Organisation of the tour is very accurate, and we never got lost with the GPS because it was very well-detailed. Good maintenance of the bikes and assistance on the road was also provided. Very nice rustic accommodation with a delicious and very varied menu each evening. Delicious picnics in beautiful rural spots. The trail offers very varied landscapes: Plateaus and the Pyrenees with snow-capped mountains, then through the plains towards the Mediterranean Sea. A perfect trip!

Mary & Jane