A wild and fun-filled family adventure

Fresh & Saltwater Tour

A wild and fun-filled family adventure

1.090 € pp
+ additional services

Overview

Short Tour Description

This family e-MTB tour travels from the foothills of the Pyrenees to the seaside landscapes of the Costa Brava. Each day you will love swimming in a different location: river pools, a lake and the clear blue sea! Following this tour, you will be able to enjoy the fresh and sweet river water that has travelled down from the mountains, and the salty, refreshing salt sea water! You will see a great variety of different landscapes and cycle through dense forests with oak and pine trees! You will cross mountainous and hilly areas, open farmland, flat plains and sprawling wetlands and arrive at the jagged and unspoilt coastline of Cap de Creus, the easternmost point of the Iberian Peninsula. This route is designed as an active family adventure!

Duration

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

1-day special activity
Total km: 150-200 km*
Total ascent: 4200-4800 m*
*This will depend on the daily variations of the tour that are available

Participants

  • Self-Guided: min 2
  • Self-Guided for Families: min 2

Scenery

  • Countryside & Coast
  • Mountains & Sea

Highlights & Facts

  • Action tour: wild mountains, rough coastline and golden sandy beaches!
  • Dive in wonderful river pools, lakes and the sea
  • Attractive and rustic accommodation in a secluded bay
  • Water activities including kayaking and snorkelling
  • Travel by boat
  • Luggage transfer included – you just need to bring yourselves!

Cycling Level

  • 4 wheels (Moderate to Challenging)

Recommendation

This is a mountain and sea tour with lots of changes in altitude. Don’t forget to bring comfortable sports equipment, swim wear, sunglasses, a hat and sun screen!

Fresh & Saltwater Tour

Tour Route

Day 1: Ready, set, go!

Your first stop is a stunning Medieval town next to the river, Besalú! Start your holiday with a tasty meal on the terrace of the hotel, under the shade of imposing ancient trees! From here you will be able to enjoy the amazing views to the picturesque bridge!

Day 2: Bathe in river pools!

An action e-MTB ride crossing mountains and rivers lies ahead of your today! Pure fun on your e-bikes! Smiles are guaranteed this morning! After passing through the valley, the path leads you immediately into the mountains and far away from the rest of the tourists and into this peaceful environment! You will stop for a picnic and a swim at this memorable river pool. Do you dare to dive straight into the refreshing mountain water? This pool is formed from snowmelt and is the perfect place to cool down! After climbing up another pass, a challenging downhill track will guide you down to the River Muga. You will spend the night at the stone village of Sant Llorenç de la Muga.

Km: 35 km approx.
Ascent: 1200 m approx.

Day 3: Around the lake

Today’s track goes around Boadella Lake which offers not only a freshwater swimming, but also the possibility to rent a boat and row across to the other side of the lake. You will have lunch on the shores of the lake and after a nice rest, enjoyable and winding pathways will lead you to the next family-run accommodation! Today is day to enjoy the natural setting and relax.

Km: 15 km approx.
Ascent: 500 m approx.

Day 4: Vamos a la playa!

On a fun track you will pedal down towards the sea, following natural paths carved into the landscape alongside the River Muga. On a few occasions, you will be able to take a dip into the ice-cold water when you need to cool down! Nature fans can spot grey herons and cormorants in the river searching for fish. The River Muga is life-giving, providing refuge to waterfowl and bringing much-needed fresh water to the fields and villages in this region. It is the lifeblood of this area and has shaped the landscape here! On your way, you will find several quaint little villages to stop off for ice-cream and refreshments. At the end of the day, the sandy beaches of within the Bay of Roses are waiting for you!

Km: 45 km approx.
Ascent: 300 m approx.

Day 5: Pirates bay

Today you can feel like pirates as you catch a boat with all your family and belongings and sail into Cap de Creus. While you sail over the sea you will feel the salty air on your cheeks! During the journey you can admire the chiselled cliffs and fine sandy beaches below them. Suddenly the boat enters into a hidden bay and your accommodation for the night appears in front of you! It is a glorious spot and the perfect place to spend some nights! By e-bike and on foot you will uncover the historic stories of the legendary pirates and buccaneers that once ruled this area! This afternoon you will hike up to the old defence systems of Cap Norfeu and enjoy spectacular views as far as the eye can see to the Bay of Roses and the Meda islands. When the sun goes down, you will listen to the sound of the waves from your lodgings for the night! Put your feet up and relax!

Km: 15 km approx.
Ascent: 150 m approx.

Day 6: Cap de Creus

The rough landscapes on the way to Cap de Creus have been shaped by the strong winds and the salt from the sea. The rocks here are simply stunning, you will be surprised at how enormous they are! If you look hard enough at the peculiar rock formations, faces of people, animals and ghost-like shadows will appear among the rock shapes! To relax after your cycle today, you will stop off at the white-washed fisherman´s village of Cadaqués, known as the ´Pearl of the Costa Brava´. Here at the easternmost point of the Spainish mainland, a mystical lighthouse appears! Here you can replenish yourself in a wonderful seafood restaurant with sprawling views! After something tasty to eat, it will be time for a little siesta and then you can jump into the clear water at the beach and later return to your beach resort.

Km: 40 km approx.
Ascent: 1500 m approx.

Day 7: Beach & Bike

You will pedal over the rocky headland of the cape and enjoy a fast, downhill run to the sea. Your end-point today is a stunning golden beach, with a stop off for delicious ice-cream. Don’t forget your swimming stuff!

Km: 20 km approx.
Ascent: 1000 m approx.

Day 8: Chill out

Your last day on the wild coast of Catalonia is the ideal time to chill out and rest your weary legs! There is an array of things to do here! For those that want to unwind you can relax on the beach with a book, eat ice cream, have a picnic, stroll along the coastline or enjoy swimming in this fantastic spot. For those that still have plenty of energy left you can dive into the sea here, go snorkelling, rent a kayak, discover hidden seaside caves, hike or go and search for little crabs hiding between the rocks on the shoreline! What will you choose to do on this day in this beautiful secluded bay?

Day 9: Back to reality

Pack your bags and get everyone together as you head back to civilisation. During the boat trip back to Roses, you can reminisce about all of your experiences from this extraordinary family adventure holiday!

Information & Services

Character

The Fresh & Saltwater tour is a guaranteed family e-MTB adventure! You will discover the inland and the coastal areas of the Costa Brava and you will definitely enjoy riding along exciting and exhilarating tracks! Everyday there are opportunities to swim in different, but equally relaxing and pleasant locations!

This tour is fantastic for both adults and youngsters who have the ability to ride a mountain bike. Some stretches of this route are more demanding than others, as such it is classified as an easy to moderate route for adults and a moderate to challenging route for the youngsters! Only children of 11 years of age or older are able to participate in this tour due to its difficulty rating. If you are an adventure-loving family, you appreciate the outdoors and can rise to any challenge, then this tour will be absolutely perfect for you!

Included services

  • e-cycling programme as described
  • 7 cycling days with 8 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)
  • GPS with detailed route
  • Taxes on stays in tourist establishments
  • Transportation of luggage

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
  • 7 lunches and 8 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)
  • Boat / kayak rentals (approx. 40,- Euro per person) & boat trips (approx. 60,- Euro per person)
  • 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.

ebike
Fee per e-MTB touring bike 280,- Euro
ebike
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:
30,- Euro to Figueres train station
130,- Euro to Girona Airport (GRO)/train station
280,- 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).

1.090 € *
* Prices without not included services

Guest opinions

Fresh & Saltwater Tour

August 2018

Really an adventure! Well organised, nice accommodations and beautiful places! My son and I had a wonderful time. E-MTBs are just amazing!

Christoph and Ernst