From Barcelona to Catalonia’s Peaks & Mediterranean Beaches
Barcelona lures you with its irrepressible éclat. But it’s just the start of an unforgettable trip through the heart of Catalonia. Soon you’re swept into the Pyrenees. Straddling the French border and riding roads the pro cyclists use to train for that famous French race. Descend and the air warms, the sun strengthens and the aroma of the coast fills the air. You’ll wind up on the Costa Brava, with glorious sea views and a landscape that inspired surrealist Salvador Dalí – a fitting end to this journey through one of Europe’s most enticing regions.
Kick off the journey in vibrant Barcelona
Ride scenic routes in both the Spanish and French Pyrenees
Highly acclaimed Catalan fusion cuisine and fresh seafood
Costa Brava bike paths, where the Mediterranean laps against miles of white-sand beaches
Admire the artistic genius of Salvador Dalí
Day 1 Kick things off in Barcelona, Catalonia’s effervescent capital Gaze in awe at the limestone massif of Cadí-Moixeró Nature Reserve, standing above the idyllic Cerdanya Valley Find your rhythm as you spin past mountain villages, herds of sheep and farmers plying their trade Sample cava, Spain’s beloved version of bubbly Relax at our exquisite Relais & Châteaux hotel.
Days 2-3 Scenic routes in the Pyrenees foothills lead into France Begin your ride in Llívia, a Spanish enclave surrounded by French territory and situated along the famous Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route A challenging climb up Coll de la Creueta is rewarded with incredible views Experience Salvador Dalí’s mind-bending work at the Dalí Museum in Figueres Even the building itself is a work of art, considered “the largest surrealistic object in the world.”
Day 4 Fields of wheat and sunflowers blanket the countryside as you pedal to the beautiful Baix Empordà, perhaps stopping to explore hamlets with cobbled squares and Baroque-style churches Penchant for pottery? You’ll be in heaven in La Bisbal, famous for its ceramics Stroll around fortified Pals, a medieval gem whose stone buildings now accommodate enticing art galleries – and enraptured visitors.
Days 5-6 Bike along the Costa Brava to the “region of coves,” where the Mediterranean laps against white-sand beaches and villages cling to forested hills above hidden bays The Gavarres Nature Reserve offers up another heart-pumping climb Indulge in a siesta on a white-sand beach or cool off in the crystalline Mediterranean.LESS