Difficulty Rating : 9 Start: Girona Finish: Girona Daily Average: 119km (climb 1316m) Weekly Average: 719km (7900m) Tour Type: Self Guided,Sportive Terrain: Mountainous, as with all our Sportive tours this is a challen Teaser: This week-long itinerary provides amazing scenic routes while enjoying excellent accommodation and food
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This week-long itinerary provides amazing scenic routes while enjoying excellent accommodation and food. An exceptional cyclist destination, as many and popular professional cyclists live and train in this area. Girona is an ideal territory for road cycling because of its huge offering of secondary roads without traffic and the combination of challenging mountain stages and flat and easy roads.

This route explores the mountainous Catalan and French border region covering almost 600km of extraordinary mountain roads, allowing riders to experience a wide variety of landscape and culture interesting sights.

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Day 1

Arrival in Girona

There is plenty to see and do in this magic historical city. Spend the day visiting the Cathedral, which has the broadest single nave of Gothic architecture in the world and getting lost through the narrow streets of the ancient Jewish quarter, one of the best preserved in the world. We also recommend a stroll along the Rambla or the medieval walls, which gives you a fantastic panoramic view of the city.

Day 2

Loop ride Girona ~ Sant Hilari ~ Girona (99 km 1050m+)

Today provides riders with a chance to climb to over 1000m in altitude to the mountain town of Sant Hilari. The climb to the town is approx. 30km and is an excellent training climb with its slack gradients but long distance. Riders then have a thrilling 18km descent to the town of Santa Coloma, another famous training ride used by hundreds of local riders. The cycle returns to Girona winding through the fantastic countryside of the Gironès area.

Day 3

Girona ~ Calella de Palafurgell ( 108Km 1500m+)

The day starts with an easy spin to Llagostera, where you start the climb of Sant Grau (465m). After passing the Col you are rewarded with a great descent with fantastic views over the Mediterranean . This coastal road was used in the Tour de France in 2009. Following the coast you reach Palamós and finish ur ride at the great fishing village of Calella, considered one of the best villages of the Costa Brava.

Day 4

Calella ~ Roses ( 87 km 375m+)

Starting from Calella there is a short but really steep climb to the lighthouse of Sant Sebastià (climb 2 km 150m+). After that, you climb to Begur and the Gulf of Pals with his long sandy beach. You ride inland to Pals a famous medieval village and onwards to Torroella de Montgrí, perched top of a mountain. The beaches in Empúries and l’Escala await, after which the route passes through Castelló d’Empúries before crossing a small wetland with an bird reserve, finishing in the village of Roses.

Day 5

Roses ~ Banyuls ~ Figueres (123 km 1878m+)

This route extends to the North visiting the beautiful and challenging nature reserve Cap de Creus, passing the Col of Perafita. You cycle along the coast before crossing over the French border to Banyuls. Riders return to Spain passing the famous Col de Banyuls with a strong slope, finishing the ride and overnight in the city of Figueres.

Day 6

Figueres ~ Coustouges ~ Molló (103 km 2.300m+)

This ride takes you further into the mountains crossing the French border via the mountain pass at Coustouges ( 810m ) and Coll d’Ares ( 1.524m) before descending to spend a night in Molló near the winter ski town of Camprodon.

Day 7

Molló ~ Girona (100 Km 798m+)

You start the day by cycling through the pass of Coll de Capsacosta and the town of Olot in the heart of the Volcanic park called La Garrotxa. The route finishes in Girona.

  • Standard Accommodation in 3* Hotels.
    ( or Premium Accommodation in 3* and  4* Hotels.
  • 7 nights accommodation in double room with B&B.
  • Luggage transfer from one lodge to another.
  • GPX files and maps.
  • Tourist information of the area.
  • 8am - 8pm phone assistance during the trip.

    Option for half board (4 dinners)  : €130 per person ( standard tour ).    
    Option for half board ( 3 dinners ) :  €95 per person ( premium tour ).

Bike rental is not included in the tour price. This is an additional:
Road 1 cabon frame mechanic shift: €230
Road 2 carbon frame electronic shift: €265
Road 3 carbon frame electronic shift carbon wheels: €300

Please see our tour dossier ( at the bottom of the itinerary page ) for more details on bike rental,  half board and airport transfer options.

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2024 Pyrenees & Costa Brava Self Guided Tour
( 3* accommodation )

Low Season (1 - 26 March, 1 - 31 October)
Mid Season (27 March - 20 June, 1 - 30 September)
High Season (21 June - 31 August)

€935 per person sharing    :  Low Season
€250 single supplement     :  Low Season
€1005 per person sharing  :  Mid Season 
€295 single supplement     :  Mid Season
€1065 per person sharing  :  High Season 
€355 single supplement     :  High Season

Option to upgrade to premium accommodation
( 3*- 4* Hotels)
€1120  per person sharing   :  Low Season 
€320 single supplement      :  Low Season
€1185  per person sharing   :  Mid Season
€360 single supplement      :  Mid Season
€1350  per person sharing  :  High Season
€450 single supplement      :  High Season

All details are in our tour dossier or please email us.

Self Guided Tour Information

This tour can start any day of the week from the 1st March to the 31st of October

How to get to the start point in Girona:

Girona Airport is the closest airport. Barcelona International airport is approx 110km away.

To Girona: by bus it takes 25 minutes and costs €3
To Girona by taxi takes 25 minutes and it costs €35 approximately.

Barcelona to Girona by bus: There are 6 buses/ day from Barcelona Airport to Girona city, it takes 2hours 30 minutes and it costs €20
By train: T1-T2 shuttle bus schedule is from 5.30 hr to 24.00hr every 6 or 7 minutes approximately, and from 0.00 hr to 5.30 h. every 20 or 25 minutes. This bus is free and takes about 10 minutes. When you arrive in T2, you should take a train to Barcelona Sants, and then another one to Girona

Also, we can arrange airport transfers (from Girona airport to Girona €60. From Girona to Barcelona Airport €215 up to 4 people)

As always please contact us in the office for more information (info@cyclingsafaris.com).


Hotel Peninsular 3* (night 1, 2 & 7)

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Calella de Palafrugell

Hotel Sant Roc 3*

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Castelló d’Empúries

Hotel Canet 2*

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Hotel Ronda 3*

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Hotel Calitxó 3*

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If you have been on a previous tour, there is a €50.00 discount on our week long tours in Ireland (unfortunately this discount does not apply to other European trips)

A €250.00 deposit is required for each person booking on a holiday. The Balance payment is required two month prior to the starting date. The deposit is forfeited in the event of a cancellation of your booking. The balancing payment is also non-refundable in the event of the cancellation occuring within 14 days of the tour starting date. All transactions are taken in Euro.

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Irish Cycling Safaris Ltd (“the Company”) accepts bookings subject to the following conditions:

  • The contract is between the Company and the client, being any person travelling or intending to travel on a tour operated by the company. The contract, including all matters arising from it, is subject to Irish law and the exclusive jurisdiction of the Irish courts. A booking is accepted and becomes definite only from the date when the company sends a confirmation. It is at this point that a contract between the company and the client comes into existence. Before your booking is confirmed and comes into existence the company reserves the right to increase or decrease brochure prices. The company or their agents reserve the right to decline any booking at their discretion.
  • To secure a booking the Company or their agent requires a completed booking form and the necessary deposit. (Full payment if travel within 60 days). The first named client must be over 18 years of age. Clients booking by telephone, by website/E-mail or fax will be deemed to have signed the booking form and read and accepted our terms of booking. The person signing, or being deemed to sign, the booking form warrants that he/she has full authority to do so on behalf of all persons whose names appear thereon, and confirms that all such persons are fully aware of and accept these conditions.
  • The balance of all monies due, including any surcharges applicable at the time, must be paid to the company or their agents not later than 60 days before departure. In the case of non-payment of the balance by the due date the Company reserves the right to cancel your booking and cancellation charges will apply. If any cheque is dishonoured we reserve the right to charge €25 to cover administration costs.
  • Travel Insurance is mandatory for all clients whilst on a tour organised by the Company. Clients are wholly responsible for arranging their own insurance. Clients are responsible for ensuring that they are in possession of private Travel insurance with protection for the full duration of the tour in respect of at least medical expenses, injury, death, repatriation, cancellation and curtailment, with adequate cover.
  • An administration fee of €25 per booking plus any additional costs incurred will be charged if a confirmed booking is changed or transferred to a different departure date or tour, up to 60 days prior to departure. Thereafter all changes will be treated as cancellations and subject to the relevant charges. Changes are subject to availability. For an administration fee of €25 you may request a credit voucher. This must be redeemed within 12 months of issue and must be used against a new booking. The voucher is non transferable and cannot be exchanged for cash. In certain circumstances, which the Company considers reasonable, the booking may be transferred to another suitable person; however the tour arrangements must remain the same and will only be allowed if all suppliers agree to accept the name change. If a transfer is allowed an administration charge of €25 per person will be charged plus any extra charges levied by suppliers.
  • Should the client wish to cancel, cancellation charges will be imposed. These are calculated from the day written notification is received by the company or their agent as a percentage of the total tour price, including surcharges as follows:

    > 60 days before departure – retention of deposit

    60-14 days before departure – 50%

    < 14 days before departure – 100%

  • Clients are responsible for arranging, and must be in possession of, a valid passport and any visas and vaccination certificates required for the whole of their journey. Information about these matters or related items (climate, clothing, baggage, personal items etc) is given in good faith but without responsibility on the part of the company.
  • Should the client have a reason to complain, you must immediately notify our representative and the relevant supplier. If the client’s complaint is not dealt with satisfactorily at the time, they must write to us with full details of the complaint within 28 days of the end of the tour. Failure to notify complaints entirely within accordance of this clause will diminish or extinguish the client’s ability to claim compensation.
  • The company provides all services on a “ground only” basis. The client is responsible for arranging their own travel to the designated start points of each tour. The company cannot accept any liability for any delay/cancellation in your transportation and cannot offer any refunds for lost holiday time.
  • Clients agree to accept the authority and decisions of the Company’s employees, tour leaders and agents whilst on the tour with the company. If in the opinion of such persons the health, level of fitness or conduct of a client at any time before or after departure appears likely to endanger the safe, comfortable or happy progress of a tour the client may be excluded from all or part of the tour without refund or recompense. In the case of ill health the company may make such arrangements as it sees fit and recover the costs thereof from the client. If a client commits an illegal act the client may be excluded from the tour and the Company shall cease to have responsibility to/for them. If you are affected by a condition, medical or otherwise, that might affect you or affect other people’s enjoyment or active participation of the tour, you must advise us at the time of booking. No refund will be given for any unused services.
  • The Company will use its best endeavours to operate all tours as advertised. However, it reserves the right to change any of the facilities, services, prices or itineraries described in our brochure/website. If a major change is necessary or deemed advisable, the company will advise the client as soon as reasonably possible, if there is no time before departure. A major change does not apply to a change of transport or named accommodation, but is usually considered a major change in itinerary or change in duration of a client’s holiday. If advised of a major change before departure, the client will have the choice of accepting changes (at additional cost if applicable), purchasing another available tour from the company, or cancelling the tour with a full refund.

    Provided that the major change is not as a result of situations outside the company’s control or consolidation, compensation will be paid as follows:

    Notification Period Given / Compensation Per Person

    More than 30 days: Nil

    14-30 days: €40

    Less than 14 days: €50

  • Force Majeure. We regret we cannot accept liability or pay any compensation where the performance or prompt performance of our contractual obligations is prevented or affected by reasons of circumstance amounting to “force majeure”. In these conditions “force majeure” means any event which we the supplier of services in question could not, even with all due care, foresee or avoid. Such events include war or threat of war, riot, civil strife, industrial dispute, terrorist activity, natural or nuclear disaster, fire or adverse weather conditions, epidemics or health risks and all similar events outside our control.
  • The company reserves the right to cancel a tour in any circumstances but will not cancel a tour less than 4 weeks before departure except for “force majeure”, consolidation, or the client’s failure to pay the final balance. Unless the client fails to pay the final balance, the company, upon cancellation will return all monies paid to it, or offer the client an alternative holiday of comparable standard if available (if less expensive than original we will refund the difference, if more expensive, the client will have to pay the difference). Compensation will not be payable (1) where the company is forced to cancel as a result of unusual and unforeseeable circumstances beyond our control, the consequences of which we could not have avoided even with all due care or (2) where an insufficient number of people book the clients chosen holiday and we notify we are cancelling for this reason not less than 28 days before departure. In all cases our liability is limited to offering the above choices and the compensation payments (where applicable) set out in clause 11. No compensation is payable if we notify you of cancellation more than 8 weeks before departure. We cannot be held responsible for any costs or expenses you may have as a result of cancellation.
  • Client’s bookings are accepted on the understanding that they appreciate the risks inherent in adventure travel and that they undertake the tours featured in our programme at their own volition. Our obligations, and those of any suppliers providing any service or facility involved in any travel arrangements you book with us, are to provide services and facilities with reasonable care and skill. Facilities will be provided to the realistic minimum standard recommended by the regulatory authorities responsible.
  • Bike Hire: The equipment including all accessories supplied is let out on hire. The equipment remains the property of the company and the Client will not sell, hire out or otherwise part with the possessions thereof.

    The Client undertakes not to misuse the equipment and to return it with all accessories in the same condition as when received (ordinary wear and tear accepted). The company shall be entitled to charge the client for any damages caused to equipment during the period of hire. In event of a breakdown, other than a result of the Clients misuse, the company will use its best endeavours to repair or procure repair of the equipment.

    The company will not be liable for any damage or loss whatsoever, through breakdown or other defect in the equipment or other circumstances beyond the company’s control. The Client shall indemnify the company with respect to all costs, claims, expenses and demands suffered or incurred which arise directly or indirectly out of the use of the equipment during the period of hire. The company reserves the right to charge the client for partial or full settlement of any claim. In the event of the equipment being stolen or lost, the company reserves the right to call upon the client to indemnify the company the replacement of the equipment. However, should the equipment subsequently be returned in a satisfactory condition, the company undertakes to refund the clients indemnity within 14 days.

    The Client will ensure that the equipment is adequately secured when not in use, will not use the equipment whilst under the influence of drink or drugs and will immediately notify the company in the event of breakdown or loss of equipment.

  • Clients bringing their own bikes do so on the proviso that their equipment is in a suitable condition for participation in a tour. Responsibility for maintenance of bicycles brought by clients rests with the client. The company will endeavour to accommodate such clients, but cannot guarantee that correct tools and spares will be available, given the wide range of possibilities that exist.