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A glorious gastronomic journey across one of the Costa Brava's most fruitful hotspots.
SAVE £50 per person : Book any Softies tour by 31 January 2018.*
This sun-filled cycling holiday along one of the Costa Brava’s most lovely routes is packed with flavour from start to finish.
Explore, not just the beautiful terrain, but the vast array of produce borne from it, meeting and learning from local producers as you go. Tour through perfectly preserved medieval villages, secluded sandy coves, orchards, olive trees, rice fields and vineyards along the way, finishing in Palamos on the coast.
We love: tasting the Jamon Iberico, seafood paella and Emporda wines, visiting the Dali museum in Figueres and relaxing on one of the beautiful beaches of the Costa Brava.
• Delicious restaurant meals each night
• Bed and breakfast accommodation
• Expert on the spot support
• Luggage carried between your hotels
• Fully serviced touring bikes
• 100% financial security through ABTA and ATOL
This tour is operated by our preferred local partner
* Terms and Conditions. Subject to availability. Cannot be combined with any other offer. Cannot be applied to bookings already made. Valid for bookings made between the 1st December 2017 and the 31st January 2018.
DAY 1 Arrive at Girona or Barcelona. Transfer to your first hotel in the centre of Figueres, the birthplace of renowned surrealist artist Salvador Dalí. Enjoy a glass of Cava during your welcome briefing before enjoying a traditional Catalan meal of locally sourced produce.
DAY 2 Peralada (20 miles/32kms). Today enjoy a lovely circular route through vineyards and olive groves, to Peralada, a beautiful medieval town in the heart of the wine area. We suggest a visit to Peralada Castle before a visit to Castillo Perelada’s wine tasting centre, specialising in delicious Cava. From here the route continues to Serra d’Altrera, with magnificent views over the plain and the Albera mountains along the way, before winding back via Vilarnadal and Cabanes. Your local representative will provide you with a list of vineyards and olive groves that you can visit on your cycle. Back in Figueres, we highly recommend a visit to Dalí’s theatre-museum. Figueres also boasts some lovely shopping streets and a huge 18th century fortress.
DAY 3 Figueres to Torroella de Montgri. (26 miles/42km). Today you will travel south through the fertile plains of Alt Emporda to Baix Emporda, past the river Fluvia, to Torroella de Montgri. We suggest stopping off at the Greek and Roman ruins of 6th century Empuries, one of Spain’s most important archeological sites which is situated right behind a beautiful beach. For lunch, try tapas on the seafront at Bar Riba, before visiting ‘Anxovies Soles’ to pick up a jar of the famous anchovies produced in l’Escala. Your hotel for the next two nights is in Torroella de Montgri situated at the foot of the Montgri Massif and not far from the beaches of the Costa Brava. The interesting lanes in the grid like centre, particularly around Placa de la Vila, are worth exploring before dinner.
DAY 4 Can Solivera (18 miles/28km). Today’s route meanders through many pretty medieval villages via Peratallada, visiting local producers on the way. These include the highly respected artisan olive oil producer Can Solivera, whose oils are used by some of the top restaurants in the world. This 12th Century estate has been beautifully restored and we suggest booking a tour via your representative, which includes an olive oil tasting. The route back to Torroella takes you via Palau Sator and Fontclara (which means ‘clear water’) where you can stop at the ancient font for a cooling drink.
DAY 5 Torroella de Montgri to Palamos (23 miles/37km). Your route today passes through the rice fields of Arros de Moli de Pals towards the perfectly preserved hilltop medieval town of Pals. Pals is the perfect place for a mid-morning coffee stop and the chance to explore the old quarter known as El Pedro with its gothic church and cobbled streets. From here you cycle down to Palafrugell, calling in at the Museum de Confitura, a quirky shop with over 100 jams and chutneys, then visiting the Mas Oller vineyard, which produces some excellent wines. Your final destination is the lively town of Palamos which boasts a lovely beach and charming port - perfect for an evening stroll before dinner.
DAY 6 Palamos and Castells Beach (13 miles/22km). On your final day we suggest a round trip, taking the coastal path to one of the most unspoilt beaches on the Costa Brava, Platja del Castell. You’ll cycle along to the port where you can visit the maritime museum if you wish, and watch the fisherman bring in their catch of the day. The beach path links Palamos to Torre Valentina, where you can enjoy gorgeous ocean views and a complementary glass of wine in the local bodega. There is more time to explore Palamos before another delicious dinner.
DAY 7 Enjoy one final Spanish breakfast in the sunshine before we say “Adiós”.
A fine selection of hotels to choose from
Set in the heart of Figueres, in the upper part of the Rambla, right in the historical and business centre of the city and just a short walk from its most charismatic buildings: The Dalí Museum, the Toy Museum of Catalonia, El Jardí Theatre, and more. It is the ideal hotel for weekend breaks and shopping in Figueres.
The Duran Hotel & Restaurant in Figueres is a high category 3-star hotel of recognised prestige, totally refurbished in contemporary style. It is the city’s most emblematic hotel, as the building was originally an old inn dating back to 1855, El Celler de Ca la Teta.
Located on the seafront with stunning views over the bay of Palamós and just a few minutes’ walk from the city centre, Hotel Trias opened its doors in June 2005 following a complete renovation. Some renowned personalities such as Truman Capote and Ava Gardner stayed in the hotel and therefore some call it “The Hotel of the Stars”. Its privileged location makes it a striking sea viewpoint.
The Hotel Palau Lo Mirador is a landmark building dating from the 9th century. Full of character, the hotel offers large, air-conditioned rooms with superb views. The beautiful gardens and swimming pool are an added bonus.
|Tour Only Prices|
|2018 Departure Dates||Nights||Board Basis||Adult Price|
|April, October, November & December||6||Half Board||£1295|
|May, June & December||6||Half Board||£1395|
|July & August||6||Half Board||£1495|
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