Tour the Loire with cycle expert Harvey Downard
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A glorious gastronomic journey across one of the Costa Brava's most fruitful hotspots.
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 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
SUGGESTED 6 NIGHT TOUR
DAY 1 Arrive at Girona or Barcelona. Transfer by minibus, taxi or train 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 Figueres and Serra d’Altrera. Today enjoy a lovely circular route through several vineyards and olive groves, to Peralada, a beautiful medieval town in the heart of the wine area. 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. Back in Figueres, we suggest 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. Today you will travel south through 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, 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. (26 miles/42km)
DAY 4 Artisan olive oil and medieval villages. Today’s route meanders through many pretty medieval villages, 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. 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 to Palamos. Your route today passes through the rice fields of Arros de Moli de Pals towards the perfectly preserved hilltop medieval town of Pals. From here we suggest cycling down to Palafrugell and calling in at the Museum de Confitura, then visiting 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. (23 miles/37km)
DAY 6 Palamos. On your final day we suggest a round trip, taking the coastal path to one of the last unspoilt beaches on the Costa Brava. 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. (13 miles/22km)
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.
April to October
|Group/Period||6 Nights: Apr, Oct, Nov & Dec||6 Nights: May, Jun & Sep||6 Nights: Jul & Aug|
|Child (2-6)||On request||On request||On request|
All prices per person, based on two people sharing and two nights per hotel. Includes breakfast, gourmet evening meal, bikes and equipment and luggage transfers unless otherwise stated. Travel not included. Single room supplement: on request. E-bike supplement: £22 per day.
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