Pyrenees To The Med

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Run by: Explore

Reference number: CPM

From: £939.00

Barcelona and the Ramblas
Capital of Catalonia, Barcelona offers a range of unbeatable attractions with its character epitomised by the architecture of Antoni Gaudi and the Ramblas - the link between the old town and the harbour. Leaving Barcelona by train, we journey towards the Pyrenees to Ripoll, the start of our trail to the coast. In association with the Spanish railway company, hundreds of kilometres of disused track has been converted into cycle routes known as “Greenways”. Gradients are mild and offer the chance to avoid motor traffic.

Foothills of the Pyrenees and the Volcan Parque Natural
We follow our “greenway” south east into a region of low mountains, evergreen oak forests and the Garrotxa Parque Natural - the last eruption here was a mere 11,000 years ago! Birdlife is prolific - this is a beautiful area of wooded landscapes and volcanic caldera interspersed with ancient walled villages and Romanesque churches. We have time in Olot to explore the local trails - the only way to truly appreciate the glorious countryside. We continue to Girona, criss-crossing streams over a series of bridges. Girona was originally founded by the Romans, its ancient centre straddles a fortress-like hill. Taking a break from our bikes we climb the city walls at dusk for views over the old quarter.

To the Mediterranean
The last leg of our journey takes us to the old port town of Sant Feliu de Guixos, crossing through oak and cork forests before bringing us to the sea. We have a day to relax here, swim or indulge in excellent Catalan cuisine and wine. For the dedicated cyclists there is one more opportunity to explore this beautiful region and go for a final ride along the scenic coast prior to our return to Barcelona.

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