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Pyrenees To The Med CPM

Visiting: Spain
Trip Duration 8 Days

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Pyrenees To The MedScores 8.6 out of 10 based on 14 reviews
(7 out of 10)


Cycling was good variety. Some challenging climbing days, some long relatively flat paths and some undulating hills. Best day was the optional cycle from Tossa de mar to San Feliu. Amazing views, nice hills. Suggestions would be as follows: 1) explore should have a list of suggestion for activities on days off or discretionary time. I was interested in visiting figures when in Spain and even ask naturbike before I traveled. The reality is that I managed to do a side trip after we cycled and arrived in girona. Train was frequent and easy to catch. Frankly we saw the signs for Figuere on our bike path. That might have been a good option to consider adding. It is another 43km from girona and with the Dali museum there, it adds more dimension to the itinerary. Also on an optional cycle day, it would be useful to have a list of local activities and providers -- one of our group that did not want to cycle to tossa de mar investigated a boat trip and explored the town. She loved it but would have preferred to know her options in advance. After cycling the tossa de mar day, I had no idea that there was snorkeling at one of the beaches to the north of where we were staying. Explore could be more helpful with suggestions. Also start time for some of the cycling was quite late. Would prefer to start out on all days no later than 930 because of the intense heat. Should at least take that into comsideration for August trip. Lastly restaurants..... I did a fair bit in my own as the first two dinner options were v mediocre. Pretty telling if we are the only people there. Worst was the last night -- terrible value for one was happy. We did have some dietary restrictions but frankly when some of us went on our own or in small groups we found better places and better value for money.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Confirmed traveller: 28 August 2016
Published on: 09 October 2016

Thanks for your feedback, Constance - I am glad to hear that you enjoyed the cycling. Your Explore Leader gives suggestions for free time based on the best experiences of previous travellers. We have chosen the cycle route based on local expertise and client feedback. For those interested in Dali, rather than cycle to Figueres on a cycle path in poor repair, we recommend it is best visited as an optional excursion from Olot or Girona. The vast majority of clients opt to cycle on the final free day from Sant Feliu and some spend time on the beach. We generally don’t recommend the optional boat trips from San Feliu because of little interest from our groups. They are also dependent on numbers and can often be cancelled. Your Explore Leader has the freedom to choose the best restaurants that suit the budget of most travellers for a group meal and that we haven’t had negative feedback before on this point.

(9 out of 10)


Very enjoyable experience with a good guide that I would highly recommend. More time available for sightseeing than we realised. Tips in order of trip follow!
Pack mosquito repellent - not a big deal but most were bitten once or twice until repellent used.
On first night, if staying at Hotel Sant Pau, I would suggest looking at front of local hospital and walking down to Segrada Familia, looking at it and eating on the avenue - orientation trip into Barcelona was too tiring for most after travelling.
On the 1st and 2nd day there are some hills - there is a clue in title of trip, if too much just get off and walk to top. The maps were fine, we missed a couple of turnings but soon got ourselves back on track
Definitely make the effort to walk into Olot along river and find boulevard with restaurants. Stock up with beer from Carrefour opposite hotel
In Girona if you are tiring of cathedrals then the museum of the cinema is interesting and different.
On last (optional) cycling day we took a taxi to Tessa del Mar and cycled back on the road - both ways in heat and uphill and down dale would have been too much.
Back in Barcelona on last day we did the "ciclo bike tour" - takes 3 hours and gives you a good feel for the city, - if you then go to top of Barcelo Raval ( its free) you can then look over where you have been.
Confirmed traveller: 28 August 2016
Published on: 16 September 2016
(7 out of 10)


Overall on most days we struggled to follow the route in industrial areas as signs and road markings were poor. If it wasn't for our fellow cyclists who were good at navigating we would have been very wrong in direction as we had to self navigate.
Suggest either daily maps with more detail or a garmin device given to help us navigate.
Highlights were the old railway lines away from the traffic and the spectacular scenery.
Confirmed traveller: 19 June 2016
Published on: 20 June 2016
(10 out of 10)


Wonderful itinerary, perfect combination of hills and flats, beautiful sceneries. I appreciated having the choice to be as a group or do parts of the trip in individual smaller groups. Amazing support from our guides in various occasions. They were helpful, knowledgable and accommodating and got out of their way to help us with anything and everything. I was informed that we got lucky and had an extra guide (trainee), so we had one of them ride with us, which I thoroughly enjoyed. So perhaps an extra guide or simply a van driver will be helpful. Having 2 people allowed our guides in multiple occasion to give us the option of going through easier or harder route, each lead a group, so everyone was able to do things in their own pace.
The only other thing I would mention is the quality of the maps. Please provide a bigger and clearer maps, so we feel more confident in doing our own thing. That way we can be more adventures and independent and won't feel the need to follow our poor guide in every step he took :). Thank you for the incredible time!
Confirmed traveller: 22 May 2016
Published on: 04 June 2016
(10 out of 10)


The entire trip was wonderful overall but biking was more challenging than I expected. The level of difficulty should be described as moderate to hard. Highlight of the trip was the beach. Most beautiful beach I have ever been to.
Confirmed traveller: 22 May 2016
Published on: 29 May 2016
(10 out of 10)


St. Petersburg, Fl
The trip was amazing. The explore leader went up and beyond to help to make sure everyone had the best vacation.
Confirmed traveller: 22 May 2016
Published on: 27 May 2016
(8 out of 10)


The route was easy,only one climb on the first day was a challenge, but there was plenty of time and we all managed it. I liked the general scenery of the area and the day at the coast was a well deserved treat after 4 days on the bike. Food and drink of the area was a highlight.
Confirmed traveller: 20 September 2015
Published on: 03 October 2015
(7 out of 10)


But 2 criticisms: 1. Some of the evening meals were too expensive - rough price should be given before setting out and opting out should be regarded as normal .
2. Free day should be abolished - better to go on the optional trip (which I regret I didn't)!
Confirmed traveller: 21 June 2015
Published on: 02 October 2015
(8 out of 10)

Confirmed traveller

An excellent week of cycling with varied scenery from mountains to coast. The first two days were the hardest - the long 7km uphill was tougher than I expected from the 'easy' rating and the second day (in the volcano area) had some steep hills and off road tracks (for which the bikes were not really suitable)- but a very enjoyable challenge. The highlights were getting to the top of the pass day 1, cycling into Girona, the lunch stop at Sant Pau.Victor was enthusiastic, motivating with a wicked sense of humour. Coped well with some negativity from the group (mainly about the hills/off road days 1 and 2). Found some great places to eat and some good recommendations for things to do on free time.
Confirmed traveller: 27 May 2015
Published on: 07 November 2015
(9 out of 10)


Kelowna, BC, Canada
It was one big highlight! But standing out in the week…. riding through fields of poppies, forests and and ancient towns; meandering back alleys of Girona; bustle and colour of the produce market in Barcelona and the camaraderie of a great group and leader. It was a long held dream come true.
Confirmed traveller: 17 May 2015
Published on: 12 October 2015