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Pyrenees to the Med
8 days
Spain - Trip code CPM

Pyrenees to the Med

Ride with us on scenic dedicated cycle paths from the foothills of the Pyrenees to the Mediterranean coast. We pedal through northern Spain's volcanic countryside and ancient walled villages to the port town of Sant Feliu de Guixols. We also stroll along Las Ramblas in Barcelona, explore the medieval back streets in Girona and enjoy some delicious Catalan cuisine.

Trip highlights

  • Barcelona - Orientation tour of Catalonia's capital city
  • Girona - Exploring medieval backstreets
  • Foothills of the Pyrenees - Beautiful cycling along tranquil 'greenways'
  • Volcano Natural Park - Calderas, forests and rivers
  • St Feliu De Guixols - Relaxing on the Mediterranean Coast
Accommodation grade:
Our standard, mid-range accommodation offers a good level of service, often with other amenities such as a restaurant, bar, garden or swimming pool. Generally rooms will be comfortable with en suite facilities.
Cycling grade:
Easy To Moderate
This grade is ideal if you want to enjoy both easy and moderate rides on the same tour. You’ll be cycling through flat or gently undulating terrain, with the occasional more energetic ascent.
Group Size:
10 - 16
Maximum group size ranges from between 6 to 20 people, depending on the type of trip, the transport and accommodation used and activities included. We rarely have groups that are smaller than five or six people and the average is 12 people plus an Explore leader.


Itineraries on some departure dates may differ, please select the itinerary that you wish to explore.

Day 1 - Join tour Barcelona; city tour

On arrival in Barcelona after settling into our hotel in the city we can take an orientation tour. Founded over 2000 years ago, Barcelona truly has something for everybody. From the winding streets and alleys of the classical medieval Barrio Gotico (Gothic Quarter), to the contemporary architecture of the MACBA, a pedestrian visit of Barcelona allows you to discover the contrasts that make Barcelona one of the most exciting cities in Europe. Strolling up the famous Ramblas, passing street statues, flower stalls and bird stalls, and on to the Plaza Catalunya and then into the Eixample to catch a glimpse of some of the innovative architect Gaudi's most famous creations. Tonight we might opt to return to the Barrio Gotico to sample some of the local specialities.

Accommodation: Hotel Sant Pau(or similar)

Standard Hotel
Single room available
Meals Provided: None
Day 2 - Train to Ripoll and cycling to Olot

This morning we catch a train (2hrs) to Ripoll, a small town where the remains of the monastery remind us of the glorious days when this was the centre of power of the first Catalan counts, Guife el Pelos ('Willy the Hairy') is considered to be the founder of Catalonia when he started uniting the different counties in the 9th century and thus gradually creating independence from France. The monastery itself used to house one of the finest medieval libraries in Europe and still preserves the splendid Romanesque portal from 12th century. After receiving and familiarising ourselves with our bikes, we take the Camino de Ferro, the first section of the graded bike trail which was originally built in late 19th century as a railway line serving local coal mines. This incredibly green and lush valley is surrounded by mountains up to 2000 metres high. It leads all the way to Sant Joan de les Abadesses, another important site from early medieval days, and we will stop here briefly for a visit to the 9th century monastery with its delightful alabaster windows. Gradually ascending a mountain pass, with 390 metres in height gained over 7km of steady incline, we arrive in Olot in the late afternoon. The capital of the Garrotxa region, Olot is located between several dormant volcanoes. It is worth a walk through the old center of the town, especially after 5 pm when the shops open again and the narrow streets really begin to bustle with life. Please note that the ride today is unguided. The Tour Leader drives the support vehicle and gives clear instructions of the route to follow.

Our total cycling distance today is approximately 36 kilometres (total accumulated ascent 550 metres, total accumulated descent 800 metres) - longest ascent on this trip, the support vehicle is on hand.

Accommodation: Hotel La Perla(or similar)

Standard Hotel
Single room available
Meals Provided: Breakfast
Day 3 - Cycling between volcanoes

Today's ride is dedicated to exploring the volcanic scenery in the heart of the Garrotxa Natural Park. We start cycling through the Fajeda de n'Jorda, the largest beech wood forest on the Iberian peninsula, and eventually reach the Croscat volcano. Here it is possible to see the cross-section of the volcano in a unique way as decades ago a huge slice was cut for construction material. All the volcanoes in the area are covered by lush forest. We shall explore the volcanoes and surrounding countryside by bike on small roads, off-road bike trails and good forest tracks. Keen cyclists may be able to do an additional optional ride. Today's ride is guided by the Tour Leader.

Our total cycling distance today is approximately 26 kilometres (total accumulated ascent/descent 450 metres).

Accommodation: Hotel La Perla(or similar)

Standard Hotel
Single room available
Meals Provided: Breakfast
Day 4 - Cycling to Girona; explore on foot

In the morning we continue following the old railway line on the cycle path. Apart from one little ascent this is the most serene and gentle downhill on the whole trip, taking us through the rich and fertile valleys with corn and palm tree plantations, surrounded by the dramatic rocks of the Collsacabra Mountains. The trail leads directly into the heart of Girona where we can enjoy first impressions of this ancient town, built on a hill between two rivers. Girona was one of the first Paleolithic communities in the region and, under the Romans, a major town on the 'Via Augusta' between Rome and Cadiz. It reached its zenith, however, during the Middle Ages when Catalonian seafaring expansion reached as far as Athens, bringing great wealth to the region. A great place to sit for an early evening drink is on the Rambla or the Carrer de Forca. Please note that the ride today is unguided. The Tour Leader drives the support vehicle and gives clear instructions of the route to follow.

Our total cycling distance today is approximately 63 kilometres (total accumulated ascent 400 metres, total accumulated descent 770 metres).

Accommodation: Hotel Peninsular(or similar)

Standard Hotel
Single room available
Meals Provided: Breakfast
Day 5 - Cycling to Sant Feliu de Guixos

This morning is left free to explore Girona further. You can ascend the ramparts of Girona's ancient city walls for fine views over the surrounding countryside, and then explore the backstreets on foot. Examples of the wealth from Catalonian seafaring days can be seen at the spectacular Cathedral, built between the 11th and 15th Centuries, which has a Romanesque cloister, Europe's widest Gothic Nave and a five-storey tower. Another suggestion is a visit to the Arabic Baths - built during in the 13th century by a noble family who wanted their private baths to be designed in the style of Moorish Spain. After lunch we head off on the bike trail towards the coast. Soon the scenery changes and the vegetation is increasingly dominated by pine and cork oak trees. A final descent brings us to the Mediterranean Sea and into Sant Feliu de Guixols. Our modernist hostel is perhaps the most original building in town, dating from the early 20th century. It's perfectly situated within a short 10 minute walk of Sant Pol beach. Please note that the ride today is unguided. The Tour Leader drives the support vehicle and gives clear instructions of the route to follow.

Our total cycling distance today is approximately 40 kilometres (total accumulated ascent 300 metres, total accumulated descent 340 metres).

Accommodation: Hostal del Sol(or similar)

Standard Hotel
Single room available
Meals Provided: Breakfast
Day 6 - Free day on coast; optional cycle to Tossa del Mar

Today is free for you to choose whether you wish to take it easy on the local beaches, visit the old monastery and the historical center of Sant Feliu, or perhaps fancy some more cycling. A very rewarding but challenging ride is along the coastal road to Tossa del Mar. The road was built in the 1950s under Franco in order to attract more tourism to the Costa Brava. Tossa del Mar itself had emerged on the world map a few years before when it hosted the shooting of a major Hollywood production with Ava Gardner. The 23 kilometres along the rocky cliffs is probably the most scenic section on the entire Spanish Mediterranean, affording splendid views across little bays and the sea. You can either take the same road back or a pick up service can be organized by your tour leader.

Our total cycling distance today is approximately 23 kilometres (total accumulated ascent 500 metres)(one way cycling, optional).

Accommodation: Hostal del Sol(or similar)

Standard Hotel
Single room available
Meals Provided: Breakfast
Day 7 - Transfer to Barcelona; free afternoon

After breakfast we travel to Barcelona by public bus (2hrs). After checking into our hotel you have the rest of the day free to explore Barcelona. You may choose to visit Antoni Gaudi's fascinating Park Guell where you can admire the beauty of his architecture and enjoy fantastic views across the city and the sea. Another of Gaudi's famous projects is the Sagrada Familia, the unfinished cathedral. Other examples of Gaudi's work not to be missed are the roof-top of La Pedrera and Casa Battlo both situated on Passeig de Gracia. Alternatively, take a stroll down to the port and the cable car across the harbour to the Jardins de Miramar, and then ascend to the Castell de Montjuic, dating back to the 17th century. Fantastic views are afforded out to the sea and back to the mountains. If you want to get back on two wheels (a great way to explore the city) please speak to your Tour Leader who will be able to advise on optional excursions (around 3 hours).

Accommodation: Hotel Sant Pau(or similar)

Standard Hotel
Single room available
Meals Provided: Breakfast
Day 8 - Tour ends Barcelona

The tour ends in Barcelona this morning after breakfast.

Meals Provided: Breakfast

Cycling information

General cycling information
On this tour we cycle 164 km over four days (an average of 41 km a day) with a further optional 23 km available. We follow quiet dedicated cycle paths or dirt roads (85%) and some quiet country roads (15%). There is one day with a 390 metre ascent (support vehicle available) and two days with a little ascent (140-250m). Maps are provided to cycle individually or in groups while the tour leader drives the support vehicle, except on circular routes when the tour leader will cycle with the group. We have graded the route as easy to moderate.
Bike included
27 gear Stevens Galant SX or similar hybrid bikes.
Bike information
Your included bike is a 27 gear Stevens Galant hybrid or similar make and model and will be the correct frame size for your height. A pannier and water bottle holder are included as well as the facility to fit your own pedals or saddle if you wish to bring them. We provide spare parts and take care of the day to day maintenance. A support vehicle carries the luggage from point to point and is driven by the tour leader. Maps are provided to cycle individually or as a group. We provide spare parts and take care of the day to day maintenance. All you need to bring is your own helmet and water bottle.
Cycling grade

Why book this trip

Unlike many other operators, we include the hire of your bike in the overall cost of the holiday: you don't need to bring your own or pay extra to hire one locally. We also provide a support vehicle, spare parts and take care of day to day bike maintenance. All you need bring is your own helmet.

What's included?

Included meals
  • Breakfast: 7
  • Bus
  • Bicycle
  • Train
Trip staff
  • Explore Tour Leader / Driver
  • 7 nights standard hotel
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Trip information

Country information

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Overall, spring, early summer and autumn are ideal times for a Spanish trip - though the weather varies enormously from region to region. The high central plains suffer from fierce extremes, stiflingly hot in summer, bitterly cold and swept by freezing winds in winter. The Atlantic coast, in contrast, has a tendency to damp and mist, and a relatively brief, humid summer. The Mediterranean south is warm virtually all year round. Spain's Islands the Canaries and Balaerics experience very mild winters and warm summers making them ideal year round destinations.

Time difference to GMT



2 Pin Round


Roman Catholic


Castilian Spanish, Catalan, Galician, Basque

Budgeting and packing

Optional activities

Barcelona - Sagrada Familia basic entrance 15 Euros, Picasso Museum 10 Euros, Casa Mila 21 Euros, Casa Battlo 21 Euros Girona - Entrance to the Cathedral Museum and cloister 7 Euros, Arabic Baths 2 Euros


Bring cycling gear such as shorts, quick drying tops and cycle gloves. Remember weather is changeable in the mountains and it can be cool, especially at night, so bring a warmer jacket/fleece. Don't forget your swimming costume for the Mediterranean.


If you are not bringing cycle shoes then try to bring stiff-soled shoes as these are better for cycling - transmitting your energy into the pedals more efficiently. This becomes more relevant and recommended the more demanding the grade and distances to cover. SPD cycle shoes are not well suited to tours that combine sightseeing with cycling. Comfortable shoes, trainers, sandals or flip flops are useful when not on the bike.



Luggage: On tour

We recommend you bring a daypack and one main piece of luggage (total allowance: 44lb/20kg) which will be transported between hotels while you cycle. Check the bike details section to see if a pannier or handlebar bag is provided on the bike.


On all Explore cycle holidays we strongly recommend you bring along and wear your cycle helmet. In case of an accident resulting in personal injury, certain insurance policies are invalidated in cases where a helmet was not being worn. Cycle glasses to protect against dust, pollen and the sun, padded cycle gloves and a water bottle or water delivery system (e.g. camelback or platypus) are also useful. You may choose to bring your own gel seat cover for added comfort. If a handle bar bag or pannier is not provided (check bike details) then you may like to bring a small rucksack to wear while cycling. Other items to consider bringing are a sunhat and sun cream, torch, earplugs and insect repellent. Please carry some or all of your cycling equipment e.g. helmet as part of your hand luggage.


Explore leader
At your discretion you might also consider tipping your Tour Leader in appreciation of the efficiency and service you receive.
Local crew
Although entirely voluntary, tipping is a recognised part of life in this region of the world. Some local staff will look to members of the group for personal recognition of particular services provided. In order to make things easier for you, the Tour Leaders may organise a group's tips kitty and if this is the case, they will account for it throughout the tour. Accordingly, you should allow Euros 20.
Country Information

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Food and drink

The costs for meals may vary depending upon location, type of restaurant and number of courses eaten and so the prices given are an average guide. Local restaurants located off the beaten track may be less expensive, whereas an upmarket restaurant located in the centre of a major city may charge more.

Lunch price
£8.00 - 12.00
Dinner price
£16.00 - 20.00
Beer price
£1.50 - 2.50 (depending on the region/area in Spain)
Water price
Foreign Exchange
Local currency
Recommended Currency For Exchange
We recommend you take the majority of your spending money in Euros cash.
Where To Exchange
We recommend that you change any currency into Euros prior to arrival. Bureau de Change are generally only found in major cities and large airports.
ATM Availability
In cities and most major towns.
Credit Card Acceptance
Visa and Mastercard are generally accepted in larger restaurants and some shops.
Travellers Cheques
Not recommended.

Transport, Accommodation & Meals

Transport Information

Bus, Bicycle, Train

Accommodation notes

Booking a Single Room

All of our group tours are planned and operated on a twin-share basis, meaning that the standard cost is based either on individual travellers sharing accommodation with another group member of the same sex, or people who book together sharing accommodation. Please refer to the tour notes where the single room option availability is detailed on a night by night basis for this tour, and the price for the available nights is detailed on the dates & prices tab by departure date. For Self-Guided trips the Single Room supplement offers the option of a single room each and is charged per person. The Single Room supplement also applies to the third person in a party of three that will be accommodated in a single room.

Standard - Our mid-range accommodation offers a good level of service often with other amenities such as a restaurant, bar, garden or swimming pool. Generally rooms will be comfortable with en-suite facilities. Accommodation and service levels in Spain are generally very good. We try to use smaller, family-run hotels and pensions that might not offer the same luxuries as larger chain-style hotels, but they do provide a warm welcome, a comfortable place to stay and the chance to gain a better understanding of local life. One thing to be aware of in Spain is that breakfast tends to be a smaller affair, usually with fruit juice or coffee and a pastry. In Barcelona we normally use a very good two star hotel, situated right next to the Art Noveau Sant Pau Hospital and a few minutes walking distance from Antoni Gaudi's masterpiece Sagrada Familia. In Olot our base is a good three star hotel some 3 km from the town centre and in the green outskirts of town providing easy access to both the Bicicarril and the Garrotxa Volcano Park. In Girona we stay in a three star hotel with easy access to the old town.

Essential information

FCO Advice

We strongly recommend that you check your government's travel advisory for up-to-date information and advice about your destination: safety and security, entry requirements, health, local laws and customs. For UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office advice click here.

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Under 18 immigration guidance

Please note that some countries require proof of parental consent when travelling overseas with under 18s. Please check requirements with the relevant embassy or consular office well in advance of travel if this applies to your party.

Essential Information

Once your booking has been confirmed we guarantee the price will not increase, whatever the circumstances. Before booking please ensure you have read our important tour pricing information.Booking Conditions

Visa and Passport Information

Spain: Visas are not required by UK, Australian, New Zealand, US and Canadian citizens. Other nationalities should consult their local embassy or consular office.

If you do require assistance in obtaining a visa then you may consider applying through Explore's recommended visa service in the UK, Travcour. See to download the relevant visa application for your trip, if applicable (UK citizens only), along with details of how to apply for your visa through Travcour. The Team at Travcour will be happy to answer specific questions relating to visa applications, please call them directly on 0208 5431846.

It is your responsibility to ensure that you are in possession of a full passport, with the correct validity for your chosen destination.

Booking conditions

Before booking your Explore trip, please ensure that you read both our Essential Information and Booking Conditions.


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Booking a land only package with Explore

Customers who have chosen to book on the ‘Land Only’ arrangements of our tour, please ensure that you have checked your tour specific ‘Joining Instructions’ prior to booking your own travel arrangements. Your joining instructions can be found below in the dates and prices information. 

You may also be eligible for the Free Explore Transfer.

Joining Tour Abroad

Customers booked on the ‘Land Only’ arrangements will now receive a Free Transfer, provided you arrive and depart on the tour only itinerary start and end dates. The transfers will be from the Explore designated airport or train station to the joining point of your tour, and then back from the ending point to the designated airport or train station. The exception to this rule is customers who are booked on a tour where the joining and ending point is at the designated airport or train station.  

Free transfers are not available for Self-Guided, Tailormade or Tours for Churches customers.

If you are not eligible for the Free Transfer then you will need to make your own way through to the joining and ending point. On a majority of our tours Explore will be able to provide a private transfer at an additional cost. Please ask for a quote at the time of booking.  

For more information regarding the Explore Free Transfer click here


It is a condition of booking with Explore that you have adequate valid travel insurance. It is your responsibility to arrange appropriate travel insurance and ensure you have read and understood the full terms and conditions of your travel insurance policy to ensure that you are covered for all activities you intend to undertake whilst on the tour, including all optional activities. Your Insurance Policy must fully cover you for medical expenses and emergency repatriation to your home country. Please ensure your policy includes medical emergency helicopter evacuation in the event of illness or injury and covers the entire duration of your holiday. If you are trekking at altitude please ensure that there is no upper altitude limit which may limit or exclude cover for your trip. Medical and repatriation insurance cover is not mandatory for UK residents who are travelling on trips within the United Kingdom.
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Flight information

Explore offers a wide range of flexible flying options to make joining and leaving our trips easy. Read more about them here.

Flight Information

You are able to book this tour on a 'land only' basis or as a ‘flight inclusive’ package. Your flight inclusive package will be fully protected by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) ATOL protection scheme.


Booking a flight inclusive package with Explore

We have a good selection of flights not only from London but from many regional airports around the UK allowing us to compare fares between scheduled carriers as well as low cost and charter airlines. Our dedicated flights team will match the best flight options to your arrival and departure airport.

On our website we display a UK flight inclusive package guide price which is generally based on a London departure. To avoid paying supplements or to secure your preferred flight option, we recommend booking as early as possible, especially for peak travel dates.

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Nothing compulsory but Tetanus is usually recommended as a precaution. Further information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice can be found by following the NHS and NaTHNaC links at and from your local healthcare provider. Vaccination requirements are subject to change and should be confirmed before departure.

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