Explore this quiet corner of Catalunya and experience a diverse range of scenery and culture that offers something quite different to the rest of the Spanish Mediterranean. Follow a coastline that has inspired creativity in the likes of Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Salvador Dali. The cycling is varied, with gentle routes winding through olive groves and peach orchards contrasting with beautiful coastal paths overlooking the azure Mediterranean sea. You'll stay in a variety of charming and characterful hotels, all with pools.
Arrive at the Hotel Garbi where you'll enjoy a sea view room with private balcony. With such a rich variety of restaurants on offer, just 5 minutes' walk away in the centre of town, you're free to explore the local cuisine for yourself this evening. *Staying at Hotel Garbi.*
Today's ride takes you through the pine forest behind Calella, before leading on to the mediaeval village of Pals with its C11-C13 Romanesque tower and stunning views. After lunch, meander through the pretty hamlets of Palau-Sator (where there has been a settlement since Roman times) and Fontanilles, before looping back to the coast and finishing with a gentle downhill ride to Platja de Pals. *Staying at Hotel Sa Punta.*
We strongly recommend a visit to mediaeval Begur, a fashionable hilltop town with C11 castle and outstanding views over the coast. Alternatively, relax on the beach, follow the superb coastal walking path or simply chill out by the hotel's semi-Olympic pool. *Staying at Hotel Sa Punta.*
Your day begins with a ride past rice fields to join the River Ter, before following the river to Torroella de Montgri with its wonderful views of the Illes Medes and distinctly mediaeval features; think narrow streets, colonnaded square, baronial mansions and a rather impressive C14 Gothic church. Leave here and head inland along quiet roads to the village of Gualta with its picturesque C16 bridge and the pretty hamlets of Fonolleres, Matajudaica and Casavells. Finally, ride on to La Bisbal, where you'll stay in a unique C14 castle, once reputed to have been on Dali's shopping list. *Staying at Hotel Castell d'Emporda.*
Laze by the pool (there's a fabulous sun terrace and bar area) or follow our suggested cycling circuit linking the pretty medieval villages of Corca, Monells (pretty square and lovely choices for lunch) and La Bisbal, a lively market town famous for antiques and pottery. Take time to explore the old quarter including the Carrer del Call, formerly a Jewish ghetto, whose intricate arches are still intact today. *Staying at Hotel Castell d'Emporda. *
This is a lovely gentle ride that stops first at the walled village of Ullastret. The vast archaeological site here contains the remains of one of the oldest Iberian villages in Spain. Move on via beautifully preserved Peratallada to the bustling market town of Palafrugell, a great spot for lunch. It's then a gentle 5km ride to the seaside town of Palamos, where you'll spend the next two nights in our *** sea-facing hotel with its lovely pool.* Staying at Hotel Trias. *
Once a C12 fishing village, Palamos is now a bustling family seaside resort centred around its colourful port, and has one of the best beaches on the Costa Brava. Here you can walk or cycle to Sant Antoni, explore the warren of mediaeval streets, or simply relax in the sun by the pool or down on the beach.* Staying at Hotel Trias. *
Your route today is filled with things to see and do. Firstly, you'll follow the coast along to the lovely bay at La Fosca, before moving on to the sheltered half-moon cove of Platja de Castell, crowned by the atmospheric ruins of an ancient settlement. Then head inland through the farming hamlets and rice fields of Santa Margarida and Ermedas, before ascending gently to the Sant Sebastia lighthouse with its fabulous views and restaurant for lunch. A final downhill stretch via Llafranc will then carry you back to Calella de Palafrugell. *Staying at Hotel Garbi.*
*Leave Calella de Palafrugell*
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