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Medieval Catalan Loop

From Barcelona...
Ride the best of Catalonia.

  Duration:   6 Days / 6 Nights  
  Type:   Self Guided Road Bike  
  Level:   4  
  Average/day:   73 km - 45,20 miles  
  When?:   April to October  
  Minimum:   2 riders required  
Map of the Penedes Priorat Bike Tour
Starting in the Mediterranean Sea the route continues trough the famous Penedes, the cava and wine area. Next is the famous climb to Montserrat, which will be difficult for anyone to forget. In the Pyrenees surrounding by dramatic gradients the scenery changes again, and again crossing the volcanic area of La Garrotxa.
Penedès is a wine-producing region having a Spanish Denominació d'Origen. The area is framed by Montserrat, Garraf and Prades. Considered one of the country's best wine-producing regions after La Rioja, it is also one of the most ancient viticulture areas in Europe. Better known for its Cava production, a sparkling wine, by companies like Freixenet.

Sant Sadurní d'Anoia and Freixenet A town known for its high concentration of cava producing companies. There are over 80 of these in the town The exterior architecture of some of them is of great beauty and they are all characterized by the underground landscape they make up, kilometer on kilometer of cellars, lined with bottles resting there in the silent darkness.

Montserrat is a massif that towers over the right bank of the Llobregat River. The natural beauty surrounding the monastery is simply breathtaking. Over the years, the monastery of Montserrat has always played a very important role in the cultural life of Catalonia. The community of Montserrat today is made up of some 80 monks. As at all Benedictine monasteries, the monks of Montserrat follow the Rule of Saint Benedict, devoting their lives to prayer, welcoming pilgrims and visitors, and work.

To visit Cardona is to feel history in the making: you can walk around a medieval town, contemplate the grandeur of roman and gothic temples. It is to experience finding yourself inside a salt mountain that is unique throughout the world and to have a good time at festivals, traditional fairs and cultural activities held throughout the year and enjoy the local trade gastronomy and products sold in its historic centre.

Ripoll located by the Pyrenees food hills at the confluence of the Ter and Freser rivers, the town was built around the Benedictine monastery of Santa María de Ripoll. Founded in the 9th century this Romanesque monastery is considered to be one of the most important monastic centers in medieval Catalonia, especially because of their repopulating efforts.

La Garrotxa is an area of exceptional beauty containing 40 volcanic cones. It is a protected area including the Natural Park of the Volcanic Area. A land rich in traditions and history, with some Romanesque gems and medieval villages. It is also a land with plenty of traditional dishes, which have been renovated by means of the most creative modern cuisine.

Girona has all the charm of a large city but without the crowds; The old town is one of the most evocative historical centers in Catalonia. The Carolingian wall, an exceptionally well conserved Jewish quarter, and the grandeur of the Cathedral's Gothic nave, the widest in the world.

PRICES 2013:
From 630 € per person. More info in PDF
INCLUDED in this price:
6 nights accommodation including breakfast in 3 or 4* hotels.
5 dinners.
One GPS per group with the preloaded route.
Maps and cue sheets to help you follow the tour.
Guided visit the second day to Freixenet.
All taxes.
Not included:
Travel Insurance.
Train tickets from and to Barcelona.
Lunches during the tour.
Luggage transfer from Hotel to Hotel.
Bike and helmet rental.
Dinner in Girona.
OPTIONAL extras:
Personal Sport Travel Insurance.
Road transport from Barcelona to Vilanova.
Luggage transfer from Hotel to Hotel.
Road transport from Girona to Barcelona.
Equipped Bike and helmet rental. (Select what kind of bike)

  This ride is definitely the best way to discover what Catalonia is all about... We liked the spectacular scenery that changed so much along the way.
The equipment worked very well, the Hotels are great and the food even better. Thank you
By: Creig / Arizona, Sep10
  Stage 1
Vilanova - St. Sadurni

After a short train ride to avoid Barcelona traffic Leaving the fisherman village behind, we will ride along the Foix dam in a secondary road with almost no traffic. Our roads run through the famous Penedes vineyards fields and bring us to the St. Sadurni.
  Stage 2
St. Sadurni - Montserrat

After the visit to Freixenet, we will make our way to the emblematic Montserrat massif. Keeping enough energy for the mythic climb in the last 10km of the route.
  Stage 3
Montserrat - Cardona

From Montserrat we will slide down to Manresa in along fast decent. This time we will not enter into the city but head towards the monastery of Pinós. Reaching about 900m of altitude will aloud us to capture the immense beauty of this region. The silence and peace of this place never stops surprising its visitors.
  Stage 4
Cardona - Ripoll

Leaving Cardona trough the lush green mountains we will make our way towards the Pyrenees. The scenery is changing now, we are heading towards the Mountains. In our way a must stop to visit Berga's city centre and the old quarter, continuing along the picturesque Dam of Baells, to arrive to Ripoll.
  Stage 5
Ripoll - Olot

This is the day when we experience the Pyrenees to the most, and give a meaning to our say: "Free you bike to Discover", riding trough the wiggly hidden roads of the Pyrenees we will discover corners as Oix and Beget, finally arriving to la Garroxta.
  Stage 6
Olot - Girona

Crossing the Natural Volcanic park of la Garrotxa, we will meet the biggest natural lake of Catalonia - "Lake Banyoles". The terrain is changing again now, we are getting away of the Pyrenees mountains to drop into the flat lands that embrace the city of Girona. With her unique medieval quarter, Girona is the perfect place to celebrate the end of this Loop .
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