Cycling Costa Brava Spain
As a kid, my greatest biking memory is hot summer days spent with my brother hurtling ourselves down this long very steep hill, out the back of our house, on our bikes and then the long walk (we could never cycle it) back up to the top...to do it all over again.
I guess that is still the appeal of it as an adult too.
Cycling is extremely popular on the Costa Brava. Lots of steep hills to whiz down or slog up here!
Imagine biking along this track…in the Albera Range.
The hub of cycling on the Costa Brava are the steep streets of the ancient city of Girona. Where many American professional cyclists spend the season (February to October).
The popularity of Girona and the wider Costa Brava for biking really took off when Lance Armstrong decided to make Girona his training base from 2001 until his "first" retirement in 2005 (perhaps not such a selling point these days).
The Pyrenees stages of the Tour de France (mid July), Volta a Catalunya (a Tour de France practise race) and the Vuelta a Espania (Tour of Spain: end of August - mid September) are only a couple of hours drive from Girona.
The Costa Brava is a beautiful landscape of rolling countryside that meets the Mediterranean on one side and the Pyrenees on the other side.
Many roads and trails traverse the Costa Brava hinterland making for great and varied biking.
These Costa Brava roads were made for biking!
There are several Girona based bike tour companies, as well as other bike tour companies throughout the Costa Brava.
However, it is also easy enough to experience the Costa Brava by bike on your own. Most airlines let you bring a bike as well as your luggage or you can hire a bike. There are several bike-friendly hotels on the Costa Brava too...with secure bike lock ups, cleaning facilities and repair workshops. Just pick a route and head off.
Biking Tour Companies in Catalonia
There are many bike tour companies on the Costa Brava, where you can ride from hotel to hotel without worrying about carrying your luggage with you. You don’t even have to worry about getting lost!..always a problem for me.
Popular Bike Routes in Catalunya
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