Catalonia

Nestled in the foothills of the Pyrenees and bordered by the Mediterranean Sea, this autonomous area of Spain offers cyclist a wonderful natural beauty with its rugged landscape.

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Many cyclists can start to feel restless on a beach holiday. Even city breaks can give them itchy feet when they can’t take their bikes with them. Fortunately, there’s no shortage of stunning cycling destinations throughout Europe. Catalonia is a wonderful example of this. Home of the gorgeous city of Barcelona and the stunning Costa Brava at the foot of the Spanish Pyrenees, the region has a range of cycle routes to suit all abilities as well as some of the most incredible views in Europe.

Catalonia is a sprawling region with diverse topography. As such, it offers a wide variety of routes to suit all abilities. Girona is now a favoured destination for cyclist and home for many pros. The most famous and challenging climb in the region is the Rocacorba, loved by both amateurs and pros alike.

La Fabrica Cafe Girona Aldstadt loop offers mostly flat, well-paved terrain along with some stunning views of the ancient architecture of Girona’s old town. If you’re up for a greater challenge you can try the same loop but venture into the mountains for challenging terrain but incredible high altitude views which are more than worth the effort. If you feel like challenging your skills with a partially off-road loop try the Els Angels- La Fabrica Cafe Girona Loop.

When to Visit

July and August are great months for sunbathing in Catalonia but the punishing heat may not be conducive to cycling in the mountains. Cyclists will find pleasant sunshine to complement the views but with balmier weather in June or perhaps September. You’ll also likely find cheaper prices, too, on either side of the school Summer holidays.

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