Coastal Roads & Cols of Catalonia

Superb cycling holiday from the Costa Brava to the Spanish Pyrenees




From $1,300 Land only

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Holiday Overview


  • From Girona bike the legendary climbs of Rocacorba and El Angels
  • Extend your season - sublime spring and autumn cycling conditions
  • Excellent Orbea road bike hire available locally
  • Cycle through the playground of artistic legend, Salvador Dali

Straddling both Spanish and French sides of the Pyrenees, Catalonia boasts a unique cultural region, noted for it its great pride and identity and occupying a privileged location between mountains and sea. This cycling journey in the Pyrenean frontier region covers 550 kilometres of extraordinary mountain and coastal roads in both Spain and France, experiencing a wide variety of landscape and culture. Our riding starts in historic, atmospheric Girona, nicknamed City of a Thousand Sieges having been fought over in almost every century since the Roman Empire. Easy to reach from regional UK airports, Girona, is a disarmingly relaxed and understated small city whose only invading warriors are of the two wheeled variety, both pro and amateur cyclists, enticed by the excellent climate, quiet roads and challenging climbs. Ticking off Girona's fabled folklore passes of Rocacorba (902m) and El Angels (482m), we'll ride along the Mediterranean coast towards France following pine scented, shimmering coastal roads, visiting fishing ports that were such a source of inspiration to artists such as Dali, Picasso and Matisse. The mountainous Eastern Pyrenean border with France is only passable in a few places, breached by a handful of snaking road passes, and as we crisscross between Spain and France, we'll cycle the old smugglers route to the tiny French mountain hamlet of Coustouges, before a final ascent into Spain over the Col d'Ares (1513m), near the ski slopes of Campradon. This is a road bike journey full of contrast and drama, where switch back climbs, magical coastline, rich history, quirky art and tradition all blend for a cycling holiday with an eclectic twist and a unique riding experience. Recharging in comfortable, friendly, family run hand picked hotels at the end of each day, helps us to enjoy Catalonia to the full.

explore international

Explore International. This is one of our Explore International holidays. Participants on these trips can book through KE or through one of our international partners. This helps us to gather together sufficient numbers of like-minded adventurers to get your holiday up and running quickly. Led by an English-speaking guide, the cosmopolitan nature of these groups can be an important part of the experience!

Is this holiday for you?

ROAD CYCLING. This superb road cycling holiday is suitable for any regular weekend cyclists and sportive riders. Catalonia is a road cycling dream and the number of professional cyclists owning houses in the city of Girona bear testament to this. Team Garmin-Sharp, Team Sky and love him or loathe him - Lance Armstrong have all fallen for the captivating ingredients that make cycling in Spain's Catalonia so fantastic! The road surfaces are excellent and the gradients are not overly steep and the majority of roads very quiet. We'll accumulate an enjoyable total of over 6290 metres of ascent and descent over the 6 days of cycling, with just one long day involving 2270 metres of climbing, when we make the classic Pyrenean traverse across the border frontier. However as our cycling days are totally supported, it is possible to hop into the support vehicle if you are having a bad day. At the start of the day when the group sets off biking, your kit will be loaded into the support vehicle and transported to the next overnight halt. Lunches will be taken in local cafes en route. We must stress that apart from the spares and tools you would take on any day ride you will not be required to carry any luggage. EXCELLENT BIKE HIRE IS AVAILABLE LOCALLY.


Brief Itinerary

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  • Meet at the group hotel in Girona. Free time to explore Girona and prepare bikes.
  • Day ride from Girona to conquer the pros favourite training climb, The Rocacorba (970m).
  • After cycling El Angels, continue east to the reach the coastal town of Calella de Palafrugell.
  • Ride the coastal roads of the Emporda Plains. Climb St Pere de Rodes (505m) to reach El Port de la Selva.
  • Cross into France over the Col de Banyuls. Swing inland to the overnight stop of Catalonia’s Figueres.
  • A day of Pyrenean cycling over the Col des Horts (770m) and Col d’Ares (1513m). Overnight Mollo.
  • Ride the Col de Capsacosta (870m) and onwards to Girona via ‘Little Switzerland’.
  • Departure day.
Sat 30 Apr - Sat 07 May Code CCMB/01/16/ Adult$1,300 Status Available Book now
Sat 28 May - Sat 04 Jun Code CCMB/02/16/ Adult$1,300 Status Available Book now
Sat 15 Oct - Sat 22 Oct Code CCMB/03/16/ Adult$1,300 Status Available Book now
The LAND ONLY dates and prices are for the itinerary joining at Girona Airport. Please refer to the 'Joining Arrangements and Transfers' section of the trip dossier for further details.

RyanAir and Thomson Airways serve Girona from the following regional airports; London Gatwick, London Stansted and Manchester.

If you prefer to fly into Barcelona; Easyjet, British Airways and Iberia serve the main Barcelona International Airport.

Should you be arriving into Barcelona airport, a 4 person taxi (one way) will cost around €150 per car. From Barcelona airport you can catch the airport train to Estacio Sants (central Barcelona). From Estacio Sants there approximately 3 trains an hour which serve Girona train station. The quickest trains are the RENFE TGV trains which take only 37 mins to reach Girona (some of the local trains can take up to two hours). Please check when purchasing your train ticket. On arrival into Girona, the train station is a ten minute walk from the hotel.

Flights SHOULD NOT be booked until you have received your booking confirmation and the trip is showing 'Guaranteed to Run' or 'Limited'.

Also train friendly....

For those of you who are conscious of clocking up the air miles or if you prefer to keep your feet on the ground, there is an excellent Saturday train service between London St Pancras International and Girona. Combining the Eurostar service and the high speed TGV, the 09.22am service departs London and arrives into Girona at 7.59pm the same day. With a change of trains in Paris, there is even time to enjoy a café au lait or vin rouge! Please refer to for further details.

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Map & Itinerary

The Route

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Holiday Itinerary

  • Meet at the group hotel in Girona. Free time to explore Girona and prepare bikes.

    Meet at our bike friendly hotel, the Hotel Ultonia, Girona where KE land only package services begin with a group briefing from your tour guide at 7.30pm. Our local guide will discuss plans for the following day and also advise on local places to dine. If your flight arrival is after the group rendezvous, your welcome note on arrival will outline timings for the following day. There will be ample time the next morning to assemble your road bike or collect your hire bike from our local agent office which is a short 10-minute stroll from the hotel. Should your arrival time permit, you may have a chance to explore this atmospheric city. Easy to explore on foot, the Jewish District (The Call) is the heart of the old town and has an abundance of local cafes and bar to sample Catalan cuisine. Outside of the city’s defensive walls, the Rio Onyar is an excellent place to stroll and absorb the ancient and colourful architecture of Girona. No meals are included on this day.

    • Accommodation Hotel

  • Day ride from Girona to conquer the pros favourite training climb, The Rocacorba (970m).

    After a morning brief from our local guide and prepared our road bikes, we cycle from the hotel into the rural landscape of the Catalonian countryside. With ample time to find our legs, we take a rolling route Northwards and pass through the towns of Sarria de Ter and onwards pass the village of Palol de Revardit. From here the road begins to undulate a little more as we head to Banyoles, famous for its natural turquoise lake which has become a world-class venue for international triathlon and rowing championships. Stopping by the main plaza to recharge with a coffee pre-climb, we set out to conquer the Rocacorba (970m). The 13.8km climb is not only a locals favorite but is regular test for the pro-riders to test their form prior to the major summer Grand Tour’s. The Rocacorba is a sustained climb and can be up to 10% in places, but our efforts do not go unrewarded with summit views across to the high snowcapped peaks of the Pyrenees. Feeling well and truly triumphant we take a gentle ride back to Girona to enjoy dinner and take some free time to explore more of this splendid city.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Distance 65km

    • Meals bd

  • After cycling El Angels, continue east to the reach the coastal town of Calella de Palafrugell.

    This morning we leave behind Girona cycling towards the Les Gavarres mountain range as we approach our first climb of the day, El Angels (408m). A classic climb in its own right, this has become a firm favourite for many locals and professionals alike. As we ascend, the gradient is sustained and our rest at the top is well earned! Sitting at the head of El Angels is a spectatcular monastery, which also doubled as the setting for Salvador Dali’s wedding venue. With views that stretch from the Pyreness across to the shimmering waters of the Mediterranean far below, we begin descending to our evening accommodation. Following quiet roads though the Baixa Emporda flanked by pine and cork forests we pass through the medieval towns of Madremanya and Monells before climbing over the miniature mountain pass of Pellaia (350m) and dropping down on the Mediterranean cost. Our coastal route to Sant Feliu, weaves its way through forests, past small coves and was once selected as a Tour de France stage in 2009. Once past Sant Feliu we continue onto the picturesque fishing village of Callela, where we overnight in the group hotel and enjoy the coastal atmosphere of overnight stop.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Distance 110km

    • Meals bd

  • Ride the coastal roads of the Emporda Plains. Climb St Pere de Rodes (505m) to reach El Port de la Selva.

    We can take the foot off the gas today as the majority of riding today will be flat and rolling as we follow the coastal route along the edge of the Montgri massif. En-route we sweep past the Gulf of Roses and as we pedal northwards off the Empordan plains, the green fields and fruit orchards give way to vineyards and olive groves built on terraced fields surrounded by dry stone walls that look as if they are centuries old. as we cycle into the National Park of Cap de Creus and begin a superb 8km climb to a 10th century gothic monastery atop of St Pere de Rodes (505m). Taking time to absorb the coastal views, we enjoy a wicked descent to the extravagantly curved bay of El Port de la Selva. Cycling into El Port de la Selva is reminiscent of a classic French or Italian Riviera town, with its white terracotta buildings dotted around the seafront. If time permits and for those with enough fizz in the legs, there is an optional extension to Cadaques and Port Lligat, the former home of Salvador Dali, which is well worth making the effort,. Cadaques is a sublime bay and offers a labyrinth of narrow streets which lead to a picturesque harbour.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Distance 80km

    • Meals bd

  • Cross into France over the Col de Banyuls. Swing inland to the overnight stop of Catalonia’s Figueres.

    After breakfast we take a short break from Catalan and head for the call of France! Follwwing the curves of the coast we cross the border at Banyuls and on to the fishing port of Collioure, known as the City of Painters, due to its distinctive landscape and light. With time to enjoy a café au lait, we head back across the border climbing the iconic border French/Spanish border pass of Col de Banyuls (361m). At the summit a huge painting depicts the soldiers of Banyuls, defying the Spanish troops in 1793. During the Retirada at the end of the Spanish Civil War, streams of unfortunate republican refugees fled over the Col and, just a few years later, refugees from the Nazi occupation were fleeing in the opposite direction. Departing the summit we descend through the small village of Espolla, renowned for its olive groves and three significant wine cellars which cross before rounding our ride off at the capital of the Alt Emporda region, Figureres the hometown of Salvador Dali. Located in central Figureres and only short walk from our perfectly located hotel, Dali’s Musuem is a must see. Dali dedicated ten years to creating the museum in his home town, showcasing his broad range of works from his earliest artistic experiences and his surrealist creations down to the works of the very last years of his life.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Distance 100km

    • Meals bd

  • A day of Pyrenean cycling over the Col des Horts (770m) and Col d’Ares (1513m). Overnight Mollo.

    Today is our epic traverse over Catalan’s mountainous frontier into France. Cycling from Figueres we head north, where the region was virtually deserted during World War II and made for an excellent escape route over to France through the Albere mountain range. As we gradually ascend up to the Col des Horts (770m), there is evidence of this isolation as we pass through some of the semi-abandoned villages and vineyards and make our way to the to the French village of Coustouges in Roussillon. Descending against the back of the Pyrenees we wind our down through the Tech Valley before climbing up to the walled French village of Prats de Mollo and take a well paced climb over the Col D’Ares (1513m) back into Spain. With our major climbs completed for the day we follow an magnificent 13km road along the waters of the River Ter and end our day’s ride in Mollo with a well earned cerveza!

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Distance 100km

    • Meals bd

  • Ride the Col de Capsacosta (870m) and onwards to Girona via ‘Little Switzerland’.

    A final day’s cycling as we ride from the high mountains into the centre of Girona. Descending, we make rapid progress until the wooded, relatively easy climb of the Col de Capsacosta (870m) which follows the Val de Blanya to the town of Olot, City of the Volcanoes and capital of the lush volcanic Garrotxa region. This is a unique volcanic landscape, where the ash and lava from the last eruption nearly 12,000 years ago have created a fertile soil with luxuriant vegetation, carpeting the 30 volcanic cones of this unusual national park. Leaving Olot we’ll skirt to the south of the Alt Garrotxa region and enter the gentle roads of the colourful Val de Bass, known as little Switzerland, with its picture post card villages and quaint rustic houses. This valley was formed 11,000 years ago when the lava of the High Garrotxa volcano Crosscat dammed the Fluvia River and created the largest and most fertile valley in the entire region. This is a gentle, serene landscape and as we count down the kilometers to historic Girona we can relax and revel in our fabulous journey through Catalonia before enjoying a final night in the atmospheric city of Girona.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Distance 100km

    • Meals bd

  • Departure day.

    KE land only package services end after breakfast. Although airport transfers are not provided on this day, the Girona airport shuttle service from the central bus station is only a 10 minute walk from the hotel. Alternatively, there is a regular train service from Girona train station to Barcelona airport. Please refer to joining arrangements in this dossier. For those of you with a couple of extra days to spare, Girona and Barcelona are very colourful cities to explore! If you would like to book extra nights in one of these cosmopolitan cities, please do contact our team of adventure travel consultants.

    • Meals b

Holiday Information

  • KE biking leader
  • All accommodation as described
  • Meals as detailed in the meal plan
  • One support vehicle and driver
  • Baggage transfer between overnight stops
  • Ample water supply during cycling days

  • Travel Insurance
  • Airport transfers on day 1 and day 8
  • Lunches
  • Visas (if required)
  • Tips for guide and other local staff
  • Miscellaneous personal expenses - snacks drinks and souvenirs etc
  • Bike carriage on the flights - please contact your airline for charges

Whilst on the tour, accommodation is on a twin-share basis in comfortable, family run, 2-3* hotels and have been carefully selelcted for not only being cycle friendly but also for their great location in each of the places we stay. From our centrally located hotel in Girona, to our perfectly placed hotel overlooking to coast in the Cap de Creus National Park, these handpicked hotels provide the very best of Catalonian cuisine to round off a rewarding day in the saddle.

If you are travelling by yourself you will be paired up with someone of the same gender. For single supplement costs please refer to the dates and prices page of the trip on our website. Hotels are subject to availability and prices may vary.

View the gallery below for images of the style of accommodation used

All breakfasts and dinners from day 2 to day 8 of the land only itinerary are included

Breakfasts at the hotels that we use are a mixture of 'continental' and 'traditional' in style, with tea and coffee, orange juice, porridge and cereals as well as local pastries, fruit, jam, honey and cheese. At lunchtime, we will generally stop at a wayside cafe and you can buy lunch. Filling options like spaghetti bolognese or paella are pre-prepared at lunchtime and ready in minutes. Evening meals are usually taken at the hotel and may be buffet style, with an excellent choice of food. Or, there may be a set meal with vegetarian and meat options. There is usually a choice of dessert, too. During the day, the group will be provided with water and with snacks in the form of chocolate, dried fruit and mixed nuts, but Its a good idea to bring along a few of your favourite energy bars from home.

Airport transfers are not included in this holiday itinerary. With an abundance of airlines serving Girona airport and a straightforward shuttle service into Girona Centre, day 1 is yours to spend at leisure.

From Girona airport, taxis are readily available outside the arrivals hall and cost around €25 per car to reach the hotel. Should you prefer to take the shuttle bus, there is a regular service outside the arrivals halls and costs around €5 per person. Please alight at the central bus station in Girona. From here your hotel is a 10 minute walk.

Should you be arriving into Barcelona airport, a taxi (one way) will cost around €150 per car. From Barcelona airport you can catch the airport train to Estacio Sants (central Barcelona). From Estacio Sants there approximately 3 trains an hour which serve Girona train station. The quickest trains are the RENFE TGV trains which take only 37 mins to reach Girona (some of the local trains can take up to two hours). Please check when purchasing your train ticket. On arrival into Girona, the train station is a ten minute walk from the hotel.

OVERNIGHT IN GIRONA BEFORE THE TRIP. If your flight is arriving very late on day 1 of the land only itinerary, you may choose to overnight in Girona the evening before day 1 of the land only itinerary. The group hotel is the Hotel Ultonia which is centrally located in Girona and makes for an excellent base to explore the city from. If you would like to book an additional night, please talk to our sales staff at the time of booking.

Make Tracks...take the train.
Girona is also easily accessible by train. There is an excellent Saturday train service between London St Pancras International and Girona. Combining the Eurostar service and the high speed TGV, the 09.22am service departs London and arrives into Girona at 7.59pm the same day and has one straightforward change in Paris. Please refer to for further details.

You will be accompanied by an local English-speaking professional road bike guide throughout your holiday.

We would advise budgeting €10 to €15 for each day's lunch. Soft drinks, beer and wine are available every night and if you intend to drink please also allow for this. We suggest that for €200-€250 euros should cover all your personal expenditure (excluding bike hire if required). There are a number of ATM cash machines close to the hotel and there will be access to ATM machines during the holiday, though not everyday. Your guide will be able to advise during the holiday.

Tipping is the accepted way of saying ‘thank you’ to your leader and local team. Tipping is entirely voluntary and should be dependent on good service. We advise you to tip as a group.

Taking a bike on an aircraft is usually straightforward. Different airlines have differing policies with regard to baggage allowances and transporting bikes. We strongly advise that you check the current policy of your chosen airline for carrying bikes and their baggage allowances before purchasing your air ticket. The baggage section on your chosen airline’s website will usually contain this information. We suggest that you are aware of the weight and dimensions of your intended check-in baggage in advance of your arrival at the airport as airlines may charge for both excess and oversize baggage, or refuse to carry oversized baggage. If you are using a domestic flight to connect with your International flight then it is likely that a different baggage policy will exist for the domestic and international flight sections. Again you should check the baggage policy with your chosen domestic airline prior to booking your domestic flight tickets. Any additional charges incurred for transporting your bike on any of the flights required for this adventure (international, domestic and internal flights within the trip itinerary - if applicable) are the responsibility of each individual client.

Your Bike - Road Cycling

A road bike or standard touring bike is recommended for this trip. It should be fitted with a compact or triple chainset and a nine or ten speed cassette. Please call if you are unsure about the suitability of your bike. We cannot stress enough the importance of ensuring that your bike is in perfect working condition before you start this trip. You are depending on your bike to transport you throughout your trip, across demanding terrain. It is VITAL to ensure it is THOROUGHLY SERVICED to guarantee it is in good mechanical order before departure. If you are not mechanically minded, get your local bike mechanic to service it for you. For home mechanics, points to note particularly are:

a) Check rims and if they are worn, cracked or dented replace with a new rim or wheel to avoid wheel failure. It is especially important to check that the rims on rim-braked bikes are not worn concave by the brake blocks -replace them if they are.

b) Check wheels are true and spoke tension is tight.

c) Check ALL bearings and quick release skewers and, if required, adjust, grease or replace.

d) Check and, if required, replace brake and gear cables.

e) Check brake pads, mounts and cables / hydraulic lines and replace if necessary.

f) Check and lube, threadlock and tighten -all bolts (esp. suspension pivots, bottom brackets, disc rotor bolts and brake calliper mounting bolts).

g) Check chain, cassette and chain rings for wear -replace as necessary.

h) Make sure you have the right tyres, inner tubes and BIKE SPECIFIC SPARES for your bike.

Whilst not essential, it is a good idea that you familiarise yourself with how to carry out at least some basic repairs to your bike e.g. fixing a puncture, changing an inner tube. Naturally our bike guide will always be happy to assist with any repairs, but due to the often remote nature of our trips, being able to carry out a simple repair can save time and the inconvenience of waiting for assistance.

Travelling with a bike is usually as straightforward as travelling with any other type of baggage - providing you have packed it adequately. We have many years experience of travelling with our bikes, and nowadays we think that the best way to travel and fly with a bike is to partially dismantle it and put it into a purpose made bike bag or hard bike case. If you are using a softer bike bag, then you may need to add further protection to the bike when packing it. To pack your bike you simply remove both wheels and pedals and prepare it for travel as follows. Obviously, extra care when packing your bike can minimise the chances of accidental damage occurring in transit. Ask your local bike store for plastic wheel hub protectors (which will prevent damage to your bike bag) and plastic fork and frame spacers, insert the spacers into the dropouts, tape them in place and then put extra padding over this area. Use pipe insulation lagging (from your local DIY store) to cover frame tubes, forks and seat post. If required, remove your bars from the stem and attach them carefully to your frame/forks using plastic ties or pvc tape - ensure that your Ergo/Sti levers are well padded to minimise the chance of damage. You may also wish to remove your rear gear mech, pad it with foam and tape it to the chainstay out of harms way. Finally, you should partly deflate your tyres, but leave some air in them to help absorb any impact on the wheels. Don’t forget to pack wheel skewers, pedals and any bolts you have removed, these are the items that tend to get left behind. Finally, if you are using a softer bike bag, find an old cardboard bike box and cut out panels to fit inside your soft bike bag for extra protection. Don’t forget to bring sufficient packing materials to pack your bike on the way home.

Please note that bike bags or bike boxes will not travel with us during the course of the trip. Bicycle transportation bags or boxes will be left in secure storage.

During this road cycling holiday, we will have the back up of a support vehicle. Our main baggage will be loaded onto the support vehicle which will follow the group on the day's ride. The biking leader and the support vehicle driver will watch over the group and will communicate by walkie-talkie. You will also be able to contact them by mobile phone in the case of a breakdown or other incident. We want everyone to enjoy their cycling experience on this trip and we recognize the importance of group members being allowed to cycle at their own pace. On most of our road biking trips it is usual that there can be a fair distance between the front and rear cyclists in the group and there may be times when other group members, vehicle support and biking leader are out of sight. The support vehicle will carry water, coke, chocolate bars etc. plus fresh fruit, olives, nuts and energy mix for drinks. There will be regular stops to allow the group to reassemble and the support vehicle will pick up any group members who wish to take a break from cycling at any time.

It is possible to hire bikes for this trip. Our local agent can arrange for the local hire of good quality road bikes. The carbon framed Orbea Orca Bronze 105 (compact chain set 34/50) is available in 48cm, 51cm, 53cm, 55cm, 57cm and 60cm, whilst the carbon framed Orbea Onix 105 (triple chain set 30/39/52) is only available in 54cm and 57cm. Each of these bikes cost €110 for the duration of the holiday. Alternatively the aluminium framed Orbea Aqua T105 (compact chain set 34/50) is available in 51cm, 54cm, 57cm and 60cm for €90 for the duration of the holiday. On collection of the road bike, our local agent will require full hire payment in cash and your credit card details as a warranty in the event of loss or damage beyond fair wear and tear. Handlebar bags are also available on request and are ueful to store your camera and money.

Once you have decided which bike you would like, please let us know the size you require so we can reserve it for you.

Please note that your contract for bike hire is directly with the local bike hire shop and not with KE. If hiring a bike we recommend that you bring your own saddle and pedals, as well as your helmet.

All KE clients will receive a FREE KE trek bag.  These have been specially made to stand up to the rigours of adventure travel.  Your KE bag will be posted to you when your trip is guaranteed to run or on receipt of your booking if the trip is already guaranteed.  If you have travelled with us before and already have a KE trek bag you can select an alternative free gift in the booking process.

This holiday does not involve any significant ascent to altitude and we would not expect any altitude issues with this trip.

The following is a basic checklist to help you with your packing. We recommend using the layering principle of clothing for varying climatic conditions. Good padded cycling shorts are essential.

Your Bike MUST be a road bike or standard cycle-touring bike fitted with a compact or triple chainset and a nine or ten speed cassette. It is vital that your bike is THOROUGHLY SERVICED and in perfect working condition before the trip.



  • Road or touring cycling shoes
  • Waterproof cycling overshoes
  • (In the unlikely event of rain)


  • Base-layer - short sleeve cycling top (x 2)
  • Long sleeved cycling top (x 1)
  • Lightweight waterproof jacket
  • Lightweight Fleece top or jumper.
  • Lightweight windproof gilet.


  • Regular biking gloves
  • Long fingered gloves
  • Lycra arm warmers


  • Padded cycling shorts (x 2)
  • Cycling tights or tracksters
  • Lycra leg warmers


  • Eyewear - Biking glasses
  • Cycling helmet – mandatory


KE Trek Bag Contents

  • Travel and après biking clothes
  • Training/Leisure shoes for après biking
  • Wash bag and toiletries
  • Swimwear
  • Chamois Cream (e.g. Assos or Ozone)
  • Small padlock (to lock trek bag)
  • *If you are bringing your own bike please bring a suitably sized bag to carry your own belongings. Your bike bag or bike box will be left in storage on departure from Girona. It will not be possible to take your bike bag or bike box on the journey.
  • To be carried on the bike in your jersey pockets or in a small saddle bag. Note: If you don’t want to carry any of this, you can leave it in your day-pack in the support

    • vehicle – see below
    • Mobile/Cell phone (optional)
    • Mini-pump
    • Multi-tool
    • Puncture repair kit & tyre levers
    • Inner tube
    • Small camera
    • Sun cream

    Other items affixed to your bike

    • 1 or 2 waterbottles
    • A rear light can be useful
    • To be carried in the support vehicle in your day-pack for
    • easy access
    • Lightweight waterproof top
    • Basic First Aid Kit. Including: antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium), painkillers, plasters, insect repellent (75-100% DEET) and re-hydration salts (Dioralite).



    • Please note: If you are hiring a bike you do not need to bring spares – just a pump, repair kit and a couple of inner tubes.
    • If you are taking your own bike, you should bring the following with you. Whilst not essential, it is a good idea that you familiarise yourself with how to carry out at least some basic repairs e.g. fixing a puncture, changing an inner tube. Naturally our bike guide will always be happy to assist with any repairs, but due to the often remote nature of our trips, being able to carry out a simple repair can save time and inconvenience waiting for assistance.



    • You will need 700 x 25 or if you prefer 700 x 23 Touring/Road Performance tyres suitable for mostly dry with occasional wet conditions.
    • Pump
    • Plastic tyre levers
    • Spoke key
    • 2 x inner tubes
    • Liquid chain lube
    • Multi-tool with Allen keys
    • 2x puncture repair kits Any spares specific to your bike

    KE tools and spares

    • On all of our trips we carry a track pump, toolkit and a basic range of spares for emergencies. If any other spare parts are needed our support vehicle will make a detour to the nearest bike shop, which can be found in some of the larger towns en route.

    Energy Gels/Sports Drinks/Power Bars

    • Our back up vehicle will carry ample supplies of water but and we also suggest that you bring your own energy gels, sports drink or power bar which you are used to consuming on long rides.

    For each holiday there is a minimum number of participants required to enable it to go ahead. Once the minimum number is reached, the trip status will change from 'Available' to 'Guaranteed to run'. You can check the trip status for each departure in ‘Dates and Prices’ table. Other than in exceptional circumstances, we will not cancel a trip once it has achieved this guaranteed to run status and so you are free to proceed with your international flight booking and other travel arrangements.

    A passport with 6 months remaining validity at the end of your stay is generally required. The information that we provide is for UK passport holders. Please check the relevant embassy or consulate for other nationalities. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct travel documents and visas for your holiday. Visa requirements and charges are subject to change without notice. If you are travelling outside the EU you should have at least 2 blank pages in your passport.

    Visa Europe

    UK and USA passport holders do not require a visa.

    You should contact your GP or travel clinic to check whether you require any specific vaccinations. UK residents should obtain a free European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). This entitles you to state provided medical treatment, but is not a substitute for medical travel insurance which is still vital when travelling overseas.

    The unit of currency in Europe is the Euro.

    We recommend you check if you require an adaptor for your electrical items at:

    The better conditioned you are the more you will enjoy your trip. We suggest that you adopt a sensible weekly exercise regime and fit in a number of long cycle rides in hilly country to ensure you are physically capable of taking part in this trip - this will also provide you with an opportunity to make sure all your riding kit is tried and tested before you travel. Cycling is obviously the best activity to prepare for this trip, however, running, rowing and swimming are also good for developing aerobic fitness and stamina.

    As a reputable tour operator, KE supports the British Foreign & Commonwealth Offices ‘Know before you go’ campaign to enable British citizens to prepare for their journeys overseas, and we recommend that all KE travellers take a look at the FCO Travel Advice for their chosen destination on the official FCO website: North Americans can also check out the U.S. Department of State website: for essential travel advice and tips.

    KE treat the safety and security of all clients as the most important aspect of any trip we organise. We would not run any trip that we did not consider reasonably safe.  Should the FCO advise against travel for any reason, we will contact everyone booked to travel to discuss the situation.  We receive regular updates direct from the FCO and are in constant touch with our contacts on the ground.  If you have any questions about government travel advice, please call our office.

    Catalonia is an excellent spring and autumn cycling destination. During the period from March-May and Sept-Oct, we can expect daytime temperatures ranging around 20-25 centigrade on the coast but becoming progressively cooler as we gain height inland. The conditions during our scheduled departures are perfectly pleasant for cycling and provide the perfect break from the turbulent and chilly conditions of the UK!

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    • Two Wheels in Catalonia - R Guise - Summersdale
    • Lonely Planet - Catalonia - Lonely Planet Publishing

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