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Professional volcanic region backroads tour

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This tour is targeted for people who love to ride road bikes through natural areas. Enjoy the surroundings and the company whilst challenging yourself.

DAY 1

Arrival at Olot from Barcelona or Girona airport. We’ll use the day to explore the capital of the region in Catalonia called La Garrotxa. We recommend visiting the Volcano Museum and hiking up to the crater of the Montsacopa volcano, which will assure an excellent view over the city.

DAY 2

This spectacular and peaceful ride goes through the main villages in the area. The municipality of Vall d’en Bas is well-known for its geography and landscape. This tour is mainly done cycling on secondary roads, which allows you to enjoy the exceptional landscape between the hills of the valley.

DAY 3

The main aim in this tour is to explore the upper area of the region, called Alta Garrotxa. We’ll start out in Olot and we’ll continue our way through secondary roads that will lead us to different villages such as Sant Joan les Fonts - famous for its recently discovered lava flows and the Romanic monastery - and Castellfollit de la Roca - known for its location on top of a basaltic cliff. Afterwards, we’ll continue towards Sant Jaume del Llierca, Argelaguer and just before reaching Besalú we’ll take the road towards Sales de Llierca. Next we’ll visit Tortellà, Montagut and we’ll follow through the valley of Bac (Vall del Bac) where we’ll reach the top of three mountain passes: Coll de Carrera (663m), Coll de Mariner (937m) and Capsacosta (870m). Lastly we’ll start the descent through Hostalnou de Bianya until we reach Olot.

DAY 4

This route starts in Olot and follows secondary roads that go across Batet de la Serra and Begudà. We’ll continue through Castellfollit de la Roca, Sant Jaume del Llierca, Argelaguer and we’ll reach Besalú - a town declared good of national interest. We’ll leave Besalú behind to ride towards Banyoles where we’ll discover its lake - the biggest in Catalonia. We’ll start heading back, riding across Mieres and Santa Pau, a medieval town of high historic interest. After that, we’ll cycle into the heart of the Garrotxa Volcanic Zone Natural Park where we recommend visiting the beech forest (La Fageda d’en Jordà), and the volcanoes of Santa Margarida and Croscat.

DAY 5

This is the route on the tour with the highest altitude ascent. It is a challenge worth achieving. The tour begins in Olot, riding across Batet de la Serra and Begudà, where we’ll take the old road towards Castellfollit de la Roca. After riding across the village, we’ll take the road towards Oix, a curvy road that you will surely enjoy. We’ll follow this road until we reach Beget - a Romanic and picturesque village - which is considered an architectonic monument as a whole. We’ll continue on the same road towards Camprodon, where we’ll reach the highest point of the route, the mountain pass called Coll de Buixeda (1096m) is in an area called Rocabruna. We’ll finish our day cycling back across Camprodon, Sant Joan les Abadesses and finally Olot, going through the valley of Bac.

DAY 6

This is one of the most famous routes in this area, since a part of it is included in the itinerary of one of the most important races in the region. We’ll start off in Olot and we’ll gradually cycle our way up to the mountain pass called Capsacosta (870m), leaving the valley of Bianya behind. During this part of the tour, we’ll cycle across the old Roman road, also called Via Annia. We’ll continue through Sant Joan les Abadeses until we reach a pass called Santigosa (1060m), the highest point of the route. From here, we’ll start the decent towards Olot.

DAY 7

Time to go back. If you haven’t booked private transport, you have the option to take a public bus which will take you to Girona. From there you can take a bus either towards Barcelona or towards Girona Airport.

INCLUDED

6 nights in 3* rural hotels or 4* rural hotels with swimming pool.
Accommodation and breakfast.
Elite road bike rental.
Helmet rental.
Repair kit.
Assistance during the route.
Documents for the route.

OPTIONAL. Check the prices.

Technical pedals.
GPS with the route tracks.
Half-board in the hotel.
Guide.
Transfers.

 

Please, check availability of this tour at info@turismegarrotxa.com

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