8 days

Pirinexus & Empordà circular route runs through the coast and the mountains. It crosses the Pyrenees twice in its itinerary. The diversity of landscapes and rich heritage made this route become a finalist in the Best European Cycle-Touring Route in 2014!

People say that Empordà is most similar to the Italian Tuscany. And we agree! Its historical remains, art, rich gastronomy and peaceful landscape make the similarity easily perceived. Along the way, we will cross some beautiful coastal towns such as Calella de Palafrugell. We will also visit the medieval villages like Peratallada or Monells. The monumental sites such as the Iberian settlement of Ullastret or the Greek colony of Empúries will also be on our itinerary. In the end, we will relax in the natural reserves like the Natural Parc dels Aiguamolls.

Some more information about the route.

Pirinexus is a circular trans-border touring cyclist route. It links the regions on both sides of the Pyrenees at the eastern end of the mountain range between Spain and France. The main section of the route is 220 miles long. On top of that, there are additional 108 miles of itineraries for the most passionate ones! The bike route through medieval towns of the Empordà follows perfectly preserved paths and traffic-free roads. Almost half of the entire route runs along greenways. The rest uses rural tracks and roads with low traffic densities.

Our plan for the journey:

In our case, we will extend the route for two days to see some of the most spectacular places of Empordà and Costa Brava. At first, we will ride through north Empordà. This involves cycling through a variety of the surrounding amazing landscapes which divide the two protected natural areas: Cap de Creus and the Albera Natural Site. This first alternative provides all the elements to enjoy and immerse yourself in the magic. This area has also inspired a great number of writers and artists such as Dalí, Picasso, Lorca, etc… The route makes stops in two very nice little towns. The first one is Castelló d’Empuries, a medieval town with ancient streets and their spectacular Cathedral. The second one is Cadaqués, famous for its connection with the sea and its narrow cobblestone streets, that are typical of the old fishing villages. The second alternative will take us to little medieval towns. This route passes through smaller towns of medieval construction, with narrow streets, arcaded squares, castles, Romanesque churches and remains of ancient Greek and Roman populations.

Physical level required:

  • Do aerobic sport regularly two times a week.
  • Can be pedaling on routes approx 6 hours before feeling tired.
  • Respond well to changes in the rhythm produced by moderately irregular terrains.
  • Can confront slopes of 1,4 miles accumulated with inclines without much difficulty.
  • Can cycle various days in a row with an average of 5 to 6 hours with stops.
DEPARTURE TIME Please arrive before 12:00 noon for a prompt departure at 1:00 PM
RETURN TIME Return flights on June 9th from Barcelona airport
WEAR Comfortable bike and athletic clothing, sports shoes (biking shoes), jacket and sunscreen
Transportation of participants, luggage and bikes
Good and comfortable accommodations in twin room in the different villages along the route with breakfast included
Snacks and food supplements including electrolytes during the tour
Delicious dinners with regional products
Basic health insurance. Consult for more insurance modalities
Expert English speaking guides with extensive local knowledge, who go above and beyond to cater your every need
Assistance and maintenance of bikes
MTB bike Trek X-Caliber 9 (15€ a day)
Personal safety and additional cycling equipment
Extra drinks
Travel insurance or others

Day 1: Transfer from Barcelona to Ripoll


Day 2: Coll d'Ares - Capmany


Day 3: Capmany - Cadaqués


Day 4: Castelló d’Empuries – La Gola del Ter


Day 5: La Gola del Ter – Empordà Medieval Towns


Day 6: La Gola del Ter - Giron


Day 7: Girona - Olot


Day 8: Olot - Coll d'Ares

We are passionate adventure travelers ourselves. We have spent our lives in search for the ultimate outdoor experiences. You will gain skills in outdoor activities and meet like-minded individuals to share wonderful adventures. Passion and full dedication to details for each itinerary as well as an excellent relationship with our suppliers in Slovenia have built up the Bikehiketours brand.
Your adventure guides are local and experienced professionals who have a real passion for outdoor activities and for the culture and landscape.
Your safety is their number one priority, closely followed by your enjoyment of the tour. They will always be on-hand to answer any questions or requests you may have throughout your trip. We choose our guides for their expertise in outdoor activities. They are experts in their fields.
We only run small group adventures to ensure that everyone has the best experience possible and not get lost in the crowd. There will generally be between seven and 14 people in each group. The minimum number of people we require to run our tours is four.
Our tour caters for a wide age range, typically between 30 and 60 years old, but age is simply a state of mind, as they say, and we welcome anyone over the age of 18! 
Tours are designed at your own pace and you will enjoy no matter what your age.

Each evening your guides will chat with you about the following day’s activities and give you an idea of the sorts of trails you can look forward to. If there’s anything you feel anxious about, your guides will be happy to discuss it with you.
We recommend following a general training in the weeks leading up to your trip.
Your guide will be very happy to give you some bike skills training during your trip to help improve your confidence and your enjoyment of your bike adventure. 

As fellow sports enthusiasts, we understand the comfort you may find in riding with your own gear. Due to things can get a bit challenging when it comes to traveling please consult our booking manager prior to departure.

Q. Will I have to carry my own luggage?
You will never have to worry about your bags on tour. You only need to carry a daypack with you whilst riding. We have a support vehicle and driver who will transfer your luggage to your next accommodation each day, and have it ready and waiting for your arrival.
On your holiday you will be staying in a range of comfortable, welcoming local accommodations, including traditional guest houses, small hotels, and a boutique hotel. For details please consult with your booking manager.
Traveling light is the key. Although the daytime and nighttime temperatures can vary in the mountains, so you must make sure that you have plenty of layers of breathable clothing to ensure that you are always warm enough and can remove a layer if you get too hot. 
You should also bring cycling shorts/trousers, gloves, padded undershorts, waterproof jacket, flip-flops, specific shoes for cycling.
Where the meals are included in Bikehiketours itineraries they are in a group setting. 
Your Bikehiketours guide will also be with you during these scheduled meals. 
During the meals that are not included in the itinerary, you are free to choose where you would like to dine. Your guide will advise you the best places to dine for these meals. You can choose to join with others and decide to dine together somewhere or, if you desire some independent time, you are also always welcome to do your own thing.
Medical insurance is mandatory on all of our holidays. We also recommend trip cancellation insurance. Contact your booking manager and we will help you choose the right plan for your holiday.
Many of our travelers join as singles. We charge single supplement fee to solo travelers for single room use. But don’t worry, we can pair you with another traveler of the same gender if you like.

A single supplement is an additional charge for a private room for guests traveling alone.
The cost of our holidays does not include international airfare. However, we are happy to assist you in booking flights to join with each tour. The prices vary depending on the season and the point of departure.
We can arrange early arrivals and extended visits. We will be happy to provide suggestions and ideas.
The more in advance you book, the greater availability of dates you’ll find.

Attention to the smallest details, expertise, and great local guides are the key to a successful adventure.