Catalonia self guided cycling tour, Spain

“Base yourself at a small sports hotel for a week of self-guided cycling in the Catalonian countryside. Great choice of rides, activities and on-site facilities.”

Highlights

Boutique sports hotel with pool | easily accessible cycle routes and quiet country roads | Banyoles | Besalu | Figueres | Emporda | wine tasting tours available | sauna, Jacuzzi and massages on-site |

Description of Catalonia self guided cycling tour, Spain

You know your limits when it comes to pedal power which is why this tailor made week of self-guided cycling gives you every opportunity to rest or explore as you see fit, with amazing sports hotel accommodation providing a warm welcome no matter how far you choose to roam.

Set within the captivating Catalonian countryside, this self-guided cycling tour is ideal for cyclists who love to combine cultural and gastronomic delights with glorious sunshine and countryside with a wide variety of tracks and rural roads starting right from the hotel’s front porch.

From easy going 20km pootles to the lake at Banyole to challenging 200km routes into the Pyrenees, however far you’re prepared to pedal, we’ve got the right route to suit.

After a good day spent outdoors there’s nothing like a dip in the hotel swimming pool or Jacuzzi to ease any aching limbs with an on-site sauna, massage room and terrace area adding to relaxation levels prior to enjoying a delicious evening meal at the hotel’s restaurant.

Guests are nearly always friendly and convivial with each other during evening meals, like true Catalonians, and our weekly drives to a local town are certainly recommended for those who are looking to meet local people and socialise further as a group.

For more details of our rental bikes, coaching sessions, airport transfers and accommodation please get in touch. This is a tailor made holiday so we’re here to ensure you get to create an itinerary that suits you every step of the way.

Hello. If you'd like to chat about this holiday or need help finding one we're very happy to help. Rosy & team.

01273 823 700

Departure information

This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
Accessible tourism:
We are all can do people, so we will customise what you require so that you can make the most of your holiday. We have had a range of guests with different disabilities stay at the hotel and we are only to happy to help. Activities and the hotel are both accessible. The sports club on the lake is also accessible and looks after professional para-olympic athletes for kayaking and rowing. The bike room, sauna and gym are all on the ground floor of the hotel and there is plenty of space to store all types of bikes. We also have a large van for transport of bike boxes etc. Route maps, GPS routes and emergency back up while biking are all included in your stay. We have over 100 different routes from the door ranging in distance and terrain. Everything is customised to your requirements.
Limited mobility:
We have two fully accessible bathrooms and also 6 new suites all with walk in showers. There is a short ramp or 4 stairs up to the pool area. The gym and tv games room and sauna are all on the ground floor. The dining area is on the first floor and there are stairs to reach it. But for those that prefer they can enjoy breakfast and evening dinner on the patio area enjoying the views or in the ground floor barrel vault. There is also a new shaded outdoor eating area in the garden of the new suites. There is a level footpath around the lake for you to enjoy a hike.We have seen many guests that find walking difficult but once on a bike they are away and can enjoy exploring the area by bike. Onsite we have a cycling coach, sports injury therapist and massage therapist should you want to enjoy some coaching and get going cycling. We are very used to helping guests learn to ride a bike.
Wheelchair:
Activities and the hotel are both wheelchair accessible. The hotel has two wheelchair accessible bedrooms, both with a roll in shower with seat and a double bar by the toilet and a lower easily accessible sink. The door ways for the rooms are 90cm wide. The pool area is accessible up a ramp and has a large patio area. There is no hoist but we are here to help and we have inflatables/buoyancy devices as required. There is also a small sit down whirlpool to cool off in and relax. The dining area is on the first floor and there are stairs to reach it. But for those that prefer they can enjoy breakfast and evening dinner on the patio area enjoying the views or in the ground floor barrel vault.
blind or limited vision:
We are more than happy to cater for people who are blind or have limited vision. In addition the door code pads have braille numbers. There is a large bike room on the ground floor of the hotel to store many different bikes and are van is large enough to transport tandem bikes. We have had groups with up to 6 tandem bikes for a bike tour.
Deaf or limited hearing:
We are more than happy to cater for people who are deaf or have limited hearing.
Cognitive conditions:
Everyone is very understanding and helpful and this area is quiet and relaxed. For example Autistic children have found the quiet large rooms and the woods at the back of the property to allow them to relax. There is also a quiet place to find peace.
Free from food:
We take nutrition very seriously. Meals are all freshly cooked from fresh ingredients. Special dietary requirements are absolutely no problem. We are used to allergies, intolerances and special requirements. We customise everything as required, just let us know in advance, so for example if you have a nut allergy, we will remove nuts from the kitchen for your stay.
LGBT:
Everyone is welcome. We have guests from all over the world, from all ages, all genders, all backgrounds. We want everyone to be able to have a healthy active happy holiday.
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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Catalonia self guided cycling tour, Spain

Environment

We think about water and power usage and what waste we are producing. We plant local plants like olives and lavender that require little watering. We have left the wood at the back of the property that we look after and harvest, but still keep the healthy trees. The harvested wood is then used in the wood burning stoves. We have underfloor heating as in the winter the nights can be a little chilly. The historic house has been rebuilt in the old ways but with added insulation, so it stays warm in winter but cool in Summer. The walls are 60cm thick, so slowly heat up in the Summer and then keep their heat through the winter. This system works really well, so you do not need AC. People are always amazed how cool it is in the Summer inside. We also have shutters fitted to all the windows, so we can shut the shutters in the Summer to prevent the sun warming up the rooms. As the walls are really thick and as we have thought about window placement, this means in the Summer the sun misses the south facing windows due to the sun height, but in the winter can warm up the rooms as the sun is at a lower height and therefore shines in.

We have a solar pool cover and a solar system to heat the jacuzzi. This means our pool is swimmable from March through to November and the jacuzzi is warm enough May through to the end of September, all via the suns power. Our light bulbs are all eco and we think about each watt that is used. Our hair dryers are all 1kw rather than 2kw for example. We look at each product and try and reasearch and buy the ones that used the least amount of power but still function well.

All waste is divided and what can be recycled is recycled. All of our waste water goes through a septic tank which technically produces drinkable water. We water our garden from the old cisternas which are connected to our roof, so we collect rainwater to fill the cisternas, as they did in the old days. We run the whole of our small boutique hotel on 4kw usually, but can up the power automatically for example if everyone turns on their hairdryers at the same time. But usually we run at less than 4kw, which for such a large house is unheard of in Spain.

We plan to keep buying PV panels until we can produce almost all our power requirements, but this will happen over the next few years. We are off grid, but do not be scared, most people do not even notice.

Community

Where we can we buy local in season produce, so for example our onions are Figueres onions, apples & pear from local orchards, local wines etc. We also have our own small vegetable garden. We buy locally and use local companies for almost everything. We also support the local restaurants, by booking tables for our clients. We send our clients to the local best shops if they require anything and let them know the local market days etc.
We use local companies for the laundry, garden maintenance, electrician, mechanics and the local butcher and bakery etc. We employ people from the village and the near by town of Banyoles. We send guests to the local restaurants, bakeries and shops.
We also advertise and support the other local adventure companies in the area. For example we would closely with Fang Aventura that offer painballing, quadbiking, water trekking and other adventure activities. And also with the local horse riding stables that offer horse treks and also riding lessons. It is important to us that all the local companies thrive and if we can all work together we can provide a good local economy without the need for people to leave the countryside to move to the big cities for work. In doing this we also provide a great service to our clients were they can come to Mas Pelegri and enjoy a variety of activities.

We offer good wages to locals and train them. For example we have been employing a local guy and supporting him in his studies to become a more qualified sports coach.

We are part of the local community and support the Gegants (this is a local tradition where at festivals the local Gegants (people wearing huge heads, to make them look like giants) go and dance and perform. We also help all visits with maps and information about everything in the local area, from festivals, to museums, to sites of interest and the times of the local markets etc.

We campaigned with the local community against high voltage power lines being put in the area. The campaign was not completely successful but we did manage to get them moved so as not to disturb as much of the local wildlife. We all offered to club together to pay for them to go underground, but the electrical company said this would set a precedent and would not allow it. Which we find ridiculous. In the end the power company said they would put the line where they wanted it or they would work with the local town councils to come up with the best solution, although they would not bury it. So we did have a small effect, but not the one we wanted. The MAT is a very controversial project here, but it has all been passed in Madrid and Catalunya is very angry.

2 Reviews of Catalonia self guided cycling tour, Spain

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Reviewed on 27 Sep 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Cycling everyday in beautiful countryside and seeing almost no traffic for most of the day. The road surfaces are excellent and the drivers are generally very careful around cyclists - a huge contrast with cycling in the UK! There is terrain to suit cyclists of all abilities from flat rides around the lake at Banyoles to iconic climbs such as Rocacorba. There are so many different rides from the accommodation that you rarely cover the same ground twice.
The accommodation itself is very tranquil and picturesque with very comfortable, clean rooms and good, home-cooked food. Fiona makes a huge effort to make sure that all dietary requirements are met so even a vegan can eat really well!
The bikes available for hire are a good spec and well-maintained and Gareth is extremely knowledgeable in getting them set up properly and providing advice on the best routes for your level of fitness and aspirations. Despite riding out on my own every day I never felt concerned because the roads are relatively safe and I knew I could contact Gareth if I had a problem out on the road.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


The meals are communal and there is a fixed dinner time so you need to be comfortable joining other guests for meals. This was great for me as a solo traveller as I had company in the evenings after days out cycling alone.
There are no televisions or radios in the rooms so you need to make, or take, your own entertainment.
Take plenty of insect repellent just in case the mosquitoes are bad as they were in mid-September. Also, if cycling all day, carry some food as on some routes it can be difficult to find an open cafe or other place to buy food.
I didn't have any form of transport other than the bike but there is a good, cheap bus service from Serinya which links it with the nearby towns and Girona so it's relatively easy to travel around if you fancy a break from the bike.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Gareth and Fiona have very sympathetically restored the accommodation and it feels deeply rooted into the surrounding landscape. As the focus of the holiday is cycling it has a low environmental impact especially as it's not difficult to travel there by train from the UK.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


As a keen cyclist who likes to be challenged and also, as a solo traveller, I rate this holiday highly - it reminds you how joyous cycling can be!

Reviewed on 26 Aug 2015 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


My daughter and I stayed here at the beginning of July. We found the accomodation was amazing and very well kept. Being able to cycle, self guided to some wonderful and challenging locations and experience the local culture was wonderful. Sharing meals with the other guests when we ate was fantastic to be able to meet other like minded people. Gareth and Fiona were always on hand to help us plan routes etc and also take us out to local towns in the evening when the kitchens were closed.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Book it now and be ready to challenge yourself, create memories and have fun!

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes, they employed local people to assist in the running of the hotel. The fact that we felt we didn't have to hire a car in order to explore the area was good.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


My daughter and I had an amazing time. The hotel treats all it's guest the same whether you are a top performing athlete or like us a mum and daughter who enjoy cycling and spending time together. Thanks to Gareth and Fiona for being so helpful right from the initial email communication to saying goodbye at the airport it was all brilliant!

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