2 independent reviews for Catalonia self guided cycling tour, Spain

Reviews for Catalonia self guided cycling tour, Spain

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review 27 Sep 2018

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!

review 26 Aug 2015

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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