Time to enjoy a family cycling holiday in Spain along the Girona Greenways, these are normally converted old railway lines which in turn means a nice flat family-friendly route. This cycle tour in Catalonia divides this into shorter rides to make an ideal trip for families with children or even for Adults wising a nice and easy bike ride. Depending on the children’s ages and fitness, even the smallest ones from 5 years should be able to do this ride. The accommodation is handpicked with lovely little hotels and farmhouses, some of them with swimming pool.
The tour also has plenty of different pretty spots to discover with the kids such as volcanic areas, forests and river marshes. Once in Girona city itself there is plenty to do and see, such as visiting the Cathedral or the ancient Jewish Quarter, one of the best-preserved in the world. The last section of the greenway drives you to the coast, reaching the Mediterranean Sea. The ride is easy, downhill, and fun and you’ll be passing through farmlands and forests. You can spend the rest of the last day relaxing and enjoying a beach day.
The Greenways are very safe trails because the use of motor-powered vehicles is forbidden. The trail is in very good condition and has been fitted with new bridges, railings and signs. The Railway Route begins in the Garrotxa volcanic area around Olot and follows the old narrow-gauge railway line, reaching the Ter valley and the pasturelands of Salt and Girona. Then the route continues to Sant Feliu, with two of Girona´s regions, the Gironès and the Baix Empordà to explore from the Ter River basin, crossing the Selva depression and ending in the Ridaura valley.
Outside Girona, you stay in small family-run hotels and farmhouses some with swimming pools. Girona is a larger mid-range hotel.
Family rooms are available (1 child maximum sharing with two adults), child prices based on ages under 12. Child prices obtained by clicking the Book now button on the price TAB page.
It is a requirement of booking this tour with Hooked on Cycling that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the chosen activity and for emergency evacuation and hospital care.
Olot is well known for being the most singular volcano landscape in the Iberian Peninsula, with about 40 dormant volcanoes. If you arrive early you can explore the town or even walk through La Fageda d’en Jordà which is beech wood, well-known locally for its beauty. This region around Olot is called La Garrotxa. The 40 small and medium volcanoes are totally covered. Surrounding as a background curtain, you always can see the magnificent Pyrenees with his more than 2000 meters high peaks.
Today you start your first cycling day, the route follows the cycle path along the old narrow-gauge railway line called Carrilet d’Olot. You will reach les Planes d’Hostoles, passing the fantastic area of the Bas Valley with its gorgeous countryside and typical villages. This region is also known locally as Catalan Switzerland! Once in Les Planes, why not take a walk and enjoy the gorges next to the river.
Today your cycle ride is downhill and fun right through the wonderful Catalan countryside. The ride is a little longer but is mainly downhill or flat. You’ll cycle following the Ter River, one of the most important rivers in Catalonia. You shall have a chance to get to know its fantastic cultural heritage. You arrive at Girona, where you can spend the rest of the day visiting the Cathedral, which has the broadest single nave of Gothic architecture in the world or getting lost through the narrow streets of the ancient Jewish quarter, one of the best-preserved in the world. We also recommend a stroll along the Rambla or the medieval walls, which gives you a fantastic panoramic view of the city.
Today you leave Girona passing the village of Quart. This village is well known for its ceramics, and Cassà de la Selva, with beautiful modernist houses in the centre of the town. Once at your accommodation you can spend the afternoon having a good time with the animals in the farms nearby the accommodation.
The last stage is the flattest and easiest to cycle as you head towards the coast. A fun slightly downhill stage takes you to the town of Sant Feliu de Guíxols, with its magnificent fishing port and cultural interest, especially for its monastery. You can enjoy the rest of the day at the beaches if you wish or look at around this interesting code.
Depart after breakfast.
Fly into Girona or Barcelona airports
There is a bus from Girona airport to Girona city, it takes 25 minutes, a taxi takes 25 minutes.
Barcelona airport is the region’s main airport. There is an hourly bus from Barcelona Airport to Girona city, it takes 2 hour 30 minutes. The connection by train to Girona is not direct. First is necessary to go to Barcelona Sants station, where you can take different trains to Girona.
By train: There is a train from Barcelona to Girona that leaves approximately every hour from Sants station. The journey takes 1hour 35minutes. There is also a high speed train (AVE) that leaves many times a day from Sants station. The journey takes only 38 minutes.
From Girona city: Take the bus from Girona bus station to Olot, it takes around 1 hour. Once in Olot take a taxi the short distance to the hotel.
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