Self guided cycling vacation in Spain

“Seven day, tailor made, point to point cycling vacation pedalling through inland rural idylls, into historic towns and along pretty coastline”


Ripoll | cycle along the old carrilet railway | Olot | stay at a restored rectory | Garrotxa Volcanic Area | Alt Emporda Girona | Palamos

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Departure information

This trip can be tailor made to suit you between 1 April - 18 November

Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your vacation will help support conservation and local people.

The Vias Verdes is an excellent resource for visitors to Catalonia, it cuts through magnificent scenery off the beaten track and a lot of time and money has been invested to create this cycling and walking trail. Our clients are encouraged to use all the conservation measures laid out in the guidelines and code of practice issued by the Generalitat de Catalunya. Litter must be disposed of at the various points on the route. Fires must not be set. Water must be used in a responsible manner. Animal and bird life should be respected. Route signs should be followed. We feel very privileged to be able to offer this tour to our guests and encourage responsible tourism through this programme.

The Impacts of this Trip

This tour takes you through an area which has many conservation programmes and initiatives. The trail itself has undergone a complete overhaul using local resources and natural materials. Users of the route are encouraged to abide by the codes and guidelines set up for the protection of the environment and wildlife. All the old stations have been restored to allow the traveler to break up his journey causing minimal impact to the surroundings. The small local communities along the route service all these facilities giving economic value back to the area. There are also visitor centers along the way setting out the various initiatives being undertaken in this area which will allow you to, if not take part actively, be able to support throughout your stay.

The second half of the route visits old traditional towns which promote their own individual cultural and economic heritage. Girona is very much the center of Catalan culture with it ancient University and Cathedral, while Palamos represents the traditional fishing heritage of the area. The Vias Verdes is a network of old railway lines across Spain which have been restored and modified so that the public may walk or cycle through some of the most important natural areas of the country. The Vias Verdes passport can be stamped on each different route. This encourages the traveler to get involved and be aware of the conservation projects going on in any one area.


4 Reviews of Self guided cycling vacation in Spain

4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 27 Jul 2017 by

If, like us, you like something to do on vacation and for all the family to be happy, then this vacation is an excellent choice. It would be ideal for an Easter break when perhaps less hot for longer cycles. Read full review

Reviewed on 26 Oct 2015 by

Best bit: Visiting a new part of Spain. Read full review

Reviewed on 16 Jul 2014 by

Very good...La Rectoria accommodation: comfortable ease, nothing a problem, beautiful rural location, delightful hosts and delicious food. Read full review

Reviewed on 15 Aug 2011 by

We loved the flexibility of this trip - Alan and Vivian were happy to tailor the trip to our needs and always ready to offer advice or ideas. The trip they planned allowed us to see Catalonia and stay in some fantastic places without the hassle of sorting everything out ourselves. Read full review

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