After having lived in this Spanish/Catalan town for six years while riding in the Professional Peloton, Marty has a love for Girona, something he is only too willing to share with guests on this “Signature Tour.” Girona has been Jemison Cycling Tours European Headquarters since 2003.
Nestled in the northeast corner of Spain near the Mediterranean Coast, known as the Costa Brava, Girona offers year-round beauty, and miles of the world’s finest riding. Why else would over 50 professional cyclists, call Girona home over the years?
Without a doubt Girona is one of Spain’s most beautiful towns, with access to virtually everything Europe is known for: the finest culinary experiences, the special quaintness unique to the Old World, friendly and welcoming locals and, again, world-class cycling for all abilities and interests. All of this is just a few kilometers from the crystal clear waters of the Mediterranean Sea.
Game of Thrones recently came to Girona for filming in the Medieval quarter (called the Call).
About the Riding…
The trip begins with rides in and around Girona, taking in its nearby countryside and passing glorious fields of vibrant herbs and magnificently restored farmhouses. We’ll climb the nearby Els Angels and San Grau, mountains where the local professionals test themselves. Next, we’ll head to the coast where there are typically more cyclists than cars. The roads along the Costa Brava flow like ribbon next to the picturesque beaches. We’ll then ride towards the Pyrenees, where we’ll pass through small villages and peaceful landscapes – quinessential Catalunya. Finally, we’ll ride back to Girona through the hills, valleys and mountains for our final evening together.
This tour offers incredibly diverse rides with spectacular scenery and cuisine. And, like the Catalans, we’ll eat very well, savor the region’s finest restaurants, and sample our share of the area’s wines.
About the Food and Wine…
It’s important to remember that, you are not in Spain. You are in Catalunya. Thus, the food has more of a Mediterranean appeal and flavor. The main focus is on the fresh seafood, meats, vegetables and a variety of sausages. Think of it as, the Greek Isles meets France meets local garden. Boasting many Michelin starred restaurants, people from all over Europe travel to Catalunya for the sun and the food, and we promise to share the best with you. The wines are a variety of Rioja, Priorat, Penedes and Emproda, which you’ll have the honor of sampling. This is a trip for those that want to ride, dine and immerse themselves in the local culture. Oh and you’ll likely see some Pro’s riding or hanging out as well.
**Make the riding as hard or as easy as you want
June 4 – 10
August 26 – September 1
September 3 – 10 (private)
About the Accommodations
Girona: Our 4- star, perfectly situated, well staffed hotel is in the heart of Girona’s walking district. It’s a bike friendly hotel with a breakfast that will keep you coming back for more.
Hotel in Tossa del Mar: This perfectly situated hotel has a fireplace designed by Antonio Gaudi and a history going back many many years. The hotel is on the beach. Behind the hotel you’ll find the village with cafes, shops and restaurants.
Costa Brava Our second hotel on the beach. This charming, well-run boutique hotel has been run by the same family for 100 years. The modern rooms overlooking the Mediterranean Sea have everything you need, with impeccable cleanliness.
WHAT LEVEL RIDER DO I NEED TO BE?
Our tours are great for those that love to ride their bikes. We have mapped out routes of 40-60+ miles per day. Our average evevation gain is 3000 – 3500 ft/day in Girona. We rate this as moderate difficulty for cyclists. Our well designed rides can be shortened or lengthened.
IS THIS A GOOD TRIP FOR A NON-RIDER?
If your companion rides only a small amount we offer shorter ride options.
WHAT ELSE CAN YOU TELL ME?
We are looking forward to sharing our experiences with you. We have bi-lingual staff that is well travelled and understands European culture. Our staff has managed the logistics of the USPS Professional Cycling Team. Small groups provide a comfortable and personal experience.[box title=”Included” color=”#3373b8″] European Knowledge: Jemison Cycling is owned & operated by a pro cyclist
All Transfers to and from Barcelona Airport
Van Support & Luggage Transfers
Ride Food – Drink Mix
One Guide per 4 Guests
Snacks on the Fly
[/box] [box title=”Not Included” color=”#f0f0f0″] Airfare
Bicycles (Rental Bikes available)
Personal incidentals & Guide Gratuities
*Travel Insurance strongly suggested (www.TravelGuard.com)
Location: Girona (Spain)
Date: June 4-10 & August 26 - Sept 1
Dates: September 3-10 (private)
Cost: $3,497Sign Me Up