Gravel riding is about solace and scenery and a complete lack of traffic. Take the alternative route between these two iconic cities.
Gravel is the cycling surface of the moment. It’s all about getting off the beaten path. Riding gravel makes for a cool adventure and where better to have this adventure than on the Mediterranean coast. Starting from one of the most culturally endowed cities in the world, we follow a beautiful off-road route up to Girona, home to many of the pro cyclists in the peloton, alternating between gravel, trails and pavement as we go.
It’s road biking without the obligatory roads. In the silence of the mountains bike micro-adventures await, the potential is endless. Come and ride with us on the path less travelled.
So What’s It Going To Be Like?
From beaches and beers to gravel, climbing and coffee, take a look at our short film of what to expect from this trip.
Welcome to Barcelona
Our trip starts at Barcelona airport where our staff will be there to welcome you. After the transfer to our hotel we’ll have lunch, orientation meeting and bike build-up before heading out for our first ride in the hills around Barcelona.
Barcelona is surrounded by hills but only a lucky few have discovered them by bike. With spectacular views of the city and the Mediterranean, we’ll take you across the heights of Barcelona and to explore the beautiful Collserola National Park and the oldest working theme park in Europe.
Meeting Time and Place
Our guides will meet you at 9:00am - either at Barcelona Airport or at the TRYP Barcelona Airport Hotel
There’s no more iconic mountain in Catalonia than Montserrat, with its distinctive shape and ancient Monastery. Rock climbers, pilgrims and cyclists name Montserrat mountain as their top destination in the Barcelona area.
The gravel road along the Llobregat makes for a great gravel ride up this religious mount. Remember to save some energy for the last climb. And if your legs are still fresh, take a walk around the monastery.
Serralada de Marina
The beauty of the Collserola Natural Park extends northwards into Serralada de Marina.
Experience perfect dirt roads and excellent climbing with fantastic views of Barcelona and the Mediterranean sea as we head north along the coast.
Montnegre and Montseny Natural Parks
It’s great to wake up on the coast. But we say good bye as we head inland, through the Montnegre National Park and down to the medieval town of Hostalric.
After riding through the historic fortress in the center of town, we’ll enter the majestic Montseny forrest.
The quiet town of Santa Coloma de Farniers will provide the perfect rest stop, ahead of the big day tomorrow.
Definitely the Queen Stage of the trip. We’ll start off easy up to the Pantà de Susqueda and the start a 20km section of fun gravel before hitting the start of the big climb of the day. Almost 15km of climb up to Rupit.
Don’t miss the amazing views of the lake and the mountains, as we climb to the cliff-top hotel.
It’s a long ride into Girona, but it’s relatively easy going. We’ll ride along El Carrilet and the gravel road through La Vall d’en Bas to this famous cycling city. El Carrilet runs along the old train tracks that connected Girona with little industry towns in the 1950’s.
We’ll take in the sites of Girona’s old town and grab a coffee and a bite to eat where the pros hang out. There’s an incredible cycling atmosphere and it’s a fantastic place to end our gravel adventure.
Unfortunately, our trip must come to an end. Our shuttle will take you to Barcelona Airport, arriving at approximately 9:30am.