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Cycling in Costa Brava

Professional or hobbyist, you’ll feel right at home on the Costa Brava’s cycling routes. You can train for tougher gradients by the mountains or simply pedal at your leisure and take in the sights. From the Costa Brava’s seafront towns, you can accomplish coastal cycling too. Head up high for the best views or stay close to the towns and soak up the culture.

Riding range

Whether you stay on level terrain or head up to into the mountains, the Costa Brava is the ideal base for varied cycling. Choose a challenge in the saddle and climb the steeper tracks, where you’ll be rewarded with staggering views – especially across resorts like Lloret De Mar, Tossa De Mar and L’Estartit.

girona city

Cycling events

A week-long, annual cycling festival goes on in nearby Girona, and the 125km Gran Fondo marks the event’s end. But as the Costa Brava is a region so well-known for its two-wheeled heritage, it’s worth keeping an eye out for other events too.

Home of the pros

The Costa Brava’s coastal roads and rugged mountain routes have made it a top choice for professionals, including Dan Craven. Many have flocked to the area to train, so you can enjoy a taste of local culture, combined with the best areas for two wheels.

Costa Brava and Girona cycling hotels

  • Girona - Banyoles - Girona
  • Girona - Calonge - Girona
  • Girona - Rocacorba - Girona

Girona - Banyoles - Girona

Suitable for: Leisurely pedallers

Difficulty: 3/5

Climb Level: 3/5

Max Altitude: 171m

Distance: 40.8km

The Route: This pleasant ride takes you north to the lakeside town of Banyoles, famous for being the location of world-renowned rowing events. It’s a relatively easy-going ride with only a few short climbs along the route. You’ll also pass iconic sights such as the Girona Cathedral on the way.

Girona - Calonge - Girona

Suitable for: Seasoned cyclists

Difficulty: 5/5

Climb Level: 3/5

Max Altitude: 148m

Distance: 93.1km

The Route: Riders will head south towards the coast and cross Las Gavarres Mountains twice, before navigating across the entire range. The route then snakes back towards the northern Costa Brava, passing the challenging Romany de la Selva.

Girona - Rocacorba - Girona

Suitable for: Daredevils

Difficulty: 5/5

Climb Level: 4/5

Max Altitude: 961m

Distance: 39.5km

The Route: This circular route heads north out of Girona and onto one of the highest and perhaps most challenging mountains in the region, Puigsou. On a clear day, you can even see across the valley to the neighbouring Pyrenees – a well-deserved reward after such a ride!

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