Walking and Cycling Itinerary pdfs

When you open the page, close the rules and regulations window and press the 'cerca d'itineraris' search button. This will open up all

15 pages of pdfs

for

walking and cycling

and it doesn't matter it's in Catalan because they're maps and google earth zoom-ins to show you where you are. I highly recommend the

Cap de Creus

National Park (focused on the

Monastery of Sant Pere de Rodes

, not to be missed and the restaurant isn't bad either!) and of course the

Garrotxa Volcanic National Park

for the volcano spotters and the

Aiguamolls del Empordà

for bird-spotters.

http://magrana.gencat.cat/Visors/Itineraris/Inici.html?parc=CCR#marc

Tondo 100% cycle routes 2013

The annual and ever more popular memorial ride for Xavi Tondo set off this morning from Sant Joan les Fonts, with i believe around 1,200 participants! On the web is a list of the professional cyclists who also participated. The date for this event is easy to remember because it is always just after the Vuelta a España and the participants are not usually that interested in the Tour of Britain for some reason. The shorter route i can vouch for myself as being well worth while, and the second part of the longer one, just not altogether! 

Capsacosta should not be missed. When you reach Sant Pau de Seguries on the other side of the mountain, having passed the old Mai Bosc restaurant, you descend into what looks like Switzerland. You pass the Roman road but be aware you might come face to face with a deer or two, as you round a silent curve in the road. Obviously, for many of you, starting from Girona is not a problem. Enjoy and think of Xavi Tondo from time to time.

http://www.100x100tondo.com/spanish/recorreguts

Vilabertran, Peralada and Castellò d'Empuries

This route is extremely pleasant by bicycle, see the google map reference below and can be combined with Figueres, lunch - there are lots of good restaurants in this area, or wine tasting in Garrigüella, Vilajüiga, or another Emporda bodega. Or a quick dip in the sea and a fish supper...For more spritely types, Empuria Brava is the place for 'night life' (i don't remember what that is exactly, but discos are involved).

Emporda Wine links:

information about the wines 

http://www.doemporda.cat/en/wineries.html

booking guided visits to bodegas

http://www.rutasdevinosemporda.es/visitas-bodegas-emporda-1-0.html

one to start with 

http://www.espeltviticultors.com/

Vilabertran Monastery

Information about this site before arriving is a closely guarded secret, but once you are in situ, a useful leaflet will find its way into your hands - in English, if there are any left...

There is also a little walk around the village - the leaflet in catalan can be downloaded - here it is to give you an idea. Presumably it is available in English once you've paid up!

http://www.mhcat.net/content/download/9382/73194/file/Vilabertran%2C+itineraris.pdf

The point is that it is a very pleasant visit on your route.

Dalí - Vilabertran

This is Dalí's Vilabertran Lake (Llac de Vilabertran) and belltower.

for the history and architectural details of the complex go to this link 

http://www.vilabertran.com/vb.php?ss=328424156d2f1554de808bfcc6cb6270&ap=a03s01p01

Last admission 30 minutes before closing time.

From 1 September to 30 Juny: from Thursday from Saturday: from 10 a.m. to 1.30 p.m. and from 3 p.m. to 5.30 p.m.

Sundays and local holidays: from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

July and August from Tuesday to Sunday: from 10 a.m. to 1.30 p.m. and from 3 p.m. to 6.30 p.m.

Closed on Mondays except public holidays, 25 and 26 December and 1 and 6 January.

Standard: €3,00 

Concession: €2,00 

Tuesdays and local public holidays, free of charge for all.

C/ Abadia, 4

17760 Vilabertran (Alt Empordà)

Tel.: 972508787

e-mail: 

vilabertran.cultura@gencat.cat 

This link has a nice introduction to the monastery, in English.

http://capcreus.com/vilabertran/vilabertran_uk.htm

Peralada

It is just 7 km 

from Figueres and 40 km from Girona. Here is a 

useful link for more information about the medieval village: 

http://capcreus.com/peralada/peralada_uk.htm

About 500 AC, a group from the Iberian tribe of indiketes built what would be the first walled village of Peralada.Transformed into the centre of a country from the Carolingian Empire in the 9th Century, Peralada became one of the main capitals of l'Empordà throughout the Medieval Age. From this bright period there are still many buildings and monuments left which make the delights of the visitor who discovers the secrets of a millennial village.

Still, most people only ever see Peralada on a warm summer's evening, dressed to the nine's en route to a concert in the castle grounds during the annual festival. And some don't go to the concert but stay in the 

casino

 or the al fresco dining terrace! The village is well worth seeing however, during the day, combined with other medieval villages.

Castle Museum of Peralada

 - here is what they say about themselves:

In Peralada the visitor has the opportunity to visit one of the most spectacular, private collections of Catalonia; the Castle's Museum, which is located inside the antique Carme's convent.The cloister and the Gothic church are two of the convent's original dependencies that can be visited. A library with around 80.000 volumes and more than 1000 editions of El Quijote is another appeal of this visit, which follows with the Glass Museum, with on of the best and biggest collections of the world. And, eventually, the Wine's Museum, which was created in the 60's in the wine cellar where until that date Peralada's wines were produced. All the elements and objects exposed are from the wine's culture in any of its phases.
Timetable:From 1st July until 15th September. Guided visits every hour o'clock. Opened every day. From 16th September until 30th June. Opened every day save on Sundays and holiday's afternoons. On Mondays it is closed the whole day.

Cloister of Sant Domènec

This 12th century Romanesque monument is the sole vestige that remains of an old Augustinian convent. In 1578 it became the headquarters of the Dominicans.Worth noting in the cloister are the lowered arches, a feature that belongs to a later period, and the sculptures on the capitals of the columns with plant motifs and zoomorphic figures. 

Medieval walls

The town of Perelada had had two walled enclosures. There are still a few remains of the

ancient reduced fortification in the Carrer Sota Muralla, in the Carrer de les Monges and the Plaça de Sant

Domènec. You can see important fragments of the wall from the second fortification in El Carme convent. From 1000-1285 AD, Perelada was one of the main towns in the Empordà. 

Fire destroyed much of the town in 1285.

for the 

casino

http://www.casino-peralada.com/ing/index.asp

for 

wine

http://www.castilloperelada.com/en/

for the 

music and dance festival in summer

 - a wonderful experience, at night, outdoors.

http://www.festivalperalada.es/festivalperalada/programacion-2012/?lang=en

Castelló d'Empuries

File:Santa Maria de Castelló d'Empúries - Façana.JPG

Nice introduction link here: 

http://capcreus.com/castello/castello_uk.htm

Cycle route Vilabertran and Figueres villages

This is a route we did by road bike in April last year and thoroughly enjoyed - we were lucky with the wind! Highly recommended and you can extend or cut short as you feel like - just be careful to take a good map, as you wouldn't think you could get lost but believe me, you can!

https://maps.google.es/maps?q=castello+d'empuries&ie=UTF-8&hq=&hnear=0x12ba61d9ab3cdd37:0x400fae021a467f0,Castell%C3%B3+d'Emp%C3%BAries,+Girona&gl=es&ei=1_OYUJy1IeiQ4gTCh4GAAw&ved=0CJ8BELYD

http://www.empordaturisme.com/en/Associats/Natural_Parks-188/PARC_NATURAL_DEL_CAP_DE_CREUS-29.htm

Cyclists' review for Gironalet apartment

Hi Liza

Thanks a million for the apartment over the long weekend. We all had a fantastic time. It’s a beautiful part of the world and the cycling was fantastic.

Just to let you know the rides we did if you want to include them on your website

Day 1: Girona/Sant Marti Vell/ Madremanya/El Angles and back into Girona. I think it was about 30 miles and a nice warm up day.

Day 2: Girona/Tossa de Mar/El Angles and back into Girona. I think this was about 60 miles and a really nice ride.

Day 3: Girona/Banyoles/Olot and back on a different loop. Aabout 75 miles in total

Day 4: Girona/Banyoles/ Rococorba climb and back to Girona. Lovely ride up the Rocacorba but long and tough. About 40 miles

Day 5: Girona/El Angles/Madremanya/Sant Sadurni de l’Heura/Cass de la Selva/Quart/El Angles and Girona. About 50 miles with plenty of beautiful hills. The road GI 664 was particularly beautiful.

I put a review up on Holiday Lettings and I am sure we will back in Girona in the future. (UK) (May 2013)

Girona - Els Angels Mountain Sanctuary Cycle Route

Girona - Els Angels - Sta Pellaia

Els Angels is the obvious mountain to climb from Girona.

Of course, some of us would just do the mountain and leave it at that. Others might continue...

Leave Girona on road to Madremanya, via Els Angels mountain, continue to Monells amd St Sadurní de l'Heura. Go up to Sta Pellaia and descend to Cassà de la Selva to take the road back to Girona. 58kms (big hill!) 

Look at the Wikiloc map here.

http://es.wikiloc.com/wikiloc/view.do?id=1396431

Great diagram and

direction maps

here

http://www.altimetrias.net/aspbk/verPerfilusu.asp?id=164

See 'Walking in Girona' section for more about the sanctuary and restaurant and, erm, walking it...

Girona Medieval Villages Route - 88kms (more or less as you wish)

Cycle from the centre of Girona and back, visiting a whole sequence of gorgeous picturesque medieval villages - you can add more or take away, according to how long you want to cycle. Pubol is a possible alternative route and you have Dali's Castle to visit there. It is mostly flat with a variety of places to eat en route.

From:

Girona

Sant Marti Vell

To: 

Sant Martí Vell

16.0 km

To:

Madremanya

7.5 km

To:

Sant Sadurní de l'Heura

5.6 km

To:

la bisbal

5.7 km

To:

Peratallada

5.8 km

To:

Ullastret

4.7 km

To:

Sant Llorenç de les Arenes, Foixà

11.1 km

To:

Flaçà

6.1 km 

To:

St Martí Vell

5.8 km 

To:

Girona

La Bisbal

Pubol

Ullastret

Medieval Villages near Figueres Vilabertran, Peralada, Castelló d'Empuries

This route is extremely pleasant by bicycle, see the google map reference below and can be combined with Figueres, lunch - there are lots of good restaurants in this area, or wine tasting in Garrigüella, Vilajüiga, or another Emporda bodega. Or a quick dip in the sea and a fish supper...For more spritely types, Empuria Brava is the place for 'night life' (i don't remember what that is exactly, but discos are involved).

Emporda Wine links:

information about the wines

http://www.doemporda.cat/en/wineries.html

booking guided visits to bodegas

http://www.rutasdevinosemporda.es/visitas-bodegas-emporda-1-0.html

one to start with

http://www.espeltviticultors.com/

Vilabertran Monastery

Information about this site before arriving is a closely guarded secret, but once you are in situ, a useful leaflet will find its way into your hands - in English, if there are any left...

There is also a little walk around the village - the leaflet in catalan can be downloaded - here it is to give you an idea. Presumably it is available in English once you've paid up!

http://www.mhcat.net/content/download/9382/73194/file/Vilabertran%2C+itineraris.pdf

The point is that it is a very pleasant visit on your route.

This is Dalí's Vilabertran Lake (Llac de Vilabertran) and belltower.

for the history and architectural details of the complex go to this link 

http://www.vilabertran.com/vb.php?ss=328424156d2f1554de808bfcc6cb6270&ap=a03s01p01

Last admission 30 minutes before closing time.

From 1 September to 30 Juny: from Thursday from Saturday: from 10 a.m. to 1.30 p.m. and from 3 p.m. to 5.30 p.m.

Sundays and local holidays: from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

July and August from Tuesday to Sunday: from 10 a.m. to 1.30 p.m. and from 3 p.m. to 6.30 p.m.

Closed on Mondays except public holidays, 25 and 26 December and 1 and 6 January.

Standard: €3,00 

Concession: €2,00 

Tuesdays and local public holidays, free of charge for all.

C/ Abadia, 4

17760 Vilabertran (Alt Empordà)

Tel.: 972508787

e-mail:

vilabertran.cultura@gencat.cat 

This link has a nice introduction to the monastery, in English.

http://capcreus.com/vilabertran/vilabertran_uk.htm

Peralada

It is just 7 km 

from Figueres and 40 km from Girona. Here is a 

useful link for more information about the medieval village: 

http://capcreus.com/peralada/peralada_uk.htm

About 500 AC, a group from the Iberian tribe of indiketes built what would be the first walled village of Peralada.Transformed into the centre of a country from the Carolingian Empire in the 9th Century, Peralada became one of the main capitals of l'Empordà throughout the Medieval Age. From this bright period there are still many buildings and monuments left which make the delights of the visitor who discovers the secrets of a millennial village.

Still, most people only ever see Peralada on a warm summer's evening, dressed to the nine's en route to a concert in the castle grounds during the annual festival. And some don't go to the concert but stay in the

casino

or the al fresco dining terrace! The village is well worth seeing however, during the day, combined with other medieval villages.

Castle Museum of Peralada

- here is what they say about themselves:

In Peralada the visitor has the opportunity to visit one of the most spectacular, private collections of Catalonia; the Castle's Museum, which is located inside the antique Carme's convent.The cloister and the Gothic church are two of the convent's original dependencies that can be visited. A library with around 80.000 volumes and more than 1000 editions of El Quijote is another appeal of this visit, which follows with the Glass Museum, with on of the best and biggest collections of the world. And, eventually, the Wine's Museum, which was created in the 60's in the wine cellar where until that date Peralada's wines were produced. All the elements and objects exposed are from the wine's culture in any of its phases.
Timetable:From 1st July until 15th September. Guided visits every hour o'clock. Opened every day. From 16th September until 30th June. Opened every day save on Sundays and holiday's afternoons. On Mondays it is closed the whole day.

for the

casino

http://www.casino-peralada.com/ing/index.asp

for

wine

http://www.castilloperelada.com/en/

for the

music and dance festival in summer

- a wonderful experience, at night, outdoors.

http://www.festivalperalada.es/festivalperalada/programacion-2012/?lang=en

Castelló d'Empuries

Nice introduction link here: 

http://capcreus.com/castello/castello_uk.htm

Cycle route Vilabertran and Figueres villages

This is a route we did by road bike in April last year and thoroughly enjoyed - we were lucky with the wind! Highly recommended and you can extend or cut short as you feel like - just be careful to take a good map, as you wouldn't think you could get lost but believe me, you can!

https://maps.google.es/maps?q=castello+d'empuries&ie=UTF-8&hq=&hnear=0x12ba61d9ab3cdd37:0x400fae021a467f0,Castell%C3%B3+d'Emp%C3%BAries,+Girona&gl=es&ei=1_OYUJy1IeiQ4gTCh4GAAw&ved=0CJ8BELYD

http://www.empordaturisme.com/en/Associats/Natural_Parks-188/PARC_NATURAL_DEL_CAP_DE_CREUS-29.htm

Short cycle-tourism routes from Girona

This website has some good ideas for cycling from Girona with GPS tracks and explanations. It is in English. They are short cyclo-tourism routes. Just be careful with the routes that go on 'tracks' as these are no good for road bikes - if you take a good map you'll find an alternative. Here is an example:

THE ADAC’S CYCLOTOURISM ROUTES

Nº 

11

GIRONA - L'ESTARTIT

Girona – Sarrià de Ter – El Pont Major – Celrà – Sant Joan de Mollet – Flaçà – Sant Llorenç de les Arenes – Foixà – La Sala – Ultramort – Serra de Darò – Gualta – Torroella de Montgrí – L’Estartit

Description of the cycling route:

The cycling route that we propose from Girona to L’Estartit is quite different from the routes that we know as Greenways in our area (the ones from Girona to Olot and from Girona to Sant Feliu de Guíxols which follow the paths of the former railway line). These are real cycling routes that you can follow with no risk of getting lost and where you will only find cyclists and no other vehicles. Our route is composed by rural paths and tracks that can be linked to arrive at L’Estartit. There are no signposts! So that you will need a certain experience using maps and finding ways. A satnav can help you. The aventure starts!

As we said for the route from L’Estartit to Girona, the main attraction of this route is that it allows you to make quite a long journey using no main roads and finding no cars, cycling through landscapes and villages which can be quite interesting from a cultural point of view.

The route follows rural tracks, the quietest, the most direct and the most interesting that we have found. When you leave Girona, to avoid the traffic, you will follow a very funny path which starts at the sportscenter called Poliesportiu de Fontajau and ends at the dual carriageway of Sarrià de Ter near the furniture shop called Mobles Balti. We go on the pavement until we reach the so-called Pont Major (Main Bridge). From Pont Major to the next village of Celrà we will have to follow the main road which is always quite busy, however, as soon as we reach the industrial area of Celrà we will finally start cycling again on quiet tracks until the end of the route.

In the road-book you will find more information to follow the route.

See also the route 

l'Estartit - Girona

Happy cycling!

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Olot - Capsacosta - Sant Pau de Seguires - Olot


Sant Joan les Fonts (Olot) - Capsacosta - Sant Pau de Seguries - Olot 
There and back 46kms and a very beautiful route. There is traffic in the Vall de Bianya. In Sant Pau de Seguries, we passed the Can Batalle Cafe/restaurant (very grudging they are) and found a little cafe a bit further on on the right, a kind of b&b, not very obvious from the road, but extremely nice people and food.

http://www.bikemap.net/route/1614982#lat=42.235726269255&lng=2.43794&zoom=12&maptype=ts_terrain

Greenways cycle routes

There are 4:

OLOT - GIRONA

This 57-km route crosses three regions and twelve towns, following the valleys of the Fluvià, Brugent and Ter rivers. The Narrow-Gauge Railway Route descends smoothly from Olot (440 m) to Girona (70 m). Its highest point is at Coll d'en Bas, which is a pass situated 558 metres above sea level. http://www.gironagreenways.org/

Girona - Sant Feliu de Guixols
The Narrow-Gauge Railway Route stretches out 39.7 km. With a smooth incline from Girona to Sant Feliu de Guíxols (15 m), its highest point is at Cassà de la Selva (136 m). Following the old narrow-gauge railway line from Girona to Sant Feliu, you can get to know two of Girona's regions - the Gironès and the Baix Empordà - from the Ter River basin, crossing the Selva depression and ending in the Ridaura valley.

Palamos - Palafrugell
The “little train” greenway runs for 6 km between Palamós and Palafrugell along the disused narrowgauge railway track formerly linking Palamós with Girona via La Bisbal d’Empordà. The route goes through the municipal areas of Palamós, Mont-ras and Palafrugell, with branch greenways leading off to Vall-llòbrega and Castell and La Fosca beaches.

Ripoll - Sant Joan de les Abadesses - Ogassa
The Iron and Coal Route, in reference to the important ironworking tradition of the Baix Ripollès region and the mining of coal at Ogassa, follows the route that was once plied by the train. The 12 km of railway have been transformed into an ideal trail for enjoying a long walk or bicycle ride, and for reminding us of the industrial past that is an important part of our heritage.

Vall d'en Bas Cycle

(Olot) - la Cantina, 3km to Riudaura turning - la Pinya - Col d'Uria - Olot

La Clapera, Vall d'en Bas

50 km (or 60km) mostly flat, 3km climb at la cantina, then 4kms up at Col D'Uria (you can continue if you want, up to El Far, making 10km climb to Coll de Condreu, and another 4km or so to el Far). Very beautiful scenery all the way.

http://www.bikemap.net/route/1615133#lat=42.146404414003&lng=2.46057&zoom=12&maptype=ts_terrain

Olot-Girona Cycle

Olot  - Girona Centre 

(60kms)

It takes 45 minutes to drive to Olot from Girona. Radikal bikeshop in Girona has one spare bike they hire out for 18€ a day. Nice road bikes can be found in Girona but not as yet in Olot. Gironalet.com Holiday Apartment offers a bike transport service for small quantities of bikes. Then cycle back to Girona (60kms) along the 'via verde' or green route, made from the old up-routed railway line. On road bikes it is probably better to follow the parallel road passing through Sant Esteve d'en Bas, Sant Feliu de Pallerols, Amer. Anglès.

Val d'en Bas (Olot) Cycle

This is an idyllic valley to cycle. The valley itself is completely flat, but there are several hills around which add interest to the circuit. Starting from Olot, there is a 3km climb up 'La Cantina', then a descent onto the Riudaura road. From there we pass La Pinya, Sant Privat, Hostalets and arrive at Col d'Uria for a 4km climb (or more if you want!). You can continue up the beautiful mountain to el Far restaurant and Sanctuary. We then retrace our wheels. 

Girona

Return the bikes, then rest and recuperation. A stroll around the old town, a beer in the Plaça Constitució, where there is a pleasant breeze, then supper.