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Mediterranean by bike and the Pyrenees, from Collioure to Cadaqués

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Go by bike from Collioure and explore the Mediterranean coast as well as the mountains plunging into the sea towards Spain! 7 days and 6 nights on the Mediterranean by bike

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Mediterranean by bike and the Pyrenees, from Collioure to Cadaqués

 

Go by bike from Collioure and explore the Mediterranean coast as well as the mountains plunging into the sea towards Spain! Following scenic roads and balcony paths, this route is designed to be accessible.

Every day, you will cross vineyards, cork oak forests and scrubland. Thanks to electric assistance (or without for the more sporty), the ascent to the magnificent panoramas from the mountains overlooking the sea will be easy.

At the end of each stage, we invite you to enjoy the treasures of our region: wine tastings with our favorite winegrowers, swimming in wild creeks, snorkelling, cultural visits and tapas tasting on the terrace...

 

On this program, two route options are offered to you each day. The longer version is often a little more demanding but the efforts are rewarded by the tourist interests and/or viewpoints.

 

Day 1: arrival in Collioure or Perpignan

Explore Collioure freely and benefit from a tasting as well as advice from a local cycling instructor. Welcome to Collioure, the charming Catalan village that inspired the famous artists Matisse and Derain. Surrounded by terraces of vines descending in steps from the mountains to the sea, you can enjoy the panoramas, the intertwining cobbled streets, the art galleries and the beaches. A wine tasting is possible at our wine merchant partner Sylvain.

At the end of the afternoon, receive your bikes and advice from a local professional. Dinner is free, and the night takes place in a three-star hotel in Collioure.

 

Suggestions:

  • Reception at the station or airport of Perpignan with transfer to Collioure (option)
  • Additional night(s) in Collioure (option)
  • Tasting of Catalan wines at Sylvain, our wine merchant/art gallery partner.

 

Day 2: from Collioure to Banyuls - 25 km and + 450 m or 35 km and + 700 m

This first day of cycling harmoniously combines mountains, vineyards and creeks with clear waters. You head towards the mountains away from the tourists, discovering Mediterranean scents in a magnificent setting. You overlook ancient terraces of vines descending in steps towards the coves of the Côte Vermeille. This cycling stage brings you closer to nature, highlighting the resources of the Catalan land since the Middle Ages. At the end of the day, taste local wines in the Bay of Paulilles before a swim in the clear waters of the sea. Arrival in Banyuls, followed by a free dinner and a night in a hotel in Banyuls.

 

Suggestion:

  • Wine tasting
  • Swimming in Paulilles Bay

 

Day 3: Cerbère and the underwater loop trail - 25 km and + 650 m or 45 km and + 800 m

The colorful atmosphere of the trip envelops you while the day promises a radiant program! The morning climb takes you through mountains where you might notice cactus-like shrubs bearing small, colorful fruits, such as prickly pear. You drive towards the ridges, the natural border between France and Spain which you will reach tomorrow. Passage through Cerbère, the last small French port, renowned for its exceptional nature reserve. End the day with a snorkeling exploration of the underwater trail, a fun stroll to discover underwater life. In Banyuls, tasting with the brothers Vincent, Augustin and Martin, successors of their father Marc, passionate about wine culture. Free dinner and second night in Banyuls.

 

Suggestions:

  • Mask and snorkel diving at the underwater trail of the Banyuls reserve
  • Tasting of dry wines from Collioure and sweet wines from Banyuls in a family estate

 

Day 4: from Banyuls to the port of la Selva - 40 km and + 820 m or 50 km and + 900 m

On the way to Spain for this new day. Protected from the very touristy Costa Brava by Cap de Creus, you enter Spanish lands that seem frozen in time. Passage by the small Benedictine abbey of Saint Quirze, nestled in the heart of the Albères mountains. You descend through fields of olive trees, holm oaks, arbutus trees, cysts, where the scents of thyme and rosemary mingle with the sea spray. Arrival at the small Spanish fishing port of Puerto de la Selva, ideal for enjoying some tapas by the sea. Free dinner and overnight in your hotel in Puerto de la Selva (or Llança).

 

Day 5: from the port of La Selva to Cadaquès - 40 km and + 820 m or 50 km and + 900 m

Leave Puerto de la Selva and cycle towards the Cap de Creus natural park along ancestral paths lined with pretty dry stone walls. Founded in 1998, the national park offers a contrast with the coast further south, remaining the largest uninhabited coastal area in Spain. The landscape has remained wild, almost unchanged since the creation of the surrounding villages by the Greeks and Romans. Arrival in Cadaqués, where the crystal clear waters are reflected on the beautiful typical white houses. Free dinner and overnight in your hotel in Cadaqués.

 

Day 6: discovery of the Cap de Creus Natural Park in a loop - 27 km and + 550 m or 42 km and + 800 m

This morning, leave Cadaqués in the heart of the Cap de Creus natural park by bike to discover coves, ancestral paths and of course, the cape which seems to be the end of the world. Possibility of lunch at the lighthouse restaurant offering a beautiful view of the sea. In the afternoon, explore our favorite coves for a swim in nature. Return to the "white village" with the recommendation to visit Dali's house in Portligat. Free dinner and second night in your hotel in Cadaqués.

 

Suggestions:

  • Visit to Dali's house in Portligat
  • Lunch at the Cap de Creus lighthouse
  • Swimming in wild creeks

 

Day 7: arrival in Collioure or Perpignan

Breakfast in Cadaqués. Departure at 10 a.m. for your private transfer (1h15) to Collioure or Perpignan, with an arrival scheduled for late morning. Arrival in Collioure or Perpignan at 3:00 p.m. (to be specified when booking).

 

Suggestion: shuttle with stop in Figueres and visit to the Dali Museum.

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General informations :

  • 7 days and 6 nights
  • Comfort level of accommodation: 2 and 3* hotels
  • Child rates: contact us.
  • Group reduction of - €80 / person (from 4 people)


The dates :

  • Departures every day, from 01/04 to 15/10/2024
  • Low season in April, May June, September and October
  • High season in July and August

 

Included :

  • 6 nights in standard level hotels
  • 6 breakfasts
  • Transportation of luggage between accommodations
  • Return transfer from Cadaquès to Collioure (excluding personal bike)
  • Assistance in the event of a breakdown (except puncture)
  • Travel diary (digital)
  • Maps at 1:50,000 with highlighted route

 

Not included :

  • Transport to the place of departure
  • Personal expenses
  • Anything not specified in “included”.

 

The options :

  • Additional night(s) at the start or end of the tour
  • VTC or VAE rental
  • Theft insurance for the rented bike
  • Transfer from Perpignan airport or train station to Collioure and from Collioure to Perpignan
  • Return transfer of personal bike (from Cadaquès to Collioure)
  • Cancellation insurance.


Levels:
1 2 3 4 5 6

 

Ground :
Circuit with significant elevation gain each day (between 450 and 900 m elevation gain). Good physical condition is required unless using an e-bike.

 

Climate :
Mediterranean. Very hot summers, mild temperatures all year round.

 

Technicality:
Cycling: 25 to 50 km per day or 2 hours to 4 hours of cycling.
Itinerary mainly on secondary roads with little traffic, poorly marked. Desirable map reading.

 

Accommodation:

Level 2 and 3* hotels.

 

Additional nights:
An additional night is offered to you at the start and end of the tour.

 

Meal :

  • Breakfasts: copious
  • Lunch: not included
  • Dinner: not included.


Travelogue :
A link to a mobile application allows you to access all the information necessary for carrying out the circuit. 1:50,000 map in addition.

 

The bike :

Rental bike: VAE with 500 Wh battery or 30-speed VTC. If you rent a bicycle, it will be given to you upon your arrival. A security deposit will be required. At the end of the tour, you will need to leave this bike at the last hotel and notify reception. Our correspondent will take care of his return.
Personal bicycle: We do not recommend bicycles with small tires. VTC and mountain bikes are excellent. Remember to service your bicycle before leaving. At the end of the tour, you will need to take charge of your own bicycle.


Support:
Assistance in the event of a breakdown (except punctures for which there is no intervention).

 

Transportation :

  • By plane: Perpignan airport
  • Train: allow around 6 hours from Paris to go to Perpignan
  • Car: Collioure is 890 km from Paris


Cancellation insurance :
To guarantee reimbursement of costs in the event of cancellation of your stay, you can take out cancellation insurance. To learn more about insurance, click here.

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