RIDE WITH SFIDA CYCLING FROM GIRONA TO ANDORRA AND BACK!

You all know that Girona is one of the top cycling destinations in Europe. A good number of female and male professional cyclists have made this beautiful Catalan town their home. Also, many cycling aficionados from around the World spend time here.

For this trip, we propose a very interesting ride from Girona to Andorra via the Languedoc Rousillon region in France, with stops in amazing places like Collioure, Prades and Ax-Les-Thermes.

Next will be four days climbing into, in and out of Andorra, the small Pyrenean country that has some amazing roads up the mountains. 

Note that Andorra is also the base of many professional cyclists too. The main advantage to be in Andorra, besides some favourable income tax rates, is to be riding in altitude most of the time. We will ride on most of the climbs that Andorra has to offer and also enjoy one of the best Spas in Europe, Caldea.

To get back to Girona, we will have some great riding on quiet roads and climbs in the Catalan Pyrenees. This way we will complete a fantastic loop once we reach Girona again.

 

Distance: 835km               daily average: 93km
Climbing: 20,225m          daily average: 2,250m 

 

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  • Duration:9 days
  • DATES : Sep 23 - Oct 02
    • HOTELS:2-4 Stars
    • MEALS:All meals included
    • ARRIVAL:Barcelona (BCN)
    • DEPARTURE:Barcelona (BCN)
    • NON RIDER:20% discount
    • RENTAL BIKE:Available
    • RENTAL E-BIKE:Available
  • PRICE :

    4,150.00

DAY 1: Girona to Collioure.
After meeting the SFIDA Cycling team at our Girona hotel the evening before, it is time to start our ride!

We start riding north of Girona towards France, our first kilometres are on the quiet roads of Emporda county.

We will reach Vilajuiga on time for the mid-morning cafe. From Vilajuiga we will start climbing up the Alt de Sant Pere de Rodes, with its imposing medieval monastery.

Next, we will descend to close to the Costa Brava and head towards Banyuls in France, here we have the second climb of the day, La Tour de Maledoc, a spectacular narrow climb through the vineyards. From the top, the views over the “Cote Vermeille” are amazing.

Collioure is the end of our ride today, a beautiful historical town by the Mediterranean.

 

 

Day 1
133km / 2,580m
CLIMBS: Alt de Sant Pere de Rodes 502m, Tour de Maledoc 656m.
HOTEL:  Hotel Les Roches Brunes

DAY 2: Collioure to Prades de Conflent.

We leave the Mediterranean town of Collioure and head towards Ceret, we are riding in the historical Vallespir area, which belongs to the bigger Languedoc Rousillon region. 

Ceret is a beautiful town that has attracted many artists, Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse among some of the most famed names. We will have our coffee stop by the main square and enjoy the great ambience that this place has.

After Ceret we will have a couple of climbs, Col de Xatard and Palomere, and then we will descend to the main valley of Le Tet. Before the end of our ride, we will visit Eus, one of the Beaux Villages in France.

Prades de Conflent is a beautiful town at the foot of the Pic du Canigou, a big Pyrenees mountain. Prades has a good number of interesting places to see, we will spend some time wandering around town in the late afternoon.

Day 2
112km / 1,925m
CLIMBS: Col Xatard 753m. Col Palomere 1,035m. 

HOTEL: Domaine de La Tannerie

DAY 3: Col de Pailheres, a giant of the Pyrenees in the Ariege.

Leaving behind Prades, today’s ride will involve some great climbs.

We start climbing from Prades up the Col de Jau, then we will climb the Cols du Garavel and Moulis before we enter the Ariege department.

 

The last climb is a classic Tour de France giant, the Col de Pailheres, just over 2,000m, which has featured in the Grande Boucle 5 times in the last 20 years. This is a first-category climb, 15km long at an 8% gradient, this is France is a tough climb.

We will descend to Ax-Les-Thermes, a nice spa town. We will enjoy the thermal baths and relax our legs after three days of amazing riding.

 

Day 3
92km / 3,035m
CLIMBS: Col de Jau 1,506m. Col du Garavel 1,262m. Col des Moulis 1,099m. Col de Pailheres 2,001m.
HOTEL: Hotel Bellevue

DAY 4: Port d’Envalira, high pass into Andorra.

We are riding into Andorra today, this small Pyrenean country between France and Catalonia is a top tourist destination year-round.

After leaving Ax-Les-Thermes, we start to climb up to the Port d’Envalira, this is one of the longest and the highest climbs in the Pyrenees, the summit is at 2,400m.

We will descend on the main valley in Andorra until Canillo, then we will climb the Coll d’Ordino another beautiful climb close to 2,000m high. From there we will ride to our hotel for the next three nights in Les Escaldes. 

Andorra’s landscape is basically all mountains, barely any flats, so this is the perfect place for some great SFIDA Cycling rides.

Day 4
79km / 2,310m
CLIMBS: Port d’Envalira 2,407m. Coll d’Ordino 1,981m.
HOTEL:  Yomo Mola Park

DAY 5: Colls d’Ordino and Beixalis.

Today we have a “shorter” ride, but when in Andorra, a short ride can have a good amount of climbing meters.

We head up to Ordino and climb the side we descended yesterday from the top of the Coll d’Ordino. We will continue towards Canillo and then descend to Encamp on time for a coffee stop.

After Encamp we climb up the Coll de Beixalis, this climb was used during the TDF 2021 and a few times at La Vuelta. The first section of the climb has some steep gradients above 10%. A nice climb including the descent.

Back in Les Escaldes, our hotel is strategically situated near the Caldea.

Caldea is one of the biggest and most modern Spas in the Pyrenees, we will enjoy the rest of the afternoon relaxing in this amazing place.

Day 5
53km / 1,735m
CLIMBS: Coll d’Ordino 1,981m. Coll de Beixalis 1,795m.
HOTEL:  Yomo Mola Park

DAY 6: Port de Cabus, spectacular Andorra!

Taking advantage of our fantastic location in the heart of Andorra, today our ride will take us to three different climbs.

We start with the scenic Port de Cabus, the initial part is on the road up the Pal ski station, once we pass the main parking, we start riding on one of the most spectacular roads in Andorra, well above 2,000m. The end of the road marks also the border with the Catalan region.

We will descend to the town of Erts on time for coffee and continue onto the second climb of the day, up Arinsal, another ski station with the top at 1,905m.

Back in Les Escaldes, we have a third climbing option up the Llac d’Engolasters, this was the end of a stage during La Vuelta 2019. This is a short and beautiful climb.

Day 6
76km / 2,560m
CLIMBS: Port de Cabus 2,330m. Arinsal 1,905m. Llac d’Engolasters 1,640m.
HOTEL: Yomo Mola Park

DAY 7: Colls de la Gallina and de la Rabassa, Andorra Classic climbs.

For our last couple of climbs in Andorra, we have chosen some amazing roads. 

The Coll de la Gallina, is a spectacular climb up to 1,900m, in the last few kilometres, the road narrows and becomes only one way (up). A thrilling descent will take us back to Sant Julia de Loria where we will start the Alt de la Rabasa.

Both the Coll de la Gallina and Alt de la Rabasa have been used during La Vuelta a good number of times in the last years. 

Once we have completed both climbs, we will leave Andorra and enter Catalonia. Our end of the ride today is La Seu d’Urgell. This is a beautiful town with amazing medieval architecture in the centre.

Day 7
75km / 2,080m

CLIMBS: Coll de la Gallina 1,907m. Alt de la Rabasa 2,020m.
HOTEL: Parador de la Seu d’Urgell

DAY 8: Catalan Pyrenees, quiet roads.

From La Seu d’Urgell we ride through the Cadi Massif, lonely and scenic roads that will take us deep into this area of Catalonia.

A few little know climbs like Coll de la Trava, or Coll de la Josa, will make you understand how great it is to ride on this quiet corner of the Pyrenees. Little towns like Gosol or Saldes make for great stops. Gosol has even a small Picasso museum, the painter spend some time in this part of the Pyrenees in 1906.

The easy and fun Coll de Marolla is just before our final destination today, the little town of Campdevanol.

Day 8
112km / 2,335m
CLIMBS: Coll de la Traba 1,491m. Coll de Josa 1,640m. Coll de Merolla 1,100m. 
HOTEL: Hotel La Sequia Molinar

DAY 9: Banyoles and Girona.

From Campdevanol we ride towards Ripoll and then we start climbing the Coll de Canes and onto Olot.

Olot is in Garrotxa county, this area contains a good number of now-extinguished volcanoes. From Olot we continue our ride to the lake of Banyoles, a very scenic place and the perfect spot for lunch.

From Banyoles is just a short ride to Girona, we like to end today’s ride early so we have time to visit Girona.

Day 9
87km / 1,155m
CLIMBS: Coll de Canes 1,120m. Coll de Caselles 623m. 

HOTEL:  Palau de Bellavista by URH

DAY 10: Fins aviat!

After breakfast transfer by van to Barcelona Airport (BCN). Expect to get there by noon, so plan your flights accordingly.

MORE INFORMATION

PRICES:

TWIN room:  4,150 Euros pp
SINGLE Supplement:  800 Euros
Rental bike:  650 Euros

Rental road e-bike: 750 Euros

PAYMENT TERMS:
600 Euros when making the booking. Balance to be paid 90 days before the trip starts.

INCLUDED:
9 nights of accommodation between 2 – 4 Stars

ALL MEALS INCLUDED.
9 breakfasts.

9 lunches, picnic-style on longer days. 
9 dinners, including wine.

NOT INCLUDED:
International flights.

Travel insurance.
Hotel extras: mini-bar, spa, massage.
Tips for the staff.

SUPPORT:
We will have ride leaders and at least one mechanic on our trip.

Our staff/client ratio is 1:4 staff.
Our passenger vans come fully equipped with all the necessary to give the best support during the rides.
We carry gels, energy bars, powder mix, water, fruit, riding food, tools, pumps, spare tubes and tyres to make sure our first-class support helps you through the trip.
Professional first aid kit.

CANCELLATION POLICY:

Adapting to our current COVID-19 pandemic, and incoordination, with most of the hotel’s terms and conditions, we are adjusting our cancellation policy accordingly as follows:

If there’s a travel ban from your country to travel to the country you are making a trip with us, you will receive a full refund on any payments you have made to SFIDA Cycling.

For any other reasons not related to COVID-19, the following will apply:

61 days before the trip starts – the return of your deposit.
60 days before the trip starts – the return of the full amount of the trip less the 300 Euros cancellation fee, plus any amount that we can’t recover from Hotels and other costs that we have already incurred in the trip preparation.
Less than 30 days before the trip starts – no amount will be refunded. We will, however, try to credit as much as possible towards a future trip. This depends on the amount that we can get back from the hotels and other costs that we have already incurred in the trip preparation.

We understand that it is difficult to commit too much in advance given the situation we are all living in.

For this reason, we won’t be holding any spots until the full deposit has been paid.

Hotels are now more strict with how many rooms they are willing to have on hold for groups, so until deposit payments are made we won’t be able to confirm your spot.

 

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