The Costa Brava has become quite the spot for many cycling enthusiasts in recent years, making it the perfect place for cycling alone or for the whole family.
Cycling holidays on the Costa Brava: fun for the whole family
The Costa Brava is known for its sunshine, the diverse landscape that stretches from the Pyrenees to the Mediterranean Sea, the variety of cuisine and its recently emerging cycling culture. If anyone knows how to make the most of what this province has to offer, it’s a cycling tourist. This is why the Costa Brava has tailored itself to the interests of cycling enthusiasts in recent years and has built features that are perfect for people deciding to cycle through the region. We will never forget our own lovely Dutch cycle paths, but the view of the Costa Brava is certainly a unique experience that you get for free! A win-win situation, so to speak. Let’s talk!
So, why is it worth cycling on the Costa Brava?
Discover the Costa Brava on a fantastic family holiday. Take a walk through the charming coastal villages, such as Begur or Calella de Palafrugell, where you will have the chance to taste delicious tapas dishes. You can sunbathe on the most beautiful beaches on the Costa Brava. And of course, you can cycle around the villages and enjoy the nature and Catalonian atmosphere.
As there are so many different types of cyclists, we will offer different routes with different levels. So, no matter what type of cyclist you are, there will always be some routes right for you. Cycle through the rural landscapes of Catalonia, experience the beauty of the historic villages and tour the Costa Brava on one of our favourite selected cycle paths.
Cycling routes around the Costa Brava
- The famous Vías Verdes (literally, “greenways”) are abandoned railway lines that have been restored for walkers and cyclists. Exploring this route is an enjoyable and environmentally friendly way to get to know Catalonia and its landscapes. This path is 100% family friendly and ideal for all ages. It is a pleasant path with a gentle slope, reserved for walkers and cyclists.
- L’Escala-Empúries-Sant Pere Pescador: This is a favourite for many. You ride along a route where you will encounter all sorts of sights. The Greek and Roman ruins in Empúries, beaches where you can stop to swim, fields or woods to cycle through and a beautiful coast in the town of L’Escala. In Sant Pere de Pescador, you have a good chance of spotting windsurfers in summer. This is an ideal excursion for the whole family!
- Discover the villages of the Baix Empordà: This route through the medieval villages of the Costa Brava combines cycling with history and culture. This is an easy route that mostly runs on a wide, flat road. The route starts in L’Estartit where you then cycle towards the beautiful village of Monells. Belonging to the municipality of Cruïlles, this village was built around the old castle, of which only the outer walls have been preserved. The central square has been preserved in perfect condition and features the Gothic church of San Ginés.
In the square, you will find a lovely restaurant called El Roura Blanch where you can have a coffee or lunch. The route then takes you to the Castell d’Empordà that is located in La Bisbal d’Empordà. A hotel that is run by the Dutch (of all people!) has built a new rooftop bar with a panoramic view of the Costa Brava landscape. From Canapost, you ride on to Peratallada. This is one of the most intact and complete medieval villages in Catalonia. Definitely worth a visit! The way back from Torroella to L’Estartit is made on a paved country road with almost no traffic.
A nice addition to this cycle tour would be a visit to the village of Puból. This is a small medieval village made famous by Salvador Dalí, where you will find the castle museum that he gave to his muse Gala. You will also find the Es Carxofa restaurant here, where you can enjoy a refreshing drink on the terrace. So let’s grab the wine list! 😉
- Begur – Palau Sator – Tamariu: You start in the charming village of Begur and cycle until you arrive in Palau Sator. In this small village, there is a restaurant which is not yet known among tourists and allows you to dine like a real Catalonian local. Can Saló is a traditional Catalonian restaurant where you can taste local high-quality specialities. It is the perfect place for lunch with very reasonable prices. You will cycle along roads to beautiful villages such as Fontanilles and the town of Palafrugell. On the way back, you cycle along the side roads to Begur.
- Banyoles: This is a perfect route for the whole family with little effort and the chance to admire the landscape of Catalonia. We would recommend renting bikes in the area for a day, or if you have your own bikes, going there by car. Why is Banyoles so popular with tourists? Banyoles is the largest freshwater lake in Catalonia and is surrounded by green hills. It is a charming, quiet place that is visited frequently throughout the year. Particularly in the summer, this is the ideal place to do all kinds of sports. You are also welcome to take a dip in the lake, a bonus if you want to cool down during a bike ride.
Where can I rent an e-bike?
E-bikes are becoming increasingly popular. An e-bike is an electric bike that is equipped with a motor and battery with different voltage settings. We can safely assume that the electric bike has turned the entire bicycle industry on its head. You can explore the region while exercising, yet without getting too tired. We are huge fans! But where is the best place to rent e-bikes?
In Palafrugell you’ll find E-bikes Area with really good bikes!
Medbikes is an established bicycle rental company that serves a large part of the coast and the inlands of the Costa Brava. If you want to rent a bike in Calella, Pineda de Mar, Santa Susanna, Blanes, Lloret de Mar, Tossa de Mar, Girona, Platja d’Aro, Calonge, Pals, Begur, Estartit or the Empordà region, Medbikes can help you. Burricleta bicycles are also very popular and can be hired in Torroella de Montgri. If you are closer to Palafrugell, we recommend bikeonrental, who provide high-quality e-bikes for hire.
What are the best spots for lunch and a coffee?
- Maglia Coffee in Platja d’Aro
- Rustik Empordà in Bellcaire
- Hostal Empúries in L’Escala
- Can Saló in Palau Sator
- Es Carxofa in Puból