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3 nights and 2 days of cycling with hybrid/electric/MTB
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Itinerary : Hotel to Hotel
Holiday code : FP9PUCO
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Cycling the Mediterranean Pyrénées : Collioure to Cadaqués

A beautiful ride along the Mediterrannean coast using electric bikes. Plenty of time for bathing and idleness as you make your way from Collioure to Cadaqués...

A summary of your journey

Between the Med and the mountains, and between France and Spain, this short cycling holiday under the sun of Catalonia is practicable for most of the year. It will take you through sun-drenched landscapes, presenting you with panoramic views of the deep blue sea, the superb harbours of Collioure, the terraced vineyards of Banyuls, the white-washed houses of Cadaqués... this trip has a lot going for it. Not to mention the chance to take a dip in one of the many mysterious Catalonian creeks!

THE PLUS POINTS

  • A superb itinerary designed for electric bikes
  • Wonderful maritime climate
  • Beautiful landscapes
  • Splendid ports and villages

Le programme

Day 1

Arrival at Collioure

Standard option: You make your own way to Collioure (secure parking).

With extra airport pick-up: We pick you up from Perpignan airport or railway station and take you to Collioure. Pick-ups also available from Toulouse, Carcassonne, Montpellier, Girona or Barcelona (please consult us for prices).

Collioure is an old fishing port with a waterside castle, and remarkable heritage, not least because it is the birthplace of the artistic movement of Fauvism. Depending on your arrival time, you can choose to walk around the town, and/or take your electric bike for a short trip up to the Col de Mollo, with magnificent views along the coast.
Hôtel*** Les Princes de Catalogne : http://www.hotel-princescatalogne.fr/fr/
The hotel is welcoming and well-situated at the very heart of Collioure, just metres from the port and the sea. Dinner will be in a nearby restaurant (The "Can Pla") which offers a selection of local specialities.

Four-star option : with a supplement you can stay in a very classy hotel facing the port, with its own beach and gourmet restaurant (1 star in the Michelin guide): http://www.relaisdestroismas.com/
Transfer time : 40 minutes. Distance: 16km

Day 2

Collioure - Llança
The first day's ride is all the more enjoyable because you have an electric bike. You will first ride to the pretty port of Port Vendres then continue on through vineyards and sea views to Banyuls-sur-Mer. A balcony route, with numerous exceptional viewpoints out to the Mediterranean, will then lead you to Cerbère. Then there is a climb to the border with Spain at the Coll dels Balistres. Once your two wheels are firmly on the Spanish side of the col, it will be time to descend down to Portbou, where there are stunning views of the creeks ahead of you. A panoramic route takes you past 2 superb beaches where a spot of bathing would be highly recommended before heading on to Colera and finally Llança, which is where you will stay for the night.
You stay in Llança, which is an attractive and interesting resort (lovely beach) and fishing port. The Hôtel Carbonell is situated in the centre of the village, and is without doubt the best place to stay - very comfortable and welcoming. You also dine at the best restaurant - the nearby Le Pati Blanc - offering a range of regional specialities to extend your knowledge - and enjoyment - of Catalan cuisine.
Distance : 42km

Day 3

Llança - Cadaqués
From the port of Llança you will head out of town and on towards some beaches and the pretty little harbour of Port de la Selva. From here, you will almost certainly make quick progress along a fairly undulating road. The beauty of this road alone justifies the day's small mileage as it is worth taking your time here. The extra time you have will also allow you to take a break just after Llança for some bathing and to make the most of your stay in the wonderful town of Cadaqués. You can the afternoon exploring around the town or (why not?) you could also stay on a high of pleasure and effort by riding out to the extremity of Cap de Creus ("Cape of the Cross") and back.
Hôtel**** Playa Sol : http://www.playasol.com/ca/
Magnificently refined establishment right next to the seafront and the port of Cadaqués on one side, and with a garden filled with olive trees and a swimming pool on the other. There are plenty of good restaurants in cadaques, so you can choose which one suits you best for your last night.
Distance : 22 ou 40km

Day 4

End of stay

Standard option: At 9am (after breakfast) you will have a transfer back to Collioure (to collect your car if you have left it there). We can stop off in Figueras, where you will have the chance to visit the Dali Museum for an hour and a half (subject to opening hours, please inform us when you book if you wish to stop at the museum).

With extra airport pick-up: At 9am (after breakfast) we will transfer you back to Perpignan airport or railway station. If your flight times allow, we can stop off in Figueras to visit the Dali Museum for an hour and a half (subject to opening hours, please inform us when you book if you wish to stop at the museum). Transfers also available to Toulouse, Carcassonne, Montpellier, Girona or Barcelona (please consult us for prices).
Transfer time : 2h.
Visits : The opening days and times for the museums are liable to modification, so we recommend that you check them before booking your trip and then double-check again a few days before you leave.
  • Dali Museum (Figueras) : http://www.salvador-dali.org/museus/figueres/fr_index.html?mes=1#calendari
If you leave with us at 9am from Cadaqués, no booking is necessary for the above museum.
  • Casa Dali (Port Lligat) : http://www.salvador-dali.org/museus/portlligat/fr_index.html?mes=1#calendari
For Casa Dali (Port Lligat), booking is essential (00349 72 251 015).
  • Détails Pratiques
  • Equipement
  • Formalités et Santé

PROGRAMME OF DEPARTURES

From February through to the beginning of July, and from the end of August through to the end of November.

For your safety and comfort we do not run this trip between the beginning of July and the end of August due to the large amounts of holiday traffic on the coastal roads.

MEETING POINT

Standard option: You make your own way to Collioure (secure parking).

With extra airport pick-up: We pick you up from Perpignan airport or railway station and take you to Collioure. Pick-ups also available from Toulouse, Carcassonne, Montpellier, Girona or Barcelona (please consult us for prices).

END OF STAY

Standard option: At 9am (after breakfast) you will have a transfer back to Collioure (to collect your car if you have left it there). We can stop off in Figueras, where you will have the chance to visit the Dali Museum for an hour and a half (subject to opening hours, please inform us when you book if you wish to stop at the museum).

With extra airport pick-up: At 9am (after breakfast) we will transfer you back to Perpignan airport or railway station. If your flight times allow, we can stop off in Figueras to visit the Dali Museum for an hour and a half (subject to opening hours, please inform us when you book if you wish to stop at the museum). Transfers also available to Toulouse, Carcassonne, Montpellier, Girona or Barcelona (please consult us for prices).

LEVEL

Total trip distance = 60 to 80km. While a reasonable level of fitness and some regular cycling are advantageous, the journey has been made a lot easier because of the electric bikes.

GUARANTEED DEPARTURE FROM (PERS)

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LUGGAGE TRANSPORTATION

Your luggage will be taken on to the following night's hotel, so you will only need to carry the things that you will need during your day's ride.

SUPERVISION

This is an independent, self-guided holiday.

ACCOMMODATION

In double rooms (singles available for a supplement). 2 nights in 4-star hotels and 2 nights in 3-star hotels.On the first night it is possible to substitute the 3-star hotel for a 4-star hotel with a gourmet restaurant (1 star in the Michelin guide) (supplement required).

MEALS

Meals are usually a choice of local specialities made with local produce.
Sandwiches and picnics for midday are not included in the price.
Hotels may be able to provide you with picnics to be paid for directly at the hotel.

TRANSFERS

Usually transfers are in people carriers, mini-buses, cars or taxis. Often they will be exclusively for you.

CONTENTS OF YOUR TRAVEL FOLDER

  • 1 practical information sheet with the accommodation and transport contact details
  • 1 "road book" with route descriptions
  • your invoice
  • luggage tags

POUR FAIRE LE BON CHOIX

Accédez à nos explications détaillées sur le type de randonnée, le niveau les hébergements, ou la notion de portage... Comment choisir son séjour ?

LUGGAGE 

You should bring:
  • 1 travel bag per person (or suitcase with wheels). Make sure they are not too big in order to avoid logistical problems (taking up too much room in transfer vehicles, for example). On holidays where you move from one hotel to another during your stay, try to keep the weight down to 10-12kg (the extra weight can make it difficult to get all the suitcases to certain hotels that are difficult to get to). Be certain not to leave any fragile or valuable objects in your main luggage.
  • 1 rucksack (around 30-40 litres) with integrated water-bag (e.g. Camel-Back). These bags are more practical than carrying bottles. The rucksack should also have a waist belt and allow your back to be well ventilated for extra comfort. Keep the total weight of your rucksack plus belongings down to a maximum of 10kg.

CLOTHING 


  • 1 set of cycling clothes: cycling shorts, breathable T-shirt (long-sleeved or short-sleeved depending on the time of year)
  • 1 other pair of shorts or trousers for cycling (padding essential)
  • cycling shoes
  • comfortable clothes and shoes for the evenings
  • underwear
  • spare long-sleeved breathable T-shirts (1 for every 2_3 days) and 1 or 2 short-sleeved T-shirts
  • 1 warmer layer (a fleece or water-resistant "softshell"jacket). Or a "primaloft" jacket (warm and easily compacted down to fit into rucksacks).
  • 1 breathable, windproof and waterproof out layer (e.g. Gore-Tex) with a hood

EQUIPMENT TO BRING 

  • 1 large plastic bag to be used as a rucksack liner for protecting your belongings from the rain and/or 1 waterproof rucksack cover
  • 1 waterproof bag containing: travel insurance contract, ID or passport, health card, and all other documents mentioned in the "formalities" section.
  • 1 pair of good quality sunglasses (protection factor 3) plus high-factor sun cream and sunscreen for your lips (should always be carried in your rucksack) • 1 folding pen-knife (Swiss Army knife or similar)
  • For lunches: cutlery and 1 plastic/tupperwear container (0.5 litres minimum). You may end up not using it but it is important to have it just in case
  • washbag and 1 quick-drying towel (try to bring only essential items that don't take up too much space, biological soap...)
  • 1 swimming costume / pair of swimming trunks
  • ear plugs (to protect you from snoring neighbours or other annoying noises)
  • 1 sleeping-bag liner if spending a night (or nights) in dormitory accommodation (hostels or refuge huts)
  • handkerchiefs
  • toilet paper
  • 1 cigarette lighter (be careful not to provoke a fire - always use responsibly and not unless you have to)
  • 1 torch or head-torch plus a survival blanket: always put this in your rucksack as set-backs due to accidents are always possible, even on easy rides
  • spare glasses (if you wear glasses)
  • camera, binoculars, paint brushes and canvas... (optional)
Depending on the characteristics of the holiday you are going on (if bike hire is included or not, or if you have indicated that you wish to bring your own bike anyway), it may be a good idea to bring some (or all) of the following cycling kit (please also check in the"bicycle hire"section to see what kit is already provided on the holiday you have chosen):
  • cycling gloves (normal or fingerless depending on the time of year)
  • 1 bike helmet (legal requirement in most countries)
  • 1 or 2 cycling bottles or a hydration system such as a Camel-Back (1.5 litres), whichever you prefer
  • 2 inner-tubes
  • a few spare spokes (especially on mountain-bike tours)
  • 1 spare derailleur
  • 1 set of spare brake pads
  • 1 spare cable for derailleurs or brakes
  • 1 spare chain
  • any other kit that you deem to be necessary...
You should try to be self-sufficient for all minor cycling breakdowns typical of these kinds of cycling tours (tyre-lever, puncture repair kit, multi-tool, quick-fix chain link...). If you have disk-brakes or high-tech bikes, be sure to bring the necessary kit for repairs.

FORMALITIES

Valid ID card or passport (check the expiry dates). Keep your insurance contracts in your rucksack.
At least 15 days before travelling, sk your country's health services for a European Health Card (if applicable) or a certificate of reciprocal arrangements valid for at least 3 months. This will avoid you having to pay up front for any medical costs incurred while travelling.
If you drive your car in Spain, be aware that you can be fined for not carrying a high-visibility jacket and 2 emergency triangles.
Click on the price that corresponds to your choice.
FromToWith extra airport pick upStandard price
Mon 20/08/2018Fri 31/08/20181 055 €  (₤ 940) 1 150 €  (₤ 1 024)
Sat 01/09/2018Fri  30/11/2018960 €  (₤ 855) 1 055 €  (₤ 940)
 
List of additional options (to select later)
TitleTime periodPrice
Reduction for own bike : from 01/01/2018 to 31/12/2018-200 € (₤ -178)
Single room sup. / pers. subject to availabilityfrom 20/08/2018 to 31/08/2018335 € (₤ 299)
Single room sup. / pers. subject to availabilityfrom 01/09/2018 to 30/11/2018230 € (₤ 205)
Supp. 4 star Collioure hotel half-board sharing roomfrom 20/08/2018 to 31/08/2018200 € (₤ 178)
Supp. 4 star Collioure hotel half-board single roomfrom 20/08/2018 to 31/08/2018320 € (₤ 285)
Supp. 4 star Collioure hotel half-board sharing roomfrom 01/09/2018 to 30/11/2018165 € (₤ 147)
Supp. 4 star Collioure hotel half-board single roomfrom 01/09/2018 to 30/11/2018270 € (₤ 241)
Supp. rent GPS from 01/01/2018 to 31/12/201840 € (₤ 36)

THE PRICE INCLUDES

Electric bikes collected in Collioure and left in Cadaques, 2 nights dinner, bed and breakfast, one night bed and breakfast, the transfers mentioned in the detailed itinerary, luggage transfers, and a travel folder containing maps, route descriptions etc.

THE PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE

Drinks, entry tickets for any extra visits you wish to make, picnics, booking fees and insurance. If you want to hire a GPS device, please tell us at the time of booking.
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