DISCOVER THE EMPORDÀ

Spring - Autumn

 

Dubbed the ‘undiscovered Tuscany’, the Empordà region is relatively unknown given its gastronomic, vinicultural and olive oil producing heritage. The people of Empordà have been producing wine and olive oil since the Greeks, Romans and Arabs inhabited the area many centuries ago.

With an abundance of cultural sites, medieval villages, national parks and wetlands, combined with the growing number of family-run cellars, olive groves and top-rated restaurants, the potential for wine and olive oil tourism is greater than ever.

The classic ‘Pirinexus’ cycle and walking route provides a peaceful way of enjoying the stunning landscapes and varied terrain of the region, and the variety of remote backroads has transformed it into the chosen training destination for over a quarter of pro-Tour cyclists.

 
 

 
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Overview

Riding on the wave of a culinary revolution inspired by the renowned Catalan chef, Ferran Adrià, the Catalan Tourist Board declared 2016 as the year for gastronomy and wine tourism. Rich in quality products from both land and sea, their culinary traditions and techniques have gained the region critical acclaim on an international stage.

Bacchus trips to the Empordà combine wonderful cycling routes with the finest wine and local cuisine on offer in the region. Carefully selected accommodation, vineyard visits and olive oil tastings make it the perfect marriage between velo and viticulture.

 

To give you a flavour...

Day 1

On arrival to Girona, you will be picked up by your Bacchus host and transferred to your first overnight location -  a beautiful manor house nestled quietly in the foothills of the Gavarres National Park with spectacular views over the Mediterranean. With its own vineyard and stunning underground cellar, this is a charming place to stay and a great spot to explore from. 

Once settled in, cycle a gentle circuit through the rural plains of the Emporda. Pass through the medieval towns of Peratallada, Sant Feliu de Boada and Pals before lunch - either a freshly prepared Catalan picnic or restuarant lunch. On return to Bell Lloc, enjoy an evening tour of the cellar followed dinner on the terrace - a delicious spread of homegrown and locally sourced products.

DAY 2

After a leisurely breakfast, cycle a 30-40km route through the Gavarres National Park before arriving to Mas Ponsjoan for lunch in the vineyard. Mas Ponsjoan have been producing wine since 1668 and Manel & Joana Comas are the fifth generation of wine producers. Their wine is produced on a very small scale and is one of our favourites - we recommend taking a long lunch to enjoy a selection of their homegrown produce (vegetables, fruit, olive oil and wine) before the short return leg back to the hotel. 

On arrival, relax by the pool and take time to enjoy your surroundings. Choose to have dinner at the hotel or a favoured Bacchus local restaurant in Palamos.

DAY 3

After breakfast, take a short transfer to Sant Feliu de Guixols before riding the most spectacular route of the trip - a coastal route through the Ardenya National Park with stunning views over the Mediterranean. Enjoy a mid-morning Estrella Damm at Sant Grau Hermitage before descending towards Llagostera, for a scenic picnic lunch with local Emporda wine - a great way to end your trip in Catalonia. Bacchus will transfer you to the airport after lunch for your return flight home.

 

The finer details - routes, accommodation and support

electric bikes in 2018

Ride the routes of the professionals and keep up with the group. The electric bikes are a fantastic addition to a Bacchus tour - for less confident or less experienced cyclists, no longer do you have to feel overwhelmed by a big ride.

Daily mileage and terrain can be agreed upon and routes distributed in advance if required. The Empordà has a variety of routes that can be tailored depending on your level of cycling and expectations.

 

accommodation

We choose accommodation that aims to make your Bacchus experience extra special - these are places run by local people we have developed relationships with over time, hence we feel more than comfortable leaving you in their safe hands each evening.

 

support team

Each day a member of the Bacchus team will be there to lead you on your ride and the support vehicle will be nearby to offer mechanical assistance and a lift should you need one. 

With a passion for everything the region has to offer, from sailing, hiking and cycling to eating good food and drinking local wine, your host and guide's invaluable local knowledge will make your tour a unique and memorable experience for everyone.

 

What's included?

Airport transfers on arrival and departure for recommended flights

Bacchus host and route guide

English-speaking local guide

Accommodation

All breakfasts, lunches and evening meals

Pitstop refreshments

Support vehicle

Bike hire (if required).


Not included...

Flights, travel insurance, wine with evening meals, personal costs