Cycling in the Costa Brava Nov 04
Low season for holidays and so low prices on Ryanair
£15 single to Gerona seemed a good deal to Tom and I
so we were off to sunny Spain (not so warm though).
The bikes arrived with the rest of our luggage this time
so that was a good omen (bikes were dearer on the
flight than us passengers).
The plan this time was to do a circuit for four days, a
local Gerona cycle for a day and cycle back to the
airport on the last day, so that's 6 days cycling,
hopefully under a nice warm sun.
The first leg of the circuit was from Gerona down the
Ruta del Carrilet to Quart then over the Montnegre road
to Sant Sadurni. Unfortunately I got talking to a
Canadian cyclist out for a year round Europe and
Morroco, so Navigation went astray and we were at
Cassa de la Selva before I thought to check, oops.
In the area La Bisbal d'Emporda there are quite a
number of off road routes detailed in a leaflet el baix
emporda from the tourist office. However we were on
less demanding tracks and roads to L'Escala, some
signs for local cycle routes proved quite useful. The
track and roads were very quite and pleasant. The air
temperature was low but the sun shone and by mid
day it was pleasantly warm.
The ride to Banyoles followed next day and
we went a little north to follow the valley of
El Fluvia hoping it would be less hilly, again
the morning was cold but by noon it was
warming up. Banyoles was only a half day
ride so we went out on an off road trail in
the afternoon. It was a bit like cycling
round a farmers field, I was not imperssed
by the Banyoles trails or by Banyoles town
although the lake is nice.
Banyoles to Olot through the Zona Volcanica was the
highlight of this tour. The scenery was great the climb was
well graided and we had a coffee stop at Sta Pau in lovely
warm sun. In Olot we had a stay at the Hostal Bernat which
was excellent value 28 euros for dinner /B&B.
Olot is a very nice town in lovely surroundings.
Returning to Gerona from Olot involves a climb to the Col d'en Bas at 620m and then a 20km
downhill to Amer at 187m, so there was not much effort expended but because it was morning and
in the shade it was rather chilly. After Angles we turned up toward Sant Marti, Llora and Sant
Gregori, the Llora valley is really worth the detour and extra 10km.
Arghh! the next day was dull and wet (and cold)
we had a cycle out to Adri and back to Gerona,
then a little off road to the north east of Gerona
on the south side of Puig Sagueda. We got there
from the Sant Daniel road on the north of the old
town. We also got wet.
Last day was a little loop round to the south side of the airport on some rural tracks
furthest point being Sant Andreu Salou pretty well all off tarmac, then a loop at Vilobi d' Onyar.