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“"Medieval Villages and Coastal Paths of Catalonia"”
Review of Cycle Catalan

Cycle Catalan
Ranked #10 of 25 Tours in Girona
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Owner description: Cycle Catalan offers tailor made cycling and walking tours in the Girona area of Catalonia. Located only 90 minutes from Barcelona come and explore the countryside and the coastal paths by bike or on foot. Personally run and managed by Vivian and Alan Campbell
Johannesburg, South Africa
1 review
“"Medieval Villages and Coastal Paths of Catalonia"”
Reviewed August 20, 2013

A holiday with a difference and a wonderful experience. Alan and Vivian were the perfect hosts, from our initial enquiry to our departure back to Barcelona. The Emporia Golf Hotel and Hotel Garbi were way beyond our expectations. The maps and information supplied were perfect for a self guided tour as well as the extra useful info on where to explore, restuarants and beaches. Alan and Vivian made sure our holiday was hassle free from our initial enquiry to our departure back to Barcelona....

Visited July 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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“Medieval Villages and Coastal Paths of Catalonia”
Reviewed August 15, 2013

This was our first cycling holiday and we were very pleased with our choice. The area is lovely with lots of interest and we really liked the split between countryside and coast. Accommodation was excellent (Can Massanes and Hotel Garbi) and ideally located. Alan and Vivian were very good hosts, very friendly and helpful with lots of good information . Restaurant recommendations were especially good. We did get lost a few times and found some of the cycling a little harder than expected but this may have been because it was very hot!

Visited July 2013
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Auckland, New Zealand
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“Cycling for food and wine lovers guided tour”
Reviewed July 21, 2013

We have done twelve different cycling tours on our visits to Europe and this was by far the best .Vivian,Allan, and our guide Steffan, could not have given us better personal service. They were friendly, caring, ensuring we were having a great time. The hotels were excellent. We had great tapas lunches in the little villages, informative wine tastings, and the cooking school was superb. We enjoyed riding through the rice fields and along the Catalan coast. It is an easy cycling tour which we can heartily recommend.

Visited June 2013
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Knutsford, United Kingdom
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“Medieval Villages and Coastal paths of Catalonia”
Reviewed June 16, 2013

I'm a keen cyclist with a property in Calella de Palafrugell. I think the itineries look really good but some of the info isn't quite right on the Medieval Villages and Coastal paths of Catalonia tour. On day 4 the Hotel Garbi is at least 15 minutes walk to the beaches and restaurants not 5 minutes. On day 5 the route to the Botanical Gardens and over to Castels beach is rated easy to moderate. It definitely isn't. Depending upon the route you take, to get to the gardens alone requires quite a steep climb from the hotel and to get from the Gardens to Castels is a very strenuous climb followed by along, steep and bumpy downhill path. I'm not saying it isn't worth doing - it's one of my favourite routes, but just be aware of the difficulty before you set off. If you are doing it go right out of the hotel on the Carrer Sard until you reach the Cami Jardi Botanic where you take a left. Keep on this path and you will get to the Gardens easily. Don't be tempted to take the Av Baldomer. Likewise, Llafranc is a very pretty resort, but has a very stiff climb out. In the summer, you don't have to walk or ride up the hill to the lighthouse. You can take the little tourist train instead. It's a monster of a hill under your own steam.

Visited June 2013
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Cyclecatalan, Owner at Cycle Catalan, responded to this review, June 22, 2013
Thank you very much for taking the time to look at our web site and delighted to hear you think our itineraries look really good. Regards the Medieval Villages and Coastal paths tour you mention that the Hotel Garbi is at least a 15 minute walk to the beaches and restaurants but in fact if you come out of the hotel's front garden, cross Av Baldomer and cut through the lane past the supermarket you will reach Pelegri beach and a lovely restaurant within 5 minutes. There is also a family friendly restaurant on the corner of Av B. which is a short stroll from the hotel. I agree that to reach the centre of Calella and some of the other beaches does take around 15 minutes by foot or five minutes by bike and we would be very happy to include this information when we are next updating our site. You are correct when you mention that there are two ways to reach Cap Roig and Castells and as this tour is graded easy to moderate we recommend the Carrer Sard route not the direct route up Av Baldomer.
Most of our guests are very active and enjoy following a section of the Camino de Ronda coastal path up to San Sebastian for magnificent views and a great photo opportunity but we can certainly mention the little tourist train ( runs high season only) for those that might like a less challenging morning!
As a fellow cyclist and someone who also lives here please feel free to contact me at any time with tips, ideas on how to improve our service.
Vivian Campbell -Owner
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Palamos, Spain
2 reviews
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“Cycle Catalan - Perfect Host/Organizer”
Reviewed June 10, 2013

For my wife and I, this was our first extended cycling trip, post retirement, in Europe. We opted for a week-long tour, and couldn't be happier with Cycle Catalan as a service provider and host. Alan looked after us and provided lots of local detail and colour. Accommodations were perfectly located and of excellent quality. Highly recommended!

Visited June 2013
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