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5 dream cycle routes in Girona

We’ve already talked about how cool it is to live in Girona, why many cyclists and triathletes choose this spot, and savor the region’s network of bike cafes.

Whether along the Costa Brava or the Pyrenees of Girona, if you are convinced that this cycling destination is yours, here is our proposal with 5 routes to cycle on the roads of the Catalan province. 

Here are the selected cycling routes in Girona …

  1. Alt Empordà – Stage 1 (Figueres-Llança)
  2. Alt Empordà – Stage 2 (Llançà-Figueres)
  3. Ardenya – Gavarres
  4. Castellfollit de la Roca – Oix Beget – Climb of Vallter
  5. Mare de Déu del Mont i Rocacorba

1. Alt Empordà – Stage 1 (Figueres-Llançà)

20210908092740 Sant Pere de Rodes Costa Brava

A top Dalinian route so, if you like art as well as cycling, you might be on the right spot. You probably understand why Dalí decided to settle in Portlligat to show his max creativity. 93 km route with a positive slope of 1,659 m.

On this route, from Figueres, where the museo Dalí, Museum is located, to Roses. We cross the Parque Natural dels Aiguamolls in the Empordá, with low altitude mountain passes but with continuous climbs and descents that will lead us to very dynamic changes of pace. Once the section is finished, we descend to Cadaqués to reach Cap de Creus. It is in this section that we can best marvel at the beauty of the Costa Brava, and from where we will climb to Sant Pere de Rodes from the Port de la Selva.

From Port de la Selva, this is where we have to make the final descent to Vilajuïga and Llançà, the final destination of this route.

2. Alt Empordà – Stage 2 (Llançà – Figueres)

Sant Pere de Rodes, Girona

If you want to return to Figueres the next day, you can choose a different route, realizar una ruta, that will take you to your place of origin.

From Llançà, 114 km of route with a positive slope of 2,303 m, which even enters a section of the French neighbor. With the exception of the Col de Banyuls (with some 20% ramps), a series of short and gentle climbs, ideal for training in Girona. We will cross the interior of the province by bicycle crossing the lakes of La Jonquera. 

Once we have crossed the slopes of La Vajol, we head towards Darnius, with the summit of Bassegoda at the backdrop. Wrapped in the Alta Garrotxa, and before losing the north, we must turn towards the plain of Empordá until Figueres.

3. Ardenya – Gavarres

Sant Grau, Girona

Route of medium difficulty132 km by road bike with a positive slope of 2,471 m. Along this you can climb a large section of the climbs that are part of the Trade Inn 140.6Inn International Triathlon, only in the opposite direction.

With the exception of the Sant Grau section, it does not have very demanding slopes, so it is a route suitable for cycling enthusiasts to add kilometers at the end of the day.

The section of the climb corresponding to Sant Grau is a demanding 6 km route with a gradient of 5.6%. Be very careful with its winding curves, in some cases 180 degrees, especially in the downhill part, and potholes. There are quite a few along the descent.

Although less demanding, we will also have to pass the test of Santa Pellaia from Cassá de la Selva, with 4.5 at an average slope of 4.3%.

It is recommended not to cycle this route during the summer months due to traffic congestion during this time.

4. Castellfollit de la Roca – Oix Beget – Climb of Vallter

Subida a Vallter desde Castellfollit de la Roca

Vallter 2000 is one of Girona’s must-do climbs – and the traditional end of the Volta a Catalunya stage. In 2021, Adam Yates got the victory, and for this reason we could not fail to recommend a route whose crowning achievement is the ascent of the Vallter.

From Castellfollit de la Roca, a circular route of more than 120 km of road awaits us with a positive slope of 2,518 m.

To do this, we will have to cycle to Oix, from where we begin a short but difficult climb to the Col de Beget, a pass that receives the name of the beautiful town on the trail.

From there we will have to climb the Coll de Rocabruna to reach Camprodon later.

From there we start the GIV5264 road directly to Setcases from where we climb to Vallter, the highest point in Catalunya. 12 km with an average slope of 7.2% and 1,100 m of positive elevation gain. A demanding summit for which you have to be very well prepared if you want to face it with guarantees.

Once you have enjoyed the new conquest, you can take the same road to Camprodon, then Sant Pau de Segúries. After crossing the Coll de Capsacosta, we will have a long descent towards Olot before returning to the starting point of Castellfollit de la Roca.

5. Mare de Déu del Mont i Rocacorba

James Millar en Rocacorba, Girona

This Banyoles road route is worth a demanding challenge, as it connects two peaks that you cannot miss if you visit Girona: Mare de Déu del Mont and Rocacorba.

102 km with a positive elevation of 2,602 m that will test us with its difficult climbs, but with enough time to enjoy a section of the magnificent plains before facing the two climbs.

Two first-class climbs, the first of 18 km with an average of 5.2% and a positive slope of 940 m, with some slopes of 17%. The second objective, Rocacorba, will take us a little over 13 km at an average of 6%, a little harder than Mare de Déu del Mont, and with a max gradient of 15%. 

At the top of the Mare de Déu del Mont, we will find the sanctuary that honors the name of the spot and which also has a restaurant to regain strength to face the ascent of Rocacorba. Although if anything can help to regain strength, it is the extraordinary view of the whole environment. The Catalan poet Jacint Verdaguer spent a lot of time there, and it is said that one of his most famous poems was born there: the Canigó. This means that you may have a hint of Stendhal syndrome upon reaching the peak.

Rocacorba is by far the most popular colossus. A climb very popular with local and foreign cyclists. The number of cyclists on weekends and holidays is so large that a food truck is set up on the esplanade just before the summit.

Difficult ramps at the start, demanding horseshoe curves mainly in the Pujarnol section and constant but maintained hardness all the way to the top. The positive point of this climb is a legendary break. The summit of Rocacorba has a point of view in its sanctuary, on the lake of Banyoles and its own region. We could look around for hours and there would always be something new to discover.

Fancy to visit Girona? Do not hesitate to consult the range of accommodation, itineraries and activities in the region.

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