Located in the north of Spain, surrounded by the mountainous Pyrenean border with France to the north and the stunning Costa Brava coastline forming the eastern edge of the area. Geographically, it is one of the most diverse regions in Europe where it is possible in winter to ski and on the same day visit the beach. Traditionally, the region is a producer of wine and olive oil and contains some of the most beautiful Mediterranean landscapes. The province has a long, rich history and contains some of the best preserved and historically important Roman and Greek ruins in the world.
Catalunya is an autonomous community within the kingdom of Spain and retains its own unique language and culture. It is one of the most affluent regions of Spain and contains excellent public services and infrastructure. The city of Girona is located in the north of Catalunya in the county or ‘comarca’ of Gironès. The region contains some of the best Catalunya has to offer from the sandy beaches of the bay of Roses to the volcanic mountains of Olot.
Girona has an excellent climate for all types of sport with high annual temperatures and low rainfall. We have sunshine and blue skies more often than not. See here for details on the weather and conditions for Cycling in Girona .
Cycling in Girona: The county of Gironès and Girona city have long been associated with cycling. Many professional riders have lived and continue to live in the city. Perhaps the most famous, Lance Armstrong made Girona his home and base for many years during his time with the US Postal team.
Currently, Girona is the home base for the Cannondale Drapac professional cycling team and numerous other professional and pro-continental level teams use the area for their training camps. We work with many of the top riders who live in Girona who help us produce the best training and riding routes.
New Zealand professional cyclist SAM BEWLEY has been Girona based since 2010:
¨I came here because of the great weather and endless, safe training roads. I´ve stayed here for those reasons and for the people I´ve met and the friendly community that exists in Girona¨
Whilst well-known for its excellent road cycling, Girona also contains some of the best off road riding in Europe. Most of the local riders are mountain bikers with hundreds turning up to race every weekend. The mountain biking here has been a well kept secret with few maps of the single track paths available. Girona also boasts a 100km long dedicated Green Ways cycle path, perfect for more relaxed cycling.
The region has endless options for other sporting activities, as well as cultural and tourist possibilities. Here we have a selection of great trails for running/hiking, a PGA golf course and the largest sky diving centre in Europe. The Costa Brava coastline offers the chance to try almost every water sport known to man including kayaking, diving, snorkelling, wind/kite surfing and even just plain old swimming and soaking up the sun from the beach.
The area is well known for its fine food and has three restaurants with Michelin stars, including the famous El Celler de Can Roca, located in Girona itself and currently ranked as the world´s second best restaurant.
Many restaurants offer fresh, healthy Mediterranian style options and it´s not often you will be disappointed dining out. Girona is also a world producer and exporter of wine, olives, rice and many other specialities.
Catalunya has a rich and interesting history, once the setting for many wars, invasions and conquests over the centuries all of which has left its mark in the form of beautiful ancient castles and forts scattered over the landscape for you to visit. And lastly, Catalunya has been the inspiration for many artists over the years including local artist Salvador Dalí who left his famous museum as his legacy to the city of Figueres.