top 22 most beautiful road cycling routes in girona

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We often get asked “where are the best roads in Girona”, “where are the best climbs in Girona” so I have here set out some of my favourite rides in Girona and some of the hidden gems that are off the beaten track as an less well known as well.

I like to pitch my rides for visiting cyclists, so while challenging and sometimes technical I avoid the busy roads wherever possible and try to keep things scenic and incorporate some interesting coffee and food stops that capture the unique culture of Cataluña and the Girona area.

ROAD BIKE ROUTES

1 BANYOLES SHORT

We have two routes that pass the amazing fresh water lake of Banyoles. This is the shorter version that takes you to the lake and back in only 50km, an ideal coffee day ride.

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2 BANYOLES LONG

This ride visits the lake side town Banyoles. This town is famous as the location of the Olympic rowing in 1992 and several world champs. A less demanding ride with only short climbs.

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3 BRUNYOLA

An intermediate ride that uses some of the back roads to the south west of Girona. This ride passes through the tiny castle villages of Brunyola, lost in the forest and rolling fields of the La Selva region.

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4 CALONGE

This ride will take you across the Les Gavarres mountain twice while also circumnavigates the entire range. After crossing over, you will ride towards the Costa Brava coast along the north side and then return to Girona after passing back over the challenging climb to Romanyà de la Selva.

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5 LES GAVARRES

Perhaps the most famous road ride from Girona, the Els Àngels loop. It is a favourite of many pros and has been mentioned in several well-known books about the area. An enjoyable route, crossing the Les Gavarres mountains twice and following the 2009 Tour de France route out to Cassà de la Selva.

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6 LES GAVARRES LONG

We have two routes that climb into the Les Gavarres mounyains apst the Els Àngels monestry. This is the long version that adds a few more kms of quiet roads and lanes to the north of the mountains.

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7 LLAGOSTERA

This is an easy ride south of Girona. This route is more or less flat and ideal if you want to ride but at the same time avoid the hills, a perfect coffee shop ride.

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8 MARE DE DÉU DEL MONT

The climb is lengthy, however relatively gradual and well worth the effort, we promise! This ride is one of the hardest and most notorious in Girona, once voted one of the hardest climbs in Spain, this 18km up finishes at a cosy tiny restaurant to get some energy back.

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9 MAS LLUNÉS

This is an intermediate spin in the mountains to the south west of Girona. Passing through the low hills called Les Serres and through the mountain community of Mas Llunes, this route is a favorite easy day for many of the local riders. With two climbs on newly surfaced roads both of which have featured in the Volta of Catalunya.

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10 OLOT GRAVEL

This is a truly spectacular ride and a real favourite of mine. A version of the classic Olot loop but avoiding the town and instead passing the trough the La Fageda area, a dwarf oak and beech forest formed 6000 years ago by a pyroclasic flow.

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11 ROCACORBA

This ride is an out and back route, featuring one of the highest and perhaps the most challenging mountains in Girona, Rocacorba. This climb has become famous over the years for its relentless, brutal nature and will certainly provide a challenge with its steep gradient and length. It is used regularly by professional riders for very specific training efforts, so keep an eye out!

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12 SANT GRAU

This ride follows the route of the Tour de France, 2009 along the famous coastal road, which is one of the most beautiful sections of road you can experience on a bike. A tough day with plenty of rolling hills, however a ride that must be ticked off when visiting Girona and the Costa Brava. Trust us – you won’t regret it!

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13 SANT HILARI

One of the best known training rides in the area, the Sant Hilari route is used extensively by the professional Cannondale team and is a highly popular choice for visiting cyclists. The highlight of the ride is the gorgeous, winding mountain climb, up to the village of Sant Hilari Sacalm at 900m. The climb is a lengthy, challenging 25km, however very gradual!

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14 VALL D’EN BAC

This long and challenging route is one of the Girona rides that touches the Pyrenees.

Leaving the Gironés county the route takes riders into the first mountains in the Pyrenees range on some of the hidden back roads in this area. The Pyrenees is a massively underrated area in which the ride in many kilometers of deserted and perfect roads.

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15 VALL DE LLÉMENA

An easy and short leg loosener ride. Ideal for a relaxing day coffee ride, close to town and on quiet roads.

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16 OLOT

Although there are no extended climbs, the ride does contain 1500m of cumulative ascent. So, yes the option to challenge yourself is there If you wish! The ride extends into the incredible Garrotxa region, famous for its volcanoes, which are luckily all now extinct. This loop has been the Girona Gran Fondo course since its inception in 2014 and is highly recommended.

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17 GIRONA GRAN FONDO

This is the route of the very popular annual sportive, the Girona Gran Fondo, part of the famous Girona Cycle Festival. A tough ride that includes the iconic ride of Rocacorba.

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18 EL FAR

An epic day ride from Girona into the Garrotxa and Guilleries area. After a 18km climb you visit the mountain top monestry and café perched on the edge of a 200m cliff at an altitude of 1100m. One of the bet views in the whole area.

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19 CAP DE CREUS

Another long a challenging day this time crossing the region and passing through 3 counties. The Cap de Creus promintary, above the Roses bay is a rugged mountainous area very different from the southern part of the Girona province.

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20 VALLTER

The now well known and famous climb to the ski resrt of Vallter at 2000m. Famous as the location of the mountain top finish form the Volta Catalunya for many years.

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21 LA BARROCA GRAVEL

A half and half gravel and road ride to the North of Girona a well of the beaten track ride into the lower hills of the Girona area. Using graded gravel trails this is a low technical difficulty ride.

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22 SANT GRAU GRAVEL

This is the gravel version of the now very well know and famous coastal ride. The ride takes advantage of the 120km long graded cycle path to visit the coast, the incredible coast road and fishing villages, and avoid cars and traffic all the way down to the sea.

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HYBRID BIKE ROUTES

1 SANT ANDREU SALOU

A very gentle ride into the rolling hills and fields to the south of Girona, mainly on cycle paths and away from traffic this ride is suitable for all levels.

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2 VALL DE LLÉMENA

Rolle into the Valley North West of Girona called Vall de Llèmena. This is a quiet unspoilt rural area untouched by tourism. The ride takes you through the valley circumnavigating the extinct prehistoric volcano and into the tiny village of Canet d’Adri which is our recommendation for lunch. Return to Girona along the Vall de Llèmena cycle path which delivers you straight into Girona.

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3 MEDIEVAL VILLAGES

This ride is our now famous route through the southern Empordà county. Well known as a wine and olive oil producing area and for its unspoilt tiny hilltop stone villages that dot the landscape. The route is a village hopping route passing 6 of the finest examples.

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