We used the same company called Cicloturisme Medi Ambient who would provide the bikes and the Estartit owners association for the accommodation. We got a good price for 7 night’s accommodation in a 4 bedroom two bathroom swimming pool villa (£100), hire of bike (£62) and taxi transport to l’estartit, bus back.(£18) with the flights (£55) that made £235 each.The company were also on hand to give us assistance which we needed on one of the days with so much dust. All the photos here and the trip and the documents. Continue reading “Emporda”
A 8 day trip to Provence in the south of France. Strangled poodles, 13 tickets instead of 3, bike accidents and a hand caught in a ticket machine in the Marseilles Metro… Continue reading “Avignon”
Thu 10 Sep Blocklands 30 miles
Thu, 10Sep09 Flight FR3637 Depart EDI at 06:20 and arrive BRE at 08:55. Drop off luggage at Bremen Youth Hostel where we stayed for £22 per night. Meals £5 and bar open till 3am. Got hire bikes from Radort Bremen at £12 a day – not the best bikes we have ever hired.
Cycled the Blocklands, an area of reclaimed land since 1176 to the north of Bremen, along a route with beer gardens for cyclists. Wonderful paths, thatched cottages, produce for sale outside houses. After a three course lunch everyone fell asleep – the consequence of a 3am rise. The route back took us past the Wesser stadium where we watched the mighty Werder Bremen play. Chicken curry in hostel fro £5 was followed by Clag and an early night
Fri 11 Sep Bremen 40 miles
Cycle west to Delmenhorst then south into the Wildeshauser Geest Nature Park . Beer at Gross Ippener. Got train from Barrien to Bremen.
Sat 12 Sep Stade 40 miles
7.57 train to Cuxhaven arrive 9.22, cycle Elbe cycleway to Stade, a 1000 year old town, where we stay in Stade Youth Hostel.
Sun 13 Sep Hamburg 20 miles
cycle to Hamburg. Metronom train to Bremen 15:15 or 15 minutes past the hour. 1 hr 14 minutes journey time.
Mon 14 Sep Edinburgh
Raymonds birthday. Mon, 14Sep09 Flight FR3647 Depart BRE at 09:20 and arrive EDI at 09:55
A 5 day cycle through Roman, medieval and Moorish villages, a visit to a world heritage site and a couple of days in Madrid. Mountains, pine forests, rolling plains and dusty hills. Flights £60, bikes £60 accommodation £30 max a night. All the photos , and the map and the original plan
A visit to the baltic state of Estonia with it mix of Swedish, German and Soviet cultures. We tour the western islands locked in time since 1945 as a closed military area till 1989. Two days before we leave we find the country is infested with mosquitoes. Map route. Tourist site.
A trip to the Ronda valley with its own microclimate in Andalucia. We are on the cusp of winter so warm clothes essential. Fairly hilly so short rides on quiet roads past orange groves, blanco pueblos. Rich in heritage we will visit Roman, Moorish and prehistoric sites. Cooking in the self catering accommodation will use local olive oil , fresh foods and cheap wine. The circular routes mean rest days are possible. Map of routes.
Thu 12th Nov
Fly to Girona. Thu, 12/11/2009 Flight 7354 Depart EDI at 1830 and arrive GRO at 2220
Stay in Youth Hostel for €18 each.
Friday 13th Nov
Get hire bikes. €55 each from Cicloturisme Medi Ambient . Take 9.41 or 10.52 train to Flaca. €1.50. Circuit round La Gaxerre hills. Visiting medieval towns. Visit Dali’s Pubol residence. Lunch in Madremanya. Evening time visit Girona food festival. Stay in YH for €18 each.
Sat 14th November
Cycle greenway to Mediterranean Sea. Cycle North along coast to Palamos famous for its seafood where we have lunch. Up to Palafrugall, famous for cork making and then onto Peratallada where we stay in a 17th century farmhouse the Ca l’Aliu for €80.
Sun 15th November
Cycle to medieval village of Peratellada, north to l’escala where Greek and Roman city is. West to Figueres where Dali museum is main attraction. Stay in Hotel Trave for €80.
Mon 16th November
Cycle south on minor roads to Flaca. Train to Girona for €1.50 ( roads dangerous). Stay in YH for €18.
Tue 17th November
From Barcelona Girona(GRO) to Edinburgh(EDI)
Tue, 17/11/2009 Flight 7355 Depart GRO at 1540 and arrive EDI at 1730
The Danube from Passau to Vienna.There are six things you dream of on a cycling holiday: flat, smooth tarmac, beautiful scenery, easy navigation, delicious food, a welcoming bed and an enticing final destination. The Danube River has it all. Flowing thousands of miles through Europe down to the Black Sea, the Danube is one of the world”s majestic rivers, dividing nations, uniting them by trade and creating a perfect cycle route at the same time. It is a heady mix of history, landscape, wildlife and delicious beer and wine.
Beer gardens lie beside the trail, tempting you with morning tea, lunchtime beers and meals and afternoon cakes and coffee. All this and the glorious Danube sliding by may well seriously limit the number of miles cycled each day! Every 2 or 3 miles is a small village, each with several guesthouses welcoming weary cyclists with Austrian hospitality and fine food. A train line runs the whole way offering respite to those that need it. Continue reading “Danube May 2009”