Bike trip mecca: Girona & where to start
There’s no denial that Girona is the centre of Europe’s cycling world. This old town has long been the second home of professional cyclists from around the world.How many? Hundreds of them in this small town!
This is a Calatan pride for its history dating back to medieval times, Roman ruins, winding mountain roads, peaceful lakes and local delicacies. That all make a bike holiday perfect – if you are with the right guides and peers.Did you know that Paris’ Eiffel Tower has an older sister in Spain? She is right here in Girona – Gustav Eiffel constructed a bridge just before he built the Eiffel Tower. It’s the red Pont de les Peixateries Velles, this bridge spans the Onyar River, you must see it when entering the old town.
If you wonder how to start your bike holiday, Aerozine recommends you to knock the doors of The Service Course, a bike shop owned by the retired professional cyclist Christian Meier and his wife. The cozy place is just inside the old town of Girona. Here, you can rent bikes, talk technical, watch races and read books in a warm yet chill vibe offered by friendly and professional bike lovers. Christian and his wife also run coffee shops, Espresso Mafia (specialty coffee) and La Fabrica, in town – very professional and attentive to the smallest details. Breakfasts and lunches are not to miss here!
Where to get the best city view? The spanning city walls of the old town of Girona offer the panorama. You will see creamy walls, colorful buildings, towers and greenery.
Aerozine’s picks of cycling routes:
Les Gavarres – the Els Àngels loop
Around the Lake of Banyoles
Challenging: Mare De Deu Del Mont
Brunyola, Els Angels, Olot
History fans: Medieval route through the southern ‘Empordà county’.
Enjoy your ride and holiday!
Author/ Aerozine P