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A fantastic cycling holiday in the hidden Costa Brava, hardly any traffic or other people, with superb hotels and delicious meals.
Despite not cycling much in the UK, we managed the distances easily, although I was sometimes defeated by the hills - the countryside is NOT 'pancake flat' as described on the website and my legs protested. However, it was a great feeling not to have to dismount all the time!
Alan's route notes were very detailed so no chance of getting lost (although if you need reading glasses you will be stopping frequently to check them). On the rest days, there were several route suggestions. He also very kindly came to pick us up earlier than scheduled, thus avoiding a wait of several hours at Flaca station.
Be prepared for some hills! Despite the breeze, we were sweaty and red-faced when we arrived at the hotels (all of which were up a hill) but a quick shower and a swim restored us. You may wish to take gel saddles!
The route notes would be easier to read while cycling if they went across the page, instead of in two columns, and if they were in a larger font than 10 pt.
Very good holiday with excellent cycling routes, good quality bikes and some unique hotels. We did not realise that the Costa Brava had so many medieval villages relatively close to the coast.
Being able to cycle up all the hills without getting off was for me inspirational. The views from the outdoor dining area at the hotel Castella d'Emporda were wonderful, as well as the garden area.
Pals was a lovely medieval town and we wish we had spent more time there rather than pedalling off to the next place on the itinerary
Alan was very efficient and keen to make sure the route directions were up to date and everything running smoothly. His directions of how to get to and from Flaca station were invaluable.
We flew into and out of Barcelona airport and on paper the onward train journey looked slightly complex. However, if you follow Alan's instructions in the trip notes they are spot on and the journey is relatively easy. Oddly enough, BA from Heathrow to Barcelona was cheaper than Ryanair to Girona at the time we booked but Girona is much nearer to Flaca where you can be picked up by Alan..
The price of drinks at hotel Castell d'Emporda and hotel Sa Punta seemed very high and were not itemised on the bill at check out. To avoid surprises at check out time you may want to do what some guests did and check the price at the time of ordering the drink.
It was our first cycling holiday and we did not know what daily mileage and terrain would suit us best. We cycle at weekends but nothing more seriously than that and this holiday suited us very well. The hotels provided very good facilities at the end of a day's cycling- you could relax and eat well.
Then you will need to make your own way to the next hotel by public transport, or pay for a taxi. Please remember you will also have your bikes, which need to be safely transported as well. You can also phone the local taxi company (details in route notes) who transport your luggage, and see if they can give you a lift. Please note this may not always be possible.
Usually by a local representative or a taxi company. You will need to leave your luggage at the hotel reception between 08:00hrs and 10:00hrs on days of hotel change - the route notes you receive with your final documents will confirm the exact time. It must be marked with the luggage labels (provided by Exodus or at the start hotel), CLEARLY VISIBLE, showing your name and the total number of bags that you are having transferred.
No, a quality local hire bike is included in the overall price of this cycling holiday.
If you prefer the familiarity of your own bike, you may of course bring it along. A discount of GBP90 will apply if you do so.
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