Arrival day “hola” – Belchenradler welcomes you to Spain! From 5 pm welcome aperitif & welcome of the participants. Obtaining the individual apartments
Address in Spain:
Carrer Port de la Vall 5, Urbanisation Perabeua
17489 El Port de la Selva
From 7 p.m., dinner together (cost), discussion of the processes for the upcoming road bike camp week
10.30 Start of the first tour: “Banyuls” (80km / 1400hm)
We drive along the coast and enjoy the view of the sea and the mountains. In Llanca we turn off the coastal road and slowly come to the “Emporda”, the rural, fertile country of the Costa Brava. Traveling in a northerly direction, the roads and the villages off the Costa Brava become increasingly quiet. A lonely, small pass road leads us across the border to France, or more precisely in the French part of Catalonia, again towards Banjuls and the sea. On the coast we take our lunch break and drive freshly strengthened still some altitude, often with the view of the sea, back to Spain and El Port de la Selva.
The evening is at your own disposal. You can make an appointment to have dinner together, or cook something yourself. With a glass of wine or beer on the apartment terrace, we let the shared experiences of the first day pass over – naturally with a view of the sea …
10.30 Start tour 2: “Mugasee-Tour” (90 km, 1250hm)
Today we drive behind our apartments up the mountain to the imposing monastery of Sant Pere de Rodes. It expects us a strenuous increase. The effort is always rewarded with fantastic views of the sea and the mountains and a great descent towards Vilajuiga. The tour today takes us on beautiful, quiet roads to a reservoir in the outback – the Muga Sea, where we take a break. Freshly recovered, it goes back on quiet country roads towards the coast and El Port de la Selva.
9.00-10.00 Uhr Belchenradler-breakfast
10.30 start tour 3: Cadaques Far – de Cap de Creus – Vilajuiga (77 km / 1600 hm)
We climb the moderate ascent of El Port de la Selva to the Perafida Pass and enjoy the Mediterranean landscape of the Parc Natural Cap de Creus. It follows a nice descent towards Cadaques, for many, one of the most beautiful places on the Costa Brava. We let the picturesque former fishing village with its picturesque streets and the pretty, whitewashed houses act on us and take a little well-deserved break in a beach cafe. Thanks to its special flair, Cadaques has always been home to many artists and writers. Our tour now takes us on a coastal road to its end: Far de Cap de Creus. The easternmost point of the Spanish mainland holds a restaurant high on the cliffs with a fantastic view of the sea and the coast. At least outside the main season a magical place. Here we take our lunch break. There are local tapas and even Indian dishes, which speaks for the cosmopolitan nature of the innkeepers. Freshly strengthened, we make our way back. First in a change back and forth, then from Cadaques to the pass moderate uphill. On a kind of plateau we take course towards Roses and soon we enjoy a long, beautiful descent. Now we drive north to Vilajuiga and turn off there towards El Port de la Selva, to the nearly 600hm high monastery St.Pere de Rodes, on a little-traveled, real dream road. We gain in altitude and have a fantastic view to the north-east on the often snow-capped peaks of the Pyrenees. Once at the top, we have the choice of making a short detour to the beautiful medieval church of Sant Helena, or whether we are heading straight for the rapid descent over countless hairpin bends back to El Port de la Selva.
Today is regeneration day! Who does not know that? You book a cycling holiday for a week, you are highly motivated and you give everything, every day. But instead of getting better in terms of fitness, you drive yourself more and more into the basement during the week. If you come weakened instead of relaxed back home to your cold country, you catch a cold even promptly. The benefit of the entire training week is gone … But we do it different in our road bike camp. Sports doctors are completely safe about it. The body needs to become better, also mandatory breaks to regenerate. The day today is free for everyone.
The area has many options and Belchenradler is also happy to give you tips: Those who like to look at cities can, for example drive to Figures (30km). There is the world famous Dali Museum. The next largest district town is Girona (68km) with countless shops, Tappa bars and a beautiful old town. Barcelona is 130km away. But even the small towns nearby have their own special charm. Wednesday is always a weekly market in Llanca. The picturesque Cadaques is, at least outside the main season, a real gem. Roses has endless sandy beaches and waterfront promenades, as well as many small shops. El Port de la Selva (30 minutes on foot / 10 minutes by bike) of course you have to have seen – where we will certainly eat more often.
If you do not want to give up cycling on this day, I can recommend a small, conditionally not demanding “recovery tour” with only a few kilometers and altitude. Either in the old center of Llanca, after Selva de Mar, or to La Vall. Above all, the last two villages are like from another time: La Vall – completely without cars, the streets are simply too narrow and too steep. Or Selva de Mar with its central washing area for washing clothes by the stream.
If you like walking / hiking, there are countless, really great tours, for example. on a path up to St.Pere de Rodes, or up to the castle ruins.
And – last but not least – of course, on this day, the opportunity to just lazy on the beach, in a small quiet bay, or on our beautiful apartment terrace, to unwind the soul … ; )
Because everyone has time to run errands, this evening would be perfect – if there is interest – for a common barbecue on the terrace.
9.00 – 10.00 Belchenradler-breakfast
10.30 start tour 4 Besalu (Variante 1 = 137 km /1200 hm / Variante 2 = 95 km / 900 hm )
Well recovered after a day’s break driving today is the longest tour of the week. The destination is the beautiful medieval town of Besalu in the interior with its imposing city gate on an old, large stone bridge. Planned is a beautiful round trip on quiet country roads through the Emporda – the fertile outback in Catalonia. The maximum total length of the tour would be 137 km, at about 1200hm. But there is also the possibility to defuse the tour and drive by car first a few miles into the interior. Of course, we will have lunch in Besalu, where the short drive on the cobblestones will evoke associations with “Paris-Roubaix” …
9.00 – 10.00 Belchenradler-breakfast
10.30 start to the last tour 5: Roses – L’Escala ( max. 100 km / 1100 hm)
Our last road bike camp tour of this week takes us on a beautiful round trip from El Port de la Selva to Roses with its miles of sandy beaches. Today we continue south to L’Escala at the end of the Gulf of Roses. The tour has a longer, moderate climb at the beginning and at the end, but runs otherwise relaxed in the flat terrain. The total length of the tour is about 100km, should the legs get tired on the last day of the tour, but there is also the possibility to shorten it.
8.30 am-9.30 am Belchenradler Breakfast
Unfortunately, even the best week ends sometime. We pack our things, have breakfast together again and then everyone goes home. The apartments should be vacated by 10.30. If you liked it, you can look forward to the next road bike camp Catalonia with Belchenradler again!
With the approval of all participants, a Dropbox will be set up, in which photos + videos from the Road Bike Camp will be made available to all participants for download as a nice reminder.
Adios and see you next time! Kind regards, Belchenradler