Why train in Girona

Cycling in Girona

Lance Armstrong was one of the first to discover Girona as an attractive place for cycling. The former, now not too popular, cyclist decided to buy a house in the old center of Girona and prepared for the Tour de France each year. Since then, more and more professional cyclists have bought their second homes in Girona. Among them are 75 pro tour riders. Most of the pros you'll see here are Americans and Australians who live and train in Girona during the European cycling season. You also see more and more Dutch and English from different teams. You regularly see cycling groups with riders from different teams such as Ineos, Jumbo-Visma, Education first, Israel Start-Up, Mitchelton-Scott, Sunweb, Trek.

Here are some of the reasons why Girona is excellent for a training or cycling holiday:

  • Ideal Training Area. Well-paved roads, little traffic and all kinds of landscapes close together: flat, rolling coastal roads, hills, mountains and high mountains. What truly distinguishes Girona from other Spanish areas: it is a maze of beautiful quiet roads. So many route options; you can do a completely different route here every day for 2 weeks.
  • Ideal Climate. Little rain, lots of sun, warm, but again not an extreme temperature difference as in southern Spain. Same climate as Mallorca. 
  • Easy and Fast Travel. You can fly into Barcelona (we are 1 hour North) or directly to Girona with Transavia and RyanAir .
  • Cyclosportives / Competitions. In Catalonia you have both a Cyclosportive and cycling race (for all categories) almost every weekend. Even in winter you have Cyclos and training races for the competitive cyclist.

Read also the story of “Travelwriter” Aniek about her training with us in Girona.

The city of Girona

Girona is a medium-sized city with a small historic core. The old - Jewish - quarter is a maze of streets, alleys and stairs. In addition, there are many sights that you should not miss - such as: the old city wall, the cathedral and the gardens on the edge of the center.

The city is known for its good restaurants and cozy terraces. Cultural activities are also planned throughout the year.

You can go in all directions with the train and bus connections. With 40 minutes you are in Barcelona, 30 minutes to Figueres and the beaches of the Costa Brava can be reached within an hour.

The province around Girona

The region around the city of Girona is a cycling paradise. Every direction gives you a completely different landscape to discover.

To the north you have the hills and the Pyrenees, to the east the Costa Brava, to the south the mountains of the Montseny National Park and to the west the rocky volcanic landscape of La Garrotxa.

Throughout the province you will find old medieval villages with a small square, where you can almost always find a nice terrace or bar. Catalonië is a hospitable region, where you will not get bored easily, even if you are not a cyclist. Within a radius of 100 km you have twelve national parks, where you can not only cycle and mountain bike, but also enjoy beautiful walks. Other activities you will find in the province are boat trips, survival circuits, snorkeling, go-karting, diving, paintball, rowing, climbing, swimming and more.