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Bike Tour: Italy - France - Spain - Mallorca

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 Bike Tour: Switzerland - Mallorca

One month on the bike for over 2000 kilometers from Switzerland to Mallorca. Alpine crossing of Switzerland, snowy winter days in the French Alps, coastal road along the Mediterranean Sea, the challenge of the Pyrenees, wild romantic Costa Brava, Gaudi dominated Barcelona and finally around the island of Mallorca.


   

Switzerland - Italy
1. Swiss Alps
St. Moritz - Maloja Pass - Chiavenna - Como - Sesto Calende - Biella - Zubiena - Aosta - Gr St Bernhard - Martigny - Evian - Geneva

Over the Maloja Pass in Graubünden to Lago di Como in Italy. In northern Italy there were definitely too many cities and towns to enjoy biking. Only when I got to the Valley of Aosta and back to the Alps the situation improved considerably. After the Grand St Bernhard Pass I followed Lake Geneva on the French side to the city of Geneva.

 
Silvaplana See im Engadin
Castasegna im Bergell
 
 
Mountain lake scenery in Engadin Valley in Switzerland
The Valley of Bregaglia lies the border town Castasegna
 
Frühlingsanfang am Genfersee
Comer See eingebetet in die Alpen
 
Countryside around Lake Geneva
 
Lago di Como lies beautifully embedded in the Italian Alps
 

France
2. Savoyen Alps
Geneva - St. Julien - Allonzier - Annecy - Lescheraines - St. Pierre - Montmélian - Grenoble - Sassenage - Lans en Vercors - St. Nazaire - Chabeuil - Montmeyran - Valence

A surprising change of weather at the beginning of May brought snow back to the French Alps. During three days strong wind and rain prevailed and in higher altitudes around Grenoble it even snowed up to half a meter. The bike too seemed to suffer from the awful weather and in Valence the complete brake system and the rear wheel had to be changed.

Brücke Pont de la Caille
Schlucht Gorge de la Bourne
 
The bridge "Pont de la Caille" spans over a wide gorge
Gorge de la Bourne cuts deep into the rocky French Alps
 

Römisches Aquädukt Pont du Gard

Valence liegt gleich an der Rhone
 
Pont du Gard is an ancient Roman aqueduct near the Mediterranean Sea
The tranquil city of Valence on the shores of the Rhone River at nightfall
 

France
3. Mediterranean Coast
Valence - Montélimar - Bagnols - Remoulins - St. Gilles - Aigues Mortes - La Grande Motte - Sète - Valras Plage - Narbonne Plage - Gruissan - Leucate - Le Barcarès - Perpignan - Argeles Plage - Collioure

After the rainy and snowy Savoyen Alps I followed the wide valley of the river Rhone, mostly right on the embankment of the river itself. Advancing was much easier now and finally the sun finished its strike and created a more summery feeling. The route through the region of Camargue was particularly beautiful for cycling with its canals boarded with colorful flowers, small lakes with flamingoes and last but not least the resort towns along the Mediterranean coast and the many attractive beaches.

Vollbepacktes Fahrrad am Mittelmeer
Einem Kanal entlang in der Camargue
 
Touring bike ready to continue along the Mediterranean Coast
Camargue is a beautiful biking territory in the south of France
 

Spain
4. Pyrenees

Collioure - Portbou - Llanca - Port de la Selva - Parc Natural Cap de Creus - Roses

The Pyrenees meet the Mediterranean Sea where France borders Spain. But the road doesn’t really get mountainous; instead the coastal road snakes its way in a constant up and down over the hills further south.

Collioure wo die Pyrenäen aufs Mittelmeer treffen
Im Grenzgebiet von Frankreich und Spanien
 
The coastal village of Collioure is sandwiched between the Pyrenees and the Mediterranean Sea
The main road curves around the hilly border area between France and Spain at Port Bou
 

Spain
5. Costa Brava

Roses - Empuries - Palamos - Sant Feliu - Tossa de Mar - Llloret de Mar - Masnou - Barcelona

Rugged cliffs, tranquil bays, sandy beaches, national parks, sleepy villages, bustling beach resorts.... and all with a Catalonian touch. Travelling in Spain has many different aspects.

Cap de Creus Nationalpark
Spektakuläre Aussichten an der Costa Brava
 
Cap de Creus National Park provided me with a lovely spot to pitch the tent
The route along Costa Brava in Spain offers one spectacular view after the other
 
 

Festung bei Tossa de Mar an der Costa Brava
The fortress at Tossa de Mar invites to explore  

Spain
Barcelona

Barcelona - city full of sights and fun.

Die Kirche Sagrada Familia ist eines der Meisterwerke von Antoni Gaudi
Die Details machen die Kirche Sagrada Familia so einmalig
 
The church of Sagrada Familia is one of Antoni Gaudi's masterpieces
Many elaborate details make Sagrada Familia a one-of-a-kind structure
 

Der Palacio Nacional in Barcelona

Die malerische Plaza Real liegt im Herzen von Barcelona
 
Palacio Nacional is one of many historical sites in Barcelona
Picturesque Plaza Real lies in the heart of Barcelona
 

Der Parque Güell wurde von Antoni Gaudi entworfen

Steinsäulengang im Parque Güell
 
Parque Güell was designed by Gaudi
Colonnaded footpath in Parque Güell
 

Spain
6. Island of Mallorca

Palma de Mallorca - Cala Pi - Santanyi - Felanitx - Manacor - Cala Rajada - Alcudia - Cap de Formentor - Lluc - Sa Calobra - Soller - Coll de Claret - Andratx - Peguera - Palma de Mallorca

Mallorca is only a ferry ride from Barcelona. The island is well-known for its beaches and notorious nightlife. But Mallorca offers much more than that, it’s a knockout destination for cyclists. It’s best to bike anticlockwise in order to save the highlight of the wild romantic Sierra Tramuntana for the end.

Leuchtturm im Nordosten von Mallorca
Ein Strand lädt zum Schwimmen ein
 
A lighthouse towers over the dark blue sea in the north eastern corner of the island of Mallorca
How could you not interrupt the cycling here and go for a refreshing swim?
 
 

Berglandschaft auf der Halbinsel Cap Formentor

Atemberaubende Aussicht auf die Küste von Mallorca
 
 
Impressive mountain scenery on the Cap Formentor peninsula
Breathtaking views on this scenic route on Mallorca
 
 

An der Nordküste von Mallorca

Die Sa Calobra Strasse windet sich an die Küste runter
 
 
Mallorca's wild northern coast
Every biker's dream, the Sa Calobra road is winding down to the coast
 

Torrent de Pareis Schlucht

Camping in der attraktiven Felslandschaft der Insel
 
Torrent de Pareis Gorge
Boulder camping somewhere out there
 
 

Das Tramuntana Gebirge war einer der Höhepunkte dieser Fahrrad Tour
The Tramuntana mountains on the west coast were one of the highlights of the Mallorca Bike Tour  

   

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