Stretching 256 kilometres from the mouth of the River Tordera, northeast of Barcelona, and running all the way up to the French border, the Costa Brava coast was named in 1908 after the Mediterranean’s wild and rugged coastline. Costa is the Catalan and Spanish word for ‘coast’, while Brava means ‘rugged’ or ‘wild’.

The Catalonian region consists of the comarques (counties) of Alt Empordà, Baix Empordà and Selva in the province of Girona.

Temperate winter conditions and gentle rolling roads mean it has a lot to offer for cyclists.

In the video below, Mike Cotty from The Col Collective checks out a 46 kilometre stretch from Sant Feliu de Guíxols to Lloret de Mar. Naturally it wouldn’t be The Col Collective without a climb so they take a slight detour and head inland for a 6.3 kilometre ascent up to Sant Grau.

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