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    Barcelona to South of France - Route Planner Help

    Hi everyone,

    Myself and a few friends are flying into Barcelona and cycling up to the South of France (about
    70kms North of Marseille) for a wedding at the end of July. We need to start mapping out the route
    and I was wondering does anybody know of a website / person that has cycled this route etc.
    that will help us do this. Have looked on the internet but not having much luck.

    Thanks for your help,

    Derek.

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    I don't have too much directly useful info, just some comments to get things started (?)

    I've ridden some around there: Tarragona up to St. Quixols and over to Girona. I found that along the coast was fantastic on the parts between towns: lots of ups and downs, great views, not too much traffic (I didn't actually ride through Barcelona). Through the coastal towns, though, was not much fun: either you ride the "strip" of hotels and such, or the bike path along the beach -- neither of which are my cup of tea. To avoid this, get a good map so you can find the roads that lie a few km inland.

    Farther out, Girona is not to be missed, if you're looking for things to see/do and not just getting from A to B. The national park to the northwest of Girona (name?) is supposed to be really nice, though that's from second hand accounts. If you have time, you could ride up to Andorra -- just to have ridden there.

    Sorry I don't have any concrete suggestions -- just my two pesos... Have fun!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Del Boy View Post
    Hi everyone,

    Myself and a few friends are flying into Barcelona and cycling up to the South of France (about
    70kms North of Marseille) for a wedding at the end of July.
    .. Hello Del. We live south of Perpignan , France which is an area you'll have to pass through in route to the Marseilles area..
    .. I think you'll find our coastal drive quite impressive. The area from Rosas , Spain to Banyuls sur Mer, France is in the Costa Brava region . South of the French border the coastal route is extremely hilly.. Question to ask yourself , do you want to ride along the coast or the inland route through Girona and Figueras. ( Figueras is where the Dali Museum is located. ) My sense is riding the inland route makes it more difficult to route yourself through Barcelona..
    Might you consider putting your bikes on the Spanish trains, 'Renfe,' and starting your ride in more rural areas.. Spanish trains are bike friendly, but during rush hour extremely congested..
    . Personally, I'd take the train at least to Gerona or Figueres ( home of the Dali Museum.) and then take the N 260 along the Spanish coast north, towards Cerbere , France. ( The ride out of Port Bou is narrow and steep , but widens after Cerbere, France.. )
    After that , you 'll enjoy the hilly panoramas over looking the Mediterranean.. Here are some links that might help you to plan your routing.. Usually cyclists travel with Michelin Maps as one link suggests.. Pretty much the national highways in Spain have wide shoulders..
    Once you get north of Collioure, France, just follow the coastal route north . that will be the easy part..
    I'll be asking around to see if I can get better maps of Spain..
    ..When you Pass through our area, give us a call. I'll Be happy to give you a guided escort heading north towards some of the best beaches along the Mediterranean.. Good luck.
    Cz..
    Possibly some helpful links...
    http://beta.mapmyride.com/route/
    http://www.trentobike.org/Countries/...ycle_Maps.html
    http://www.mapquest.com/maps?city=Ba...4&geocode=CITY
    http://www.renfe.es/horarios/english/index.html
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    Well. Here is a start. If you want to start your tour in Barcelona center.. It might help to get you out of Barcelona. After that , I am still searching for maps of the surrounding area..
    I do know that the bike path hugging the Mediterranean from the port area, goes way to the north. Just not sure how far. It does, because I 've done it with friends.. I just went about 10 miles north and then turned back.
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    Hey,

    Thank you all for your replies, very informative and helpful. My friends and I have to start putting a plan together and I will let you know what we come up with. Maybe you can offer some advice on what we plan.

    Thanks again, happy cycling,

    Del

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    Del.. I asked some bike friends if they know of Spanish cycling maps.. We've used the Google too and we've found nothing.. I might get to Figueras in the next week or so. If we do, I 'll look about book stores or a bike shop for you... If we find nothing, I'd go with a Michelin map and stick to the National highways in Spain.. They have decent shoulders. Best I remember that N 11 from Girona to Figueres should work along with the N 260 from Figueres to the coast. They are busy roads, but they do have wide shoulders.
    Once you are in France, I'd use the Google maps I provided you .. France.. - That will be the easy part. French cycling laws are very accommodating to cyclists needs..
    Magnify the Google map to a point where you can see the nature of the road. I suggest , Use the D roads all the way up the coast . Almost always they have wide shoulders and fine coastal views.. During the beach season they can be quite congested.
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    Del.. A follow up on the suggestion that you find a Michelin Map.. Surfing the internet, I stumbled upon this pop up ad. They actually indicate their maps can assist cyclist in finding the best route. Can they be bought in the US.?.. Think so. You might have to order one from Amazon.. ?.

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    A PS. Del..
    I've used Google Maps, Bicycle routing function before and it worked quite well. But, I read some jerk in the US is suing Google because they said the designated cycling map given to them by Google was unsafe and the reason they had an accident. Ever since, Google's Bicycle Maps have been less reliable.. .
    As I said before , stick to the D roads displayed by Google maps; closest to the French coast, all the way up to Provence and you'll find pretty decent routing...
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    Del.. Maybe you have left for your Spain/France bike tour.. Anyway, we were driving all about Spain's Catalane region just yesterday.. We drove on several N Highways, ( National ) routes about Girona and Figueres. Even the N 260 which you might use.- But west of Figueres.. Every National Road we were on had very wide shoulders. Heavy traffic but wide shoulders. If route 260 east of Figueres is constructed as is 260 west of Figueres- I'd have no problem cycling that route.. The N 11 heading north south of Girona , also had wide shoulders and cyclists could be seen everywhere.
    Should you be curious have you thought to use Google map's roving cameras.. Google down on a Google Map where you see a "satellite," map, almost always will be a camera close up shot ; where you can assess the road through Google's cameras. Might be a helpful tool. ?
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    Alright, I realize this trip has been long done, but figured I'd add this in case others are looking for the same information. My wife and I did a ride from Barcelona to just across the border, over a small Pyrenean pass near Figueres, Spain. Here's the first part of a 4-part blog entry. Google Map at bottom.

    http://gerrypatt.wordpress.com/2009/...yrenees-day-1/

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