Girona to Mare de Deu del Mont

Girona to Mare de Deu del Mont


Girona’s strategic location between the Pyrenees and Costa Brava in Spain is the key to magnificent views and points of interest. Anyone who enjoy road cycling and remarkable landscape will be appealed by the large network of roads covered with beautiful nature of this city.

The superb trip from Girona to Mare de Deu del Mont is a good representative of what the place has to offer. A long trail links Girona to Saderness – home to the sanctuary and monument on mountain – and to the tranquil lake of Banyoles.

The road starts from near the stone bridge, and follows one of the symbolic climbs of Girona – the 11-mile Mare de Deu del Mont. This challenging ascent makes the smooth, friendly ride more “playful” with its length and the steep last 1-mile stretch, though it is relatively steady in terms of gradient.

People in very good shape will enjoy this epic trail. It takes a full day to complete the 80-mile ride, to reach the peak and past the beautiful lake on the way back to Girona.


The whole route is on nicely-paved road. Except for the technical climb in the middle of the ride, it is fairly flat and flowy.


The ride starts at where the Place de Catalunya connects to Avenue de Sant Francesc.

Food and drink

Plenty of options on the way you go. There is also a restaurant on the top Mare de Deu del Mont.

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Banyoles is an ideal place for food and drink before easily pedaling back to town.

There is a sculpture of Jacint Verdaguer overlooking the snowy Pyrenees Mountains, and the restaurant at the top offers a wonderful terrace looking out over the Garrotxa mountains, all the way to the Costa Brava.

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119.622 km / 74.33 mi

Total Distance

1,902 m / 6,241 ft

Total Ascent

1,902 m / 6,241 ft

Total Descent

1,093 m / 3,587 ft

Highest Point

Ride type:
Mountain biking
Road riding
Rail Trail
Difficulty: Advanced (Black)
Ride Duration: Full day
Fitness Level: High
Shared Bike Path - Paved
Shared Bike Path - Dirt
On-Road Bike Lane
Off-Road - Fire Trail
Off-Road - Rail Trail
Off-Road - Single Track
Off-Road - Downhill
Gravel Road
Trail Signage: Good
Mobile Coverage: Limited
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Bike servicing
Accessible by bike
Accessible by car
Accessible by public transport
Accessible by shuttle
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