Located in the countryside just 10 kilometres north of Girona, Can Carreras del Mas sits within striking distance of the mountains and planes of Catalonia in northern Spain. To boost the property’s ecological credentials, the owners renovated an unused 19th Century house and added a half acre vegetable patch before erecting some solar panels on the roof. Now a fully functioning organic hotel, Can Carreras del Mas has a depth of character and functionality to bring it up to date with even the larger, more pricey eco hotels.
Surrounded by hills, mountains and planes, its no surprise that Girona has become a hotspot for 65 professional cyclists who make their home here during the season. If you want to take up some time in the saddle during your stay in the area, Can Carreras del Mas is a great place to be positioned.
Bike Breaks, a Girona based bicycle rental company, are used by Can Carreras del Mas and can arrange Cannondale road, hybrid and mountain bicycles for guests. I took out a hardtail for my few days in and around Girona which served me well enough to think of returning with a pair of road shoes to try out the Cannondale Supersix Carbon Road bike. Saskia and Dave from Bike Breaks know the area very well and can advise of routes to take. They have local maps for sale in their store.
One of the most attractive features of Can Carreras del Mas is its half acre vegetable patch. Wielding homegrown vegetables and herbs, owner Anna Giralt cooked a wonderful meal for me in her own kitchen. This service is not outstanding for the accommodation, allowing for a degree of flexibility if your feel like less of this, or more of that. Able to prepare meals for up to 20 people, I can assure you that Anna will be happy to give you a little extra if you arrive bewildered from a day on the bike.
Double rooms start from €55 per night for a single supplement including breakfast. The property’s four rooms are also available to rent for the duration of a week or a weekend. This deal gives you access to the kitchen, perhaps something to consider if you were planning on self-catered accommodation outside Girona for a cycle trip.
For full rates see the Can Carreras del Mas website.
Getting there responsibly
Follow the greentraveller.co.uk journey planner that shows you how to take the train to Barcelona from London. An hour before your expected arrived at Barcelona you will pass through Girona. Alight here then wait for a local train to take you to Bordilis, 15 minutes from Girona.
See map for directions from Bordilis train station. If you are coming with heavy bags, contact Anna beforehand who runs a taxi service at €0.40 per mile.
- Washing machines and washing area for bikes
- Table tennis, basketball
- Barbecue on the terrace
- The house is barrier-free and has full disabled access.
- Contact Can Carreras del Mas for booking if you have any questions.
- Note that payments at the hotel can only be made in cash.