Robbin McKinney, founder/owner of Great Explorations is an avid tennis player and thought it would be fun to combine a cycling trip in an exotic locale with the opportunity to play tennis along the way. In 2024, the location will be Catalonia, Spain! This is a ‘by invitation’ departure; if you feel you should be invited, tell us in as few words as possible what a fun, easy-going and bon-vivant you are (and what level of tennis – 3.5; 4.0; 4.5 for the tournament draw)?
This special departure will take place from May 3-9 with a pre-trip Extension May 1+2 in Barcelona, staying at the exquisite Seventy Barcelona. There will be an optional tennis opportunity to play at the exclusive Reial Club de Tennis in Barcelona where Van Lawn members have reciprocal privileges.
The cycling trip will be the same amazing trip that we run for cyclists, avid and moderate level welcome. On two days of the trip, we will include mini-tournaments, in Llafranc on Day 4 at the Club Tennis Llafranc and in Girona on Day 6 at either the GEIEG Sports Facility with 16 courts or the Club Tennis Girona, a private club. On the days with tennis, there will be morning rides and tennis in the afternoon. If you choose to take time off the bike, that is ok. Details and precise itinerary may be altered given the group’s desires.
Need inspiration (for the cycling)? Here is a short video of riding there in October, 2023.
There will be a limited number of spaces for this trip so please register early if keen. P.S. want another trip to do back to back? Croatia Yacht & Bike from May 12-19 (Dubrovnik Extension May 10+11 with tennis option).
The pine-scented coastal region of Catalonia has long attracted artists (Salvador Dali, among others), writers, and those in search of beauty, tranquility, and inspiration. With its multitude of villages, sunny weather, seaside splendor, art, culture, and gastronomy & wine, this corner of Spain offers everything we look for when traveling. Did we mention the cycling is superb? In fact, many pro teams live and train here when not competing. While most of our routes are more moderate in length and difficulty, avid cyclists will have lots of options should they choose. From Figueres, to Calella de Palafrugell to Girona, we have created an itinerary that shows you the very best of this region.
Only Great Explorations:
- Small groups, extraordinary guides and authentic experiences
- Order off the menu at restaurants you won’t find in guidebooks including the Roca brothers ‘Normal’ in Girona
- Guided visit of the Dali Museum in Figueres
- A ride you won’t forget- from Calella de Palafrugell along the coast
- On this trip, tennis in Barcelona, Llafranc and Girona
- We design and operate our own trips so there are only good surprises