Accueil » Ride near Barcelona : 35km +1000m

Ride near Barcelona : 35km +1000m

by Kim Gintrand
gravel ride near Barcelona Spain Riells del Fai Grau Mercader cycling route

Riells del Fai



Elevation gain




Best seasons

all year



Physical & technical

Located only a few kilometers from Barcelona, and less than an hour from Girona, Riells del Fai is the start of a beautiful gravel route. It will take you on large gravel trails with 79% of off-roads

Riells del Fai Spain Barcelona gravel route red trails
Riells del Fai Spain gravel route cycling itinerary GR5
grau mercader riells del fai spain barcelona gravel ride route cycling itinerary

You will pass by the Monastery of Sant Miquel del Fai. I recommend crossing the bridge and going down, before the official entrance, to see more of it! (there will be someone at the entrance of the bridge, but we asked and it was okay to ride our bike down. Just be careful with pedestrians.)

Sant Miquel del Fai Monestary Barcelona Spain cycling gravel route visit must see

There are no single tracks but only two short sections where you will need to carry your bike. The rest of the route is very smooth, you will have a challenging climb a few kilometers after the monastery, with some bigger rocks, but I was able to ride it entirely without putting a foot on the ground.

grau mercader riells del fai spain barcelona gravel ride route cycling itinerary
riells del fai spain barcelona gravel ride route cycling itinerary

The route will take you to Grau Mercader, on a large gravel trail near a cliff, with a beautiful view on the sea. You will probably cross path with some runners or hikers, this spot seemed to be famous in the area!

grau mercader riells del fai barcelona spain gravel route ride cycling itinerary inspiration travel
grau mercader barcelona spain gravel route cycling itinerary
grau mercader sea view barcelona spain gravel route cycling itinerary

At kilometer 30, you will enter a Park Natural with many pastoral gates, they were no herds when I ride as we are in January but just be aware of this during spring/summer. 

It’s overall a really nice route, rideable all year long! 🌞


parking at the start of the itinerary

My Equipments

For this itinerary


COMMENCAL - 365 SIGNATURE pure white






FIZIK - VENTO ARGO R3 adaptative


HUTCHINSON - TOUAREG 700x40 - Tubeless ready - Hardskin


FIZIK - ERGOLACE GTX - Ice Grey / Black

Bike computer

GARMIN - Edge® 840 Solar


OAKLEY Sutro Lite Photochromic

Near the itinerary
Best Adresses



Riells del Fai

La Sala de Can Sabater

Local cuisine

Riells del Fai

La Font de la Pineda

local cuisine

Culinary Specialties / Local Products

  • The Xuixo, a cream-filled donut
  • The Apple from Girona
  • The Ratafia, an herbal liqueur made with local herbs.
  • The Charcuteries
  • Sweet sausage, a product with medieval origins, available for purchase raw or dried.

You may also like

Leave a Comment


Destinations Gravel is much more than just a guide for gravel routes and recommendations for restaurants, hotels, guesthouses, and local businesses; it embodies the richness of our territories and opens the doors to unforgettable experiences. Whether you’re planning your next trip, a weekend getaway, or simply a ride near your home, Destinations Gravel will inspire you.


In addition to being a dedicated source of information for gravel cycling in France and for a few escapes around the world, the guide allows you to discover various aspects of the territories, along with sports-friendly recipes and expert advice on equipment. With captivating content, it takes you on a journey with the commitment to responsible cycling.


More than an anonymous reference guide, the routes in Destinations Gravel are tested by @gravel_kim to assist you in choosing your gravel explorations.

Latest articles

©2023 / Destinations Gravel®