Experience idyllic, rural Spain at its very best on this six night holiday in the Terres de l'Ebre area of Catalunya. You'll cycle a wonderful mix of rural, riverside and coastal trails, getting close to nature in the Ebro Delta, one of the most important delta regions of its kind in Europe and home to over 160 species of birds. The whole area is rich in birdlife, wetlands and rice fields, yet is also home to some beautiful beaches and charming historic towns and villages.
Your holiday starts amidst charming villages and sweet-smelling orange groves, as you make your way to the crusader city of Tortosa. The narrow streets of this beautiful city are filled with Roman and Spanish Civil War history, with particular highlights being the imposing Cathedral of Santa Maria, and Suda Castle with its stunning 360° views over the city. After crossing the Ebro River you have the option to cycle past an impressive freshwater reserve, home to toothcarps, sticklebacks, newts and lilies; you may even spot egrets and herons to name just two of the many species here! The coastal town of Sant Carles de la Rapita makes a good choice for your free day - relax on the wide sandy beaches and treat yourself to some excellent seafood. You finish your week's cycling along peaceful trails past rice paddies and across the Ebro, heading to the bustling fishermen's town of L'Ampolla. This is where the Mediterranean meets the Ebro and the town is home to a series of small, sandy beaches dotted between the coves - unique on the Catalan coast.
We've chosen some great hotels for you to relax in each night, all with swimming pools. The Hotel Flamingo sits on the edge of lively L'Ampolla, boasting sea views and an indoor and outdoor pool; the Parador de Tortosa, which is situated within the spectacular, C10 Suda Castle, affords wonderful panoramic views of the Ebro Valley; while the charming, family-run Hotel L'Algadir in the quiet town of Poble Nou del Delta offers superb hosts, excellent food and a lovely outdoor terrace.
Arrive at your hotel with views of the harbour. Eat at the hotel tonight or explore the lively town and choose from one of its seafront restaurants. (Staying at Hotel Flamingo, Breakfast only)
Today you'll leave the coast behind you as you cycle past rustic, working villages towards the small town of Aldea. Stop off here for a spot of lunch and visit the hermitage which dates back to the C12. Then it's on through orchards and olive groves, and meandering canalside paths affording you wonderful glimpses of the Ebro. You'll cycle through vines and past beautifully scented orange trees, before arriving at historic Tortosa and your C10 castle for the next two nights. (Staying at Parador de Tortosa, Half board)
Spend today in the impressive, Templar city of Tortosa, which dates back 2000 years. Walk around the ancient walls and monuments, discover the Gothic Cathedral of Santa Maria, see the superbly restored old quarter or visit the open-air sculpture museum. If you fancy going further afield, take a train to Tarragona where you can wander a maze of cobbled streets and marvel at the stunning amphitheatre overlooking the sea. Or perhaps opt for a cycle along the Vine Cutter railway line, a fabulous traffic-free cycle track cut through the vines. (Staying at Parador de Tortosa, Half board)
Leaving Tortosa you'll cross the Ebro River today and follow a canalside path, enjoying views of the Els Ports mountain range. Pass the impressive Torre de la Carrova and arrive in Amposta, a former port town of the river, which now houses an interesting museum all about the Ebro River and its valley. You then have two options: follow a tranquil riverside trail along the Ebro or cycle past the freshwater nature reserve of Ullals de Baltasar, making your way to Poble Nou del Delta and the welcoming Hotel L'Algadir. Perhaps sit out on the terrace this evening and enjoy one of the Ebro's signature sunsets. (Staying at Hotel l'Algadir, Half board)
This charming whitewashed town, with its hacienda feel, sits within the Ebro Delta and offers many possibilities for your free day. Visit the coastal town of Sant Carles de la Rapita and stroll along the promenade, enjoy a day on the beach at Playa Eucaliptus or follow one of the many circular cycle trails available, the most impressive of which circles two bird reserves which host more than 160 species of birds including crested coots, skylarks, herons and moorhens to name but a few - the flamingos are a real highlight! (Staying at Hotel l'Algadir, Half board)
Today you leave Poble Nou del Delta and head to the coast. You'll cycle past the Tancada nature reserve - the best place to enjoy the flamingos - and on through rice fields, before meeting the River Ebro. A riverside path takes you to a bridge where you'll cross the river between the towns of Sant Jaume and the capital of the Delta, Deltebre - from the bridge you'll enjoy idyllic views of the coast, mountains and lush vegetation. Head back to L'Ampolla to relax on the beach or enjoy a dip in the sea before your journey home tomorrow. (Staying at Hotel Flamingo, Breakfast only)
Please note that cycling helmets are compulsory in Spain for all customers. As we are unable to provide these, we strongly recommend that you bring your own.
Please see our Planning you holiday page for full details.
During your holiday you stay at the following hotels. If you'd like to extend your time at any of these or, if you'd like to enhance your stay with an upgraded room, just let us know at the time of booking. You can call our sales team on 1-800-567-6286 to discuss accommodation options.
If you'd like to keep your bikes with you for any extra nights we can arrange this for you for just £25 per adult per day. Please contact us on 1-800-567-6286 for further details.
NEARBY:Located in the charming town of l’Ampolla the Hotel Flamingo has large rooms, many with sea view. There is an indoor and outdoor pool and the hotel is opposite a small beach.
|Dates||Sea View Room||Junior Suite|
|01/05/2017 - 22/10/2017||£14||£24|
All prices shown above are valid from 01/12/2016.
|Dates||Double Room||Single Room|
|02/04/2017 - 12/04/2017||£46||£70|
|13/04/2017 - 17/04/2017||£66||£88|
|18/04/2017 - 08/07/2017||£46||£70|
|09/07/2017 - 29/07/2017||£52||£74|
|30/07/2017 - 26/08/2017||£66||£88|
|27/08/2017 - 16/09/2017||£52||£74|
|17/09/2017 - 31/10/2017||£46||£70|
All prices shown above are valid from 01/12/2016. Prices are per person per night on a Bed & Breakfast basis. Bike hire is not included in the above prices.
NEARBY:The Parador is a C10 castle perching on a hill above Tortosa. The building is completely intact and has a great atmosphere with its long corridors and nooks and crannies. The rooms are large and have balconies looking over the River Ebro, the town and mountains in the distance. There is a nice large outdoor pool. There is a nice bar with outside terrace.
Room upgrades are not available at this hotel.
|Dates||Double Room||Single Room|
|01/05/2017 - 22/10/2017||£110||£170|
All prices shown above are valid from 01/12/2016. Prices are per person per night on a Half Board basis. Bike hire is not included in the above prices.
NEARBY:A boutique hotel with just 10 rooms which have all been tastefully designed and named after the nature around the Ebro Delta. There is a small pool and gym and an outside terrace where they serve drinks. The food here is superb, mostly “km 0” so only food from the local vicinity.
|Dates||Double Room with a View||Junior Suite|
|01/05/2017 - 22/10/2017||£14||£36|
All prices shown above are valid from 14/06/2017. Supplements are per per person per night based on 2 sharing.
|01/05/2017 - 01/06/2017||£56||£78|
|02/06/2017 - 04/06/2017||£74||£114|
|05/06/2017 - 22/06/2017||£56||£78|
|23/06/2017 - 23/06/2017||£74||£114|
|24/06/2017 - 21/07/2017||£56||£78|
|22/07/2017 - 31/08/2017||£74||£114|
|01/09/2017 - 08/09/2017||£56||£78|
|09/09/2017 - 10/09/2017||£74||£114|
|11/09/2017 - 21/09/2017||£56||£78|
|22/09/2017 - 23/09/2017||£74||£114|
|24/09/2017 - 22/10/2017||£56||£78|
All prices shown above are valid from 14/06/2017. Prices are per person per night on a Bed and Breakfast basis. Bike hire is not included in the above prices.
If you'd like to extend your trip with extra nights at the start or end, or if you'd like to arrange a stop off point en-route, then we recommend the following hotels.
NEARBY:Located in the center of Barcelona, the Gallery Hotel is equipped with 25 years of experience to take care of you during your stay. The rooms are bright and has lots of home comforts included. The hotel also boasts a roof top pool and garden terrace.
Room upgrades are not available at this hotel.
Please contact us for extra night prices.
Please call our sales team on 1-800-567-6286 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange flights and connecting transfers to your hotel.
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A relaxed holiday with gentle cycling, excellent bird watching, good accommodation and lovely food.
The region was flat for easy cycling, except for the climb up to the Parador Tortosa!! but it was fun trying. Allan made it to the top! All the hotels were great . A good mix of eating options.
This particular holiday, cycling in the River Ebro region, offers the traveller a wonderful variety of scenery and opportunities to explore this relatively unspoiled part of Spain. Value is added by the extremely friendly and accommodating locals. The HW sourced accommodation was superb and the in-house dining second to none. Dining outside of the hotels was relatively cheap and of a very high standard.
Sections of the route instructions contain inaccuracies which, for us, simply added t... read moreo the fun, though they should perhaps be revisited as they could cause problems for the more diffident.
Our reliable and extremely helpful representative in country did a wonderful job of making us feel welcome and we felt reassured that we could call on her any time in case of a crisis. Well done Triona!
It was ideal for us. Lots of bird life so husband a happy chap, lovely cycling area so wife is happy!
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Self-guided cycling Managed locally by Headwater appointed rep.
Every two days from 24th Sep 2017 to 22nd Oct 2017, for 6 nights.
All buffet breakfasts and 4 evening meals included
Transfers included from Aldea Amposta train station at 16:33, and back to Aldea Amposta train station at 12:00.
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