Cycling around the River Ebro

From $1378 per person

  • Experience the 'real' Spain, off the tourist trail
  • The magnificent Ebro Delta, rich in birdlife: crested coots, Kentish plovers and skylarks
  • Beautiful trails past almond and olive groves and bustling waterfront cafes
  • Historical sites: ancient monuments, centuries-old castles and cathedrals
  • Quality hotels, all with pools; superb wine and food
  • Vibrant and wonderfully scented orchards of oranges and peaches

What's included?

  • NEW for 2016
  • 6 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Departs Every two days from 20 Oct '16 to 22 Oct '17
  • All buffet breakfasts and 3 evening meals included
  • Managed locally by Headwater employed representative
  • Sustainability rating: 84%
  • Route notes and maps provided
  • High quality bikes provided
  • Luggage transfers between hotels

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Cycling around the River Ebro

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.

Read press reviews of this holiday in The Press and Journal.

Day-by-day itinerary

Day 1 - Arrive in L’Ampolla

Arrive at your hotel where you'll stay in a sea view room. Eat at the hotel tonight or explore the lively town and choose from one of its seafront restaurants.

Day 2 - L'Ampolla to Tortosa 35km/22mi

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.

Day 3 - At Tortosa

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.

Day 4 - Tortosa to Poble Nou del Delta 36km/22.5mi or 45km/28.5mi

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.

Day 5 - At Poble Nou del Delta

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 Ràpita 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!

Day 6 - Poble Nou del Delta to L'Ampolla 38km/24mi

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.

Day 7 - Leave L’Ampolla

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.

For a longer tour, why not consider combining this with our Contrasts of Catalunya Cycling

Where you stay

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.

Hotel Flamingo, L'Ampolla   (4 star)

Pool at Hotel Flamingo

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.

The hotel does have a restaurant but there is also a variety of restaurants in the town so we have left evening meals free. Breakfast is a large buffet with a hot section. In summer there is also a bar on the terrace.

L’Ampolla itself is a nice and lively fishing town, with coastal paths leading you to small beaches.

Further details on the hotel website, and independent reviews on Trip Advisor.

Local facilities:

  • Mastercard accepted
  • American Express accepted
  • Swimming pool
  • Hairdryer
  • Wifi hotspot
  • Television
  • Minibar
  • Air conditioning
  • Safe

Nearby facilities:

  • Shops
  • Banking / cheques cashed
  • ATM / Cash machine

Parador de Tortosa, Tortosa   (4 star)

Parador de Tortosa

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.

Further details on the hotel website, and independent reviews on Trip Advisor.

Local facilities:

  • Mastercard accepted
  • American Express accepted
  • Swimming pool
  • Hairdryer
  • Wifi hotspot
  • Air conditioning
  • Safe

Nearby facilities:

  • Shops
  • Banking / cheques cashed
  • ATM / Cash machine

Hotel L'Algadir, Poble Nou del Delta   (3 Star)

Hotel Algadir Evening

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.

Further details on the hotel website, and independent reviews on Trip Advisor.

Local facilities:

  • Mastercard accepted
  • Swimming pool
  • Hairdryer
  • Wifi hotspot
  • Television
  • Minibar
  • Air conditioning
  • Safe

Nearby facilities:

  • Shops
  • Banking / cheques cashed
  • ATM / Cash machine

Travel options

Please call our sales team on 1-800-567-6286 or email to arrange flights and connecting transfers to your hotel.

Customer reviews

Everyone who goes on a Headwater holiday will be emailed a link to our post-holiday questionnaire where they can give us an honest assessment of all aspects of their holiday - everything from how quickly we answer the phone to how clean the hotels were - plus, of course, an overall rating and comments about their holiday.

Any feedback collected is posted straight to our website - totally unedited. So, for the real tales, twists and turns of our holidays, look no further than the reviews from our previous travellers.

Reviewed by Mr Moore on 07/10/2016

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 to 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!

Departure dates & prices

October 2016 departuresTour only 
Oct 2$1423
Oct 4$1423
Oct 6$1423
Oct 8$1423
Oct 10$1423
Oct 12$1423
Oct 14$1423
Oct 16$1423
Oct 18$1423
Oct 20$1423
Oct 22$1423
Oct 24$1423
May 2017 departuresTour only 
May 1$1468
May 3$1468
May 5$1468
May 7$1468
May 9$1468
May 11$1468
May 13$1468
May 15$1468
May 17$1468
May 19$1468
May 21$1468
May 23$1547
May 25$1547
May 27$1547
May 29$1547
May 31$1547
June 2017 departuresTour only 
Jun 2$1547
Jun 4$1547
Jun 6$1547
Jun 8$1547
Jun 10$1547
Jun 12$1547
Jun 14$1547
Jun 16$1547
Jun 18$1547
Jun 20$1547
Jun 22$1547
Jun 24$1547
Jun 26$1547
Jun 28$1547
Jun 30$1547
July 2017 departuresTour only 
Jul 2$1642
Jul 4$1642
Jul 6$1642
Jul 8$1642
Jul 10$1642
Jul 12$1642
Jul 14$1642
Jul 16$1642
Jul 18$1642
Jul 20$1642
Jul 22$1642
Jul 24$1642
Jul 26$1642
Jul 28$1642
Jul 30$1642
August 2017 departuresTour only 
Aug 1$1642
Aug 3$1642
Aug 5$1642
Aug 7$1642
Aug 9$1642
Aug 11$1642
Aug 13$1642
Aug 15$1642
Aug 17$1642
Aug 19$1642
Aug 21$1642
Aug 23$1642
Aug 25$1642
Aug 27$1642
Aug 29$1642
Aug 31$1642
September 2017 departuresTour only 
Sep 2$1642
Sep 4$1642
Sep 6$1642
Sep 8$1642
Sep 10$1642
Sep 12$1547
Sep 14$1547
Sep 16$1547
Sep 18$1547
Sep 20$1547
Sep 22$1468
Sep 24$1468
Sep 26$1468
Sep 28$1468
Sep 30$1468
October 2017 departuresTour only 
Oct 2$1378
Oct 4$1378
Oct 6$1378
Oct 8$1378
Oct 10$1378
Oct 12$1378
Oct 14$1378
Oct 16$1378
Oct 18$1378
Oct 20$1378
Oct 22$1378

Holiday details

Holiday type

Self-guided cycling, hotel-to-hotel. Managed locally by Headwater employed rep.


Every two days from 20 Oct '16 to 22 Oct '17, for 7 days (6 nights).


All buffet breakfasts and 3 evening meals included.

Other details

Please see our Planning your holiday and What's included in the price? pages for additional information. Please call us for single room supplements, room upgrade options and child prices.

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