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Undiscovered Southern Catalunya Cycling

Undiscovered Southern Catalunya Cycling

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Undiscovered Southern Catalunya Cycling

  • Discover the 'real' Spain on off-the beaten- track trails
  • Glorious Via Verde with wonderful mountain scenery
  • The impressive Ebro Delta; scenic riverside trails; ancient monuments
  • Follow in Picasso's footsteps in Horta de Sant Joan
  • Lovely mix of hotels including a 4-star hotel with sea views, a C10 castle and a charming Casa Rural
  • Holiday typeSelf-guided cycling
  • Duration8 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From $1750 per person, tour only
  • Holiday details
  • Departs Every two days from 14 Oct '17 to 22 Oct '17
  • All buffet breakfasts and 6 evening meals included
  • Managed locally by Headwater employed representative
  • Sustainability rating: 88%
  • GPS route navigation provided
  • High quality bikes provided
  • Luggage transfers between hotels


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Every day is different on this eight night holiday which sees you enjoy wonderful, tranquil cycling on a mixture of quiet roads, riverside paths and the historic Via Verde, a traffic-free cycle track along the route of the old Vine Cutter railway line, affording superb views of mountains, gorges and waterfalls. You'll take in historic towns and villages, breathtaking vistas of the Montsia and Els Ports mountains and wonderfully scented groves of oranges, peaches and olives.

Your holiday begins on the beautiful seafront in the delta town of L'Ampolla, with its gorgeous little beaches and great selection of restaurants. You'll then pass peach and orange orchards, bursting with colour, as you head to Tortosa, a Templar city dating back over 2000 years. There's plenty of history and culture to absorb on this holiday - your next stop is the hilltop town of Horta de Sant Joan, one of the most picturesque towns in the Terra Alta region with its warren of mediaeval streets, artisan feel and spellbinding mountain backdrop. Be sure to visit the Picasso Museum, home to several of the artist's works which he painted when he lived in the town, greatly inspired by the imposing Santa Barbara and Els Ports mountains. After a tranquil cycle on the Via Verde you'll visit a series of lively local towns, including El Pinell de Brai, home to one of the most impressive wine cellars built by Cesar Martinell. Your last day takes you on a superb ride past vines and orange groves to the coast and the charming village of El Perello - end your holiday in style with a dip in the crystal-clear waters.

We've hand-picked a great variety of hotels for you. You'll enjoy two 4-star hotels - the Hotel Flamingo in L'Ampolla with its enviable seafront location and the Parador de Tortosa, situated within an impressive C10 castle. You'll then experience the family-run charm of the Hotel Les Capcades in mediaeval Horta de Sant Joan, with superb views of the Santa Barbara mountain and great food in a choice of two restaurants, while Miravet's Els Canterers is a quality Casa Rural set in the heart of the Catalan countryside.

Read more about this holiday in The Australian, Mail On Sunday and The Press and Journal.

Day-by-day itinerary

Day 1 - Arrive in L’Ampolla

Arrive at your hotel which overlooks the harbour. You could eat at the hotel tonight or in one of the bustling town's great seafront restaurants. (Staying at Hotel Flamingo, Breakfast only)

Day 2 - L'Ampolla to Tortosa 34km/21.5mi

Today's route takes you inland, passing charming working villages and the C12 hermitage of Aldea before cycling through olive groves and citrus orchards to impressive Tortosa and your C10 castle for the next two nights. (Staying at Parador de Tortosa, Half board)

Day 3 - At Tortosa

Today you can discover the ancient walls and monuments of Tortosa, a Templar city dating back 2000 years. Visit the Jewish quarter and take in the impressive Gothic Cathedral of Santa Maria. Fancy going further afield? Tarragona can be reached by train - a jumble of cobbled streets with an impressive amphitheatre overlooking the sea. (Staying at Parador de Tortosa, Half board)

Day 4 - Tortosa to Horta de Sant Joan 51km/32mi

Leaving Tortosa, you'll cycle alongside the River Ebro and through pine-scented forests, passing the quaint town of Xerta and its old railway station. Following the old railway line, which is now an impressive Via Verde for cyclists and walkers, you'll enjoy incredible views of mountains, green gorges and bubbling streams. After passing the old Benifallet railway station with its welcoming bar and cafe, the track climbs up to the Terra Alta region. You'll arrive at Horta de Sant Joan and the beautiful, rustic Hotel Les Capcades - your home for the next 2 nights. (Staying at Hotel les Capcades, Half board)

Day 5 - At Horta de Sant Joan

You have lots of options today. Continue on the Via Verde and stop off at the pretty village of Arnes or continue the rather steep climb, past a pretty waterfall, to the Refuge of Mas de Damia in neighbouring Aragon; discover the beautiful convent of St Salvador, nestled at the foot of the imposing Santa Barbara mountain; or walk in the footsteps of Picasso who honed his craft in this charming town, spending much of his time in the nearby Els Ports mountain range. (Staying at Hotel les Capcades, Half board)

Day 6 - Horta de Sant Joan to Miravet 40km/25mi

Today, you'll travel on the Via Verde to the town of Bot, from where you'll cycle along rural roads, passing curious rock formations, orange trees, olives and vineyards. Then it's on to El Pinell de Brai with its impressive Cathedral of Wine, before an exhilarating downhill run into Miravet, where you'll receive a warm welcome at your charming Casa Rural for the next 2 nights. (Staying at Els Canteres, Half board)

Day 7 - At Miravet

The choice is yours today. Cycle along rural roads with peach-orchard views to visit the charming Mora d'Ebre; follow the GR99 walking path along the Ebro River or one of the many trails that lead you above the river; or visit the Templar castle which perches above the charming old town of Miravet, before relaxing with a drink at a riverside bar. History lovers can take advantage of a number of walking paths which criss-cross the site of the Battle of the Ebro - the longest and largest battle of the Spanish Civil War. (Staying at Els Canteres, Half board)

Day 8 - Miravet to L'Ampolla 38km/24mi

Leaving Miravet behind, you cross the Ebro on a traditional boat bridge today, before passing the charming town of Rasquera. It's then a lovely long ride down to the coast, taking in wonderful views of mountains and olive trees. You'll ride through the town of El Perello - perhaps enjoy a dip in the sea at El Perello Mar - before rolling into L'Ampolla for your last night in the Hotel Flamingo. (Staying at Hotel Flamingo, Breakfast only)

Day 9 - 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.

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)

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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.

Find out more on the hotel website and read customer reviews on Tripadvisor.

Room upgrades are not available at this hotel.

Dates Double Room Single Room
01/05/2018 - 30/06/2018 £45 £70
01/07/2018 - 31/07/2018 £51 £91
01/08/2018 - 31/08/2018 £61 £112
01/09/2018 - 30/09/2018 £45 £70
01/10/2018 - 31/10/2018 £38 £63

All prices shown above are valid from 13/10/2017. Prices are per person per night on a Bed & Breakfast basis. Bike hire is not included in the above prices.

Parador de Tortosa, Tortosa (4 Star)

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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.

Find out more on the hotel website and read customer reviews on Tripadvisor.

Room upgrades are not available at this hotel.

Dates Double Room Single Room
01/05/2018 - 31/10/2018 £110 £171

All prices shown above are valid from 13/10/2017. Prices are per person per night on a Half Board basis. Bike hire is not included in the above prices.

Hotel Les Capçades, Horta de Sant Joan (3 Star)

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The Hotel Les Capçades is a new hotel but built in an old farmhouse style. The rooms are all large with superb bathrooms and there is a small indoor pool. The hotel is set in olive groves with great views of the mountains.

Find out more on the hotel website and read customer reviews on Tripadvisor.

Room upgrades are not available at this hotel.

Dates Double Room Single Room
01/05/2018 - 31/10/2018 £78 £115

All prices shown above are valid from 13/10/2017. Prices are per person per night including an evening meal. Bike hire is not included in the above prices.

Els Canterers Casa Rural, Miravet (2 Acorn)

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Els Canterers is charming Casa Rural, originally a potters house from the early C19. The rooms and house have been tastefully decorated to a high standard and are of a good size. The hotel has a small garden and a relaxing lounge complete with honesty bar. It is located a 10 minute walk from the beautiful village of Miravet.

Find out more on the hotel website and read customer reviews on Tripadvisor.

Room upgrades are not available at this hotel.

Dates Double Room Single Room
01/05/2018 - 31/10/2018 £61 £76

All prices shown above are valid from 13/10/2017. Prices are per person per night on a half board basis. Bike hire is not included in the above prices.

Extending your stay

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.

Gallery Hotel , Barcelona (****)

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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.

Find out more on the hotel website and read customer reviews on Tripadvisor.

Room upgrades are not available at this hotel.

Please contact us for extra night prices.

Travel

Transfers included from Aldea Amposta train station at 16:33, and back to Aldea Amposta train station at 13:30.

Please call our sales team on 1-800-567-6286 or email info@breakaway-adventures.com to arrange connecting flights.

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.


Mr Morgan
03/06/2017

Best rep we have ever had - like a guardian angel - contributed greatly to our enjoyment of the holiday. Breathtakingly beautiful countryside. Cycling was challenging in parts but thoroughly enjoyable. The only problem we had - for which there is probably no solution - was how late at night the spanish eat. In the height of summer. This might be exacerbated by the fact that it may be advisable to start out quite early in the morning to avoid the heat of the day and then to have dinner starting at 9pm might be problematic.


Mrs Cunningham
26/09/2016

As first time cycling holiday, this was the perfect option for us. Travelling between hotels was really interesting and we could go at our own pace. On our first day it took us 4.5hours to cover just 20km due to a bird-watching husband. Our final ride back into L'Ampolla was substantially quicker! Each part of the holiday was a different experience as we moved from river delta to plain and into the mountains. We enjoyed the variety of hotels too.


Mr Harrison
05/07/2016

We had a fantastic time in Catalunya. The route and scenery were magnificent. The areas that you took us to were away from the regular tourist routes.We were able to absorb the culture and enjoy being with the local people.


Mrs Hughes
29/06/2016

Great blend of good hotels and cycling with enough time for relaxation too. It was just what we needed for an active but relaxing holiday in a lovely part of Spain. Well organised and the rep was very helpful and really personalised the experience for us - for example by working with us to adjust the final days route including picking us up from the hotel and driving us to the start.


Mrs Gee
27/06/2016

We knew from previous experience that the holiday itself would be great. This time we also experienced the highly professional, efficient and supportive nature of all the Headwater personnel in dealing with a string of unforeseen travel problems.

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Holiday details

Children
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Holiday type
Self-guided cycling Managed locally by Headwater appointed rep.

Departures
Every two days from 18th Oct 2017 to 22nd Oct 2018, for 8 nights.

Meals
All buffet breakfasts and 6 evening meals included

Tailor-made travel

Tour only
Transfers included from Aldea Amposta train station at 16:33, and back to Aldea Amposta train station at 13:30.

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