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Cycling around the River Ebro

Cycling around the River Ebro

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  • Holiday typeSelf-guided cycling
  • Duration6 nights
  • Accommodationhotel-to-hotel
  • Activity level
  • From $1485per person, tour only
  • What your holiday price includes
  • 6 nights hotel-to-hotel accommodation in a mix of and hotels
  • All buffet breakfasts and 4 evening meals
  • Services of your local Headwater Representative
  • GPS route directions and maps
  • RideWithGPS navigation app
  • High quality hybrid bikes
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Optional Upgrades
  • Room upgrades and extra nights at selected hotels
  • Excellent choice for
  • Flora & fauna, bird spotting opportunities, swimming opportunities, solo travellers, couples, families, coastal routes, lake & river routes
      from 12 reviews

Mrs Hill says...
Moderate activity in an unfamiliar and rewarding area with comfortable accomodation
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Cycling around the River Ebro

  • 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

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° degree 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 more about this holiday in Retiremove, YL Holidays, Mail on Sunday and The London Economic.

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Day-by-day itinerary

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Day 1 Arrive in L'Ampolla

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)

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

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)

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. (Staying at Parador de Tortosa, Half Board)

Day 4 Tortosa to Poble Nou del Delta 37km/23.5mi

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. (Staying at Hotel l'Algadir, Half Board)

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 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)

Day 6 Poble Nou del Delta to L'Ampolla 35km/22mi

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)

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.

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. 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.

To find out more call our sales team on 1-800-267-3347, use our live webchat or email usa@exodustravels.com

Hotel Flamingo, L'Ampolla

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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.

DatesSea view roomJunior Suite
01/05/2018 - 30/06/2018£6£18
01/07/2018 - 31/07/2018£6£16
01/08/2018 - 31/08/2018£6£22
01/09/2018 - 30/09/2018£6£18
01/10/2018 - 31/10/2018£6£16

All prices shown above are valid from 28/11/2017. Prices are per person per night based on 2 sharing.

Please contact us for extra night prices.

Parador de Tortosa, Tortosa

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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.

Please contact us for extra night prices.

Hotel L'Algadir, Poble Nou del Delta

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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.

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

DatesSuperior RoomDouble Room with ViewJunior Suite
01/05/2018 - 22/10/2018£5£7£30

All prices shown above are valid from 25/05/2018. Supplements are per per person per night based on 2 sharing.

Please contact us for extra night 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 centre of Barcelona, the Gallery Hotel has 25 years of experience to take care of you during your stay. The rooms are bright and have 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.


Please call our sales team on 1-800-267-3347 or email usa@exodustravels.com to arrange flights and connecting transfers to your hotel.


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Mrs Hill, 27/09/2018

Moderate activity in an unfamiliar and rewarding area with comfortable accomodation

Mrs Tallis, 16/09/2018

A relaxing holiday cycling gently through the paddy fields of the `Ebro delta. We saw birds we have only seen in Easter Africa, before! Hotels were comfortable and welcoming.

Mr Carslaw, 14/09/2018

Very pleasant, interesting location, would have liked more time in Tortosa. Hotels were all very comfortable and well located. Bicycle quality is excellent and the GPS voice navigation system works well-much better than looking at a map.

Mr Lewis, 15/06/2018

This was an excellent holiday in a beautiful, remarkable and little-visited area. We've done a lot of cycling holidays and this was one of the best. The cycling is easy and straightforward, and all the accommodation is good, but the best bit is the Ebro delta area itself. It's a treasure! Lovely river and canals. Majestic mountains in the background. Fascinating irrigation systems for the rice-growing fields. Wonderful plants, trees, fruits, flowers... Interesting, well-established towns and friendly people. We made lots of friends on this holiday. It's a bird-watcher's paradise. We're not bird-watchers, but did much enjoy the variety of birds we saw. Was wonderful to see so many flamingos - some grazing the wetlands, and some flying not far from us. Booking this holiday was a bit of a gamble as it's such an unfamiliar area and we weren't really sure what to expect, but it's terrific. A marvellous experience. We'd utterly recommend it!

Mr Myers, 11/06/2018

Rep could not be more helpful. Hotels were all different which provided variety. Cycle ride grading was accurate.

Mrs Scurfield, 19/10/2017

An easy and relaxed cycling holiday on fairly flat terrain in a fertile River delta full of orchards, market gardening, and rice growing as well as being an absolute mecca for coastal bird watchers, particularly if you want to see flamingos. An unusual landscape with the merit of being between the Mediterranean and a huge river.

Mr Crooks, 13/09/2017

Excellent trip. We would have liked more information on places passed through on the cycling trips. The hotels were very good, although we enjoyed the smaller more intimate hostels stayed on previous trips. Triona was an excellent rep, and this added greatly to our enjoyment.

Miss Oates, 31/07/2017

A relaxed holiday with gentle cycling, excellent bird watching, good accommodation and lovely food.

Mr Duncan, 27/06/2017

An enjoyable cycling holiday, with an easily achievable itinerary. GPS route notes make cycling much easier than following a map and printed guide notes.

Mrs Mann, 26/10/2016

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.

Mr Moore, 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!

Mrs Feaviour, 15/09/2016

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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Oct 2018 Tour only Availability
20th Oct US$1485 Check availability
22nd Oct US$1485 Check availability

The prices quoted for each individual departure supercede those published in our current brochures. Air prices are subject to change and we advise early booking to obtain the best prices. Please see our Planning your holiday and What's included in the price? pages for additional information.

Holiday details

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

Every two days from 20th Oct 2018 to 22nd Oct 2018, for 6 nights.

All buffet breakfasts and 4 evening meals

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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