Spain : Catalonia

Cycling the Mediterranean Coast in Spain

Trip code: C07MC

Guided group cycling

7 nights,
hotel-to-hotel

Level: 2
Moderate

SUMMARY

  • Operated by our sister company, Exodus
  • Discover the culturally rich cities of Barcelona and Valencia
  • Cycle coastal routes and along car-free paths reserved for bike riders and walkers
  • Indulge in regional culinary delights
  • Enjoy several opportunities to swim in the Mediterranean Sea

WHAT'S INCLUDED?

  • 7 nights accommodation
  • All breakfasts
  • Management by our sister company, Exodus
  • Comprehensive route directions
  • Tour leader thoughout
  • Bike hire included
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Airport transfers

TRIP DESCRIPTION

Explore the Mediterranean coast on this week-long guided adventure on two wheels. We cycle the entire stretch from Barcelona down to Valencia, and at the end of each cycling day, we get the chance to enjoy a dip in the Mediterranean Sea as we stay in a different seafront hotel each night. Offering a fantastic mix of cycling lanes and quiet paved roads, this trip only includes four short transfers on the cycling days, so you really get a sense of accomplishment cycling the entire coastline from Barcelona to Valencia.

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DAY-BY-DAY ITINERARY

 

Day 1: Start Barcelona

We start the trip in Barcelona, a captivating city of quirky landmarks and excellent cuisine. Our cycling starts tomorrow but the adventure begins immediately as we take advantage of our time here with a guided walking tour. Stops include La Rambla, La Boqueria Market, the Christopher Columbus statue, Barcelona Cathedral and the Gothic Quarter. After, we get to know each other a little better with a trip briefing and our first meal as a group.

You stay at Selected hotels.

hotel details

Hotels,


We spend seven nights in three-to-four-star hotels, each chosen for their comfort and location. Some hotels have a swimming pool and/or sea view. Examples of hotels used:

Barcelona: Hotel Catalonia Sagrada Familia

Altafulla: Hotel Altafulla Mar

L’Ampollla: Hotel Flamingo

Sant Carles de la Rapita: Hotel Miami Mar

Alcossebre: Gran Hotel Las Fuentes

El Grau de Castello: Hotel Doña Lola

Valencia: Hotel Olympia Universidades


Day 2: Transfer to Sitges; cycle to Altafulla (48KM)

After breakfast, we have a transfer (approximately one hour) to Sitges where we adjust our bikes before we start cycling by the coast. We explore some of Sitges, cutting through the cobbled streets and along the promenade before we start a gentle climb through a forest to get to Vilanova i la Geltru, where we stop for a well-deserved coffee. Afterwards we enjoy lunch at one of the many great restaurants along the way with sea-view tables. We then jump back on the bike and join the national road leading us to the Arc de Bera, which marks the Via Augusta connecting all the cities the Roman Empire controlled. Our destination today is the medieval town of Altafulla. This evening, we have a guided walking tour, visiting the castle and the main square, Placa del Pou, where there is a sculpture called Castell depicting an eight-person-high human tower.

Day 3: Transfer to Salou; cycle to L'Ampolla (47KM)

We start with a transfer (approximately 30 minutes) this morning to cross the city of Tarragona and begin cycling in the coastal town of Salou. We ride along the promenade in Salou and Cambrils until we join a road running parallel to the coast. We have another transfer (approximately 10 minutes) to avoid pedalling past a nuclear power station. After lunch, we cycle to the picturesque fishing village of L'Ametlla de Mar and enjoy a quick break before our final stretch on the saddle. Our ride ends in the seaside town of L'Ampolla, known for having lovely beaches and great restaurants. As we are staying at a beachfront hotel, you have the chance for a swim in the sea or in the hotel pool.

Day 4: Cycle the Ebro Delta to Sant Carles de la Rapita (50KM)

The highlight today is riding through the Ebro Delta National Park, the largest wetland area in Catalonia and home to more than 300 bird species. We cycle alongside canals that travel through rice fields and lagoons. Our first stop is the town of Deltebre, where we enjoy a coffee before crossing the Ebro river, situated in the middle of the delta. When we reach Tancada Lagoon, we admire and take pictures of all the flamingos, plus other birds, such as gulls, marine crows and ducks.

When we leave the delta, we take a coastal route in the afternoon to reach the picturesque fishing town of Sant Carles de la Rapita and enjoy time to relax at the beach or the hotel pool.

Day 5: Cycle to Alcossebre via Sierra de Irta Natural Park (58KM)

Today we enter the Valencia region and enjoy the most scenic day as we cycle through Sierra de Irta Natural Park. We ride mainly next to the coast and pass through the fishing town of Les Cases d'Alcanar where we find the remains of two defensive bunkers from the Spanish Civil War. We stop for lunch in Peniscola and get a chance to explore the old streets and white houses surrounding the castle. After lunch, we enter Sierra de Irta Natural Park and ride on a bumpy dirt track with a few short, steep climbs. This is a truly spectacular section: an unspoiled stretch of coastline offering Mediterranean Sea views while cycling through forest.

Day 6: Cycle along a car-free path to El Grau de Castello (56KM)

Today we continue cycling south along the coast, mostly using cycling paths and enjoying inspiring views of beautiful sandy beaches along the way. We pass through the Parque Natural del Prat de Cabanes-Torreblanca, one of the most unspoiled wetlands in the Valencia region. Once we have reached the town of Oropesa, we use a car-free cycling path that runs along the coast and includes a few short tunnels. We stop in Benicassim and have lunch at one of the many restaurants with sea-view terraces. After, we continue using cycling lanes but head inland to reach our destination for the night, El Grau de Castello.

Day 7: Cycle to Valencia (30KM)

On our last day of cycling, we start with a transfer (approximately one hour) to Playa Puzol on the outskirts of Valencia. From here, we jump on our bikes and take modern cycling lanes passing typical vegetable orchards growing the delicious produce used in the classic local paella. When we arrive in Valencia, we enjoy a guided cycling tour of the city, which includes stops at the City of Arts and Sciences, the Quart and Serranos towers, and the central market. It ends in the old neighbourhood of El Cabanal, where we have lunch. After, we check into our hotel for a chance to shower, before we head into the city to enjoy our last group meal and reflect on an incredible week of cycling.

Day 8: End Valencia; transfer to Barcelona airport

Our adventure ends with a transfer (approximately four hours) from Valencia to Barcelona airport. If you've still got the appetite for more exploration, speak to your sales representative to book further nights in our Valencia or Barcelona hotel.

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These tour only prices are based on two people sharing. Single supplement from £440.

These flight inclusive prices are based on two people sharing. Single supplement from £440.

OPTIONAL UPGRADES
  • Flights from London Gatwick to Barcelona with Easyjet
  • Other flights, including regional departures
  • Alternative flights, including regional departures
  • Upgrade to e-bike
TRAVEL DETAILS

Our aim is to provide holidays that are unbeatable for choice and flexibility. We've listed our most popular travel options below, however you aren't limited to these - we can tailor-make virtually any holiday to suit.

Air prices include our standard flights/transfers
Out: EasyJet London Gatwick to Barcelona Airport, then transfer to first hotel in Barcelona. Return: Transfer from last hotel in Valencia to Barcelona Airport, then EasyJet Barcelona to London Gatwick

Alternative Air Travel
Alternative flights, onward rail to your holiday area, and connecting private transfers can be arranged from most UK airports. If you would like to use one of the many 'low cost' airlines, we can book these on your behalf. We can also book UK shuttles to connect with your onward flight, please call for details and prices.

Alternative transfers
If you require alternative transfers (because you will be arriving at a different time to our standard flights), then we can usually arrange these for you (there may be an additional charge).

To find out more about the travel options available call our sales team on 01606 720199, use our live webchat (we open again 9am tomorrow) or email sales@headwater.com

Should you require overnight airport accommodation, airport parking or even a uniformed chauffeur to take your car from your departure terminal and park it for you, we can arrange this for you through Holiday Extras. You can book airport parking, airport hotels and executive lounges through their website or contact us for further details. Early booking is recommended to obtain the best availability and prices.

REVIEWS

very prompt and informative

Susan Turner, 3 Jan 2024

Helpful and very pleasant people to deal with. I felt that my individual needs and requirements were being given attention, a really personal service.

Catherine, 9 Oct 2023



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Guided group cycling

7 nights,
hotel-to-hotel

Level: 2
Moderate

7 nights from £2299

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Call: 01606 720199

 

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