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Contrasts of the River Ebro Cycling

Contrasts of the River Ebro Cycling

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Contrasts of the River Ebro Cycling

  • The Terres de l'Ebre region was named in the 2016 top 100 sustainable destinations in the world
  • An incredible mix of scenery: welcoming coves, paddy fields, salt marshes, an imposing river, quaint working towns and beautiful cathedrals
  • Stunning mountain vistas at every turn
  • Delicious local produce: wonderful seafood, tasty meats, fresh fruit and superb Terra Alta wines
  • Holiday typeSelf-guided cycling
  • Duration10 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From $2135 per person, tour only
  • Holiday details
  • Departs Every two days from 1 May '18 to 20 Oct '18
  • All buffet breakfasts and 8 evening meals included
  • Managed locally by Headwater employed representative
  • Sustainability rating: 85%
  • GPS route navigation provided
  • High quality bikes provided
  • Luggage transfers between hotels


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Boasting two historically-rich provincial capitals, southern Catalunya is idyllic and rural - rich in birdlife, wetlands and rice fields - as well as a gorgeous coastline. The Costa Daurada coastline stretches from just north of Tarragona to the Delta de l'Ebre - with a wonderful mix of country, riverside and coastal trails, the Terres de l'Ebre UNESCO Biosphere Reserve has two national parks and 88 miles of coastline, perfect for exploring by bike.

This 10-night holiday takes you on a journey through the beautiful Terres de l'Ebre region. You start at the gateway to Ebro Delta, L'Ampolla, a charming fisherman's town, sitting on the glistening Mediterranean Sea. You pass through Ebro Delta, the second most important wetlands in Europe, glimpsing some of the 300+ species of birds. Don your binoculars and get up close with nature, taking in bird-filled lagoons, smelling the scented sea lavender and Zygophyllum Album and visiting peaceful nature reserves.

You then follow the lifeblood of the region, the Ebro River; from the new towns of the Delta you arrive at the renaissance city of Tortosa. Enjoy stunning vistas of the Els Ports National Park and visit Horta San Joan, the birthplace of cubism! You'll follow in young Picasso's footsteps before heading into wine country, passing vineyards and wine towns, perhaps stopping in one of the cathedrals of wine.

You'll stay in a mix of accommodation from Spain's first 'green' hotel, a stylish boutique hotel in the Delta, a C10 castle, superb newly-built farmhouse and a quaint casa rural.

Day-by-day itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in L'Ampolla

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

Day 2 L'Ampolla to Poble Nou del Delta 41km/26mi

Leaving the charming town of L'Ampolla behind you head through the Ebro Delta passing Bassa de les Olles, the smallest lagoon in the Delta, bursting with birdlife. Take views of La Fangar lighthouse as you pass a tiny fishing port. Crossing the Ebro where the towns of Deltebre and San Jaume de Enveja are now joined by the new bridge, you follow the river to the beautiful beach at L'Eucaliptus, passing La Tancada reservoir on your way to the beautiful boutique hotel in Poble Nou del Delta. (Staying at the Hotel l'Algadir, Half Board)

Day 3 At Poble Nou del Delta

Today, relax by the pool and enjoy a gentle stroll around the village, or follow one of the many cycle routes around the Delta. Our favourite is the circular one, of La Tancada and El Clot reservoirs, taking in the sheer amount of birds. En route, call in to MonNatura, the Delta's well-designed discovery centre. (Staying at the Hotel l'Algadir, Half Board)

Day 4 Poble Nou del Delta to Tortosa 44km/27.5mi

Leaving the Delta behind you pick up the Ebro River and follow it to the old port town and gateway to the Delta, Amposta. Here you'll find a new museum charting the history of the river. Following one of the many canals fed by the Ebro, you'll pass the Torre de la Carrova and orchards of oranges and peaches with Els Ports mountain range in the background. You join the river again in impressive Tortosa, where it's a short climb to your C10 castle, your abode for the next two nights. (Staying at the Parador de Tortosa, Half Board)

Day 5 At Tortosa

Tortosa is a Templar walled city dating back 2,000 years, drenched in history and culture. Today you can discover the ancient walls and monuments, and immerse yourself in the old part of the town. Admire the Roman Portal, located near Cinta Square, visit the Jewish Quarter, and take in the impressive Gothic Cathedral of Santa Maria. There are some great photo opportunities here. And if you fancy going further out, Tarragona can easily be reached by train - marvel at its jumble of cobbled streets with impressive amphitheatre overlooking the sea. (Staying at the Parador de Tortosa, Half Board)

Day 6 Tortosa to Horta de Sant Joan 51km/32mi

Passing the quaint town of Xerta and its old railway station, today you'll cycle alongside the River Ebro and through pine-scented forests. 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. You'll pass the old Benifallet railway station with its welcoming bar and cafe, before the track climbs up to the Terra Alta region. Your home for the next two nights is in the village of Horta de Sant Joan in the beautiful, rustic Hotel Les Capcades. (Staying at the Hotel Les Capcades, Half board)

Day 7 At Horta de Sant Joan

Today you can either 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. Picasso honed his craft in this charming town and spent much of his time in the nearby Els Ports mountain range. The beautiful convent of St Salvador awaits you, which is nestled at the foot of the imposing Santa Barbara mountain. (Staying at the Hotel les Capcades, Half Board)

Day 8 Horta de Sant Joan to Miravet 40km/25mi

Today you'll continue 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 two nights. (Staying at the Els Canteres Casa Rural, Half Board)

Day 9 At Miravet

Today you can choose to cycle along rural roads with views of peach orchards to visit charming Mora d'Ebre. From here you can follow the GR99 walking path along the Ebro River or one of the many trails that lead you above the river. Alternatively, visit the Templar castle that perches above the charming old town of Miravet, before relaxing with a drink at a riverside bar. If you're interested in history, you can enjoy a number of walking paths that criss-cross the site of the Battle of the Ebro, the longest and largest battle of the Spanish Civil War. (Staying at the Els Canteres Casa Rural, Half Board)

Day 10 Miravet to L'Ampolla 38km/24mi

You'll cross the Ebro on a traditional boat bridge today, before passing the delightful town of Rasquera. From here it's a lovely long ride down to the coast, taking in wonderful views of mountains and olive trees. Ride through the town of El Perello - perhaps dipping your toes in the sea at El Perello Mar - before rolling into L'Ampolla for your last night in the Hotel Flamingo. (Staying at the Hotel Flamingo, Breakfast only)

Day 11 Leave L'Ampolla

Please note that cycling helmets are a legal requirement in Spain. As we cannot provide these, we strongly recommend 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

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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 15/11/2017. Prices are per person per night on a Bed & Breakfast basis. Bike hire is not included in the above 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.

Dates Superior Room Double Room with View Junior Suite
01/05/2018 - 22/10/2018 £5 £7 £30

All prices shown above are valid from 18/11/2017. Supplements are per per person per night based on 2 sharing.

Dates Double/Twin Room Single Room
01/05/2018 - 30/06/2018 £72 £92
01/07/2018 - 31/08/2018 £90 £130
01/09/2018 - 31/10/2018 £72 £92

All prices shown above are valid from 18/11/2017. Prices are per person per night on a half board basis. Please reduce by �22.00 per person per night based on a bed and breakfast basis. Bike hire is not included in the above 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 Les Capcades, Horta de Sant Joan

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The Hotel Les Capcades 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.

Please contact us for extra night prices.

Els Canterers Casa Rural, Miravet

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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.

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.

Travel

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

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.


Mrs Harbottle
03/10/2017

An interesting mix of scenery around the Ebro - including the most cycle friendly main road bridge we've ever seen. We were pleased we'd packed binoculars to enjoy the great spread of delta wetlands, and a visit to the interpretation centre was well worthwhile. The long trek up the via verde from Tortosa to Horta san Joan was memorable: incredible engineering feat from the original railway builders. We lost count of the tunnels, but most were well surfaced with some lighting. The views were spe... read morectacular, but safely fenced off. Last day returning to the coast was, surprisingly, the least enjoyable - almost all road with few attractive rest points and a long uphill. A typically Headwater mix of size and specification of hotels, all with some memorably good aspects. We did know that meals would be late by UK standards, but still found this hard to reconcile with our ideal cycling timetable. The rep was excellent - adaptable and skilled. Glad to have spent time in rural Catalonia seeing the flags and t-shirts on ordinary homes and cheerful families before the area hit the headlines.


Mrs Mccartney
09/09/2017

A variety of landscape - coastal, riverside and rolling orchards and vines - with much of the cycling off-road. The steady climb up to Horta was challenging, but worth the effort.

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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 1st May 2018 to 22nd Oct 2018, for 10 nights.

Meals
All buffet breakfasts and 8 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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