Biking Vacations in Medieval Southern Catalunya


Variety is the spice of life
Southern Catalunya is one of the truly beautiful parts of Catalunya and Spain with so much nature, history and culture. The area starts in Penedès wine country, just south of Barcelona city and extends south into the province of Tarragona, passing through more beautiful and peaceful wine country in the counties of Conca del Barbera, Priorat, Terra Alta and rounding off on the Mediterranean coast in the magnificent Ebro Delta.

Quiet safe roads, excellent surfaces, beautiful scenery
For most of your itinery you will not notice any other road users. Our visitors have been impressed by the respectful attitude of the few motorists they encounter. Excellent road surfaces, rolling countryside intersperced with challenging but not leg-braking climbs and an incredible diversity of stunning landscape make travelling from one county to the other a biker's delight.



Warm welcome, comfort accommodation
Our hotels and hosts have been chosen for their attention to detail, wonderful comfortable (large) beds and scrumptuous kitchen. Every evening you will be able to relax and enjoy comfortable bedrooms and inviting bathrooms. Accommodations will usually have swimming pools and a deck and special balconies to enjoy the atmosphere and scenery.

Wonderful food and wines
The Mediterranean diet is famous for its variety and quality of products, fresh seafood, abundant fruit and vegetables, poultry and game and of course wines. We have built a reputation introducing our visitors to the wines of Catalunya and you won't be disappointed. You will have plenty of opportunity to try the sensational sparkling wines of Penedès, the Rosé wines of La Conca and the world famous reds from Priorat and Montsant, often direct from the producer.

Popular Culture
You will be in the less populated and quiet end of Catalunya so don't expect too many fiestas, but inevitably on weekends there is a lot happening and we will advise you if your itinery and dates coincide with any of the local festivals.


Alongside the Canal of the Ebro Delta

Casual Touring, Guided or Self guided tours
Guided tours include touring bikes & Helmets comfortable 3***rural ensuite accommodation , all breakfasts and lunches, cultural and winery visits, expert fun guide, luggage transfers and back up van, which from time to time, takes the pain out of some longer climbs between the valleys. We use fully equipped Decathlon B-Twin touring bikes with front suspension and comfort gel saddles.

Race/Road Bikes and Gear Options
We arrange rental and purchase of road, racing and mountain bikes on request.
Visitors are welcome to bring their own bikes, pedals and clips
On arrival, we go to our Bike shop and fit you out perfectly with a beautiful new carbon framed bike.
We'll fit your clips/pedals and include helmets and any additional accesories you require.


Planning
Routes are prepared for touring and racing bike with daily distances of between 30 and 120 km
Itineries are mostly rolling country. On some routes there may be some important climbs but we program them usually in the morning.
let us know your preferred distances and type of terrain

El Molí Tours have more than 15 years experience of introducing visitors to our neck of the woods. We live in Penedès, which is our home and base. We keep an eye on the local cultural calendar, so you get in touch with real Southern Catalunya.

Day to Day Program at a glance

Day 1 Arrive in Penedès, bike fitting and settling in
Day 2 The Wines & Cavas of Penedès 20/40km level: easy
Day 3 The Route of the Reconquest, Penedès - Montblanc 60 km level: moderate
Day 4 The Moorish Queen of Siurana, Montblanc – Gratallops, Priorat, 40/80km level: tough
Day 5 The Ebro river and the castle of Miravet, Gratallops - Horta de Sant Joan, 30/80 km level: moderate
Day 6 Picasso’s Highlands, Horta de Sant Joan – Tortosa, the city of 3 cultures 65km level: easy
Day 7 The Ebro Delta, rice paddies and seafood heaven, Tortosa to Eucaliptus beach and l'Ampolla 50km level: easy
Day 8 Transfer from l’Ampolla to Barcelona

Full trip Itinery

Trip highlights

Cycle through 5 wine regions, Penedès, la Conca del Barbera, Priorat, Montsant and Terra Alta

Georgeous landscapes and villages, quiet roads with excellent surfaces

Incredible Catalan food, wine and culture

Our selection of interesting and welcoming comfortable accommodation

Great weather, fabulous routes,

Choice of Touring or carbon fiber Road/race bikes

Choice of 4 day / 3 night and 8 day / 7 night tours

Expert advice and help with arranging arrivals, departures and complementary accommodation and activities

Knowledgeable curators/guides, excellent planning and back up

Accommodation
At the end of each day description you will find links to a selection of accommodations from comfy Bed & Breakfasts, 3 star hotels to historic Paradors and luxury boutique hotels. We recommend you visit their webs, and let us know the ones you prefer. Or you can tell us your preferences and we will select the one that best suits you

Self Guided Tours anytime of the year
4 day / 3 night from 670 euros per person incl.
8 day / 7 night from 1540 euros p.p. incl.

Guided tours 2013
4 day / 3 night
850 euros per person,

8 day / 7 night
1630 euros p.p.

Starting dates for Guided Tours
June 2
June 16
July 7
July 21
Aug 11
Sept 1
Sept 15

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