Costa Daurada Self Guided Road Cycling Tour
- A fantastic self -guided tour packed with tradional Spainsh history, cuture and spectacular scenery
- Stay is some of the best hotels in the area, including staying in a 15th century monastry hotel
- Ride through traffic free roads and beautiful vineyards
This self guided road cycling tour is ideal for all types of cyclist, from beginners to advanced and takes advantage of the superb traffic free roads that this beautiful area has to offer.
The area of Catalonia is just oozing with Spainsh traditional culture, including some of the best vineyards in Spain and an amazing collection of heritage and architecture, from the Roman city of Tarraco, Tarragona to the unique working monastry of Poblet set within the majestic mountains.
This exciting cycling adventure will deliver a real sense of Spainsh traditions combined with a quaility cycling experience. We have selected some unique hotels to stay in that offer, great food and amazing locations, not to mention some warm Spainsh hospitality.
This cycling tour will take your through El Priorat, Siurana, Prades, Poblet, El Montsant, Escaladei, Gandesa, Horta de Sant Joan, Els Ports, El Pinell de Brai or Miravet? Places full of history, culture and tradition, some of which are authentic symbols of southern Catalonia.
- 7 Nights 4* Accommodation (Half Board)
- Private Airport Transfers
- GPS satnav with 20 pre-loaded routes
- Printed routes and technical sheets
- Support call out number
- Daily transport of luggage
- Parking for bikes
- Welcome pack
- Mollydoo Cycling Jersey
What's Not Included
- Flights (We Can Arrange)!
- Travel Insurance
- Meals outside of the hotel arrangements
We have carefully selected some of the best accommodation in the area that showcases this beautiful area of outstanding natural beauty, included in this package are 5 hotels, Hotel Tryp Port Cambrils, Poblet Monastery Guesthouse, Hotel Cal Llop, Mon Rural Aparthotel and Hotel Hostal Sport.
Your first night will be in Cambrils, a popular resort with a spectacular harbour and sea front. From then on you will experience some spectacular and beautiful rural hotels situated in the heart of the Costa Daurada mountains. All of which provide breathtaking views of the natural beauty that surrounds this traffic free area.
Ride Itinerary & Useful Info
After a short flight from the UK, you will arrive at Reus airport. The transfer time is approx 20 mins from Reus which will take you to your hotel in Cambrils.
Ride 1: Cambrils to Poblet
The road from Cambrils to Poblet via La Mussara will provide you with some excellent views and a chance to get your cycling legs warmed up on the 10.5-km climb from Vilaplana to La Mussara, at an altitude of nearly 1,000 m. On the way, you will have some magnificent views of the Camp de Tarragona plain, stretched out below you. A stop for coffee (or a beer) in the red village of Prades (also at about 1,000 m) is a must. Then you have a little bit more climbing to do before enjoying a 15-km descent down into Poblet, the renowned Cistercian monastery and UNESCO Human Heritage Site.
L’Espluga de Francolí is just a couple of kilometers from the monastery and it is the home of the first of our “cathedrals of wine” – the Art Nouveau buildings built for different wine cooperatives in the area. You can either go straight there or leave your bike at the monastery and, after a relaxing shower, either walk or take a taxi to visit the village and its winery.
Your accommodation will be in the austere (no TV in the rooms) but comfortable monastery guesthouse.
Ride 2: Poblet to Gratallops
Just after leaving Poblet, you begin a long, gentle climb that will bring us to Prades, at an altitude of 1,000 m. From here, you can enjoy a long descent of almost 14 km, until just before you reach the village of Cornudella, you will turn left to begin the climb to the hilltop village of Siurana – one of the most beautiful in Catalonia. This climb is not long but it does have a couple of short sections where the slope can be up to 17%!
After visiting this picturesque village and perhaps enjoying a cold beer at the refuge bar overlooking the road up, you will head back down to Cornudella, home to one of the lesser exemplars of our cathedrals of wine. From here, you will begin the climb to La Morera del Montsant, where you can enjoy fantastic views of the Montsant massif. Then it’s downhill past Escala Dei, home of the Carthusian priory that gives El Priorat its name (priorat = priory), to La Vilella Baixa, known jokingly as the New York of El Priorat (because of the tall houses). Then, it’s a final 3-km climb to our destination in Gratallops.
Ride 3: Gratallops to Miravet
From Gratallops, you will cycle towards Cabacés, along a picturesque road, continuing on to climb to a small coll, which will us bring down the other side to the banks of the Ebro River. You cross the river at Ascó and then climb up toward the Terra Alta County and its capital – Gandesa, home of another of our Art Nouveau cooperative wineries.
Before Gandesa, you will pass through Corbera d’Ebre, where you can visit the old ruined village, destroyed by the Spanish Civil War, and the interpretative centre in the “new” village. Just beyond Gandesa, is Pinell de Brai, home to the maximum exponent of these Art Nouveau cathedrals of wine. From Pinell de Brai, you gradually descend to Miravet. Miravet is known for its Templar castle overlooking the Ebro River.
You will be staying in Benissanet, just 4 km past Miravet.
Ride 4: Miravet to Falset
Today’s cycling route takes us upriver toward Mora d’Ebre, capital of Ribera d’Ebre County, and on to the village of Garcia. After Garcia, you are back in El Priorat again and will start a reasonably gentle climb up to El Molar. Then it’s down again, crossing the Siurana River and up to El Masroig.
The wine cooperative is one of the biggest wine producers in the area and although it is located in El Priorat, its wines are all DO Montsant wines. From El Masroig, you will travel through the Montsant DO (similar to the French appellation controlee), even though you are in El Priorat. You will pass by Capçanes (producers of Kosher wine) and Marçà, before eventually arriving in Falset, capital of El Priorat and home to one of the most significant cathedrals of wine.
Ride 5: Falset to Cambrils
Leaving Falset and heading back to Cambrils, you will first have a very pleasant 4-km climb to the Coll de Porrera pass and then the descent to the village of Porrera, followed by another climb up to the Teixeta pass – almost certainly one of the most popular colls with cyclists in the province of Tarragona.
The 7-km descent to Duesaigües provides a great view of the railway viaduct. From Duesaigües, you will climb up to Escornalbou Castle, passing through the beautiful little village of L’Argentera on the way.
The last few metres of this climb have a stiff slope but its only short and the views from the top are worth it! From here, you can see the whole of the Camp de Tarragona plain again, but this time from a different perspective from the first day of your trip.
On the way down from the castle, you will pass through the village of Riudecanyes, where you will find the olive oil cooperative and its interpretative centre on the history and production of olive oil – together with our wines, the other essential component of the Mediterranean diet. From here, it’s just a long, gentle descent back down to Cambrils and so your journey ends where it began.
Cambrils - Free Time
Although your cycling trip has finished, you have the luxury of exploring the beautiful town of Cambrils on the Friday and spending another night in this beautiful seaside destination.
There is a sea front with a clean sandy beach and also there is a spectacular harbour filled with yachts and fishing boats. The area of Cambrils is recognised as one of the best in the region for gastronomy, the food is of great quality and you are spoilt for choice for places to eat.
There is also plenty of shops to explore if that is on the agenda! 15 minutes away is the town of Tarragona which boasts the only Roman built wall and city outside the Italian peninsula. Inside this city a host of eateries and places to visit, full of history.
If you want some help on what to do on your day, please do not hesitate to ask, we have sampled the area ourselves and have lots to tell!
You will be transported via a private taxi from your hotel to the airport were we say farewell after an amazing trip