Cycling the Via Verde of Catalonia

Cycling the Via Verde of Catalonia

Cycling the Via Verde of Catalonia

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From $1,250USD

Difficulty

Self-guided

Hotels, Guesthouses

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Highlights

Ride the Via Verde of Catalonia to enjoy a lesser-travelled path

Discover a lesser-known side of Catalonia, soaking up each sight along the way with fewer tourists around.

Sample the catch of the day, enjoy tapas, and meet the locals in the towns and villages that line your route.

Kick back and get some sun after biking on the world-class beaches of the Catalonian Coast.

Cruise through nature reserves, visit the Picasso museum, sample at wineries, and feast on Spanish delicacies.

The stunning Catalonian Coast is a huge draw for visitors from all over the world, but the Cycling the Via Verde of Catalonia tour gives you a special peek into a part of Catalonia lesser-travelled, delivering all the same world-class experiences with lighter crowds.

Cycle the most idyllic pathways, following old railways, viaducts, rivers, and the stunning coastline. At each stop are welcoming villages, so pop into the local Picasso museum, stop for tapas, or say hi to the locals. The catch of the day is always fresh, and there’s always local wine to try! You’ll ride through nature reserves teeming with birds, plants, and sea life, cruise through vineyards, and enjoy the flat trails of wetlands. After your rides each day, revel in the seaside from the comfort of happy fishing villages. For an exploration of the lesser-known side of unforgettable Catalonia, the Cycling the Via Verde of Catalonia tour is the perfect option!

Cycling the Via Verde of Catalonia Itinerary

Day 1 Arrival in Reus

Welcome to Reus! You’ve got the day today to explore. Walk through the Old Town and enjoy the plentiful modernist art here.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Reus
Distance
None
Meals
None

Day 2 Exploring Las Saladas

Begin the day with a transfer to Alcañiz, where you’ll have an orientation meeting and bike fitting. Armed with everything you need for the tour, you’ll start with an easy ride to Alcañiz. There’s a serene lake near the town, La Estancia, that’s perfect for a quiet stop.

Explore the unique ecosystem of Las Saladas, salt lakes inhabited by hardy animals and plants, before settling into Alcañiz for the night.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Alcañiz
Distance
32km
Meals
Breakfast

Day 3 Crossing the Matarraña River to Horta de Sant Joan

After breakfast, set out along a peaceful side road to Valdealgorfa. This is a perfect stop for a coffee! Next, it’s off along a lush greenway lined by olive groves and vineyards. You’ll cycle a long viaduct that crosses the Matarraña River, a highlight of today’s ride.

Arrive in Horta de Sant Joan, where Picasso used to spend his summers. There’s a little museum here dedicated to his works, so swing by before dinner.

Overnight Location
Guesthouse in Horta de Sant Joan
Distance
55km
Meals
Breakfast

Day 4 Nature Reserve of Els Ports

Today’s going to be a scenic one! Begin by following the greenway along the canyon of a nearby river. Several tunnels and viaducts are hints of the area’s railroad past. Ride through the Nature Reserve of Els Ports, full of verdant plant life and the hum of birds and animals. Keep your eyes on the trees to see what you can spot!

You’ll end the day in Tortosa, a town with years of fascinating history to discover over a chat with locals at dinner.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Tortosa
Distance
30km
Meals
Breakfast

Day 5 Ride Along the Ebro River

Rise this morning in Tortosa, riding alongside the Ebro River, canals and orchards lining your path. You’ll start to see rice fields dominating the landscape as you enter the flatlands. Getting closer to the ocean, the landscapes change once again as wetlands take over.

Finally, at the coast, you’ll find your hotel in L’Ampolla. Tonight, paella and the beach are on order!

Overnight Location
Hotel in L’Ampolla
Distance
34km
Meals
Breakfast

Day 6 Delta Ebre Nature Reserve

Ride a loop from L’Ampolla today, touring the Dela de l’Ebre, a triangular peninsula of protected land. You’ll navigate a maze of trails that cut through wetlands, lagoons, and miles of beach. Watch for the massive colonies of migratory birds and abundant sea life.

Back in L’Ampolla, find one last restaurant to celebrate the end of your tour in, feasting on Spanish cuisine’s best and sipping local wine.

Overnight Location
Hotel in L’Ampolla
Distance
56km
Meals
Breakfast

Day 7 Tour Concludes

All too soon, it’s time to head to the airport to depart. If you think you’ll want extra days in Spain, talk to us about an extension!

Overnight Location
None
Distance
None
Meals
Breakfast

Cycling the Via Verde of Catalonia Price and Dates

This self-guided biking tour in Spain is run as a custom tour for your group and the price depends on whether you book B&B style or half-board and the time of year in which you choose to travel.

Prices below are per person:

  • Price per solo traveller: from $1,925USD*
  • Price per person staying in a single room (groups of 2+): from $1,550USD*
  • Price per person sharing a double/triple room: from $1,250USD*

* - Pricing for this tour depends on the dates of your trip. Please click the Book Now button below to get the exact pricing for your trip dates.

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Accommodation on the Cycling the Via Verde of Catalonia Tour

This tour is based in hotels and guesthouses. The hotels offer daily breakfast and comfortable rooms and are 2-4-star. Guesthouses are rural and charming.

In some cases, the accommodation listed below may need to be substituted for other comparable accommodations.

Single Rooms and Solo Travellers
Rooms are double occupancy. If you prefer a single room where possible, you can pay a supplement for an upgrade.

Hotel Centre Reus in Reus

You’ll be impressed by this hotel right from the curb, and the clean, airy rooms and city views will just keep impressing you.

Parador de Alcañiz in Alcañiz

With traditional-style rooms decorated with posh touches, this hotel is a stunner. Enjoy top-notch service and plenty of amenities.

Casa Barceló in Horta de Sant Joan

While the rooms in this guesthouse might be comically decorated (knight’s sword above the bed, anyone?) the whimsy is sweet and you’ll be provided with everything you need for a happy stay.

Hotel Corona Tortosa in Tortosa

Clean, contemporary rooms welcome you here, although with this hotel being right in the heart of the city, you’ll find there’s so much to explore just outside the door.

Hotel Roca Plana in L’Ampolla

The beach is right outside your window here, and you’ll have air conditioning and flatscreen TVs to enjoy once you’re all sunned out.

Hotels on Standard Tour

What’s Included in the Cycling Tour of the Catalonian Coast?

Meals

6 breakfasts are included.

Accommodations

Accommodations for 6 nights are included. Accommodations before or after the tour are not included but can be added as a supplement.

Transportation during the Tour

Transportation for your luggage is included throughout the tour. Airport transfers are not included but can be added as a supplement. Transfers as mentioned in the itinerary are included.

Also Included

  • Detailed trip notes, GPS, maps, and guidebooks
  • Luggage transfers each day
  • Welcome meeting

Not included

  • Flights
  • Guide services
  • Meals, drinks, or snacks not previously mentioned
  • Travel insurance
  • Optional excursions
  • Visas if required
  • Anything not mentioned as included

Optional Extras

  • Optional activities or excursions
  • Additional nights before or after the tour
  • Bike rentals
  • Half-board upgrade
  • Airport transfers

Frequenty Asked Questions about Cycling the Via Verde of Catalonia

How hard is the Cycling the Via Verde of Catalonia tour?

We rate this tour as a 2/5. You’ll bike between 30km and 50km per day on average through mostly flat terrain. Travellers comfortable riding a bike with a basic level of fitness should be able to enjoy this tour.

Do I need a visa to travel to Spain?

Check with your local country about visa requirements. You could also try this website, though you should verify with your government.

Are meals included on the Cycling the Via Verde of Catalonia tour?

6 breakfasts are included.

Is my bike rental included?

No, but you can book a bike rental as a supplement. Bikes available are hybrid bikes or e-bikes and are available for 180-300 EUR depending on the model.

Can I bring my own bike?

Yes, you can bring your own bike.

When is the Easter Week?

The exact dates of the Easter change year to year, so please inquire with us regarding price if you’re booking in March or April.

Do I need insurance?

Yes, it is mandatory to have health and medical insurance to join this trip. Get your Travel Insurance.

How do I get to Reus to start this tour?

You can fly into Reus Airport (REU). From the airport, you can take a taxi or bus to your hotel. Airport transfers can also be booked as a supplement. You can also fly into Barcelona and take a train to Reus.

Is the Cycling the Via Verde of Catalonia tour guided?

No. You will be provided with all necessary information to complete your self-guided tour. Self-guided tours offer great flexibility in your day-to-day, but you should be comfortable with more independence than you’d have on a guided tour.

Where does the Cycling the Via Verde of Catalonia tour end?

The tour ends in L’Ampolla, where you can take one of the 4 direct trains per day back to Barcelona or book a transfer as a supplement (115 EUR to Reus).

Do I need special vaccines to travel to Spain?

Check with your family doctor.

Are there any travel restrictions for Spain?

Please check with your local government about travel restrictions before you book your tour. This map from the US Department of State provides an overview of the current status in countries around the globe. The UK‘s Foreign Office and Government of Canada also provide advice on foreign travel. Note that the travel advice may change depending on your nationality.

When is the best time to travel to Spain for this tour?

The best time to visit Spain for this tour is between April and October. July and August are the hottest months in the region but still tend to be comfortable enough to bike.

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Tour Difficulty

We rate this tour as a 2/5. You’ll bike between 30km and 50km per day on average through mostly flat terrain. Travellers comfortable riding a bike with a basic level of fitness should be able to enjoy this tour.


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