Bike and Wine in the Penedès region

Region
Penedès
Destination
Spain
Season
All year
Duration
7 DAYS / 6 NIGHTS
Accommodation for 6 nights, full board, Masia Olivera
Level
Minimum people
8
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Day 1
Day 1

ARRIVAL

Meet at the Masia Olivera wine tourism complex in Penedès at around 4pm where the guides will be awaiting the group.

The Masia (Catalan farmhouse) is in the heart of the Penedès,it is a family run accommodation, managed by the Olivella family who will be on hand to offer you a welcome cocktail and explain a little about the resort and surrounding area.

At the hotel we will have the road bikes for the customers who have chosen this service. In a first ride around the area, we will familiarise ourselves with the equipment and our surroundings, which are characterised by the landscapes of vineyards, typical of this area.

After the ride, free time for relax and explore the complex.

Dinner will be in a local restaurant, just 100 metres away at 8:30 p.m.

 

Day 2
Day 2

After breakfast in the hotel, we will go towards Sitges.

The beauty of this route lies in its varied landscape that includes the mountainous environment near Foix lake and drops down to attractive coastal towns such as Vilanova i la Geltrú and Sitges, ending pedaling along the mític coasts of the Garraf with an ascent to Begues town.

It is a route of 93km with 1000 meters of climbing that presents its greatest difficulty when passing through the second category pass of Begues, which runs for 7 km at an average gradient of 6.5%.

Then the route changes dramatically, and we will be overwhelmed by the charming towns of Vilanova and Sitges. At this point, we will have time to explore the main sights, including the imprint of modernism left by Santiago Rusiñol in the town. 

After enjoying a succulent paella in one of the most renowned restaurant in the area, and enjoying free time to recover we will return by bus to the hotel.

In the evening we will have a visit to one of the most emblematic cellars of the area and a light supper surrounded by vineyards.

Route: 93km.- moderate

Day 3
Day 3

The third day of the route perfectly expresses the concept of sport tourism, offering the opportunity to enjoy one of the most emblematic places of Catalonia combined with a challenging mountain climb.

The day starts after a full breakfast at the hotel, and consists of a route of 85km round trip with 1700 meters of accumulated ascent.

The profile of the route is ascending, reaching maximum difficulty at the height of Monistrol de Montserrat, starting point of the pass.

This climb lasts for 10km and its average percentage of gradient is 7%, reaching levels close to 15% on its final ramps.

Montserrat is one of the most recognised tourist spots in Catalonia, being visited every year by thousands of people. The ideal time of arrival would be before 12:00 hours to enjoy  the "Escolania de Montserrat" that sings the Salve and the Virolai (not guaranteed in all groups, since sometimes the Escolania is off due to religious reasons).

Once at the top we will have time to admire the architectural beauty of the monastery, and enjoy the beautiful scenery that surrounds this emblematic place.

At the end of the visit, we will go to a local restaurant. 

Transfer back to the hotel.

Before a barbecue dinner at the Masia we will enjoy a D.O Penedès wine tasting with wines from one of the most important cellars in the area. 

Route: 85km.

Day 4
Day 4

Between the vines

After two long days, today presents itself as an opportunity for active recovery and enjoyment of the senses thanks to the great gastronomic and cultural quality that characterises the area.

The route is designed to combine the need for rest and enjoyment, with the possibility of tasting the products offered by this exclusive wine-growing area.

Its 50 km route does not present great  difficulties, since it passes through secondary roads that cross the vineyards, and attractive wooded lands.

We will cycle along roads that cross the Sierra de Montmell-Marmellar, characterised by limestone formations, and defining the border between Penedès and Alt Penedès.

After this light route, we head to Sant Sadurní d'Anoia, the capital of Catalan cava, for lunch and in the afternoon a visit and tasting at Cavas Cordoniu followed by a visit to Simó & Coll, makers of fine artesan chocolate..

Rest of the afternoon free until dinner time, scheduled for approximately 20:30 in the village of Sant Sadurni de Noia.

Route: 50 km.

Day 5
Day 5

After breakfast, we will head to Sant Miquel del Fai, a natural area located on the Vall del Tenes.
This site has a great charm that is illustrated by the multitude of waterfalls and caves that the area contains.

We will have the opportunity to enjoy an amazing landscape but also visit the chapel and monastery dating back to the ninth century.

The route has a medium difficulty. Despite being 90 km. it only has 800m of climbing, without demanding mountain passes.

Once there, the meal will be in a local restaurant, to enjoy the gastronomy of the area.

Then we will take a bus back to the hotel.

In the afternoon we will visit Vilafranca de Penedès, coinciding with the Castellers who practice making their human towers today, we'll have an opportunity to join in and immerse ourselves in the world of the castellers. Followed by dinner with the "colla"

 

Route: 90 km.

Day 6
Day 6

The last day of cycling will be reserved for a more complete route. Progressing from the interior to the coastal town of Roda de Bara, end point of the route.

After a breakfast at the hotel, we will begin a medium difficulty tour. It is a route which runs for 70km with 500 meters of ascent.

The first stop of the day is planned in the inner town of l'Arboç where we can enjoy one of the most outstanding architectural elements of this area, the Giralda.This neo-Arabic construction features a half scale reproduction of the famous Sevillian minaret. Inside you you can also see a reproduction of the famous garden of the Alhambra in Granada.

We should also mention the beauty of the church, dedicated to St. Julian, which dates from the late seventeenth century.

The route continues down towards the coast until we arrive at the main attraction of the day, Roda de Bara. This village is located next to the old Via Augusta, built in the times of the Roman Empire in the first century BC Its main attraction is the Arc de Bara, one of the most interesting monuments of the Roman Empire found in Catalonia.

Roda de Bará itself offers another attraction: the Roc de Sant Gaieta.

In this enclave located on the seashore you can see vestiges of different architectures like the Gothic, Arab or Roman, that are united in a diverse collection, giving a great cultural value to the town.

After a meal in the Roc, and a time to recover, we will start our return to the hotel.

In the evening we will enjoy an exquisite meal at the hotel, catered by one of the most prestigious restaurants in the area.

Route:  70 km. 

Day 7
Day 7

Breakfast at the hotel followed by time to pack before heading over to Sitges for some free time followed by lunch in a local restaurant.

End of our services.

INCLUDED

  • 6 Nights accommodation, minimum 4* 
  • Meals as detailed in the itinerary
  • Expert cycling guide (English, Spanish or French - other languages on request)
  • Assistance vehicle for mechanical support, drinks, snacks and sweeper service
  • Luggage transfer between hotels (max 2 pieces 40cm x 60cm per person)
  • Transfers as detailed in the itinerary
  • Welcome pack on arrival
  • Accident insurance
  • Photo album of the tour
  • Any other items or experiences as detailed in the itinerary

NOT INCLUDED

  • Airport transfers on arrival and departure (can be organised on request)
  • Airfare / transport
  • Travel insurance
  • Theft insurance
  • Road bike and helmet hire (available on request)
  • Any items not detailed in the itinerary
  • Local tourist taxes
  • Gratuities for guides

In case of an increase in the rate of sales tax (IVA/VAT) or an increase in fuel prices, the final price of the tour will be adjusted accordingly. 

GENERAL PACKAGE HOLIDAY CONDITIONS

Sport No Limit Travel is a travel agency registered in accordance with the conditions as laid down by the governements of Spain and Catalonia and licensed to organise package holidays, trips and tours under licence number GC-004971

Final accommodations maybe subject to change owing to circumstances beyond our control. In this instance, accommodation of at least equal category will be used.

Itinerary may be subject to modification owing to circumstances beyond our control including, but not exclusively weather conditions, road works, sporting events and force majeure.

In case of any incident a Sport No Limit Travel representative will be at your disposal.

Force Majeure - Sport No Limit Travel reserves the right to cancel the trip and return monies paid without penalty or recrimination as a result of, but not restricted to Acts of God (including fire, flood, earthquake, storm, hurricane or other natural disaster), war, invasion, act of foreign enemies, hostilities (regardless of whether war is declared), civil war, rebellion, revolution, insurrection, military or usurped power or confiscation, terrorist activities, nationalisation, government sanction, blockage, embargo, labor dispute, strike, lockout or interruption or failure of electricity or telephone service.

PAYMENT AND CONDITIONS OF CANCELLATION

A deposit of 30% of the total will be collected at the time of reservation to secure your booking.

The remaining balance will be collected 30 days prior to the commencement of services.

Sport No Limit Travel reserves the right to cancel the reservation for non payment of balance.

Cancellation and amendment-:

You have the right to cancel or amend your booking at any time, subject to the following conditions and penalties.

  • Amendments to names or dates will be subject to an administrative fee if made less than 30 days prior to the service commencement date
  • Cancellation with more than 10 days and less than 15 days notice will be subject to 5% penalty of the total cost of the package
  • Cancellation with more than 3 days and less than 10 days notice will be subject to a 15% penalty of the total cost of the package
  • Cancellation with more than 1 day and less than 3 days notice will be subject to a 25% penalty of the total cost of the package
  • Non arrival will result in the loss of all monies paid