Penedès Mountain Bike Experience - 3 nights

3 nights of full board 4* accommodation and 3 days of awesome mountain biking through the most spectacular areas of Baix Penedès.

Circular routes that cover all of this incredible wine region, using a mixture of singletrack, forest trails and doubletrack, leaving from, and arriving at, the same point. (Nuba hotel in Coma-ruga)

The routes are self-guided, however, there is the option of upgrading to a fully guided tour.

 

Enjoy the most beautiful natural surroundings of the area, and popular places such as the Foix Natural Park, the Albinyana forests, the Bonastre massif, the Pedregosa mountain range, the Montmell - Marmellar mountain range, fine golden sandy beaches, cliffs, small coves and vineyards which extend over the hills of the Penedès.

On your doorstep you will find charming small villages welcoming you and a unique heritage forged over time.

The routes of the Penedès Mountain Bike Experience run along trails, singletrack, rural roads, tracks through forests and mountain peaks, small coastal coves and vineyards.

Aimed at mountain bikers with a medium+ level of skill and fitness.

Region
Penedès
Destination
Penedès
Season
From April to June and September to December
Duration
3 nights
3 nights / 3 routes
Level
Medium
Minimum people
1
Price from
300€
Single suplement: 75€
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Day 1
Day 1

Arrive at the hotel in Coma-Ruga
Build and dial in your Bike before parking it in the secure Bike-station

**Hire bikes are also available on request**

Dinner at the hotel (all meals include drinks – water, soft drinks, beer and house wine)

Day 2
Day 2

 

Name: PARC NATURAL DEL FOIX
Km: 73,7 Km
Maximum altitude: 309 m
Positive slope: 1,300 m
Approximate duration: 5 hours 

The Foix Natural Park is the most important wetland in the Penedès. A natural park of 2,900 hectares that contains an immense reservoir created at the beginning of the XX century, surrounded by forests, and that reflects in its green waters the imposing edifice of Castellet Castle that was built around 977 as a watchtower for the Spanish Marches, a protective zone that was created during the Middle Ages as a buffer between the Christian Kingdoms and the Muslim Kingdom of Al-Ándalus.

The Foix Natural Park is a protected area where all types of birds nest. Many migratory birds stop here. This area is very important from the ornithological point of view.

The Natural Park of Foix is ​​a mixture of vineyards and Mediterranean forests. A relaxing landscape dominated by peace and quiet.

The route starts from the beach of Coma-Ruga and sets off towards the interior of the region, a demanding route of 73.70 Km with a positive gain of some 1,300 m.

On the way to the town of El Vendrell, the capital of the region, we will leave the coast behind and gradually gain height passing along tracks between vineyards.

The landscape of the route changes as we approach the Foix Natural Park. Entertaining technical singletracks take us into a very dense forest rich in native flora: stupendous winding paths, switchbacks and singletrack where you can enjoy your mountain bike to the fullest.

When passing through the Natural Park of Foix open your eyes ... you might have the chance to see some of the more than 230 species of birds recognised in this park.

We will circumnavigate the reservoir and descend along a zigzag path that will take us to the foot of the dam, which will allow us to see the majesty of this marvel of engineering.

At this point the most demanding part of the route starts. An ascent into the hills of the Foix Natural Park with some demanding and climbs. At the top, spectacular views of the immense nature of the Foix Natural Park with the Mediterranean Sea in the background await you.

From here, we will descend along very fast tracks to Castellet Castle. On its walls and battlements is a viewpoint with incredible views where we will enjoy the natural environment, rest recuperate for the rest of the route. Guided visits to the castle can be arranged.

We leave the most technical part of ​​the route and set a course between forests to the plain of the region. We run through groves of olive trees, almond trees and vineyards, sometimes delimited by dry stone walls. A good time to observe the different types of vine and grape varieties grown in this important wine area of ​​Catalonia.

Before we arrive at the end of the route, the last climb of the day awaits us. Through a wooded area and along narrow winding paths, we will ascend to Sant Vicenç de Calders. A small village at the top of a hill, with an altitude of 130 metres and a small urban nucleus formed by picturesque houses dating mainly from the 18th and 19th centuries.

Picnic lunch on route

Dinner at the hotel

 

Day 3
Day 3

Name: El Montmell - Marmellar, the peak of the Baix Penedès
Km: 71.8
Maximum altitude: 664 m.
Positive slope: 1,194 m.
Approximate duration: 5 hours

Today is our queen stage, the route will take us from the beach to the highest point of the whole region of Baix Penedès: The watchtower of Montmell, which is an amazing natural balcony of at 861 metres altitude, facing the Mediterranean Sea. This natural protected area of ​​the Montmell/Marmellar is well known for its geologic singularity and diverse landscape.

The route starts from the beach and sets off towards the interior of the region, a very beautiful and challenging route of 71.80 Km with an accumulated positive slope of 1,194 m.

The initial part of the route leads us along dirt trails towards the interior of the territory. It will give us an idea of ​​the landscape and cultural heritage of the villages on the plain that extends under the Montmell mountain range.

The village of Torregassa is our gateway to the Montmell limestone range up some steep ramps with an average slope of 17%.

Once at the top of this mountain range and along forest tracks we begin to circumnavigate the relief of Montmell.

Surrounded by lush vegetation we will arrive at the hermitage of Sant Miquel dating from the 11th Century. To visit it, we leave our bikes for moment and climb a few metres up the mountain to see this Romanesque wonder, built on the rock at 781 m. above sea level.

We continue along the route, using narrow trails and singletrack between trees and very thick native vegetation: the ideal environment to enjoy mountain biking as much as possible.

Once we reach the forest recreational area of ​​the Montmell (quiet picnic area), we will begin to descend very quickly. Before reaching the plain again, we have a demanding climb to the Altos del Mas Serè, a very stony and dry environment.

After this last natural obstacle, we will ride down to El Vendrell, capital of the region, in order to go back to the starting point.

Picnic lunch

Dinner at the hotel

Day 4
Day 4

Name: “Surf & Turf” Between the sea and the mountains
Km: 48.6
Maximum altitude: 101 m.
Positive slope: 541 m.
Approximate duration: 3 hours

Todays route is the shortest of all, but perhaps the most special, from the point of view of landscape contrasts. Between the sea and the mountain, we will cycle 48.6 km with an accumulated positive slope of 541 meters.

During the first half of the route we have an easy run along the coast in parallel with the sea to reach the picturesque village of Roc de Sant Gaietà. A beautiful seafront village that will hook you at first sight, charming old houses, flowers, narrow streets and sea-view terraces.

We follow the route along a beautiful trail that takes us directly from the Roc de Sant Gaietà to the quiet Playa Llarga. A track that runs between rocks, cliffs, small coves and the sea. It is worth a stop here at one of its beautiful viewpoints or even in the Hermitage of the Virgin of Barà to contemplate the views. On some sections of the route you have access to small coves with fine golden sand.

We will quickly reach the Muntanyans Natural Area. A natural space of great beauty and uniqueness whose main value is to conserve its ecosystems of dunes and marshes.

From the Port of Torredembarra we will climb the cliff to reach the Torredembarra lighthouse located 58 meters above sea level. It was the last lighthouse built in the Spanish state in the twentieth century. It is an amazing place, especially for photography. There is a cliff shaped by the waves and right next to us, is the magnificent beach of Canyadell, a small cove that we have to cross to follow the route.

From here, we leave the coast to go to the interior of the region. To do this, we will follow the delta of the Gaià river, a beautiful protected natural space. An intersection of natural canals will lead us inland, climbing gently until we reach the town of La Pobla de Montornès and later the town of Roda de Barà.

Before finishing this short but special route between the sea and the mountain, we will stop for a delicious wine tasting with appetisers between beautiful vineyards. A unique opportunity to taste the typical wines of this region with an amazing view of the Mediterranean Sea.

 

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43880 Coma-ruga (Tarragona)

 INCLUDED

  • 3 nights of 4* Full Board accommodation
  • 3 MTB routes
  • Exclusive jersey
  • Official GPS tracks
  • Roadbook
  • Route briefings
  • Assistance
  • Wine, cheese and tapas at Celler Avgvstvs Forvm
  • Personalised finishers diploma
  • Photo album of the tour

    NOT INCLUDED

  • Airport transfers – available on request
  • Air travel
  • Local tourist tax (1€ per adult per night)
  • Travel insurance
  • Theft insurance
  • Bike and helmet rental – available on request
  • Any other item not detailed in the itinerary
  • Gratuities for the 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. 

 

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