Experience idyllic, rural Spain at its very best on this six night holiday in the Terres de l'Ebre area of Catalunya. You'll cycle a wonderful mix of rural, riverside and coastal trails, getting close to nature in the Ebro Delta, one of the most important delta regions of its kind in Europe and home to over 160 species of birds. The whole area is rich in birdlife, wetlands and rice fields, yet is also home to some beautiful beaches and charming historic towns and villages.
Your holiday starts amidst charming villages and sweet-smelling orange groves, as you make your way to the crusader city of Tortosa. The narrow streets of this beautiful city are filled with Roman and Spanish Civil War history, with particular highlights being the imposing Cathedral of Santa Maria, and Suda Castle with its stunning 360 degree views over the city. After crossing the Ebro River you have the option to cycle past an impressive freshwater reserve, home to toothcarps, sticklebacks, newts and lilies; you may even spot egrets and herons to name just two of the many species here! The coastal town of Sant Carles de la Rapita makes a good choice for your free day - relax on the wide sandy beaches and treat yourself to some excellent seafood. You finish your week's cycling along peaceful trails past rice paddies and across the Ebro, heading to the bustling fishermen's town of L'Ampolla. This is where the Mediterranean meets the Ebro and the town is home to a series of small, sandy beaches dotted between the coves - unique on the Catalan coast.
We've chosen some great hotels for you to relax in each night, all with swimming pools. The Hotel Flamingo sits on the edge of lively L'Ampolla, boasting sea views and an indoor and outdoor pool; the Parador de Tortosa, which is situated within the spectacular, C10 Suda Castle, affords wonderful panoramic views of the Ebro Valley; while the charming, family-run Hotel L'Algadir in the quiet town of Poble Nou del Delta offers superb hosts, excellent food and a lovely outdoor terrace.
|Meals||Continental breakfast and 4 evening meals|
|Tour Starts||Aldea Amposta railway station 16:33 (pick up) and transfer to hotel, 15 mins, provided.|
|Tour Ends||Aldea Amposta railway station 13:55 (transfer provided).|
|Rail Options||Barcelona Sants to Aldea Amposta 15:00/16:33. Return: Aldea Amposta to Barcelona Sants 13:55/15:39.|
|Rail Supplement||Prices starting from $55 per person, round trip, standard class.|
|Singles||Add $62 per night.|
|Other details||Extra nights: We recommend Barcelona, L'Ampolla, Tortosa and Poble Nou del Delta. Prices from $72 per person, per night based on 2 people sharing, B&B.|
|Hotels||**** (4 nights), *** (2 nights)|