BARCELONA & CATALONIA
Self-Guided Cycling Holiday
Beginning in the charming coastal town of Sitges, you will ride through picturesque Cava vineyards and stay in a stunning winery hotel. You will visit the ancient city of Tarragona and also stay at the spectacular hilltop complex of Montserrat, home to truly breathtaking landscapes. The tour finishes in the city of Barcelona itself - one of the most enchanting cities in the world.
The tour is suitable for riders of all levels and follows very quiet roads and cycle paths. Below you can find a detailed itinerary; click on the tabs to see more highlights, as well as all the practical information about the holiday.
We also run a guided version of this tour.
Day 1 - Sitges
We do the bike fitting and, depending on your arrival time, there is the possibility of a short ride along the coast. In the evening you can explore the narrow streets of the old town, which are filled with traditional tapas bars and bodegas.
Day 2 - Garraf Natural Park
Emerging from the Garraf Park you enter the vineyards that are so characteristic of the Penedes region, which is the home of Cava wine.
And, your hotel itself is actually a winery. You will stay at this stunning 5-star boutique accommodation for two nights.
Short Route: 34km (21 miles)
Long Route: 61km (38 miles)
Garraf Natural Park
Day 3 - Cava Vineyards
In the town of Sant Sadurni you can visit some of the region's best known wineries for a tasting of the local Cava. The town also makes for a nice lunch stop, where you can sample local dishes, including the classic paella catalana.
Short Route: 41km (25 miles)
Long Route: 55km (34 miles)
Day 4 - Tarragona
In Calafell you can visit the 11th century castle, before riding parallel to the coast into the impressive city of Tarragona. The shorter route catches the local train part of the way, in case you want to save your legs for looking around the sights of Tarrragona.
And there is plenty to see! Tarragona was the first city that the Romans ever founded in Spain, and today it is still home to some of the best preserved ancient monuments in Europe. The Roman amphitheatre, Forum and Circus are UNESCO World Heritage sites. While the Medieval cathedral and historic center are vivid reminders of different periods in the city's history.
Short Route: 34km (21 miles)
Long Route: 62km (39 miles)
Roman Amphitheatre - Tarragona
Day 5 - Montserrat
If you would prefer to have a day off the bike, there is also the possibility of doing a hike here, with several excellent trails winding through the rocky park.
Your hotel for the night is in the heart of the Natural Park, housed in part of a 16th century Monastery complex that is great fun to explore.
Short Route: 19km (12 miles)
Medium Route: 34km (21 miles)
Long Route: 54km (34 miles)
Spectacular views of the hotel, housed within the Montserrat Monastery complex
Day 6 - Collserola Natural Park & Barcelona
The route follows quiet country lanes and an off-road cycle routes alongside the river, before reaching the hotel in the heart of the old town.
It is situated just a short walk from many of the main sights, including the Medieval old town, the Sagrada Familia church and Las Ramblas boulevard.
Short Route: 44km (27 miles)
Long Route: 69km (45 miles)
Beautiful ride into Barcelona
Day 7 - Barcelona
If you prefer not to extend your stay, we will transfer you to Barcelona's airport or train station in time for your onward journey.
To find out more information about this holiday; including practical information, prices, dates and more tour highlights; return to the top of the page and click on the various tabs.
Sagrada Familia - Barcelona
You will visit Roman monuments and Medieval villages, and you will stay in hotels in spectacular settings. You will also have plenty of opportunities to delve into the local gastronomy, bringing you the authentic Catalan experience!
Check out the photos below for just a few of the many highlights:
- ✔ 6 Nights Accommodation (see the Hotels section for more details)
- ✔ Continental breakfast included each day
- ✔ Bicycle Hire (Hybrid, e-bike* - see below).
- ✔ Transfers to and from the arrival / departure point (see below)
- ✔ Luggage transferred between hotels
- ✔ Cava wine tasting
- ✔ GPS routes and mobile app to easily follow the routes
- ✔ Detailed information pack about the routes, restaurants and everything to see along the rides
- ❌ Flights
- ❌ Tour Extensions (optional extra)
- ❌ Travel Insurance
*We can also supply e-bikes for an extra supplemental charge of €100 per bike.
More details about our bikes can be found on our bicycles page. The exact model depends on availability, so please get in touch if you would like more information.
All of our bikes come with helmets and handlebar bags if required.
Difficulty Level & Roads
The ride on the last day is a bit longer, but is mostly downhill so is not really any more challenging.
This is a leisurely cycling tour, with plenty of time built into the routes for you to explore and look around, while riding at your own pace. We believe that this is perfectly suitable for a first time cycling holiday, and also a good option for more experienced riders who want a rounded holiday, with things to do both on and off the bike.
The longer routes are available for those of you who wish to cycle further. These also tend to be rolling rather than hilly, and you can choose on any given day whether to do the longer or shorter route.
The routes are on a combination of quiet country roads and cycling paths. Most of the route is paved, but there are some gravel sections at times, such as through some of the vineyards. These can be avoided though if you wish to do the tour on a road bike.
Find out more about our tour difficulty levels.
Arrival and Departure
It also has regular train connections to most of Spain and France, as well as ferries to Mallorca, Sardinia and Civitavecchia (Rome).
We will pick you up form anywhere in Barcelona (e.g. airport, train station, a hotel) and transfer you to the hotel in Sitges at the start of the tour. At the end of the holiday we will also transfer you from the hotel to Barcelona airport or train station.
Please don't heistate to contact us if you would like any advice or more information about the options.
Frequently Asked Questions
Please browse through some of the frequently asked questions about this cycling tour. If you have any further questions, or would like any more information, please contact us and we will answer by email.
Should I do the longer or shorter routes?
This depends entirely on you! The longer and shorter routes all start and finish at the same place, and so you can decide on any given day which you would prefer to do. There is no need to commit until the day of the ride itself.
On the longer routes you see more and are able to visit more places, while the shorter routes are more relaxing and ideal if you like to take your time and go at a slower pace.
If you would like to visit the extra towns and monuments on the longer routes, but are worried about the distances, then we recommend hiring an e-bike, which will give you more flexibility.
What is the weather like?
The Barcelona region is mostly dry and sunny throughout the year, with little rain.
The best temperatures for riding are from late March to June and from September to November. Daytime temperatures during these months are usually between 20°C (68°F)
and 25°C (77°F), which is very pleasant for cycling.
But it is possible to go on this holiday at other times of the year. In July and August temperatures are regularly above 30°C (85°F), and so we would only recommend doing the tour at this time of year if you have experience of riding in hot conditions. Winter is also a possibility, with daytime temperatures averaging around 15°C (60°F): not exactly t-shirt weather, but also not unpleasant for cycling.
Can I extend the tour?
Yes, we would be happy to arrange any tour extensions for you. The most popular option is to spend extra nights in
But we can also help you to extend the trip if you wish to visit Madrid, Valencia, the Costa Brava, or elsewhere.
Do you run this as a guided tour?
Yes, for more details, check out the guided version of this holiday.
Why book with us?
We are a small and independent company who are locally based, which offers several advantages:
- We have a lot personal experience of all of our tours, which have been refined over many years. We believe we are genuine experts in the regions where we run tours, and we are also close at hand to offer support and a personalized service.
- We are flexible and can tailor our itineraries to suit your requirements.
- We have low overheads. We don't spend money on advertising and don't use third party agents. We only sell our tours through this website.
By cutting out the middle man, you can be sure that more of what you pay is being spent on the important things: like hotels, equipment and other services.
- We are a registered and fully bonded tour operator in accordance with EU regulations.
What is your cancellation policy?
The full cancellation policy can be found in our terms and conditions.
Where can I find more information about the region?
We have plenty more detailed information on the website.
Check out our page on Barcelona for more information about the city itself.
It is a great place to relax at the end of a day's riding.
H10 Imperial Tarraco
Hotel Abad Cisneros
Hotel Gran Via
|Starting Date of Tour||Price (per person)¹||Single Supplement||Bike Hire|
|1st July - 8th September||€1,840 EUR||€680 EUR||Included (Hybrid Bike)
E-bike €100 EUR supplement
|All other Dates||€1,680 EUR||€610 EUR||Included (Hybrid Bike)
E-bike €100 EUR supplement
To reserve a place on the tour, click the button above and complete the reservation form. We will then get back to you within 24 hours to confirm the reservation, and to arrange for payment of the deposit.
For more details on the booking process, please check out our Reservations page.