Barcelona & Catalonia Cycling Holiday - Montserrat Monastery
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BARCELONA & CATALONIA

Guided Cycling Holiday

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Barcelona & Catalonia
Guided Cycling Tour
Length: 7 Days
Level: Difficulty Easy to Medium
Price: €1,640 EUR
This guided cycling holiday explores the Barcelona region. Discover the amazing history, beautiful scenery and charming towns on the doorstep of Barcelona; all while staying in some of the finest hotels in the area.

Beginning in the coastal town of Sitges, we head into the Cava vineyards and stay in a stunning winery hotel. We then continue to the ancient city of Tarragona and also stay at the spectacular hilltop complex of Montserrat, where we ride through breathtaking landscapes. We finish in 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 self-guided version of this tour.
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Tour Availability


J F M A M J J A S O N D

Current Dates


23rd - 29th May 2022
12th - 18th September 2022



Day 1 - Sitges

We collect you from Barcelona airport or train station and transfer you to the town of Sitges on Spain's Golden Coast. Sitges was founded over two thousand years ago by ancient Iberian tribes and has been an important regional center ever since. Today it is known mostly for its fantastic beaches, which help to make Sitges the most picturesque town along this part of the Mediterranean coast.

We carry out the bike fitting and, depending on your arrival time, there is the possibility of a short ride along the coast. In the evening we have our welcome meeting, and eat in an excellent restaurant where we sample a selection of the best local tapas.
Sitges City
Sitges Beach

Day 2 - Garraf Natural Park

The riding today begins by heading inland into the Garraf Natural Park. We cycle along extremely quiet and scenic roads that wind through beautiful pine forests, with occasional views overlooking the coast.

As we emerge from the Garraf Park we enter the vineyards that are so characteristic of much of the Penedes region, which is the home of Cava wine.

After a stop for lunch in the town of Vilafranca we arrive at our stunning 5-star winery hotel where we stay for two nights.

Cycle Routes:


Short Route: 35km (22 miles)

Long Route: 61km (38 miles)
Quiet Roads around Sitges
Quiet Roads in the Garraf Natural Park

Day 3 - Cava Vineyards

Today we do a circular ride around cava wine country. We cycle along gently rolling back roads between the vineyards, passing through some of the charming villages that dot the region.

In the town of Sant Sadurni we visit one of the region's best known wineries for a tasting of the local Cava. After lunch you can return to our hotel in Vilafranca in the support van, or by cycling through more pictruesque countryside.

Cycle Routes:


Short Route: 35km (22 miles)

Long Route: 61km (38 miles)
Cava Vineyards
Cava Vineyards

Day 4 - Tarragona

Today we head back towards the coast. The ride begins heading mostly downhill through the vineyards, passing the scenic Foix Reservoir before reaching the coast near to Calafell.

In Calafell we visit the 11th century castle, before riding parallel to the coast into the impressive city of Tarragona.

Tarragona was the first city that the Romans ever founded in Spain, and even today it is 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.

In the evening we enjoy a multi course tasting menu in one of Tarragona's best restaurants.

Cycle Routes:


Short Route: 31km (19 miles)

Long Route: 60km (37 miles)
Roman Amphitheatre - Tarragona
Roman Amphitheatre - Tarragona

Day 5 - Montserrat

In the morning we transfer you up into the Montserrat Natural Park. We do a circular ride around the Natural Park which offers spectacular views of dramatic rocky peaks and valleys. This is one of our favourite rides thanks to the quiet roads and stunning scenery.

After lunch in Montserrat we check into our hotel which is located high up in the mountain and is part of the 16th century Monastery complex that is great fun to explore.

Cycle Routes:


Short Route: 29km (18 miles)

Long Route: 47km (29 miles)
Spectacular views of Montserrat
Spectacular views of Montserrat

Day 6 - Collserola Natural Park & Barcelona

The final day in the saddle is the longest, but it's not the most difficult. From Montserrat it is largely downhill as we cross the Collserola Natural Park towards the city of Barcelona.

The route follows quiet country lanes and an off-road cycle routes alongside the river, before we arrive at our hotel after lunch.

You will stay just a short walk from many of the main sights, including the Medieval old town, the Sagrada Familia church and Las Ramblas boulevard.

Cycle Routes:


Short Route: 44km (27 miles)

Long Route: 65km (42 miles)
Beautiful ride into Barcelona
Beautiful ride into Barcelona

Day 7 - Barcelona

After breakfast, the cycling holiday comes to an end. We can help to arrange extra nights for you to stay in Barcelona and fully discover this fascinating city.

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
Sagrada Familia - Barcelona

On this cycling holiday we ride through vineyards and natural parks, and alongside rivers and the Mediterranean coast. But it's not just about the cycling. We also visit beautiful towns, stay in stunning hotels, and visit awe-inspiring historic monuments. We also delve into the local gastronomy bringing you the authentic Catalan experience!

And these are just a few of the many highlights of the tour. Check out more in the photo album below:

Included
  • 6 Nights Accommodation (see the Hotels section for more details)
  • 13 meals: 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches & 2 evening meals(all with drinks and tips inlcuded)
  • Bicycle Hire (Hybrid, road or e-bike).
  • Transfers to and from the arrival / departure point (Barcelona)
  • Luggage transferred between hotels
  • Vehicle Support on the routes
  • Two Cava Wine Tastings
  • Experienced guide cycling the routes and explaining places of interest
  • Detailed information pack
  • Entrance to the Roman Amphitheatre, Circus and Forum in Tarragona
  • Entrance to Calafell Castle
Not Included:

Bicycles
Bicycle hire is included in the cost of the holiday, and we recommend our lightweight hybrid bikes or e-bikes for this tour. If you prefer we can also provide road bikes, although the routes do change slightly for these to avoid a couple of gravel sections.

More details about our bikes can be found on our bicycles page. All of our bikes come with helmets and handlebar bags if required, as well as a Cycle Fiesta water bottle.
Hybrid Bicycle Our lightweight hybrid bikes

Difficulty Level & Roads
We rate this tour as easy difficulty if you ride the shorter routes. The daily distances are around 30km (19 miles) and are rolling, with only a couple of slightly longer climbs, which are well worth it for the resulting views!

We are not in a rush during the tour so you will always be able to get into a nice rhythm and ride 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
The arrival and departure points are the city of Barcelona. Barcelona has a large international airport serving many destinations throughout the world.

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 from anywhere in Barcelona (e.g. airport, train station, a hotel). Please contact us if you would like any advice or more information about the options.
Valencia Arrivals and Departure Map

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.


What is your policy regarding Covid travel restrictions?

*Covid Policy 2021*


In response to the Covid Pandemic we have made some temporary alterations to our standard terms and conditions.

Reservations made in 2021 (for holidays taking place in either 2021 or 2022) can be postponed for any time in the following two years, without penalty, if you are unable to travel as a result of travel restrictions or other uncertainty. Notification of the postponement must be made at least ten days before the start of the tour.

Before the balance of the invoice has been paid, the deposit of €150 is also refundable in full for reservations made in 2021, if holidays are cancelled because of Covid related travel restrictions or uncertainty.

For reservations not made in 2021, the normal terms and conditions regarding cancellation apply.

What is the weather like?

The Barcelona region is mostly dry and sunny throughout the year, with little rain. This tour is enjoyable year round, although temperatures can be a bit too hot at times in July and August, and it can also get a bit chilly in January.

So we generally run the guided tour in Spring and Autumn (Fall), when the vineyards are out and the weather is often perfect for cycling.

There is always the possibility of getting caught in a shower though, so we recommend to bring a rain jacket, just in case.

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 Barcelona.

But we can also help you to extend the trip if you wish to visit Madrid, Valencia, the Costa Brava, or elsewhere.

Can non-cyclists come on the trip?

Absolutely! Non-cyclists are more than welcome.

Although cycling is a big part of the holiday, we also do a lot off the bike. Usually non-cyclists ride in the support vehicle and can explore the various towns and villages along the route.

How big are the groups on your tour?

We usually limit the groups to a maximum of 10 people. We find that if there are many more than that, it can become a bit unwieldly. We think that smaller groups also provide for a more personal experience, as well as enabling to book more easily in some of our favourite restaurants.

Who is leading the tour?

All of our guided tours are led personally by the founders of Cycle Fiesta - Ian & Lucia.

See our about us page for more information.

Can I do this as a private guided tour?

Yes, we can run this as a private tour for groups of six or more people. Please get in contact with us to discuss dates and any changes you would like to make

What do the meals consist of on this tour?

Lunches are taken in local restaurants and consists of three course menus or a selection of tapas. The menu normally has three or four options for each course (including at least one vegetarian option) and is food typical of Catalonia and the rest of Spain.

The evening meals are a combination of traditional tapas (lots of small plates of various cooked dishes, as well as local cheeses, hams, salads etc..

In Tarragona we go for a multi course tasting menu in one of the best restaurants.

Drinks are included (water, soft drinks, beer, wine) with all meals.

What is your cancellation policy?

The full cancellation policy can be found in our terms and conditions.

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.

Where can I find more information about the region?

We have more detailed information on the website.

Check out our page on Barcelona for more information about the city itself.

Hotel Kalma
Hotel Kalma - Sitges
A boutique 4-star hotel situation next to the beach and promenade in Sitges. The rooms are just a short walk to the historic center, allowing you to easily explore the narrow streets of the old town.
Hotel Mastinell
Wine Hotel Vilafranca
We spend two nights in this stunning 5-star boutique hotel. The hotel has won awards for its architectural design, with each room shaped like a cava bottle, and offering views looking out over the surrounding vineyards.

It is a great place to relax at the end of a day's riding.
H10 Imperial Tarraco
Hotel H10 - Tarragona
This excellent 4-star hotel is situated next to both Tarragona's main amphitheatre, and the city's finest beach. It also has a great swimming pool terrace with fine views overlooking the historic heart of the city.
Hotel Abad Cisneros
Hotel Abad Cisneros
This unique hotel is perched high up in the mountains of Montserrat, and forms part of a 16th century monastery complex. It has stunning views looking over the plains below and is ideally located for exploring all the hidden corners of Montserrat.
Hotel Gran Via
Hotel Gran Via
A modern and very comfortable 4-star hotel in the center of Barcelona. It is situated next to a metro station, but also is within comfortable walking distance of the Medieval center, the Sagrada Familia church, and the bustling Ramblas boulevard.
To find out more about how we select our hotels, please see our accommodation page.


Date Price (per person)¹ Single Supplement Bike Hire
23rd - 29th May 2022 €1,640 EUR €530 EUR Included
12th - 18th September 2022 €1,640 EUR €530 EUR Included
Other Dates² - - -


¹Price is based on two people sharing a double or twin room. If you would prefer to stay in a single room, the single supplement is applicable.

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.


²Other Dates
Groups of six people or more contact us to arrange a private guided tour starting on any date.

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