Headwater - Discovering the Ebro Delta by Bike, Self-Guided Cycling

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Trip code: 
C07SC
Way to Travel:
Self-Guided
Activity:
Cycling
Min age:
12

On this 7 night single centre cycling holiday discover the lush wetlands of the Ebro Delta.

Offering you a wonderful insight into the waterways and natural habitats of this region - one of the most important of its kind in Europe. We've put together a diverse week's cycling offering lots of choice and flexibility, all from your base in the charming whitewashed town of Poble Nou del Delta. You'll travel along traffic-free routes, with a mixture of quiet roads and riverside trails, the Montsia Mountains providing a spectacular backdrop.

Highlights

  • The Ebro Delta: vast lagoons and peaceful nature reserves
  • One of the Mediterranean's most important birdlife areas
  • Visit the original mouth of the Ebro River at Illa de Buda
  • Charming seaside towns with quiet sandy beaches; authentic, working villages
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site of Tarragona
  • Friendly, family-run boutique hotel with fabulous food and a swimming pool

Key information

  • 7 Nights , hotel-to-hotel 
  • 5 Days cycling
  • Departs Every two days from 1 May '18 to 22 Oct '18
  • GPS route navigation provided 
  • High quality bikes provided

What's included

  • All buffet breakfasts and 6 evening meals 
  • All accommodation
  • GPS route navigation 
  • High quality bikes 

What's not included

  • Visas and vaccinations
  • Travel insurance
  • Single supplements
Call for general departures:
1 844 227 9087
Call for tailormade trips:
1 800 267 3347
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

5

Days of Cycling
Terrain:

You'll travel along traffic-free routes, with a mixture of quiet roads and riverside trails.

Day by day breakdown
Day 227.0km/17.0miles
Day 342.0km/27.0miles
Day 421.0km/14.0miles
Day 554.0km/34.0miles
Day 738.0km/24.0miles

Responsible Travel

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Every time we travel, we are part of a global movement that creates jobs, builds more sustainable societies, encourages cultural understanding and safeguards common natural and cultural heritage. To learn more about what Responsible Travel means to Exodus click here… 

Itinerary

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  • Day 1

    Arrive in Poble Nou Del Delta

    Arrive at the *** Hotel L'Algadir, and perhaps enjoy a drink on the terrace before dinner (included on six nights). The hotel restaurant is closed on a Sunday, so take a stroll into Poble Nou del Delta for dinner (pay locally). The town has a great atmosphere and offers many bars and retaurants to choose from. (Staying at the Hotel L'Algadir)

    Meals included: Dinner
  • Day 2

    Birdwatching around the Lagoons

    Today's circular cycle takes you first towards the beach before heading inland to the most impressive lagoons for birdlife in Europe - La Tancada and L'Encanyissada. Between the two you have the chance to stop off and visit the Casa de Fusta, an old hunting lodge which now houses an exhibition all about the lagoons of the Ebro Delta. It's then back to the hotel for a drink on the terrace before dinner.

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 3

    The Ebro and Illa De Buda

    It's a totally different day today as you head through the paddy fields to Sant Jaume d'Enveja where you get your first glimpses of the River Ebro; why not stop for a drink on the riverfront? Enjoy a cycle alongside the river - watch out for cranes, grebes and terns - to Illa de Buda overlooking the original mouth of the Ebro.

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 4

    Sant Carles De La Rapita

    The refined coastal town of Sant Carles de la Rapita is your destination today. Lock up your bikes and wander along its sweeping promenade before lunch at one of its many restaurants overlooking the beach. In the afternoon either relax on the beach, visit the statue of Christ towering above the town or take a boat trip across the bay (payable locally).

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 5

    The Mouth of the River and Deltebre

    Our route today crosses the River Ebro and takes us through Deltebre, the capital of the Delta - a visit to the Ecomuseum perhaps? It's then on to Riumar, a perfect place for lunch and one of the nicest beaches in the area. Take time to relax before heading to the viewing tower - the Mirador Passeig Garxal - where the river meets the sea, affording superb views over the Delta.

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 6

    Visit Roman Tarragona

    It's a day off from the bikes today. Take a taxi (payable locally) to Aldea and then a train to Roman Tarragona. This impressive UNESCO World Heritage Site boasts Roman walls, a forum, a necropolis and an impressive amphitheatre complete with sea views; the historic centre also has a good choice of bars and restaurants. Tonight you'll eat out in Poble Nou del Delta; with its hacienda feel, this charming town has a great atmosphere and offers many bars and restaurants for you to choose from.

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 7

    Along the Ebro to Amposta

    Today you head to the old port city of Amposta with its daily food market - why not purchase your picnic supplies for later? Explore the narrow streets and spend time people-watching in the main square. Don't miss the Ebro museum which details the history of the Delta over the centuries. It's then onward to the freshwater nature reserve at Ullals de Baltasar before a final drink at your favourite bar in Poble Nou before dinner.

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 8

    Leave Poble Nou Del Delta

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Essential Info

Visas

Spain

No visa required for British passport holders.

Vaccinations

Spain

There are no specific health risks.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts and six evening meals included.

Traditional Spanish food such as paella (arroz in Catalan), chorizo and albondigas (meatballs) can be found on just about every menu in
Catalunya, but don’t forget to try the regional specialities too. Local cuisine features plenty of fish, including world-renowned anchovies from L’Escala, and botifarras (black pudding) from the mountains.

Dishes are rich and hearty, however, it is not just a meat-based cuisine, and there are plenty of vegetable options. Catalan dishes also rely heavily on sauces: Sofrito is an onion and tomato sauce, Picada is made from dried fruits, nuts and herbs, Sanfaina is a sauce of fried peppers, aubergines, onions and tomatoes and Romesco is made with tomatoes, peppers, nuts and garlic.

The most notable wine variety in the region is Terra Alta - the red is richand fruity whilst the white is fresh and dry with a slight floral lilt. You will also find Cava served everywhere despite being from further North.

Weather

In April, May and September expect temperatures to average between 17ºC and 22ºC with high chance of rain showers though it could also be simply partly cloudy and more temperate. Temperatures between June and August tend to be higher, with averages between 25ºC and 29ºC, and highs reaching up to 33ºC. Expect a combination of sun, showers and clouds all year round.

Is this trip for you?

Cycling Conditions

Classification: Self-Guided
Activity Level: 1 (Leisurely)
Average daily distance on move on days: 37km (23 miles). 
No. of days cycling: 5  
Terrain and route: The suggested cycling mainly follows traffic-free routes, with a mixture of quiet roads and riverside trails.
Vehicle Support: This is a self-guided trip for those who prefer to cycle independently, but with our assistance to take out the stress of the logistics and planning. We arrange your accommodations, provide you with a map and route notes so that you can cycle at your own pace. A representative will be there to meet you, make sure the bikes are all set up and will be on call throughout the trip should you need.

It is important that you are happy reading maps and following route notes, we make these as accurate as possible and they are regularly checked. 

As this is a self-guided holiday there is no group and no leader. There maybe others on the same departure date as you, but you will not be organised together. The route notes contain a 24-hour emergency assistance telephone number should you need it and in emergencies, the local representative is normally able to dispatch a taxi or pick you up themselves. They may wish to charge for this service.

Families
Self-guided cycling holidays are a perfect option for families as they offer the freedom for you to take your holiday at your own pace. You can stop as and when you want and need, at the cafes and restaurants that suit your family and the sites that interest you. We have suggested the minimum age for this trip is 12yrs as we feel they will be able to ride the bikes we have to offer and complete the route. However our local partner is able to offer child seats for children aged 2-4yrs (max. weight 22 kg, hills will be tricky). These are all subject to availability, and therefore we ask that you enquire about these on booking. As a guide we have suggested that 12yrs is the minimum age for this trip, but as it is self-guided and you will be leading your own family we will ultimately leave this decision up to you. The daily distances are all published in the trip notes along with a description of each days cycling so you have a good idea of what to expect. However, if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact one of our experts. The principle idea is that these holidays can be as flexible as you like, with logistical support but no group or leader to dictate the daily activities. Please bear in mind the weather when choosing to book, temperatures can be high in the middle of summer and the child seats provided do not have any shade.

Call for general departures:
1 844 227 9087
Call for tailormade trips:
1 800 267 3347
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Accommodation

Hotels

Your base for the week is the charming family-run Hotel L'Algadir, a boutique hotel in the quaint town of Poble Nou del Delta. You'll appreciate its lovely relaxed atmosphere, outdoor swimming pool and terrace, and the restaurant serving excellent locally grown food; be sure to try the exquisite, freshly caught seafood. Chef Alex is very proud of his menu and is often seen wandering the restaurant chatting with customers!

Call for general departures:
1 844 227 9087
Call for tailormade trips:
1 800 267 3347
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

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Dates & Prices

Call us on 1 844 227 9087