The Costa Dorada, a stone’s throw from Barcelona, is an undiscovered gem. Behind the sparkling beaches and Roman ruins of Tarragona, you will find the beautiful wine-producing regions of Priorat and Montsant. Imagine South Africa’s coastline meeting verdant Galicia – rolling hills covered with vineyards, pristine lakes and peaceful backroads set amongst towering limestone cliffs. Ride past UNESCO-listed monasteries, through medieval villages and savour the best of local cuisine on this 4-day trip.
Arrive in the Costa Dorada We recommend a morning flight. After arriving you will be met and transferred to your chosen hotel in Cambrils. You will have time to build your bike (or pick up your hire bike) and grab some lunch (we recommend Restaurant El Posit). In the afternoon you will have time to test the legs by taking on the areas famous climb of La Mussara. 10km at 6.2%.
La Morera de Montsant La Morera de Montsant loop is a good day in the saddle, you climb 20km uphill to begin with, at a steady 4%, before dropping down, in to and out off, two further valleys. The last valley you enter feels like a step back in time, and can stop in Escaladei for coffee to steady yourself for the next climb. The climb is hard with ramps of 15% for 3km. Roughly translated from Catalan the climb's name means steps of god, and the climb will have even non-believers praying for the top. All that is left is a big descent from here, one final easy climb, and then a fast downhill to the hotel.
The Country of the Priorat Today you will ride deep into the hills to take on 6 individual Cols and take in the stunning scenery of this area. You will ride past vineyards, olive trees and groves of almonds, holm oaks and maples, into the hills forested with Aleppo pines. Deserted roads and twisty climbs and descents await you. The serried limestone hills, monasteries, prestigious family wineries and a network of winding mountain roads will delight.
Departure day There is one final cafe run around the lanes of Cambrils before we transfer you back to the airport. We recommend you get an afternoon or evening flight. If you want to extend this trip, this is possible.