Cycling around the River Ebro

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This 6 night holiday combines cycling along river and coastal trails taking in a wonderful mix of charming villages, historic cities and fabulous birdlife. All hotels have pools.

Meals
All buffet breakfasts and 4 evening meals
Single Supplement
Add 40 per person per night for sole occupancy of a double room.
Accommodation
Hotel Flamingo (4 star)
Located in the charming town of l'Ampolla the Hotel Flamingo has large rooms, many with sea view. There is an indoor and outdoor pool and the hotel is opposite a small beach. The hotel does have a restaurant but there is also a variety of restaurants in the town so we have left evening meals free. Breakfast is a large buffet with a hot section. In summer there is also a bar on the terrace. L'Ampolla itself is a nice and lively fishing town, with coastal paths leading you to small beaches.

Parador de Tortosa (4 star)
The Parador is a C10 castle perching on a hill above Tortosa. The building is completely intact and has a great atmosphere with its long corridors and nooks and crannies. The rooms are large and have balconies looking over the River Ebro, the town and mountains in the distance. There is a nice large outdoor pool. There is a nice bar with outside terrace.

Hotel L'Algadir (3 star)
A boutique hotel with just 10 rooms which have all been tastefully designed and named after the nature around the Ebro Delta. There is a small pool and gym and an outside terrace where they serve drinks. The food here is superb, mostly 'km 0' so only food from the local vicinity.

Hotel Flamingo (4 star)
Located in the charming town of l'Ampolla the Hotel Flamingo has large rooms, many with sea view. There is an indoor and outdoor pool and the hotel is opposite a small beach. The hotel does have a restaurant but there is also a variety of restaurants in the town so we have left evening meals free. Breakfast is a large buffet with a hot section. In summer there is also a bar on the terrace. L'Ampolla itself is a nice and lively fishing town, with coastal paths leading you to small beaches.

Travel
British Airways Heathrow to Barcelona 09:35/12:45 then rail Barcelona Sants to Aldea Amposta 15:00/16:33 then transfer to hotel 15 minutes. Return: Transfer to station 15 minutes then rail Aldea Amposta to Barcleona Sants 13:55/15:39 British Airways Barcelona to Heathrow 18:15/19:35.
Destinations visited
  • Spain
  • Catalunya
  • Europe
Tags
  • Cycling
  • Family
  • Self Guided
Day 1 Arrive in L'Ampolla
Arrive at your hotel with views of the harbour. Eat at the hotel tonight or explore the lively town and choose from one of its seafront restaurants. (Staying at Hotel Flamingo, Breakfast only)

Day 2 L'Ampolla to Tortosa 34km/21.5mi
Today you'll leave the coast behind you as you cycle past rustic, working villages towards the small town of Aldea. Stop off here for a spot of lunch and visit the hermitage which dates back to the C12. Then it's on through orchards and olive groves, and meandering canalside paths affording you wonderful glimpses of the Ebro. You'll cycle through vines and past beautifully scented orange trees, before arriving at historic Tortosa and your C10 castle for the next two nights. (Staying at Parador de Tortosa, Half Board)

Day 3 At Tortosa
Spend today in the impressive, Templar city of Tortosa, which dates back 2000 years. Walk around the ancient walls and monuments, discover the Gothic Cathedral of Santa Maria, see the superbly restored old quarter or visit the open-air sculpture museum. If you fancy going further afield, take a train to Tarragona where you can wander a maze of cobbled streets and marvel at the stunning amphitheatre overlooking the sea. Or perhaps opt for a cycle along the Vine Cutter railway line, a fabulous traffic-free cycle track cut through the vines. (Staying at Parador de Tortosa, Half Board)

Day 4 Tortosa to Poble Nou del Delta 37km/23.5mi
Leaving Tortosa you'll cross the Ebro River today and follow a canalside path, enjoying views of the Els Ports mountain range. Pass the impressive Torre de la Carrova and arrive in Amposta, a former port town of the river, which now houses an interesting museum all about the Ebro River and its valley. You then have two options: follow a tranquil riverside trail along the Ebro or cycle past the freshwater nature reserve of Ullals de Baltasar, making your way to Poble Nou del Delta and the welcoming Hotel L'Algadir. Perhaps sit out on the terrace this evening and enjoy one of the Ebro's signature sunsets. (Staying at Hotel l'Algadir, Half Board)

Day 5 At Poble Nou del Delta
This charming whitewashed town, with its hacienda feel, sits within the Ebro Delta and offers many possibilities for your free day. Visit the coastal town of Sant Carles de la Rapita and stroll along the promenade, enjoy a day on the beach at Playa Eucaliptus or follow one of the many circular cycle trails available, the most impressive of which circles two bird reserves which host more than 160 species of birds including crested coots, skylarks, herons and moorhens to name but a few - the flamingos are a real highlight! (Staying at Hotel l'Algadir, Half Board)

Day 6 Poble Nou del Delta to L'Ampolla 35km/22mi
Today you leave Poble Nou del Delta and head to the coast. You'll cycle past the Tancada nature reserve - the best place to enjoy the flamingos - and on through rice fields, before meeting the River Ebro. A riverside path takes you to a bridge where you'll cross the river between the towns of Sant Jaume and the capital of the Delta, Deltebre - from the bridge you'll enjoy idyllic views of the coast, mountains and lush vegetation. Head back to L'Ampolla to relax on the beach or enjoy a dip in the sea before your journey home tomorrow. (Staying at Hotel Flamingo, Breakfast only)

Day 7 Leave L'Ampolla
Please note that cycling helmets are compulsory in Spain for all customers. As we are unable to provide these, we strongly recommend that you bring your own. Please see our Planning you holiday page for full details.

You will have the option to book your own flights independently with the operator.

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