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Bikes & Bubbles

Penedès – Catalonia’s scenic ‘Cava country’
 
Enjoy easy access from Barcelona and plentiful wine-tasting opportunities during your journey through this fascinating wine region. Cycle self-guided, with luggage transported, along rewarding routes amid countless bodegas by day and relax in family-run accommodation with pools by night.
 

Holiday information

 

A short cycling break in ‘Cava country’

Penedès, less than an hour from Barcelona, is one of Europe’s most fascinating wine regions, and with gently undulating seas of vines, far-reaching views and innumerable bodegas (virtually any of which can be visited for tastings), this is a fabulous area for a decidedly sparkling cycling break.
The accommodation, too, is a real treat: three family-run masias (traditional Catalan farmhouses – each with a pool) provide a warm and individual welcome, and your hosts take considerable pride in offering food created from the freshest of local ingredients.
And then there is Cava, of course – the champagne-style fizz that is a near-constant companion along the way.
 
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Itinerary

The key to Inntravel holidays is flexibility. You can start on almost any day of the week, and are free to add extra nights.
  • The average maximum daytime temperatures and monthly rainfall relate to the nearest weather station and are intended as a guide only.
    Average temperatures and rainfall
      Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
    °C 13 14 15 17 20 24 27 27 25 21 16 13
    mm 40 35 50 47 57 41 25 50 69 84 54 44
  • Arrival in Sant Jaume dels Domenys
    Night 1: at Hotel de Gimenelles (where you spend one night).
    As your first night's accommodation is on the day of travel, Day 1 is your first day of cycling.
  • Sant Jaume to La Rovira Roja: 24.5km
    Your route starts by rising steadily then snakes along the edge of wooded hills as you enjoy far-reaching views across the plain of Penedès. Take the chance to call in at the celebrated, family-run winery of Parés Baltà, dating back to 1790, before a final short ascent brings you to Cal Ruget, just outside the village of La Rovira Roja, where you spend two nights.
    Sant Jaume to La Rovira Roja: 24.5km
    The family-run winery of Parés Baltà
  • Circular route from La Rovira Roja: 23.5km
    This is a veritable wine odyssey, giving you an insight into the variety – and contrasting styles of production – to be found in Penedès: visit Miguel Torres' cutting-edge bodega, as well as tiny Can Descregut, where astonishingly good organic wines are produced through the dedication and enthusiasm of just one couple. And don’t miss out on the excellent wine museum in Vilafranca, followed by an obligatory tasting.
    Circular route from La Rovira Roja: 23.5km
    Quiet country roads enroute to Vilafranca
  • La Rovira Roja to Sant Llorenç d’Hortons: 34km
    Your last day brings an undulating ride along quiet roads as you head north-east to Sant Sadurní d’Anoia, the undisputed ‘Capital of Cava’. Pay a visit to the Cava Museum, or Simon Coll’s celebrated chocolate factory, then call in for a glass of bubbly at Codorníu’s impressive bodega, whose striking Modernist building, designed by Josep Puig i Cadafalch, is an attraction in itself. Your onward route then tests the legs with an ascent to higher ground, but rewards with ever-finer views of the Monserrat massif. Your target, on the edge of Sant Llorenç d’Hortons, is Can Canyes, where you can take advantage of the inviting pool and gardens before a final delicious meal to round off your mini-adventure through ‘Cava country’.

     
    La Rovira Roja to Sant Llorenç d’Hortons: 34km
    Sant Sadurní d'Anoia - one of the many opportunities for wine tasting in this 'Capital of Cava'
 

Accommodation

You stay in three lovingly restored, stone-built farmhouses so typical of Catalonia.
 

Extend your stay

 
Prices & travel options
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  • 4 nights: 01 April 2020 - 30 July 2020 & 01 September 2020 - 31 October 2020

    Start any day except Thursday | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Price Single room
    1 Apr - 17 May 2020 £795 £170
    18 - 28 May 2020 £825 £190
    29 May - 26 Jun 2020 £865 £215
    27 Jun - 26 Jul 2020 £880 £225
    1 - 28 Sep 2020 £865 £215
    29 Sep - 27 Oct 2020 £825 £190
    3rd & 4th person discount -£185
    Single traveller supplement £185

    Includes accommodation, meals, bike hire, luggage transfers and any other services integral to the holiday as described, plus cycling notes and maps, but no travel from the UK, nor any connecting travel from the airport unless stated below.

    Electric bikes available: add £35 per person

    Book your flights through us and we'll find the best route and times to suit you. Please contact us to find out more about our flight booking service. We can also book connecting travel - see below.

  • Room upgrades (£ per person per night)

    Can Canyes, Sant Llorenç d’Hortons
    Superior: 01 Apr - 30 Jul 2020 £8
    Superior: 01 Sep - 31 Oct 2020 £8

    Extra nights (£ per person per night) in a double or single room

    Prices include an extra day’s hire of a standard bike. If you are upgrading to an e-bike, add a further £11pp per day.
    Cal Ruget, La Rovira Roja (with dinner) Double room Single room
    01 Apr - 31 May 2020 £105 £120
    01 Jun - 30 Jul 2020 £115 £150
    01 Sep - 30 Sep 2020 £115 £150
    01 Oct - 31 Oct 2020 £105 £120
    Can Canyes, Sant Llorenç d’Hortons (with dinner) Double room Single room
    01 Apr - 30 Jun 2020 £115 £180
    01 Jul - 30 Jul 2020 £125 £200
    01 Sep - 31 Oct 2020 £115 £180
  • RECOMMENDED AIRPORT(S):
    Barcelona

    Travelling from the UK

    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  we recommend flying via Barcelona. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    Outward route Airline
    Belfast Intl. - Barcelona easyJet,  jet2 
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    Birmingham - Barcelona Norwegian,  Ryanair,  Vueling 
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    Bristol - Barcelona easyJet 
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    Nottingham East Midlands - Barcelona Ryanair 
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    Edinburgh - Barcelona Norwegian,  Ryanair,  Vueling 
    Edinburgh - Barcelona (via Paris) Air France 
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    Glasgow - Barcelona jet2 
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    Glasgow Prestwick - Barcelona Ryanair 
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    Leeds Bradford - Barcelona jet2,  Vueling 
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    Liverpool - Barcelona easyJet,  Ryanair,  Vueling 
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    Gatwick - Barcelona ,  easyJet,  Norwegian,  Vueling 
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    Heathrow - Barcelona  
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    Luton - Barcelona easyJet,  Ryanair,  Vueling 
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    London Southend - Barcelona easyJet 
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    Stansted - Barcelona Ryanair 
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    Manchester - Barcelona easyJet,  jet2,  Norwegian,  Ryanair,  Vueling 
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    Newcastle - Barcelona easyJet,  Vueling 
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    Southampton - Barcelona (via Paris) Air France 
    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  we recommend flying via Barcelona. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    This list of flight options should be used as a guide only, and you should check each airline’s website for current routes, frequency and schedules. Not all flights operate daily, and may not run for the entire season. You should also heed the latest flight arrival time and earliest flight departure time stated in the connecting travel section, as it may not be possible to arrange connecting travel outside these times. Please do not book your flights until we have confirmed your accommodation to you. Alternatively, our expert reservations team will be happy to offer advice and to make flight bookings for you. We charge £35 per person for our flight booking service (£60 for India and Nepal). Your flights are then covered by our package-booking conditions, which give you greater protection in the event of delay or cancellation, as well as providing ATOL cover.

  • Prices below are based on 2 people travelling together. If you are travelling solo or as a party of 3 or more and our arrangements include a taxi, please contact us for prices; additional passengers often pay less.

    Unless otherwise stated, connecting travel by rail or bus tends to be from the city centre station, rather than from its airport, and connections between the two should be paid for locally.

    Connecting travel options - flying via Barcelona

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    direct taxi Barcelona airport to hotel (1h) included flexible
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    direct taxi hotel to Barcelona airport (0h45) included flexible
What is included
  • 4 nights
  • 4 dinners
    4 breakfasts
  • luggage transported
  • route notes and maps
  • high-quality bicycle
  • return taxi from/to Barcelona
 
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FAQs

If you have any questions relating to this or any other Inntravel holiday, our friendly travel experts will be happy to help
  • Our chosen bike rental shop will provide you with a hybrid bike with 21 gears (grip shift system); waterproof map case on handlebars (1 per party); water bottle & holder;  odometer (1 per party); pump; lock; panniers/saddlebags; and a puncture repair kit. Electric bikes are available as an upgrade (see price panel), subject to availability, and must be requested at the time of booking.
  • Helmets are a legal requirement on public roads in Spain, and as such are included free of charge with your bike.
  • Yes, we will provide GPX tracks for this holiday prior to departure so that you can follow your route on your smartphone or dedicated GPS device if you wish. (We also provide maps and our tried-and-tested route notes.)
  • We’ll send you route notes and maps 2-3 weeks before your holiday. The route notes not only contain directions to get from hotel to hotel, but also include practical information about places of interest and eateries along each route, plus cultural information about the area. On mornings when you are moving between hotels, you leave your luggage in reception as you leave, and it will be transferred ahead to your next accommodation so that all you need to take with you are a camera, sun cream, drinks, food and waterproofs.
  • You do need to make sure you’re covered, because it’s you who is responsible for any damage to or loss of the bike during the holiday. You should always lock it (preferably to an immovable object) and remove any easy-to-steal accessories when leaving it unattended. The travel insurance policy that we offer covers you for loss and damage (provided you’ve locked or stored it appropriately). If you are arranging your own insurance, but it doesn’t cover bikes, we can provide bike-only cover. See the FAQs section of the main cycling holidays page for more details.
  • We can book a wide range of airlines and routes from the UK. As well as being more convenient for you to book all elements of your holiday together, it also means that we’ll accept liability for your travel arrangements, so if things go wrong, such as the airline going bust, we’ll make suitable alternative arrangements for you. For Europe and Morocco, there’s a £35 booking fee per person (£15 for children aged 2-11). For India and Nepal, the booking fee is £60 per person. More information on flights >
  • We can’t book flights that originate outside the UK, but if you wanted book your own flights to London (or elsewhere in the UK), we can make all onward travel arrangements (including flights) from there. Alternatively, if you are booking your own flights to an airport in continental Europe that’s appropriate for your holiday, we can book onward rail travel and/or taxis. More information about how we can tailor holidays for customers outside the UK >
  • Since our holidays are self-guided, we recommend calling us for a chat about your plans before making a booking, especially if it’s the first time you’ve booked with us.
    The price panel shows the supplement for a single room and also the single traveller charge (this covers (luggage) transfers and other costs which are usually shared between two people).
  • Once you’ve decided on your exact itinerary (our travel experts will be happy to offer advice), you need to provide us with your party’s details, either by phone or via our booking form. At this point we also ask you to pay a deposit so that we can secure a room for you immediately on confirming availability with the hotel(s). If it turns out that we can’t secure the accommodation for the holiday you’ve requested, or offer an acceptable alternative, we’ll refund your deposit promptly and in full. After booking your accommodation and other key elements, we'll then book your travel (or you can do so if you’re making your own arrangements) and send you a Booking Confirmation and Invoice.
  • Yes, it’s something we insist on, even for holidays in the UK. The vast majority of holidays go smoothly, but when things go wrong, it can be expensive to put them right. Buying a new pair of walking boots after your suitcase is stolen mightn’t seem so bad, but the bill for being airlifted down from a mountain with a broken leg or flown home while still recovering from an illness or accident can cost tens of thousands of pounds.

    You don’t have to buy our policy (if you live outside Europe you’ll definitely need to make your own arrangements, as the policy is only for UK and EU residents), but you do need to make sure that you’re covered for medical emergencies and repatriation. We also recommend that you are covered for other eventualities, such as cancellation and loss of luggage and passports.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure you are in possession of the correct travel documents, with the correct validity. If you’re a UK citizen, you need a full British passport to travel to Spain, but not a visa (if you are travelling after 31 October 2019, see the Brexit question below for more information). If you are a citizen of another country, you’ll need to check requirements with the national embassy or your own consulate.

    Current information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice can be found through the following NHS link: www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/advice/ You must make sure you have adequate insurance cover for illness, accidents and repatriation (see the insurance question). UK citizens should also obtain a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) by applying at a Post Office or at www.ehic.org.uk. The EHIC allows reciprocal health care but should not be seen as a substitute for travel insurance. EHICs may cease to be valid in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
  • (Castilian) Spanish is one of several official languages; in Catalonia, for example, Catalan has equal status. The currency is the Euro. Spanish time is GMT/UTC + 1. It uses Daylight Saving Time, so in summer is on BST + 1.
  • Even in the event of a no-deal Brexit, it’s been confirmed that flights will continue as normal and that you won’t need a visa to go on holiday (the limit on stays is 90 days). What you will need if there’s no deal is a passport that is valid for at least 6 months beyond the date of your arrival (extra months added because you renewed your passport early do not count) and adequate travel insurance to cover you for accidents and illness in case reciprocal health deals are suspended. If you are driving while on holiday, you will probably need an International Driving Permit (plus a Green Card if you are taking your own car to Europe). More information >
  • The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) provides up-to-date, country-by-country travel advice, as well as information on security, local laws, passports and visas for UK citizens.
    If you live outside the UK, see our essential travel information page for a list of relevant websites.
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