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Catalonia's Cava Country

Penedès – rolling vineyards & sparkling wine
 
Offering easy access from Barcelona, this self-guided cycling holiday, with luggage transported, provides a delicious immersion in a fascinating local wine culture. Follow rewarding routes amid countless bodegas by day and relax in welcoming country hotels with pools by night.
Catalonia's Cava Country. 6 nights
Catalonia's Cava Country. 6 nights
 

Holiday information

 

A cycling holiday in ‘Cava Country’

Less than an hour from Barcelona is Penedès, one of Europe’s most diverse and exciting wine regions. In this land of rolling vineyards, far-reaching views and almost 300 bodegas, you can immerse yourself in wine-making culture and traditions, as you enjoy a compelling, two-wheeled adventure through ‘Cava Country’.

Winemakers have been busy here since the Phoenicians came ashore over 2,000 years ago, and the rich red soil, warm weather and wide variety of micro-climates – governed by varying altitudes and the proximity of the sea – have helped to nurture an increasingly varied output ever since.
Well-known brands of bubbly like Freixenet and Codorníu are balanced by smaller, family-run wineries where bottles are still painstakingly turned by hand; and the hill-top villages, welcoming ‘foodie’ guesthouses and splashes of Modernist architecture you encounter make for an intensely rewarding few days in the saddle.
 
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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 (the first of two nights here).
    As your first night's accommodation is on the day of travel, Day 1 is your first day of cycling.
  • Circular route from Sant Jaume: 27.5km
    Our opening circuit takes in l’Arboç, with its Modernist architecture, and Castellet with its hill-top castle and a recommended restaurant where you can enjoy views of the nearby lake before returning to your hotel through a patchwork of fields and vineyards.
  • 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.
    The family-run winery of Parés Baltà
  • Circular route from La Rovira Roja: 23.5km
    This is ‘still wine’ – rather than Cava – country, and your ride here is something of an oenophile’s odyssey, giving you an insight into the variety – and contrasting styles of production – to be found in Penedès: visit the renowned, trailblazing Miguel Torres 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.
    Quiet country roads towards Vilafranca
  • La Rovira Roja to Sant Llorenç d'Hortons: 34km
    Today sees an undulating ride along quiet roads as you head north-east to Sant Sadurní d’Anoia – the undisputed ‘Capital of Cava’ – for lunch and a glass of fizz, perhaps. Your onward route then tests the legs with a long ascent to higher ground, but rewards with ever-finer views of the Monserrat massif en route to Can Canyes, on the edge of Sant Llorenç d’Hortons, where you spend your last two nights.
    One of the many opportunities for wine tasting around Sant Sadurní d'anomia - the Capital of Cava
  • Circular route from Sant Llorenç: 18km
    The emphasis of your final day is firmly on relaxation and indulgence, and while we recommend that you leave your bicycle behind to take a taxi back to Sant Sadurní (pay locally), we do also provide notes so you can cycle the route if you prefer. Once there, we include a visit to the splendid Codorníu bodega, whose labyrinth of brick-built tunnels spreads far underground; and you can also seek out the factory of celebrated Catalan chocolatier, Simon Coll. There’s a Cava Museum to explore, too, before you put the seal on a decidedly effervescent holiday by returning to Can Canyes to relax by the pool, anticipating one more memorable meal.
    The splendid Codorníu bodega
 

Accommodation

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

Options to extend or shorten your stay

 
Prices & travel options
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  • 6 nights: 01 April - 31 October 2019

    Start any day except Tuesday or Wednesday | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Price Single room
    1 April - 19 May £895 £275
    20 - 28 May £930 £280
    29 May - 25 June £960 £325
    26 June - 27 August £980 £345
    28 August - 28 September £960 £325
    29 September - 12 October £930 £280
    13 - 25 October £895 £275
    3rd & 4th person discount -£100
    Single traveller supplement £100

    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 £56 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)

    Gimenelles
    Junior suite: 01 Apr - 31 Oct 2019 £9
    Can Canyes
    Superior: 01 Apr - 31 Oct 2019 £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 (with dinner) Double room Single room
    01 Apr - 12 Apr 2019 £95 £110
    13 Apr - 22 Apr 2019 £108 £138
    23 Apr - 27 Apr 2019 £95 £110
    28 Apr - 01 May 2019 £108 £138
    02 May - 22 May 2019 £95 £110
    23 May - 26 May 2019 £108 £138
    27 May - 31 May 2019 £95 £110
    01 Jun - 30 Sep 2019 £108 £138
    01 Oct - 09 Oct 2019 £95 £110
    10 Oct - 14 Oct 2019 £108 £138
    15 Oct - 27 Oct 2019 £95 £110
    28 Oct - 31 Oct 2019 £108 £138
    Can Canyes (with dinner) Double room Single room
    01 Apr - 30 Jun 2019 £110 £170
    01 Jul - 31 Aug 2019 £120 £190
    01 Sep - 31 Oct 2019 £110 £170
  • 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 
    Outward route Airline
    Birmingham - Barcelona Norwegian,  Ryanair,  Vueling 
    Outward route Airline
    Bristol - Barcelona easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Cardiff - Barcelona Vueling 
    Outward route Airline
    Nottingham East Midlands - Barcelona Ryanair,  Thomas Cook 
    Outward route Airline
    Edinburgh - Barcelona Norwegian,  Ryanair,  Vueling 
    Edinburgh - Barcelona (via Paris) Air France 
    Outward route Airline
    Glasgow - Barcelona jet2 
    Outward route Airline
    Glasgow Prestwick - Barcelona Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Leeds Bradford - Barcelona jet2,  Vueling 
    Outward route Airline
    Liverpool - Barcelona easyJet,  Ryanair,  Vueling 
    Outward route Airline
    Gatwick - Barcelona British Airways,  easyJet,  Norwegian,  Vueling 
    Outward route Airline
    Heathrow - Barcelona British Airways 
    Outward route Airline
    Luton - Barcelona easyJet,  Vueling 
    Outward route Airline
    London Southend - Barcelona easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Stansted - Barcelona Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Manchester - Barcelona easyJet,  jet2,  Norwegian,  Ryanair,  Vueling 
    Outward route Airline
    Newcastle - Barcelona easyJet,  Vueling 
    Outward route Airline
    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 £30 per person for our flight booking service (£50 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.

    Connecting travel options - flying via Barcelona

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    direct taxi Barcelona airport to hotel (1h) £50 flexible
    rail Barcelona Sants to Vilafranca de Penedes (0h50) pay locally, taxi Vilafranca de Penedes to Gimenelles (0h25) £17 1800
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    direct taxi hotel to Barcelona airport (0h45) £45 flexible
    taxi Sant Llorenç D'Hortons to Gelida (0h20), rail Gelida to Barcelona Sants (0h40) pay locally £9 1000
    bus Sant Llorenç d’Hortons to Barcelona (1h) pay locally 1130
What is included
  • 6 nights
  • 6 dinners
    6 breakfasts
  • luggage transported
  • route notes and maps
  • high-quality bicycle
  • visit to Codorníu bodega
 
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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 for £19 per person. 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 £30 booking fee per person (£15 for children aged 2-11). For India and Nepal, the booking fee is £50 per person. More information on flights >
  • Absolutely! We are experts in tailored rail travel. Making use of sleeper trains or stopovers in cities along the route, we can get you from London to virtually anywhere in mainland Europe. We can even make arrangements to Mallorca, Sicily and Norway with a combination of ferries and rail. Please contact Abi to discuss your plans.
  • 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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