Montserrat Wine & Cava Road Bike TourDuration: 3 Days / 2 Nights Location: Montserrat Type: Self Guided Road Bike Level: 3 Average / Day: 50 Km - 32 Miles When?: March to October Minimum: 2
Starting in the Mediterranean Sea the route continues through the famous Penedès, the cava and wine area. Next is the famous climb to Montserrat which will be hard for anyone to forget. From Montserrat you will ride back to Barcelona after a long riding weekend.
The history of Sant Sadurní took a decisive turn in the XIX Century. The region has an agricultural activity strongly oriented towards viticulture since 1872 when the first bottles of cava were produced. At the beginning of the century the production of cava was consolidated as an industry and since then has become essential for the local economy with well known cava companies like Freixent, Codorniu or Juve y Camps.
Montserrat. The geological origins of the massif are sedimentary. The rocks of Montserrat, formed by pebbles bound together by a natural cement of sand and clay, are very hard and resistant to erosion. Nevertheless, the wind and rain have, over time, shaped the mountain to form “needles” or monolithic rocks with strange and varied forms.
The sanctuary of the Virgin Mary of Montserrat has its historical origins in the year 888. In 1025, Oliba, abbot of Ripoll and bishop of Vic, founded a new monastery at the hermitage of Santa Maria de Montserrat. The little monastery soon began to receive pilgrims and visitors who contributed to the spread of stories of miracles and wonders performed by the Virgin.
Day 1. Sitges to Sant Sadurní d'Anoia
48,5 km – 475 m
30 miles – 1.550 feet
The tour starts in Sitges after a short train ride from Barcelona to avoid traffic. You will leave this fisherman village behind and ride along the Foix dam in a very secondary road.
The Foix has played a significant role as a crossroads of civilisations in the times of the Iberian and Romans. These little roads run through the famous Penedès vineyards, olive trees and will bring you to St. Sadurní d’Anoia, the cradle for wine and cava.
Day 2. Sant Sadurní d’Anoia to Montserrat
54 km – 1.059 m
34 miles – 3.475 feet
In the second day, after an optional visit to Freixenet cava, you will make your way to one of the most emblematic places in Catalonia (Montserrat).
You should keep enough energy for the mythic climb in the last 10km of the route leading to Montserrat monastery. The natural beauty surrounding the monastery is simply breathtaking.
Day 3. Montserrat to Terrassa or Barcelona
50 km – 1.079m / 97 km 1.900 m
31 miles – 3.540 feet / 60,2 miles – 6.233 feet
From Montserrat you will slide down admiring the mountain views from different perspectives. Once you are at the bottom you will cross a Natural Park through the very quiet road of l’Obac finishing in Terrassa where you can take the train. If you wish to do a longer ride you will be able to continue your ride to Barcelona.
INCLUDED in the price
- 2 nights accommodations including breakfast
- 1 GPS per couple with the daily preloaded route
- Maps and cue sheets to help you follow the tour
- Daily emergency telephone assistance
- Tour souvenir
- All taxes
NOT INCLUDED in the price
- Lunches during the tour
- Dinners during the tour
- Transport from and to Barcelona
- Luggage transfer from Hotel to Hotel + Private transfer on first day from BCN to Sitges
- Bike rental
|Double Occupancy Mar-Abr-Oct||€/person|
|Double Occupancy May-Jun||€/person|
|Double Occupancy Jul-Ago-Sep||€/person|
OPTIONAL extras per person
|3 days Road Bike Rental - Canyon Aluminum frame + Shimano 105||75 €/person|
|3 days Road Bike Rental - Canyon Carbon frame + Shimano 105||87 €/person|
|3 days Road Bike Rental - Canyon Carbon frame + Shimano Ultegra||99 €/person|
OPTIONAL extras per group
|Luggage transfer from Hotel to Hotel + Transfer on first day from Barcelona to Sitges (2 to 4 people)||€/group|