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Gaudi's Park Guell, self-guided cycle tour Biking to Barcelona
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Highlights

  • Contrasts of Catalonia—cycle from rural northern Spain to vibrant Barcelona.
  • Soaking up the sun and Medieval, Gothic and Romanesque architecture.
  • Great gourmet cuisine; tasty tapas bites washed down with chilled cava.
  • Staying in truly unique hotels—traditional houses and monastery buildings .
  • Following the famed Camino de Santiago and visiting iconic Montserrat Monastery.

Cycle Catalonia—pedalling from the mountains of northern Spain to iconic Montserrat Monastery, then on to vibrant Barcelona. Travel on two wheels through picturesque rural Spain, taking in delightful landscapes filled with frescoed churches, forests and meadows.

Barcelona is an artistic wonderland, packed with Antonio GaudÍ’s architectural masterpieces—the Sagrada FamilÍa, Park Güell and Casa Milà; as well as the old harbour, modern Olympic Port and of course the buzzing boulevard of La Rambla. This tour ticks all the boxes if you’re looking to sample the authentic flavours of Catalonia!

Day 1 Arrive Barcelona, transfer to Vic


Arrive at Barcelona Airport, and enjoy the convenience of a transfer to your first night’s hotel in the charming city of Vic, deep in the Catalan mountains.



You’ll have a welcome meeting with our local guide, and if you’re hiring a bike through us then you’ll have a fitting to make sure it’s the perfect match for you.  


Overnight: Hotel NH Citutat de Vic***, Vic



Located within easy reach of the historic centre of Vic, this friendly property offers clean and comfortable rooms which are simply furnished.



Day 2: Cycle to Moià


After breakfast, set off along into the lush countryside along peaceful small country paths. Reach Collsuspina with its pretty small stone church; this is an ideal lunch spot where you can enjoy a delicious bite to eat and a well-deserved cold beer.



Continue along a quiet rural route to end your day’s cycling at Moià.  Moià is home to the impressive ‘El Toll’ caves, whose contents have revealed much about pre-historic man. The town itself has a fascinating little archaeological museum.


Cycle: 41 km, elevation gain approx. 400m


Overnight: Apartamentos Les Closanes, Moià



Overnight at this traditional Catalan farmhouse, dating from the 14th century. Just outside of the village, it is within easy reach of the caves. The all modern facilities, include a pool and covered BBQ area.  The lovely rooms are tastefully decorated.



Day 3: Cycle Camino de Santiago, wine tasting


Today’s route takes you along the famed pilgrims’ route of the Camino de Santiago, also known as the ‘Way of St James’, ’Camino Frances’ and the ‘French Way’.



Cycle to Santa Maria de l’Estany, with its fantastic Romanesque monastery.  Compared to yesterday’s more challenging ascent, you’ll find yourself gliding downhill.  Soak in the great views of the Pyrenees and gentle meadows.  



Before arriving at Món Sant Benet, stop at Abadal Vineyard for a guided wine tasting—the perfect end to a day in the saddle!


Cycle: 41 km, elevation loss approx. 700m


Overnight: Hotel Món, Sant Fruitós del Bages



This beautiful hotel’s standard rooms have a terrace which overlooks the immaculate gardens and monastery; staying here is a real treat.  



Day 4: Cycle Camino de Santiago to Montserrat Monastery


After a hearty breakfast set out into the Catalan sunshine, accompanied by views to Montserrat, your goal for the day.  Again you’ll find yourself enjoying riding along the Camino de Santiago.



Your cycle starts by following the cooling waters of the Llobregat river. As you pedal climb through shady forests to Montserrat. This world-famous monastery is Catalonia's most important religious retreat. Reward your efforts with a glass of sparkling cava at your hotel, located in front of the famous monastery.


Cycle: 34 km , elevation gain approx. 600m


Overnight: Hotel Abat Cisneros, Montserrat



This impressive building has welcomed pilgrims since 1563, and now has 82 modern rooms, with a bar and restaurant. Soak up the atmosphere of this historic place, located at the heart of the sanctuary, near the Basilica.  



Day 5: Cycle to Terrassa


A day of easy downhill cycling awaits you, as you continue your journey towards the Mediterranean coast. Head down to the Llobregat river, where you’ll see traces of the greater Barcelona region’s industrial past, until reaching La Colonia Sedó, a historic centre of the textile industry.  Your cycle route follows secondary roads that lead to Terrassa, with its remarkable combination of medieval, Romanesque and impressive modernist architecture.


Cycle: 36 km, elevation loss 700m, gain 200m


Overnight: 1900 B&B, Terrassa



Stay in the centre of Terrassa in one of the town’s lovely modernist buildings—this homely B&B offers a very warm welcome to guests.



Day 6: Cycle through Collserola Natural Park to Barcelona


Spectacular views of Barcelona are just one of the highlights of your final day in the saddle, as you enjoy a superb day of easy cycling. Pass by unique monuments, such as Terrassa’s frescoed La Seu d’Egara and the Romanesque Sant Cugat Monastery.



Barcelona  stretches out ahead of you, with the mountains at your back and the glistening Mediterranean ahead on the horizon. The city welcomes you as you  enter through the delightful Collserola Natural Park.  


Cycle: 39 km


Overnight: Hotel Zenit Borrell****, Barcelona



Situated in the heart of Barcelona, this modern hotel is in the financial district, just minutes from La Rambla. It’s a great place from which to explore Barcelona’s top attractions, such as la Sagrada Familia, Güell Park, el Palacio de la Música and the stunning Casa Milà (La Pedrera).



Day 7: Onward travel or extend your stay in Barcelona


Your Catalonia cycling adventure ends after breakfast.  Why not take a quick wander down to the sea before continuing your onward journey.   



You can easily extend your stay in Barcelona and we can offer additional nights as well as 1 and 2 night extensions to explore further by bike.  See our website or contact us for information.


 

Accommodation

6 Nights accommodation is included in your trip, in rooms with private bathroom.



The hand-picked hotels featured on this tour offer great value and a warm welcome to cyclists—you’ll be staying in some truly unique properties, including a 14th century Catalan house, Monastery building and a modernist B&B. The accommodation we normally use is detailed in the itinerary however is subject to availability at the time of booking; alternative properties of the same or better standard may be offered. 


You can add extra nights at any time during your trip, and we recommend in particular that you consider extending your stay by a few days in Barcelona. We can book you extra nights or you can opt for a 1 or 2 night extension to explore further by bike.


Meals

6 Breakfasts are included in your arrangements. Dinners and lunches are not included and you can either stop en route, buy packed lunch from your accommodation (order the night before), or buy provisions in local shops/markets along the way. A half board supplement is available, if you wish to pre-book and pre-pay for dinner each night. Drinks are not included but available at all overnight accommodation.


Single Rooms and Solo Cyclists

This trip is available to solo cyclists. Single rooms are available and a single supplement is payable.




 

 

 




NH Hotel Ciutat de Vic - Vic

Located within easy reach of the historic centre of Vic, this friendly property offers clean and comfortable rooms which are simply furnished.


 

 

 



 

 

 



Apartamentos Les Closanes, Moia



Apartamentos Les Closanes - Moia

Overnight at this traditional Catalan farmhouse, dating from the 14th century. Just outside the village, it is within easy reach of the caves. Tastefully decorated rooms compliment the pool and BBQ area.


 

 

 



 

 

 




Hotel Mon - Sant Fruitos del Bages

This beautiful hotel's standard rooms have a terrace which overlooks the immaculate gardens and monastery; staying here is a real treat.


 

 

 



 

 

 




Hotel Abat Cisneros - Montserrat

This impressive building has welcomed pilgrims since 1563, and now has 82 modern rooms, with a bar and restaurant. Soak up the atmosphere of this historic place, located at the heart of the sanctuary.


 

 

 



 

 

 



Hotel Zenit Borrel - Barcelona



Hotel Zenet Borrel - Barcelona

Situated in the heart of Barcelona, this modern hotel is in the financial district, just minutes from La Rambla. It's a great place from which to explore Barcelona's top attractions.


 

 

 

Availability

You can start your cycle tour on any day of the week from March to November. During other months this tour is on request as the weather can be rather cold and cycling is not as enjoyable.  


Grade and Terrain

This cycle tour is graded moderate, as you will be cycling 34-42 km each day, with a couple of more challenging sections.  You should be a regular cyclist and have a good level of fitness to make the most out of this tour. You will cycle on a combination of small roads and dirt tracks (not cycle paths/green ways). Cycling is on around 60% paved roads and 40% on trails. The paths are not technically difficult. A key aim is that you’ll cycle always with as little traffic as possible. As you enter the larger towns and Barcelona you will find the route busier and may have to occasionally cycle on larger roads where unavoidable.


Navigation


We supply you with with a GPS unit which is loaded with the tracks, so you will be able to easily follow the route.  You will be provided with daily maps and information about the area. You will have a welcome meeting with a local guide on arrival at your first hotel, and they will be able to show you how to use the GPS unit and are there to talk you through the route and assist you with any questions you may have.     


Baggage Transfers

Baggage transfers included in your arrangements. Your luggage will be transferred between your accommodation each night (please limit your bags to up to 20kg per person).


Rental Bikes (Not included)

You can hire a hybrid rental bike for the tour (optional extra, supplement payable). Bikes have 27 gears and disc brakes. They are Ghost models, full-equipped with pannier, kilometre counter and a tool kit. E-Bikes are also available. 


 


Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Adventure that you
have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the activity and
emergency evacuation and hospital care.


General Information

The distances and ascent/descents are
approximations of the recommended routes. Please be prepared by packing
all necessary items, for example, proper rain gear (jacket and pants),
sun hat and sun screen. Your information pack has a detailed equipment
list which includes standard cycling gear such as good cycling footwear, warm and waterproof clothes for the cooler months and
lightweight clothing for summer, and a day pack

Getting to and from Barcelona

By Air: Barcelona is the best airport for the tour. There are many carriers flying into Barcelona Airport, including scheduled and low cost airlines.


Upon arrival you will be provided with a transfer either from Barcelona  Airport to your first hotel in Vic, or if you’re already in Barcelona then you can have a pick up from the city centre.


At the end of your cycle tour its easy to get from Barcelona back to the airport; you can take a train or a shuttle bus. Further information will be given in your pre-departure information pack.

Included

  • 6 Nights in 3* and 4* hotels
  • 6 Breakfasts
  • Transfer from Barcelona Airport to Vic (Day 1)
  • Baggage transfers
  • Welcome meeting with a local guide
  • GPS with daily tracks and maps, local area information
  • Guided wine tasting
  • 24/7 support from our UK office and local partner

Excluded

  • Travel insurance (required)
  • Travel to and from Barcelona
  • Travel back to Barcelona Airport at end of tour
  • Lunches and Dinners
  • Drinks and snacks
  • Personal equipment
  • Bike Hire (available at a supplement)

Extras

  • Additional nights before, during or after the cycle
  • Rental bike (hybrid or E-bike)
  • Single room/solo cyclist supplement if required

We are often asked the following questions and I hope that you will find the answers useful. Don't hesitate to contact one of our Spain specialists if you have any further queries.

When is the best time of year?

This tour is available from March to November. The summer months of June-August are the hottest in northern Spain and therefore you might like to consider departing early to avoid cycling in the midday heat, or take a long lunch to sample many of the different kinds of tapas. March and November, days will be cool, whilst April-May, Spring is in full bloom and towns come to life. September is also a wonderful time visit as crowds will have thinned but the days are warm and the evenings still the right temperature to enjoy the buzz of a plaza.

How fit do I need to be?

This cycle tour is graded moderate, as you will be cycling 34-42 km each day, with a couple of more challenging sections which are steep, and up to 600m elevation gain in one day, however towards the end of the trip the cycling is easy and downhill/flat. You should be a regular cyclist and have a good level of fitness to make the most out of this tour. 

How does it work with the baggage transfers?

You'll be given luggage labels to attach to your bags, and they will be transferred each day between accommodations, so that you only cycle with the essential things you need during the day.  We suggest that you limit your luggage to up to 20kg per person.

What are the cycle paths like?

You will cycle on a combination of small roads and dirt tracks (not cycle paths/green ways). Cycling is on around 60% paved roads and 40% on trails. The paths are not technically difficult. A key aim is that you’ll cycle always with as little traffic as possible. As you enter the larger towns and Barcelona you will find the route busier and may have to occasionally cycle on larger roads where unavoidable. 

What happens if I have a problem with my bike?

You are expected to be able to take care of minor repairs and punctures. In the case of a major mechanical problem we would send our representative to assist, or you would be directed/assisted to the nearest bike shop.

How far in advance do I need to book?

We suggest you book as soon as your plans are finalised as this area is popular, particularly during the summer months.

What personal equipment do I need?

You will need normal cycling clothes, waterproof jacket and trousers and warm clothes in the early or late summer. A detailed kit list will be provided in your information pack.

Which is the best airport?

Barcelona is the best airport for the tour. There are many carriers flying into Barcelona Airport, including scheduled and low cost airlines. Upon arrival you will be provided with a transfer either from Barcelona  Airport to your first hotel in Vic, or if you’re already in Barcelona then you can have a pick up from the city centre. At the end of your cycle tour its easy to get from Barcelona back to the airport; you can take a train or a shuttle bus. Further information will be given in your pre-departure information pack. 

Great cycling trip through Catalonia countryside

5

This trip is well organised and supported, even though you are self-guiding throughout. Wouter's introduction on the first day (after he drove me to Vic) was very thorough. He helped me set up the bike for the week and showed me how to use the GPS, matching this with daily maps and notes. The bike was a good solid mountain bike, suitable both for the on and off-road stretches. The route was a good mix of both on and off-road, the off-road providing a good challenge for someone like myself who is used to road riding. Be careful of the rating system... there are a good many uphill stretches on this route - the rise up to Collsuspina came as a surprise on the first day... but you soon get used to this and find a good riding rhythm. (And, there is the bonus of knowing that what goes up, eventually does come back down!) There are plenty of things to see along the way, including prehistoric caves in Toll, near Moià and rivers, lakes and plenty of monasteries and churches. The scenery at times can only be described as breathtaking - especially through some of the forest areas, with Montserrat in the distance. Accommodation was of a mixed standard. Some very lovely hotels (thinking of Sant Benet and Barcelona in particular) were a contrast to some others which lacked air con (or even a bottle of water in the room) which at the height of summer is much needed after a day's cycling. However, remembering you are only there for a night and to sleep, then it is not a major issue. All in all, it was a fantastic trip through beautiful, challenging scenery. I would certainly recommend this trip to those who are frequent cyclists and who enjoy a good level of challenge.

Hamish

London

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Great trip

5

The daily routes were very interesting and just enough challenge to be sure we were tired by the end of each day. Good variety of accommodations and the gps tracks were very accurate and easy to follow

Ron

Calgary, Canada

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Great mix of local paths and challenging climbs

5

We were blown away by how beautiful the Catalonian countryside was. It was a thrill to ride through beautiful meadows full of red poppies on paths only locals could know about on one day, and the next climb steep gravel roads up to the top of jagged mountains to a centuries old monastary. The rides were just the right amount of challenge, especially for road cyclists unused to gravel riding. We left our accommodations at 9:00 am each day and arrived in the next location by about 2 pm, giving us plenty of time to explore and appreciate the local sights. The mountain bikes we were given were super durable and comfortable, and we needed those fat tires on some of the rougher roads. All in all, Mac's and their travel partner agency did a fantastic job in planning and support, and we are already planning our next Mac's Adventure trip!

Deb and Davis

San Francisco, CA

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Barcelona loop perfect short tour

5

The Barcelona tour was excellent. All the accommodations were great and the added winery tour and tasting was great. The routes were well mapped out and added to the gps tracks. The routes were interesting and free from auto traffic. They provided modest challenges on climbs and requires focus on some of the dirt road downhills. I really appreciated the mountain bike choice once I started out. A good gravel or cyclocross bike might have worked but I was happy with the suspension that I would lock out on the roads. The panniers were not the best since I would carry extra water but they worked. My kickoff guide was very thorough with a good sense of humor. Everyone was very helpful all the way.

Ranger Rick

San Francisco Bay Area

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Wonderful adventure through Catalonia

5

Great route through Catalonia for the traveler who doesn't need too much schedule. Challenging and beautiful route through countryside and small towns. Off the beaten path. Loved it!

Emily

US

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Well worth it

5

Good for the solo rider

Paul

Manchester

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Great ride through Northern Span

4

Well organised tour - our luggage was transported seamlessly and arrived before us each time. Great accommodation and transport partner with friendly and supportive staff. We went in June, and it was hotter than the average June. Would recommend avoiding Summer!

Adele

Australia

Amazing experience of Catalonia

5

My first time on a 'Macs Adventure, and it won't be my last. A thoroughly well organised, high quality trip throughout with a very helpful local guide. From cycling through wheat fields and rural villages of Catalonia, to fun and challenging downhill off-road sections. Whilst experiencing the Catalan food and culture and monasteries. It was a great trip all round

Graham from Glasgow

Glasgow

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just what I wanted

5

Just about perfect for me, a few hours of fairly hard cycling on a variety of surfaces leaving time to explore and relax in new surroundings each evening

boyo

Cymru

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Great trip, great routes and locations

5

We really enjoyed this trip. Routes were awesome and challenging. Local guide was great. Went out of his way to help us. We are already dreaming of doing another bike trip with Macs.

Andy

Eugene Oregon

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Biking to Barcelona

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