Catalunya: Mountains, castles, relaxation and perfect roads


Catalunya: Mountains, castles, relaxation and perfect roads


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Catalunya: Mountains, castles, relaxation and perfect roads

Ride rental bikes through mountain scenery, to medieval villages and castles, with wellness options thrown in.

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Ride rental bikes through mountain scenery, to medieval villages and castles, with wellness options thrown in.
November 2019 tour led by Geoff.
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Catalunya known as the land of castles, is also known for its friendly people, sumptuous food, world class wine and smooth, traffic free roads. With a great climate and spectacular scenery, this is the perfect place to ride and create memories that will last a lifetime all under the glorious Spanish sun.
  • Guided Tour
  • 7 Day Tour
  • 700 miles
  • Barcelona, Spain

We include a range of motorcycle hire options in the price of this trip that suit the local riding conditions perfectly, if you would prefer a larger adventure or touring bike these can also be arranged for a small daily supplement.

Your tour starts with collection from your chosen airport before gathering at the host’s farmhouse nestled in the vineyards where you will be given your motorcycle and a small briefing on riding the area and the key points of interest. If you’re eager to get going we can take a ride out to see first-hand why this area is so special, or just relax by the pool with a glass of wine.

Geoff, Guide
Geoff, Guide

On our 7-day hosted tour you experience more than just great roads, you also become immersed in the culture of this special area. Based out of our 800-year-old farmhouse you have the flexibility to ride or rest as you like - with routes and tour experiences being customised to suit your needs.

Perfect roads

Our routes take you to some of the hidden gems of Spain including medieval towns with Roman and Moorish architecture, optional wine tours and the wonderful beaches of the Costa Daurada. All rides are taken at your pace and we can cover as many or as few miles as you like. We end each day at the host’s house, relaxing by the pool, unwinding with an optional spa treatment and enjoying cooking over an open fire or journeying into the local town.

Days in the saddle here are a joy and the variety of sights on offer for riders and pillions alike is truly exceptional. You’ll find yourself riding uphill twisting mountain forest roads passing the Castle of Querol and visiting the 9th century castle and church ruins of Santa Perpetua De Gaia. From here continue on open, sweeping bends to get to the medieval town Santa Coloma De Queralt.

Lovely beach at Tamarit

You’ll ride into the Prades mountains to a pretty village in Catalunya with a coffee stop in the medieval walled town of Montblanc and an optional visit to the church with access to the roof for spectacular views. The road to Siurana passes through the mountains via some of the most extraordinary roads in Catalunya. This includes open bends, mountain twisties and alpine style passes, in fact everything except traffic!

You’ll visit the extraordinary mountain monastery of Montserrat where you can take the cable car to the top of the mountain and then how about a trip around the world class motorcycle museum at Bassela on the way home? If that’s not enough we’ve still got the Unesco world heritage site of the Roman remains in Tarragona and it’s Roman Aqueduct to go.

All of the ride outs available are optional, the beauty of this tour is you can pick and choose to suit your needs. There are also many options off the bike for a great time including just relaxing by the pool, hikes through the vineyards, spa treatments, tai-chi and meditation. Alternatively, you can enjoy a tour of the 10th century monastery of Santes Creus which is only 15 minutes from the house, or take one of the great wine tours of the region.

More than a motorcycle tour, this takes you to the authentic heart of one of Spain’s least explored areas.

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Tour highlights

Based from a peaceful and tastefully modernised 800-year-old farm house in the mountains of the Penedes wine region with private pool and relaxing gardens.

Total flexibility to customise every route to suit your interests and riding preferences. Choose from long or short rides, mountain twisties or open roads, coastal rides or high plains.

Bikers in Catalunya
“My wife and I spent a few days here in November and what an experience! While I was out riding with Geoff, my wife got some well deserved R&R doing yoga and soaking up the winter sun. I chose this as a break so that my wife who doesn’t ride could still be on holiday with me and enjoy the facilities and come the end of the day we could relax together with a glass of wine and a beautiful home cooked meal. We will be making this a yearly tradition!”
Dave B

Rapid access to the heart of this wonderful motorcycling area. No long journey on ferries or roads, no need to bring your own bike. Ride from the very first day with a choice of new machines.

Routes through virtually traffic free mountains to some of the most beautiful villages, castles and towns in Catalunya.

Visit the world-famous Monastery De Montserrat with its cable car ride to the top of the mountains.

Explore Unesco world heritage sites like Roman Tarragona, Medieval towns and 9th century castles.

Optional rest or ride days with plenty to do for people who want to skip a day’s ride. Activities include visits to local cultural sites like Santes Creus monastery or relaxing with on-site massage, Tai-Chi or just simple R&R.

Options to visit the golden sandy beaches of the Costa Daurada and 2000 year old Roman remains of Tarragona, including the amphitheatre and aqueduct.

99.7 % Overall
100 % Would recommend

Tour Map / Itinerary

Full Itinerary

Pick and choose from the options below to create your own unique tour:

Rideout option 1 45 Miles

A quick ride out on your new bike to see the immediate area. This can optionally be a ride to the coast or nearby Santes Creus monastery. This depends on arrival time and the type of riding you prefer.

Rideout option 2 50 Miles

A fabulous ride up mountain twisties to view the ancient castle and church of Santa Perpetua De Gaia. The second half of the ride is on open sweeping bends via a lunch stop and Santa Coloma De Queralt.

Rideout option 3 70 Miles

Taking in the best local beach, Tarragona city with Roman remains, Pont Del Diable Roman Aqueduct, Nulles wine Cooperative (optional wine tasting tour is also available with transport provided).

Rideout option 4 110 Miles

4.5 hours in the saddle as the majority of the ride is through mountain twisties. Travel via Montblanc to Siurana returning through the Prades mountains and Mont Ral, with optional river swimming or sightseeing at Farena.

Rideout option 5 200 Miles

Another spectacular ride taking in the extraordinary Monastery perched on the top of the Montserrat mountains. Returning via the world class motorcycle museum of Basilla, which celebrates the rich motorcycle history of the region.

Rideout option 6 90 Miles

Extraordinary mountain twisties leading to high mountain views on the way to Llacuna. You travel on to view the ancient castle and church of Santa Perpetua De Gaia. The second half of the ride is on open sweeping bends via a lunch stop and Santa Colomba De Queralt.

Off bike options Varied

Relaxing by the pool or on one of the local beaches, hikes through the vineyards, spa treatments, tai-chi and meditation. Or how about a tour of the 10th century monastery of Santes Creus which is only 15 minutes from the house, or take one of the great wine tours of the region?

What's included
Airport transfers to and from either Reus airport or Barcelona El Prat airport.
Accommodation for six nights in a historic rural manor house.
Seven days motorcycle hire with insurance.
Three good quality evening meals in the accommodation.
Transport to local restaurants for the other evenings (cost of meal not included).
Excellent breakfast each morning.
Full use of all leisure facilities.
Detailed route plans and maps.
GPS routes (Garmin / Tom Tom).
Detailed daily itinerary including sights and suggested coffee / lunch stops.
Option for fully guided and supported by your host or explore on your own.
What's not
Spa treatments.
Admission charges to sights.
Meals and drinks other than specified above.
Travel insurance.
Sat Nav rental, available for £10 per day.

Common questions about this trip

Where should I fly into?

The closest airport is Reus, which is just 35 minutes from the host. Alternatively, fly into Barcelona El Prat, which is just over an hour away – airport transfer is included with either of these options.

Do I get a choice of bike and are they any good?

Yes, we offer a range of well serviced, nearly new motorcycles that suit the local roads in the package. You can also upgrade to other larger machines if you prefer, just let us know when you book.

What is included in the motorcycle hire?

Bike, recovery, full luggage and insurance are all included.

Can I swap between bikes if I’m with friends?

Yes, with just a little paperwork.

What will the weather be like on this tour?

Typically you’ll enjoy daytime temperatures between 12 and 16C at this time of year. The weather is generally dry. We also have lots of flexibility on this tour to route towards the best weather at all times.

Do I need to bring my own bike gear?

We recommend that you bring your own gear for comfort, or at least helmet and boots. We do have stocks of gear at the accommodation if you prefer to travel lighter or if you should forget anything. Ideally contact us in advance if you think you may need something.

Should I bring my own SatNav?

Feel free to bring your own if you prefer or use a hired unit. Just make sure to let us know when you book. If you bring your own, please remember to bring the mount and a lead to connect into a USB socket (all hire bikes have these).

More information
For general information on planning and preparing for motorcycle trips including what to pack please see our Prepare for your trip section.
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