360 Cycling Tour of El Penedès

4 DAYS, 4 RIDES TO EACH POINT OF THE COMPASS IN THE PENEDES

Sunday 21 August - Friday 26 August

We’ve been living at Casa Magica, in the heart of the Penedès wine making region, for nearly a year now, and have been really impressed with what it has to offer. I’m keen to share these experiences, and have come up with the following no frills, informal, cycling package for friends and colleagues.

It’s 4 days of reasonably challenging road cycling in a small group (max 6) with some cultural experiences thrown in.

Your base for this will be the relaxing setting of Casa Magica which benefits from a 12 metre swimming pool, quiet countryside location, and large grounds to relax in.

As we’re keen to just try out this format, I’ve tried to keep costs down to a minimum. The cost will be 550 Euros for 5 nights at Casa Magica, with all food included (this also includes a couple of trips to local restaurants).

Price: 550 Euros (475 Euros WITHOUT Airport transfer)

The Package

INCLUDES:

  • 5 nights in shared room* in Casa Magica. (Extra nights available for 40 Euros per night)
  • All food, including several outings to local restaurants
  • Visit and guided tour to a local winery
  • Wine and beer tasting experiences at Casa Magica
  • Guide rider on each ride
  • Additional transport to the above places
  • Transfer to and from Barcelona El Prat airport (around 1 hour by car)

*Bedroom 1 = Double Bed
Bedroom 2 = 2 x Single Beds or Double Bed
Bedroom 3 = 2 x Single Beds


DOESN'T INCLUDE

  • Drinks when out and about.
  • Additional drinks at Casa Magica 
  • Your insurance



The Rides

·         A good level of cycling fitness is required. Average speed of the ride is likely to be between 14 and 16mph. The group will stay together. But those reaching the tops of climbs first are welcome to loop back down to support those still on their way up.

·         The rides will be similar to a club ride. There will be a guide rider, but GPX files and briefing will also be provided in advance. There will be no support vehicle, and we recommend you pack your normal breakdown kit for each ride.

Day 1

Ride 1 (22 Aug): NORTH – Montserrat - The Mystical Mountain (100km / 1800m)

The 8km long mountain of Montserrat is unique in both Catalunya and Spain, and the monastery complex at over 700 metres altitude has become a point of pilgrimage for all types of visitors, while the 7km climb from the Llobregat river up to the monastery is a must for any cyclist.

0800: Start
1030: Coffee at Monistrol (50km)
1300: Lunch at Cal Maristany (local restaurant)
1430: Return Casa Magica - Pool, Relax, Chill
1900: The Wines of Penedes (Informal tasting session)
1930: Dinner at Casa Magica



Day 2

Ride 2 (23 Aug): WEST – The Castles of Penedes (84km / 1400m)

For 300 years, Catalunya was the front line between the Christian north and the invading Moors from North Africa. The legacy of this bellicose period can still be seen in a string of hill top forts and castles across the Penedes region, some of which we will see and visit in this ride.

0800: Start
1030: Coffee Stop
1200: Return and Buffet Lunch at Casa Magica - Pool, Relax, Chill
1500: The Iconic Tour at Cordiniu (Cava Tasting and Tour)
1800: Dinner: Local Restaurant in Sant Sadurni

Day 3

Ride 3 (24 Aug): EAST – Barcelona, Capital of Catalunya (120km / 2000m)

Our longest ride will take us to the very edge of the hills which surround the capital of Catalunya, enabling wonderful views across the city and out to the Mediterranean.

0800: Start
1030: Coffee Stop
1200: Lunch en route
1500: Return to Casa Magica - Pool, Relax, Chill
1900: The Beers of Penedes (Informal tasting session)
1930: Dinner at Casa Magica

Day 4

Ride 4 (25 Aug): SOUTH – Trip to the Costa Daurada (100km / 1200m)

Our final ride takes us to the seaside resort of Vilanova I La Geltru where you can enjoy a dip in the sea (optional) and a picnic on the beach.

1000: Start
1200: Picnic at the Beach
1500: Return to Casa Magica - Pool, Relax, Chill
1930: Dinner at Bar Xamaio, Sant Quinti de Mediona

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Casa Magica

Riders will share the ground floor of Casa Magica which features 3 double bedrooms, one large salon, a kitchen, a modern bathroom and walk in shower, a porch seating area and bike storage workshop.

Cycling in El Penedes

The hills and valleys of El Penedes make perfect cycling territory, with challenging climbs and fun descents, all within beautiful countryside.

Gastronomy

El Penedes is a well known DO (Denominación de Origen ) wine growing region in central Catalunya, not to mention it also being the hub of Spain's Cava industry, part of which we will see in our visit to Cordoniu, one of the best known makers of Cava.