We invite you to visit the area of Priorat. We will travel from the white wine to the red wine vineyards and to discover the history of these little places where the first evidence of grape growing and wine production dates from the 12th century at the Carthusian Monastery of Scala Dei; The monks tended the vineyards for centuries when they were expropriated by the state and distributed to the small land owners… there are many stories between those times and year 2000 when the Catalan authorities approved Priorat’s elevation from DO to DOQ status; The Spanish Government only recognized this level in 2009 and nowadays only Rioja and Priorat boast that status.
We will cycle in this area where you can find cloisters, churches or monasteries from as early as year 1194; and we will do it on gravel roads, single tracks or tarmac, depending on what you prefer, but whatever way you choose, we guarantee quiet traffic days, whether you choose mixed terrain or tarmac routes!
We would like you to enjoy the km on the bicycle, the wine, the food and the atmosphere in these little villages
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|Arrival at BCN||TBC||Barcelona||
We will have a minibus contracted to take us to Priorat. We will stop on the way to get the bicycles if needed!
|Hotel Check in||TBC||Prades||
Check in and depending on the time, warm up loop to check the bicycles are ok.
We will stay in a countryside bed & breakfast.
Dinner in a restaurant in the village square.
|First stage||09:00||Prades - Escaladei||
Prades is a village that lies on the border of Priorat and 1000 meters above sea level, so we will cycle on gravel roads, single tracks or road down and up to Siurana, a little village with an amazing view to the surrounding valley which is known for the amazing olive oil they produce.
Lunch in a restaurant on the way.
|First day Target||16:30||Escaladei||
The route to get to Escaladei can be a combination of terrains.
If the choice is road bike, there are 2 options; 52 km and 1120m ascend or 62 km and 1480m ascend. There are many options in this area so if necessary there could always be a shorter route.
For those who wish it, we can take a 7 min easy ride to the monastery (after the wine tasting) which is worth a visit!
|Wine cellar visit||17:30||Escaladei||
Wine tasting in a cellar, 3 min walk from the apartments where we will stay that night.
Local restaurant in the village.
|Start||09:00||Escaladei - Porrera||
By now you will have experienced the hilly area of priorat... be ready for another day.
Again for the road bikes we have two routes: 54.2 km 1060m ascend or 62,1 and 1180 ascend.
Probably today the best option is to take something with us!
|Wine cellar visit||21:00||Porrera||
Today we will visit the smallest wine cellar in the area... or it could be the smallest in the world... they say!!! This will be after dinner
Today we suggest a 51,7 km and 1070 m ascend, or maybe a shorter one so we could arrive to Gratallops at lunch time and enjoy some time relaxing time, another wine tasting etc..
We will have lunch in Gratllops
today our wine tasting will start in the vineyard with amazing views and good stories from the area.
|Transfer to BCN airport||11:00||Hotel Porrera|
|Departure||15:45||El Prat- BCN|