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VIA VERDE DEL ZAFÁN/EBRO DELTA

Riding like a train

CYCLING HOLIDAY VIA VERDE DEL ZAFAN & EBRO DELTA

Via Verde del Zafán / Ebro : In our opinion the most beautiful Via Verde in Spain!
Cycle gradually downhill to the Ebro Delta and the Mediterranean Sea over 5 days, ending in picturesque Peñiscola. It cycles easily, on cycle paths, Vias Verdes, and quiet country roads.


You first drive straight through the mountains, over old railway bridges, and through tunnels, in a breathtaking landscape of jagged mountains and olive groves beyond the horizon.

Once at the Ebro valley you follow the river, through the rice fields to the Mediterranean-

The Via Verde is a former railway and has no major differences in height or steep slopes because the path used to be as flat as possible for the train. On the first day, you will cycle uphill for a while, but it is gradual. After that, it mostly goes downhill. Lovely rolling through nature! In the summer you can take a dip in the lakes along the route, or the beaches along the Mediterranean Sea. And there are nice places along the way where you can eat deliciously.

 

The route is located on the border of Catalonia, Aragon, and Valencia and can therefore be easily combined with a trip to Valencia, Tarragona (Salou/Cambrils), or Barcelona.

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CYCLING HOLIDAYS

Individual or group travel

Railway path with many bridges and tunnels,

no less than 100 km car-free

English road book with tips for restaurants and places of interest along the way

Personal explanation before departure

GPS tracks available

 

Flexible stages,

from 40 to 80 km per day

 

Shortening or extending possible

up to a 14-day cycling trip, in combination with our other programs.

INCLUDING

5 nights in hotels and bed & breakfast, incl. breakfast

 

trekking bike with anti-puncture tires

panniers and handlebar bag

helmet and repair kit

 

transfer from Valencia to Valdeagorfa and transfer from endpoint Peñiscola back to Valencia

 

Luggage transport possible

 

Assistance / helpline in English

during the trip

 

e-bikes on request

 

Replacement bicycle in case of serious mechanical problems

DATES & RATES

weekly departure

on Monday or Friday

from April 15 to November 15

 

Other departure day on request.

In winter departures on a last minute basis, weather permitting.

 

 

Minimum 2 participants.​​

 

 

PRICES SUBJECT TO

 

Low season+winter

(January-15 June+September-December)

6 days/5 nights

€899 per person with 2 persons

€699 per person with 4 people
based on Bed & breakfast

in a double room

 

 

 

Easter holidays, May holidays, June 16-August 31, Christmas holidays:

€1,099 p.p. with 2 persons

€899 p.p. with 4 people

 

 

Single room supplement: +€249

 

 

Surcharge E-bike: 25€ per day.

 

 

luggage transport

150€ per person with 2 participants

90€ per person with 4 participants

 

You can also bring your own luggage on the bike.

Rent large panniers for 3€ per day.

 

Rent Garmin GPS: 7.50€ per day.

 

Extension in Peniscola

From 75€ per night/room

including breakfast

Depending on date

 

 

Different rates may apply on other local holidays.

The moment you choose a departure date, you will receive a final quote.

 

 

 

 

Read more about our cancellation policy and low deposits here.

 
 

MORE INFORMATION

The route follows the old railway line from Alcañiz to Tortosa and 'Camino Naturales de Terres del Ebre' towards the Mediterranean Sea.

You start in the Region Aragón and cycle in 5 stages via Catalonia to Peñiscola (Valencia Region), at your own pace.

At the start, you will receive a detailed explanation of the route and you will receive our roadbook (in English) and GPS tracks or a Garmin GPS device so that you can easily find your way. Everything is arranged for you; the bicycles, accommodations en route, and possibly daily luggage transport. Although you can also choose to take your luggage with you on the bike.

The steepest slope uphill is a few percent.

Basically, this trip starts with a transfer from Valencia.

Are you coming to Spain by car? In that case, we may be able to adjust the transfer so that you don't have to drive all the way to Valencia first.  

You can also combine this tour with our trip on the Via Verde Ojos Negros , the longest rail cycle path in Spain. 

Or combine the Via Verdes with our cycling tour 'Albufera and Jucar'

This way you can put together a cycling tour of up to 15 days, with a start and endpoint in Valencia.

In winter you can only do this Via Verde route last-minute. book, weather permitting. Also in winter, there are regular periods with stable weather and pleasant temperatures during the day of 15 to 20 degrees.

Small restaurants directly along the route may be closed in winter.

For the winter period, we have a beautiful alternative trip , in an area with more stable weather, south of Valencia.  

Various articles have been published about our cycling tours, including in (dutch newspaper) Dagblad Trouw on September 9, 2018 ,

written by Jeannette van Ditzhuizen.

And an article by Kees Volkers in ' de Vogelvrij Fietser', from the magazine of the Fietsersbond (January 2018). 

PROGRAM

Day 1 (Valencia) - Valdegorfa - Horta de Sant Joan, 40 km

 

Early in the morning we take you from Valencia to the starting point of the cycling tour, about 250 km inland.

Your tour starts at the town of Valdeagorfa, immediately on the rail cycle path, the Via Verde del Zafán.

The train used to dive here in a 2 km long tunnel, the longest on the route. You can also bypass this tunnel, even if you cycle a bit uphill, via small roads through the orchards. You are immediately surrounded by silence and panoramic views. The terraces against the hills are full of ancient olive trees. You cross the river Mataraña via a beautiful bridge. The mountain peaks in the distance are slowly approaching.

You will stay in Horta de Sant Joan, in ***hotel Miralles or **Hostal Casa Barceló, depending on availability.

There are several restaurants and terraces in the village.

 

Day 2: Horta de Sant Joan-Tortosa, 45 km

Today a trip through spectacular ravines, along lakes and rivers. The path is cut straight through the mountains, including the necessary tunnels and viaducts. You pass a number of old stations. Some are in use as a restaurant.

Today you cycle almost continuously downhill, it will take you little effort.

Once at the Ebro River, cycle along the bank towards Xerta, ending in Tortosa.

Here you can visit the old town or the castle, with panoramic views over the Ebro.

You will stay in ***Hotel Berenguer IV, ****hotel SB Corona or ****Parador de Tortosa, located in the castle (surcharge).

 

Day 3: Tortosa-Deltebre, 45 km  

You follow the Ebro River towards the Delta, where the river fans out across the plain through tributaries and irrigation canals. You cycle through the fields and fruit orchards and eventually arrive at the rice fields.  

In winter and spring, these are under water and attract many birds.  

In the course of May and June, the rice plants emerge, and all that water turns into a bright green carpet.

You follow the Ebro to its mouth at the Mediterranean Sea.

Here you can take a cruise (not included, to be arranged on site)

In the evening you will stay in a Masia, an attractive Bed & Breakfast in a farm, surrounded by rice fields.

The house has a nice garden with swimming pool.

And when the weather is nice, you can barbecue. There is also a great restaurant nearby.

If this house is not available, you will stay in ***Delta Hotel, also on the edge of the rice fields.

Day 4: Deltebre-Amposta, 45-55 km

A tour along various lagoons and lakes in the Ebro Delta. The length is flexible.

There are several watchtowers along the route for bird watching.

If you are lucky you will also see a huge colony of flamingos.

Along the way you can eat well in el Poble Nou del Delta.  

In the evening you will stay in a Masia or ***Hotel Ciutat d'Amposta.

Day 5: Amposta - Peniscola, 50 - 68 km

Today you cycle from Catalonia to the Region of Valencia. You can choose from a short -relatively flat- route or a longer route with a  short climb to the balcony of the region. You will then cycle through hills, with endless silver-green olive trees on your right, and the azure blue of the Mediterranean Sea in the distance on your left.  

The orchards reach to the horizon, and nowhere can you find so many 'olivos millionarios' (millennial olive trees) as here.  

After the climb follows a beautiful descent over a road full of hairpin bends.

At Benicarló you cycle between the artichokes. You end in Peñiscola, a beautiful fortified town, built on a rock, right on the Mediterranean Sea. Here you will spend the last night in a four-star hotel, close to the boulevard and the beach.  

Day 6: After breakfast have the whole day in Peñiscola, for example to visit the castle.

You can go to the fine sandy beach. Or to the Sierra de Irta, a protected nature reserve nearby.

Here you can enjoy beautiful walks along rugged cliffs and virgin coves.  

In the afternoon you will be picked up in Peñiscola and we will take you back to Valencia.

This transfer takes approximately one and a half hours / 150 km.

All distances mentioned are indicative and depend on where the accommodation is located. The hotels and B&Bs selected by us are as close as possible to the route.

PRICES

All rates are subject to accommodation availability.

This tour could start every Monday from April 15 to November 15. 

Other departure days on request.

A minimum number of participants for this trip: 2 people.

Prices may vary on other departure days, during holidays, local events, or local holidays. 

If you fill in the booking form, we will check availability and get back to you with a quote as soon as possible.

Alternatively, we can provide extra-large panniers (approx. 2x25 liters), so that you can take your luggage with you on the bike. The surcharge for these bags is €3 per day.

INCLUDING:

- Transfer from Valencia to the starting point (approx. 250 kilometers)

- Trekking bike with panniers and helmet for 6 days

- 5 nights in hotels or B&B based on bed & breakfast

- Dutch briefing and detailed route information before departure

- Telephone support in case of complications en route and roadside assistance or replacement bicycle (in case of serious technical problems) between 9:00 and 18:00

- Alternative routes in bad weather

- GPS tracks are available for the Wikiloc mobile app or as.gpx file for your own GPS device.

Optionally you can rent a GPS device through us. 

- Transfer on the last day back to Valencia (approx. 150 km)

Supplement E-bike: € 25 per person per day.

Deposit: €50 for normal bicycles and €150 for e-bikes (+proof of ID).

Single room supplement: €225, for 4 nights

Surcharge GPS device: € 7.50 per day

Daily luggage transport is an option, this costs €175 per person for 2 persons or €100 for 4 participants.

Luggage transport is based on a minimum of 2 participants.

Finally: Nobody likes stress on vacation. We regularly receive guests who doubt whether 'cycling in the mountains is not too hard.

If the ride is disappointing, we can still arrange an e-bike or bicycle taxi for you, so that you can easily continue your journey.

The bicycle taxi is also a godsend in bad weather. 

This service costs approximately €70 to €100 for the exchange of a bicycle or the transport of 2 people + 2 bicycles to the next accommodation, depending on the distance.  

From November 15 to April 15 we will adjust the route due to the winter weather conditions in the interior.

View the alternative winter program here.  

 

NOT INCLUDED:

Extra nights, personal travel, accident or cancellation insurance, your flight or otherwise travel to Spain / Valencia, airport transfers, deposit for the bicycles.

 

All prices quoted are based on availability and subject to change.  

For questions or reservations, you can also call us:  +34 677 709 109

We speak  Dutch, English, Germand and Spanish.