3 independent reviews for Cycling tour in Catalonia for food lovers, Spain

Reviews for Cycling tour in Catalonia for food lovers, Spain

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review 14 Oct 2012

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

We arrived in Figueres to start our Food and Wine Lovers Cycle tour, and amazingly discovered a Catalan Food and Wine Festival in the Ramblas just by our hotel! We paid our 10 and were given a wine glass engraved with the Festival's emblem, then visited many of the wine producers from the area and sampled various wines and foods local to Catalonia. It was a fantastic introduction to our tour and gave us a real idea of which vineyards and producers to focus our cycle trips on. Our guide Alan was wonderfully knowledgeable about the local producers and when we mentioned his name we got very favourable responses.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Make sure you book extra bags for your return journey by plane. Take paper tissue with you on your bike journey just in case you need to adjust your bike/ mend a puncture. I would suggest not eat in the Hotel restaurants, we found much better food elsewhere.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

We spent our money locally. We went to local producers and bought directly from them. We reduced pollution by cycling. The part of Catalonia where we cycled is crisscrossed with beautiful cycle paths, so safe and off the beaten track.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

It was great. We could do as much as we wanted. We could have made it as hard or easy as we liked. We loved being active. We weren't always lucky with the weather. We had one really wet day and one really windy one, but that's unavoidable. We loved cycling so much that we asked to keep the bikes for a couple more days. Amazingly, we managed to loose weight, even though we ate like kings our entire trip.

review 21 Apr 2011

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Biking in the beautiful country of Spain with my husband and good friends.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Be flexible and ready for anything.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?

We ate, shopped and stayed in local establishments.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Alan from the tour operator was very helpful and accommodating during our entire vacation. It was a wonderful experience, great trails, food and memories to last a lifetime. I am planning my next trip now!

review 9 Dec 2010

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

The entire holiday was superb and it's impossible to choose any one part. The trip had an excellent mix of historic and cultural sites, stunning scenery, plenty of time to explore the boutique wineries and artisan producers and even to relax on the beach at the end of the day. Our accommodation was a mix consisting of a Century Tower House through to a Palace. This is the ultimate food and wine lover's tour; a gastronomic delight. Our hosts were incredible and went above and beyond to ensure we had a fantastic holiday.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

If you have a few extra days, take them, you won't regret it. Every day brought something different. Although we got by just fine without being fluent in the language, it would have been nice to chat to the locals a bit more they were so friendly, so study up a bit.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?

Yes, the villages prided themselves on serving local produce and wines. Our transport was by bike, the tracks were in excellent condition and well formed so left only minimal impact on the eco-system.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Everything about this holiday was excellent, and exceeded expectations. We have already recommended this holiday to our friends, and would do it again ourselves!

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