Vineyards, quiet roads and sightseeing: why Barcelona should come ahead of the traditional spots when booking your next cycling holiday

Majorca, the Pyrénées, the Alps: default locations for cycling training holidays. Next year, add Barcelona and the Penedés wine region to that list.

How does a club ride on quiet, rural, picturesque lanes, followed by riding through vineyards and then a real lung-buster of a day sound?

That is what is on offer with Thomson Bike Tours’ Barcelona Escape trip. Sun, cycling, wine, stunning scenery – perfect when you are wanting respite from the cold and wet weather in the UK.

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You’ll be picked up on the Thursday from Barcelona airport and taken down to the coast, from where Friday’s ride will commence.

Deserted roads will be your playground before you stop for lunch and coffee at the Pavé bike shop.

On Saturday your ride will be flanked by miles upon miles of vineyards, before you head to the famous Barcelona streets for an afternoon of sightseeing.

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You may be flying back on the Sunday evening, but that doesn’t mean your cycling enjoyment is over: a Thomson Special is in store in the morning where you are guaranteed to be yearning for lunch!

The hotel you’ll be staying at is the Avenida Sofia Hotel which is just 100m from the sandy beach and in downtown Sitges.