When you think of road cycling in Spain, you’ll probably think of Mallorca, Giro or Calpe. Cambrils, however—a lesser known cycling destination—has always been considered as one of the best spots for a Spanish spin, especially among those in the know.
Although Cambrils is located on the coast, the truly spectacular thing about this region is the elevation on hand in the mountains ranges a short ride outside of town. Containing some beautiful, well-known roads and passes, these routes are perfect for shorter and longer rides alike—and work well for riders of all skill and fitness levels.
And the region contains some truly breathtaking Highlights, too; the most renowned of which being the numerous roads through the Serra de Montsant, the climb up Coll de la Teixeta and the roads through the Priorat—the oldest wine-producing region in Catalonia. After visiting (especially in spring when you’ll have the roads to yourself) it’ll become startlingly clear why Cambrils is undoubtedly one of the premier cycling destinations—even if it might not be on everyone’s lips when they think of Spanish bike spots.
The first tour gives you a taste of what awaits you the next days: beautiful roads, long climbs and unique landscapes. Ideal to prepare the legs, the first meters of altitude are collected here.At the beginning, the route leads along small side roads to Mont-roig del Camp, a small town northwest of Cambrils. Shortly thereafter, the first ascent awaits you: the Coll Roig (or Colldejou), which runs along the Serra de Llaberia mountain range. The road leads in places through heavily wooded area, but at the latest at the same place Colledjou a first view of the coastal region free.After passing through the windmills just above the pass, a winding descent to La Torre de Fontaubella follows. Although it makes every rider's heart beat faster, you should pay attention to roll splits in some corners. If the water bottles are already empty, you can replenish them at the small fountain near the village entrance.Good that the legs are already warmed up, because now follows another increase with moderate slope. The road of Coll de Pradell de la Teixeta leads you past orange trees, fields and ruined walls. After the village of Pradell de la Teixeta, turn right onto the main road N-420 and follow the signs for Coll de la Teixeta for about two kilometers. At the roundabouts, you must then turn onto the T-313 road.The Coll de la Teixeta is certainly one of the classics in this region. So it's even nicer to just bring it down and enjoy the view of the coast - curve by curve. After passing the village of Duesaigües and its Roman aqueduct Aqüeducte de les Ferreres (do not forget to take a photo), you continue downhill. It follows a winding and slightly wavy road, which leads past the large water reservoir Embassament de Riudecanyes. Afterwards, you can roll along comfortably on the last, flat kilometers and visit the beach in Cambrils. Welcome to Catalonia!
Well warmed up, the second day begins flat and leads you, on already known roads, up the Coll de la Teixeta. While this road served as a departure yesterday, today it represents the first daily destination.Once at the top, the route leads past the roundabouts and then continues to the exit for Porrera. On this side of the mountain range, a special climb awaits you, as the road from Porrera to Falset runs along a beautiful, expansive hilly landscape.Shortly before the village Falset, the route now heads north and leads you over a longer descent through the National Park Riu Siurana i Planes del Priorat. On the other side of this park, a short climb to Gratallops awaits you.At Gratallops, take the T-712 westbound. On the way to El Lloar, El Molar and El Masroig you collect again countless impressions - your legs, however, a few meters.Just a few miles to El Masroig you have to drive a short distance on the main road N-420, as on the first day. But after just two kilometers, the path leads you to the secondary road T-363 in the direction of Marçà. But after a short descent the last hurdle of the day awaits you: the ascent to La Torre de Fontaubella and the back of the pass Coll Roig (or Colldejou). Tip: In La Torre de Fontaubella you can refill your water bottles.If the legs at the end of the pass are not tired yet, the steep road to the wind wheels is definitely a crowning glory. During the subsequent descent to Mont-roig del Camp and return to Cambrils you can see the long-awaited cooling off, the beach and the sea. What a day!
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Today's tour is the queen stage and takes you for the first time in the low mountain range north of Reus: Muntanyes de Prades. Already on the first kilometers it goes, albeit not immediately recognizable, steadily uphill.After leaving Reus behind you, you can already see the first destination of the day, the Alt de la Mussara.The driveway is winding and leads in places through densely wooded area. A little further up the road, however, regularly gives the view of the coastal region and the built on old walls turn invites you to a short photo session.Once at the top, it goes down again - in the direction of Mont-ral and Capafonts, past small towns, ruins and beautiful landscapes. After about 20 kilometers of undulating descent you collect the next altitude on the Coll de Capafonts, another highlight of this tour. Once you've passed Coll, you can stop in Prades after a few miles.After Prades, the route continues west. If the traffic and your own ability permit, the 11.5 kilometer descent to Cordunella de Montsant is a guarantee for lots of fun. But also cozy downhillers get their money - the landscape is fantastic!The next highlight of this tour is the road between Cordunella and la Morera de Montsant. The village lies on the edge of the Serra de Montsant Natural Park, the second major low mountain range in this region. While the driveway has a moderate slope, the descent to the west is much steeper.
After passing Escaladei, follow the road T-702 towards Poboleda. In this section you will find yourself in the middle of the oldest winegrowing region of Catalonia: the Priorat. This region is connected to the coastal region by the Coll d'Alforja, which is the last climb of this tour. There is a long descent behind you as well, and just as it went almost imperceptibly uphill at the beginning of the day, it's always downhill.
If you have enough reserves after the queen stage, you can still add a few meters on the last day of this short trip - the last tour leads back to the foot of the Coll de la Teixeta.The real destination of the day, however, is the monastic castle of Castell monestir d'Escornalbou, built high up above. Only a few kilometers after the already repeatedly passed water reservoir, the narrow road T-343 leads from Duesaigües via l'Argentera to the western entrance of the cloister fortress.At the latest after leaving the T-343 you find yourself in a small paradise for cyclists: lonely roads, beautiful bends and great views.The cul-de-sac to Klosterburg is only about 300 meters long, but at least recorded an increase of 18 percent. If the legs are still motivated, you can also take this piece and then visit the monastery.The popular with tourists Ostanfahrt of Riudecanyes serves today as a descent, which meanders winding down to the town. Afterwards, you will then return to the starting point of your four-day short break - which will hopefully not be your last in Cambrils, because there is still much to discover!