The description of this route corresponds to both the Guided and the Self-Guided route, always departing from Arnes. The Total Guided Tour departing from Gandesa is the same but with a different stage order.
DIA 1. Arnes - Pinell de Brai.
Distance: 61,66 km (508 m. positive elevation gain).
After the great stay at Lo Corral de Arnes, the first day -which is without a doubt the easiest and most feasible and stage of the route -await us. We will slowly adapt to the bike (if rented) and the rhythm of the path that will take us to Caseres and then bunkers of Fort Milet.
Below is a long stretch by the unknown Terra Alta, between fields of olive, almond and ancient vineyards to Bot. We will next enjoy Bot’s pots and the Fontcalda Sanctuary, in the south of Serra de Crestall, just before we turn to Pinell de Brai and enjoy the wonderful Modernist Winery “Celler Cooperatiu”.
You will dinner in a good restaurant just in front of the housing.
DAY 2. Pinell de Brai - Faterella
Distance: 54.58 km (1,148 m. elevation gain positive).
Today we expect a much more demanding stage, especially for the 600 meters of accumulated difference from the previous day. Therefore, we will first have a good breakfast that will give us strength to enjoy the route.
Before we arrive into Corbera d’Ebre we will ride across Serra de Cavalls, which along with Serra de Pàndols were the two toughest fronts in the Battle of the Ebro, as both the Route Guide and the scenery itself will show. In fact, the Poble Vell (Old Town) of Corbera d’Ebre is preserved exactly as it was after the Civil War, as a reminder of this terrible event.
The road will continue to Vilalba dels Arcs where, as you will see, a serious battle that may follow route guidance was developed. This is a compendium of trenches, huts and barracks of the Republican rearguard which undoubtedly will surprise you.
Finally, we will arrive into La Fatarella, a charming eco-village where you can enjoy dinner and overnight in a surprising and very, very unique building.
DAY 3. Faterella - Gandesa
Distance 80.14 Km. (1,145 m. elevation gain positive).
The longest stage, but not the most demanding, because the accumulated difference is about the same as the day before.
The first part of the route is, however, a little up & down, (we call it “leg break”). It will take us across several streams (ravines) to cross the river, in Riba-roja d’Ebre. Cycle along the other side of the swamp, in the region of Ribera d’Ebre, to Pobla de Massaluca (formerly Vilabona), the only one in Terra Alta which has direct contact with the Ebro. Next we will move on to Batea, where the traces of the past are still visible and which is known for its excellent wines (Garnatxa) and beautiful portals "perxes" between alleys. But yet something more amazing awaits us before entering Gandesa, where we will stay: the surprising Iberian settlement of Coll del Moro, of enormous dimensions.
DAY 4. Gandesa - Arnes
Distance 53.93 Km. (1,346 m. elevation gain positive).
This is the most mountainous route and perhaps the most demanding stage.
The capital of Terra Alta welcomes us with its impressive Celler Cooperatiu (cooperative winery). The route will take us to the Sanctuary of Fontcalda, where we will enjoying stunning views (the ridges of Volandins certainly are) between the amazing mounts of Pàndols and Crestall.
After Bot, the route shows us the magic of Horta de Sant Joan. You can enjoy wandering -walking or riding in MTB- to enter definitively the Els Ports massif. Els Estrets "Narrows" (you should walk with your own bike, not ride) is the best example of all what Els Ports can offer us, just before arriving into Arnes, the culmination of the route.
Given the specificities regarding holidays and weekly inter-breaks of different accommodation, the organization reserves the right to change the order of the route in some specific cases, depending on the day of the week in which the route starts