Vigo

A small city in the north west of Spain with a population of 300,000. The city was occupied by the British for 10 days in 1719 as a Jacobite fleet to invade Scotland set off from here. Otherwise not much of note happened in the city.  Nearly the entire fish quota for Wales is sold to Vigo and all the fishermen in Wales come from Vigo. The boat to look out for in the harbour is the Armaven Uno.  There is a large pedestrianised area in the city centre.

Transport

From Vigo airport there is a public bus the L9A that takes you to the main train station and then through the centre of town for €1.35.

The main train station can be difficult to find as it is underground with car parking on top. It has airport style scanners for bags.

Accommodation

There are quite a few decent hotels and they at fairly decent prices. Hotel Axis Vigo, Rúa María de Berdiales, 22, 36203 Vigo, Pontevedra, Spain http://hotelaxisvigo.com/ is good and has a pool on top.

Restaurants and Bars

Burrito bar is cheap and a nice difference to a kebab. http://www.burritosbar.es/a-nosa-carta/

El Pasillo, Rúa Gamboa, 4, 36202 Vigo, Pontevedra, Spain

Bar Princesa, Praza da Constitución, 5, 36202 Vigo, Pontevedra, Spain

Bavaria, Av. da Florida, 21, 36210 Vigo, Pontevedra, Spain

El Castro, 2 10, Paseo de Alfonso XII, 36202 Vigo, Pontevedra, Spain

Taberna a Mino, Rúa San Vicente, 8, 36202 Vigo, Pontevedra, Spain

Porto Santo, Rúa de García Barbón, 45, 36201 Vigo, Pontevedra, Spain

El mono Vintage Bar, https://www.facebook.com/ELMONOVINTAGE Rúa Velázquez Moreno, 37, 36202 Vigo, Pontevedra, Spain

Taberna A Pedra Rúa Cesteiros, 2, 36202 Vigo, Pontevedra, Spain

Picadillo http://www.picadillo.eu/ Rúa Fermín Penzol, 10, 36202 Vigo, Pontevedra, Spain

La Cantina del Puerto http://www.lacantinadelpuerto.es/ Puerto de Vigo, Virgen del Carmen Dársena, s/n, 36202 Vigo, Pontevedra, Spain

A Tapa do Barril Rúa López Mora, 63, 36211 Vigo, Pontevedra, Spain

 

Shopping

Rua de Principe is the main pedestrian shopping street with C & A and other brand shops not seen in the UK anymore.

Things to Do

Galician Museum of the Sea, Avda Atlántida, 160, Vigo. Telephone number: 986 247 750 Web: http://www.museodomar.com

Jules Verne Statue in the Monteros Rias gardens is worth a look. A chapter of 20,000 leagues under the sea book was set in Vigo.

Marco Museum – on main street.

Map of Key Locations

Valencia

Spains’ third largest city built on the street plan of the Roman original. Each day we will do a cycle according to wind direction so cycles on each day may change according to the weather. All routes have a train option nearby in case of accident or tiredness.

Here are the rules for bikes on Spanish trains. Here are the rules for bikes on the metro.

Thursday 11th Jan

Meet at airport 7:30 ish in Wetherspoons airside. Flight FR1071 takes off at 09:30 arriving in Valencia at 13:25. The airport is close to the town by metro to Xàtiva station.  €4 for ticket plus €1 for travel card that we load each time.

Our accommodation, Sorolla House Apartments, is set in Valencia’s popular Carmen district, a 5-minute walk from the Cathedral. All apartments have free Wi-Fi, a large flat-screen TV and a DVD player, a kitchenette, with a fridge for beer and microwave. There is air conditioning.

The building is next to the main market for Valencia where we can buy fresh produce and is also surrounded by 100’s of bars and restaurants. The Botanical Gardens and the Jardines del Real are within a 10-minute walk. The Torres de Quart, part of the old city wall, is also nearby.  Xativa Station is just 900 yards away.

The bike rental shop is on the same street but we will go to the other branch tomorrow for premium bikes.

Visit the Valencia Biopark where animals live together with vegetation from their natural habitat.

Friday 12th Jan ( 25 miles) 

Walk to bike rental shop for premium bikes at Carrer de la Corretgeria, 4. Metro line L2 direction Llíria to Benagusil in the north-west. Cycle back (downhill). The route is here.

We go to Valencia Cathedral to see the Holy Chalice from 25 BC and legend has it is the Holy Grail drunk from at the Last Supper. La Lonja de la Seda de Valencia – the silk exchange built between 1482 and 1533. Finally, we visit Europe’s biggest Oceanarium which is open until 18:00.

Saturday 13th Jan ( 25 miles)

The Valencia football camp is at Oliva Nova with a pitch viewable through a fence despite it being “closed door”.  Get train towards Gandia at 08:41 and get off at Xeraco. The train is every hour and here is Valencia Gandia train timetable. Cycle beach side , riverside then greenway ( no traffic) to  Oliva for lunch. We eat at Restaurante El Lloc in Oliva with menu del dia, tapas, pizza. Five-mile cycle to the football ground. The confirmed time of the game is 15:30  for Nuremberg v Hearts. It’s 10 miles by bike from the ground to railway station in Gandia which takes us home on the 7pm train.

Sunday 14th Jan ( 22 miles)

Cycle to Sagunt along the Xurro greenway through orange groves to the northeast beach at El port de Sagunt where we eat. Train back from Sagunt a few miles inland or metro from Rafelbunyol.

The route today is here.

Levante plays RC Celta today at 12:00. We pass nearby the ground. It is possible to leave the cycle and see the game if you want.

Monday 15th Jan (33 miles, train back halfway option)

Cycle to the Albufera National Park doing 20 miles. Boat ride and lunch. Cycle back 10 miles or take the train from Sollana. The route is here.   Mestalla stadium tour in afternoon

Tuesday 16th

4:30 am – leave the apartment and travel, probably by taxi, to the airport for the flight at 7am.  – arrive Edinburgh 9:05.

2004 Pyrenees to the sea

Three amigos booked up to travel to GRO. After searching the internet we came across a company called Cicloturisme i Medi Ambient who would provide the bikes and transport into the mountains to the start. We got a good price for 5 night’s accommodation in various hotels, hire of bike and transport into the mountains by minibus. £230 in 2004. The company were also on hand to give us assistance which we needed on one of the days after two flat tyres.

Day 1 Thursday 4th Nov

Leave Edinburgh on 10:30 train. Arrive Girone Airport 18:10. Lift to Ripoll from Cicloturisme. Stay in Hotel La Trobada Ripoll. Our luggage is transported to Girona hotel while we retain a small amount for travel.

Day 2 Friday 5th Nov

Cycle to Olot (35 km). the city of volcanoes (it has three).Stay in Hotel Perla.Things to see in Olot. web page of person from Olothill climb, snow, volcanoes, squid, cards

Day 3 Saturday 6th Nov

Cycle to Girone (52 km). Stay in Hotel Ultonia Downhill run, Get fireworks thrown at us in Correfoc (it’s a bull run with fireworks)

Day 4 Sunday 7th Nov

39km Cycle to Saint Feliu De Guixols (44 km) (the beach). Stay overnight in Hotel Barcarola. Nicer run, puncture, Shandy, family meet, made it to sea

Day 5 Monday 8th Nov

39 km Cycle to Girone. (44 km uphill). Stay overnight in Hotel Ultonia. Hot day, beach fun, Shandy, the finish

Day 6 Tuesday 9th

Shopping, drinking, eating. Catch bus at 5pm for Travel to airport for plane home. Arrive Prestwick at 20:30. Train at 21:19 Arrive Edinburgh 23:53.

Emporda

We used the same company called Cicloturisme Medi Ambient who would provide the bikes and the Estartit owners association for the accommodation. We got a good price for 7 night’s accommodation in a 4 bedroom two bathroom swimming pool villa (£100), hire of bike (£62) and taxi transport to l’estartit, bus back.(£18) with the flights (£55) that made £235 each.The company were also on hand to give us assistance which we needed on one of the days with so much dust. All the photos here and the trip and the documents.  Continue reading “Emporda”

Ronda Nov 2011

A trip to the Ronda valley with its own microclimate in Andalucia. We are on the cusp of winter so warm clothes essential. Fairly hilly so short rides on quiet roads past orange groves, blanco pueblos. Rich in heritage we will visit Roman, Moorish and prehistoric sites. Cooking in the self catering accommodation will use local olive oil , fresh foods and cheap wine. The circular routes mean rest days are possible. Map of routes.

Ronda

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Girona Nov 2009

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Thu 12th Nov

Fly to Girona. Thu, 12/11/2009 Flight 7354 Depart EDI at 1830 and arrive GRO at 2220

Stay in Youth Hostel for €18 each.

Friday 13th Nov

Get hire bikes. €55 each from Cicloturisme Medi Ambient . Take 9.41 or 10.52 train to Flaca. €1.50. Circuit round La Gaxerre hills. Visiting medieval towns. Visit Dali’s Pubol residence. Lunch in Madremanya. Evening time visit Girona food festival. Stay in YH for €18 each.

Sat 14th November

Cycle greenway to Mediterranean Sea. Cycle North along coast to Palamos famous for its seafood where we have lunch. Up to Palafrugall, famous for cork making and then onto Peratallada where we stay in a 17th century farmhouse the Ca l’Aliu  for €80.

Sun 15th November

Cycle to medieval village of Peratellada, north to l’escala where Greek and Roman city is. West to Figueres where Dali museum is main attraction. Stay in Hotel Trave for €80.

Mon 16th November

Cycle south on minor roads to Flaca. Train to Girona for €1.50 ( roads dangerous).  Stay in YH for  €18.

Tue 17th November

From Barcelona Girona(GRO) to Edinburgh(EDI)

Tue, 17/11/2009 Flight 7355 Depart GRO at 1540 and arrive EDI at 1730