Sylvain speaks to us from his native Quebec, in Canada, where he lives all year long thinking about the days he will take his bike and ride through Cambrils: “I’m going to ride my bike in Cambrils,” he says.For me, cycling is a sport that allows me to keep in shape, but the most important thing is to enjoy good health during my retirement.“.
He considers himself to be “an average cyclist”, and he rides about 7,000 kilometers a year. “I go cycling for pleasure” he continues and therefore admits that “I am very happy to meet again the challenge of the mountains around Cambrils.
to meet again the challenge of the mountains that surround Cambrils gives me great satisfaction”.
. I knew about Cambrils at the time I frequented Mallorca. Six years after cycling through the Serra de Tramuntana and the center of the island, I needed a change. My friends from Quebec told me about Denia and Cambrils, but I tried Cambrils four years ago and I have been repeating since then.“.
Joris is Belgian, from a place where “cycling is not a sport, it’s a religion“. It is considered “something competitive but friendly. Every good cycling trip ends with a beer with friends.“.
With this background, he got to know Cambrils more than ten years ago: “Since the first summer I went to Cambrils I started cycling, I ‘m not that kind of person who is all day on the beach. My first outing began in the Serra de Llaberia, and I quickly fell in love with the place. Since then, the first thing I do when we go on vacation is load the bike into the car. We already have a vacation home in Cambrils, there are several times a year that I go there, including a fixed meeting with other cycling friends to go out in the area.“.
Why go cycling in Cambrils?
The Costa Daurada, and especially Cambrils and its surroundings, are a very attractive place for cyclists because of the number of possible routes we have, for all levels,” Sylvain continues.
I appreciate the safety of the roads and the respect shown by the drivers.
Joris adds the weather “I like the weather, although some days are a bit windy, but it’s not a problem. You can ride on the flat, but you can also go inland and encounter longer climbs. The environment is beautiful, you are never alone, you always meet other cyclists.“.
To shoot among vineyards, almond trees, orange trees…” Sylvain continues. connects you directly with the Catalan nature. At the end of the day’s cycling a wine and a good meal await you. Going out in the village in the afternoon, tasting some tapas, meeting people, going into the stores and learning about places with history, is something that I enjoy very much every year.“.
He adds: “
The temperature is perfect in both spring and autumn.
. The first six kilometers out of Cambrils can be a little annoying, but from there you connect with the first climbs.”
Some cycling routes starting and finishing in Cambrils
In Sylvain’s notebook we find …
1-Coldejou/Marca/Falset/Falset/directionPorrera/ retour par Teixeta/Cambrils 77 kms& 1226 meters
2- Llaberia, return by Cami de Pratdip 85 km and 1378 meters above sea level.
Llaberia A/R 78 km 1075 mètres possibility to take Hospitalet
82 kms&1211 meters
3- Escornalbou on the horizon: Vinyols/ Ruidoms/ Montbrio/ Villanova/ Escornalbou Castle/ Argentera/ back via Montbrió 60 kms&800 meters
4- Vinyols/ Ruidoms/ Les Borges/ Maspujols/ Alexia’s/ Villaplana/ Mussara/ return via Alforja 77 kms&1256 meters
5- Ascent of the Teixeta and pass to Porrera with return via Falset and Colldejou
6- Vinyols/ Ruidoms/ Alforja/ Portugal/ Selva/ back via Reus/ Vinyols/ Cami
62 kms&830 meters
7- Montroig/ Coldejou/ Marca/ El Masroig/ El Molar/ El LLoar/ Grataloops/ Torroja Del Priorat/ Porrera/ return by Texeita 105 kms&1900 meters
8- Pratdip/ C44/ Tivissa/ Serra D’Almos/ Darmos/ El Masroig/ Marca/ back by Colldejou 102 kms& 1614 meters
9- Vinyols/ Ruidoms/ N420 jusqu’aurondpointversAlexeiar/ Villaplana/ Selva/ L’Albiol/ crossing la Mussara/ back Alforja 94 kms& 1428 meters
“They are my favorite routes, with many alternatives depending on the physical shape you have at any given time” Sylvain points out, admitting that “I can only recommend Cambrils, for its different routes, safety, low traffic in many places and the friendliness of the people if they see you in trouble“.
Joris concludes: “I would recommend this place to other cyclists, but I would like to keep the jewel safe…”.