Available Months Saturday 19th of August until Monday 21st of August
Nights 3 nights
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2023 Vuelta a Espana - Barcelona Start Spain

Is This Trip For Me?

The Salida Official of the 78th edition of the Vuelta a Espana will take place in Barcelona. The race for Red will start with two days in the capital of Catalunya.

The first takes place on Saturday 18th August 2023 and will be a Team Time Trial in Barcelona. Stage 2 starts outside of Barcelona and finishes in Barcelona. Stage 3 starts and finishes at yet-to-be-announced locations.

Our weekend starts on Friday so we can enjoy the team presentation. Our hotel is located in a great location for both stages and you will see both of them live. Experience the passion of cycling from the Catalan people and the amazing culinary and landscape the region has to offer.

Tour Highlights

Tour Highlights

  • Spread your payments: Our payment plan is an interest-free payment method where you will have the opportunity to spread payment for your booking.

  • Premium 4* accommodation: In the heart of Barcelona including breakfasts

  • Live race viewing from Vuelta Hospitality Areas: Witness the excitement of the team presentation and 2 stages LIVE from official Vuelta Hospitality Areas!

  • Spectator Tour: Hospitality included plus explore the incredible bike friendly Catalan region and indulge in its amazing cuisine.

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What's Included

Accommodation

4* hotel in Barcelona

Included Meals

Daily breakfasts

Walking Tour

Local cultural and culinary experiences

Official Vuelta Hospitality

Hospitality on both stages included

2023 Vuelta a Espana - Barcelona Start Cycling Holiday

Barcelona is a city with a long-standing sporting tradition with close ties to cycling. This fact is evident through the numerous sporting events that take place there throughout the year – the Volta a Catalunya and the City of Barcelona International Track Cycling or Mountain Bike Trophy, in particular. The last time La Vuelta stopped in Barcelona was in the race’s 2012 edition. The 9th stage left from Andorra and ended at Montjuïc, with Belgian rider Philippe Gilbert crossing the finish-line in first place. Barcelona already hosted La Vuelta’s official departure in 1962, with a first linear stage spanning over 90 km that both started and ended within the city itself. Victory went to Antón Barrutia. The last time Barcelona held a time trial was back in 1978, also in Montjuïc. Victory went to Bernard Hinault, who inaugurated a brilliant victory tally featuring five Tours de France, three Giros d’Italia and two Vueltas. The City of Barcelona has also seen the Tour de France ride through in 2009, with a stage finale won by Norwegian rider Thor Hushovd (stage 6) and the departure of the 7th stage. It also hosts an emblematic and historic cycling race every year: the Volta a Catalunya. Barcelona is now preparing to receive La Vuelta once again. The event will be broadcast on TV in almost 200 countries, with daily average ratings of 1.5 million viewers in Spain. The race mobilises a travelling caravan that transports over 2500 people, among them over 600 journalists from around 20 countries, and over 200 different types of media.

Itinerary

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Day 1: Friday 18th August: Arrival Day & Team Presentations : Barcelona

Hotel:  TBC (B&B basis)

Meals: No meals today

Daily Highlights:

  • Welcome at Hotel
  • Guided walking tour of Barcelona
  • Watch live the Team Presentations in Barcelona

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Arrive in Barcelona, make your own way to the hotel. Meet and greet in the afternoon at the hotel. From the hotel, we will depart on foot as a group for a walking tour of Barcelona followed by watching the Team Presentations live.

Day 2: Saturday 19th August : Barcelona

Hotel: TBC (B&B basis)
Meals: Breakfast

Daily Highlights:

  • AM – TBC
  • Group dinner with special guest speaker Phil Liggett
  • PM – Hospitality at Stage 1 – team Time Trial

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Following breakfast we will depart the hotel xxxxxxxxx

Today we are lucky enough to enjoy the company of xxxxx as our special guest for dinner.

Day 3: Sunday 20th August - Stage 2 : Barcelona

Hotel: TBC (B&B Basis)
Meals: Breakfast

Daily Highlights:

  • Watch Stage 2 live
  • Barcelona Tapas tour – 2 hours (includes 6 Tapas + 2 drinks in total, in 2 different bars + guide service)

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Today the 2023 Vuelta a Espana will have its 2nd stage with the stage starting Outside or Barcelona and finishing in Barcelona. We’ll enjoy a leisurely morning before we regroup at the hotel and walk to the start area. Once the race has departed we will walk to the finish line area.
After the race, we will join our local guide for a walking Barcelona Tapas tour.

Day 4: Monday 21st August - End of Tour : Barcelona

After breakfast we say goodbye.

Meals: Breakfast

Airport Transfers

Barcelona airport, with several terminals, is located 16 kilometres south of the city and is also known as Josep Tarradellas Barcelona-El Prat. Barcelona can also be reached by transport links from other regional airports, including Girona, Reus and Lleida-Alguaire.

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From the airport there are good connections by Bus, Train or Metro and it takes between 30 – 50 minutes to get into the city centre depending on what mode of transport you choose.
From Barcelona City Centre there are good connections by Bus, Train or Metro and it takes between 30 – 50 minutes to get to the airport depending on what mode of transport you choose.

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