Spain Bike Tour

Viva Andalucía!

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Olive trees and orange groves, Moorish archways and flowered balconies, savory paella and seductive flamenco…Welcome to Andalucía! Our grand bike tour of southern Spain takes in Andalucía’s most scenic landscapes, from the big-sky canyonlands of the Sierra Subbética to the charming pueblos blancos. Pause midway in Granada to feast your senses on the exotic Moorish palaces, fountains, and gardens of the Alhambra. Pedaling west, a more subtle beauty awaits in the serene white villages of Ronda, Grazalema and Arcos de la Frontera, whose Arabic architecture and whitewashed facades have remained unchanged for centuries.
  • Highlights
  • Itinerary
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  • What's Included
  • Bike Andalucía off the beaten path
  • Experience the essence of Andalucía in Córdoba, Granada, and Ronda
  • Stay in country cortijos and historic palacios
  • Visit the Moorish Mezquita in Córdoba
  • Ride the Via Verde rail trail through the Sierra Subbética
  • Pedal the switchbacks of Puerto de las Palomas
  • Explore Granada with your native guide for the ultimate insider’s view
  • Tour the Alhambra palaces and Generalife gardens
  • Pristine pueblos blancos in spectacular settings
  • Ronda’s Plaza de Toros and bullfighting museum
  • Tapas, gazpacho, and Moroccan cuisine
  • Flamenco performance in a gypsy cueva

Day 1: Meet mid-morning in Córdoba, designated a UNESCO World Heritage City. We’ll visit the intriguing mosque/cathedral of La Mezquita, explore the cobbled streets of the Judería with its rare medieval synagogue, and get acquainted over a tapas lunch. An afternoon cycling loop climbs to the historic chapels of Las Ermitas, with stunning views of the city below. Welcome dinner in the Old Quarter. (0 or 21 mi.)

Day 2: Endless fields of sunflowers and olive trees line our route to Zuheros, a classic white village with a 10th-century Arabic castle. A spectacular rail-trail bridge spans the Rio Bailon gorge on the way into town. Savor the local queso de cabra (goat’s milk cheese) and a glass of fino (sherry) before dinner at our country cortijo, the Hacienda Minerva. You’re invited into the kitchen to watch as tonight’s paella dinner is prepared. Our inn’s Moorish touches extend to its Arabic baths, teteria (tea room), and massage services. (42 mi.)

Day 3: Morning visit to Neolithic cave paintings in the Cueva de los Murciélagos. Jump on the Via Verde rail trail to Priego de Cordoba and Lucque, with their dazzling Baroque architecture, then climb through the magnificent canyonlands of the Parque Natural de Sierra Subbética. Soak in the views of endless olive orchards at our country inn near Montefrio, where you can also soak your biking muscles in a hammam, a traditional Turkish bath. (37 or 45 mi.)

Day 4: The landscape changes dramatically as rocky mountainsides give way to the fertile fields and meadows of the Vega plain. Stop in Fuente Vaqueros to visit the house museum of Granada’s celebrated poet and playwright, Garcia Lorca. A new Via Verde bike path follows the river into Granada, where we’ll settle into a two-night stay at an elegant 16th-century palacio with views of the Alhambra. (34 or 40 mi.)

Day 5: Free morning in Granada to shop, explore the Moorish Quarter, or join your native Granadino guide on an off-the-beaten-path walk through the gypsy neighborhoods of the Sacromonte and Albaicín. Spend the afternoon admiring the beautiful Moorish palaces, gardens and fountains of the Alhambra.

Day 6: Morning transfer from Granada west to El Chorro, gateway to the Gigante del Churro gorge. A challenging ride leads past views of turquoise lakes, pine forests, and eagles soaring through the gorge. We’ll end in spectacularly-sited Ronda, a pueblo blanco split in two by the El Tajo gorge and bridged by the Puente Novo. (Only in Spain could a bridge completed in 1793 still be called a new bridge!) Before dinner, tour the Plaza de Toros, where modern bullfighting was invented in the 18th century. The atmospheric setting is straight out of the Romantic era! (31 mi.)

Day 7: Quiet roads wind past limestone caverns and rocky pinnacles in the Sierra de Cádiz. Linger in the pretty white villages of Benaoján and Montejaque, whose Gothic churches belie their Berber roots, or wind your way up dozens of switchbacks to the 4,500’ Puerto de las Palomas (Pass of the Doves) for a spectacular challenge. Both options finish in Grazalema, a pueblo blanco of spotless white houses, cobbled streets and wrought iron balconies nestled below the Picos de Pinar. (30, 41, or 46 mi.)

Day 8: Climb through black pines and rare Spanish firs (pinsapo) in the Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park, a UNESCO biosphere reserve. Wind downhill to a historic olive oil mill and Zahara de la Sierra, a pueblo blanco dominated by the Moorish Torre de Homenaje (Tribute Tower). As we drop into the plains, the rugged sierra softens into fertile fields planted with pomegranates, grapevines, and cotton. Named for its graceful archways spanning narrow streets and fine sandstone mansions, Arcos de la Frontera is perhaps the most dazzling of the white villages. Our 250-year-old manor house is itself a masterpiece, its terraces framing rooftop views of town. (42 mi.)

Day 9: Morning transfer to Seville.

“This trip had the best of everything: extraordinary scenery, great accommodations, fabulous food and excellent guides. A '10!'”
– K.H., Virginia

“The guides’ knowledge of the route and region was amazing. Hiking into Granada was a tour de force—the perfect way to enter the old city.”
– B.N., Illinois

“All the history and tours of interesting sights were a wonderful addition.”
– N.M. & G.M., Utah

“Spain was even more interesting and intriguing than I expected. The rides, the countryside, the food, and the guides were all top notch.”
– E.S., New Jersey

“Forget the Gatorade. The thirst quencher of choice on this ride is Rioja.”
– Bon Appétit

  • 8 nights accommodations in historic hotels, (double occupancy, private bath)
  • 7 dinners with wine, 2 picnic lunches, and all breakfasts
  • Use of a top-quality 27-speed Marin hybrid bicycle
  • Detailed maps, written directions, and background
  • Choice of mileage options on most days; total mileage of 195 to 293 miles
  • Two experienced, multilingual Spanish guides
  • Support van to carry luggage, provide snacks, and offer assistance and lifts
  • Admission to the Mezquita in Cordoba, the Alhambra and Generalife gardens in Granada, the bullfighting museum in Ronda
  • Flamenco performance
  • Transfer at end of tour to Seville
  • Gratuities for all accommodations and group meals
  • Comprehensive tour preparation information and training tips
  • Easy Rider cycling jersey and water bottle
  • Airfare is not included.

Price: US$3995 for
9 day/8 night guided bike tour.
Single supplement: $800.

2019 Dates
Available as a custom tour for groups of 10+ only. Contact us a minimum of 120 days in advance.

Arrive/Depart
Córdoba/Seville

Activity Level: 2, 3, 4. Moderate to hilly terrain.

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