Spain Bike Tour
Segovia to Salamanca
"The Leading U.S.-based Tour Outfitter"
by Frommer's Spain
Located in the high plateau country of central Spain, Segovia and Salamanca are two of the country’s most beloved cities. Between them, stretched in an arc to the south, lies the mountain greenery of the Sierra de Guadarrama and the Sierra de Gredos. Our cycling route explores them all in a unique celebration of Castilian culture and nature. We’ll pedal past open pasturelands and granite mountain peaks, shimmering alpine lakes and snow-capped sierras. Gung-ho cyclists can test their mettle on an optional Vuelta a Espańa climb! Evenings find us enjoying the best of Castilian culture and cuisine in UNESCO World Heritage cities.
- Trip Feedback
- Varied landscapes from vast plains to towering mountains
- Romanesque villages and UNESCO gems—Segovia, Ávila, Salamanca
- Cycling in the Sierra de Gredos National Reserve
- Soaring raptors in the Rio Duratón canyon
- First-century aqueduct of Segovia
- Royal Glass Factory and Palace of La Granja
- Santa Teresa catacombs in Ávila
- Optional climb to a famed Vuelta a Espańa pass
- Salamanca’s vibrant university quarter
Day 1: Midday transfer from the Segovia train station to Sepúlveda, a Romanesque village perched between the Rio Casilla and Rio Duratón gorges. Warm-up ride to the Parque Natural Hoz del Duratón, where eagles and raptors are frequently spotted. Welcome dinner and overnight in an 11th-century manor house. (0, 11, or 23 mi.)
Day 2: Cycle through ochre-hued limestone villages, expansive grazing lands, and fields of lavender and wheat, all set against the commanding backdrop of the Sierra de Guadarrama. Enter Segovia through the multi-tiered Roman aqueduct for a two-night stay in the heart of the Old Quarter. (39 or 50 mi.)
Day 3: Free day in Segovia to tour the Gothic-style cathedral and contemporary art Museu de San Esteban, or stroll outside the town walls for stunning views of the Alcázar (the inspiration for Walt Disney’s Cinderella castle). Optional rides include an easy pedal to La Granja’s Royal Glass Factory and Versailles-styled palace gardens, or a forested climb through the Sierra de Guadarrama to El Puerto de Navacerrada, a famous pass on the Vuelta a Espańa. (13, 20, or 38 mi.)
Day 4: Leave Segovia through the royal hunting grounds of the Palacio de Riofrio. Graceful stone walls and grazing bulls line the road to Ávila, another World Heritage city. An afternoon walking tour explores its monuments, market squares, and the Convento de Santa Teresa, built over the birthplace of the 16th-century mystic. Before dinner, enjoy a sunset paseo along the 12th-century city walls. (46 mi.)
Day 5: Challenging climb through the foothills of the Sierra de Gredos, passing groves of walnut and chestnut trees, colorful hillsides of heather and broom, and rushing mountain streams. Overnight and dinner at a stylish mountain retreat in Hoyos del Espino. (50 mi.)
Day 6: Through the heart of the Gredos National Reserve! Descend through an alpine amphitheater of granite peaks (topped by the 8,400-foot Pico Almanzor, the highest mountain in central Spain) to the Rio Tormes valley. Break for a riverside picnic and swim before continuing to lovely Candelario, unique for its stone and timber houses with characteristic half doors. (39 or 45 mi.)
Day 7: Leaving the mountains behind, pedal on through gently rolling plains dotted with graceful cork and olive trees. Cathedral spires, their sandstone façades golden in the sun, appear in the distance for our first view of Salamanca. Afternoon free to explore the cathedrals, university, and Baroque-style Plaza Mayor, acclaimed as one of the most beautiful in Spain. Farewell celebration and four-star overnight in the lively Old Quarter. (48 mi.)
Day 8: Morning transfer to the Salamanca station for trains to Madrid.
"The trip combines the best of both worlds: three of Spain's most beautiful and historic cities (Segovia, Avila and Salamanca) and absolutely gorgeous countryside. The roads are ideal for biking, and for meeting the locals. I would definitely do this one again!"
- W.R., Germany
- 7 nights accommodations in historic manor houses and a five-star hotel (double occupancy, private bath)
- 6 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 information
- Choice of mileage options on most days; total mileage of 235 to 300 miles
- Two experienced, multilingual Spanish guides
- Support van to carry luggage, provide snacks, and offer assistance and lifts
- Transfers from Segovia train station and to Salamanca train station at specified times
- 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.