What to expect
Experience a unique cycling tour in western Spain’s remote Extremadura region, with leisurely riding from parador to parador – luxury hotels located in restored palaces, castles or monasteries. Cycling from the ancient castle of Oropesa, you’ll pass granite peaks, green foothills and rugged farmland to reach beautiful cities such as Trujillo and Plasencia – home to elegant mansions and monuments left by the adventurous Spanish Conquistadors.
As you ride past golden pastures, look out for wild bulls and black iberico pigs. Spot Spanish Ibex as you pedal through sun drenched plains and look up to see vultures and eagles as you near the oak forested hills of Monfrague National Park. The city of Caceres is an impressive place to finish and, before you explore its palaces and ancient squares, visit a traditional taverna or sit outside in a pavement cafe to reward yourself with a refreshing drink in the Spanish sun.
At a glance
- Unique accommodation in converted historic buildings known as paradors
- Prolific wildlife, from birds of prey to Spanish Ibex
- Stunning cities filled with monuments left by Spanish adventurers
- Cycling past oak forests, rugged farmland and colourful meadows
Arrive in Oropesa
Make your way to the town of Oropesa, famous for its stunning castle-turned-parador.
Oropesa - Jarandilla de la Vera
34/42 miles (55/67km)
Cycle on flat land amongst typical Mediterranean woodland towards the green foothills of the Gredos Mountains.
Jarandilla de la Vera - Plasencia
37/43 miles (59/69 km)
An easy ride through the countryside takes you to the walled market city of Plasencia, home to a beautiful cathedral and charming old town.
Plasencia - Monfrague National Park
21 miles (33 km)
Cycle south towards the Tajo River through a typical landscape of rugged grazing pastures, oak groves and cork trees – look out for large farms which rear wild bulls and the famous Iberico black pig. Reach Monfrague National Park, famous for its bird life.
Monfrague - Trujillo
31 miles (49km)
Enjoy a gentle and scenic ride along quiet roads towards Trujillo, explore this lovely town packed with history and bursting with monuments left by the Spanish Conquistadors.
Trujillo - Caceres
34 miles (55 km)
Tour through rural landscapes, passing traditional rural villages on route to the city of Caceres. Stroll along the cobbled streets of the old city centre and visit a traditional taverna or relax on a sunny terrace.
Depart from Caceres
Check out after breakfast and make your way back to Madrid by train.
4* & 5* Paradors and one restored country farmhouse
We use 4* & 5* Paradors and one restored country farmhouse in the National Park with outdoor swimming pool. Paradors are luxury hotels with exquisite service, located in National Heritage properties and unique historic buildings such as restored palaces, monasteries or castles.
Hotels we use:
- 6 nights in 4* & 5* Paradors and one restored country farmhouse in the National Park with outdoor pool
- Breakfast included, half board available
- Secure bike storage
- Luggage transferred each day
Dates & Prices
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- 6 nights accommodation: in 4* & 5* Paradors and one restored country farmhouse
- Board basis: Bed and breakfast
- Luggage transportation
- Maps and route information (GPS tracks available on request)
- Local contact number for assistance
- Flights and transfers
- Bike hire
- Cycle helmets, (included with bike hire)
Extra nights available in Caceres & Madrid. Please enquire for details
Bike Hire & Extras
Pannier, map holder, repair kit, odometer, pump, helmet and lock all included at no extra cost.
Hybrid bike with 24 gears
You can add these when you price your trip
Board upgrade (B&B included)
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We are regular cyclists but found this trip tough. There are definitely more ups than downs so if in doubt take an e bike. We did have some mechanical issues so do check the bikes over thoroughly before you set off. There is definitely more to see at the beginning of the ride and sadly over the last two days we found the scenery a bit barren and underwhelming. The Paradors are beautiful and historic but the highlight of the trip for us was staying with Carmen in her lovely home the Palacios Viejo de Las Corchuelas. Orange and grapefruit trees everywhere! Carmen was a delightful host; everything was homemade and produced on the farm. We had a great time but have to say we missed the opportunities to get off the bike and look around little towns and villages along the way.Maggie Armitt, UK, July 2019
Conquistadors and Paradors was a good ride and not too challenging. Beautiful scenery, just a bit too much of the route was on busy major roads. Paradors are awesome and the support from Augustin - the bike man - was excellentChris Norman, UK, November 2018