Conquistadors & Paradors

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Visiting: Spain

Hotel & Bike

6 nights from £859 to £1208pp
Guiding Self-Guided i
Level Moderate i
Standard Deluxe i
Code SP016
Good For Luxury, Solo
Distance 156mi/251km !
Runs Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Sep, Oct, Nov
Departs Any day
Fly to Madrid
Return from Madrid

Overview

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.

  • 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

The Trip

Route

Itinerary

  • Day 1: Arrive in Oropesa

    Make your way to the town of Oropesa, famous for its stunning castle-turned-parador.

  • Day 2: 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.

  • Day 3: 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.

  • Day 4: 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.

  • Day 5: 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.

  • Day 6: 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.

  • Day 7: Depart from Caceres

    Check out after breakfast and make your way back to Madrid by train. 

Accommodation

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: 

Parador de Oropesa

Parador de Jarandilla de la Vera  

Parador de Plasencia

Hospedería de Monfrague

Parador de Trujillo

Parador de Cáceres  

  • 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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Price includes

  • 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

Price excludes

  • Flights and transfers
  • Bike hire
  • Cycle helmets, (included with bike hire)

Extra nights available in Caceres & Madrid. Please enquire for details

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Bike Hire & Extras

Bike hire

Pannier, map holder, repair kit, odometer, pump, helmet and lock all included at no extra cost.

Hybrid
Bike hire
£91

Hybrid bike with 24 gears

e bike
E-bike hire
£136
GPS device
£28

Extras

You can add these when you price your trip

Board upgrade (B&B included)

Half Board
£168pp

Airport transfers

Transfer Madrid Airport to Oropesa (vehicle price for 1-6 people)
£171pp
Transfer Caceres to Madrid Airport (vehicle price for 1-6 people)
£351pp

How to Get There

Getting there

Fly to Madrid

Take the train (Renfe) from Madrid airport to Oropesa de Toledo.

 

Getting back

Take the train (Renfe) from Caceres to Madrid airport.

Fly from Madrid

 

News, Reviews & FAQs

FAQs

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News

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17th March 2015

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out of 5

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 excellent

Chris Norman, UK, November 2018
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out of 5

Enjoyable tour with very little traffic and interesting towns on route. Paradors and the one Casa Rural which we stayed in were all excellent. We would agree that the difficulty was moderate. My husband was an experienced cyclist and I kept up with an e-bike.

Jane Grimmette, UK, November 2018

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