What to expect
Discover a lesser-visited area of Spain as you ride past foothills and green valleys, touring between mountain villages and hilltop towns. Some sections are more demanding than others but you have the option of taking a transfer on the most demanding cycle day. Arriving in Granada is a great way to start the week, and you’ll have plenty of time here to visit the spectacular Alhambra fortress or reward yourself with a banquet of garlic prawns, stuffed peppers and Spanish omelette.
As you tour through rural villages, olive groves and historic cities, stop off to taste authentic tapas and fresh cheeses. Expect 13th century churches, magnificent fortresses and spectacular views across fertile plains and rolling vineyards. The castle at Alcalá la Real is a highlight and the white-washed houses of Zuheros village are typical of the region. Arriving in the city of Cordoba makes a magnificent end point for you to see its world famous mosque or sample some local wines in its authentic cellars.
At a glance
- Follow one of the most ancient 'Camino de Santiago' routes
- Cordoba’s world-famous mosque and Granada’s magnificent fortress
- Hilltop towns, white-washed villages and traditional farmhouses
- Stunning cycle routes with some sections more demanding than others
Arrive in Granada
Make your way to Granada to your hotel in the historical area of town. Take a walk to the cathedral and its old silk market before soaking up the local atmosphere and relaxing in the tapas bars, restaurants and wine houses.
Granada and transfer to Tózar
Explore Granada’s historic streets and visit the amazing Alhambra fortress. Note: We recommend booking entrance to the Alhambra Palace in advance, to guarantee your visit and avoid lengthy queuing on the day.
In the late afternoon you will be transferred to Tózar where you can explore the defensive system from the Spanish civil War.
Tózar – Fuente del Rey/Alcalá la Real
15-16 miles (24-26 km)
Cycle to the village of Limones then continue on unpaved roads towards Casillas de Gumiel. Pedal across fertile plains between fields of cereal crops which are packed with poppies in springtime to Fuente del Rey or 2km further to Alcalá la Real, where you can visit the majestic La Mota fortress, which defends the town. .
Fuente del Rey/ Alcalá la Real – Alcaudete
18-19 miles (29-31 km)
Leave Alcalá and pass through Castillo Locubín, following the San Juan River on the way to Alcaudete. Stay the night in your hotel right in front of the castle.
Alcaudete – Lugue – Zuheros
19 miles (30 km)
Cycle along the ‘Via Verde’ (a disused railway line), along the Salt Lake seeing flamingos (in season). After passing Luque station where you can have lunch in an old wooden train wagon, before continuing towards your boutique hotel in the romantic village of Zuheros.
Zuheros – Baena – Castro del Río
24 miles (38 km)
Cycle through Baena to Castro del Río a village that is famous for its olive oil and local olive wood furniture. Sleep in an old convent.
Castro del Río Cordova (by bike or taxi)
0 or 27 miles (0 or 43 km)
Today you have the choice of either taking a 10 am taxi to Cordova or cycling the route. Visit the world famous mosque with a catholic cathedral inside it, which dominates the city, step inside an authentic bodega (wine cellar) or walk through the old Jewish quarter to view its beautiful patios.
Please note that today's route is a more demanding 'moderate' level ride.
Depart from Cordova
Check out after breakfast and make your way home or extend your holiday in Cordova
A mix of 1* to 4* hotels and guesthouses
We use a pool of 1* to 4* guesthouses and hotels maximise our availability for this tour, so regardless of the time of year we do our best to secure your dates of choice. The accommodation often has a lovely local flair, like the old convent in Castro del Rió, with a chance to experience local life with an authentic flavour of your destination.
- A mix of 1* to 4* hotels and guesthouses
- Breakfast included
- Secure bike storage
- Luggage transfers included
Dates & Prices
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- 7 nights accommodation: in a mix of 1* to 4* hotels and guesthouses
- Board basis: Bed and breakfast
- Mountain bike with 24/27 gears with pannier
- Luggage transportation
- Welcome meeting
- Cycle maps and route notes (GPS with tracks available at a supplement - please enquire)
- Transfer from Granada to Tózar on day 2
- Transfer from Castro del Río to Cordova on day 7
- Local contact number for assistance
- Flights and transfers not in the itinerary
- Cycle helmets - obligatory in Spain
Solo travellers - please enquire
Hotel upgrades available in Cordoba and Granada - please enquire
Bike Hire & Extras
24/27 gear mountain bike with pannier, handlebar bag, bike computer, water bottle, repair kit, spare inner tube and lock included in the tour price.
Obligatory in Spain - please advise at time of booking if hire required
You can add these when you price your trip
Low season 2018: 7th January to 8th March, 24th June to 6th September, 4th November to 20th December (excluding the 5th -9th December)
High season 2018: 9th March to 23rd June, 7th September to 3rd November, 21st to 31st December
How to Get There
Fly to Granada or Malaga
Train (Renfe) or bus is available from the above airports to Granada.
An airport transfer can also be arranged. Please contact us for more details and rates.
Train (Renfe) or bus is available to all four of the airports below from Cordova.
Fly from Granada, Malaga, Seville or Jerez
Airport transfer can also be arranged. Please contact us for more details and rates.
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