Spain Andalucia EASY Bike Tour
Andalucia is quintessential Spain. Vast landscapes of undulating olive groves and craggy mountains are punctuated by white-washed Moorish villages perched atop rocky pinnacles. By day, village squares laze in the warm sun, while by night they hum with vitality as cafes, wine bodegas and tapas bars spring to life. It is also home to some of Europe’s finest architectural achievements; Seville’s medieval cathedral, Cordoba’s massive mosque/church complex (the “Mezquita”), and Granada’s Alhambra Palace. You will enjoy fabulous rides, charming “Pueblos Blancos”, Flamenco dancing, and sample plenty of tasty tapas and excellent wine as you wind your way from Seville, to Cordoba, to Granada.
We have designed this trip as an “easy” cycling alternative to our other, more challenging Andalucia Bike trip, and we have added some walks for anyone who wants to join the trip but doesn’t cycle. Trip logistics will be dependent on the number of people who select each activity.
Spain Andalucia EASY Bike Tour itinerary
Make your way independently to Seville and take some time to explore this beautiful city. We stay the night at the beautiful Hotel Rey Alfonso X, which has a lovely rooftop pool and bar. Dinner is on your own tonight to allow for a relaxed evening. Hotel included, dinner not included.
Meet your guide(s) at 2 p.m. for a one-hour transfer to the countryside for a bike-fitting and an easy warm-up ride to our hotel in Palma del Rio, the historical Monastero di San Francesco. The Ride: 30 kms (more mileage possible). Overnight Palma del Rio. Non-cyclists can transfer directly to the hotel and enjoy an afternoon walk. Overnight Palma del Rio. Hotel, breakfast and dinner included.
Both cyclists and walkers have a day in the countryside north of Palma del Rio.Walkers can explore the Siera de Hornachuelos natural park, a UNESCO protected Biosphere with cork and holm oak, and home to many endangered species like the lynx, black vulture, black stork, golden eagle and Bonelli’s eagle. The Ride: 25 – 50 kms (options possible). Overnight Palma del Rio. Hotel, breakfast and dinner included.
Cyclists bike to Almodóvar while walkers get a shuttle there and have a walk around the impressive castle on the hill. Previously a Roman fort, the current structure has Berber origins, in the year 760. During the Middle Ages, it underwent several renovations and reconstructions, and was restored in the early 20th century by its current owner. From there we continue to Cordoba and check into our hotel, the lovely Hotel Posada Vallina, located in the heart of the old city. The Ride: 33 kms or 55 all the way to Cordoba. Overnight Cordoba. Hotel, breakfast and dinner included.
This morning we have a guided visit of the amazing “Mezquita”, the 10th century mosque which contains a soaring Catholic cathedral inside. This afternoon you are free to explore the other treasures of this intriguing city. We can also offer an optional bike ride or guided walk through town. Free night dinner. Overnight Cordoba. Breakfast and hotel included. Dinner not included.
We shuttle out of town and then bike to our next hotel, the lovely Hacienda Minerva, a quiet country estate in the middle of a vast sea of olive groves. More serious cyclists can bike the whole way if they like! We can stop along the way to visit the historic “white town” of Castro del Rio, and then continue on towards Zuheros. Walkers can explore the beautiful hilltop town of Baena. Our home for the next two nights in the Hacienda Minvera, a beautifully renovated farmhouse surrounded by a sea of olive trees. The Ride: 35 kms or longer 65 kms option. Overnight near Zuheros. Hotel, breakfast and dinner included.
Non-cyclists can do a walk in the hills above Zuheros, while bikers can do a loop ride on the “via verde” bike trail in the valley. We can also organize an olive oil tasting this afternoon. The Ride: 25 – 50 kms (options available). Overnight Hacienda Minerva. The Ride: 45 kms. Overnight near Zuheros. Hotel, breakfast and dinner included.
Head southeast this morning and bike to the outskirts of Granada, where you will be picked up and shuttled into town to avoid traffic. Walkers can stop along the way to explore the whitewashed “Pueblo Blanco” of Montefrio. We’ll have an informal walking tour of Granada this afternoon, followed by a trip to a traditional thermal spa. We dine together tonight to celebrate a wonderful week of adventure and relaxation. Our hotel, the Hotel Zaguan del Darro, is in a renovated noble house from 1563, located in the heart of the old town. The Ride: 35 km (with possible extension). Overnight Granada. Hotel, breakfast and dinner included.
You have a guided visit of the “Alhambra” this morning, the opulent former residence of the Moorish princes. The trip ends after the visit, so you are free to stay another night in Granada or else move on to other parts of Spain. There is a small airport in Granada, or you can take a train back to Seville, or even down to Malaga, which is serviced by a wider range of low-cost airlines (like Ryan Air and Easy Jet, for example). Breakfast and guided visit included.
Activity rating: 2 out of 5 = Easy to Moderate. A mix of flat and gently rolling terrain with the occasional sustained climb of up to 4 kms. short, steep ups and downs. Daily activity is 3 to 5 hours. Max distance up to 50 kms.
Trip Cost Includes: 8 nights accommodation; 8 breakfasts and 6 dinners; two bilingual guides, full van support and luggage transfer throughout the trip; and all visits as noted in the itinerary. Bike rental included. All departures are accompanied by two guides.
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Getting There: the trip starts in Seville, which is easily accessible by air via most European hubs or by train from other cities in Spain.
Air: most trans-continental flights into Spain arrive in Madrid or Barcelona, but Seville is well connected with European hubs like London, Paris, Rome, Frankfut, etc. Be sure to check out the low-cost airline options like Vueling and Ryan Air as well as the major carriers. See the airport's website for the latest schedules. Also see also our "Transport Info" page (in the menu heading "Info") for specific airport information and a list of smaller airlines you can consult for flights.
Rail: trains from Madrid to Seville on the high-speed AVE service take under 3 hours. For more information, see the Spanish train service (RENFE) website.
Getting Away at the End of the Trip: the trip ends in Granada after breakfast on Saturday morning. There is a small airport in Granada with connections to Madrid and Barcelona, plus the occasional connection to London and Paris. See their website for current schedules. You can also take a bus to Seville (3 hrs), Madrid (5 hrs) or Malaga (2 hrs). See this site for details on bus schedules.
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