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Andalusia 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 life 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 cycling, charming white villages known as “Pueblos Blancos,” Flamenco music, and 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 alternative to our other more challenging Andalusia Bike trip.
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Make your way independently to Seville and take some time to explore this beautiful city. We stay the night at the beautiful Hotel Fernando III (or similar), which has a lovely rooftop pool and bar. Dinner is on your own tonight to allow for a relaxed evening. OVernight Seville. Hotel included, dinner not included.
Meet your guides at 9:00 this morning for a guided walking tour of historic Seville followed by free time for lunch. We depart at 2 p.m. for a 30-minute transfer to the countryside for a bike-fitting and an easy warm-up ride to our hotel in Palma del Rio, the historical Monasterio de San Francisco (or similar). The monastery dates from 1492 and eventually helped found the Catholic missions in Los Angeles and San Francisco (California) centuries later. The Ride: 30 kms (more mileage possible). Overnight Palma del Rio. Hotel, breakfast and dinner included.
You have a beautiful ride today in the countryside north of Palma to the striking hilltop town of Hornachuelos, whose colorful medieval streets and ruined fortress stand look out over the shores of Bembézar Reservoir. The town is also famous for its honey, and we can visit a producer who explains the complexity and importance of this natural product. Enjoy lunch at a nearby eco-center in a lovely garden setting and then bike back to Palma. Relax at the hotel pool this afternoon or visit a renovated Arab palace that’s currently in the hands of Spanish nobility.The Ride: 34 – 50 kms (options possible). Overnight Palma del Rio. Hotel, breakfast and dinner included.
Bike south past vast fields of wheat and olives to the historical city of Écija, where we stop for lunch. From there we get onto the "Via Verde," a nationwide trail system built over an old railway line. Cycle easily and traffic-free towards our home for the next two nights, the historical city of Cordoba. Check into our hotel, the lovely Hotel Posada Vallina (or similar), located in the heart of the old city, and then take some time to explore this beautiful city on foot. The Ride: 30-50 kms (options available). Overnight Cordoba. Hotel, breakfast and dinner included.
This morning we have a guided visit of the amazing “Mezquita,” a massive mosque complex that was begun in the 8th century and eventually had a soaring cathedral built inside of it when the Christians retook the area from the Muslim rulers. 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. Tonight is a "free night" so you are free to dine at one of the city's many restaurants. Overnight Cordoba. Breakfast and hotel included. Dinner not included.
Shuttle out of town this morning and then ride along another Via Verde which follows the old railway line that was built in the late 19th century to serve the booming olive oil industry. Stop for a coffee break at an old train station that has been turned into a charming trailside cafe. Continue from there to the hilltop town of Zuheros for lunch, or hop in the van to go explore other nearby villages. Our home for the next two nights is the Hacienda Minerva (or similar), a beautifully renovated farmhouse surrounded by a sea of olive trees. Find out how paella is made tonight and then tuck into dinner where you get to taste this local Spanish dish. The Ride: 30 - 50 km options available. Overnight near Zuheros. Hotel, breakfast and dinner included.
Enjoy more riding this morning on the Via Verde, past a natural saltwater lagoon and across historic bridges designed by the architectural school that designed the Tour Eiffel. Relax by the pool this afternoon and then meet up again before dinner for a visit of the Hacienda's olive press and a tasting of their oil. Dinner follows, and if we're lucky we'll also get serenaded by a local Flamenco guitarist! The Ride: 25 – 50 kms (options available). Overnight near Zuheros. Hotel, breakfast and dinner included.
Leave your bikes behind this morning as we transfer by van to the historical city of Granada. Take an orientation walk upon arrival and then break for lunch, and explore the medieval streets this afternoon followed by an optional trip to a traditional hammam (thermal spa). Get together over a pitcher of sangria this evening and then go on to dinner to celebrate a wonderful week of cycling and relaxation. Our hotel, El Ladron de Agua (or similar), is a boutique "art hotel" in a renovated noble house in the heart of the old town. 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 short climb. Daily activity is 2 to 5 hours with max distance 50 kms. Longer or more challenging rides are possible for more ambitious cyclists.
Trip Cost Includes: 8 nights' accommodation; 8 breakfasts and 6 dinners; two bilingual guides; full van support and luggage transfer throughout the trip; all visits as noted in the itinerary; and hybrid bicycle rental (road bikes and e-bikes may be available for a small supplement). 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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