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Historic Andalucia - Guided Cycling Tour

This guided cycling tour combines the incredible history and the beautiful scenery of the Andalucia region in the south of Spain

  • Half board hotel
  • Andalucia —Sevilla > Granada
  • Activity Type
    • With guide
    • Point to point
  • Groups up to 20

Service

For a history enthusiast, this tour provides a fantastic picture of the rival influences in Andalucia over the past two thousand years. You stay in the finest hotels, all housed in impressive historical monuments, and visit many of the castles, cathedrals and universities which made the region the cultural and academic center of the world from Roman times into the Early Modern period.

There are two different cycling options each day and the routes are largely flat or gently rolling, making the tour accessible and enjoyable for cyclists of all levels. The tour is fully guided, led by a qualified historian who can provide real insight into the complex make-up of the region and really bring the magnificent buildings to life.

The following is included in the tour:

  • 8 nights accommodation in double, twin or single room with en-suite.
  • Transfer to and from the arrival/departure point
  • Continental breakfast every day
  • 7 x Lunches (Three Courses) and refreshments every day
  • 8 x Evening Meals
  • Bicycle Hire (Hybrid or Road Bikes)
  • Luggage transferred between hotels
  • Experienced guide and qualified historian cycling the route with the group (fluent English)
  • Support vehicle along the route
  • Cycle Fiesta water bottle
  • Detailed maps and route information for each day, with clearly marked points of interest.
  • Route extensions every day for those of you who wish to cycle further
  • Entry to the following attractions: Italica Roman City and Medina Azahara, Cordoba

The following are optional extras available for an additional charge:

  • Single Supplement €380
  • Tour Extensions (popular destinations include spending more time in Granada and Seville)

The following are not included in the tour

  • Any transfers not stated above
  • Travel Insurance
  • Entry to any attractions (e.g. museums, churches) except were explicitly stated
  • Flights

 Itinerary

Day 1 - Seville

The cycling tour begins when we collect you from Seville airport or train station. Seville is a vibrant and lively city with thousands of years of history within the city walls.

After checking into the hotel, you can take advantage of our tour of the city; taking in the three UNESCO world heritage sights that lie in Seville, including the largest gothic Cathedral in the world.

In the evening we will introduce you to Andalucia’s favourite past-time: tapas dining.

Day 2 - Italica & Carmona

From our hotel in the centre of Seville we will take cycle paths out of the city and head towards the ancient Roman city of Italica.

Along with a brilliantly preserved Roman amphitheatre, Italica also contains the remains of impressive mosaics, baths and Roman houses.

After lunch we continue to the town of Carmona; a beautiful fortified Roman town in the heart of the plains of Andalucia.

This compact town has several structures of Roman, Carthaginian and Moorish construction which we will visit both on the way to and in the town itself.

Distance: 25-78km (16-48 miles)

Day 3 - Guadalquivir River & Palma del Río

We leave Carmona on a pleasant trail passing orange fields, cactus and dry river beds.

After heading north, we loosely follow the course of the Guadalquivir river, the most important natural feature of the Roman and Moorish periods of Andalucian history.

The hotel is housed in a 15th century monastery in Palma del Rio; a one-time lodging place of Christopher Columbus. Palma del Rio is a picturesque town which, more recently, was central to the resistance movement in Andalucia during the Spanish Civil War.

Distance: 32-68km (20-42 miles)

Day 4 - Medina Azahara & Córdoba

From Palma del Rio we take a cross country trail on the edge of the Sierra Morena natural park, reaching the beautiful hilltop castle in Almodovar del Rio, which dates from the 8th century.

The cycling continues from Almodovar on a flat route to Medina Azahara - a vast palace city dating from AD 936, which is described by the New York Times as “The Versailles of the Middle Ages”.

After lunch we finish with a short route into Cordoba - the largest city in the world in the 12th century, when it was the capital of Muslim Spain. Cordoba contains many fantastic historic monuments, and is truly one of the great European cities.

Distance: 25-75km (16-47 miles)

Day 5 - Subbetica Natural Park

After the delights of Cordoba, the holiday continues into the tranquil Subbetica Natural park, home to millions of olive trees and excellent rolling cycling terrain.

We stay the night in a beautiful cortijo inside the Natural Park, and just a short distance from Zuheros - a typical Andalucian white village.

The picturesque town of Zuheros is home to a 12th century castle and also prehistoric caves containing neolithic paintings.

Distance: 40-66km (25-41 miles)

Day 6 - Priego de Córdoba

Continuing through the beautiful Subbetica national park, with fantastic natural features this is one of the most enjoyable days cycling.

We pass by several castles rising up above the olive trees and white villages; you can also spot some of the birds that reside in this area at times, including many peregrine falcons and a few golden eagles.

Our destination is Priego de Córdoba: a town of Baroque style with some Moorish influences. The highlight here is the amazing view from above the town on the Adarve cliff.

Distance: 30-52km (19-32 miles)

Day 7 - Montefrío

From Priego de Cordoba we stop at Almedinilla: a Roman village with an excellent archaelogical museum including the remains of a Roman settlement.

The route then continues to the white village of Montefrio where you will stay in a converted 19th century olive mill. The scenery is very tranquil and picturesque, as you ride along a scenic valley route, with rolling hills all around.

Montefrio is home to a 14th century Alcazaba which was constructed by the Muslim Caliphate of Granada to defend against a potential Christian invasion.

Distance: 36-69km (22-43 miles)

Day 8 - Granada

The final day in the saddle leaves Montefrio and crosses the quiet Vega Natural Park, finishing in Granada - the jewel in the crown of Spanish history.

In addition to the world famous Alhambra Palace, Granada is also home to the magnificent Albayzin district and an impressive cathedral.

Although it is most famous for its Moorish heritage, Granada has been populated for nearly 6,000 years, and it was heavily shaped by the Roman Empire and the Visigoths before rising to global prominence under the Moors.

Distance: 35-72km (22-45 miles)

Day 9 - Possible Extensions

Our cycling tour comes to an end after breakfast. For flexibility reasons not everyone is able to spend more time in Granada.

However, we recommend you stay for at least one or two more nights in this historic city and can happily arrange accommodation for you.

Other extension options include visiting Madrid, Malaga or one of the coastal villages on the Costa del Sol.

Accommodation

We believe that the hotels that you stay in are just as important as the towns that you visit and the scenery that you ride through.

On this tour we have chosen accommodation that really reflects the historic character of the region, and you will stay in some of the finest and most interesting hotels in Spain.

Seville

In Seville we stay in a **** hotel, housed in a restored 19th century mansion. It is set in the historic center, just a five minute walk from the cathedral, royal palace and giralda.

Carmona

In Carmona we stay in a beautiful * hotel which is a 16th century Renaissance palace. It is set in the old town and the individual rooms are beautifully styled with original works of art and antiques.

Palma del Rio

In Palma we stay in a small hotel which is set in a 15th century monastery. It is in the town center, but also has extensive gardens which are perfect for relaxing and soaking up the charming atmosphere. Christopher Columbus stayed in this very building more than 500 years ago, while trying to his get funding for his voyage plans from Queen Isabella.

Cordoba

In Cordoba we stay in a luxurious **** hotel in the heart of the Jewish Quarter, less than a 500m walk from the Mezquita. The hotel has five traditional patios which contain architectural remains which document the varied history of the city. On one of the patios there are the remains of a 4th century Roman maudoleum, while another includes the original 12th century Moorish wall.

Zuheros

This ‘Hacienda’ is a reformed 19th century farmhouse set on the edge of the village of Zuheros. It is beautifully surrounded by olive groves and includes an extensive spa, with Arab style thermal baths. Nearby Zuheros is home to neolithic caves, with original paintings, and also a hilltop castle dating from the 9th century.

Priego de Cordoba

Here we stay in a **** cortijo on the edge of the town. It is in tranquil natural surroundings, with pleasant gardens and an indoor pool and jacuzzi. The hotel also has a fantastic restaurant, where we will take dinner.

Montefrio

This pleasant hotel is housed in a 19th century olive mill. It is set just 200m from the historic town center and offers fantastic views across the Priego and Parapanda mountain ranges.

In the evening at this hotel we will sample the local olive oil before taking dinner.

Granada

In Granada we stay in a fantastic **** hotel situated in between the Alhambra Palace and the Historic Center. It is a comfortable walking distance from all the major sights, inclduing the magnificent Albayzin district. The hotel itself is set around a traditional Andalucian courtyard.

Location

You will stay in the three great cities of the region - Seville, Cordoba and Granada - as well as several other beautiful historic villages, while passing through diverse scenery, including the Subbetica Natural Park and the gently rolling Sierra de Hornachuelos Park.

Andalucia is the warmest region in Spain with very mild winters and hot summers. We avoid the hottest time of the year and run the tours when it is most pleasant for cycling. When we run the guided tours, daytime temperatures are normally 20-25°C (68-77°F) - although some warmer or cooler days are possible.

Rain is not common at any time of the year.

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