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Cycle Europe's Highest Road

Three days cycling in Sierra Nevada, ticking off the highest road on the continent. 1 day off work.

Ride to the highest point possible on two wheels in Europe on this Epic Weekend that includes:

  • 3 great rides in the Sierra Nevada.
  • Full vehicle support.
  • 2 nights in charming apartments with mountain views.
  • Full use of pool and sports facilities.
  • Breakfast, lunches and evening meals.
  • Airport transfers from Malaga.

Book on to our pre-set shared group trips above. Alternative dates and private trips available.

  • Self catered apartment
  • Andalucia —Villanueva del Rosario
  • Activity Type
    • Route advice only
    • Training camp
    • Fixed base
  • Groups up to 12
  • Features
    • BBQ facilities
    • Ensuite rooms
    • Garden
    • Hot tub
    • Outdoor pool


The Plan:

This unforgettable weekend features the Pico de Veleta, voted the most epic climb in Europe by GCN (Global Cycling Network).

If clear of snow at the summit, you’ll be looking at an average gradient of 6.2%, over 43km, all the way up to 3,400m!

Here’s the plan:

Day 1: Arrive

Jump on a plane to Malaga airport, where you’ll be met for your transfer to your accommodation for the weekend.

Grab a late lunch, then it’s time to hop on your bike for an afternoon ride, followed by a reinvigorating dip in the heated 25m pool or hot tub and an evening meal to finish your first day.

Day 2: Pico de Veleta

Prepare yourself for the day ahead with a hearty early breakfast then it’s time to jump in the transport down to Granada for the start of the Pico de Veleta!

You’ll have full vehicle support today so no matter how hard you find the climb you’ll make it home safely with lunch awaiting your return.

Why not enjoy your accommodation’s facilities for the rest of the day: unwind with a few lengths in the pool or jump in the hot and cold recovery tubs to truly relax your legs - all before your final evening meal of the trip.

Day 3: Ride and return to the UK

Enjoy another early breakfast then you’ll be out on the bike to make the most of your final day in Sierra Nevada.

Lunch will be ready upon your return then it’s time to pack up your things, jump in the airport transfer and head home to the UK feeling smug about your awesome weekend.


The accommodation is a collection of charming 4 person apartments set around a pool with views over the Sierra Nevada.

You will be staying in one of four separate self-contained apartments, sleeping a combined total of 12 persons. Each apartment contains sleeping arrangements for 3 people, a small lounge/dining area and a small kitchen.

You’ll also find a log cabin on site, where you can relax and watch TV or a DVD, alongside a bar for those late night drinks watching the Andalucian sun set.

At the end of the heated 25m pool there is a gymnasium, and hot and cold recovery tubs - perfect for tired muscles after a long day in the saddle. On top of this there is also a pool-side lounge for relaxation and reading, and a BBQ for any outdoor meals you fancy.

You’ll also have access to a washer and tumble dryer so no need to pack huge amounts of clothes!


If you are searching for hidden treasure, this part of Andalucia could be a good starting point. Easily accessible at 39 kilometres north of Malaga City, just 2.5 kilometres off the main Malaga/Granada (A359) road, Villanueva del Rosario sits about 700 metres above sea level and makes the perfect base for a cycling trip to Sierra Nevada.

This historic white village enjoys stunning surroundings and world renowned mountainous terrain - you can expect an unforgettable weekend away.


How fit do I need to be?

This trip is aimed at regular cyclists looking for a challenging weekend in the saddle. A good level of cycling fitness is required to ride in Sierra Nevada due to its mountainous terrain. If you’re looking to conquer the Pico de Veleta then you’ll need to be a strong cyclist and experienced with riding at altitude - every pedal stroke will be a challenge when riding at these heights. However with a support vehicle behind you, you’ll definitely get back in one piece with a smile on your face!

What's included in the price?

To maximise convenience, we include as much as possible, so you can just relax and think about riding. Here’s what’s included:

  • 3 great rides in Sierra Nevada.
  • Vehicle support.
  • 2 nights accommodation.
  • All meals during your trip.
  • Full use of all sports facilities.
  • Airport Transfers from Malaga.

What's not included?

  • Flights to Malaga
  • Bike hire (Available from €15 per day)
  • Cycling Travel Insurance

What is the Pico de Veleta?

The Pico de Veleta is ‘as close to the sky as you will get on a bike in Europe.’ Over 40km in length and climbing to an astonishing 3,400m this climb should be on every serious cyclists bucket list. Starting at 730m you will climb over 2,500m to the summit at 3,400m, if the road is clear of snow at the top! The sheer length of this climb, its consistently demanding average gradient of just over 6% and the lack of oxygen at these altitudes make this an ascent for only the brave. - But don’t worry - on this trip you’ll have a vehicle behind you the entire way!

What cycling gear should I bring?

Temperatures will be well above 20 degrees for most of the riding so summer cycling gear is recommended. However, when climbing up to high altitude expect the temperature to drop dramatically. We recommend you pack warm descending gear to deal with the cold, for example:

  • Long gloves
  • Gilet
  • Arm warmers
  • Knee warmers

What kind of bikes are available to rent?

There are small, medium & large lightweight Planet X road bikes available for use during your stay. They are all aluminium frames and have a compact chain ring set up for tough climbing. Priced at €15 per day.

What's the cycling like?

The cycling here is as good as it gets, with quiet, smooth local roads. Routes vary from a 1 hour recovery rides to full 6/7 hour Ironman distances if required. The Tour of Spain and Tour of Andalucia pass through every year. 2010 saw the Vuelta use our famous Fuente de la Reina (16K) as one of it’s testing climbs. We also have the 7K time trial (Puerto del Sol - with 20 switchbacks) whose record time now stands at 18mins 35secs. Has to be beaten in 2016! Laminated route maps are also provided on request.

How should I get there?

Transfers to/from Malaga Airport are included in the price. Budget flights are available out of Gatwick, Luton and Stansted through EasyJet, Ryanair and Monarch. * For extra financial protection against unforeseen circumstances, such as erupting Icelandic Volcanoes, we recommend you book your flights using a Credit Card.

What's the weather like?

You can expect clear skies and sunny weather in this part of Spain, with temperatures above 20 degrees. Some of the higher climbs will possibly feature snow at the summit due to their altitude and therefore we recommend packing warm layers to put on if necessary.

What's the food like?

A local English chef will prepare all your food and can provide all types of dishes. Most popular dishes include Salmon, Paella, Lasagne all served with fresh salad. Lunch is always a packed baguette stored in a cool box with the van during the rides. Breakfast is continental: cereal, bread, eggs, porridge, yoghurt etc. However your chef can take requests for breakfast.

Are any other activities available?

Definitely! We are a great base for athletes of all kind and have hosted triathletes, runners and even a world duathlon champion previously!

Swimming: Our 3 lane 25m heated pool is situated right outside your door and is your own private pool - you set the swim times. Open water swimming is only 35 mins away at the fantastic Lake Iznajar. We regularly deploy buoys to mark out a swim course for you.

Running: We have plenty of trails right outside our door. Most of the running is off-road and we offer 5K, 10K and 21K routes with guidance if needed.

Do you have any other dates available?

This trip can run at any time of year, though snow will limit some of the higher passes, so for dates outside our set departures get in touch and we’ll try to set something up for you!