Mountain Biking in Central Spain

Ride excellent singletrack through the Sierra de Guadarrama mountains and visit historic cities along the way. ½ day off work.

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Mountain Biking in Central Spain

Ride excellent singletrack through the Sierra de Guadarrama mountains and visit historic cities along the way. ½ day off work.

Explore Spain’s Sierra de Guadarrama mountains on a guided weekend of mountain biking. You’ll ride endless singletrack through forests, along scenic ridgelines, and stop in at the beautiful historic cities of Segovia and El Escorial on the way. Your hassle-free trip includes:

  • 2 nights accommodation at a rural mountain guesthouse
  • 2 days guided mountain bike riding
  • Professional, experienced, English-speaking guide
  • Welcome dinner and drinks
  • 2 breakfasts and 2 lunches
  • Airport transfers to and from Madrid
  • All transfers during the weekend
  • Cold beers after Sunday’s ride

Perfect for:
This trip is perfect for experienced mountain bikers seeking an adventurous weekend getaway in the wilds of Central Spain.

What to Expect

Friday: Arrival, transfer to Cercedilla

Your host will meet you at the airport in Madrid and drive you to the rural town of Cercedilla. There you’ll check into your accommodation and enjoy a traditional Spanish “picoteo” light dinner. Your guides will brief you on the weekend plan before bed.

1 hour driving

Saturday: Fuenfria Pass ride

After breakfast you’ll start pedaling straight from your guesthouse and into the hills. Climb a gravel road through some of the Sierra de Guadarrama’s best-preserved forests to Fuenfria Pass (1793m). Take in the views, then cut loose on a network of singletrack that feels truly remote and wild.

You’ll arrive in Segovia in time for a bocadillo or tapas lunch, then explore the picturesque town by bike in the afternoon. Ride back to Cercedilla by train.

40km of riding

Sunday: El Escorial ride, return to Madrid

Fuel up with breakfast, then drive to the start of the day’s ride. You’ll ride the singletrack around El Escorial, enjoying challenging trails, beautiful vistas, and an aerial view of the famous 16th Century monastery along the way.

Return to Cercedilla in the afternoon for cold beers and a light lunch, then take your transfer back to the airport in the afternoon.

25km of riding

Note: This itinerary and the duration of the activities are subject to change due to group abilities and preferences, weather conditions and forecasts, special events, etc.

Accommodation

You will stay at a rural guesthouse in Cercedilla. The guesthouse features simple rooms, shared bathroom facilities, hot showers, a restaurant, a garden, and wifi.

Dates & Prices

Please note: Flights are NOT included and must be purchased separately.

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Location

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The beautiful Sierra de Guadarrama mountains in Central Spain were recently designated a National Park. The area is one of Spain’s most important biological preserves, providing a home for deer, boar, wildcats, eagles and vultures. The mountains are beautiful, with granitic peaks rising 1000m above the surrounding plains.

The nearby city of Segovia is one of Central Spain’s top destinations. Sights in the city include the stunning 11th Century royal palace, a 1st Century Roman aqueduct, and a beautiful city square with excellent views of the aqueduct and other historic edifices.

El Escorial is a famous monastery from the 16th Century. From the mountains you can look down on the monastery and see within its massive walls.

Start point?
You will be picked up at Madrid-Barajas airport. Your transfer will meet all flights scheduled to land by 19:30 or earlier. Your host will be in touch before the trip to finalise details.

Finish point?
You will be dropped off at Madrid-Barajas airport. You are free to book any flight that departs after 20:00. Your host will be in touch before the trip to finalise details.

Getting there and away?
Madrid-Barajas is served by frequent, inexpensive flights, including well-timed direct flights from London on Ryanair and return flights on easyJet and British Airways. You can get any flights that suit you, but make sure they fit the times above to take advantage of the included transfers. We will contact you before you leave to check your arrival and departure plans.

For extra financial protection against unforeseen circumstances such as erupting Icelandic volcanoes, we recommend you book your flights using a credit card.

Frequently Asked Questions

The following are not included in the tour price:

  • Flights
  • Accommodation before and after the tour
  • Mountain bike and associated gear - can be arranged by your host €50 per day
  • Dinner on the second night
  • Travel insurance that covers mountain biking
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips for your guides (optional)

Sure can! A lot of people do, it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

This trip will run with a minimum of 4 people, and a maximum of 6. Please note, if there are not 4 people booked the trip may be rearranged or cancelled.

The Sierra de Guadarrama region serves typical Spanish food. Meals center around pork products, but seafood dishes and vegetarian dishes are also available. The welcome dinner consists of assorted Spanish cheeses, chorizo, ham and pork.

Absolutely! Just let us know at booking.

The riding is suitable for mountain bike riders with a moderate to advanced skill level and moderate fitness level.

In spring and fall the weather is very pleasant in the Sierra de Guadarrama. Temperatures range from 10 to 20 °C, and it rains an average of 8 days each month.

In the summer conditions are warmer and drier. Temperatures range from 15 to 30 °C, and it only rains an average of 4 days each month. Up in the mountains, temperatures are around 20 °C.

Pack your usual mountain biking equipment, as well as knee and elbow pads (the trails are rough), a light rain jacket, and a spare tube and other quick-fix repair items. You can borrow a helmet from your host if needed.

Start point?
You will be picked up at Madrid-Barajas airport. Your transfer will meet all flights scheduled to land by 19:30 or earlier. Your host will be in touch before the trip to finalise details.

Finish point?
You will be dropped off at Madrid-Barajas airport. You are free to book any flight that departs after 20:00. Your host will be in touch before the trip to finalise details.

Getting there and away?
Madrid-Barajas Airport (MAD) is served by frequent, inexpensive flights, including well-timed direct flights from London on Ryanair and return flights on easyJet and British Airways. You can get any flights that suit you, but make sure they fit the times above to take advantage of the included transfers. We will contact you before you leave to check your arrival and departure plans.

For extra financial protection against unforeseen circumstances such as erupting Icelandic volcanoes, we recommend you book your flights using a credit card.

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