Experience the many varied landscapes of southern Spain on this cycling adventure from Seville to Granada.

Viva Espana! The country that brought the world tapas and bull fighting has so much to offer outside its incredible cities. Ride through lush valleys, wide meadows and even abandoned tunnels on an adventure across southern Spain’s rich landscapes. Experience a fiery flamenco show in colourful Seville. Explore the carefully manicured gardens of Granada’s royal gardens. Feel your heart race as you view from afar the incredible 300-metre drop at The Kings Pathway. Perhaps relax at the end of an action-packed day with a sunset picnic and sangria over Iznájar.


Start
Seville, Spain
Finish
Granada, Spain
Country
Spain
Style
Original
Theme
Cycling
Code
ZMXA
Physical rating
Ages
Min 16
Group size
Min 1, Max 12

Why we love this trip

  • From fiestas to Flamenco, Manzanilla to tapas, alcazars to bullrings—the very essence of Spain is found in Andalucía

  • Enjoy traditional pork sausages stuffed with eggs and chunky La Porra stew after a rewarding day in the saddle

  • Savour the stunning sunset views of Iznájar, an eye-catching town perched dramatically at the top of an imposing rocky outcrop.

  • Ride through the narrow, winding cobblestone streets of Andalucía's dramatic white villages

  • Discover Spain's intriguing history, from Seville's famed Alcazar to Granada's exquisite Alhambra

Is this trip right for you?

  • While the cycling distances on this trip are relatively short (the longest ride is only 50 kilometres), the stunning terrain of Andalucia is naturally hilly, and the climate is warm so you’ll need a reasonable level of fitness to enjoy the trip. Remember we will always have the support vehicle on hand if you need to take a break for an hour or a day.

  • As our riding is done mostly on sealed roads with the occasional gravel cycle path there are no technical cycling skills required. Given there will be hills, we do suggest practicing riding downhill so you are comfortable with this once the trips begins.

  • There’s the possibility of a few hiccups along the way, a puncture here and there, but there’s no doubt this is an incredibly rewarding adventure.

  • You'll be spending your nights in hotels all the way, ranging from comfortable to basic levels of comfort, but they'll always be authentic and a great opportunity to interact with the locals and fellow travellers alike.

  • The weather in this region can be varied depending on the season. Be prepared to get sweaty and for the occasional rainstorm, which may require a change of plans.

Itinerary

Hola! Welcome to Spain and the city of Seville, capital of Andalucía and the largest city in southern Spain. Meet the tour group in the evening and perhaps get to know each other over a late night dinner - Spanish-style!.

Cycling distance: none
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Guided tour of Seville including Alcazar Seville - EUR13
  • Catedral and Giralda Tower - EUR8
  • Torre del Oro - EUR3
  • Museum of Fine Arts - EUR2
  • Flamenco performance - EUR18
  • Art and Popular Customs Museum - EUR2
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Meet with your bike support team and get fitted to a bike before commencing a cycling historical tour, exploring both the classic and modern Seville. The tour will go for around three hours and covers interesting places in Triana, such as the old historic centre, the María Luisa Park, Plaza de España, and the legendary Alcazar. 

Cycling distance: approx. 15 kms
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Seville Cycling Guided Tour
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Take a break from the saddle on a van ride to the small town of Olvera. On arrivial, cycle along the renowned Via Verde de la Sierra, a series of trails that were once destined to be railway tracks before the intervention of the Spanish Civil War. These mostly flat, traffic-free ‘green ways' have been recovered and reconditioned for use by walkers and cyclists. This mostly downhill 40 kilometre route goes through some of Andalucía’s most beautiful and untouched countryside. Stop for a lunch (not included) in the small village of Puerto Serrano. There is the option of either getting back into the support van or cycling onwards (and upwards!) approximately 27 kilometres to the spectacular white village of Zahara de la Sierra. Spend the rest of today relaxing and enjoying the ambiance of this peaceful hamlet before continuing on approximately 20kms to our home for the evening, the small village of Grazalema.

Cycling distance: approx. 40 kms
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Picnic Zahara de la Sierra
  • Cycle the Via Verde de la Sierra
Optional Activities
  • Castle and Homenaje Tower - EUR2
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Ride along the flat shores of the sparkling Zahara-el Gastor reservoir before turning uphill to enjoy the spectacular views of the Andalusian hills. This 40 kilometre ride ends in Ronda, a city dramatically set alongside the sheer cliffs of the El Tajo Gorge. There is no escaping the hills today, which is why there will be a support vehicle for use if the trail becomes too challenging. After arriving in Ronda, the rest of the day is free to explore. Perhaps visit the Plaza de Toros, one of the oldest bullfighting rings in the country, and its adjoining Bullfighting Museum. Alternatively, follow the Reservatauro Trail through oak meadows, where fighting bulls and thoroughbred horses are raised.

Cycling distance: approx. 40 kms
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Bandits Museum - EUR4
  • Santa Maria la Mayor Church - EUR4
  • Lara Museum - EUR4
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Start the day easy with a 50 kilometre transfer to the ancient Moorish village of Ardales, which stands out from the surrounding green hills with its whitewashed walls and terracotta roofs. Ardales is also the entry point to the Andalusian Lake District. Cycle besides the beautiful turquoise waters to the ever-popular El Chorro. This 300‐metre‐deep gorge is popular with rock climbers and home to the perilous El Camino del Rey (The King's Pathway), a pathway built into the face of a sheer cliff. It's no doubt an amazing view, but not one we’ll be climbing! Leave the lakes behind and begin the gradual climb to Antequera. On arrival, take part in a orientation walk through the city's old town and visit the impressive Moorish fortress, the Alcazaba, which dominates the city skyline

Cycling distance: approx. 45 kms
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Antequera Alcazaba
  • Antequera Orientation Walk
Optional Activities
  • Antequera Dolmen prehistorical site - Free
  • Antequera Los Remedios Convent - Free
  • Antequera El Carmen Church - Free
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Today, loop south from Antequera to the impressive Torcal de Antequera, a nature reserve in the Sierra del Torcal mountain range. The area is known for its unusual ‘stacked pancake’ limestone rock formations, and it’s hard to believe this was once part of the ocean floor. Cycle through the reserve before enjoying a picnic lunch. After lunch, swap pedals for hiking shoes and go on a trek. Later, enjoy a 15 kilometre downhill bike ride to Antequera, just in time to take in a glorious Andalusian sunset.

Cycling distance: approx. 30 kms
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • El Torcal National Park
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Head west along the valley floor before riding upwards through the olive groves of the Loja Hills. This is a 10 kilometre climb, passing through some villages and the glorious whitewashed town of Archidona. The route then levels out before dropping down to Embalse de Iznájar (Iznájar Reservoir). Arrive in Iznájar, a striking town perched dramatically at the top of a massive stone outcropping. Perhaps join the locals for a quick swim at Valdearenas Beach before checking in to your hotel for the night. Later, head out on a short orientation walk around this charming town, taking in the Barrio del Coso, a warren of narrow lanes lined with whitewashed houses, and the 1,200-year-old Iznájar castle. From this viewpoint enjoy a sunset overlooking the town and the lake below.

Cycling distance: approx. 50kms
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Take the western road through Sierra de Gracia, with its olive groves, citrus orchards and tiny hamlets to the graceful town of Loja. From here, transfer by vehicle to the final destination for this journey, the inspiring Granada. After lunch, get back on the bikes and take a ride and walk (approx. 2 hours) past the interesting sights that Granada has to offer, including the Granada Cathedral, Plaza Nueva, Carrera del Darro. Enter the mighty Alhambra palace complex and wander its intricate courtyards. Meet for a final dinner, then perhaps head to one of the small flamenco taverns around the city for a show. 

Cycling distance: approx. 40 kms
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Alhambra entrance
Optional Activities
  • Mirador de San Nicolas - Free
  • Catedral de Granada - EUR4
  • Capilla Real - EUR4
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Departure day – you are free to depart at any time. However, with so much to see and do in Granada you may wish to extend your stay in this exciting city.

Cycling distance: none
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

8 breakfasts, 2 lunches

Transport

Bicycle, Support vehicle

Accommodation

Hotels (8 nights)

Included activities

  • Seville Cycling Guided Tour
  • Picnic Zahara de la Sierra
  • Cycle the Via Verde de la Sierra
  • Antequera Alcazaba
  • Antequera Orientation Walk
  • El Torcal National Park
  • Alhambra entrance

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Important notes

1. A single supplement is available on this trip, please see trip notes for details.
2. Bicycle hire is included in your trip price. Please advise your height at time of booking so as we can organise a suitable sized bike.
3. Bike helmets are compulsory on this trip. We are unable to hire bike helmets locally so please ensure you bring your own bike helmet from home.

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