Grand Cycling Tour of Andalucia in 13 days

Cycling the olive groves on a guided bike tour of Andalucia, Spain
  • Length 13 days
  • From USD$6195
  • Style/Level Classic 3.5
  • Countries Spain
  • Begin/End Seville/Granada
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ExperiencePlus! offers three itinerary options for your exploration of Andalucia. You can select from: 7-day bike itinerary from Seville to Cordoba, an 8-day version from Córdoba to Granada, or this grand tour that combines them both and has you cycling 13-days from Seville to Granada!

Highlights

  • Granada

  • Andalucían villages

  • Guided tour of Córdoba, Úbeda, Seville, Alhambra, and Jaen

  • Guided visit of Sinagoga del Agua

  • Pottery demonstration in Úbeda

  • Winery visit and tasting at Benalua de Guadix

Includes

  • 13 days, 12 nights accommodation

  • meals as noted in itinerary

  • guided visits as described in itinerary including the Alhambra on Day 13

  • All Classic tour inclusions

Keep in mind

We work hard to maintain consistency across all of our tours, but some trips have unique differences. Here are some things to keep in mind about this tour.

Though we try and arrange dinners together as early as possible in Spain this means 8:00 to 8:30 p.m.


Date Price Private room fee Note
Oct 4-16, 2024 USD$6195 USD$650 Departure confirmed to go!  
DateOct 4-16, 2024
PriceUSD$6195
Private room feeUSD$650
NoteDeparture confirmed to go!  

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  • Total distance 640 – 690 km (397 – 423 miles)
  • Average daily distance 68 kms (42 miles)
  • Tour style Classic
  • Tour level 3.5

Highlights: Seville, fit bicycles, meet your tour leaders and fellow travelers

Plan to arrive in Seville a few days early to enjoy this beautiful city, and capital of Andalucia. Be sure to visit the Giralda, a famous bell tower built by the Moors and later restored. Another must see is Seville’s enormous cathedral, where Christopher Columbus is buried. The cathedral is considered by some standards to be the largest in Europe! We’ll fit bicycles this afternoon and recommend a short ride. This evening after introductions and a glass of sherry (or juice), we’ll stroll downtown and celebrate the beginning of our cycling journey by enjoying some signature dishes of the region.

Meals : Dinner
Lodging : Hotel Las Casas De La Juderia

Highlights: Calatrava’s Bridge in Seville, Carmona and its Roman History

Pedal along the Guadalquivir river and pass Seville’s famous Santiago Calatrava bridge. Your destination today is Carmona, once a Roman stronghold this historic city has been settled for over 5,000 years, making it one of the oldest urban settlements in the entire Iberian Peninsula. Enjoy the historic city center this evening.

Meals : Breakfast
Lodging : Hotel Alcazar De La Reina

Highlights: Foothills of the Sierra Morena, cork trees, bulls and a Andalucian White Village

Our route takes us into the foothills of the Sierra Morena mountains where you will pass by cork tree groves with (peaceful!) bulls grazing under them. It’s a fun and hilly ride. Your destination is Constantina where you will feel as though you’ve walked back in time as you explore the old town’s white-washed houses. The Sierra Morena mountains add a dramatic flair to the scene and offer the perfect backdrop to the village.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Lodging : Los Pozos De La Nieve

Highlights: Sleep in a restored Convent, cycle through the Andalucian Sierra

Coast back down to the river valley and out of the foothills towards Palma del Rio on your bicycle ride today. Some of the orange groves you’ll pass today have trees over 200 years old! Our hotel tonight is one of the main attractions of Palma del Rio, an otherwise sleepy town. Christopher Columbus slept here when it was a Convent in the 15th Century.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Lodging : Monasterio De San Francisco

Highlights: Museums and history of Córdoba, Mezquita de Cordoba

Take your time today and enjoy your ride to Córdoba, as tomorrow you can take a rest day to explore the city. Córdoba’s heritage has Roman origins, and was also one of the earliest Islamic cities in Spain. Immigrants from Damascus arrived by 719 AD, and Córdoba thrived for three centuries under the Damascus Caliphate.

Meals : Breakfast
Lodging : NH Amistad Cordoba

Highlights: Visit the Mezquita and Jewish Quarter, Optional bicycle ride to Medina Zara

Enjoy a free day today in Córdoba, one of the oldest cities in Spain. Or, if you prefer to get out on the bike take a ride into the foothills and visit the impressive archeological ruins of Medina Azahara. This afternoon we’ll join a local guide to tour the Mezquita of Córdoba, and the old Jewish Quarter enjoying Córdoba’s whitewashed neighborhoods with flower filled patios along the way. This evening we have dinner together to say goodbye to anyone doing the 7-day itinerary.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Lodging : NH Amistad Cordoba

Highlights: Hills of Andalucia, visit to an olive press

The ride has you pedaling over hills and through countless olive groves into the heart of the Córdoba province. This region produces some of the world’s finest olive oils and we’ll enjoy a tasting this afternoon.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Lodging : Hacienda Minerva

Highlights: Rolling Hills of Andalucia, Jaén and its olive groves, visits of Cathedral and Arab baths

We’ll start the ride out on the same rails to trails path we came in on yesterday. After just a few miles you’ll be back on the road and enjoying vistas of an endless sea of olive groves. You are now in one of Europe’s largest olive growing regions – some estimate that there are over 150 million olive trees in this province.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Lodging : Hotel Condestable Iranzo

Highlights: Renaissance town of Úbeda

The ride today takes us through beautiful countryside from Jaén to the monumental city of Úbeda, our home for the next two days. Úbeda was a wealthy Renaissance town and it retains that character particularly in the old quarter. This afternoon we’ll visit a synagogue which was recently discovered during restoration work and is nearly completely intact. Take time to join the locals for a café con leche at an outdoor café. Our hotel this evening is a remodeled Renaissance Palace and truly fit for royalty.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Lodging : Palacio de Ubeda

Highlights: Discover the UNESCO sites of Renaissance Architecture of Úbeda and Baeza with an enjoyable ride into the hills

This is a free day to enjoy the intriguing city of Úbeda though we do encourage you to join us for visit a famous local ceramics studio and enjoy an artist’s demonstration this morning. The rest of the day is yours to walk through the historic Renaissance district or consider cycling into the hills to Baeza, another prominent Renaissance town. The ensemble of Renaissance monuments of Úbeda and Baeza are on UNESCO’s list of World Heritage sites and should not be missed.

Meals : Breakfast
Lodging : Palacio de Ubeda

Highlights: Ride towards the Sierra Nevada, “cave” winery visit

We head south today on our way to Benalúa de Guadix and towards the hills of the Sierra Nevada. Enjoy a change of scenery as you enter the “southwest” of Spain. You’ll cross the Sierra Magina on your route and then head down towards the clay formations of Guadix. It is easy to imagine how for the past 500 years most houses of the villages in this valley were built as caves inside clay mounds. Even today about a third of the towns here are built in caves! Tonight we’ll visit a cave winery close to our hotel.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Lodging : Cuevas De La Granja

Highlights: Views of the Sierra Nevada, Tapeo experience in Granada

Today we ride to Granada situated in the shadow of the Sierra Nevada mountains. Enjoy a fun downhill stretch and pedal past fields of asparagus and tobacco as olives and grapes give way to more diverse crops. Our destination is the glorious city of Granada, home of the Alhambra (the 13th and 14th century complex of buildings representing the finest example of Moorish architecture left in Spain). On the way you’ll pass by the famous village of Purullena, known for its ceramics. We’ll have a final dinner together.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Lodging : Hotel Villa Oniria

Highlights: Guided tour of the Alhambra

Stick around this morning for our guided tour of the Alhambra. This city has so much more to offer we recommend an extra night here to explore the beautiful old quarter and tea houses. Granada is also known for its fabulous tapas. If you must depart today be sure to schedule flights after 3:00 p.m.

Meals : Breakfast

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  • These have been my favorite vacations ever! [ My favorite part was ]the biking to one interesting town after another. Regional food was great. Local guides for tours were great.

    Jack I.Boulder, CO
  • Loreto, Maria Elena and Claudio were just wonderful leaders! They were so competent, helpful and knowledgeable. Really, they are what made the trip so enjoyable. It was hard to pick just one [ favorite part]. There were many. I loved riding through the Sierra Nevada on the last day with fall color and beautiful scenery. I think the Mezquita was the most unique cultural sight. I enjoyed all aspects of this tour. It was another wonderfully planned and executed Experience Plus! tour.

    Linda M.Livermore, CA
  • [My favorite part was ]the scenery in the last 40Km from Ubeda to Guadix. Overall, the trip exceeded my expectations. The diversity of towns and scenery was very pleasing. The accommodations and meals were excellent. The guides were tirelessly patient and informative.

    Sara G.Portland, OR