Andalucia Cycling: Cordoba to Granada in 8 days

Andalucia Cycling: Cordoba to Granada in 8 days

ExperiencePlus! offers three itinerary options for your exploration of Andalucia. You can join us for this 8-day version from Cordoba to Granada, or a 7-day bike itinerary from Seville to Cordoba, or a grand tour that combines them both and has you cycling 13 days from Seville to Granada!

  • Cordoba and Granada - two of the most important historical and culturally fascinating cities in Spain.
  • Guided visits of the Alhambra and Mezquita de Cordoba.
  • Bicycle through ancient olive groves and sample some of the world's finest olive oil.
  • Unique and welcoming accommodations including restored convents, castles, renaissance palaces, and a refurbished Hacienda where you will learn about local agriculture.
May and October departures when the spring flowers and fall weather are best for cycling in Southern Spain.

Tour Dates & Prices

Date
Price
Private Room Fee
Note
Oct 4-11, 2018
USD$3800
USD$500
Sold Out - Wait List Available 
Oct 18-25, 2018
USD$3600
USD$550
2 More to Guarantee the Departure.
May 1-8, 2019
TBA
TBA
Book by November 15 and save $200!
Oct 2-9, 2019
TBA
TBA
 
Oct 16-23, 2019
TBA
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* We are happy to match solo travelers who would like to share a room with someone of the same gender. If no match exists, due to hotel pricing, we will charge 50% of the private room charge. This charge will be collected at the time of the final payment. If a roommate assignment is available it will be refunded at the conclusion of the tour.

Trip At-A-Glance

  • Length / 8 Days
  • Avg. Distance / 70 km (43 miles) per riding day
  • Difficulty / 401
  • Countries / Spain
  • Price / From USD$3600
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Tour Summary

Daily Ride Summary

Distance

1 No cycling today.
2 48 mi / 77 km
3 49 mi / 79 km
4 44 mi / 70 km
5 30 mi / 48 km
6 66 mi / 106 km
7 36 mi / 57 km
8 No cycling today.
  • Highlights
    Granada, Andalucian Villages, Guided tour of Córdoba, Alhambra, Guided visit of Sinagoga del Agua, Pottery demonstration in Úbeda, Winery visit and tasting at Benalua de Guadix

    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.
  • Includes
    8 days, 7 nights accommodation; 6 dinners with wine, 7 breakfasts; visit to a sherry producer and pottery maker, guided visit to the Alhambra and Mezquita de Cordoba

    The Usual (Included with every ExperiencePlus! tour)

    • Superb tour leaders who are fun, bilingual and avid cyclists.
    • Help with flights, trains and pre/post tour hotels.
    • Comfortable lodging in 3-4 star hotels. 
    • All breakfasts and at least half of your dinners.
    • Use of a high quality 27-30 speed bike.
    • Full van support to carry luggage – and tired cyclists, too! 
    • Special events like wine tastings, cultural visits and chocolatiers.
    • All tips and gratuities at tour hotels and group meals.
    • Unique routes, marked with our famous chalk dust arrows.
    • Daily mileage options.
    • Detailed route map and free use of our traveling resource library.

    What's not included:

    • Transportation to and from the bicycling tour including airfare, or train travel
    • Helmets - we ask that you bring your own to ensure the best fit
    • Meals not listed in the itinerary
    • Tour Leader gratuity

    See the complete list of what's included with every ExperiencePlus! Tour.

  • Countries
    Spain
  • Begin/End
    Cordoba/Granada
  • Arrive / Depart
    Seville (SVQ)/ Granada or Seville or Madrid
  • Total Distance
    416 km (257 miles)
  • Avg. Distance
    70 km (43 miles) per riding day
  • Difficulty
    401
    Climbs range from 1500 to 3000 feet every day except on Days 8, 9, 11 where you will climb in excess of 4,000 feet. Grades are relatively gentle, and only very rarely above 8%.
  • Terms
Daily Itinerary

DAY 1: Arrive in Córdoba

Highlights: Visit the Mezquita and Jewish Quarter

You'll want to arrive early to join a tour of the beautiful Mesquita of Cordoba. We'll also fit your bike so you can take a test ride. Tonight we'll have a special dinner together.

DAY 2: Córdoba to Zuheros

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. The last leg of the ride is on a rails to trails path that takes us right to our hotel.

  • Distance: 48 mi / 77 km
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Lodging:

DAY 3: Zuheros to Jaén

Highlights: Rolling Hills of Andalucia, Jaén and its olive groves, stay in a Moorish Castle

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.

DAY 4: Jaén to Úbeda

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.

DAY 5: Rest day in Úbeda, with optional ride

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.

DAY 6: Úbeda to Benalúa de Guadix

Highlights: Ride towards the Sierra Nevada, "cave" hotel, 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 the winery of our cave hotel.

DAY 7: Benalúa de Guadix to Granada

Highlights: Views of the Sierra Nevada, orientation walk in Granada

oday 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 after a stroll to see some of Granada's main sites and hidden secrets.

The October 4th departure will be at the NH Granada Centro. The October 18th departure will be at the Hotel Villa Oniria

DAY 8: Explore Granada, Spain

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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Reviews

Reviews

  • Of the more than 15 professionally led bike tours I''ve taken, this was the best supported trip I''ve been on and one of the very best cycling and cultural experiences I''ve had.

    Jeff A., Portland, OR
  • This was a wonderful trip! Beautiful area of the world to bike. The marriage of Islamic and Christian cultures and architectures was fascinating. Food was excellent. Tour leaders were superb. And...the local people were incredibly friendly.

    James B.
    Incline Village, NV
  • [My favorite parts were] The Moorish buildings of Cordoba and Granada, and the foothills of the Sierra Morena (great countryside and roads)

    Richard R.
    Charles Town, WV
  • You are loved, and most appreciated for such trips of such quality.

    George & Jane N.
    Columbus, IN
  • Challenging cycling but rewarding. Very interesting places and towns to visit - Cordoba and Granada were both fascinating cities to get to spend time in. The guided tours in each city were both nicely done and most interesting. Beautiful countryside. All around was a great tour.

    Cliff M., Knoxville, TN
  • Super trip. Everybody should do both the Camino de Santiago and the Andalucia trip. They complement each other nicely.

    Manfred K., NY, NY
  • [My favorite part?] Miles and miles (or kilometers) of great cycling on rural roads! Topped off by great dinners with the group.

    Gregg M.
    Littleton, CO
  • This was a wonderfully conceived trip... the cycling was great; the lodgings were wonderful; the new bicycles were a real treat... a great trip!

    Ed R., Palmyra, PA
  • Great touring company! the hat cambio is a great idea to force your clients to reach out to others ... My tour was nearly perfect. I loved the trip. I couldn't pick a single moment [ that was best ].

    Diane C.
    Boulder, CO
  • Amazing tour! Had a great time!

    Brice P., Calgary, Canada
  • Great tour. Planning on doing Camino de Santiago bicycle tour across northern Spain in August next year.

    Bob L., Fort Collins, CO
  • [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
  • A great trip. Good balance between sightseeing and riding. Look forward to traveling with ExperiencePlus! again soon.

    Susan C., Berkeley, CA
  • Beautiful cities and countryside - had visited Seville and Granada before and always wanted to return. Had never been to Cordoba or Ubeda and they were stunning.

    Heather and Ian B., Kirkcaldy, Fife, Scotland
  • Our favorite bike touring company! Chalk arrows (really sets XPlus apart), amount/level of biking, limited van shuttles, enthusiasm, knowledge and teamwork of leaders. Also, food and wine and local "feel" of trips. These are some of the things we really value.

    Deena B.
    Incline Village, NV
  • Like all ExperiencePlus Tours -- excellent, well planned and supported, definitely the way to go.

    Guy C., Vallejo, CA
  • I loved the people and the tours in town -olive oil factory, pottery, alhambra etc

    Ivy D.
    Denver, CO
  • Super trip. Everybody should do both the Camino and the Andalucia trip. They complement each other nicely.

    Manfred K., New York, NY
  • It was wonderful.

    Chuck and Jacque W., San Luis Obispo, CA
  • 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
  • We have always loved the ExperiencePlus! trips on a Bicycle. Great food, wine and hotels, also a good bike to ride all those hills. We are forever grateful for such a wonderful sojourn in other countries.

    George & Jane N.
    Columbus, IN
  • Fantastic. The perfect active vacation. Everything was so good I have nothing to suggest!!

    Lauren F., San Francisco, CA
  • Everything was top notch. The hotels were splendid, the breakfasts and dinners we shared with the group were fantastic. The after ride tours were educational and the rides were challenging but well organized and I loved the day sheets provided.

    Tracey Y., Falls Church, VA
  • Really great trip, impressed with the hotels and meals. Leaders were outstanding! I was surprised how majestic and beautiful Spain was - my first visit, but not my last!

    Joan K., Palatine, IL
  • 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
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