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 
May 1-8, 2019
USD$3950
USD$550
Book by November 15 and save $200!
Oct 2-9, 2019
USD$3950
USD$550
Book by November 15th and Save $200, per person.
Oct 16-23, 2019
USD$3950
USD$550
Book by November 15th and Save $200, per person.

* 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.

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Trip At-A-Glance

  • Length / 8 Days
  • Total Distance / 416 km (257 miles)
  • Avg. Distance / 70 km (43 miles) per riding day
  • Tour Level / 4.0
  • Countries / Spain
  • Begin/End / Cordoba/Granada
  • Price / From USD$3800
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Tour Summary

Tour Summary

  • 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.

  • Arrive / Depart
    Seville (SVQ)/ Granada or Seville or Madrid
  • Overall Tour Level
  • Daily Ride Summary

    Day

    **Distance/Gain
    mi/ftkm/m

    Terrain

    Day Level

    Notes

    1
    0km / 0m
    difficulty level
    2
    77km / 1244m
    Hilly
    difficulty level 4.5
    3
    79km / 1405m
    Very hilly
    difficulty level 4.5
    4
    70km / 1338m
    Very hilly
    difficulty level 4.5
    5
    48km / 742m
    Rolling hills
    difficulty level 2.5
    Today's ride is an optional loop ride
    6
    106km / 1565m
    Hilly
    difficulty level 5.0
    7
    57km / 871m
    Hilly
    difficulty level 3.5
    8
    Last day

    Tour Level Note: 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%.

    **We use Ride With GPS (ridewithgps.com) to calculate elevation and mileage information. Due to variance between mapping technologies, totals may differ slightly across devices and applications

Terrain Legend

Mostly flat Mostly flat

Rolling hills Rolling

Hilly Hilly

Very hilly Very hilly

Mountainous Mountainous

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: 77 km (48 mi)
  • Gain: 1244 m (4080 ft)
  • Terrain: Hilly
  • Day Level: Day Level 4.5
  • 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.

  • Distance: 79 km (49 mi)
  • Gain: 1405 m (4608 ft)
  • Terrain: Very hilly
  • Day Level: Day Level 4.5
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Lodging:

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.

  • Distance: 70 km (44 mi)
  • Gain: 1338 m (4389 ft)
  • Terrain: Very hilly
  • Day Level: Day Level 4.5
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Lodging:

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.

  • Distance: 48 km (30 mi)
  • Gain: 742 m (2434 ft)
  • Terrain: Rolling hills
  • Day Level: Day Level 2.5
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Lodging:

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.

  • Distance: 106 km (66 mi)
  • Gain: 1565 m (5133 ft)
  • Terrain: Hilly
  • Day Level: Day Level 5.0
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Lodging:

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
Travel Information

Travel Information

Day 1: Arrival Information

Arrive in Córdoba

Lodging: NH Amistad Cordoba

Meeting time 2 p.m. - on Day 1, meet your fellow cyclists and Tour Leaders at the Day 1 Hotel specified on the itinerary.

Note: As you are planning, remember that the hotels listed in our itineraries are our primary hotels and are - in rare cases - subject to change. Before you make arrangements, check with us if your tour departure is guaranteed. If your tour departure is out further than 6 months, please also check with us as there might be slight changes to the itinerary.

The below information will help you plan your arrival. For more tips or other routes, you might like Rome2Rio. The fare and timing information listed below is approximate.

We recommend flying into Seville (SVQ) or Madrid (MAD).

Flying into SVQ:

  1. Bus "EA" from the Seville Airport to Estación de Santa Justa (25-30 min intervals, tickets purchased on board) (30 min/EUR 4) Or Taxi (15 min/EUR 25)
  2. Train from Sevilla Santa Justa to Cordoba Central (45 min/fares vary) 
  3. Taxi from Cordoba train station to the Day 1 Hotel (10 min/EUR 15)

Flying into MAD:

  1. Metro to Madrid Atocha train station (50 min/EUR 5) or taxi (25 min/EUR 30)
  2. Train from Madrid Atocha to Cordoba Central station (2 hours/fares vary)
  3. Taxi from Cordoba train station to the day 1 hotel (10 min/EUR 15)

Look up Spanish train schedules at Renfe.com or Trainline.eu. Questions? See our information on taking trains in Europe here or ask us.

Day 8: Departure Information

Explore Granada, Spain

Your trip ends on the final day after breakfast.

The below information will help you plan your departure. For more tips or other routes, you might like Rome2Rio.

Flying out of Granada Airport (GRX):

  • Taxi from the ending hotel (30 min/EUR 20-25)

Estimated train travel times from Granada to other destinations in Spain:

  • Madrid 4 hours
  • Seville 3 hours 15 min

Look up Spanish train schedules at Renfe.com or Trainline.eu. Questions? See our information on taking trains in Europe here or ask us.

What's Included

For a full list of what's included before, during and after your bike tour, visit our What's Included page.

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.

Pre-Trip Planning Checklist

To do right after you booked!

6 to 3 Months Prior to Tour Start Date

  • Check the online itinerary of your trip and review the arrival and departure information under the "Travel Information" tab to see meeting place and time, if a reservation on a complimentary ExperiencePlus! Shuttle (if applicable) is required, and other important information to help you plan your arrival and departure.
  • Reserve your flights after you know you have a confirmed tour departure. Please check with our office if you do not know if your trip is confirmed.
  • Book your pre and post-tour hotel nights.
  • 12 weeks before your tour begin your training program: https://www.experienceplus.com/blog/travel-planning/bicycle-tour-training/
  • Final payment is due 90 days prior to the tour start. Please refer to your Deposit Payment Invoice and the Final Payment Reminder e-mail you have received for detailed instructions.

6 to 2 Weeks Prior to Tour Start Date

Day of Your Flight

Get as much sleep on the plane as you can. Pack your one day of cycling gear in your carry-on. See you soon!

What to Expect on Tour

Bicycles

Your bike comes with a pack for the rear rack, lock, cyclometer (bicycle computer), a spare tube and patch kit and pump, a rear light and in some places a bell. If you would like to bring your own pedals and shoes we recommend doing so—your tour leaders will install them during the bike fitting. We have flat pedals with or without cages available. For safety and hygiene reasons you are responsible for bringing a helmet.

Daysheets

Each day you'll receive a daysheet with information on the day's activities, meals and ride. These also include Tour Leader phone numbers, hotel information and interesting historical and cultural information about sites that you may want to stop and see along the route. Your Tour Leaders will also post daily announcements in the hotel lobby with information about sightseeing in town or restaurant recommendations for dinners on your own as well as important information about breakfast, luggage down and "arrows down" time.

Navigating on Tour

Each day we will provide you with a route map with the day's ride highlighted route. Of course, we also mark the route every day with our signature chalk dust arrows. Our arrows make navigating very easy—you may never need to look at the map! The arrows also allow you to ride at your own pace. There is no need to "keep up" with the group—this is your ride!

But what if it rains? What happens to the arrows? In a light rain, the arrows actually "set up" and become more permanent. In a heavy rain, they do wash away. If that happens, we'll re-group to cycle together for those who want to continue cycling while those who prefer to stay dry can shuttle.

For the tech-loving riders out there we offer the opportunity to download GPS tracks of most tour routes to your personal GPS device using RideWithGPS.com. Tracks are available upon request approximately three to four weeks prior to the departure.

Van Support

The van carries luggage and supports cyclists. It also has water, fruit and snacks. Though the van has snacks, we encourage you to stop and enjoy markets and find your own favorite local specialty.

Hotels

We have carefully chosen all of our accommodations for their charm and location. They are typically small, family run hotels that offer you a glimpse into the local culture.

We prefer hotels near interesting sites in the center of town located along the best cycling route in the area. Because many of the hotels are small not all of the rooms will be exactly the same. We keep this in mind and do our best to distribute rooms fairly by the end of the tour. Our itinerary lists our primary hotels. On rare occasions, listed hotels are subject to change.

Meals and Restaurants

Breakfasts: we work hard to arrange complete breakfasts but some hotels still serve continental style breakfasts; cycling is energy intensive so we do recommend you plan for a morning or mid-morning snack on the road at a local café or market.

Water is OK in almost all hotels and in country fountains; if there is a problem, we will advise you.

We'll recommend lunch locations en route and most itineraries include a few group picnics. We limit the number of picnics so you don't feel pressured to be at a certain place in the middle of your ride.

Dinners together are often pre-planned and pre-ordered. We'll ask you prior to your trip if you have special dietary requirements. Preplanned meals allow us to provide a variety of regional specialties and facilitate efficient service. Water, wine and beer are included.

Tipping Your Tour Leader Team

If you feel your tour leader team has demonstrated great expertise and service, common practice within the travel industry is to tip. Tipping is voluntary and greatly appreciated, and gratuity amounts vary widely. Should you decide to leave a tip, as a guideline, we suggest 5% of the tour cost per traveler – this for the entire tour leader team, not each Tour Leader. If you’d like to show your gratitude for your Tour Leaders’ excellent service you can give the tip to any member of the tour leader team, as they share it evenly. In order to avoid social tensions, we encourage you to tip as individuals and not as a group. If you feel your Tour Leaders did not quite meet your expectations, then we would like to know about it. You will also have the opportunity to leave your comments in our evaluation survey which we email to you after your trip.

Photos

By reserving space on tour, you agree that ExperiencePlus! Bicycle Tours may use, re-use and reproduce any images, photos or videos that you send to us, or that are taken by our guides and/or other travelers of you individually or in a group, in any medium, including but not limited to print, electronic media, or Internet, free of charge and without your right to inspection, for promoting and publicizing our travel products and services worldwide. If you do not want us to use any images of you that are taken by us or other participants during the tour, you must inform us or your tour leader in writing at the start of the tour.

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Reviews

Reviews

  • [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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Super trip. Everybody should do both the Camino de Santiago and the Andalucia trip. They complement each other nicely.

    Manfred K., NY, NY
  • You are loved, and most appreciated for such trips of such quality.

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

    Lauren F., San Francisco, CA
  • 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
  • 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
  • [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
  • Amazing tour! Had a great time!

    Brice P., Calgary, Canada
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • A great trip. Good balance between sightseeing and riding. Look forward to traveling with ExperiencePlus! again soon.

    Susan C., Berkeley, CA
  • Super trip. Everybody should do both the Camino and the Andalucia trip. They complement each other nicely.

    Manfred K., New York, NY
  • 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
  • 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
  • Great tour. Planning on doing Camino de Santiago bicycle tour across northern Spain in August next year.

    Bob L., Fort Collins, CO
  • [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
  • 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
  • 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
  • It was wonderful.

    Chuck and Jacque W., San Luis Obispo, CA
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