Cycling Andalucia

  • Itinerary Summary

    Enjoy the best of Andalucia on this eleven-day journey through the heart of the region beginning in Seville. Come early and enjoy Seville, then we stay two nights each in Córdoba and Úbeda and end in Granada. Andalucia was taken from the Visigoths during the Muslim conquest in the early 700's and was ruled for over half a millennium by Muslim caliphates. You'll discover fabulous monuments and a fascinating mix of cultural influences in fact "Andalusia" is derived from the Arabic "Al-Andalus." Our journey takes us through traditional villages, and vast olive groves.
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    1. Day 1: Arrive Seville, Andalucia

      Highlights: Fit bicycles and meet your tour leaders and fellow travellers

      We gather today in Seville and will fit bicycles later this afternoon. We highly recommend you come in a few days earlier to enjoy this beautiful city, capitol of Andalucia. If you have time this afternoon, be sure to visit the Giralda, the famous bell tower built by the Moors and later restored. Also, don't miss Seville's Cathedral, where Christopher Columbus is buried, and which by some standards is the largest in Europe! After introductions and a glass of sherry or juice, we'll walk downtown to dinner and celebrate the beginning of our ride by enjoying some signature dishes of the region.

      Distance: Test Ride. Meals: D

      Lodging: Hotel NH Plaza de las Armas

    2. Day 2: Seville to Constantina

      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, and past cork tree groves with bulls grazing under them. This is a challenging first day, but our destination today is worth it. Feel like you've walked back in time as you walk around Constantina's old town with low white washed houses and beautiful mountains in the background.

      Distance: 77 km (48 miles). Meals: B, D

      Lodging: Rural House Los Pozos de la Nieve

    3. Day 3: Constantina to Córdoba

      Highlights: Museums and history of Córdoba, walk around this beautiful city

      Take your time today and enjoy our ride to Córdoba, as we'll have a rest day tomorrow to visit this wonderful city. Córdoba's heritage includes its Roman origins and its role as one of the earliest Islamic cities in Spain. Settled by immigrants from Damascus by 719 AD, Córdoba thrived for three centuries under the Damascus Caliphate.

      Distance: 109 km (68 miles). Meals: B, D

      Lodging: NH Amistad Cordoba

    4. Day 4: Free day in Córdoba,

      Highlights: Visit the Mezquita and Jewish Quarter

      Enjoy a free day today in Córdoba, one of the oldest cities in Spain. 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.

      Distance: No Ride Today. Meals: B

      Lodging: NH Amistad Cordoba

    5. Day 5: Into the Olive Groves, Córdoba to Zuheros

      Highlights: Hills of Andalucia, visit to an olive press

      Today we pedal over hills and through olive groves into the heart of the province of Córdoba. This region produces some of the world's finest olive oils and we'll visit a press today.

      Distance: 60 km (37 miles). Meals: B

      Lodging: Hacienda Minerva

    6. Day 6: Rolling Hills of Andalucia, Zuheros to Jaén

      Highlights: Jaén and its olive groves, stay and dine in a Moorish Castle

      Enjoy vistas of olive groves as far as the eye can see in one of Europe's largest olive growing regions - (some estimate there are over 150 million olive trees in this province!) with a backdrop of the beautiful Sierra Morena mountain range. This afternoon enjoy the vistas from the hotel, a restored Moorish Castle.

      Distance: 79 km (49 miles). Meals: B, D

      Lodging: Hotel Parador de Jaen

    7. Day 7: Jaén to Úbeda

      Highlights: Renaissance town of Úbeda

      Our ride today takes us through the beautiful countryside from Jaén to the monumental city of Úbeda. Our destination for the next two days, Úbeda was a wealthy Renaissance town and it retains that character to this day in the old quarter. We offer a visit including an artist's demonstration at a famous local ceramics studio. Don't forget to join the locals for a café con leche at an outdoor café.

      Distance: 69 km (43 miles). Meals: B, D

      Lodging: Hotel Maria de Molina

    8. Day 8: 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 beautiful Úbeda though we encourage you to join us for a visit of the synagogue here which was recently discovered during restoration work and is nearly completely intact. Then 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 is on UNESCO's list of World Heritage sites and should not be missed.

      Distance: 48 km (30 miles), additional miles available. Meals: B

      Lodging: Hotel Maria de Molina

    9. Day 9: 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 towards the hills of the Sierra Nevada. Enjoy a change of scenery as we enter the "southwest" of Spain. We'll cross the Sierra Magina on our route and then head down towards the clay formations of Guadix. It is easy to see how for the past 500 years most houses of the villages in this valley were built as caves inside clay mounds. Tonight we'll visit the winery of our cave hotel.

      Distance: 105 km (65 miles). Meals: B, D

      Lodging: Cuevas la Granja

    10. Day 10: Benalúa de Guadix to Granada

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

      Today we ride to Granada in the shadow of the Sierra Nevada mountains. Enjoy a fun downhill stretch as we pedal past fields of asparagus and tobacco as the 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 we'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.

      Distance: 55 km (34 miles). Meals: B, D.

      Lodging: Hotel Hesperia Granada

    11. Day 11: Granada

      Highlights: Guided tour of the Alhambra

      Stick around this morning for our guided tour of the Alhambra (the 13th and 14th century complex of buildings representing the finest example of Moorish architecture left in Spain). The city has so much more to offer so consider 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 3:00PM.

      Meals: B

    • Highlights

      Granada, Andalucian Villages, Guided tour of Córdoba, Úbeda, Sevilla, Alhambra, Olive mill visit, oil tasting in Zuheros, Flamenco show in Granada, Guided tour of Jaen, Guided visit of Sinagoga del Agua, Pottery demonstration in Úbeda, Winery visit and tasting at Benalua de Guadix
    • Includes

      11 days, 10 nights accommodation, 7 dinners with wine & 10 breakfasts plus "The Usual"
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    • Begin/End

    • Arrive/Depart

      Madrid-Barajas Airport (MAD) or Seville Airport (SVQ) / Granada Airport (GRX), Seville or Madrid
    • Total Distance

      602 km (372 miles)
    • Daily Distance

      Average 75 km per day for 8 riding days (Average 46 miles per day for 8 riding days)
    • Rating

      401 Rolling hills every day. Half of the riding days will also have two to three steady climbs of 3 miles or more.
    • Terms

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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.

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    • 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
    • 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
    • Like all ExperiencePlus Tours -- excellent, well planned and supported, definitely the way to go.

      Guy C., Vallejo, CA
    • Super trip. Everybody should do both the Camino de Santiago and the Andalucia trip. They complement each other nicely.

      Manfred K., NY, NY
    • Super trip. Everybody should do both the Camino and the Andalucia trip. They complement each other nicely.

      Manfred K., New York, NY
    • Amazing tour! Had a great time!

      Brice P., Calgary, Canada
    • 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
    • It was wonderful.

      Chuck and Jacque W., San Luis Obispo, 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
    • 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
    • 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?] Miles and miles (or kilometers) of great cycling on rural roads! Topped off by great dinners with the group.

      Gregg M.
      Littleton, 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
    • You are loved, and most appreciated for such trips of such quality.

      George & Jane N.
      Columbus, IN
    • 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
    • I loved the people and the tours in town -olive oil factory, pottery, alhambra etc

      Ivy D.
      Denver, CO
    • 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
    • [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
    • 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
    • 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

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