Self Guided Bike Tour
Featured in Adventure Cyclist Magazine!
7 days/ 6 nights Cycle Cordoba to Granada - 895 Euros
Self Guided, Luggage Transfers Quality hotels & beautiful country inns
Moderate Cycling for more experienced cyclists
Our Home is Andalucia and our self guided bike tour lets you ride across the best and most famous landscape of Southern Spain. From your start in Carmona (just outside busier Seville) you can ride all the way to Granada! With an option to begin in Cordoba for those with less time, this is a route that encapsulates what we believe is the true heart of the South of Spain. You even pass through our home town, so we know the route pretty well!
Think, Castanets, Caliphates, Carmen and Castles, that is what this colourful vivacious land shouts.
To explore this area in which the Romans trod, the Moorish society developed, and Spain takes
particular pride in, is too much fun to pass up.
Read a featured review of this tour by the editor-in-chief of Adventure Cyclist Magazine (Adventure Cycling Association USA) - February 2017.
Think of everything you know about Spain. You will find it here. The pacing inky silhouettes of bulls, the white washed rustic farmhouses in rolling grain fields, the romantic curls of the Moorish palaces of Sevilla and Granada, Cordoba´s fantasy of arches, winding alleyways to lose yourself in, the song tracks of Carmen, The Barber of Sevilla and Don Giovanni, not to mention the romantic strains of the Spanish guitar and the evocative song of Flamenco singers.
Just combine that with some great cycling. The scenery, the natural parks, the olive groves, the snow capped mountains in front of blue skies. It all makes for perfect Cycling Country.
The CC Difference
- Charming hotels with a Historic Manorial home, 15th Century Monastary, Boutique Hacienda, & 4 Star City Class Hotels
- A delightful route for the A to B orientated Cycle Tourist!
- Pass through Alhama, CC´s Home Town which We are Proud to Show to You!
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- Enjoy atmospheric Carmona with her Roman amphitheatre
- The elegant Mezquita in Córdoba & its meandering lanes
- Geranium laden windows and a large landscape
- Stay in charming rural retreats & historical lodgings
- Vistas, viewpoints and Visions of loveliness and legends
- Grand Moorish city of Granada & snowy Sierra Nevada backdrop
Come early and take time to explore elegant Seville and her impressive cathedral (we recommend arriving a day earlier to fully sightsee and enjoy this spectacular place). Make your own way to arrive in the ancient city of Carmona (35km away) where the town walls attest to its illustrative history. Visit the charming centre, the imposing Alcazar and lookout points and curiously, a complete Roman burial ground with excellent museum. With views out to the green countryside and the shuttered white washed homes with blossoming balcony geraniums it is a nice introduction to inland Andalusia. (Options for night in Seville prior the tour.)Day 2. Carmona to Palma del Rio
We meet in a lovely plaza here in Carmona to enjoy the twitter of sparrows and introduce your stead to you. Glide off into the Roman Campaña, a fertile area which fed the empire. Spend the evening in an atmospheric 15th century monastery hotel in Palma del Rio, where the timbers could share tales of Christopher Columbus´ stay and those who came before. The town itself is a pleasant stay with a well preserved Moorish wall and some lovely monuments.
(Option to start tour in Cordoba - 7 days/6 nights)
Orange blossom was made into an evocative perfume by the Moors, you will be reminded of this as you cycle here the air is so fragrant. The heartland of the Seville Orange the route will take you into the rolling hills near Cordoba and into this mesmerizing city that once had more street lights than Paris. An illustrious collection of artists, philosophers, architects, poets, Cordoba still has this draw and you will fall in love with its medieval centre near which you stay. (Options for extra night.)
OR - begin the tour today. Travel to Cordoba and have time to enjoy the city. Spend the night in your 4 star hotel and be relaxed to start riding tomorrow morning to Baena.
A large expanse of sky is on today´s agenda and your route takes you through this pretty countryside, with only wild birds as companions. Olives galore....what else is Spain so well known for but the best oil in the world? You will see why, when you see how many trees there are. Baena is an elegant town, rich due to olive oil and with its Alcazar and Moorish walls surrounding the homes at the top of town, sunset here gives some lovely silhouettes. Across from the hotel is a verdant park with its shaded benches nestled amongst the palms.
The silvery tree will be your companion as you near Zuheros, the most romantic village which sparkles in the sun above on the mountain. Here its Renaissance Castle is perched high and the panorama afforded from the main plaza is awesome. Stay in the romantic white washed village and dream of moving in. (Why not extend your stay here and cycle the Via verde, a delightful rail to trails intiative which takes you through this pleasant countryside without the strain of climbing any hills - a perfect cycling rest day).
Cycle around the pretty Subbética National Park and enjoy the morning bird song and the 14th century Moorish watchtowers which still stand sentinel. Arrive in the curley-qued Baroque town of Priego, with its many beautiful doorways and Alcazar castle. Take a cafe on one of the many plazas in this place of countless fountains before carrying on to the lakeside town of Iznajar and your charming hacienda hotel. *Option to stop in Priego for the night and carry on to Iznajar the next day.
50km / 30m
Continuing on up (!) though the olives and hill climbs to arrive in the Poniente Granadino, the last kingdom of the Moors, and where you can get glimpses of the Sierra Nevada on each hilltop. Stay in the town of Alhama de Granada, our CC headquarters and where it´s 2 medieval churches are stage centre next to the enchanting gorge. Wander this true town of Andalus, enjoy its peaceful plazas, medieval Moorish quarter, an excellent museum and cafes galore. Drop in to say Hello!
The Sierra Nevada in sight now, leave the countryside, the coastal mountains and lakes and cycle past the historic area in which Columbus received his commission and where Reconquest battles were fought. Arrive in glorious Granada with the snowy Sierra Nevada as your companion and relax in this fascinating city of hillsides and charming palaces and take in the tapas as a celebratory snack, there are a bountiful variety!
Relax by strolling the bustling streets and elegant plazas or tour the elegant palace of the former Arab rulers here, the Alhambra Palace. The elaborate stucco, the colourful tile work, the soothing sounds of fountains, the inestimable grace of it all, it is a timeless monument in an remarkable place. (Options to extend stay in Granada).
- Tour Style
- Activity Level
- Specially chosen 4 star city hotels, a monastery hotel and beautiful country inns.
- All bedrooms are en-suite
- All breakfasts
- What's Included
- Quality Accommodation and breakfast
- Daily Luggage transfers
- Welcome meeting and introduction to the route and area
- Bike set up and fitting
- Emergency support and contact details
- Pre tour pack & guide book / maps / route notes
- GPS route tracks for your own unit (or GPS unit hire option)
- Souvenir Cycling Country water bottles & luggage tags
- Extras Not Included
- Hire of good quality TREK hybrid touring bike with front handlebar bag - 120 Euros (85 from Cordoba)
- Hire of TREK Madone 3.1 Series Carbon Road Bike - 195 Euros (170 from Cordoba)
- Hire of Orbea Aqua T105 Series Alu/Carbon Road Bike - 155 Euros (120 from Cordoba)
- Souvenir Andalucia, Spain cycling jersey – 45 Euros (Mens & Women´s sizes available)
- GPS - Garmin unit to rent with loaded maps - 50 Euros.
- Getting Here
Discovery / Classic Road Tour - Self Guided
Bikes - Road / Hybrid
Group Size - 2+
Route - Carmona – Palma del Rio – Cordoba (or start here) – Baena – Priego de Córdoba – Iznajar – Alhama –
See Map for route
Moderate to Challenging Level - distances are kept lower (daily average of 60km) to be in the moderate range but terrain can be challenging. Expect longer hills and hot days in the summer. This is suitable for more experienced cyclists as the route can be quite isloated in parts as you traverse this beautiful landscape. Some will find this route Challenging if heat / climbs are issues. A real fantastic accomplishment for those who enjoy a historic but large landscape.
Good surfaced roads on quiet country roads (busier as you near Cordoba and Granada). Suitable for touring-hybrid bikes and road bikes, though there is some rougher surface for a short while. The countryside is very rolling.
1 Cycling Country guide will meet and greet in Carmona or Cordoba and provide daily luggage transfers. We are based in Alhama de Granada, and so we are never far away from offering advice and assistance. Feel free to drop in when you get there.
Private transfers from Sevilla to Carmona can be arranged (including bike transport if required) for 60 Euros (up to 4 people). Please enquire for return prices or other destinations.
Local Transit Links
There is a regular local bus from the bus station at Prado de San Sebastian in Seville and the trip is about 45 minutes.
If arriving in Sevilla prior the tour, it is very well connected with an airport, direct AVE fast train from Madrid and coach system.
Arriving in Cordoba is easiest by direct AVE fast train from Madrid or Malaga.
See our Getting Here section for more detailed information.
“Even a soul submerged in sleep is hard at work and helps make something of the world.” Heraclitus, Fragments”
This is a great cycle across this rolling landscape of legend and so you will need your sleep in order to awake revitalized, refreshed and ready to ride! Fortunately the hotels will cater to this and provide you with a haven for this nightly renaissance. On this tour you stay in a monastery from the medieval time when candlelight was the sole disturbance to slumber to a brightly lit attractive city hotel with twilight grandiose views of Moorish Cordoba. Variety is the spice of life and this tour certainly will give you that. Have a bite of inland Spain with a peek at village night life, which in the summer can be only when everyone awakens and our hotel in Alhama is run by a flamenco star, so sleep is only for the wicked! Siesta, snooze or sleep lazily in the sun, enjoy this chance at slumber in Al-Andalus
Dates & Prices
|From March to November||Eur 1,135 per cyclist
(895 from Cordoba)
|Tour starts on Tuesdays only from Carmona
From Cordoba, starts any day given availability
(195 from Cordoba)
|Bike Hire||Eur 120
(85 from Cordoba)
|Trek Hybrid Bike (7.3FX)|
(120 from Cordoba)
|Orbea Road Bike (Aqua T105 series, 105 transmission, triple chainset, lightweight alu frame/carbon forks)|
(170 from Cordoba)
|Trek Madone Road Bike (3.1 Series, 105 transmission, compact, full carbon frame for a performance ride)|
|Custom Dates - if booking with a private group of 4 or more (check for availability and discounts).
Please note there could be a high season supplement for a hotel if a Spanish holiday coincides with your selected trip dates (this will be confirmed before booking, if applicable).
Price includes all local taxes.
Please note we transact in Euros.
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Enquire About This Tour
“Cycling Moorish Andalucia - November 2017"
"Hi Maggi and Geoff, Our last day of cycling went just as well as the preceeding ones. Thanks again for the great trip! We‘ll recommend your tours to anybody showing the slightest interest in cycling. :) Have a good time!
M & S. Ruf, Zurich, Switzerland
“Moorish Bike Tour & Villages - October / November 2017"
"Thanks again for facilitating two great weeks of cycling for us. We lucked out on the weather (and no flats), but everything else that went well was due to good planning!
B. Miller & L.Seaman, Boulder, CO, USA
“Wonderful Andalusian Bike Tour - October 2017"
"Maggi and Jeff and Dean! Just wanted to thank you all so much for a wonderful Andalusian bike tour. It was everything we hoped it would be. I especially think your choice of hotels was outstanding: I am the sort of person that is happy if it is clean and the bed isn't lumpy (!) but your choice of accomodations was way beyond the basics. I especially loved the homey touches of our family-owned hotel in Alhama de Grenada. The rooms were lovely, and the view of the canyon behind the hotel was drop-dead gorgeous. What a special place. I also want to thank you over and over for securing a ticket for the tour of the Alhambra when they were sold out. I was resigned to the fact that I would miss one of the premier sights/ treasures of Grenada, and both the site and the guide, Consuela, were outstanding! That was not in your job description, but it was very much appreciated. And I shall wear out my Cycling Country jersey from Espana--I get so many compliments on it. Thanks again, and have a lovely holiday. And do think about a relaxed tour of the Big Island one of these cold, rainy winters in Spain! with aloha,
T. Friesen, Hawaii, USA
“Moorish Andalucía - Junio 2017"
"Hola Maggie. Fue un placer conocerte y ahora que regresamos al hotel nos encontramos con un regalo! Muchas gracias! En verdad la pasamos muy bien y todo salió perfecto. Este último día ya estábamos cansados pero valió la pena porque Granada es muy bonita. Todos los pueblos por los que pasamos estaban preciosos y todos estábamos muy contentos de conocer España de esta manera Muchas gracias por todo y seguimos en contacto! Saludos
E. Taracena, QUE, Mexico
“Moorish Andalucia - Fantastic! May 2017"
"Hi Maggie!!! We had 4 FANTASTIC days of cycling from Baena to Granada!!! We could not have wished for anything more! The bikes were great, the maps and instructions were detailed & great (just us being sloppy the first day reading them which gave us an exciting addition to Lucena (30KM) 😂😂😂), the roads were beautiful & challenging in a very rewarding way, in addition to great weather, super jerseys and great food along the way!!!! Thank you for your great organisation!
E. Eek, Oaklance CA, USA
“Moorish Memories -November 2016"
"Maggi and Geoff, Thanks again for the truly great vacation. With the significant journeys each day, and the close directions to follow, we felt very intrepid and adventurous and lucky to be on those great, quiet, beautiful back roads. But at the same time, with the best bikes we’ve ever ridden, and the comfortable hotels, and the magic invisible bag-teleporting service, we felt luxuriously well cared for. All in all, it was just great, relaxing, healthful and fun. The off-season feel was lovely — empty roads, cool weather, interesting skies… and only a few times chill and rain, actually. Good luck with the business, we’ll talk you up to any who ask (have already).
B&P.Mapes, Florida, USA
“Cycling Andalucia - November 2016!"
"My wife and I just finished Cycling Country's self-guided Moorish Andalucia tour and had a fantastic time. The route that CC put together for this tour - the same as their guided tour I believe - was just perfect: beautiful country side, quiet roads, beautiful towns, excellent hotels. The length of days and elevation ups/downs were also just right - the payoff for the bigger climbs were windy downhill rides that were a blast! The materials CC provided were top rate - they help us not get lost and also appreciate the history and culture of everywhere we went. The Orbea road bikes we rented from CC were also perfect and they helped us set them up nicely. The whole team at CC were responsive and really pleasant to connect with - we're looking forward to our next CC trip! Thanks Maggi, Geoff and Dean! Cheers, David."
David Thompson, Vancouver, Canada
“Moorish Bike Tour - October 2016"
"Thanks for everything - Karen and I just arrived back in Boston. We had a GREAT trip - thanks to your great service and the wonderful people working for your company! Thanks a million for making our trip to Spain so much fun! We will definitely write a review and recommend the tour! Best,"
D. & K Ginty, Boston, USA
“Mother and Daughter on bikes! - July 2016"
"Thank you so much for all your support and advice. We are enjoying a long cold drink to celebrate. It is a great achievement! Thank you for your kindness and organisation. We have had a wonderful experience. Many thanks "
Cathy & B. Mckenzie, ACT, Australia
“Seville to Granada Bike - May 2016"
"We LOVED our bike tour with Cycling Country, and I will definitely give you a good recommendation on one or all of the sites you provided when I get home in two weeks and have a full keyboard in front of me. Really, everything couldn't have been better. I'm so glad I came upon your website! Hope we do another trip in the near future.Hasta Luego, "
B.Reininger, Redmond, WA, USA
“A total experience for any cyclist!"
It was a fantastic Moorish trip that took us to all the best sights I could imagine in Andalusia. The hotels were perfectly chosen and the route great. Thanks for organizing such a well planned bike tour."
J. Kristoff, Oregon, USA