Lakes, Mountains and Sea
If you want a week of thrilling self-guided road cycling in Spain, then this tour is the one for you. Riding this route by bike is challenging but all efforts will be rewarded tenfold by the exciting and ever shifting landscape you breath in. Frontiers of the Moorish rule, the towns have not forgotten their heritage and with the spectacular views and hearty food, you won’t either. Taking in the 3 provinces of Granada, Cordoba and Malaga, this tour brings into play roads taken by the pros in the Vuelta a España and Andalucia. Climbing passes used since the dawn of time, the natural geographic diversity is overwhelming and the glide back to the Mediterranean via a true mountain descent is an unforgettable delight.
The CC Difference
- Truly a road biker´s paradise is this route - an A to B Epic ride from Summit to Summit to end at the Sea as featured in Bicycling Australia Magazine
- Stay in CC´s Home Town, say Hi, and tell us how the trip is going!
- Have your own GPS? We will send you the routes for it.
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- Traditional Andalusian hospitality & great Lake vistas
- Perched hillside castles, chapels & winding Gorges
- Cycle through Olive and Almond groves
- Mountain descent through High Peaks in a National Park
- Coastal ranges to tackle with Seaside views
30km or 72km/ 19miles or 44miles
(450metres elevation gain - long route)
Arrive in the historic town of Alhama for a welcome meeting and bike set up. This is where we are based permanently all year around so you can be assured of a friendly greeting! Enjoy an afternoon warm up ride around small villages into the National Park to get used to riding the smooth, good grade tarmac.
85km/53miles (1240m elevation gain)
After a fine breakfast, start the day ascending from a valley bottom to see views of the snow-capped Sierra Nevada. Pass by a shimmering lake before stopping for your (first) coffee of the day at the local cyclists´ favourite cafe. Spin through asparagus fields before climbing to the picturesque sighted village of Montefrio, its castle and church hanging spectacularly from the rock-side.
74km or 112km/46miles or 70miles
(1815m elevation gain - long route)
Enter the land of olive groves and ancient Moorish watchtowers from the hilltops. Cycle past white washed farm buildings and sun-drenched landscapes before finishing the day near the classic baroque town of Priego where churches, fountains and hidden alleys await. Try the world famous olive oil of the area or the local aniseed drink as you relax by the swimming pool of your beautiful 4 star hotel. Option: extend your stay here to take a rest day or explore the area by yourself (Priego is a fascinating town, or venture into the nearby Subbetica National Park).
80km/50miles (1620m elevation gain)
Another exceptional day of road cycling awaits as you ride through the tranquil rural countryside. Ups and downs are abundant as you pass through farming villages and tranquil hamlets with sunny squares. Spend the night at Iznajar, a white village with an impressive castle set high above a lake with 360 views overlooking the finest Andalucian olive groves - a real delight.
66km or 85km/41miles or 53miles
(1310m elevation gain - long route)
Time to charge over the Sierras to a market town for a spot of well earned lunch. Explore the historic town before climbing out of the valley bottom to Alhama de Granada, soothing muscles in its thermal baths. Take an early evening afternoon walk along the deep cut gorge. Option:Take a rest day in Alhama to explore the town or prepare for a classic day of road cycling in Spain with an incredible loop ride takes you to the tops of 2 mountain passes to view the Sea down below. Pass through an area with its own micro-climate allowing pomegranates, lemons and oranges to grow. Pass through a gap in the coastal ranges before descending back down to Alhama - exceptional road biking (90 km).
77km/48miles (795m elevation gain)
Start the day cycling this undulating area with spectacular viewpoints of the distant Sierra Nevada mountains and the lovely Bermejales lake. In an unforgettable snaking descent in mountain goat area, through the Sierra de Almijara National Park's jagged peaks you tear through these monsters in an exhilarating drop to the Mediterranean Sea. End seaside, in a former Roman town on the Costa Tropical to relax with a well earned beer.
Time for a quick sunbathe or beachfront stroll before saying goodbye to this impressive Cycling Country. (Easy onward connections via coaches to Malaga or Granada) Option: why not spend a few extra days on the coast? - options to extend your stay.
- Tour Style
- Activity Level
- 6 breakfasts
- What's Included
- Luggage delivered to your next hotel
- Welcome meeting and introduction to the route and area
- Emergency support and contact details
- Tour pack & guide book / maps / route notes
- 1 guide will meet and greet in Alhama and provide daily luggage transfers. As we are based in Alhama de Granada, we are never far away from offering advice and assistance. Feel free to drop in anytime whilst here on 1st and 5th day.
- Extras Not Included
- Getting Here
- Special Lakes Return Price - Loja San Francisco train station to & from Alhama (see AVE train line connecting Madrid) - 80 Eur
- Please enquire for destinations or single trips.
- Local transport links
There is a local bus to/from Granada to Alhama 3 times daily as well as from Alhama to TorredelMar (on the Malaga coast) once a day. Bikes can be place in the underneath storage.
- Nearest train stations are Loja, Granada, Antequera and Malaga.
- Please see Getting Here for more information.
Classic Road Tour - Self Led
Bikes - Road
Group Size: 2+
Route: Inland Andalucia to the Mediterranean - See Map for route
Challenging: this tour is appropriate for experienced cyclists who enjoy hilly countryside with some long climbs. (Daily average of 85 km)
Quiet country and mountain roads. Rolling countryside with some long climbs (and descents!). Good tarmac, great views.
Daily Average Ascent: 1300 metres (4265 feet) - Alternative less hillier routes given on some days.
4 Star beachside Hotel / Beautiful lakeside Hacienda / Charming country inns
All bedrooms en-suite
Good Quality Bike Hire
- Orbea Road Bike Alu frame / carbon forks: 120 Eur
- TREK Madone Full Carbon: 170 Eur
Custom Cycling Country Race Cut Jersey - 50 Euros
Sports Massage Treatments or Hot Baths
Garmin GPS unit available to rent with preloaded maps and routes - 50 Eur
Private one way transfers (up to 4 people) can be arranged. Let us know if you are needing to ship bike boxes.
Special Lakes Tour return price for Malaga Airport pickup to Alhama and back from Almunecar to Malaga Airport - 160 Euros.
"The sigh of all the seas breaking in measure round the isles soothed them; the night wrapped them; nothing broke their sleep, until, the birds beginning and the dawn weaving their thin voices in to its whiteness" - Virginia Woolf, "To the Lighthouse"
A fine arrangement of hotels on this tour will delight you at the end of each day´s ride. The first starting in lovely Alhama and the rustic hospitality met here. Move on to her sister town of Montefrio and stay in the former mill nestled in a cleft with its pretty stone patio and views of the countryside. On to 2 haciendas (one a 4 star) where you can lie and take in the rural tranquillity to your heart´s content before moving on back into the Poniente Granadino´s Alhama. Almost like coming home you will be welcomed as such, before wishing all adios and moving on to the Mediterranean oasis of Almuñecar. Here enjoy the lapping of waves and beach side stop of your hotel for the evening.
Dates & Prices
|Dates||Price In EUR|
|Customise Your Dates||Eur 925|
|minimum of 2 people - any dates from March to November throughout the year given availability (check for availability). Price includes luggage transfers.|
|Single Supplement||Eur 185, high season supp. Eur 115|
|High season supplement applies for Spanish Bank Holidays, Easter week and Fiestas
Discounts for 4 or more booking together
*Price includes all Spanish local taxes. Single supplements apply (see individual trip details).
Please note we transact in Euros.
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See our press reviews by Bicycling Australia and The Sunday Times of our Lakes, Mountains and Sea tour.
"Thoroughly enjoyable holiday. We'll be back."
Mark Hackney, Tim and Vicky Selter, Guildford, England
“We had a great time and everything was so well organised.” I’m sure we’ll be back at some point!
M. Van der Pol - 2013
Testimonials from previous cyclists are always available and we enjoy receiving the feedback after tours. It helps us improve our services and offer you an even better experience. Please feel free to contact us if you would like a reference to talk to.