Sunshine Or Snow - What Is The Weather Like?
Southern Spain has one of the warmest and temperate climates in Europe throughout the year.
Our tours take in several different areas including the heights of the Sierra Nevada (snow covered from October until May) and rolling plains of Cordoba and Seville. Our schedule tours are in the temperate part of the year – spring and autumn – when there are many sunny days and daytime temperatures are of high to low 20s with cooler evenings (although we ride all year round).
This holds true with Portugal´s Alentejo region which can be warm in the summer months as well. England, Northern Spain and France are green for a reason, and a lovely lush change from Southern Iberia – summer is the time to go!
Skinny Valise Or Bulging Knapsack - What Should I Pack
The season of your tour will factor into what clothes to pack.
Generally light clothing is all that is needed, although for our tours that take in higher altitudes where evenings cool off, there is the need for a fleece, sweater or light jacket.
For winter tours we recommend thermal fleeces, leggings, booties etc.. For daytime pedalling at all times of the year, padded cycling shorts are very highly recommended to ensure a ...smoother ride! Also cycling jerseys and padded gloves (track mitts) are very handy for safety and sunburn. Along with sunglasses and a high spf factor sun lotion – perspiration resistant, a must here. Dress code in Portugal, England and Spain is generally smart casual whether day or evening. A detailed list will be provided nearer to your departure date.
Bike Box or Hat Box - Should I Bring My Bike And Helmet?
We do provide 24 gear hybrid Trek bikes, Madone Carbon or Orbea Road bikes, however, if you bring your own that´s no problem. Or if you want to bring your favourite saddle or pedals, we will fit them.
We require helmets to be worn whilst on all our tours, so please bring your own. However, if you don´t have one or can´t fit it in, we will source one for you. In Spain you must wear a helmet by law when travelling along roads and as much as we love a great tour soundtrack... No IPods please whilst on the bike.
Passport, Visas & Health
EU citizens must hold a passport that is still valid for at least six months at the end of the tour. Australians, American, Canadian and New Zealand passport holders can stay in Spain without a visa for a tourist/business stay for up to 90 days. Holders of non-EU passports are advised to check whether they require a visa.
There are no obligatory health-related requirements, but it is strongly recommended your standard vaccinations such as Tetanus and Polio are up to date.
You should contact your doctor at least 3 months prior to travel to obtain any vaccinations needed and a health check to ensure fitness.
It is compulsory to have adequate travel & health insurance to cover any medical or travel emergencies you might experience whilst on tour. Please note that if you have an accident on your bike whilst on tour, you are responsible for the bike as well.
- If you have severe allergies or asthma please carry necessary inhalers or epi-pens and notify us about your condition. We do not stock such items in our first aid kit (this also includes any antihistamines creams, ibuprofen or other medications which you may need or want).
- EU Citizens please ensure that you have adequate coverage and do not rely on the EHIC card (Formerly the E111) as your sole form of insurance.
- Those relying on insurance provided by credit cards please ensure that there is adequate coverage (and make sure that cycle touring is covered).