Alhama, Loja, Montefrío, Granada, Sierra Nevada
5 days / 4 nights, Self-Guided
Casa Rural Apt & 4 Star Hotel
Ride the roads of the area where we have chosen to base Cycling Country! Surely that means the cycling must be fairly good?! This package is a must of anyone wanting to experience the best of inland Andalucía.
Starting from Alhama de Granada, explore this scenic area with a number of loop rides to nearby natural parks and small villages. The mountain scenery combined with open expanses makes for some stunning viewpoints. Alhama itself is a great place to be based with its plethora of bars and restaurants, the magnificent gorge to explore and the natural hot baths to take a soak in.
After time in the rural setting of Alhama, head off the the grand city of Granada (bags transferred for you), home of the Alhambra Palace. The next day embark on one of the great climbs in the world - the Sierra Nevada. Test yourself as you have the chance to ascend the highest road in Europe. A great way to end the week!
Day 1. Alhama Lake Loop
100km/62miles (950m elevation gain)
Arrive in ancient Alhama de Granada, evocative in its medieval past and and surrounding sierras. Enjoy cycling to a shimmering lake, edging along the Sierras of Alhama, and travelling through the small farming villages of the area. There are enough category climbs in the area for the keenest of cyclist.
Day 2. Coastal Ranges Loop
115km/72miles (1170m elevation gain)
Prepare for a classic day of road cycling with an exhilarating loop ride with 2 mountain passes and views to the Mediterranean sea! Pass through an ancient gap in the coastal mountains to Periana before attempting the famed Puerto del Sol, a hairpin classic with panoramas that fill a trip. Finish the afternoon with a soak in the thermal baths of Alhama. (NB spa treatments not included).
Day 3. Loja Mountains Loop
113km/71miles (1150m elevation gain)
Enjoy the many ascents and descents on the way to the city of Loja and its Sierra. The road from Alhama winds its way down to the fertile valley below of asparagus before a good climb up for vistas of the many craggy peaks around. For a snack, try Loja’s famous sugared donuts with a strong coffee.
Day 4. Escape to Montefrio Loop
120km/75miles (1500m elevation gain)
This loop to Montefrio is also a visual feast with a good ride through small villages. Climb a shady route, used in the Vuelta a Espana 2010, before slipping down into pretty Montefrio, its church and castle standing precariously on a rocky outcrop. Prepare for a gentle but long climb back upto your base in Alhama.
Day 5. Onwards to Granada
90km/56miles (1100m elevation gain)
If short of time, this is the end of your training in the Granada region and you can take transportation back to Malaga or Granada. If not enjoy the ride to Granada via the Suspiro del Moro, the poetic sigh of the Moor, the last king of Granada as he left. Take in the immense Sierra Nevada and Mulhacen peak ahead.
Day 6. Sierra Nevada Challenge
85km/53metres (elevation gain 1848m)
Heading into the Sierra Nevada, ride to the top of the highest paved road in Europe at 3398 meters (weather permitting). Here the mountain peaks of Pico Veleta are your companions and the landscape around grandiose. This is the road of cycling legends where the pros race and train. Just imagine the descent back down to Granada.
Day 7. Granada & Onwards
After a relaxing buffet breakfast make your onward travels taking either local transportation or an extra optional transfers available to Málaga Airport or Granada. (Or continue on with some extra days riding.)
Road Cycling Tour – Self-Guided
Bikes – Road
Route: Based in Alhama de Granada / Granada (Cycle to Periana, Loja, Montefrio, Genil valley and Sierra Nevada).
Group Size – 1+
Challenging: distances are a daily average of 100km. Each day there is an option to extend / shorten the distances and the itinerary can be customised to your requirements. Good surfaced roads on quiet country roads (slightly busier near Granada). Suitable for road bikes. The countryside is rolling and the terrain is hilly to mountainous. Be prepared for hills and climbs and of course some great descents.
Daily Average Ascent: 1364 metres (4475 feet)/ 5 days or 1300 m (4265 ft) / 7 days Alternative less hillier routes given on some days.
4 Nights – Self Contained Apartment
4 Nights – 6 Nights – Self Contained Apartment / Central 4 star City hotel with Spa facilities and Pool
All bedrooms are en-suite. (Please enquire about the possibility of hotel stay in Alhama.)
2 breakfast in Granada hotel
- Luggage delivered to your next hotel if moving on to Granada
- Welcome meeting and introduction to the route and area
- Emergency support and contact details
- Pre tour pack & Tour guide book / maps / route notes / ride profiles
- Complimentary Cycling Country water bottle
- Access to a bike workstation, track pump and bike tools when in Alhama
Extras Not Included
- GPS unit available to rent (50 Eur) with pre-loaded routes
- Bring your own bike or hire of good quality ORBEA racing road bike (100 Eur for 5 days or 120 Eur for 7 days). Carbon also available at 130 Eur (5 days) / 160 (7 days)
- Custom Cycling Country Race Cut Jersey – 50 Euros
- Professional sports massage can be arranged
Getting Here & Transfers
Private one way transfers (up to 4 people) can be arranged from Malaga Airport. Let us know if you are needing to transport bike boxes / bikes.
Special Training Return Price – Loja San Francisco train station to & from Alhama (see AVE line connecting Madrid) – 65 Eur
Please enquire for other destinations or single trips.
There is a local bus to/from Granada to Alhama 3 times daily as well as from Alhama to Torre del Mar (on the Málaga coast) once a day. Bikes can be placed in the underneath storage.
Nearest train stations are Loja, Granada, Antequera and Málaga.
1 guide will meet and greet in Alhama and provide daily luggage transfers when needed. As we are based in Alhama de Granada, and some of our guides live in Granada, we are never far away from offering advice and assistance. Feel free to drop in anytime.
Work hard, Play hard, sleep like a log. If you are on this trip, that is what it is all about.
A centrally located hotel that combines quality and comfort for every person. Well placed to get out to the nearby Sierras without crossing town and then discover the city of Granada easily afterwards from this base.
“Great team, great bikes, lovely routes
We’ve been looking for somewhere good to hire bikes in the Alhama area and Geoff and Maggi and the team at Cycling Country are all we could ask for: passionate about cycling, delightful to deal with, really knowledgeable about the area, and with the bikes and the routes and the back-up that we wanted. Their main business is organising longer bike trips (e.g. guided tours for a week following the route of the Vuelta, with guides, full back-up and accommodation booked in advance) but they were very ready to hire us hybrid bikes for the day from Alhama. So we did – and did the 50km loop they recommend, out to the south and east of Alhama and round Lake Bermejales. Much of the route we did know, on mostly quiet and well-surfaced routes, though their suggested route also took us out onto some small roads even we’d not discovered before which were delightful. The bikes are good ones and well-maintained, they supply handlebar bags, helmets, locks, water-bottles and basic repair kits and pumps, and their maps & directions are excellent. We were delighted and are keen to use them again given we’re out in the area for 6-8 weeks a year – and they’re happy to do multi-day hires and to allow customers to put bikes in the back of a car etc and then drive to an area elsewhere to ride. They’re a pleasure to deal with too (thanks so much guys!). Strongly recommended.”
Grigg – Sheffield, UK – December 2017
“Great Self-Guided Day Trip
The British-Canadian duo who run Cycling Country were super friendly and really professional. We arranged for two hybrid bikes to do a one-day self-guided tour around Alhama de Granada. They provided us two very nice bikes, helmets, water bottles, repair kit, very detailed directions, an odometer, a map, elevation chart, and a great booklet of local history. They had three routes, 30k, 50k, and I think 100k. I’m an amateur cyclist and I did the 50k. It was challenging because there are lots of low but long hills, but I managed it! The views of the olive groves and distant Sierra Nevadas were really beautiful. Perfect weather in late October, too. I think it was a great value and would definitely recommend them.”
Jamalot – London, UK – November 2017
“Outstanding cycle trip. Great road bikes, accommodations were top notch, and all details were addressed. Maggie and Geoff have an excellent knowledge of the area, and the itinerary they arranged of cycling and walking tours was very enjoyable. This was our second trip with them, and it won’t be our last. Highly recommended”
John – Calgary, Canada- May 2016
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. Others have also posted reviews on the independent travel website .
DATES & RATES
Single supplement: €75
High season supplement: €85
Single supplement: €125
Single supplement: €145
High season supplement applies for Spanish Bank Holidays and Fiestas (confirmed upon booking).
Discounts for 4+ booking together.
The tour is available as a guided option. Please contact us for prices and availability.
Price includes all local taxes. Please note we transact in Euros.
- Ride the Highest Paved Road in Europe in the Sierra Nevada
- Quiet roads through open landscapes with vaired ride profiles
- Alhama de Granada and its Gorge and Roman baths
- Granada city, home of the world famous Alhambra Palace
- Pedal the roads the Pro-cyclists train on and meet local riders
- Stunning Rural scenes through Lakes, Valleys and Mountains
- Tapas, Arabic pastries, Goat's cheese, Asparagus, Cured Hams
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Outstanding cycle trip. Great road bikes, accommodations were top notch, and all details were addressed. Maggie and Geoff have an excellent knowledge of the area, and the itinerary they arranged of cycling and walking tours was very enjoyable. This was our second trip with them, and it won’t be our last. Highly recommendedJohn
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