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Carmona (Seville) , Córdoba, Granada

7 or 9 days - Self guided

Quality hotels & beautiful country inns

FROM
€925

Enjoy travelling the map from A to B? If you love cycle touring, the charting off new places, discovering ancient ones and revelling in a countryside well trodden though the centuries, then this tour is for you. A nature lover's paradise as well as the traveller on 2 wheels. Seville, Córdoba and Granada are all explored

Our Home is Andalucía 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.

Route Map

itinerary
Day 1. Carmona

Explore & Enjoy

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 Río

120m /394 feet – 55km - 34 Miles

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.

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Day 3. Palma del Río to Córdoba

504m /1653 feet  – 64kms - 40 Miles

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 route of the Seville Orange 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.


Day 4. Córdoba to Baena

1010m (3600 feet) - 65km - 40 Miles

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.


Day 5. Baena to Zuheros

665m (2181feet) - 50km - 31 Miles

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).


Day 6. Zuheros to Iznájar

4715m (2345ft)-  56km - 35 Miles

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 Iznájar the next day.


Day 7. Iznájar to Alhama de Granada

1310m (4297ft) - 68km - 42Miles

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!

Day 8. Alhama to Granada

65km - 40Miles

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!

Day 9. Granada & Onwards

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).

Trip details

 

 

Tour Style

Road Cycling Tour - Self Guided

Bikes - Hybrid / Road

Route: 9/7 days - Carmona – Palma del Río – Córdoba (or start here) – Baena – Priego de Córdoba – Iznájar – Alhama – Granada

Group Size: - 2+

Riding Level

Moderate / Challenging - 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 isolated 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.

Accommodation

  • 8/6 nights - 4 star city hotels, a manorial and monastery hotels and beautiful country inns.
  • All bedrooms en-suite
  • The accommodation on this route can be upgraded in Córdoba, & Granada

Food

All 8 breakfasts (6 from Córdoba) - Buffet / Home cooked

Extras Included

  • Luggage delivered to your next hotel
  • Welcome meeting and introduction to the route and area
  • Emergency support and contact details - we are local
  • Tour pack and guide book / daily maps / route notes
  • *GPS hire option if desired
  • Detailed cue sheets and Maps including places to stop for lunch and sights to see
  • 5% off your next tour with us!

Staff

1 driver will meet and greet in Carmona / Córdoba / Daily luggage transfers provided. As we are based in Alhama de Granada, we are never far away from offering advice and assistance. Feel free to drop in anytime while here on your penultimate day.

Not Included

Entrance to Alhambra Palace or museums en-route & Massage treatments in Granada or Alhama / Hot bath experiences

Bikes

9 day Tour -  Bike Hire:  125 euros Hybrid / 160 Euros Alu.Carbon/ 200 Euros Carbon Bike / 305 euros Ebike

  • Córdoba to Granada - 7 day tour -Bike Hire:  90 euros Hybrid / 125 Euros Alu.Carbon/ 175 Euros Carbon Bike / 270 Euros Ebike

 

Getting Here

Private transfers from Sevilla to Carmona can be arranged (including bike transport if required). Please enquire for return prices or other destinations.

There is a regular local bus from the bus station at Prado de San Sebastian in Seville to Carmona and the trip is about 45 minutes. Sevilla also is connected by the AVE Train (www.Renfe.com) and has an international airport.

Arriving in Córdoba is easiest by direct AVE fast train from Madrid or Málaga.

Guided Option

This tour is available as a fully supported and guided option if booking with a group of 6 or more. With a van as support, the tour can be custom designed and the daily distances changed. Please contact us for prices and availability.

 

 

Lodgings

The small hamlets bursting with geranium colours, the peep into village life, the awakening of towns in the mornings, this route gives you a glimpse of southern Spain at its finest.

 
The Hotel Alcázar de la Reina is a beautiful Mudéjar building with an outdoor swimming pool. Located in Carmona, it is a 20-minute drive from Sevilla airport. This historic building offers great views of the charming landscape of Carmona. Set in the historic city centre, it is close to amazing mansions, and Arab and Roman buildings.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
We stay in Palma del Rio´s elegant 15th century San Francisco Monastery that Christopher Columbus rested in before setting off to the new world. In the middle of the 20th Century, it was converted into a hotel, with the building's original architecture being fully respected. A hotel full of history, legends and charm.
Reviews

"We cycled the self guided Moorish Adalucia tour from Cordoba to Granada in late March. In spite of unusually cold weather we had great cycling though beautiful country and charming rural towns. Excellent support from Geoff the proprietor"

P.Ackerley, NSW, Australia - May 2018

"Hi! The route sheets have been< excellent quality and the little guidebook is great. Thanks for doing it! Thanks again for everything!"

S.Woodward, Vancouver, Canada - November 2017

"Hi Maggi and Jeff,
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!

S. Ruf - Generva, Switzerland - November 2017

"Thank you so much Maggi for helping us organise our cycling holiday. Your flexibility was really appreciated. Everything went perfectly and Michele and I had a wonderful tour. For anybody considering this tour be prepared for some hard rides but it is certainly worth it. The bikes were good, the navigation instructions were extremely clear (we did not get lost once) and the hotel accommodation was good value and very comfortable. I highly recommend Cycling Country."
S. Beaton - Tauranga, NZ - June 2015

"Very well organized, from the routes chosen, the detailed instructions, the unique accommodations to the insider tips on dinning and sightseeing.. Loved everything (with the exceptions of some of the steep hills!). Will be going back!."
A. Moore - Emirates - April 2015

"On 25 October 2014, we finished the White Villages of Andalusia tour from Granda to Ronda thanks to superp planning, logistics, equipment and support of Maggi and Geoff. They took the time to advise and select a trip that was a good match of our experience and skill level. The weather was ideal and the cycling was very enjoyable and the scenery was outstanding! The climbs were not steep apart from getting to the top of Torcal which was optional...not really(!) We thoroughly enjoyed the trip and would highly recommend Cycling Country if you are looking to organise a cycling holiday."
A. Drom - Cumbria, UK - November 2014

"Hi Maggi and Jeff - we really enjoyed our tour - definitely some climbs but the scenery was amazing and overall we had wonderful weather - slightly cool in the morning, warm but not too hot during the days, rainshowers in the late afternoons. Even the one day that had several rainstorms was beautiful - we saw a double rainbow that day. Thanks for the GPS routes - that really helped us get into and out of some of the towns. And we loved the information packets - its always fun to know more about the place you are in. Hope you are having fun in Portugal - it was great meeting you!"
M. Pratt - Portland, Oregon, USA - September 2014

"I just wanted to thank you for a great cycling trip to the White Villages. The scenery was absolutely spectacular, and everyone was extremely friendly. And of course the cycling was super. .... I was very pleased and impressed by your organization and what you provided - well done!" .
G. Spence - Vancouver, Canada - November 2013

"Just a final note to thank you so much for a great trip. The route you chose was perfect - no traffic and splendid scenery. The luggage transfer went without a hitch and you even transported me without complaint. All in all, I can't really think of how you could make it better. Many thanks - We will be spreading the word about how great a company you are.".
J. Hyndham - Canada - November 2013

"Just back from a great self-guided trip of 5 days through the white villages...Maggie and Geoff of Cycling Country did a great job from start to finish, from initial booking through follow up. The bikes were great, the route notes and maps fine (never got lost!), and their preselected hotels were just great. The recommendations for restaurants and sights along the way are most helpful. Went in mid-June so the temps were high--would recommend earlier or later in the year--but an early start each day made the going bearable. This company is a great operation and we highly recommend them." .
R. Vargo - Connecticut, USA - June 2013

"Four of us celebrated significant birthdays (50) by cycling the White Villages of Al-Andalus. What a terrific trip through the real Spain, great quiet route, friendly and clean accomodation and terrific food. Geoff and Maggi were outstanding and ever helpful. Route directions great, no wrong turns, no waiting for bags, and all the pieces came together for us without a hitch. Can't wait until the next time. Muchas gracias a Cycling Country par una adventura tan buenissima.
Gerry Cleary - Ireland

Dear Maggi, Jeff and Dean: A brief note of thanks for our terrific adventure in Andalucia. We truly appreciated all your efforts to make the cycling and accommodations first rate. Our cycling pals are quite envious and you may be hearing form them (and us) in future. Best wishes and good luck down the road"
Ron and Cheryl Matthews - Langley, Canada

"Hi Maggi, we are back at work now. Thank you very much for the cycling holiday. The route was wonderful. The information package you gave was very good and we did not get lost. The bikes worked well and we did not have any problems with them. The weather was almost too good. We had a fantastic week in Spain. Thank you very much!"
Suvi, Erkki and Sirpa - Finland

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

CARMONA

START - 9 DAYS

€1,185

STARTS ON TUESDAYS

Single Supp. €275

CÓRDOBA

START - 7 DAYS

€925

STARTS ON ANY GIVEN DATE

Single supp. €195

Custom Dates - if booking with a private group of 4+ (check for availability and discounts).
Please note there could be a high season supplement for Semana Santa (Easter Week).

Price includes all local taxes. Single supplements apply (see individual trip details). Please note we transact in Euros.

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

  • 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

CC Advantage

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!

We had a great trip. The cycling was challenging but well worth the scenery, the views and the white villages we visited. The accommodations were wonderful and the hosts were very pleasant and helpful. The food was very tasty but then how can you go wrong with tapas, cerveza and sangria. Kathy and I would like to thank Cycling Country for setting up the tour, providing the bikes, maps, information sheets/booklet and directions. Definitely, an A-One job. It was a pleasure meeting Warren, Geoff and Maggie. Otherwise as we said, the trip was great and the organization and preparatory help from Cycling Country was superb. A great big thank you from us both.”

G. & K. Osborne

Kingston, Canada

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