Seville, Córdoba, Zuheros, Antequera, Granada,
6 or 8 days, Fully Guided & Supported
Historical Hotels and Luxury Retreats
Cycling Andalucia is an experience all cyclists should have! Enjoy an unforgettable bike adventure to Andalucía, the vibrant heart of Southern Spain.
Starting our cycling tour from outside stunning Seville and its stately cathedral, pedal to the sunny city of Córdoba. Enjoy the awesome UNESCO Mezquita mosque-cathedral and medieval Jewish quarter, before heading off into rustic Andalucía, home of shimmering olive groves and rolling hills.
In the distance the mountains of the Sierra Nevada rise, and you arrive at the jewel in the Moorish crown, Granada. Strolling around the romantic gardens of the Alhambra Palace, the 8th wonder of the world, it is a fitting way to end this cycling tour of Southern Spain.
Day 1. Seville to Palma del Río
Ride - 55km (34miles)*Extra mileage available |
Elevation Gain - 70m (230 ft)
We meet in historic Seville at our designated hotel at 09:30am to transfer out of Seville's hustle and bustle to what was the fertile breadbasket of the Roman Empire. With time to explore fascinating Carmona, known to the Phoenicians, we set up the bikes and embark on a cycle through pleasant countryside plains and orange blossoms.
Stay the night in an unique and beautifully converted 15th century monastery of outstanding charm where Columbus was rumoured to have spent time. Read about its history on our Cycling Country Blog.
Day 2. Palma del Río to Córdoba
Ride - 40km (25miles) *Extended Ride: 65km |
Elevation Gain - 230m (755 ft) | Ext: 450m
Ride out into the Campiña Cordobesa, the fertile region known since Roman times, which produces everything from oranges, peppers, artichokes and olives.
In Córdoba, take a guided walking tour of the old Jewish quarter, and enter one of the most incredible buildings in Europe, the UNESCO heritage Mezquita (mosque-cathedral). Soak in the atmosphere of the monumental centre home to such luminaries as Roman state person Séneca, Abbas Ibn Firnas, father of aeronautics, and Jewish philosopher Maimonides (who wrote the wonderfully named, "The Guide for the Perplexed" which you can buy on Amazon today!).
Day 3. Córdoba to White Village of Zuheros
Ride – 64km (40 miles) *Extended Ride: 76km |Elevation Gain - 850m (2789 ft ) | Ext: 1250m
This area is known as the Ruta del Aceite (Oil Route) for good reason, as Spain is the biggest olive oil producer in the world and you will see why as row upon row of olive trees punctuate the landscape! Cycle to Zuheros, one of the prettiest White villages in Andalusia and its tiny cobbled streets keeping a still very traditional way of life.Enjoy exploring your own beautiful 4 star Hacienda, a lovingly restored 19th century olive press.N.B. Join the tour this morning in Córdoba (6 days / 5 nights). Fast Direct Train Connections from Madrid Atocha Station (on the metro underground route from the airport) or from Malaga make it easy!
Day 4. Zuheros and the Olive Cycleway
Ride or Rest Day - 25km (16 miles) *Extended Ride: 60km | Elevation Gain - 100m (328 ft) | Ext: 750m
Start the day off with a private guided tour of a distinguished Organic olive oil press, family run since the 18th century. Have time in the afternoon to ride the relaxing 'rails to trail' traffic free path and experience views of olive groves for as far as the eye can see. If you want, get up higher on a wonderful hill climb to the Caves above town!
Day 5. Zuheros to Ancient Antequera
Ride - 58km (36 miles)Elevation Gain - 600m (1968 ft)Cycle through a national park with its lonely medieval towers, stopping en route to explore the truly baroque town of Priego. Overlooking an impressive lake surrounded by mountains and small white cortijo farmhouses, we load up the bikes and transfer to our highlight hotel near Antequera, a majestic 16th century convent set in olive groves.
Day 6. Antequera and the El Chorro Gorge
Ride or Rest Day - 40km (25 miles) *Extended Ride: 62km |Elevation Gain - 560m (1837 ft) | Ext: 925m
Start the morning with a joyful ride through rolling hillsides and be awed at the deep cut El Chorro gorge. Here you can admire the Caminito del Rey (King's Walkway), a series of wooden walking platforms that somehow hang to the gorge side. Today´s optional ride revels in stunning scenery and pays testament to the cultural richness of this area.Why not relax in the hotel´s spa or venture into the bustling town of Antequera (which the Romans called, "Antikaria") with its Neolithic sites, enchanting Moorish Alcazar and Renaissance plazas.
Day 7. Antequera to Granada
Ride - 48km (30 miles)Elevation Gain - 745m (2400 ft)
The spectacular scenery continues as you head out of your convent hideaway and along roads with sweeping views of the surrounding countryside Sierras. We finish with a cold cerveza beer and tapas lunch to toast the end of this epic cycle ride in our rural home town of Alhama de Granada, with its enchanting medieval churches, Arabic barrio and pretty gorge.After lunch, take an afternoon transfer to the picture postcard city of Granada with the awesome back drop of the snowy Sierra Nevada.
Day 8. Granada and the Alhambra Palace
What is a voyage to Spain without a visit to the most iconic, unique and alluring building in Europe, the Alhambra Palace. Exploring in a guided tour, this UNESCO Heritage site of the 13th and 14th century fairytale Nasrid Palace and the Generalife Gardens, is a must. Be amazed by the centuries old wonderland of elaborate stucco, tile work and peaceful gardens. It is a fitting way to end this cycle trip through Enchanted Andalucia!
Leisure Tour - Guided
Bikes - Road / Hybrid / Ebike
Route: Seville, Córdoba, Antequera, Granada
Group Size - 4 - 16
Moderate, Open to all - there will be van transfers along the route enabling cyclists to cycle as little or as much as they want (Daily min average of 25 km to max of 78 km). Quiet roads with rolling countryside with some steeper climbs (van transfer if required). The route is hilly so be prepared!
- 7 nights or 5 from Córdoba
- Luxury 15th century Convent
- Monastery Hotels (One a 5 Star)
- City 4 Star hotels
- An enchanting 4 star Boutique Hacienda
All 7 breakfasts (5 from Córdoba)
3 lunches (delicious picnics and a TAPAS lunch),
3 freshly prepared dinners (2 from Córdoba)
at the selected accommodation
and fine restaurants (3 courses),
including wine/beer and soft drinks.
- Our Sunny Personalities!
- Private guided walking tour of Córdoba
- Guided entrance to Cordoba's UNESCO Mezquita
- Entrance and guide to Granada's UNESCO Alhambra Palace
- Guided tour of an organic olive oil mill
- Wine, beer, soft drinks and water included with group dinner meals (special diets catered to)
- Quality 24-27 speed TREK hybrid bike with front handlebar bag / map carrier.
- There is the option to switch to a Orbea Road bike at an extra 110 Eur from Seville, 90 Eur from Córdoba TREK Madone Carbon (160 Eur from Seville, 130 Eur from Córdoba) or Electric Bike (230 Euros from Seville, 190 Eur from Córdoba)
- Complimentary custom Cycling Country Spain Cycling Jersey
- Complimentary Cycling Country water bottle
- Tour guide book of your route
- Daily Route notes and maps
- Experienced guides
- Daily snacks (museli bars, fruit, nuts, etc and drinks)
2 -3 leaders with full van support to provide refreshments, provide directional signs where required, transfer luggage and provide on-road assistance. Generally, 1 leader cycles with the group. The van accompanies the group all the way.
You can bring your own road bike (we have facilities to collect and store bike boxes for the duration of the trip) or we can arrange good quality road bike hire either Carbon Trek Edmonda S6s with Ultegra (185 Eur) or Trek Madones 3.1 (160 Eur). Wheel upgrades (e.g. Dura Ace C50, or Ultegra wheelsets) available upon request. If you do bring your own bike, we recommend a compact or triple chainset.
Several international flight carriers access Seville airport and Málaga (a 2 hour journey).There is also the excellent rail link between Madrid and Seville / Córdoba with the fast AVE train system. Granada also has an airport and good coach links back to Málaga 2 hours.
Stay on your Andalucian bike tour in hotels with contemporary, minimalist interior design, to historic convents and monasteries, spacious and attractive rooms with large, comfortable beds and a warm, welcoming atmosphere.
Your very own Hacienda, looking out over the olive groves of the Subbetica. Hotel Hacienda Minerva is a treat for the senses, with it's own outdoor swimming pool, reading library, fountains and ancient millstones.
A home away from home, ideal for rest and relaxation. Come down to your buffet breakfast revitalized and with a outstanding view of olive groves.
Stay in Palma del Rio's elegant & atmospheric 15th century San Francisco Monastery where Christopher Columbus rested before setting off west. The hotel also has a lovely pool within its very own garden of herbs and oranges.A hotel full of history, legends and charm, you will love exploring this building for it is full of lovely nooks to settle in.
Boasting an ideal location in the old town of Córdoba, the Casas de la Judería's doors open out into the old Jewish Quarter, just in front of the Alcázar de los Reyes, the Royal Stables and only steps away from the UNESCO Heritage site of Cordoba’s Mezquita Mosque-Cathedral. A long noble history!Another nice stay is in Granada, where you are central to all sights!
Set a in a great location, Hotel Vincci Albayzín offers comfort with a flare of Granadino charm right in the heart of the city steps away from the boutiques and bars of tapas with bountiful Spanish and International cuisine you have the choice to explore, perhaps trying again some of the dishes or tapas you’ve experienced along the way.
A highlight hotel to absorb the history that this route is set in is the stunning Magdalena Convent, a 16th century, 5 star hotel covered with captivating frescos and medieval charm. Enjoy the spa facilities and the peaceful mountain setting. A fine meal surely awaits.You will slumber well here!
"The Enchanted Andalucia cycling tour is a really fabulous experience & highly recommended. Maggi & Geoff's Cycling Country team are totally committed to ensuring that the tour goes without a hitch & that everyone gets the best from it. Having local guides, both on the cycles & for all the cultural tours, is a bonus as their local knowledge is valuable. There is really nothing to fault. If you enjoy your cycling & have a reasonable level of fitness, you can't help but appreciate the decent bikes, the quiet roads, the spectacular vistas, the company of others & the comfort of knowing that the back-up van is always there if you need a break. Coffee stops punctuate the day & provide the chance to regroup & recharge.
The accommodation is wonderful, being mainly heritage style, & the group meals all good. There is a good balance between being part of a small group (we were 9), with some scheduled meals & guided walking tours of Cordoba & the Alhambra, & having time to do your own thing in the evenings & on the rest day. The tour ran like clockwork thanks to the hard work of our 2 wonderful guides, Javi & Dani.
We will definitely do another tour with Cycling Country!"
J & D.Smart - Alberta, Canada - October 2019
"I just wanted to let you know that I have thoroughly enjoyed our ride across Andalucía. This was my first organized ride and I have been extremely happy with your guides, the support that we were given and of course the beautiful country of Spain.
Last day today!
P. Pool - British Columbia, Canada - May 2019
"Andalucia!" We had a WONDERFUL time on our Cycle Country week! Javi was a terrific, professional and very personable guide, and kept us encouraged and entertained. He also went out of the way to give us a lift to the bus terminal earlier today, picking us up on his way to Alhama (sorry to have missed you!) to return the van. Much appreciated.
I was personally pleased to have made the switch to the e-bike, especially on the uphills and strong headwinds we encountered. I’m happy to give good testimony to it in the future, as needed. So glad we began our trip at Cordoba, given the weather last week, and couldn’t be more pleased to have joined the Granada/Generalife tour on such a perfect Spring day. We thank you so much (esp Maria Angeles) for making it happen! Finally, thank you for the kind gifts and thoughtful accommodation of our trip. We truly appreciated the high-touch experience we had on our first bike tour, look forward to more in the years ahead!
Cheers and can’t wait to see the pictures,"
C. Santos & M. Wuest - Washington D.C., USA - April 2019
"Enchanting Andalucia" I booked this trip very last moment and, notwithstanding, Cycling Country did everything to accommodate me, including arranging for me to stay an extra night on either end of the trip at the hotels involved.
I took the Enchanted Andalucia 8-day tour starting in Sevilla. I found the bike I rented (a hybrid) to be in excellent condition and was glad I had it over the road bike option given that some of the roads were rough. All of the accommodations were excellent and charming. If you go, you’ll stay in places most tourists don’t see let alone stay in. I’ve included a few photos with this review. Our guides, Javi and Dani, were very good and knowledgeable. I speak some Spanish and they were kind enough to help me speak it better (though their English is fine). I underestimated my biking abilities and the tenderness of my tush after the first day but managed to bike almost everything. There were a few really challenging climb sections that I decided to skip by having them load my bike on the accompanying van. There was no problem or stigma in doing so. Cycling Country just wants everyone to have a good holiday, and they delivered!" N. Carfra - B.C., CANADA - October 2018
"October´s Enchanted Andalucia" Dear Maggi and Geoff,So nice to receive the photos from the enchanted Andalucia trip. It was magical!"
M.J. Martin - CA, USA - October 2018
"We rode “Enchanted Andalucia” and Cycling Country did a great job with the tour. They were well organized, and accommodated last minute glitches well. Recent storms had washed out one of the roads they usually ride, but they provided an alternative route that was spectacular. Another day, when we were transferring in the vans, the highway was closed. No problem! And, when the weather got unseasonably cold, they adjusted some coffee stops and re-grouping points no one had to stand around outside too long. Our guides Javi and Dani were attentive, knowledgeable, and helpful. I know every rider has a different idea of what is “hard” or “easy” riding — this was a little more climbing than I had anticipated but I appreciated the challenge and it was a thoroughly enjoyable week of riding. Highly recommended!" J. Sale - Washington, USA - October 2018
"Enchanted Andalusia --Incredible trip, great guides, worth the $$$ I did the ``Enchanted Andalusia" trip in mid-late September 2018. This was my first cycling trip and I was a pretty casual biker before this trip, so I was a little nervous that I was taking on too much, and just had a lot of questions about what I would need. Maggie was very responsive and helpful as I was trying to make up my mind. I went alone as a woman in her late 30's -- most of the trip was couples in their 60's or older. The only other single person was in his 50's -- I asked about being a solo traveler upfront and Maggie told me the deal. While I was put off at first about the age difference between me and the rest of the group, I ended up having a good time with them and unexpectedly bonding with some people.
The trip itself is gorgeous -- the land and sights are beautiful.
The routes were very carefully picked and planned out, the hotels we stayed in were great --especially the former monastery and the hotel in Zuheros. Also, the places we visited -- The Mesquita in Cordoba, the Alhambra in Granada -- are amazing historical resources in their own right--so it's not just biking and pretty landscapes--there is amazing history and culture along the way -- and the hired guides (included in trip cost) we had to show us these places were excellent. Our bike guides, Javier and Dani, were attentive, kind, patient, fun, and so hard working. I think our group was pretty low on drama and pretty good natured, but even so, I was able to appreciate how hard Javi and Dani were working to keep everything running smoothly, and how professional they are. I started out as the slowest person in the group, given everyone else was a more experienced and frequent rider, but I felt fine going at my own pace, and there's always the van if you are tired (key!) --thought I didnt use it much. There was also a rest day which I happily took to explore Zuheros on foot on my own. Also, while I chose a hybrid bike, I found it was worth it to upgrade to a road bike, as otherwise I was just way too far behind the rest of the group. I feel I was lucky that our group of people was nice and low drama. I would have liked if there had been a bigger mix of solo travelers in the group, but some things you just cant control, and I managed to have a fabulous time anyways."
G. Coppola - NY, USA - Sept 2018
"Hugh and I had such a wonderful holiday, it was a great group and of course Dani and Javi were an absolute delight."
C. Therkildsen - NSW,Australia - April 2018
"Enchanting April Tour, Thank you so much for putting together the photo album of our tour in April. Overall we had a great time and we would recommend Cycling Country to others."
J. Russell - Calgary, Canada - April 2018
"April Andalucia Bike Tour!
Thank you so much! Great trip.
Special thanks to Dani for taking the pictures and for Javi and Dani for being such good guides."
K. Reich - Sydney, Australia - April 2018
"Our group of 8 recently completed the 8 day Enchanted Andalusia tour with Cycling Country. Geoff and Maggi organized a fantastic itinerary that included 6 days of biking and 4 walking tours on our route from Seville to Granada.
The biking was fantastic. We had a great mix of ride profiles, fantastic scenery and, thanks to Geoff and Maggi's local expertise, very little vehicle traffic for the vast majority of the ride. The walking tours were very interesting and informative, culminating with the Alhambra in Granada. Cycling Country offers a perfect blend of professional organization while maintaining a relaxing and enjoyable atmosphere throughout the trip. Geoff and Maggi are very knowledgeable about the area and enthusiastic about their bike tours."
D. Styner - Calgary, Canada - November 2017
"Everything I hoped it would be!
Geoff and Maggi clearly have put their hearts and minds into making these trips as enjoyable as they can be. The organization and planning of the route, our guides, and the countryside that we biked through were wonderful from start to finish. Also,we had two picnic lunches en route, which just have to be mentioned: the spread was fresh, healthy, and presented with exceptional care by our guides Javier, Balbino, and Dani. Really a treat! This was my wife's and my first cycling trip, and we hope to do some others with Cycling Country! Many thanks!
A. Haigh - MA, USA - Oct 2017
"Just returned home from this bike tour with Cycling Country. The experience was amazing. I especially appreciated the fine support and care given by our 3 guides. They even helped us reach the train station the final day. I was able to learn a lot about Spanish culture/life and felt my needs were well addressed. Thanks for helping me to experience an once in a lifetime trip.
I just want to say the three guides were just terrific. I enjoyed getting to know them and having some great climbs with them individually. They did a great job of herding us around with a smile on their faces. It really was a great trip. It was super helpful helping us get to the train station (well bus) Monday. Thanks so much" D. Hinson - Sept 2017
"Outstanding!! Excellent Local Guides! Fab Option to Pricier Trips Run by Int'l Companies
As part of a 6-woman group, we joined the 8-day Enchanted Andalucia cycling trip run by Cycling Country. There were 16 in our group, all very compatible.
I've been on a number of Backroads cycling trips with my family, and have thoroughly enjoyed those, so didn't know what to expect from a local company. I was very pleasantly surprised - the local guides were outstanding and very attentive. The level of the service and the overall experience were excellent. To be sure, there are some differences as one might expect (a little less formally organized, for example), but having such wonderful local guides who know the country, customs, and culture made such a difference.
Our three fabulous guides - Javi was the head guide, supported by Dani and Balbino. In two locations - Cordoba and Granada - they arranged excellent local guides to give us a tour. This was a great addition to the trip. Not only was the cycling great, but we had the opportunity to learn about some of the culturally significant sights as well. This was a great combination for me.
The route selected was fabulous - hilly, yes, as we'd been warned, but beautiful, and quiet - real backroads, for the most part. The van was always there for support and to provide tired legs with rides. BTW, the drivers were the most respectful I've seen anywhere. I was never honked at, and they patiently waited until they could safely pass in the opposite lane!
I would highly recommended Cycling Country, and will look at their other trips in the future. This was a trip to remember!
Many thanks to Maggi, Javi, Dani, and Balbino for the great memories!
L. Tse - NY, USA - Sept 2017
"Well planned. Well supported. Exciting. Enjoyable. And the food, hotels, guides, and routes: fantastic. I want to do this again."
Edward Viljoen - May 2017
"Cycling Andalusia from Sevilla to Granada For first-time visitors, a tour across Andalusia introduced a country of rich culture and history, beautiful scenery and welcoming people. Detailed local knowledge, cycling know-how, caring people skills - Cycling Country riders took superb care my wife and I - fit but not expert - as our group rode Andalusia's secondary roads through white towns, cities and countryside from Sevilla to Córdoba to Granada. We liked feeling "back-up" - always the option to "van" if a climb was too steep or a day ride too long. Hotel stays unique and very comfortable - Monasterio de San Francisco, Hacienda Minerva, Convento de Magdalena, Vincci Albayzin. Meal stops gave a wonderful introduction to Andalusian cuisine. Excellent guided visits to Mezquita-Catedral de Córdoba and the Alhambra were fascinating highlights. This trip had it all! A memorable group tour offering a FUN introduction to Spanish and Andalusian culture and history - great meals, great weather and great hotels."
Stephen G – Toronto - April 2017
"We had a wonderful trip and we have great memories from cycling in Andalucia with your company. Overall the trip was very good, the route was well planned, the scenery beautiful and the bikes in excellent conditions. It is a memorable week, biking all day, travelling to different places without having to deal with the logistic: a very relaxing trip! We appreciated having Javier with us, for his personality and the fact that he is a native of Spain. This is why we signed up with your company, because you are local and we wanted to encourage locals and have native Spaniards for guides. I don’t think we mentioned it to you then I guess we were lucky because we looked at your website site upon our return and saw that Javier is the only guide from Spain. We were lucky to have such small group, which allowed us to be able to spend more time with the guides, which we appreciated. The route was beautiful and well planned. 2 transfers by van were enough for us as one of our pleasures is to arrive to our destination by bike and use the van the least amount of time. The guide in Cordoba was great. The breakfasts were all very good with a lot of variety.
Lucie Lafranchise - April 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 €390
CUSTOM DATES: if booking with a private group of 6 +
Join these tours up with the Portugal Amazing Alentejo tour to make an unforgettable Trans Iberian trip - transfers included from Portugal to Seville, Spain plus 2 complimentary nights in a 4 star hotel in Seville and a 5% combined trip discount!
Price includes all local taxes. Single supplements apply (see individual trip details). Please note we transact in Euros.
- Seville: dance, culture and home of Carmen
- Enjoy Spain´s Classics - Tapas, Paella, Sherry and Sangria
- 5-star luxury 17th century convent hotel, with a renowned restaurant
- Sleep in the same elegant monastery, where Columbus stayed
- Walk Córdoba´s winding alleyways with local guide & visit La Mezquita
- Visit an organic olive oil press (Est. 1795), learn about liquid gold, savour its taste
- Ancient churches, palaces, castles and fragrant gardens
- Discover Alhambra Palace of Granada & Sierra Nevada backdrop
THE CC ADVANTAGE
We live in the area here throughout the year and have enjoyed showcasing our home for the last 14 years on our most popular route
Excellent 4 & 5 star hotels including a luxury convent, a historic monastery and your own enchanting Hacienda high in the olive groves
Full van support & Bike Options! Ride this magical area on a performance carbon road bike, a comfortable hybrid or even an Electric assist bike.
We absolutely loved our cycling trip! The small group was ideal - Dean and Warren couldn't have been better guides - and the hotels were wonderful! Thanks for helping us plan and take part in a fantastic cycling vacation in Andalucia!J & D. Comeau
WHICH CYCLE TOUR?
Choose a Discovery Tour to ride through vineyards and olive groves, staying in castles and spotting hawks floating in the blue sky. Or if the challenge of a snaking mountain ascent and the thrill of speed is more your thing, select a Classic Road Bike Tour. There is something for everyone!
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