Inland Andalucia to Costa Tropical
7 days − Self Guided.
3 & 4* Hotels & Country Inns
A hot, pulsating landscape to conquer stacks of summits and a finish down at the Mediterranean. A perfect trip for enthusiastic road lovers with some great cultural stops too. Pedal past hillside castles, mountain top villages and descend the most epic downhill you ever imagined!
If you want a week of thrilling self-guided quiet 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 3 provinces (Granada, Jaén & Cordoba) , this tour brings into play roads taken by the pros in the Vuelta a España and Andalucía.
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.
1 Feb 2020 to 15 Dec 2020
1 Feb 2021 to 15 Dec 2021
85 KM Daily Average
- This tour is an awakening about what challenging road cycling is. In a Good way!
- Cycle on traffic free roads in Olive and Almond groves
- Mountain descent through High Peaks in the Almijara National Park
- Coastal ranges and the superb Cabra Descent to tackle with Seaside views
- Traditional Andalusian hospitality & great Lake vistas
The CC Advantage
Supporting local businesses on this tour!
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.
We had a great time and everything was so well organised. Super Route! Thank you and I’m sure we’ll be back at some point!
Day 1. ALHAMA DE GRANADA ARRIVAL
Ride : 30 km or 72 km | Elevation Gain: 450 m
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.
Day 2. MONTEFRIO
Ride : 85 km/ | Elevation Gain : 1240 m
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
Day 3. PRIEGO DE CÓRDOBA
Ride : 74 km or 112 km | Elevation Gain : 1815 m (long route)
Enter the land of rolling olive groves and Moorish watchtowers from the hilltops before finishing the day near the classic baroque town of Priego. Try the world famous olive oil of the area or the local aniseed drink as you relax wandering this pretty town. 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).
Day 4. IZNÁJAR
Ride : 80 km | Elevation Gain : 1620 m
Another exceptional day of road cycling awaits as you ride through the tranquil rural countryside. Some hard climbs mixed with rolling ups and downs are abundant as you pass through farming villages. 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.
Day 5. ALHAMA
Ride : 66 km or 85 km | Elevation Gain : 1310 m (long route)
Time to charge over the Sierras to a market 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 – exceptional road biking (90 km).
Day 6. ALMUÑECAR
Ride : 77 km | Elevation Gain : 795 m
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. This is one of the best descents around for road bikers – Don´t miss it!
Day 7. ONWARD TRAVEL
Time to relax
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.
Road Cycling Tour : Self-Guided
Bikes : Road
Route: Alhama – Montefrio – Priego de Cordoba – Alhama – Almuñecar (Costa Tropical) – Inland Andalucía to the Mediterranean
Group Size : 2+, Discounts for Groups of 4+ if Booking Together
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. Should be confident in basic mechanics. Rolling countryside with limbs (and descents!). Good tarmac, great views.
Daily Average Ascent: 1300 metres (4265 feet) – Alternative less hillier routes given on some days.
Beachside Hotel / Beautiful lakeside Hacienda / Charming country inns
All bedrooms en-suite
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 / GPS tracks
Bottle, Helmet bag, Luggage tags
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.
Extras Not Included
Private one way transfers (up to 4 people) can be arranged. Let us know if you are needing to ship bike boxes.
Special Lakes Return Price – Loja San Francisco train station to & from Alhama (see AVE line connecting Madrid) – 80 Eur
Please enquire for 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 place in the underneath storage. Buses run from Almuñecar to Malaga daily as well and private transfers can also be arranged.
Nearest train stations are Loja, Granada, Antequera and Málaga.
A fine arrangement of hotels on this tour as we know that by the end of the day, you will deserve some comfort! The first starting in lovely Alhama and the rustic hospitality met here. Move on to her sister town of Montefrío and stay in the former mill nestled in a cleft with its pretty stone patio. On to town Boutique Spa hotel and then to a haciendas where you can take in the rural tranquillity to your heart´s content. Cycling on to the Mediterranean oasis, find a ride away and enjoy the lapping of waves and beach side stop of your hotel for the evening.
Almuñécar Beachside Hotel to Relax in with its own Bike Station facilities too.
Delightful Boutique Hotel in Centre of Town
“You guys are so lucky to live here. This was really amazing scenery to cycle. We had a blast! Thanks a lot”
D. & M. Van der Meer – Montréal, Quebec – October 2018
“Tremendous, Really fantastic cycling and that last day, was simply AMAZING! Thanks for all your help and for organizing a great cycling tour! 100% recommended for all road cyclists and we will be telling our friends all about it”
K & T. Lowes – Mississauga, Ontario – April 2018
“Thoroughly enjoyable holiday. We’ll be back.”
Mark Hackney, Tim and Vicky Selter – Guildford, England – 2017
“Hi Geoff, Thanks for everything! We were looking for an outdoor biobreak when you happened along and after that it was climbing heaven. The climb was spectacular but on this one I didn’t go back for Elaine- just hightailed it to the wonderful views and then the hotel to cool off! Ha ha! Cheers, this has been a blast!”
M. Boeger & E. Roberts – Santa Cruz, California – May 2015
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 .
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