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Our cycling holidays in Spain, from Andalucia to the Basque Country, both guided and self-guided, can be enjoyed by cyclists of all levels.
Spain is a bike tour friendly country with an impressive cycling heritage. La Vuelta a España is one of the most prestigious pro races in the world and Spaniards of all ages have a deep affinity with the “iron horse”.
A country of tremendous diversity, it has everything: quiet roads, cycle paths, great weather, ever changing landscapes, flat valleys to challenging mountain climbs, genial people, world famous cultural sights and of course the tapas!
Enjoy Paella, local goat’s cheese, tortilla, Jamón Ibérico, fun sangria and ruby red Riojas… it’s not all about pedalling!
Many of our bike holidays cycle through Andalucía, the southern most part of the Iberian peninsula. Think “Spain”, and that is the South.
A crossroads of where Europe meets Africa, you find on your cycle tours in Andalucia, the bull fights, tapas bars, flamenco music and fiesta, the Moorish legacy, the heritage cities of Granada, Seville, Córdoba and Ronda and without doubt, the best cycling in Europe.
Bike this unique and exotic area to experience the legend of al-Andalus.
Choose your bike tour in Andalucia Southern Spain from these highlights:
Love Archeology? – Antequera
The footprints of the ancients remain, their stone burial tombs and dolmens are found in this attractive town and are considered UNESCO Heritage Sites. Also here are some fine Baroque churches to bike by. Cycle up the steep 10% climb into the nearby El Torcal national park, its extraordinary limestone sculptures balanced like Rodin’s ballerinas.
Enjoy Beaches & Culture? – Málaga
Cycling this area is phenomenal with its climbs or beach runs. The vibrancy wafts like the heady incense that once permeated this city under Moorish rule. Bike around its Roman amphitheatre and magical alcazar fortress and then explore plaza’s packed full of cafés and wine bars. You’ll be torn whether to first visit Picasso’s birthplace, Museum and Pompidou art gallery or sun on the golden Mediterranean beaches.
Spaghetti Westerns your thing? – Almería
A port beside the Mediterranean with the largest Moorish castle in Andalusia. Sitting in Spain’s sunniest province, the city is surrounded by an almost lunarscape of desert and sand dunes.
This stunning location has been the setting for Wild West films such as Clint Eastwood’s ‘The Good, the Bad and the Ugly’, the epic ‘Laurence of Arabia’ and the mighty ‘Patton’.
Guided Bike Tours visiting Almería: La Vuelta
Tales of the Alhambra? – Granada
Home to one of the world’s great monuments, the outstanding Alhambra Palace. Gaze in awe at the graceful Islamic arches set beside the restful gardens. The last outpost of Muslim Spain with an atmospheric Arab quarter and its grand Gothic cathedral, Granada is a wonderful experience for any biking trip. Not to mention its superb Sierra Nevada road cycling, highest road in Europe!
Enjoy Moorish Architecture? – Córdoba
Romantic Arabian nights spring to mind as you roll your bike through its hidden courtyards and flowered patios. Wind around the Jewish old quarter and surrender your senses to the the blended beauty of the UNESCO Mezquita, where Moorish mosque and Christian cathedral share heavenly space. Be amazed at some of the finest architecture in Europe.
Want a Short Bike Tour? – Costa del Sol
If you are looking for a short cycling break then think of the Costa del Sol. From the easily accessible Southern Spanish city of Málaga, the options for road cyclists in the nearby mountains are endless as is the flatter coastal cycling for less experienced bikers. With its warm temperatures the Costa del Sol makes an excellent all year around cycling destination for all levels.
Like White Villages? – Grazalema
Outdoors lovers will be enchanted by this place with its rocky terrain and cork forests covering some beautiful mountains. Road Cycling routes here are not without challenge with famous climbs to cycle like the Puerto Boyar or Palomas but certainly worth a try! An impressive landscape with the charming white village of Grazalema nestled into the hillside.
Guided Bike Tours visiting Grazalema: Favourite Vuelta Climbs
Self Guided Tours: White Villages
Adore Flamenco? – Seville (Sevilla)
Singing its own soundtrack, this elegant city is an aria of Moorish minarets, Roman legends and the thoroughly emotional Spanish love of bullfighting and flamenco dancing. The capital of the region that invented tapas has the world’s largest Gothic church and an incredible Alcazar (fortress). Marvel at the Giralda tower before finding the legend of Carmen.
Like Medieval Spots? – Poniente Granadino
An area west of Granada and north of the Mediterranean, this is rural Andalusia at its best. Called Poniente Granadino, it is an area of lakes, hills, gorges, fertile plains, olive and almond groves.
The medieval towns of Alhama de Granada, Loja and Montefrio await you as your bicycle touring in Spain takes you back in time. Enjoy the free tapas with your drinks in this beautiful area.
Climbing Fanatic? – Sierra Nevada
This wild and scenic mountain region, including the lower valleys of the Alpujarras, is a dream for road cycling. Climb the highest paved road in Europe to the top of Pico Veleta at 3498m. An incredible ride to the top of the European cycling world! With other word class and bucket list cycling climbs to conquer, this area is often used as a base for pro-cycling teams.
Guided Bike Tours visiting the Sierra Nevada: Granada and the Sierra Nevada, Vuelta Climbs,
Self Guided Tours: Training Rides Granada,
Passionate about Literature? – Ronda
The rocky gorge that this picturesque hill top town sits upon comes straight from the pages of an Ernest Hemingway novel. The most famous of the white villages, Ronda has incredible views of the surrounding mountains and a stunning 18th century arched bridge. Boasting the first bull-ring in Spain, this Andalusian jewel is well worth cycling to.
Adore Rail to Trails? – The Subbetica
Want to cycle the most charming area in Europe? Come and bike in the Subbetica. A zone of olive growing and medieval towns, which has a Rail to Trails path to cycle this magnificent area without cars. Villages here are traditional, quaint and rural. Truly a joy to bike through on some of the quietest roads in the whole of Spain.
Cycle trips in the north of Spain take in a lush scenery and some stupendous climbs. High mountains and rolling greenery make this region great for cycle touring a unique part of the country. It is no wonder some of the most famous Spanish cyclists come from this region.
Discover on your cycle tours in the north, a Celtic vibrance, pinchitos, fish dinners and wine bars, mountain stews and cozy stone homes, a Moorish legacy with Camino history, the vibrant cities of Bilbao, Oviedo, Potes and Castro Urdiales and without doubt, some of the most famous cycling climbs and spots in Europe
Bike this historic landscape to experience the Celtic legends & unique culture.
Choose your Cycling holiday in North Spain from these highlights:
FOODIES & SUMMITS? – BILBAO
Two of the top Spanish bike frame companies come from near this city. They do so for a reason. The landscape here offers road cyclists some great challenge with vistas for reward. Green Valleys which creep upwards over some stiff passes are de rigueur here for all riders. Literally a playground for the cyclist, and some of the best come from here.
RELISH SEAFOOD? – GALICIA
A fascinating area of Celtic lure, it offers road cyclists and hybrid riders some great routes and not to mention some superb eating.
Home to the Camino de Santiago, cyclists from all over the world make a journey through this rolling landscape that also offers road cyclists some amazing climbs as well. The beaches on the west coast are something to behold.
Guided Bike Tours visiting Galicia: Coastal Camino
MANIC ABOUT MOUNTAINS? – POTES
Love Cycling in the mountains? Cycle the Picos de Europa on our guided Bike tours! Gorgeous, historic, and with all types of cyclists catered for. A top place for cycle touring and which also touches the Camino, it is a joy to ride.
Hardy mountain stews set you up for a day in the saddle here. An area of truly outstanding beauty in North Spain.
KEEN ON TRYING THE ANGLIRU? – OVIEDO
Visit this city of cyclists with its famous son, Sammy Sanchez, and the beautiful roads accessible from this city of culture! The scenic mountain landscape of Asturias has a great diversity for all riders and also includes the most dreaded, the Angliru. On one of our bike Tours, test your metal and cycle the Angliru, it is a stupendous climb.
LOVE HISTORY? – SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA
Thrilling to cycle into is this city, one of the most famous pilgrimage spots in the world. The end destination for walkers and cyclists alike on the Camino, its history is fascinating. A bucket list finish for any bike tour.
Guided Bike Tours visiting Santiago: Coastal Camino
CRAZY ABOUT CIDER? – CANGAS DE ONÍS
Cycling in Asturias is phenomenal. Ride the Angliru, Spain’s most famous climbs. Cangas de Onís is spectacularly set in front of high mountains, with a long and fascinating history of Moorish battles, Roman and Iberian civilizations.
NATURE DEVOTEES? – CATHEDRAL BEACH
The most famous beach to visit in Spain is this beautiful place called Praia das Catedrais, or cathedral beach. Secret caves and nooks appear when the tide is out and natural stone arches are formed. It is a hidden gem when the sea comes back.
Guided Bike Tours visiting Cathedral Beach: Coastal Camino
MAD ABOUT MEDIEVAL? – SANTILLANA DEL MAR
Santillana is the town of the three lies: not holy (santi), flat (llana) or by the sea (del mar). A well-preserved medieval jewel, with cobbled streets and balconies with flowers everywhere mixed with stone buildings. Altamira cave is found nearby.
DEVOTED TO PEAKS – PICOS DE EUROPA
The Parque Nacional de los Picos de Europa encompasses some of Europe’s most riveting mountain scenery. It spreads over 3 provinces: Asturias, Cantabria and León and comprises many natural wonders, such as high meadows and lakes, river gorges and abundant wildlife.
Guided Bike Tours visiting Picos: Famous Vuelta Climbs of North Spain
TRY A VUELTA LEGEND? – COVADONGA
Covadonga Lakes are two small lakes (Enol and Ercina) located in the Picos de Europa National Park. Travel to Cangas de Onis from where you can access to lakes and visit the great basilica of Covadonga, the birthplace of Christianity in Spain.
Guided Bike Tours visiting Covadonga: Famous Vuelta Climbs of North Spain,
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