Seville, Córdoba, Antequera, Granada
6 or 8 days, Fully Guided & Supported
Historical Hotels and Luxury Retreats
Andalucía is a region with evocative and highly romantic landscape infused with a delight of beauty and elegance. Cycling Andalucia is an experience all cyclists should have!
Starting from 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 tour of Southern Spain.
Day 1. Seville to Palma del Río
Ride Day - 55km (34miles) / Ascent 70m (-150m) 230 feet (-492ft) - Welcome Dinner and Drinks
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
40km (to Almodóvar)(25miles)/ Ascent 230m (-200m) 755 feet (-656ft) – Breakfast
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 illuminaries as Roman statesperson 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 Day – 64km (to Baena) (40 miles)/ Ascent 850m (-630m) 2789 feet (-2067ft) - Picnic Lunch & Dinner
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 ( about 45% of the world´s oil) taking in a harvest from 300 million trees. Andalucia makes up the majority of this 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, the Moorish castle literally hanging from the rocks and its tiny cobbled streets keeping a still very traditional way of life.Enjoy exploring your own beautiful 4 star Hacienda. A special place, it is a lovingly restored 19th century olive press.N.B. It is possible to 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
Loop Ride or Rest Day - 25km (to Cabra) (16 miles) / Ascent 100m (-100m) 328 feet (-328ft) – Breakfast inc.
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 to a lagoon passing the old olive oil railway stations and experience views of olive groves for as far as the eye can see.
Day 5. Zuheros to Ancient Antequera
Ride Day - 58km (36 miles) / Ascent 600m (-850m) 1968 feet (-2787ft)Picnic – Picnic Lunch & Dinner
Cycle through a national park with its lonely medieval towers, stopping en route to explore the truly baroque town of Priego. Bike Tour in Andalucia in OctoberOverlooking 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.
Day 6. Antequera and the El Chorro Gorge
Loop Ride or Rest Day - 40km (to lakes)(25 miles) / Ascent 560m (-680m) 1837 feet/(-2231ft) – Breakfast inc.
Start the morning with a joyful ride through Abdalajis valley´s rolling hillsides, pastures of sheep and goats, 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 to enjoy a bite to eat. Or even, have a day visiting and walking the windswept Karst rock sculptures in the El Torcal reserve or even the nearby Wolf Park!
Day 7. Antequera to Grandoise Granada
Ride Day - 48km (from Vilanueva) (30 miles) / Ascent 745m (-650m) 2444 feet/(-2133ft) – Tapas Lunch
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
Explore Day - Breakfast inc.
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.
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 Persolalities!
- 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
- 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 (160 Euros from Seville, 130 Eur from Córdoba)
- Complimentary custom Cycling Country Spain Cycling Jersey
- Complimentary Cycling Country water bottle
- Tour guide book of your route
- 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.
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. The food is prepared by chef David Muñoz, who worked at Spain's famous El Bulli restaurant. A fine meal surely awaits.
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.
"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."
Dale S. - November 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
"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. Deana"
Deana Hinson - Sept 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 .
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Single supplement €355
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 11 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
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