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Alhama de Granada, Natural Parks, Montefrío, Granada

 

4, 5 or 7 days, Self-Guided

 

Hacienda, 4 star Hotel, Delightful Inn

FROM
€525

Enjoy the peaceful, rural countryside of Alhama and MontefrÍo, home of quiet mountains, grazing sheep and find solace in the great gardens of the Alhambra Palace in Granada. A nature lover's paradise mixed with some lovely accommodation - quintessential Andalucía.

Cycling Country is proud to present this tour to you in all its finest as it is where our home base is and where we love to live and cycle!  Roman thermal waters, Arabic baths, wide open skies, curving roads past tranquil olive groves, shepherds guiding flocks and into quiet town centres where residents stroll in late afternoon sun, gathering on benches to discuss the day's events. And what better way to enjoy this break than bike to the classic city of Granada to visit her alluring palaces, cathedrals and walkways.  For the cyclist it offers enough challenge with its hilly landscape but quiet roads.  The vistas from the bike here are some of the most attractive in the region of Andalucia and quite undiscovered by mass tourism.  A lovely area to explore on bicycle.

Route Map

Itinerary
Day 1. Alhama de Granada

37 km / 23 miles - 450m (1476.38 feet) 

Meet in stunning Alhama de Granada, and enjoy a warm up ride cycling through the rural countryside to look down to the sparkling Mediterranean Sea. Spend the evening walking the gorge and explore the Arabic quarter of this historic town. There is an excellent museum in the Barrio Arabé and the white washed ambience of the original Roman - Arabic town is enchanting. Your accommodation is a family run inn, full of local country charm.


Day 2. Around Alhama

Cycling in Andalucia, Quiet Paths tour50 km / 32 miles - 945 m (3100.39 feet) 

Cycle a circular route following river valleys and scenic country roads to a beautiful blue lake. Enter a National Park full of almond and olive trees and finish with a soak in the Roman thermal baths of Alhama before sampling the local wine and tapas bars. (Optional extra to enjoy a private massage at your hotel).

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Day 3. Alhama to Montefrío

63km / 39 miles - 770m (2526.25) 

A dramatic landscape awaits. Arrive in the impressive mountain village of Montefrio, famous for National Geographic giving it a big thumbs up and listing it as one of the "10 Villages with best views in the World!". Relax in your own luxury hacienda, with a lovely Moroccan decor.Swim in the sparkling pool or soothe your muscles in the hotel's own arabic bath (see extras below). Savour your 3 course dinner (included!) on the patio under grape vines. Option: Take an extra day to rest and enjoy this magical spot or even do a ride to visit a magnificent Moorish castle?


Day 4. Montefrío to Granada

53 km / 33 miles - 440m (1443.57 feet) 

Bike with impressive views of the highest mountains in mainland Spain, the Sierra Nevada. Spot wild asparagus, vine tomatoes and chickpeas growing. End the day by entering beloved Granada. A most historic city with the Visigoths, Romans, Moorish and Medieval peoples all making their mark through the years. Relax in your 4 star city hotel, a short walk away from leafy parks where locals take their evening paseo walks down the Rio Genil.


Day 5. Granada

Rest day

Take a stroll up Sabika hill, it you have booked your Alhambra tickets ahead, enter a most magnificent Moorish Palace, the Alhambra. Immerse yourself in a time gone by before picking up souvenirs in the old souk market. The tour can end today,(add on an extra day to climb the Sierra Nevada and Pico Veleta!)  or continue on until day 7.


Day 6. Granada to Alhama

58 km / 36 miles - 820m (2690feet) 

Back on the road, stop for lunch at a local cyclist´s inn before a heady descent down to the lake's shore. Coastal mountains in your sights, end the day back in tranquil Alhama at your picturesque inn. If you didn´t have time earlier, ramble down the gorge and visit the small cave chapel, old mills or even hot baths as the crickets chirp.


Day 7. Alhama & Onwards

Onwards Travels

A final relaxing breakfast to start the day, before a short morning walk through the Arabic quarter. Sample a last local tapas before saying `adiós´ to this pastoral area and making your onward connections for lunchtime.Cycling in Andalucia,Alhama de Granada

Trip Details
Tour Style

Leisure Tour - Self-Guided

Bikes - Hybrid / Ebike / Road

Route: Alhama de Granada, Natural parks, Montefrío, Granada

Group Size - 2+

Riding Level

Moderate - A daily average of 55km. Expect hills. Good paved surface on quiet country roads (busier nearing Granada and there is a 3km stretch of unpaved road). The countryside is rolling and terrain is hilly in parts. Be prepared for some climbs.

Accommodation

4 or 6 Nights

Luxury historic Hacienda with its own Arabic bath and pool

4 Star City Hotel with spa

Beautiful country Inn All bedrooms en-suitefacilities and poo

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Food

6 breakfasts (4 for the 5 day option)

1 freshly prepared, home cooked dinner at Hacienda (3 courses, drinks not inc.) of local produce of the surrounding area

Extras included
  • Luggage delivered to your next hotel
  • 1 home cooked 3 course Dinner
  • Welcome meeting and introduction to route and area
  • Emergency support and contact details (we live in the area!)
  • Tour pack & Tour guide book / maps (GPS files avail)  / route notes / Complimentary Bottle
Not Included

Good quality Bike Hire Trek Hybrid Bike: 85 Eur (95 Eur - 7 days) Orbea Road Bike alu frame /carbon forks: 110 Eur (130 Eur -7 days) Trek Road Bike full carbon frame: 140 Eur (180 Eur - 7 days) EBike: 150 Euros (170 Eur - 7 days)

Entrance to Alhambra Palace

Massage treatments / Hot bath experiences

Special: enjoy a 30 min. massage in Alhama and a private arabic hot bath in Montefrio (1.5 hours) for 70 Euros extra per person - please advise when booking beforehand.

Custom Cycling Country Spain Jersey: 45 Euros

Staff

1 guide will meet and greet in Alhama de Granada, assist in set up and provide any support needed. As we are based in Alhama, we are never far away from offering advice and assistance. Feel free to drop in!

Getting Here

Private one way transfers (up to 4 people) can be arranged. 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 and various times from Málaga / Airport to Granada. (see www.alsa.es). Nearest train stations are Loja (for Alhama with a taxi), Granada, Antequera and Málaga.

Guided Option

Self Guided Bike Tour (Guided upon request)

Lodgings

Our Quiet Paths tour is all about giving yourself a break. Ok, there is still some cycling to do and it isn´t flat terrain, but your hotels for the evening will make it all worthwhile and are certainly going to please - their quality speaks for themselves.

Dream of Aladdin’s cave and Andalusian delights in tranquillity. Stay in Alhama´s favourite hideaway, La Seguiriya, which is built into the ancient limestone of the town. With views out to the peaceful gorge, where dragonflies flit in the afternoon, it is a wonderful place to enjoy the glass of wine and prop a book up.

Move on to Montefrio, where the lovely Cortijo Farmhouse of La Fe is nestled. Decorated with passion and love and the geometric design of Moroccan rugs and copper tables exude an air of the former Al-Andalus. Their hot baths, beautifully styled, are an absolute delight and the outdoor pool takes in the expanse of the noble olive trees.

Reviews

"Everything was wonderful! Thanks for a great experience! …Thanks again for a great trip and for all the communication before and during to make it all go so smoothly. Warm Regards"

B.& J. Rusk, Colorado, USA - June 2018

"Thanks Maggie. We had a great time cycling and loved the accommodations at each location.

G.Peterson & Friends - AB, Canada - April 2018

"Oh my goodness! We have been having such a wonderful time that I haven't even been checking my emails. I don't even know where to start with my gratitude! We have had the trip of a lifetime and we have you and the team to thank.
Dean is the kindest, sweetest guy and he was SO helpful in making sure we were totally good to go with our bikes/equipment and routes. We absolutely fell in love with Alhama and now my husband wants to move there. 😉 The hotel there was so beautiful, delicious and amazing that we didn't want to leave. When we got through those hills in Montefrio, we were shocked by how equally amazing the Hotel there was too! The food was amazing and Dominique and her husband were so fantastic. Honestly, I wish you could see the huge smile on my husband's face as we sailed through towns and enjoyed every bit!
We did make it to Alhambra today and it was such an awesome experience! I'm so thankful you told us we needed those tickets! We saw a group with "Cycling Country" shirts and we got so excited but didn't say anything. I wish I would have known you were in the group so I could thank you in person.

What a wonderful company and a wonderful time! Thank you again for all your hard work and question-answering with me. I truly hope my husband and I can do more Cycling Country trips in the future.

Thank you again!"

K. Culler - CA, USA - October 2017

"Hi Maggi, Thank you for all your care to make our trip a good one. The hills were sometimes a challenge for me but in a good way. Peter, of course had no problem. He slowed down in order to stay with me. Our bikes were great and the course was varied and interesting. The accommodations were great. We particularly liked the country inn outside of Montefrio.
We appreciate all your efforts to make everything work for us. Thanks again to you and Jeff."
B. & P. Jukneys - Ont, Canada - June 2017

"We had a wonderful stay at La Fe, and yesterday's ride was good as well. La Fe was a nice surprise at the end! Today's ride was smooth..
Overall, was a great ride and a great experience, definitely I will be looking at more opportunities for cycle vacations in the future. Thanks for everything!!"

A. Mireault – AB, Canada - June 2017

"We did want to let you know that our cycling trip was a highlight from our trip to Spain. We really felt we saw more 'real Spain' during those 5 days rather than 'tourist Spain’ of the remainder of our time."

P. & S. Irving- AB, Canada - Oct 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

4 DAYS

ALHAMA START

€525

GRANADA START

€575

Single supp. €110

5 DAYS

ALHAMA START

€595

GRANADA START

€645

Single supp. €145

7 DAYS

ALHAMA START

€695

GRANADA START

€745

Single supp. €185

CUSTOM DATES: Minimum 2 people.
This tour is available throughout the year given availability.

High season supplement applies for Spanish Bank Holidays and Fiestas.
Discounts for 4 or more booking together!
This tour is available as a fully supported and guided option if booking with a group of 4+. With a van as extra support, the tour could be made Easy Going as the distances can be changed. Please contact us for prices and availability and discounts on larger groups.

Price includes all local taxes. Please note we transact in Euros.

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

  • Explore Moorish Granada and her Alhambra Palace
  • Discover Alhama de Granada and its Gorge and Roman bridge
  • See the Church of Encarnación masterpiece in Montefrío
  • Thermal springs and hot bath experiences
  • Stunning Rural scenes through Lakes, Valleys and Mountains
  • Beautiful and fine Accommodation in rural retreats
  • Try Local food - Río Frío trout, Arabic pastries, Goat's and sheep's cheese, Asparagus, Olives (fine olive oil) and Cured hams. Enjoy a homecooked meal INCLUDED!

CC Advantage

Charming Stays with a Boutique Hacienda & 4 Star City Class Hotel

Savour a tasty Home Cooked 3 Course Meal of Local Produce

Alhama is our Home Town and We are Proud to Show it to You!

We had a wonderful stay at La Fe, and yesterday's ride was good as well. La Fe was a nice surprise at the end! Today's ride was smooth. Overall, was a great ride and a great experience, definitely I will be looking at more opportunities for cycle vacations in the future. Thanks for everything!!

A. Mireault, Alberta

Canada, May 2017

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