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Cycle Andalucia

Spain

Cycle Andalucia

Biking
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Start: Seville
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End: Granada

Experience the many varied landscapes of southern Spain on this cycling adventure from Seville to Gr

Activity
Biking
LocationSpain
Duration9 days
Start / EndSeville / Granada
Tour operatorIntrepid Travel

Spain

Cycle Andalucia

Biking·
9 days·Intrepid Travel
Start: Seville
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End: Granada

Description

Viva Espana! The country that brought the world tapas and bull fighting has so much to offer outside its incredible cities. Ride through lush valleys, wide meadows and even abandoned tunnels on an adventure across southern Spain’s rich landscapes. Breeze through delightful white villages, dine on hearty Andalucian cuisine, marvel at centuries-old Moorish architecture, and luxuriate in car-free ...

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Itinerary

Day 1Seville
Hola! Welcome to Spain and the city of Seville, capital of Andalucia and the largest city in southern Spain. Meet the tour group at 7 pm this evening and perhaps get to know each other over a late night dinner – Spanish-style!
Day 2Seville
Meet with your bike support team and get fitted to a bike before commencing a historical cycling tour around town, exploring both the classic and modern Seville. The tour will go for around three hours and covers interesting places in Triana, such as the old historic centre, the Maria Luisa Park, and Plaza de Espana. Ride - Approx. 15 km. No elevation gain
Day 3Zahara de la Sierra/Grazalema
Cycle the Via Verde de la Sierra and to Zahara de la Sierra today. Begin with a transfer to the town of Puerto Serrano, where the Via Verde (green road) de la Sierra starts. Vias Verdes are disused railway lines, normally used in their day for mining transportation purposes, now repurposed for cycling and walking. Cycle 16 km up to the old train station of Coripe. Take secondary roads for a further 15 km to the town of Algodonales. Pedal a further 9 km to Zahara de la Sierra, set atop a hill with a majestic castle hanging from the rocks and overlooking a turquoise reservoir. It's a perfect place to have a picnic. Afterwards, continuing cycling on flat terrain next to the Reservoir for a further 10 km. Finish the day with a private transfer up the mountains to the beautiful town of Grazalema. Cycling distance: 50 km Elevation gain: 1025 m
Day 4Ronda
Today's cycling route takes you from Grazalema to Ronda. You can cycle all the way, with no need for a transfer. Head from Grazalema down to the valley and through beautiful secondary roads, along a canyon, and to the village of Montejaque and later Benaojan and Jimera de Libar. Finish in the town of Atajate, then take a transfer to the famous town of Ronda and see its beautiful bridge over the cliffs. Since today's cycling is not too long, there is ample time for a walking tour around town before dinner. Cycling distance: 43 km. Elevation gain: 880 m
Day 5El Chorro & Antequera
Today's ride is a most beautiful one – Ronda to El Chorro. Departing Ronda, climb to the mountain pass of El Viento, located in the Natural Park of the Sierra de las Nieves. Then descend to the lovely white village of El Burgo. From there, cycle to the equally photogenic Ardales, on less demanding terrain. Finally, enjoy a nice descent to El Chorro, who sheer walls make it a popular destination among climbers. For the last stretch, to Antequera, take a transfer. Stretch the legs on a visit to Antequera Alcazaba, the 14th century Moorish fortress set on a hilltop (your entry fee is taken care of). Climb the 50 steps of the Torre del Homenaje for some nice views of the 'Rock of Lovers' and beyond. Cycling distance: 60 km Elevation gain: 900 m
Day 6Fuente de Piedra Natural Reserve - Antequera
On today's cycling adventure you can forget about the mountains and instead check out a nature reserve known for its birdlife. Ride along nice, flat planes towards the Natural Reserve of the Laguna de Fuente de Piedra (Lagoon of the Fountain of Stone). Here you can likely see a colony of flamingoes that lives here for long periods of the year. Afterwards, take a transfer back to the hotel in lively Antequera and enjoy a leisurely evening. Cycling distance: 52 km Elevation gain: 204 m
Day 7Zuheros
Today's cycling route takes you from Puente Genil to Zuheros. Head along Via Verde, which is free of cars and almost flat. This time you use an old railway track that runs through endless olive groves next to the Natural Park of the Sierras Subbeticas to finish in the beautiful village of Zuheros, another town with an eye-catching castle. This town is famous for its goats cheese, so if you have time, perhaps pop over to Las Balanchares where you can buy some straight from the source. Cycling distance: 48 km Elevation gain: 350 m
Day 8Granada
Enjoy a day off the bike. With no cycling on the agenda, take the time to enjoy the magnificent ancient city of Granada. The narrow hilly stone streets of this town don't lend itself to cycling, but are of course a dream to stroll around. Your leader will take you on a walking tour through the old Moorish area with local craft market, shops, and tea houses. We will also visit the precursor to the famed Alhambra, the Palacio de la Madraza. This complex housed the Muslim School of Islamic Law founded by Yusuf I in the 14th century and later became Granada's first City Hall 'Casa del Cabildo'. Currently the palace houses a number of departments of the University of Granada. The visit includes an interesting mix of architecture and gives you a small insight into Granada's colourful history. At the end of the day why not enjoy an optional farewell dinner with the group. Granada is well known for its particular take on Spanish cuisine, so make the most of it. Note: Growing tourist crowds, especially from cruise ships, have made gaining entry to the spectacular Alhambra palace a real challenge, and are often sold out months in advance for group bookings. For this reason we do not include entry. Should you wish to visit the Alhambra we advise booking online.
Day 9Granada
The trip comes to an end, with no further activities planned.

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Last modified (date)

26 Nov 2018

Trip title

Cycle Andalucia

Trip code

ZMXA

Validity

Validity: 01 Jan 2019 to 31 Dec 2019

Introduction

Viva Espana! The country that brought the world tapas and bull fighting has so much to offer outside its incredible cities. Ride through lush valleys, wide meadows and even abandoned tunnels on an adventure across southern Spain’s rich landscapes. Breeze through delightful white villages, dine on hearty Andalucian cuisine, marvel at centuries-old Moorish architecture, and luxuriate in car-free art... Read more

Style

Original

Themes

Cycling

Transport

Bicycle,Support vehicle

Physical Rating

3

Physical preparation

This is an active trip, requiring a reasonable level of physical fitness. While there is flexibility in the distance you can elect to cycle each day, the cycling on this trip can be challenging at times, with the heat and terrain adding to the physical effort. It is also important that you are both confident and competent in riding a bicycle. As a general rule, the more preparation you can do fo... Read more

Joining point

Hotel Doña Manuela

Joining point description

Hotel Doña Manuela is located in the Santa Cruz neighborhood, next to the Murillo Gardens. This charming, traditional Sevillan property includes free internet and a roof terrace with great views. All of the rooms come with air conditioning, flat-screen TV and a safe. There are many charming bars and restaurants in the surrounding streets and Alcazar Palace, Seville Cathedral, La Giralda and the To... Read more

Joining point instructions

FROM SEVILLE AIRPORT (SVQ): We are happy to arrange an arrival transfer for you at an additional charge. Please ask your booking agent if you would like to add this service and provide your flight details. You can also catch the EA bus from Seville Airport to stop "Prado San Sebastián - Carlos V". The journey will take approximately 20 minutes and cost up to EUR4. Once you have arrived at your s... Read more

Finish point

Monasterio de los Basilios

Finish point description

Monasterio de los Basilios is a converted 17th Century monastery. With a prime location next to the Genil River the property is just a 10-minute walk to the Granada Cathedral and the historic city centre. There is free Wi-Fi, air-conditioning/heating, an ensuite bathroom and a flat-screen TV in all rooms.

Finish point instructions

AIRPORT: We are happy to arrange a departure transfer to Granada Airport (GRX) for you at an additional charge. Please ask your booking agent if you would like to add this service and provide your flight details. Alternatively, your tour leader or the hotel staff will be able to assist you with arranging a taxi or shuttle bus to the airport. Granada Airport (GRX) is located about 22 km out of t... Read more

Group leader

All Intrepid cycling group trips are accompanied by one of our cycling leaders. The aim of the group leader is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. Intrepid endeavours to provide the services of an experienced leader however, due to the seasonality of travel, rare situations may arise where your leader is new to a particular region or training other g... Read more

Safety

We take safety seriously on all our trips, but cycling tours deserve a few special considerations. HELMETS: Helmets are compulsory and we do not allow anyone to ride without one (including our own staff!). You can bring your own, or purchase one that meets international safety standards on the ground. Your leader can assist with this. FOOTWEAR For safety reasons we strongly recommend that you w... Read more

Visas

Visas are the responsibility of the individual traveller. Entry requirements can change at any time, so it's important that you check for the latest information. Please visit the relevant consular website of the country or countries you’re visiting for detailed and up-to-date visa information specific to your nationality. Your consultant will also be happy to point you in the right direction with ... Read more

Why we love it

From fiestas to Flamenco, Manzanilla to tapas, alcazars to Alhambra—the very essence of Spain is found in Andalucia

Is this trip right for you

To complete this trip it is important that you are both confident and competent in riding a bicycle. While the cycling distances on this trip are relatively short (the longest ride is only 50 kilometres), the stunning terrain of Andalucia is naturally hilly, and the climate is warm so you’ll need a reasonable level of fitness to enjoy the trip. Remember we will always have the support vehicle on ... Read more

Health

All Intrepid travellers need to be in good physical health in order to participate fully on this trip. When selecting your trip please make sure you have read through the itinerary carefully and assess your ability to cope with our style of travel. Please note that if, in the opinion of our group leader or local guide, any traveller is unable to complete the itinerary without undue risk to themsel... Read more

Food and dietary requirements

While travelling with us you'll experience the vast array of wonderful food available in the world. Your group leader will be able to suggest restaurants to try during your trip. On our camping trips we often cook the region's specialities so you don't miss out. To give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat, generally not all meals are included in the trip price.... Read more

Money matters

The Euro (EUR) is the official currency in the following destinations: Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Montenegro, the Netherlands, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain. All other European countries still have their own national currencies. The most convenient and cheapest way to acquire mon... Read more

What to take

Packing for a cycling tour isn’t that different from any other adventure. But if you want to be comfortable and warm, here are a few bike-specific tips. • Helmet – these are compulsory, but if you don’t have your own you can sometimes purchase an approved and well-fitted one at the start of the trip (our leaders can assist you with this). There are some destinations where you are unable to pur... Read more

Climate and seasonal

SPANISH SIESTA: Please note that shops, attractions, sights and businesses may be closed for up to 5 hours in the middle of the day for siesta time. This gives the locals time to escape the heat and spend time with their families, eat a large lunch or simply sleep through the most uncomfortable time of day. This means of course that people work later into the evening and dinner time can seem quite... Read more

A couple of rules

Everyone has the right to feel safe when they travel. We don’t tolerate any form of violence (verbal or physical) or sexual harassment, either between customers or involving our leaders, partners or local people. Sexual relationships between a tour leader and a customer are strictly forbidden. Use or possession of illegal drugs will not be tolerated on our trips. If you choose to consume alcohol... Read more

Feedback

After your travels, we want to hear from you! We rely on your feedback. We read it carefully. Feedback helps us understand what we are doing well and what we could be doing better. It allows us to make improvements for future travellers. http://www.intrepidtravel.com/feedback/

Emergency contact

While we always endeavour to provide the best possible holiday experience, due to the nature of travel and the areas we visit sometimes things can and do go wrong. Should any issue occur while you are on your trip, it is imperative that you discuss this with your group leader or our local representative straight away so that they can do their best to rectify the problem and save any potential nega... Read more

Responsible travel

As part of our commitment to responsible travel a portion of your trip cost will be donated to Bicycles for Humanity – a not-for-profit, volunteer run, grass roots charity organisation focused on the alleviation of poverty through sustainable transport – in the form of a bicycle. In the developing world a bicycle is life changing, allowing access to health care, education, economic opportunity an... Read more

The Intrepid Foundation

Help us change thousands of lives by creating meaningful work and supporting skills training in communities around the world. The Intrepid Foundation is the not-for-profit for Intrepid Group. We work with local organisations around the world to improve the livelihoods of vulnerable individuals and communities through sustainable travel experiences. With our travellers’ help, we’ve contributed mo... Read more

Accommodation notes

OCCASIONAL ALTERNATIVE ACCOMMODATION The style of accommodation indicated in the day-to-day itinerary is a guideline. On rare occasions, alternative arrangements may need to be made due to the lack of availability of rooms in our usual accommodation. A similar standard of accommodation will be used in these instances. TWIN SHARE / MULTI SHARE BASIS Accommodation on this trip is on a twin/multisha... Read more

Transport notes

While there are occasions we use local public transport such as trains, buses or taxis to cover long distances or attend non-cycling activities we predominantly use the bicycle as our main form of transport. On most of our trips we also have a support vehicle as secondary transport for travelling longer distances, avoiding hazardous areas to cycle, as a backup should we have any incidents and of c... Read more

Travel insurance

Travel insurance is compulsory for all our trips. We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. When travelling on a trip, you won't be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance and th... Read more

Your fellow travellers

As you travel on a group trip you will be exposed to all the pleasures and maybe some of the frustrations of travelling in a group. Your fellow travellers will probably come from all corners of the world and likely a range of age groups too. We ask you to be understanding of the various needs and preferences of your group - patience with your fellow travellers is sometimes required for the benefit... Read more

Itinerary disclaimer

Occasionally our itineraries are updated during the year to incorporate improvements stemming from past travellers' comments and our own research. The information given in this itinerary may be slightly different to that in the brochure. It's very important that you print and review a final copy of your Essential Trip Information a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes th... Read more

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