Spain - Basque Country to Andalucia - North to South - 16 Day - Guided Road Cycling Holiday
- Cycling through the varied beauty of 14 national parks
- Delicious regional dishes which change from day to day as you traverse the entire country
- Crossing the granite Guadarrama and Gredos mountain ranges as you move from the north to the south of the country
- Views over the Straits of Gibraltar to Morocco
- The beautiful towns of San Sebastian, Guadaloupe and Ronda
- The satisfaction of arriving in to Tarifa with over 1,000 miles of Spanish roads having passed beneath your wheels
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|1||Arrival: Bilbao Airport||Non Riding Day|
|2||San Sebastian to Aizpun||68 Miles / 109 Km Approx.||2,282 Metres Approx.||B L|
|3||Aizpun to San Millan de la Cogolla||87 Miles / 140 Kms Approx.||2,071 Metres Approx.||B L|
|4||San Milan de la Cogolla to El Burgo de Osma||85 Miles / 136 Kms Approx.||2,176 Metres Approx.||B L|
|5||El Burgo de Osma to Valverde de Los Arroyos||63 Miles / 101 Kms Approx.||1,723 Metres Approx.||B L|
|6||Valverde de los Arroyas to Miraflores||69 Miles / 111 Kms Approx.||1,903 Metres Approx.||B L|
|7||Miraflores to Navaluenga||81 Miles / 130 Kms Approx.||1,594 Metres Approx.||B L|
|8||Navaluenga to Talayuela||62 Miles / 99 Kms Approx.||1,600 Metres Approx.||B L|
|9||Talayuela to Guadaloupe||71 Miles / 115 Kms Approx.||1,441 Metres Approx.||B L|
|10||Guadaloupe to Almaden||88 Miles / 141 Kms Approx.||1,993 Metres Approx.||B L|
|11||Almaden to Montoro||86 Miles / 138 Kms Approx.||1,792 Metres Approx.||B L|
|12||Montoro to Priego de Cordoba||53 Miles / 86 Kms Approx.||1,446 Metres Approx.||B L|
|13||Priego de Cordoba to Alora||75 Miles / 121 Kms Approx.||1,737 Metres Approx.||B L|
|14||Alora to Ronda||37 Miles / 60 Kms Approx.||1,553 Metres Approx.||B L|
|15||Ronda to Tarifa||81 Miles / 130 Kms Approx.||1,826 Metres Approx.||B L|
|16||Departure: Gibraltar Airport||Non Riding Day||B|
Meals: B = Breakfast L = Lunch D = Dinner | Please keep in mind the distances and ascent information provided are intended to be indicative and may vary from the actuals due to accommodation changes or when compared on different GPS devices and software
For more information download our trip notes
For more information download our trip notes
A high quality service - we would definitely recommend!
We really enjoyed this holiday. The cycling was challenging, but because of the lovely routes chosen, we found it really enjoyable. Having been on a few Skedaddle holidays, I think the accommodation provided was the best we have encountered. There was a great mix ranging from modern hotels, rustic country places in the back of beyond, plus interesting historical buildings. All had their quirks, were comfortable, and gave us what we needed. We particularly liked the hotel at Navaluenga. The manager was a lovely friendly man, the rooms were trendy, clean and very comfortable, the food was brilliant, and overall the staff really looked after us. It’s a hotel we’d like to go back to in the future.
As usual the standard of the lunches provided by the Skedaddle staff was excellent – tasty and plentiful, with a lot of thought given to presentation, nourishment and local cuisine. They catered for any specific dietary requirements, and quickly adapted to time and weather constraints – where necessary eating at local restaurants when the weather wasn’t great, or we had a tight time schedule. . Dinners were mainly very good, and it was great when the Skedaddle guides took control of ordering a variety of starters which they knew we’d enjoy – it made things a lot easier for us.
Our favourite day was probably day 12 – Montoro to Priego de Cordoba. The routes mainly used very quiet scenic roads, which for the main, were in great condition. I loved the undulating routes, the wonderful scenery, and the interesting towns.
We had previously been on a trip with Manu the tour leader and we found him an excellent leader on the trip, and likewise for this trip. He was kind and patient, very thoughtful and able to pre-empt exactly what we needed i.e. when we came down from a long cold climb he suggested a hot chocolate stop – which exactly hit the spot. He was very knowledgeable, cool and calm, and I believe that he managed his two guides very well. He had a great sense of humour, and ensured that as well as being safe, we had loads of fun. He was always at least one step ahead of the group, ensuring that everything ran smoothly and we were kept comfortable and happy at all times. The other guides Ludo and Nacho were great fun, and excellent at their jobs. They all kept a great sense of humour and ensured that the group remained together and knew exactly where they had to be, and what they had to do. They worked very hard to make our lives more comfortable i.e. loading and unloading our luggage each day. Thankfully I didn’t need their help on bike repairs – but I could see that both these guys were happy to spend time fixing issues on the bikes, and resolving any problems
Skedaddle holidays are expensive, but I think that the high quality service provided certainly justifies this. We have already recommended Skedaddle to friends, and some of them did book on a Skedaddle trip in August – which they thoroughly enjoyed.
Katharine, Hampshire, UK
The guides were caring, professional and excellent...
All of the accommodation provided was excellent and of a very high standard. I must say all the guides were excellent. They were very caring and supportive but still gave us freedom to cycle at our own pace. They were concerned that I always got a gluten free option at dinner and that there were plenty of gluten free options at lunch. They were also really good fun. I think that being a guide must be a really tough job because you can never switch off but they were always calm and cheerful. I can’t praise them highly enough – they were all very professional and excellent at their jobs.
Shirley, Cheshire, UK
Every day had its highlights. I couldn’t choose a favourite if I had to. Long climbs and long descents every day. It was tough at times but very enjoyable!
Manuel and his team were excellent. They anticipated our every need. Were knowledgeable and informative of the route and added to the trip in EVERY way possible. Fabulous chefs and drivers and great supportive riding guides too. Thank you to all three guides, they made the trip.
Claire, Derbyshire, UK
Chapeau to the guides!
An excellent holiday! It’s too difficult to choose a specific day as our favourite! The guides (Manuel, Ludo and Nacho) made this such a great holiday. They worked tirelessly for our enjoyment. Chapeau to them!
A life changing experience.
My favourite day was riding into Montoro. The roads were like smooth, new blackboards, windy, technically enjoyable, and stunning in its beauty. I was extremely impressed by my pre-trip coordinator, and her perseverance and customer service were critical in making this trip happen. Furthermore it was the guide and tour leader’s local knowledge, kindness, compassion and skill-set which made this a life changing experience for me.
Our tour leader was an excellent chef. He sourced all of the freshest ingredients he could find and his culinary skills and hygiene in the kitchen were excellent. I loved the focus on “lighter faire” rather than heavy, creamy or starchy meals. Most of the meals included foods representative of the areas we were in and many were homemade. The guides were always ready at the toughest parts of the ride with melon, fruits or quick energy-providing “snacks” which were also highly refreshing on 15 or higher percent grades in 90F degree heat on 80 mile days! They were so incredibly supportive in this regard, and it is this attention to our health through healthy sustenance that it is no wonder I never had heat exhaustion or worse, but instead enjoyed the toughest, hottest climbing days.
The tour leader Manuel and his team were outstanding. They bent over backwards to accommodate everyones needs and then some! Always cheerful, totally professional, safety conscious and excellent mechanical knowledge.
Skedaddle is worth paying for.
The Spain North to South route is an excellent journey which takes you to parts of Spain you would never otherwise visit. The organisation and care taken with the daily arrangements were truly excellent. Service in the office and the three guides was first class throughout the whole process from first enquiry to dropping us off in Gibraltar to catch our flights home. The accommodation is of a very good standard and is interestingly quirky in places. The breakfasts were generally very satisfying and I enjoyed the fruit, jamon and cheeses on offer. Picnic lunches were excellent with interesting variations day to day including some local specialities.
Mostly excellent riding with smooth empty roads for much of the trip. Even the bit of cyclocross we had to do one day was an interesting variation in the usual routine. My favourite day would have to be from Almaden to Montoro. The fast 20km descent through on a wide, smooth road filled with multiple switchback into Montoro was undoubtedly the highlight of the trip.
Our tour guide did an excellent job in running the trip. From his comprehensive briefings in the morning before departure all the way through to organising the payments for the evening meal. The attention to detail and concern for safely negotiating the route was extremely professional. I’d be most happy to have him guide me on another trip. All three guides were excellent company and great ambassadors for Skedaddle.
The information provided was excellent, clear and comprehensive. The service by the office was first class. They answered any questions that I had and stayed in touch from first contact onwards.
While a Skedaddle trip is never the cheapest the value added by everyone at Skedaddle is worth paying for. The standard of guiding is always very high, the accommodation more than adequate for an overnight stop, the picnic lunches always something to look forward to, and the overall care for the customer impressive, undoubtedly. I think I have done six Skedaddle trips and I’ll be looking to book another next year.
Derek, Surrey, UK
An excellent holiday, the monasteries were fabulous and the mid morning snacks were terrific. Nothing was too much for our tour leader Manu and the other guides too, who always ensured everyone was safe.
David, Gloucestershire, UK
This is an expertly designed route staying at some wonderful hotels.
Our tour leader Steve was very thoughtful and supportive, very engaging and great fun to be with. He is very eager to ensure everyone has a good experience, and gave us lots of help on issues that were particular to us e.g. Once he knew we were fussy about tyre pressures he checked them for us without us asking. He has a flair for food, both choosing and preparing it and also working with restaurants to maximise quality and value for us.
The food provided by Steve and Andy was high quality, creative and varied. We had some superb and great value dinners, Steve did a good job facilitating fixed price feasts.
Nothing too much trouble for guides Steve and Andy.
Fantastic Ride form San Sebastian to Tarifa. The roads were really well surfaced (mostly) and often vitually traffic free particularly in the north. It is a fantastic journey. I was surprised how mountainous spain is. Loved it. Guides Steve and Andy were great.
Hotels were fantastic. Really high standard. Really impressed. Steve worked tirelessly throughout the two weeks. He was very approachable and very helpful. Nothing too much trouble. Gave us a really helpful introduction to Ronda so we could make the most of the time available to get a look around. Extremely patient with us finishing late on some of the longer days Great to spend time with. Made it a great tour for us.
Steve, Cornwall, UK
We were very happy with everything Skedaddle did for us!
Dan, John and Steve could not have been more helpful. Nothing was too much trouble and they frequently put themselves out for the group. Steve’s food was absolutely wonderful – the way he cooked such delicious meals just by the roadside was amazing.
Dan was incredibly relaxed and patient, but was also very good at taking charge when necessary. Nothing was too much trouble and he was constantly changing someone’s tyre or sorting out their bike problems. He was a pleasure to spend time with. He always had a smile on his face, even when it was pouring with rain and we were all moaning!
Charlotte, Dorset, UK
Best Skedaddle Trip Yet
There are too many favourite days to mention! Tour leader was just plain awesome – in charge, totally calm and unflappable and a delight to have as company and head guide. The other two guides were both awesome as well. Great job again – best skedaddle trip yet – road bikers dream, big days, quiet roads, awesome surface. I have already booked my next adventure!
Overwhelmingly positive experience for a first Skedaddle holiday (in fact a first guided cycling tour of any description). The pre-trip service was great including detailed trip notes, packing advice etc. and it was good to be able to talk to someone before booking about the likely make-up of the group, difficulty levels etc. The guides on the trip were fantastic – really helpful throughout and so flexible. They helped me a lot with my bike and also when I got an injury. They just wanted us to have a good time. I ate so much, there was never any danger of running out of fuel on this trip. Lots of fantastic fresh food at lunches and during the ride. The team really wanted us to eat well and healthily and were keen to introduce us to regional specialties as we rode through Spain.
I think my favourite was day 3 – to Burgo de Osma. Loads of climbing through snowcapped mountains, beautiful lunch spot, a big descent after lunch, a stunning canyon with vultures circling overhead and then a last 10k blast along a valley to a fantastic hotel in a pretty town. But all the days were great. Tour leader was great – really looked after us and set the tone for the other guides. Great stories too!
Our tour leader was outstanding. He made the trip awesome and I had great faith in him. Our guide was charming, empathetic and a real asset to saddle skedaddle. Again nothing was too much trouble. The other guide worked very hard to keep all the bikes on the road and was keen to help at all times and was very enthusiastic. Gluten free necessity extremely well catered for. The 3rd last day to El Chorro was my favourite but to be honest every day was fantastic . Couldn’t recommend the cycling more highly. Great roads, hardly any cars, amazing sierras and constantly changing aspects. 2 or 3 complete changes of scenery per day. Awesome!!
Richard, New Zealand
An excellent holiday
Both guides were fantastic, nothing was too much trouble and a great sense of humor! An excellent Skedaddle holiday which I highly recommend.
David, Queensland, Australia
Excellent local knowledge
Picnic lunches were excellent, especially the salads. Very good availability of water, fresh fruits and snacks from the van during the rides. Most days were very good, my favourite was probably Navaluenga to Talayuela (Day 8, 7th cycling day). Plenty of climbs, good variety of roads, nice picnic lunch spot.
Decent quality bikes in very good condition. Excellent maintenance provided by the guides when required. The guide was a very nice guy and great fun. Easy going, but in charge when he needed to be. Excellent local knowledge. GPS files provided in advance were very handy.
Stunning scenery, guides who went out of their way literally to make sure our every need was met, and a great group of people. The catering for gluten free requirements was the best I have experienced. Our tour leader took a mature responsible approach to everything he did and sets the standard for all other guides. He had a lot thrown at him on this trip and took it all in his stride.
Denis, New Zealand
All fantastic – every day was the best day! Our guide was an absolute star, really good and could not be faulted. Always went above and beyond – even provided some (Italian) champagne when we reached Tarifa. Excellent and easily as good as our guide when we went to Morocco. Other guides were also excellent in every way and could not do enough for us. Nothing was too much trouble.
Huw, Cheshire, UK
Some great lunches!
The tour leader had a very high standard of cycle ride leadership skills. The team were perhaps lacking in knowledge about local plants, history etc. One guide was an excellent cook- some great lunches!
Dan and John were excellent guides. As good as ever! Fantastic trip in all aspects. Route, cycling, scenery, accommodation, food, support…Well done guys and thanks for all the support you gave me. Steve offered a fantastic support and his lunches were amazing!
Carmen, Cheshire, UK
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