- Remote technical riding on seldom visited paths
- Testing climbs and descents on natural terrain
- Re-fuelling on tasty local cuisine
- Endless free-flowing trails through a bikers paradise
- Sleeping comfortably in a high-mountain refugio
- Powering to the summit of Spain’s third highest peak
An absolute game changer! Power when needed brings you back grinning at the end of each day, looking forward to the next.
After arrival into Malaga airport we have a 2-3 hour transfer up to the mountain village of Guejar Sierra, perched on the northern edge of the the Sierra Nevada National Park and beneath the huge mass of the highest mountain range in mainland Spain.
We have time to test out our bikes and maybe stretch the legs before tucking into some traditional mountain cuisine.
- Meals: Breakfast, lunch
A testing climb will set us up for an incredible rollercoaster ride high above the gushing Rio Maitena along the famed Cuerda de Alguacil. At the high-point at 2336m on the summit of Las Catifas we can take in impressive views of the dramatic Lavaderos de la Reina trail and map out our way from here. The descent takes in some great varied singletrack taking us deep into the Mediterranean forests and pastures of Camarate, high above the Rio Alhama.
Winding our way through pastures and pine forests we’ll pass ancient farms and drop steeply to cross the Rio Alhori before a last testing climb to the mountainside refuge at Posterio Alto Mountain where we can take a replenishing picnic lunch with a view of the snow-capped Picon de Jerez.
It’s a fantastic post lunch ride with four amazing sections of sinuous forest singletrack that finish with fast and furious flow!
A short spin takes us to our digs for the night in the castle-topped village of Calahorra.
- Meals: Breakfast, lunch
After breakfast the vans will be loaded for an uplift to the Puerto La Ragua (2000m) missing out the 1000m asphalt slog.
As the sun rises and lights up the snow on the El Chollo mountain top high above us a lightening fast track throws us onto some exhilarating singletrack through thick pine, crossing Barrancos (ravines) and pastures.
A good track will climb us high, passing the waterfalls of Las Chorreras, a great spot to re-fill water bottles and take in some food.
Our support drivers and guides know a thing or two about feeding hungry cyclists. A delicious spread of locally cured jams and cheeses, fresh salads, pasta or rice dishes and many other local specialities along the way, all served up in nature’s own dining room. Expect to be well fed all week!
We pick up smooth paths that pass the summit of Cerro Gordo 2083m before the singletrack drops steeper and into the dramatic Berchules gorge passing ancient water mills and acequias (irrigation channels) masterminded by the Moors.
We’ll pick up a long distance footpath, the GR7, that winds its way along rocky ridges, through pines and spits us out in the white village of Berchules.
The last trail is an absolute cracker as we take on the ‘El Fuerte’ singletrack that clings to the olive clad hillside high above the Barranco de Cimboa. The trail takes us down over 1400m as it runs fast and smooth into slate steps and back again and doesn’t let up until it hits the Rio Guadalfeo high on the adrenaline running through your veins!
An absolute blast, will take us down technical and smooth trails, through ancient villages, olive and almond groves to deposit us at our beautiful country hotel for après bike refreshments.
- Meals: Breakfast, lunch
True to form in getting to ride the very best trails of the area we’ll uplift back up into the Sierra before you embark on a meaty climb to the 2000m mark. With great views of the highest peaks on the Peninsular and the dramatic Trevelez gorge we will take on ‘Noah’s’ trail. An ancient mule track that hugs the precipitous mountainsid. The finale of cobbled switch-backs really tests your skills before being dumped into the village of Trevelez.
The villagers claim they inhabit the highest village in Spain at over 1400 metres (but actually isn’t) and is renowned for curing some of the tastiest Jamon in Spain (which is true!).
After coffee and a touch of Jamon tasting we get cracking with climb high above the iconic Trevelez gorge. We head through smallholdings and almond groves before some cracking singletrack switchbacks.
The trail to come is worth every drop of sweat you’ve expended. Fast flowing singletrack dips and winds through the forest with glimpses of the mountains towering overhead.
We’ll cross plenty of refreshing barrancos on the way before heading into some more fast, rocky switchbacks through a dramatic gorge to bring us to our nights rest in the pretty white village of Fondales.
The local bar dishes up terrific food with great views and atmosphere.
- Meals: Breakfast, lunch
Ok, so there’s no point in trying to dumb down the objective of the day, we have climb a little over 700 vertical metres to the very well run, comfortable Refugio Poquiera.
However to give maximum fun to the day before we do the inevitable we’ll uplift and take on some tasty, lengthy singletrack that weaves high across the sierra until we reach a fantastic vantage point overlooking the Poquiera gorge dotted with white villages. Up the valley you’ll be able to see our nights’ accommodation, the Refugio Poquiera over 1000m above, and looming high above this are the southern slopes of Spain’s highest peaks.
It’ll be a tough but rewarding day out. The peaceful bliss of sleeping at 2500m is a real privilege. There’s no vehicle access to the hut so you’ll have to carry our overnight gear from 2150m.
Don’t worry though you don’t have to carry the food or wine as there’s a restaurant and bar service – result!!
- Meals: Breakfast, lunch
What a fantastic place to wake up, two and a half thousand metres up in the Sierra Nevada National Park. As the sun rises on the peaks and the chill of the night is taken away we’ll embark on one incredible day that will see us descending over 3000 metres!!
From the refugio we will climb just shy of 1000 metres (snow line permitting) to the summit of Veleta, the second highest peak in the Sierra (the third highest in mainland Spain) at 3398 metres. From the summit you can see the whole of the sierra, the Mediterranean and on clear days Morocco!
Trails heading past the Mirador de Trevelez will lead us to beautiful sweeping singletrack along an ancient irrigation channel, taking us into forests and past huge dramatic cliffs. The singletrack becomes testing before it takes on another long smooth traverse, dropping us past picturesque villages and deep into the Poquiera gorge for a nerve calming lunch stop.
A steady track climb leads us to a terrific undulating singletrack, linking villages, crossing streams and pastures until it throws us into the final descent of the week, down the awesome Rio Lanjaron for a fitting finale. Back down to civilization in Orgiva it’s time to celebrate what we’ve achieved during the week in grand style.
The Sierra Nevada is serious mountain biking country. You will be experiencing a range of terrain over the course of the week with frequent narrow, exposed trails and steep, rocky and sometimes loose descents.
There are some road sections and 4×4 tracks to get us from each section of trail to the next but be have sought out the best options to maximise our off-road time.
There is still a large amount of climbing involved each day and even with your electric bike a good level of fitness is required to get the most out of this holiday.
Mountain Biking Grade
Distances of 25-50 miles / 40-80 kms per day
For regular mountain bikers who have a good level of fitness
Routes with frequent moderate to difficult technical sections
Our grading guidelines have been carefully created based on our many years of cycling experience, as well as customer feedback from our trips. Of course, if you're still struggling to figure out where you fit on the scale, do feel free to give us a quick call and we'll be more than happy to help!
For more information about our grading system click here.
Is this suitable for you?
As well as keeping a good level of fitness you are also an experienced biker and enjoy riding more challenging trails. You usually ride most weekends and can cover between 30 and 50 miles over a full 8-9 hour day (with breaks). The routes you choose generally include more challenging 1-2 hour long climbs perhaps with sharp switchbacks and sections of large and loose rocks. You are comfortable riding most trails including sections of technical or exposed singletrack with some testing obstacles such as drop offs and steep downhills. Our grade 4 trips should suit you.
Dates & Prices
Are you keen to only travel with your family or friends? Struggling to find the right date? Well, we can organise a private departure for this tour and tailor aspects to suit your group's specific needs. Contact our friendly team and we'll help you turn your dream into reality.
A) Accommodation (shared twin rooms).
B) Meals as itinerary – B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Evening Meal.
C) Full tour service including guides, support vehicles etc.
D) Airport collections and drop-offs from/to Malaga (AGP) on scheduled arrival and departure days.
What's not Included
A) Personal clothing and equipment
B) Travel insurance
C) Bar bills, telephone calls, souvenirs, etc.
D) Bike hire (available if required)
E) Flights & charges for travelling with your bike (if applicable)
F) Single room option (available if required)
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A gorgeous climate, magnificent views and fabulous trails along ancient shepherds’ paths make Spain’s central Sierra Nevada arguably Europe’s best spot for mountain biking. On this seven-day adventure the gnarly ascents are taken care of by a Bosch ebike, Shimano steps or similarly dependable electric motor. Rides are made for thrillseekers, with high-adrenaline descents through canyons, forests and meadows to the whitewashed villages where you rest up and recharge. The trip ends on a suitable high, with a night in the Refugio Poqueria at 8,202 ft.
Dave, Newcastle, UKAn absolute game changer!
Totally enjoyed the uphills, as for the downhills… I was whooping and hollering. Power when needed brings you back grinning at the end of each day, looking forward to the next!