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Granada to Seville

Guided Leisure Bike Tour

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Duration

9 days

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$2,300 P.P.
Spain

Granada to Seville

Guided Leisure Bike Tour

Grade

1
2
3
4
5

Duration

9 days

Prices from

$2,300 P.P.
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Join us on this leisurely journey between Andalucia's three greatest cities, Granada, Cordoba and Seville. All three cities are entrenched in ancient-Moorish heritage and ooze Andaluz culture.
The cities are linked with rides through rolling sierras and olive groves and into La Campina, once the ‘bread-basket’ of the Roman Empire. We'll cycle along the purpose-built cycle way, the Vias Verdes; once the railway lines of the region, they are now disused and perfect for cycling! By design they are compact and flat, offering the perfect, rolling network from which to enjoy the breathtaking scenery and cultural and historical delights of the real Andalucia.
This adventure will thrill the senses calling first at Granada, the last Moorish capital, bursting with history and architecture. The beauty of the majestic Alhambra Palace and Generalife gardens are unmissable and we would highly recommend you arrive in Granada a few days early to see the sights and soak-up the seductiveness of this wonderful city. Our route meanders through craggy sierras, passing castle-topped villages with overnight stays in Zuheros and Bujalance, which are immersed in the production of liquid gold; olive oil.
The next stop is the birth place of Spanish Flamenco. Cordoba is a curious mix of Moorish and Catholic architectural wizardry, a UNESCO World Heritage-listed city in which the Mezquita, or Mosque-Cathedral, reigns supreme. The Vias Verdes cycle paths will take us on gentle trails to the monumental Carmona, before a short last day of riding into Seville, full of Andalucian treasures. A bike tour around this cycle-friendly city will give us the chance to see the sights, like the cathedral and Giralda tower.  Seville, a city characterised by flamenco, tapas bars and remarkable architecture, is a truly unforgettable cultural experience and a real highlight to end this fantastic trip.
If you have time to extend your trip then we would recommend extra time in Granada, to visit the Alhmabra, Cordoba, to visit the Mezquita, and Seville, to explore the Cathedral. Please let us know if you would like any additional nights. 

Highlights

  • Cycling between 3 of the most magnificent cities in Andalucia
  • Riding through rolling sierras and olive groves
  • Making use of the Vias Verdes
  • Exploring the architectural wonders of Granada
  • Visiting Cordoba – the birth place of Spanish Flamenco
  • Celebrating your trip in the capital of the south, Seville

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Itinerary

Day 1
Arrival into Malaga airport - Transfer to Granada

Following your arrival into Malaga airportyou will be transferred as a group to your first hotel in Granada (approx. 1 hour 45 minutes)

Granada is almost unrivalled for its beauty, architecture and the setting isn’t bad either! Set at the foot of the imposing Sierra Nevada, with the Alhambra towering above it, it is a truly unforgettable city. In this legendary city, renowned for its amazing Moorish architecture, you can take a tour of the World Heritage-listed Alhambra and Generalife Gardens, one of Andalucia’s special highlights. In the mosaic-tiled and landscaped gardens of the Alhambra, discover the culture and history of Spain’s Moorish rulers and admire their exotic architectural legacy.

As evening arrives you could watch a Gypsy Zambra flamenco show in Granada’s Gypsy quarter, Sacramonte. We’d recommend a traditional evening tapas tour of Granada, probably one of the best ways to see the city and the people who live there.

A visit to the Alhambra is not included in the trip and to fully appreciate this magnificent building and the city we recommend that you arrive into Granada a day or two early.

Day 2
Transfer to Loja - Loja to Priego de Cordoba
31.5 Miles / 50 Kms
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch

After breakfast your Skedaddle guide will meet you at your first hotel to brief the group about the trip and to set up your hire bikes. Then a quick ride in the support vehicle will whisk us out of the city centre to the peace of the Andalucian countryside. Once on the bike, the back lanes thread a trail past impressive rock formations towards the Sierra Subbetica. Today’s riding is a heady mix of classic Andalucian culture; from parched craggy sierras and olive and almond groves to white-washed villages.

After lunch the route takes us deeper into this stunning sierra, whose dramatic peaks are home to southern Spain’s largest breeding colony of the majestic griffon vulture, as well as Bonnelli’s and Booted eagles. Priego is perched on an escarpment overlooking the rolling mountainsides. Much of the city’s grandeur is due to the booming silk production in the 18th century.

Day 3
Priego De Cordoba to Zuheros
17 Miles / 28 Kms
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch

Today is a gentler day, giving our legs a rest after a hilly first day on the bike. The route will take us around to the northern edge of the Sierras Subbetica. The trail leads us through the rustic town of Luque, notable for its medieval castle, Albenzaide, as well as its parochial church at the Plaza de Espana. Here marks the ideal spot to stop for a coffee.

The gentle trail soon leads us to the pretty village of Zuheros with its 9th-century, Moorish castle perched on a limestone crag, proudly guarding the fertile lands below. The village is engulfed by magnificent limestone cliffs which seemingly contort themselves into wonderful shapes, and will be our home for the night.

Today’s relatively short ride should leave us with some time to spend the afternoon, depending on opening hours you may have a chance to visit the Cueva de los Murcielagos, a bat cave with fascinating paintings, prehistoric skeletons and geological formations. Alternatively you can spend the afternoon visiting an organic oil press in Baena.

Day 4
Zuheros to Bujalance
35 Miles / 56 Kms
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch

From Zuheros we’ll pick up the Via Verde del Aceite, a cycle way which drops through olive groves to Baena. The intoxicating scent of olive pressing fills the air, and if we‘re lucky we may see some olive pressing in action! Baena is at the centre of the olive oil industry and we’ll likely see some hand pickers labouring over ancient trees, as well as modern pneumatic shakers harvesting the fruit with ease. Leaving Baena behind, it’ll become ever clearer that we‘re in northern Andalucia, with olive groves lining the roads and horizons – it’s an incredible sight. No wonder Spain is the undisputed leader in olive oil production as they have 2.4 million hectares dedicated to it, producing over 1 million tonnes of oil annually! The road threads through villages and past farms to our accommodation for the evening, an old olive farm which has been renovated into a hotel, an ideal place to relax in the late afternoon sunshine.

Day 5
Bujalance to Cordoba
27 Miles / 43.5 Kms
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch

Today we’ll cycle village to village on back lanes, before reaching the mighty Guadalquivir River; its name means great valley in Arabic and it is the main artery for Andalucia.

We enter the city of Cordoba over the impressive Roman Bridge; this short, gentle day in the saddle means we have plenty of time to have a wander around one of the true wonders of Andalucia, Cordoba’s Mezquita. Discover the city’s mix of Jewish and Arab culture and admire Cordoba’s medieval architecture, with its white-washed courtyards, winding alleys and leafy squares.

After a late-afternoon siesta the group can head out for an early evening dinner in one of the famous ‘Patios de Cordoba’ and why not top off the evening with the delights of a traditional Flamenco show?

Day 6
Cordoba to Ecija
35.5 Miles / 57 Kms
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch

Today we’ll set off on another of Andalucia’s Vias Verdes, the cycle way of La Campina, which takes us on a leisurely ride through crops and rolling hills, filled with spring flowers. The area was once known as the ‘bread basket’ of the whole Roman Empire and wheat is still grown here today.

We will roll on to Ecija, nicknamed the frying pan of Spain due to being one of the hottest places in Spain in the summer. It’s a town famously known for its eleven towers and fifteen bell towers. It’s a relaxing place to stay the night, with plenty of good restaurants serving delicious, Andalucian delicacies.

Day 7
Ecija to Carmona
42 Miles / 67 Kms
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch

This is the longest day on paper but one with few hills, as we will weave our way down the vast Guadalquivir valley. The dark hills of the Sierra Morena offer great vistas to the north, while our pedals keep turning for the last full day in the saddle.

The route is punctuated by various settlements, the most notable being Fuentes de Andalucia, which has an ethnographic museum celebrating remains of humans found over 200,000 years ago.

Deserted lanes and fields full of swaying wheat will lead us on to the enchanting small town of Carmona, once a Roman stronghold in Iberia. The Moors put their stamp on it by making it almost impregnable with vast walls. The town holds many monuments waiting to be discovered.

Carmona has a proud culinary tradition and is infamous for salmorejo, partridge, cured ham and snails. Enjoy!

Day 8
Carmona to Seville
15 Miles / 24 Kms
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch

After breakfast we have a short cycle through open countryside to Brenes, where we will jump in the support vehicle which will transfer us to the great city of Seville, the seductive capital of the South.

Your afternoon can be spent on a fantastic, informative city bike tour that takes you through the most interesting places of Triana, the old historic center, the María Luisa Park, Plaza de España, the classic and the modern Seville.

You can take a stroll around the old quarter of Seville taking in the UNESCO World Heritage sights of the Cathedral and the towering Giralda, or the breathtaking Alcazaba palace and its gardens. In the evening, you’ll have chance to wander with the locals along the riverside, visit one of the city’s legendary bars or experience the drama and passion of flamenco at a Seville flamenco show (cost not included). The lively Barrio de Santa Cruz is a great place to head for a fun evening sampling the best tapas in Seville’s fantastic evening atmosphere.

Seville is a captivating city which you would never do justice in half a day, so to discover it at your own pace we’d recommend an extension at the end of your trip. Please get in touch if we can help you with any extra nights.

Day 9
Departure from Seville - Transfer to Malaga Airport
  • Meals: Breakfast

Following breakfast you will be transferred to Malaga airport for your flights home (approx. 2 hours 30 minutes).

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The Cycling

Terrain

During the trip you will ride on a variety of surfaces, including back lanes, cyclepaths and some hard-packed gravel / dirt tracks. Be prepared for a hilly start to the week, with some steeper climbs (particularly the first 2 days). Things do even out after you reach Cordoba (day 5). 70% of the time the roads are shared with vehicle traffic, which are most busy when entering and leaving the cities. You’ll also be able to enjoy some traffic-free routes throughout the week! Hybrid bikes are recommended for this tour (not suitable for road bikes).

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Leisure Cycling Grade

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Grade 3 : Moderate

Distances generally between 20-45 miles / 32-72 kms per day

For the leisure cyclist with a good level of physical fitness

May include some steeper, cheeky climbs

Possibly sections of varying terrain (eg. forest tracks, gravel paths etc).

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?

Although you may not cycle everyday, you do keep yourself relatively fit and maybe enjoy an afternoon out on your bike at the weekend. Your preference is perhaps for flatter terrain but you don’t mind tackling some hills, and the occasional steep climb if you can take it at your own pace. For those happy to tackle some ups and downs, and possibly some sections of varying terrain (eg. forest tracks, gravel paths etc) we’d recommend our grade 3 trips. We’d generally expect those on a Grade 3 trip to have a decent level of physical fitness and be comfortable with some longer days in the saddle.

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Dates & Prices

Private Departures

Private Departures

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.

Start Date
End Date
Duration
Price p.p.
Start Date
11/04/2021
Return Date
19/04/2021
Duration
9 days
Price
$2,300.00
Start Date
02/10/2021
Return Date
10/10/2021
Duration
9 days
Price
$2,300.00

Whats Included Tick

A) Accommodation (shared twin / double en suite rooms) in a mixture of 2*, 3* and 4* hotels

B) Meals as per the itinerary (B-Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)

C) Full tour service, including English-speaking Skedaddle guides

D) Unless stated, at least one leader qualified in first aid

E) Support vehicle, for tired bikers and luggage transfers

F) Airport transfers on scheduled arrival and departure days from Malaga airport (AGP)

What's not Included Cross

A) Bike hire (available if required)

B) Flights and charges for travelling with your bike (if applicable)

C) Meals not stated in the itinerary

D) Single room (available if required)

E) Travel insurance

F) Personal clothing and equipment

G) Personal expenditure (souvenirs, bar bills, hotel facilities etc)

H) Entrance fees to museums and other attractions en route

I) Entrance fees to the Alhambra in Granada, the Mezquita in Cordoba and the Catedral in Seville

J) Airport transfers on days other than the scheduled arrival / departure days

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The Essentials

Travel Options

Airport transfers are included in the cost of your tour. To join the airport transfer on arrival, you’ll need to arrive into Malaga airport (AGP) before 12.00 for a 12.30 transfer. At the end of the tour we will transfer the group to back to Malaga airport, with an estimated arrival time of 09.45 – please consider this when booking your return travel and allow enough time to check in for your chosen flight. If you wouldprefer to arrive into Granada (GRX) and depart from Seville (SVQ)we can arrange a private transfer for an additional cost, please contact the office for prices.

There are a few direct option from the east coast, including with Delta from JFK, and a variety of other options involving a stop at one of the larger European airports such as London Gatwick(LGW), Amsterdam (AMS) or Madrid (MAD). Your outbound flight will usually depart in the afternoon or evening and arrive the following day. Please contact us for more detailed information on the specific flight schedules available for your trip. Please check with us before booking any flights, to make sure we have reached the minimum number required to guarantee your trip and to ensure your flights fit with our scheduled transfers. Please note – If you make travel arrangements that fall outside of the above time windows there may be an additional charge for individual transfers.

Accommodation

Accommodation (shared twin or double rooms) will usually be en suite in 2/3 star hotels or guesthouses. Family run, personable, charming, comfortable and homely are boxes we tick when looking for places to stay. A million miles away from chain style hotels all with unique touches.

Bike Hire

If you don’t own a suitable bike or would prefer to avoid bringing your own we have bikes available to hire.

These bikes are typically a Gudereit L 15, or similar. These are high-quality, flat-bar hybrid bikes, with a wide range of gears. We also have electric bikes available for hire (typically Stevens e-wave), if required.

Both standard and electric bikes will come equipped with pannier racks and 1 pannier bag, handle bar bag, odometer, water bottle, water bottle holder, puncture repair kit and spare inner tubes. It is possible to bring along your own pedals and/or saddle on this trip, but please let us know in advance. Please note, some e-bikes are tubeless, and so in this case spare inner tubes won’t be provided.

If you would like to hire a helmet, we can provide these; please request helmets at the time of booking.

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