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Cordoba to Granada - Moorish Biking Tour
This bike tour of Andalusia in Spain, is a journey through time, cycling across unique landscapes and natural reserves. Ride through tranquil hills of olive groves, holm-oak woods, vegetables gardens and vineyards, rushing streams, imposing watchtowers, proud castles and humble farmsteads, all contributing to an unforgettable visit. Enjoy the villages of Cabra, Zuheros, Alcaudete, Castillo de Locubin, Alcala la Real, Tozar and Moclin, that now give their name to some of the world's finest olive oils. Of course, there is the Alhambra the amazing fortress and palace of the former Moorish caliphate in Andalusia. As a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is popular, but a must see as you cap off your week of adventure and discovery in Southern Spain.
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+ Itinerary

Day 1 | Arrival Day in Cordoba

Day 1 | Arrival Day in Cordoba

Arrive in good time so as to visit the famous "Mezquita" (Grand Mosque). Later, a walk through the old Jewish quarter to see its beautiful patios and have tapas in its inns. Finally we suggest you to experience an authentic flamenco show to get you ready for a journey, which has only just begun.
To get to Cordoba, you can take a high-speed train from either Madrid (2hrs), Seville (45min) or Málaga.

Hacienda Posada de Vallina

Cordoba

Hacienda Posada de VallinaLocated in the heart of Cordoba, next to the legendary Mezquita Mosque and Cathedral. Be our guest and enjoy the charm of our traditional buidling without having to miss all modern amenities. We stand for highest comfort and service quality for our guests. Adjacent are not only the legendary Mezquita Mosque and Cathedral, but numerous Cordoba attractions, including Alcázar der los Reyes Cristianos (Royal Fortress) and Puente Romano (Roman Bridge).

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Day 2 | Transfer to Luque, ride to Priego de Cordoba (26 km)

Day 2 | Transfer to Luque, ride to Priego de Cordoba (26 km)

We will pick you up at your hotel at 10am and then transfer you to the start point of the route in the small town Luque (about 80 minutes transfer). There, you will have your orientation and bike set up with our local guide. Then, you set out on quiet country roads to Fuente Aljama. Riding through mountain scenery, you will finally arrive in the charming town of Priego, where you will stay in the charming old quarter “Barrio de la Villa”. Your hotel stay includes an Arab Bath experience to relax after your ride!

Casa Banos de la Villa

Priego de Córdoba Andalucia

Casa Banos de la VillaNowadays, many people live looking for something, although not always knowing what it is. They look for a moment that remains in their memories forever; moments that make them feel they have lived. Casa Baños de la Villa wants to offer you that moment and provide you a unique experience, far from overcrowded places while always respecting the environment and promoting social responsibility.

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Amenities

Air Conditioning Non-Smoking Rooms Internet Access Cable TV Hair Dryer

Day 3 | Ride to Zuheros (54 km)

Day 3 | Ride to Zuheros (54 km)

From Priego you are riding to Carcabuey on an old disused road. Heading along a little country road past the village of Algar, you then climb to the Gaena mountain pass. From there you have a long and pronounced descent to the splendid town of Cabra. A picturesque route along the foot of the mountains takes us to the compact but attractive village of Zuheros. The village itself is at a higher level than the old railway line, but the climb is rewarded by the chance to take a stroll around the streets of Zuheros, especially in spring when the flowers are in bloom. From the town square there is an excellent view down to our Greenway, the only flat ground in a mountainous terrain. Don't miss the Zuheros bridge: a famed architectural metal structure sweeping the Arroyo Bailon River in a majestic curve. Just 2 km before Zuheros you will sleep in a charming 4 star hotel, a beautiful renovated land house, a former olive farm! Cumulative height difference: about 400-450 meters

Hacienda Minerva

Zuheros

Hacienda MinervaOne of the greatest values ​​of the Hacienda Hotel Minerva is the building in which it is located, but Minerva is not just a hotel, but all the spaces are designed for our guests. The environment around us is one of the most beautiful in Andalusia, and we invite you to know, but such is the range of spaces, services and facilities that offers Minerva can you go without leaving our doors a week and every day you would discover something new.

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Amenities

Swimming Pool Air Conditioning Open Parking Seminar Room Internet Access Cable TV Hair Dryer Restaurant

Day 4 | Ride to Alcala la Real (60 km; or 30 km)

Day 4 | Ride to Alcala la Real (60 km; or 30 km)

Today you bid farewell to the Subbetica Mountains, to immerse yourselves in the countryside of Jaén, riding along the comfortable "Vía Verde" (old railway line). After passing the station in Alcaudete, you continue uphill, and the more bumpy trails and imposing watchtowers above remind you that you are entering Nasrid territory. All of a sudden you encounter the majestic "La Mota" fortress defending the town of Alcala. As this is a long stage with lots of uphill (up to 700 meters), we offer the possibility to take a taxi half way to the village Alcaudete! Then you only cycle 30 km (25 km almost flat and 5 km with an uphill of 300 meters), just let us know at least the day before and we'll arrange it!

Torrepalma

Alcalá la Real

TorrepalmaLocated in Alcalá de la Real (Jaen), the hotel opened its doors in August of 97 as a 3 star hotel bearing the title of City Hotel.

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Amenities

Air Conditioning Closed Parking Non-Smoking Rooms Internet Access Cable TV Hair Dryer Restaurant

Day 5 | Ride to Tozar (28 km)

Day 5 | Ride to Tozar (28 km)

After visiting the La Mota fortress, with its thick castle walls, imposing towers and the old cathedral built by the reconquering Christians within its confines, you head out of Alcalá la Real over its fertile plain, (and adjacent villages of Fuente del Rey and Santa Ana), riding between fields of cereal crops which are full of poppies in springtime. Once passed Casillas de Mures, the landscape changes and you head towards Tózar, just before the final bastion of the Nasrid kingdom, Moclín. This village awaits you in the distance beneath the watchful eye of its imposing castle. Cumulative height difference: 515 meters

Rincon de Marcelo

Tozar

Rincon de MarceloThis is a very charming rural hotel with a family offering a warm welcome to their guests. Located in a small village, this will give you an authentic feel of Andalusia and the locals. They can propose to cook dinner for you, and the food will be worth it! Quite a special experience.

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Amenities

Air Conditioning Open Parking Internet Access Hotel Lounge/Bar Restaurant

Day 6 | Ride to Granada (53 km or 62 km)

Day 6 | Ride to Granada (53 km or 62 km)

After climbing to Moclín you will enjoy the great views of the Sierra Nevada during the large descent to Olivares. Soon the beautiful plain comes into sight, its arrival announced by the last watchtower you will see, opposite the "tres Juanes" hermitage. The Sierra Nevada mountain range forms an impressive backdrop. You now approach Granada, and have the option of entering the city from the North, taking a longer route with more climbs through the foothills of the Alfaguara Mountains or from the South through the fertile plain and along the river Genil. Cumulative height difference is 700m. For short route cumulative height difference is only 200 meters.

Villa Oniria

Granada Andalucia

Villa Oniria

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Amenities

Air Conditioning Non-Smoking Rooms Seminar Room Internet Access Cable TV Hair Dryer Mini-Bar Safe in Room Restaurant

Day 7 | Explore the amazing Alhambra or short loop tour (22 km)

Day 7 | Explore the amazing Alhambra or short loop tour (22 km)

Today is a non-riding day to give you time to visit Granada and the famous Alhambra. This Palace/Fortress and residence of the Nasrid Sultans will awake your affection for the city. Delightful little corners, palaces and gardens abound in its old neighborhoods, along with a multitude of tapas bars, restaurants and wine houses... All this will bring you to love a city that is as full of life as it is of history and poetry. The visit to the Alhambra is divided into 3 sections: Generallife (Summer gardens and palaces), Nasrid palaces and Alcazaba (military fortress).
If you plan on visiting the Alhambra, we strongly recommend making reservations ahead of time since tickets are limited. For help, please contact us.

If you would rather go for a ride today to Pinos de Genil along the river Genil , we can provide an itinerary for a short loop tour (22km)
 

Villa Oniria

Granada Andalucia

Villa Oniria

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Amenities

Air Conditioning Non-Smoking Rooms Seminar Room Internet Access Cable TV Hair Dryer Mini-Bar Safe in Room Restaurant

Day 8  | Departure on your own after breakfast

Day 8 | Departure on your own after breakfast

After breakfast in the hotel your trip will be over and you can get by bus to Málaga or to Madrid, Cordoba, Seville (by bus and train).  
+ Rates

Andalucia - Cordoba to Granada - 7 nights (based on double occupancy)

 
Standard Season
High Season
Based on 2 participants1287 euros/person 1337 euros/person
Based on 4 participants1261 euros/person 1311 euros/person
Based on 6 participants 1243 euros/person 1292 euros/person
Single supplement253 Euros/single 253 Euros/single
Hybrid Bike rental 105 Euros 105 Euros
E-Bike rental 235 Euros 235 Euros

Please inquire for solo supplement if you are traveling on your own.

High season is 1 April - 31 May, except 8-17 April when the tour is not possible; 12-15 October, 5-10 December, 22-31 December. Friday and Saturday starts during Sept 1 - Nov 11 have 25 euros/person surcharge. All rates are per person..

How do our rates compare? See Why Pure Adventures is Better We include more services, respond quicker, and are there for your entire trip not just part of it. As a US based company, you can pay conveniently and securely. Call us toll free now 800-960-2221 (USA/Canada 8am-5pm MST); or Email Us we respond same day to all emails. Our goal is to be better, respond quicker, and save you both time and money. We may not always be the least expensive, but we will be the best value for the money and time. Don't forget, we offer many destinations and will help you choose the best one for you. Let us help you and make your vacation easy!
+ What's Included?

- 7 nights accommodations
- superior accommodations; historic properties, 3 and 4 star lodging and 1 small hostal with excellent restaurant
- Breakfast daily
- Luggage transfers
- Local emergency support by phone to our Andalusian agent
- Orientation and bike set up
- Transfer to start of ride in Luque on Day 2
- Option for transfer on Day 4 to skip hills - must be requested in advance
- Road books with riding route maps and cue sheets
- Suggestions for visitation and dining
- Additional services and stays can be arranged separately.
- GPS (1 per 2 participants)
- All trip planning and onward travel services
- Pre trip documents including GPX files for personal device if requested
- Customer incentives & post trip offers


Lodging

Accommodation: 7 nights in 2, 3 and 4 star hotels. Upgrades are possible in some places, please inquire. All lodging offer a private bathroom and a variety of other amenities. Hotels include:
- Hotel Posada de Vallina***
- Hotel Casa Banos de la Villa***
- Hotel Hacienda Minerva****
- Hotel Torre Palma**
- Hotel Rincon de Marcelo
- Hotel Villa Oniria****(2 nights)
 
** Please see Itinerary tab for more information **

Please note that the week of Easter is very difficult to book, please book early if you plan on booking around those dates.

+ Tour Highlights

Tour Details

Tour Highlights:

- Self guided cycling ideal in winter season

- Spectacular villages and multicultural history

- Cordoba, Granada, and the Alhambra

- Olive oil tasting widely available


Need to Know:

- Tickets for the Alhambra are needed and must be ordered in advance; ask for details at booking

- avoid summer months and holidays such as Easter

- GPS included to assist in navigation; map reading and GPS experience recommended

- E-bikes now available for rent

Duration: 8 days & 7 nights. .
Dates : Any date year-round, Can start any day of the week, subject to hotel availability for your requested dates. Please note that traveling during Easter week 8-17 April is not possible, and other days in April are difficult to have space. High season supplements apply, see Rates tab. . This is self-guided touring Mountain bikes only are available on this tour because of the terrain. Custom guided groups are possible for groups of 6 or more; please inquire.

Level 3 - Fit. Flat terrain for the first 2 rides, but gets hillier on the following rides. Some unpaved sections are gravel and rocky. This is a self guided tour - see what all that includes!

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  • Local Coordinator

    Our local expert Sandra left the Netherlands and came to Andalusia in 2000 because she loves the region, its people and its gastronomy. Originally trained as a psychologist, she has been working as a hiking and biking guide for about 20 years, giving her the experience and professionalism we want for our clients. She knows Andalusia better than many locals and can you give you all the support you might need!

    + Bikes & Gear
     
    Bikes Available on This Tour:
    Bergamont Mountain Bikes - | (Detailed Spec Sheet) | alloy super lite tubing frames with race geometry. SR Suntour Fork with mechanical lockout; Rear Derailleur Shimano Acera; Front Derailleur Shimano FD-M310; Shifter Shimano Acera 3x8speed, rapidfire-shifter; Crankset 42/32/22; Schwalbe tubes. Weight before equipment: 14,3kg.  105 Euros

    E-bikes are now available in 2017! Contact us for rates and details.

    Included with bike rentals are:

  • Helmets.
  • Computer (odometer)
  • Handlebar bag with map reader
  • Puncture kit: Tire levers, spare inner tube, patch kit included
  • Lock included
  • Frame pump included
  • Pedals: flat or with cages. Travelers may bring their own clipless pedals to have installed. If you plan on bringing your own pedals, please make sure you bring your tools to remove the pedals at the end of the tour since we will not see you.
     
     
     
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    + Reviews

    "We completely LOVED our Pure Adventures cycling trip. The routes were fabulous -- gorgeous bike paths and quiet back roads through amazing scenery, medieval villages and beautiful Mediterranean coast beaches. And after a day of cycling, we pull into a lovely hotel with a great dinner menu as part of the deal. Perfect. Costa Brava is a cyclists dream and a food lover's paradise. We will definitely do another trip with Pure Adventures."
     

    "The trip was the most relaxing time I've spent in 20 years. I learned how to slow down. There were no TVs, radios, phones, internet or clocks. Just listening to the birds chatting outside the window was the music for the evening. We spent a lot of time speaking Spanish (and Catalan) while getting to know the hosts and other B & B world travelers. Thanks for a memorable vacation!" - Mark M.

    "The tour was GREAT, every day was like a treasure hunt, great new places to discover! the food, of course was unbelievable, and the best meals we had were at little places we discovered along the way for lunch, mostly three star cafes. the scenery was also unbelievable, the coast is great and the foothills were also fun and beautiful."
    - Dan. G

    "We had a great experience. Terrific support and info from Maggie, Saskia and Dave."
    - Al B.

    "
    Your itinerary was really excellent and we all felt we got a true feeling for Northern Spain--the interior with the medieval villages and then the costa brava was wonderful."
    - Jan T.


    "We had a fantastic time and absolutely loved our trip. It will be a long time until we could ever go again, but we are already recommending the trip to our friends and family.!"
    - Nancy A.

     

    "Everything went really well. Was very impressed with Bo, phoned up a few times to make sure everything was working well. There was absolutely no problems with the equipment, and we only got lost a couple of times.... Hotels were fabulous, and so was the food."
    - Rob C. / Canada

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    Cordoba to Granada - Moorish Biking Tour

    Tour Type: Self guided hybrid cycling (Level 3-4)
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    Distance: 40 km/day
    Duration: 7 Nights / 8 Days
    Availability: Year-round
    Cost: Starting at €1243 Euros





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