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Alhambra, Granada cycling tour andalusia spain

The Route of the Caliphate - Cordoba to Granada

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Traveling on the route of the Caliphate is an experience that brings together two of the most emblematic cities of ancient al-Andalus: Cordova, home to the ruling Caliphs, philosophers, astronomers, mathematicians and doctors who illuminated the Middle Ages with knowledge, centuries ahead of the European Renaissance. And on the other ... Read More

  • Reviews
  • Difficulty
    Fit: 3/5
  • Tour Type
    Self guided hybrid cycling (Level 3-4)
  • Availability
    Year-round, supplement for starts on Friday or Saturday
  • Duration
    7 Nights / 8 Days
  • Distance
    40 km/day

Day 1 | Arrival Cordoba

From the airport of Malaga you take a fast train and about 1 hour later you will be in Cordoba. Arrive in good time so as to visit the famous "Mezquita" (Grand Mosque). Your hotel will just be in front of it! Later, a walk through the old Jewish quarter to see its beautiful patios and have tapas in its inns. Finally, we suggest you experience an authentic flamenco show to get you ready for a journey, which has only just begun.

Hacienda Posada de Vallina


Hacienda Posada de Vallina

Located 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).

cycling tour andalusia spain

cycling tour andalusia spain

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Day 2 | Córdova - Luque - Priego, 26 km

You will be collected by our confidential taxi driver Manuel who will bring you to Luque station Here, you will receive a briefing and the bikes are handed over here: a comfortable mountain bike (Bergamont with disc brakes and front suspension) It will be delivered with a handlebar bag, a water bottle, bungee, km counter, lock, repair kit and an extra inner tube. You are kindly asked to sign the rental contract. A helmet is obligatory in Spain, you can bring your own, but we also can provide you with one. Then, you set out on quiet county roads to Fuente Aljama. Riding through mountains, you will arrive finally in the charming town of Priego, where you will stay in the charming old quarter “Barrio de la Villa”. In the little hotel you can enjoy an Arab bath (included)!

Casa Banos de la Villa

Priego de Córdoba Andalucia

Casa Banos de la Villa

Nowadays, 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.

Air Conditioning '; Non-Smoking Rooms '; Internet Access '; Cable TV '; Hair Dryer ';
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Day 3 | Priego - Carcabuey - Cabra - Zuheros, 54 km

From Priego you are making for 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. You take the "Vía Verde" (old reconditioned railway line), in gentle ascent to the romantic village of Zuheros. Just before the village you will spend the night in a charming 4 star hotel, a former olive farm! In case this hotel is already fully booked, you’ll spend the night in the family run hotel in the center of the village.

Hacienda Minerva


Hacienda Minerva

One 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.

Swimming Pool '; Air Conditioning '; Open Parking '; Seminar Room '; Internet Access '; Cable TV '; Hair Dryer '; Restaurant ';
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Day 4 | Zuheros - Luque - Alcaudete - Castillo de Locubín - Alcalá la Real, 60 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 bumpier trails and imposing watchtowers above remind you that you are entering Nasrid territory. Suddenly you encounter the majestic "La Mota" fortress defending the town of Alcalá. As this is a long stage with lots of uphill (up to 700 meters), we offer the possibility to take a taxi half way in the village Alcaudete! Then you only cycle 30 km (25 km almost flat and 5 km with an uphill of 300 meters). We do not ask for a supplement for this service, client only must tell us in advance (before 12:00 of the same day!)


Alcalá la Real


Located 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.

Air Conditioning '; Closed Parking '; Non-Smoking Rooms '; Internet Access '; Cable TV '; Hair Dryer '; Restaurant ';
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Day 5 | Alcalá la Real - Tózar, 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. You overnight in a typical not touristic Andalusia village, in the simple family run hostal of Marcelo, where his wife and grown up children will make you a delicious dinner.

Rincon de Marcelo


Rincon de Marcelo

This 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.

Air Conditioning '; Open Parking '; Internet Access '; Hotel Lounge/Bar '; Restaurant ';
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Day 6 | Tózar - Moclín - Olivares - Alfacar y Víznar - Granada, 56 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. Sierra Nevada 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. Your comfortable and charming hotel is right in the centre of town.

Villa Oniria

Granada Andalucia

Villa Oniria

Air Conditioning '; Non-Smoking Rooms '; Seminar Room '; Internet Access '; Cable TV '; Hair Dryer '; Mini-Bar '; Safe in Room '; Restaurant ';
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Day 7 | Today you can explore the city and the amazing Alhambra

This Palace/Fortress and residence of the Nasrid Sultans will awake your affection for the city (not included, should be booked in advance!). 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.

Villa Oniria

Granada Andalucia

Villa Oniria

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

Day 8 | End of the journey in Granada and departure

After breakfast in the hotel your trip will be over and by bus or train you can get to Cordova, Malaga, Seville or Madrid.

Alhambra, Granada cycling tour andalusia spain

Alhambra, Granada cycling tour andalusia spain

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The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance.

➢ 7 nights’ accommodation in double room with breakfast, with private shower/WC or bathroom in 2, 3 and 4 star hotels
➢ Documentation per person (cultural information & description of the routes with detailed information and maps)
➢ 1 gps per booking
➢ Private transfer hotel Córdoba to Luque start point of route day 2
➢ Transfer on demand from Alcaudete to Alcalá on day 4
➢ Personal briefing at start point route Luque
➢ Telephone helpline 9-19 o’clock
➢ Little gift at the end of the route
➢ Luggage transport
➢ Bike rental with delivery in Luque and collection in Granada at the end of day 7


Accommodation: Upgrades are possible in some places, please inquire. All lodging offer a private bathroom and a variety of other amenities. Hotels include:
- Hacienda Posada de Vallina - Cordoba**
- Casa Banos de la Villa - Priego**
- Hacienda Minerva - Zuheros**
- Torrepalma - Alcala la Real**
- Rincon de Marcelo - Tózar**
- Villa Oniria - Granada** (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.
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..
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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, supplement for starting on Friday or Saturday.
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!
Upgraded rooms at same hotels, or upgraded hotels available, please inquire
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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!


    "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
    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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