cycling tour andalusia spain
The Route of the Caliphate - Cordoba to Granada
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
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 and Granada, whose mighty kingdom cultivated the sciences above all and where formal refinement and architectural decoration reached levels unmatched in any society of its time. Travel to see these two cities, on a journey that combines culture, nature and anthropology, delighting the senses at every step. “The Route of the Caliphate” is designated Major European Cultural Itinerary. The prestigious Foundation Legado Andalusí in co-operation with Otros Caminos has re-discovered this itinerary and developed it as a historical and cultural experience, connecting the cities of Cordova and Granada with their world cultural heritages: the stunning “Mezquita” in Cordova and the marvelous “Alhambra” in Granada. A cycling adventure through Andalusia’s past and culture, a journey of discovery that evokes the natural beauty and cultural heritage of the Route of the Caliphate. The ride leads through wide variety of terrains, passing through a host of villages. Betake a journey through time and across unique landscapes and natural reserves that feature along the way. Ride through landscapes with tranquil hills of olive groves, holm-oak woods, vegetable gardens and vineyards, rushing streams, imposing watchtowers, proud castles, impeccable farmhouses and humble farmsteads, all giving the backdrop to an unforgettable visit. Enjoy the villages, castles, churches and towns that stretch before you just waiting to be discovered, such as Baena, Luque, Priego, Zuheros, Alcaudete, Castillo de Locubín, Alcalá la Real, Tózar, Moclín, that now give their name to some of the world's finest olive oils. You will find them the perfect place to relax and recover lost energy with the best food and wines this region has to offer. Although each season holds its own particular charm, we advise you to plan this tour in spring (March to June) to take advantage of the explosion of color in the surrounding countryside, the splendor of the Subbéticas, the smell of the olive mills and the views of the last snowfalls on the Sierra Nevada that will accompany you on the last two stages!
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Tour TypeSelf guided hybrid cycling (Level 3-4)
AvailabilityYear-round, supplement for starts on Friday or Saturday
Duration7 Nights / 8 Days
Day 1 | Arrival Cordoba
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).
Day 2 | Córdova - Luque - Priego, 26 km
Casa Banos de la Villa
Priego de Córdoba Andalucia
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.
Day 3 | Priego - Carcabuey - Cabra - Zuheros, 54 km
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.
Day 4 | Zuheros - Luque - Alcaudete - Castillo de Locubín - Alcalá la Real, 60 km
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.
Day 5 | Alcalá la Real - Tózar, 28 km
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.
Day 6 | Tózar - Moclín - Olivares - Alfacar y Víznar - Granada, 56 or 62 km
Day 7 | Today you can explore the city and the amazing Alhambra
Day 8 | End of the journey in Granada and departure
Alhambra, Granada cycling tour andalusia spain
➢ 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
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) |
|Based on 2 participants||1287 euros/person||1337 euros/person|
|Based on 4 participants||1261 euros/person||1311 euros/person|
|Based on 6 participants||1243 euros/person||1292 euros/person|
|Single supplement||253 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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- 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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"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 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.
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:
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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