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Seville, Cordoba & Granada Cycling Tour

1,750.00

This self guided cycling tour passes through the historic cities of Seville, Cordoba and Granada and combines the history and beautiful scenery of the Andalucia region in southern Spain.

Seville, Cordoba and Granada – are the 3 most impressive and historical cities in Andalucia and riding between them you will experience some of Spain’s finest rural landscapes where time seems to have stood still for hundreds of years.

This tour is available for groups of 4 or more riders.

Prices are starting indications, per person, based on two people sharing a twin room, and include standard bike hire. Please make a booking enquiry for a confirmed price based on your chosen dates and exact requirements.

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Description

Your route takes you through plantations of orange, olive, cotton and sunflowers which all border the Guadalquivir River.

In addition to the sights in the three main cities, which include the world renowned Cathedral of Seville, the Mezquita and the Alhambra Palace in Granada, you will cycle through some beautiful lesser known towns, such as Carmona and Zuheros. The route combines the historic highlights of Andalucia, with the superb scenery from the Sierra de Hornachuels to the Subbetica Natural Park.

As an additional bonus, your tour leader offers nightly cultural/heritage tours of each destination

Itinerary

The full eight-day itinerary:
  1. Arrival – The cycling tour begins at 6pm at your hotel in Sevilla where we meet for a tour briefing and to bike fit you. After the tour briefing, you can take advantage of a tour of the city; taking in the Cathedral in Seville, which is the 3rd largest Cathedral in the world. We will then enjoy a tapas tour of Sevillas finest tapas bars.
  2. Italica & Carmona – We ride out of the city on cycle paths heading towards the ancient Roman city of Italica. Italica has a brilliantly preserved Roman amphitheatre as well as the remains of impressive mosaics, baths and Roman houses. After lunch we continue the cycling tour to Carmona; a beautiful fortified Roman town in the heart of the plains of Andalucia. Steeped in history Carmona has several Roman and Moorish structures which we will visit both on the way to and in the town itself. (25-78km)
  3. Palma de Rio – We leave Carmona following quiet back roads through fields of citrus, cotton, sunflowers and past traditional Spanish farmsteads. The Guadalquivir river, which also features in todays ride, is a key part of the history of the region; it was used by the Romans to transfer troops, by the Muslims for irrigation and also a primary trade route for goods arriving from the Americas. The hotel is located in a 15th century monastery in Palma del Rio; a one-time lodging place of Christopher Columbus. Palma del Rio is a picturesque town which, more recently, was central to the resistance movement in Andalucia during the Spanish Civil War. (32-68km)
  4. Cordoba – We leave Palma del Rio and take a cross country route on the edge of the Sierra Morena Natural Park, reaching the beautiful hilltop castle in Almodovar del Rio, which dates back to the 8th century. The cycling continues from Almodovar on a flat route running parallel to the Guadalquivir River to Cordoba. Take time to explore the  Jewish Quarter which contains a fascinating array of narrow streets, in the heart of the city is the Mezquita – the Great Mosque of Cordoba. This is a marvellously decorated building which also is now home to the Cathedral. You can also visit the many Roman remains, the most impressive being the city bridge near the Mesquita. The Alcazar de los Reyes – a royal building which was at the center of the Spanish Inquisition, and the Royal Stables are also well worth a visit. (25-68km)
  5. Subbetica Natural Park – We leave Cordoba and head into the stunning Subbetica Natural Park on rolling cycling terrain through kilometre after kilometre of olive groves. Tonight’s accommodation is in a traditional cortijo (farmhouse) inside the Natural Park close to the typical Andalucian white village of Zuheros. The picturesque town of Zuheros is home to a 12th century castle and also prehistoric caves containing neolithic paintings. (40-66km)
  6. Montefrio – Next stop is at Almedinilla: a Roman village with an excellent archaelogical museum including the remains of a Roman settlement. The tour continues to the white village of Montefrio where you will stay in a converted 19th century olive mill. The scenery is picturesque riding along a scenic valley route surrounded by rolling hills. Montefrio is home to a 14th Century Alcazaba which was a Moorish Fortress built to defend against a Christian invasion. (36-68km)
  7. Granada – The final day in the saddle leaves Montefrio and crosses the quiet Vega Natural Park, finishing in Granada – the jewel in the crown of Spanish history. In addition to the world famous Alhambra Palace, Granada is also home to the magnificent Albayzin district and an impressive cathedral. On your last night of your trip your tour leader will accompany you on a Tapas style tour of some great local haunts! (35-72km)
  8. Departure – Your tour ends after breakfast. However, we recommend you stay for at least one or two more nights in this historic city and can happily arrange accommodation for you.

Your Bike

The bike options for our Andalucia tours consist quality, well-maintained road, hybrid and eBikes.

Orbea Avant (aluminium frame & carbon forks) or Orbea Orca (full carbon) road bikes, with a Shimano 105 groupset, compact chainrings and 12/32 cassettes:

Specialised CrossTrail Disc Pro hybrid bikes, with front suspension and 27-speed gears:

Focus MTB eBikes with Rockshox front forks, disc brakes and a Shimano Deore groupset:

The hire bikes are supplied to you with pumps, spare inner tubes, tyre levers, locks and water bottle.