11 Days /10 Nights
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Southern Spain. This is a beautiful region that includes lush countryside as well as landscapes that will remind you of Arizona. There are hills, rivers and beautiful architecture reminiscent of the Arabian Nights. Visit the cities of Seville, Cordoba and Granada.
Adventures in Tandem will again partner with NaturBike to offer this ten night tour beginning in Seville and ending in Granada, with optional transport to Malaga, We are tentatively scheduled to run this tour from May 1 to 12, 2020. Riding will be in the 30 to 70 mile a day range. It is not flat riding.
We begin the tour in Seville, the capital of the Andalusia region of Spain. You will have the opportunity to come early and spend a few extra days before the tour starts in Seville. You won’t want to miss seeing the royal palace, Alcázar of Seville, with it’s Moorish architecture, the huge Cathedral of Seville and Giralda Tower. You can also take in a Flamenco Show and walk through the winding small streets in the old city or tour the Plaza de España. We will meet in the late afternoon and have dinner together in Seville.
|As we prefer to ride in less busy areas, we will take you from Seville to the smaller town of Ronda, a two hour drive southeast of Seville. There we will assemble bikes and ride a hilly 20 mile loop ride through the countryside. We will enjoy a group dinner. Ride: 20 miles with 2500 feet of climb|
|Day 3, Sunday||We leave Ronda and cycle to the small town of Carmona. Along the way we will see Setenil de las Bodegas (houses built into rocks) and pass through the lovely white village of Olvera. We will enjoy a group dinner. Ride: 70 miles with 3000 feet of climb, but even more down!|
|Day 4, Monday||
On Day 4, we will ride roughly 70 miles along back roads into the city of Córdoba where we will be spending two nights. You will not want to miss seeing the Mezquita Cathedral. This mosque turned cathedral is amazing in its Moorish architecture and grandeur. Dinner will be on your own. Ride: 70 miles with about 1000 feet of climb, but even more down!
|Day 5, Tuesday||You will have time to do a loop ride around the city or you could take a day off the bike to see the sights. Dinner is on your own both nights in Cordoba as there are plenty of restaurants, or if you like to go to bed early, you can grab a snack at one of the many tapas bars in the area.|
|Day 6, Wednesday||
We leave Cordoba on Day 6 and ride about 50 miles to the small town of Zuheros. We will enjoy two days at this small, quiet hotel that borders on a National Park. Ride: 40 miles with 2200 feet of climb (more up than down)
|Day 7, Thursday||On our layover day, you can do a loop ride in the area, stroll through the quaint town, visit the Castillo de Zuheros (which is in impressive ruins) and see the Cueva de los Murciélagos (underground caves). We will enjoy a group dinner each night here. Ride: 50 miles with 3500 feet of climb|
|Day 8, Friday||On Day 8 we leave Zuheros and we, along with our bikes, will be transported about two hours to the Benalúa area. We will ride a 35 mile loop ride in a completely different, now desertlike landscape. We will enjoy lunch at Rosalia’s Restaurant before ending in Hernan Valle. Due to rough road conditions, we will be transported about 12 miles into a hotel that is built into cave walls! We will enjoy a group dinner at the hotel. Ride: 35 miles with 2500 feet of climb, but more down than up|
|Day 9, Saturday||On Day 9 we leave the cave hotel and cycle into the Sierra Nevada, following the old Moorish trading road from Guadix to Granada. This day we will be riding about 35 miles with about 2800 feet of elevation up and a bit more down. We will be spending two nights in Granada and you will have the opportunity to pack up your bike here. You will be on your own for dinner at the many nearby eateries. Ride: 35 miles with 2500 feet of climb, but again, more down than up|
|Day 10, Sunday||
We spend our last day exploring the city of Granada on foot. We will visit Alhambra, According to Lonely Planet, “Alhambra is Granada’s – and Europe’s – love letter to Moorish culture.” Alhambra is a fortress and palace with parts built in the 13th century. You could easily spend the day here, or you could also explore the city. We end the tour with a final group dinner in Granada.
You may want to fly out of Granada or take a transfer to Malaga where there may be more flight options.
|Day 11, Monday||You have a choice of airports to fly back from. You can fly out of Granada, Malaga (1.5 hours by car) or Seville (3 hours by car). We will offer transfer options for an additional fee.|
As with most of our tours, we limit the size of the tour to a maximum of ten couples. So our tours fill up fast. We expect to begin accepting registrations for this tour in May 2019. Please sign up for our pre-notice if you are interested in the opportunity to sign up for this tour before we announce it to our full mailing list.
What is included?
- Guided tour with a driver and a guide from NaturBike
- 10 nights lodging in 3 and 4 star hotels, including on cave hotel
- 10 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 7 dinners
- Transportation from Seville to the start point in Ronda
- Transportation to Benalúa
- Admission into Alhambra on the last full day
- Luggage transport
- Support vehicle
- Tandem bike case storage, and movement of boxes from Ronda to Granada
Note that we do not provide any bicycles. We expect that you have a tandem that is in good working order and that you are able to assemble your bike. If you do not have your own tandem, you can rent a coupled tandem from Mel at Tandems East. If you live on the West Coast, you might want to consider renting a bike from Mark at Tandem Diversity. Both Mel and Mark sell tandems, so if you end up renting from them, you might get a discount if you purchase a bike from them. If you have a tandem that is not coupled it is possible to bring it, but you should make sure that all of your flights could handle the larger box. Lastly, Adventures in Tandem has a coupled bike that we could rent to you if the sizing works out. Email us for more details.
What is not included?
- Meals, other than those mentioned above
- Admission to some points of interest that we are not entering as a group
- Transfer to the airport at the end of the tour
What is the average mileage per day?
Mileage is in the 30-70 mile range each day, with one or two rest days. There is an option to shorten rides if you take advantage of the SAG support. Longer rides are also possible, but may be out and backs or repeat some roads that we will ride later on the trip. Across the 11 days, expect to ride at least 320 miles. With the exception of the riding around Ronda, there are no sustained steep climbs; however, there are days where there will be some ups and downs. This is not a flat tour. This cycle tour is for intermediate level cyclists.
Where will we be staying?
While this could change, here are some of the hotels that we plan to stay in.