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Spain's Andalusia 9-day Self-guided Cycling Tour Level 4
Bullfights, tapas, fiestas, and flamenco are waiting for you in unique Andalusia. The southernmost region of Spain is a paradise full of surprises. Hardly any other landscape evokes such fascinating pictures as Andalusia: a Flamenco dancer in a flowing red dress, white villages on hills, Moorish palaces, and gloriously dressed bullfighters in crowded arenas. Experience an incomparable conglomeration of European and Arabic culture, scenic beauty harmonized perfectly with masterful architecture: Today’s Andalusia combines modernity with a rich tradition. We will guide you on well-developed routes and small roads without much traffic through lush overgrown hills, green river valleys and the wild landscape of the Sierras. You will visit Seville and Cordoba, the metropolises of the spiritual life in Moorish Andalusia. In the narrow streets, in the markets, in the buildings of the Alhambra, the Real Alcazar, and the Mezquita you will travel through time and dream about days gone by, in which Andalusian scholars brought light to the darkness of the European Middle Ages. So ... come, eat and drink: cervezas, tapas, wine, and jamon iberico. Andalusia is awaiting you!
The bike routes are alternately flat and hilly. You will cycle on bike paths (former railway lines) and side roads. In some cases, you will find yourself on roads with more traffic, especially when entering or leaving a city.
8 nights' accommodation in 4* and 3* hotels
Breakfast buffet or an extensive breakfast
Luggage transfer between the hotels
Well developed routes
Detailed travel documents (route maps, route description, local attractions, important telephone numbers)
City tour in Cordoba
Excursion by sightseeing bus in Seville, bus transfer to Granada to the Alhambra incl. admission fee and guided tour
Train journey from Brenes - Seville (incl. bike)
GPS data is available
Rental bike insurance
Special inclusion - Ticket and guided tour through the walls of the Alhambra by an expert exclusively for our guests. During the 2.5-hour tour, you will get to see the highlights of the Alhambra. Afterwards, there will still be ample time to explore the palace and the city of Granada on your own.
Málaga central train station
Málaga and Seville airport
If you would like to hire a bike (90 Euros) or e-bike (200 Euros ) please contact our office when booking [email protected]
Slow Tours offers a number of other Cycling Tours in Europe
Arrival in Málaga
Malaga is a bustling port city by the clear blue Mediterranean Sea It is characterised by historical treasures as well as beautiful beaches. One of the most famous Spaniards of this century was the Malagueño Pablo Picasso. Picasso's traces run through the entire city to the famous Picasso Museum. Furthermore, the imposing cathedral, the Moorish Alcazaba fortress and the Gibralfaro castle are waiting to be discovered. The old town, the Moorish castle, and cathedral testify to the former prosperity of the city.
Trip by Bus to Granada and Visit to the Alhambra
In the morning, an approximately 2 hour bus transfer will take you to the beautiful city of Granada. Here you will find the most important historical monument of Andalusia with Arab influences: the fabulous Alhambra (the red castle) has existed since the 9th century and it used to be a fortress in earlier times. In the evening, you will get to Antequera, the starting point of the bike tour.
Antequera – Lucena approx. 65 km
At the gates of the kingdom of Granada, the historic city of Antequera is waiting with its collection of red tiled roofs and 30 steeples. The bike tour will begin with a ride on the old railway line through the beautiful countryside to Lucena. In one of the most important olive oil-producing regions of the world, the famous oil is pressed in the mills.
Lucena – Baena approx. 35 km
You will continue your journey along an old railway line passing vast olive groves to Baena. The inhabitants of Baena live mainly off of agriculture and are very tradition-conscious people. This is also reflected in the townscape of Baena, which is located on a hill. It is characterized by narrow streets that wind their way through the old town and where you can find interesting religious buildings such as the Church of Santa Maria la Mayor from the 16th century or the old castle.
Baena - Córdoba approx. 55 km
The Sierra Morena, with its foothills, frames the former European Capital of Culture. This romantic area is surrounded by pine forests and an impressive solitude. The route leads on almost empty streets mostly downhill, with one slightly longer and some shorter climbs towards Córdoba. Every now and then, you will pass farms, which specialize in the breeding of fighting bulls and enjoy a special reputation in Andalusia. In the evening, you will get the possibility to participate in a city tour and see the witnesses of the dazzling cosmopolitan past: Moorish architects created masterpieces, such as the Great Mosque, which is - besides the Alhambra - the most powerful Moorish building in Europe. Particularly nice are the "forest of a thousand pillars" and the ornate prayer rooms.
Córdoba – Ecija/Palma del Rio approx. 55 km
In the wide valley of the Guadalquivir, you will leave Córdoba on an old Roman connecting road. Ecija is the capital of horse breeding. From once important Franciscan monastery in Palma del Rio, the monks journeyed to America to proselytize.
Ecija/Palma del Rio – Carmona approx. 55 km
Today, the Guadalquivir is the first companion. You will continue your tour through the Campiña of Seville, a gently rolling landscape of fertile farmland to the west. Carmona is a city that has not changed for 150 years, it has Baroque palaces, churches and monasteries and is surrounded by intact Moorish town walls.
Carmona – Seville approx. 30 km
Today, you will cycle over the gently rolling plateau of Alcores to one of the most fertile agricultural areas in Andalusia. For centuries, Alcalá de Guadaira supplied Seville with bread and water and it is considered to be one of the cradles of flamenco. Former haciendas of the Kingdom of Seville, today just as large farms as in former times, line the road. Our destination is Seville, where three of the most important operas are performed: Don Juan, the seducer, the cunning barber Figaro and Carmen, the femme fatale, who lost her life somewhere between the tobacco factories and the bullfight arena. Two international exhibitions helped the city to futuristic buildings and great green parks. In the evening we suggest a visit to the largest Gothic cathedral in the world, the Barrio Santa Cruz and the Casa de Pilatos.
Departure or extension of your stay
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