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Almeria Winter Cycling Spain is the country of choice for professional cyclists to train in the winter months. Mallorca and Tenerife are two of the most popular spots; largely due to their mild weather, excellent road surface and abundance of mountainous terrain.

However, the Almería region is another great option for a winter getaway, particularly if you would like the sun and tranquil scenery of Mallorca or Tenerife, but without the challenging climbs.

The Almería Region

Almería is the most south-eastern province on the Iberian Peninsula, and is one of eight provinces that make up the region of Andalucia. It has a low population density, with the capital (also called Almería) the only city of note.

The region is known for the diversity of its scenery - ranging from the numerous isolated beaches that line the coastline, to the vast natural parks inland. Almería is also home to the only desert in Europe. The Tabernas Desert is a truly unique place to stumble across in Europe, and is a popular filming location for many Hollywood scripts - including The Good the Bad and the Ugly and Lawrence of Arabia.

Not surprisingly for a region containing a desert, Almería is also the driest part of mainland Europe, with rain falling on average only 25 days each year. This is excellent news for cycling, particularly during the winter months; as is the average daytime temperature which usually hovers between 16 and 22 degrees celsius in winter.

Cycling in Almería

Almería gets pretty hot in the summer, but makes for pleasant cycling from around October to May each year. With routes along the coast, through the Cabo de Gata Natural Park and also around the edge of the Tabernas desert, there is a real diversity of scenery, with a range of flat and more mountainous options.

Our cycling holiday from Murcia to Almería is designed for its tranquility. The routes pass through isolated, peaceful areas, with superb natural scenery, as well as visiting some of the beautiful towns and cities that have been influenced by long periods of Roman and Muslim rule.

The tour begins in Murcia, with transfers from either Alicante or Murcia airport - both of which offer regular flights throughout the winter. It finishes in the historic city of Almería, from where we can transfer you back to Alicante or Murcia Airport. Or, if you would prefer, you could continue the holiday in the fantastic city of Granada - home to the Alhambra Palace and Generalife Gardens.