Andalucia Cycling Holiday - Alhambra Palace
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HISTORIC ANDALUCIA

Guided Cycling Holiday

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Andalucia: Seville to Granada
Guided Cycling Tour
Length: 9 Days
Level: Difficulty Easy to Medium
Price: €1,690 EUR
This eight night cycling holiday explores the incredible history and the beautiful scenery of Andalucia in the south of Spain. Starting in the majestic city of Seville, the tour crosses much of Andalucia, arriving eight days later in the city of Granada.

Every day we visit fascinating historic towns and villages; including Carmona, Cordoba and Zuheros. We also visit charming white villages, imposing castles, ancient Roman remains and several UNESCO world heritage monuments on this unique tour. Discover the Alhambra Palace, Italica, the Mezquita and much more besides, while riding through picturesque countryside.

On the way we ride along quiet roads through orange fields, rolling olive groves and through three different Natural Parks. You will visit excellent local restaurants and stay in high quality hotels and other boutique accommodation.

This holiday is fully supported and guided and is suitable for riders of all levels. Below you can find a detailed itinerary, and click on the tabs to see more highlights, as well as all the practical information about the holiday.

We also run a self-guided version of this tour.
Andalucia Cycling Map


Tour Availability


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Current Dates


4th - 12th October 2021
9th - 17th May 2022
17th - 25th October 2022



Day 1 - Seville

There are too many highlights in Seville to go into great detail here (check out our Seville for further details). But the Royal Alcazar, Plaza de España and the huge cathedral are among those not to be missed!

From the 13th to 16th century, Seville was the most important city in Spain. Several kings and queens resided here, and it was the planning centre for the New World expeditions of men like Christopher Columbus, Ferdinand Magellan and Hernan Cortes.

In the evening you will meet the other cyclists on the holiday, as we introduce you to one of Andalucia's most popular activites: tapas dining.
Seville, Plaza Espana
Plaza de España - Seville

Day 2 - Italica & Carmona

The day beings with a short transfer out of Seville to avoid some busier roads. On the way we stop off at the Roman city of Italica, which is one of the best preserved ancient sites in Spain.

Italica was the home city of the emperors Trajan and Hadrian, and Hadrian in particular had a huge influence on the city. He sponsored the construction of the vast amphitheatre (the fourth largest in the Roman world) and also built many of the streets, baths and temples that are still standing today.

The ride today follows a picturesque route along quiet country lanes, lined with colorful flowers. We finish in Carmona; a fortified town with charming, narrow streets crammed inside the Medieval wall.

Cycle Routes:


Short Route: 34km (21 miles)

Long Route: 60km (38 miles)
Italica Roman Amphitheatre
The 4th largest Roman amphitheatre in the world - Italica

Day 3 - Palma del Río

We leave Carmona in the morning and head towards the Sierra Norte Natural Park. The terrain is gently rolling as we ride past palm trees, oranges, cotton fields, sunflowers and cactus.

These are the fertile plains of the Guadalquivir river, which has been the region's main artery for centuries. The Romans used the river to transport soldiers and precious metals, while under Muslim rule it became part of a complex irrigation system. At least when it wasn't being used to carry out Viking raids!

In the Sierra Norte park we ride alongside a pleasant lake, and can admire the vultures and imperial eagles that typically soar high above.

The ride finishes in Palma del Río. Here we enjoy our lunch, where you can taste local specialities like gazpacho or salmorejo. And we spend the night in a beautiful hotel housed in a 15th century monastery.

Cycle Routes:


Short Route: 42km (26 miles)

Long Route: 72km (45 miles)
Sunflower Fields, Andalucia
Sunflower Fields - Sierra Norte

Day 4 - Almodóvar del Río & Córdoba

From Palma del Río we ride parallel to the Guadalquivir River, before reaching the beautiful castle of Almodóvar del Río.

Dating originally from the 8th century, Almodóvar castle has a fairytale like appearance, as it towers over the surrounding plains. And its classic Medieval style saw it chosen as a filming location for the TV series Game of Thrones.

From Almodóvar we continue a short distance to the Medina Azahara. A UNESCO World Heritage site, the Medina Azahara was a palace city built in the 10th century by Abd al Rahman III - the greatest of all the Muslim caliphs in Spain, and one of the most important rulers of the Middle Ages.

The complex was a vast site designed to impress visitors with its incredible wealth. One of the most impressive sites was a pool of reflective mercury which Abd al Rahman would strike with a stick and wow the audience with the dazzling light show that it created. Today the Medina is largely in ruins, but enough of it survives to get an impression of how grand it once would have been.

The day finishes near to the Medina Azahara in the city of Córdoba - one of the undoubted highlights of the holiday, which you will have a free day to explore.

Cycle Routes:


Short Route: 34km (21 miles)

Long Route: 63km (39 miles)
Almodovar del Rio Castle
Almodóvar del Río Castle

Day 5 - Córdoba

Today is a free day in the stunning city of Córdoba. Perhaps even more so than Seville and Granada, it is Córdoba that is the city most associated with Muslim rule in Spain.

Córdoba was the capital of the Caliphate of Al-Andalus for the best part of seven centuries. And at its peak, during the 10th and 11th centuries, it was the largest city in the entire world.

Many incredible monuments survive from this and other periods. Most well known is the Mezquita - the former great mosque which is now the city's main cathedral. Elsewhere the Judería (Jewish Quarter) is a fascinating network of tiny streets, where you can visit the former home of the great philosopher Maimonides.

There are also some impressive ancient remains dotted throughout the city, notably the Roman bridge crossing the river towards the Mezquita. Parts of the Roman wall also remain - although they sustained damaged in the 1st century BCE when the city was besieged by the army of Julius Caesar.

If you would still like to cycle today as well as enjoy the sites, there is also the option of an enjoyable circular ride through the nearby Sierra de Hornachuelos Natural Park.
Mezquita, Cordoba
The Mezquita, Córdoba

Day 6 - Zuheros - White Village

Today we get back on the bikes and ride into the tranquil Subbética Natural park. The landscape changes as we leave the fertile plains of the Guadalquivir behind us. The terrain becomes more rolling and is increasingly dominated by vast olive groves.

We stop for lunch at a small cheesemaker, where we taste some of their local produce. After getting refuelled, we continue the short distance to the village of Zuheros, where we stay in a typical Andalucian cortijo - a type of country villa.

Zuheros is a charming 'white village', which is home to a 12th century castle and has fine views over the surrounding countryside.

Cycle Routes:


Short Route: 44km (27 miles)

Long Route: 76km (49 miles)
Zuheros, Andalucia
Zuheros & Subbética Natural Park

Day 7 - Montefrío & Subbética Natural Park

The cycling today continues through the tranquil scenery of the Subbética Natural Park.

The rolling olive groves and white villages are interspersed with small castles and towers, which dot the landscape and hint at the importance of the region in centuries gone by.

We stop for a coffee break in the Roman village of Almedinilla, before finishing the day in the town of Montefrío.

Another one of Andalucia's typical white villages, Montefrío is dominated by its 14th century hilltop fortress and is home to some nice boutique shops specialising in the local olive oil.

Cycle Routes:


Short Route: 38km (24 miles)

Long Route: 64km (40 miles)
Montefrio White Village, Andalucia
Montefrío

Day 8 - Granada

The final day in the saddle leaves Montefrío and heads towards the city of Granada.

Our route is largely downhill, but the Sierra Nevada mountains provide an imposing backdrop. At a height of over 3400m (11,000 feet), these are the highest peaks in Europe outside of the Alps.

We enter Granada though on a pleasant cycle route alongside the river, avoiding all the traffic, as we make our way into the historic center.

After a traditional tapas style lunch, you are free to explore this magnificent city. First on the list of things to see is the world famous Alhambra Palace - probably the most iconic building in all of Spain.

The Alhambra was the palatial home of the Nasrid dynasty - the last Muslim rulers in Spain. It's a decadent display of fine architecture, ornate gardens and defensive fortifications which is truly memorable to see.

The last Nasrid rulers were defeated by the so-called 'Catholic monarchs' - King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella - in the year 1492. And they were so impressed, that they decided to live in the palace themselves for quite some time!

In addition to the world famous Alhambra Palace, Granada is also home to the charming Albayzin district, home to some of the best tapas bars in Spain.

Cycle Routes:


Short Route: 45km (28 miles)

Long Route: 58km (36 miles)
Alhambra Palace, Granada
Alhambra Palace, Granada

Day 9 - Possible Extensions

The guided tour comes to an end after breakfast. We will help you with your arrangements for your onward trip and will transfer you to Granada airport or train station.

If you can afford the time, we would highly recommend extending the holiday with some extra nights in Granada. And we would also be happy to arrange this for you.

To find out more information about this holiday; including practical information, prices, dates and more tour highlights; return to the top of the page and click on the various tabs.
More cycling?
Extend your holiday?

On this tour we really delve into the stunning history of the Andalucia region. We visit great monuments and share some of the most fascinating stories that have come down to us in over 2000 years of history. We also ride through unforgettable scenery, stay in fine hotels and enjoy great food on a tour which has something for everyone.

And these are just a few of the many highlights of the tour. Check out more in the photo album below:

Included
  • Eight Nights Accommodation (see the Hotels section for more details)
  • 15 meals: 8 breakfasts, 6 lunches & 1 evening meal (all with drinks and tips inlcuded)
  • Bicycle Hire (Hybrid, road or e-bike).
  • Transfers to and from the arrival / departure point (see below for details)
  • Luggage transferred between hotels
  • Vehicle Support on the routes
  • Experienced guide cycling the routes and explaining places of interest
  • Detailed information pack
  • Entrance to Italica, Medina Azahara (Cordoba) and Alhambra Complex (Granada).
Not Included:

Bicycles
Bicycle hire is included in the cost of the holiday, and we recommend our lightweight hybrid bikes or e-bikes for this tour.

We generally recommend our lightweight hybrid bikes on this tour for greater comfort and for the low gearing. But if you are more used to riding a road bike, we can also provide those. E-bikes are a good option if you are unsure about the distance or about tackling some of the more rolling sections of the route. Or if you just like to have the option of some assistance every now and again!

More details can be found on our bicycles page. All of our bikes come with helmets and handlebar bags if required, as well as a Cycle Fiesta water bottle.
Hybrid Bicycle Our lightweight hybrid bikes

Difficulty Level & Roads
This tour is rated as 'Easy to Medium' level difficulty. And whether it is easy or medium depends on whether you take the shorter or longer route each day.

The first three days cycling, between Seville and Córdoba are largely flat. There are some short climbs up to a couple of the towns on the route, but they are not too long and have fairly gentle gradients.

The second half of the route - between Córdoba and Granada is more hilly. It's rolling rather than mountainous, but there are some slightly longer climbs, particularly on the longer routes. Again, the gradients are mostly quite gentle and with our low geared hybrid bikes most riders spin up them with no problems.

If you are worried about riding in the hills, then it may be worth considering using an e-bike. You can switch off the motor whenever you want, and ride it like a normal bike, just using the assistance as a kind of added insurance!

The routes are on paved roads and cycle paths throughout. We hate riding alongside cars and so avoid it as much as possible! All of the routes are on quiet, country lanes where you can ride for long periods of time without seeing a single vehicle.

Find out more about our tour difficulty levels.

Arrival and Departure
Seville airport or train station is the arrival point for our Historic Andalucia tour. It has an international airport and also excellent train connections to the rest of the country. Madrid is just two and a half hours away by train, with departures regularly throughout the day.

The departure point at the end of the tour is Granada. We will transfer you to the airport or train station. Granada has a medium sized airport with flights to a few international destinations.

If you can't find flights from Granada, the closest large airport is Malaga, which is one of the biggest in all of Spain and is easily reachable by public transport. Madrid and Seville are other major airports that can be reached by train.

Please contact us if you you would like some assistance in finding a suitable flight or train in either Seville or Granada.
Andalucia Arrivals and Departure Map

Frequently Asked Questions


Please browse through some of the frequently asked questions about this cycling tour. If you have any further questions, or would like any more information, please contact us and we will answer by email.


What is your policy regarding Covid travel restrictions?

*Covid Policy 2021*


In response to the Covid Pandemic we have made some temporary alterations to our standard terms and conditions.

Reservations made in 2021 (for holidays taking place in either 2021 or 2022) can be postponed for any time in the following two years, without penalty, if you are unable to travel as a result of travel restrictions or other uncertainty. Notification of the postponement must be made at least ten days before the start of the tour.

Before the balance of the invoice has been paid, the deposit of €150 is also refundable in full for reservations made in 2021, if holidays are cancelled because of Covid related travel restrictions or uncertainty.

For reservations not made in 2021, the normal terms and conditions regarding cancellation apply.

What is your policy regarding Covid travel restrictions?

*Covid Policy 2021*


In response to the Covid Pandemic we have made some temporary alterations to our standard terms and conditions.

Reservations made in 2021 (for holidays taking place in either 2021 or 2022) can be postponed for any time in the following two years, without penalty, if you are unable to travel as a result of travel restrictions or other uncertainty. Notification of the postponement must be made at least ten days before the start of the tour.

Before the balance of the invoice has been paid, the deposit of €150 is also refundable in full for reservations made in 2021, if holidays are cancelled because of Covid related travel restrictions or uncertainty.

For reservations not made in 2021, the normal terms and conditions regarding cancellation apply.

Should I ride the longer or shorter routes?

This depends entirely on you! The longer and shorter routes all start and finish at the same place, and so you can decide on any given day which you would prefer to do. There is no need to commit until the day of the ride itself.

On the longer routes you see more and are able to visit more places, while the shorter routes are more relaxing and ideal if you like to take your time and go at a slower pace.

If you would like to visit the extra towns and monuments on the longer routes, but are worried about the distances, then we recommend hiring an e-bike, which will give you more flexibility.

What is the weather like?

Seville is the sunniest city in all of Europe, and Andalucia as a whole is the warmest region on the continent. It's a fantastic climate for cycling in Spring and Autumn/Fall, which is when we run the tour.

From March to early June and from late September to November, the days are long and warm (but not too hot) and with very little rain or wind. Although, as on any tour, it is always best to be prepared for the odd shower.

If you are thinking about dates to do this as a private group tour, we advise against it in July and August. It's simply too hot for cycling in the middle of summer. Winter is much more pleasant, with daytime temperatures often around 20°C (68°F) in Seville, and only slightly cooler in Granada.

Can I extend the tour?

If you wish to include extra nights at the start or end of the holiday, we would be happy to organize this for you.

It's certainly worth spending extra nights in both Seville and Granada if you can spare the time. Other nearby places worth extending the tour include Madrid, Lisbon, Cadiz or the beaches of the Costa del Sol.

Can non-cyclists come on the trip?

Absolutely! Non-cyclists are more than welcome.

Although cycling is a big part of the holiday, we also do a lot off the bike. Usually non-cyclists ride in the support vehicle and can explore the various towns and villages along the route.

How big are the groups on your tour?

We usually limit the groups to a maximum of 10 people. We find that if there are many more than that, it can become a bit unwieldly. We think that smaller groups also provide for a more personal experience, as well as enabling to book more easily in some of our favourite restaurants.

Who is leading the tour?

All of our guided tours are led personally by the founders of Cycle Fiesta - Ian & Lucia.

See our about us page for more information.

How does the cycling work on the tours?

This is a relaxed tour, and we encourage everyone to go at their own pace. It's a holiday after all, and we don't want you to feel rushed at any point.

Sometimes we ride in big group, but usually people tend to split up into smaller groups riding at different speeds and we regroup at several points throughout the day.

What do lunches consist of on this tour?

Lunches are taken in local restaurants and consists of a three course menu, tapas or paella. The menu normally has three or four options for each course (including at least one vegetarian option) and is food typical of Andalucia and the rest of Spain.

The evening meal in Seville on the first night is taken in a traditional tapas restaurant.

Drinks are included (water, soft drinks, beer, wine) with all meals.

What is your cancellation policy?

The full cancellation policy can be found in our terms and conditions.

This includes our latest Covid policy.

Can I do this as a private guided tour?

Yes, we can run this as a private tour for groups of six or more people. Please get in contact with us to discuss dates and any changes you would like to make to the itinerary.

Why book with us?

We are a small and independent company who are locally based, which offers several advantages:

- We have a lot personal experience of all of our tours, which have been refined over many years. We believe we are genuine experts in the regions where we run tours, and we are also close at hand to offer support and a personalized service.

- We are flexible and can tailor our itineraries to suit your requirements.

- We have low overheads. We don't spend money on advertising and don't use third party agents. We only sell our tours through this website.

By cutting out the middle man, you can be sure that more of what you pay is being spent on the important things: like hotels, equipment and other services.

- We are a registered and fully bonded tour operator in accordance with EU regulations.

Where can I find more information about the region?

We have plenty more detailed information on the website.

Check out our pages on Seville, Cordoba or Granada for more information about the main cities on the tour.

We also have several indpeth articles looking more at the fascinating history of Andalucia:

Hotel Melia
Hotel Melia - Seville
This 4-star hotel in Seville is situated right next to the stunning Plaza de España and the Archaeological Museum. And is just a short walk from the Alcazar (Royal Palace), Cathedral and Giralda.

It also has a fantastic rooftop swimming pool and terrace, offering views across the city.
Alcazar de la Reina
Hotel Alcazar de la Reina
This beautiful 4-star hotel in Carmona is housed in a 16th century Renaissance palace. It's set in the heart of the old town and the unique rooms are beautifully styled with original works of art and antiques.
Monasterio de San Francisco
Monasterio de San Francisco - Palma
This boutique hotel in Palma del Río is set in a 15th century monastery. It's in the town center, but also has extensive gardens which are perfect for relaxing and soaking up the atmosphere.

Previous guests include Christopher Columbus, who spent some nights here 500 years ago, while trying to secure permission to sail across the Atlantic from Queen Isabella.
Hotel Macia Alfaros
Macia Alfaros Hotel
This 4-star hotel is situated in the centre of Córdoba's old town, just a short walk from the Mezquita and the Jewish Quarter. It is set around a traditional patio garden, with various Andaluz style courtyards and corridors.

It also has a swimming pool if you would like to relax on your free day.
Hacienda Minerva
Hacienda Minerva
This Hacienda is a reformed 19th century farmhouse set on the edge of the village of Zuheros. It is beautifully surrounded by olive groves and includes an extensive spa, with Arab style thermal baths.

The outdoor terrace and swimming pool, overlooking mile upon mile of olive groves is a fantastic place to unwind in the evenings.
Hotel Monteftur
Hotel Monteftur
This charming boutique hotel is situated in the heart of Montefrío, next to the cathedral and a short walk to the hilltop fortress.

It is a traditionally styled townhouse, run by a local family.
Vincci Albayzin
Vincci Hotel Granada
This luxurious 4-star hotel is situated close to both the Alhambra Palace and Granada's historic center. It's all surrounded by many of the best tapas bars and restaurants in the city.

The hotel has spacious rooms and is beautifully set around a traditional Andalucian courtyard.
To find out more about how we select our hotels, please see our accommodation page.


Date Price (per person)¹ Single Supplement Bike Hire
4th - 12th October 2021 €1,690 EUR €390 Included
9th - 17th May 2022 €1,690 EUR €390 Included
17th - 25th October 2022 €1,690 EUR €390 Included
Other Dates² - - -


¹Price is based on two people sharing a double or twin room. If you would prefer to stay in a single room, the single supplement is applicable.

To reserve a place on the tour, click the button above and complete the reservation form. We will then get back to you within 24 hours to confirm the reservation, and to arrange for payment of the deposit.

For more details on the booking process, please check out our Reservations page.


²Other Dates
Groups of six people or more contact us to arrange a private guided tour starting on any date.

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