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Cycle Journey Granada
- Tour Plan
- Additional Info
- Pack List
- Accommodation - 7 nights
- Bicycle - Helmet - water bottle
- Cycle Guide
- Cycle Tour Brochure – GPS Tracks
- Liability and rescue Insurance
- Luggage Transport
- Mechanical Support
- Private guided tour of Alhambra
- Transfer airport
- Vehicle Supported Tour
- Dinner and extra meals
- Extra Excursions
- Extra Nights
- Personal Expenses
- travel and assistance Insurance / cancel insurance
Sun and snow, land and sea, history and legend. The province of Granada has so much to offer, from the mythical city that witnessed the fall of the last king of Moorish Al-Andalus to untouched natural areas. The land that charmed romantic travelers still captivates anybody who visits it. The Cycling Journey goes from north to south along epic, ever-changing landscapes from a vast high plateau to desert landscapes, high mountains with traditional villages, and the tropical – Mediterranean coast towards the city of Granada. The Tour is designed to have time enough to immerse yourself in a country’s culture. As you travel from one hotel to another; there’s no need to worry about your luggage, which is brought to your hotel, ready to welcome you upon arrival.
The tour is suitable for anyone who likes an active way of traveling and has a normal physical condition and health. Also, it can be modified for private groups, both in terms of the number of days and the difficulty level to meet the interest and preferences of the customer.
Supported & guided cycle holiday
Nature and culture were our role models to design CYCLE JOURNEY GRANADA
Excellent way to stay active on your holiday
Experience different regions in an exciting and environmentally friendly way
The opportunity to stop when and where you want to explore differently
We are Michael, and Jose. Our passion is the bike, the nature and the outdoors activities. We have been doing cycling for more than twenty years. We are certified and experienced guides. We live in Granada, at the foot of Sierra Nevada National Park, the highest Mountain range in mainland Spain predominantly known for its warm temperaturas and abundant sunshine. A paradise for the practice of this sport in all its modalities. We wanted to turn our passion into our way of life and also to make you a participant of it.
The traveler has the right to cancel the booked trip in writing and signed.
The cancellation charges:
If canceled up to 60 days before departure, 30% of the total trip price.
If canceled from 60 to 28 days before departure, 50% of the total trip price.
If canceled from 28 to 14 days before departure, 75% of the total trip price.
If canceled less than 14 days before departure, 100% of the total trip price.
After booking, you will immediately receive an invoice payment of the minimum deposit of 20% of the total trip price to secure your booking. This amount must be paid right away after receipt of the invoice. The total trip price must be received by us no later than 60 days before departure. If the balance is not paid by the due date, we treat your booking as canceled and cancellation charges will apply.
You will be entitled to a full refund if we are not able to guarantee your trip by not having a minimum group size or because of extraordinary circumstances meaning warfare, significant risks to human health, or a natural disaster such as weather conditions, which make it impossible to travel safely. If a cancellation has to be made, we will inform you immediately and notify you of cancellation not less than 60 days before the start of your trip.
The client needs to take an adecúate valid travel insurance to book the tour, and ensure you have read and understood the full terms and conditions of your travel insurance policy to ensure that you are covered for all activities you intend to undertake during the trip.
Visa and Passport ¡DUBBLE CHECK! Some nationalities should consult if a visa is required to enter Spain.
Travel insurance. It is your responsibility to arrange appropriate travel insurance ¡DUBBLE CHECK! Ensure you have read and understood the full terms and conditions of your travel insurance policy to ensure that you are covered for all activities you intend to undertake whilst on the tour. Your Insurance Policy must fully cover you for medical expenses and emergency repatriation to your home country.
Cycle helmet. It is a legal requirement in Spain to wear a helmet outside the cities. In case of an accident resulting in personal injury, certain insurance policies are invalidated in cases where a helmet was not being worn.
Dietary restrictions/food intolerance. Please let us know at the time of booking.
Accommodation: single-room option. Private rooms can be booked at an additional cost for those who do not wish to be shared with other group members. Due to the limited capacity of the hotels, a single room must always be requested in advance.o Hotel extensions, adding an extra day or days at our selected accommodations can be arranged but have to be requested in advance.
Trip details. Any update about your trip will be immediately sent by e-mail. Shortly before departure, we will send you the latest update including group details – the number of travelers, couples, and solo travelers, and the age range of the group. For privacy reasons, we don’t give any personal details.
Booking confirmation. After booking, you will immediately receive a booking confirmation by e-mail. To secure your booking, we need to receive a payment of the minimum deposit of 20% of the total trip price.
- Day 1 – Welcome
- Day 2 –Traverse the High Plateau: a land of contrasts. A journey through an exciting world with a millennial history and unique territory
- Day 3 – Cycle through the heart of Europe’s most southerly desert.
- Day 4 –The first route of Las Alpujarras.A route through “Las Alpujarras”: a beautiful region of white mountain villages nestled between the southern slopes of the Sierra Nevada and the Mediterranean Sea
- Day 5 –The second route of Las Alpujarras A route through “Las Alpujarras”: a beautiful region of white mountain villages nestled between the southern slopes of the Sierra Nevada and the Mediterranean Sea
- Day 6 –From Mountains to Coastline. A ride through the beautiful Lecrín Valley, a mixture of pine forest and cultivated land, towards the Tropical Coast of Granada
- Day 7 – Explore Granada
- Day 8 – Goodby
Airport Granada / Málaga – Puebla de Don Fadrique
Upon arrival either in Málaga or Granada, our pick-up will drive us to the village Puebla de Don fadrique which takes 3 hours of drive from the airport in Málaga. As soon as we arrive we will take time to walk around the village and have lunch.
At the northernmost tip of Granada province, lies this isolated but beautiful village, surrounded by the breathtaking Sagra Mountain Range, an isolated peak of 2.383 meters, the highest mountain in Andalusia after the Sierra Nevada Mountain. We are heading to our hotel located near the village after our visit.
A little piece of Yosemite in Granada? For those who like to take a walk through the sequoia forest, one of the few places in Europe where these giant trees can be found, or just relax at the hotel enjoying the peace and serenity of nature.
An introductory briefing about the trip will be given by the tour leader in the morning, followed by a road safety and bicycle technical briefing in the afternoon. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to try out the bicycles and make minor adjustments to ensure comfort.
Puebla de Don fadrique – Guadix
Distance: 75.5 km
Accumulated ascent: 565 m
Accumulated descent: 1.285 m
After breakfast, we start the cycle journey from our lodge towards the first village Huéscar traversing the Sagra Mountain Range. Once we arrive at the village, there is time to visit the Church of Santa Maria, a 16th-century Gothic-Renaissance building (National Monument), that was originally conceived as a cathedral. The route continues along cereal fields, olive, and almond groves, one of the main crops in the Altiplano region together with livestock, another important part of life in this area. The coming stop is the pretty village Castril, a must for a visit. This typical Andalusian town with its steep streets and huddle of whitewashed houses is overlooked by the spectacular Peña de Castril, a rock that rises 900 m. becomes a viewpoint offering excellent views. Here we have time for lunch and to relax before we head out for the last portion of today’s cycling with the destination the village Cortes de Baza situated on the north point of the beautiful Negratín lake. We leave the Village Cortes de Baza by car heading to a hot spring at Negratín lake called “Los Baños de Zujar” where we can finish the day with a swim in this natural pool with a water temperature of 35o. After we drive to our hotel.
Guadix – Gorafe
Distance: 34.5 km
Accumulated ascent: 545 m
Accumulated descent: 690 m
Delving right into the heart of Granada Geopark means entering one of the few natural deserts in Europe, between badlands and, geological landscapes carved by erosion in the form of rocky outcrops, gorges, fluvial canyons, intense gullies, clay ridges, and many other capricious formations. This territory, after countless millions of years forming part of ancient seas, emerged and became a great closed depression surrounded by mountains. A dense network of streams and watercourses collected the rainwater that, without a sea outlet, would accumulate in a lake. This process lasted hundreds of years and the great depression slowly filled with sediments such as layers of sand, silt, clay, and plaster deposits in the lagoon area. Later on, the closed depression would be opened by the west towards the Guadalquivir basin and the rivers and streams started to drain in that direction. In their new path, the channels full of life, started to easily pierce the soft accumulated sediments until they formed the current drainage network and the unique erosive landscape seen today.
We start today by going to the village of Purullena, which is known in the region for its cave houses, and have a look at a 3-floor troglodyte house. From here we begin to cycle through the heart of Europe’s most southerly desert passing the isolated towns belonging to the territory of the Granada Geopark declared UNESCO Global Geopark in 2020. We carry on towards Alicún de las Torres, located in a secluded spot in the midst of nature surrounded by megalithic remains. Here we see a strange natural formation, a limestone wall formed over time by the precipitation and sedimentation of the mineral salts of the water that runs through here, which is now 15 meters high and about 1 kilometer long. It is thought to be the only one of its kind in the world. After we continue to our destination for today, the town Gorafe, which is the location of the highest concentration of dolmens in Europe. There are around two hundred megalithic burial grounds, the first examples of architecture known by mankind. We stop at a hidden panoramic scenic view of the desert landscape before heading to our hotel.
Puerto de la Ragua – Cádiar
Distance: 49.5 km
Accumulated ascent: 855 m
Accumulated descent: 2.030 m
The Alpujarra is s an area where time seems to stand still. It has picturesque villages perched on mountain slopes, a popular architecture inherited from Muslim dwellers, landscapes of indescribable beauty, Moorish irrigation canals, and crops grown on terraces. The last redoubt of the moriscos from Granada is living proof of the symbiosis between man and the environment reached by the Moorish culture of Al-Andalus.
We start the day by driving to “Puerto de la Ragua”, a mountain pass at an elevation of 2.000 meters, located on the boundary of Granada and Almería provinces. The route passes through picturesque villages with stunning views over the valley and its terraced farms. On clear days, it’s possible to see the Mediterranean Sea and even the coast of Africa.
Along the way, there is time to stop and explore some of the rustic villages having a very distinct architecture as a result of the Berber occupation: flat-roofed, box-shaped white houses with tall round chimneys, clustered along narrow, winding, and steep streets, clinging to the mountains of the Sierra Nevada.
Eventually, we reach our hotel near the village of Cádiar, which is located near the banks of the Guadalfeo river with panoramic views over the Sierra Nevada.
Cádiar – Capileira
Distance: 38 km
Accumulated ascent: 650 m
Accumulated descent: 880 m
Today we continue the journey in the “Alpujarras” with our first destination the village Trevélez, one of the highest villages in Spain located at 1.480 meters in the Trevélez Gorge. It is well known for ham drying in a traditional way, which has its own Denomination of Origin for its quality and great flavor. Require the geographical surroundings in which it is produced, where climatic conditions such as altitude, temperature, and humidity give the product, unique qualities. Then continue towards our target for today the village Capileira, the highest of the three villages in the Poqueira Gorge, at 1.435 meters, one of the most beautiful places in the Alpujarra. A truly great experience to stay the night with the breathtaking landscapes of the southern slopes of Sierra Nevada.
Capileira – Salobreña – Granada
Distance: 50 km
Accumulated ascent: 450 m
Accumulated descent: 1.350 m
The waters of the Mediterranean have been a historic gateway for the most varied civilizations, from the Phenicians who founded Sexi - now Almuñecar - and Salambina - now Salobreña to Abd al-Rahman I, who established the Hummeyad Emirate of Al-Andalus. The unique silhouette of Salobreña strands out between a sea of tropical crops and the Mediterranean Sea, a village perched on a rock, and an impressive Arab castle at the top.
Today we leave the Alpujarras behind and go with our vehicle to the village Nigüelas, the highest village in the Lecrín region at 930 meters, called: the Balcony of the Valley. Our team will prepare your bicycles while you can visit the 15th-century oil mill “La Erilla”, which is among the oldest olive oil mills in the country, or you can enjoy a coffee in the gardens of “Hotel Alquería de Los Lentos”, a restored 16th-century grain mill.
Our last cycle day takes us through the Lecrín Valley, an area of rolling hills, ravines, rugged cliffs, and rivers covered with cultivated citrus and orange groves, almond trees, and olive oil plantations. We make our way around the Béznar Reservoir, the heart of the Lecrín Valley which is filled by several rivers that flow from the Sierra Nevada, passing several villages which have kept their morisco or Moorish essence over the centuries. Let’s cycle towards the village Pinos del Valle, which offers a stunning view over the valley. We continue cycling towards the Old Road Granada-Motril where we pass through a big canyon famous for rock climbing. The last part is in the direction of Salobreña, a beautiful village that sits atop a giant rock, capped with an ancient Moorish castle. There is time to visit the old part of the village, swim or relax at one of the beach bars. Next, we will head to our final destination of this journey Granada.
A city with history located at the foot of the Sierra Nevada mountains. The cultural riches of Granada with influences from the Moors, Catholics, and Jews make this city in Spain into an important cultural center. In the 7th century, the Moors continued to invade Spain from North Africa, following which Granada was occupied by the Moors for 800 years. Granada's role gradually increased within the Moorish realm, became one of the richest cities in Europe and eventually became a kingdom with the stunning Alhambra palace. In 1492, the city was reconquered by the Catholic kings (Ferdinand and Isabel), due to which the Moors and Jews had to convert to Catholicism or flee the country. Slowly but surely, this caused the city to fall into economic and cultural decay for several centuries.
We start the day with a private guided tour of Alhambra and the gardens of the Generalife (UNESCO World Heritage Site) where you discover one of the best-preserved monuments of Islamic architecture. The rest of the day you are free to explore more beautiful places and to try the Granada tapas which are known for serving free tapas with every drink. The tour guide will organize a place to have dinner together to celebrate the last evening of the journey.
Granada – Airport Granada / Málaga
The journey ends after breakfast at our hotel. There will be a private airport transfer from the hotel to the airport in Granada or Málaga.
More about this tour
Travel program – 8 days / 7 nights / 5 cycle days / 1 rest day
1 Cycle Guide + 1 Driver
The Cycle Tour Granada is accompanied by our cycle guide and our backup & support vehicle.
The advantage of the support vehicle:
– Makes sure that all luggage has been delivered to the next accommodation.
– Equipped with bicycle spare parts, repairkits, and extra bicycles.
– Assist you and ensure backup when your bicycle breaks down.
– Pick up in case of any accident, injury, illness, or you’d like to give your legs a rest.
– First aid kit.
– Provide snacks & drinks.
– Prepare picnics.
The guide will give a detailed briefing on each day’s ride and an introduction to the bicycles with continued advice throughout the day and will cycle with the group. The driver as well as the tour leader takes care of day-to-day bike maintenance. In addition, the guide will explain and show interesting facts to get to know the true beauty of Granada; its traditions, cuisine, history, and landscapes.
Throughout the tour, we organize several outdoor picnics with a great variety of local products. The expected arrival at the hotel will be at a respectable hour to allow you to enjoy and appreciate the place. A cycling day takes between 5- and 8 hours including breaks and lunches. On the second last day, there is a rest day scheduled to relax and enjoy the city of Granada.
The bicycles are provided with panniers to allow you to carry some basic things, a water bottle, helmet, and gloves.
Both the guide and the driver are professionals with years of expertise and local knowledge with a personal connection to the region. Each has specialized skills in their professional area that requires different competencies in the outdoors, and an official qualification
We have graded the tours into different levels as a general guideline. The ratings are based on total distance, elevation gain, and terrain. Each level comes with recommendations about how well you should be prepared in order to choose the right cycle tour and have fun. The distance and elevation profile change from day to day. The weather conditions and the altitude are not taken into consideration for the difficulty rating.
Distance: between 40 and 80 km
Elevation Gain: between 500 and 1.000 meters
Terrain: mainly paved roads, rolling terrain with hills, maximum 5 km climbs with 5-7% average grade.
Require a better standard of fitness and cycling ability.
Regular exercise and cycling. Workout 1 x or 2 x / week.
Have the ability to cycle between 4 and 6 hours per day
Comfortably on rolling to hilly terrain.
You are capable of controlling bicycle speed and direction on paved surfaces, and slightly uneven surfaces.
If you have any concerns about your fitness or ability to complete any of the activities, please get in touch.
Authentic places to stay
Amazing surroundings far away from all noise perfect to dis-and reconnect
The hotels have been carefully selected with great care for their location and their personal character to make your trip a single experience. Enjoy the silence and magic of nature in our selected hotels set in amazing surroundings far away from all noise perfect to dis- and reconnect. The selected accommodation in every region has an alternative to be assured to stay in authentic places because the suitability of these rural hotels is not always guaranteed due to the limited capacities or are temporarily closed for vacation. A notification will be sent to the client whenever a change occurs, along with the newly selected hotel. The accommodations include breakfast and good service often with a restaurant, bar, garden, WIFI, and swimming pool.
The hotel room type is a Standard Double Room assigned to two people with two individual beds or one double bed for couples with a private bathroom. Rooms are distributed, in consultation, according to the gender of the travelers. Private rooms can be booked at an additional cost for those who do not wish to be shared with other group members. Due to the limited capacity of the hotels, a single room must always be requested.
Hotel extensions, adding an extra day or days at our selected accommodations can be arranged but have to be requested in advance.
Lunch (PICNIC FOOD) included except on days 1, 7, and 8.
Picnic food = NOT just a Sandwich. We organize outdoor picnics with a great variety of local products.
Dinner is not included.
We organize the first and the last dinner which is not obligatory, however always fun to get to know each other on the first day, and special to get together on the last evening.
The group size ranges from 8 to14 persons.
Small group travel allows people to feel freedom, to go at their own pace, get to know their travel companies, and also benefit from their leader’s knowledge.
2 private arranged transportation between the airport and the hotel.
The pick-ups on arrival and drop-off departure are from the airport Granada or Málaga.
We make sure that all luggage has been delivered between the accommodations.
Makes sure that all luggage has been delivered to the next accommodation.
Equipped with bicycle spareparts, repairkits, and extra bicycles.
Assist you and ensure backup when your bicycle breaks down.
Pick up in case of any accident, injury, illness, or you’d like to give your legs a rest.
First aid kit.
Provide snacks & drinks.
Private guided tour of the Alhambra and the gardens of the Generalife.
We provide high-quality bicycles with pannier bags for carrying luggage, allowing the bike to take the weight rather than your shoulders.
When booking, you indicate your height to have the correct frame size of the bicycle at the start of your holiday.
The bicycles are marked with the client’s name. On the first day, you will be able to try out your bicycle and make minor adjustments to ensure comfort. Besides the pannier, a helmet, and a water bottle will be given.
Extra clothing provision which includes sweaters, jackets, gloves,etc.
We facilitate fitting your own pedals or saddle if you wish to bring them.
We provide spare parts and take care of the day-to-day maintenance.
Rental of electric bicycle: extra cost of 125 euros.
Weather is important to consider while packing for your cycling vacation. Your packing list is based on your own comfort and sensitivity.The best way to travel and to be outdoors is to layer your clothes. Highly recommended as the best way to stay warm and keep cool, as the weather is bound to change on a multi-day bike tour.
Water bottle (provided by us)
Sunscreen & lipbalm
Bike Helmet (provided by us)
Cycling jersey or sportshirt (Long sleeve and short sleeve)
(Padded or comportable) Cycle pants & shorts
A sweater or fleece (extra layers for cooler climate“thermal”)
Rain jacket & pants
Comfortable shoes ¡Not recommended to cycle with open shoes or sandals!
Sport socks (quick dry)
Neck warmer (buff)
Extra pair of shoes
Extra casual clothes
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