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Córdoba to Granada: Historic and Sunny Andalusia

Relaxing in La Mezquita's garden in Cordoba, before tackling Andalusian hills 4
Relaxing in La Mezquita's garden in Cordoba, before tackling Andalusian hills Sun in Andalusia's valleys Alhama de Granada, authentic Andalusia The arabic area of the town of Granada, view from the famous Alhambra

Cyclomundo offers guided and self-guided cycling trips in Andalusia (or Andalucia in Spanish), click here to see the Andalusian regional page.

  • Self-guided trip: Starts any day from mid-February through mid-December 2019
  • 6 nights/7 days 
  • Tour starts from Córdoba and ends in Granada
  • Daily mileage: From 47 km (30 miles) to 74 km (46 miles)
  • Andalusia is very well serviced by major and low-cost airlines (Granada, Málaga, Seville and Madrid)
  • Accommodations in 3-star and 4-star hotels and inns
  • Level: 3/4 (Moderate/Difficult)
  • From 890 euros per person sharing a double room

A minimum of 4 riders is required to operate this tour at the above rate. An additional fee of 70 euros per person applies for 3 or 2 riders.

Relaxing in La Mezquita's garden in Cordoba, before tackling Andalusian hills

Córdoba to Granada: Historic and Sunny Andalusia

  • Level
  • PriceFrom 890 euros
  • DAY6 nights / 7 days

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Description

Dazzling’ is perhaps the best word to describe the Spanish region of Andalusia. Nature has painted a masterpiece with an intense palette of wildflowersshadow-dappled mountains, and patchwork fields of olive trees. Over the centuries, a wide array of inhabitants contributed their own works of art: Roman bridgespalace-fortresses(called alcazars), grand mosques, and Baroque churches — to name only a few structures! 

This sun-soaked region of Spain warmly welcomes visitors year-round, but cyclists should be prepared for a challenging itinerary (and bring lots of water!). The strategic hilly or plateau-top locations of Andalusia’s cities and white villages mean more work for travelers on two wheels, but the reward is well worth the ride.

 

For travel and cycling tips to Andalusia, visit our "Travel and cycling tips" section.

Itinerary

D1Arrival in Córdoba

 

Arrive in Córdoba at the time of your choice. Trains from GranadaSevilleMálaga, and Madrid serve the city — those are the closest airports as well. By modern standards an average-sized city, in ancient times, Córdoba was a populous capital and a center of education. With an incredible mix of structures of different eras and religious influence, Córdoba’s historic centre is deservedly a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy a stroll through the tangle of streets to begin to familiarize yourself with the unique culture of Andalucia.

D2Córdoba — Baena 74 km/46 miles, 1,045 meters/3,430 ft of climbing

 

Trade your city legs for your bike legs and find yourself in a vast expanse of open countryside. You may not encounter lots of traffic, but you are certain to see endless rows of olive trees! Olive oil in Spain is to wine in France — it’s a world-famous product with controlled origins. The terroir and climate of Andalucia provide a distinct flavor that features in so many of the region’s dishes. Baena, your destination for the night, grew fabulously wealthy thanks to olive oil distribution; the local label is among the best of the best.

D3Baena — Zuheros 47 km/30 miles, 740 meters/2,420 ft of climbing

 

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before heading out for a serene ride among fields of olive trees. The road slowly rises as you make your approach to Zuheros, a mountain-hugging “white village” with a Renaissance castle crowning the skyline. The views from the castle plaza are nothing short of striking!

D4Zuheros — Iznajar 54 km/34 miles, 730 meters/2,405 ft of climbing


This morning, commune with nature during a ride through Sierras Subbéticas Natural Park. The rugged terrain is home to dozens of bird species and a rainbow of wildflowers; Moorish watchtowers are some of the only evidence of human settlement in the area. The town of Priego is a sanctuary of a different sort, not in the least because it offers a bevy of cafés for your lunch. Interspersed with flourished Baroque buildings are piazzas and fountains that lend a spa resort-like quality to the town. After exploring, wheel onward to the lakeside town of Iznajar.

D5Iznajar — Alhama de Granada 67 km/41 miles, 1,300 meters/4,270 ft of climbing

 

Balance out shorter mileage with higher climbs as you ascend the hills in Poniente Granadino, the region at the western frontier of the Moorish kingdom of Granada (called Al-Andalus). Each village is worthy of exploration, but it’s up to you whether to pause or to continue on your climbs. Alhama de Granada has plenty of delights in store, from its breathtaking natural surrounds (it sits high above a gorge!) to its medieval Moorish quarter. Ease your muscles with a dip in the Roman thermal baths.

D6Alhama — Granada 64 km/40 miles, 795 meters/2,600 ft of climbing

 

Rejuvenated after your stay in Alhama, cycle toward the Sierra Nevada mountains. Hiding in the foothills is Granada, the provincial capital. Granada boasts a fascinating mixture of Moorish and Spanish architecture, much like Córdoba. Here you’ll find the world-renowned Alhambra Palace, another exquisite example of Moorish design, and the enthralling neighborhood of Albaicín. It’s the perfect place to cap off a week of adventures!

D7Departure

 

Your tour officially comes to an end after breakfast, but you're free to stay in Andalucia on your own.

Booking & Pricing

  • Price details
  • 6 nights’ accommodation in 3- and 4-star hotels and inns

    Please note the minimum group size for this tour is 4 people. An additional fee of 70 euros per person applies for 3 or 2 riders.

  • 890 euros. Single supplement is 260 euros

These prices include:

  • 6 nights’ accommodation in 3- and 4-star hotels and inns
  • Daily breakfast
  • Meeting with our local representative
  • Luggage transfers
  • Marked maps and/or cue sheets and route notes
  • Tourist information
  • Assistance if necessary (you will be provided with our local rep’s mobile number)
  • All tax and service charges

These prices do not include:

  • Expenses of a personal nature
  • Travel insurance
  • Bicycle rentals. Hybrid bikes are available at the rate of 110 euros per bike. E-bikes are available at the rate of 225 euros per bike. Aluminum road bikes are available at the rate of 155 euros per bike. Full-carbon road bikes are available at the rate of 210 euros per bike. These prices include the drop-off fee for the bike’s return to Córdoba.

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