Andalucia Spain Cycling

Trip Length 7 Days
Group Size 4-14
Activity level
Starting from
$3,299 for REI Members
$3,799 for non-members
Departures May 2021-Oct 2022

Treat yourself to 7 days in Spain’s Andalucia, cycling and exploring its Mediterranean landscapes, stories and cuisine.

Discover a craggy fairytale countryside of whitewashed villages and stone watchtower ruins in the heart of southern Spain—plus some of the best-tasting cuisine you’re likely to find anywhere. This trip is a sensory journey as much as an active one. Enthusiastic local guides lead the way on two wheels as we traverse sinuous mountain roads and country lanes lined with olive trees.

Inhale almond-perfumed breezes while riding near Diezma, where peaks of the Sierra Nevada crown the horizon. Experience an olive-oil tasting. Be exhilarated by a roller-coaster loop through valleys of castles and watchtowers, then explore Zuheros, a beautiful traditional pueblo blanco (white village). Visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites like the Historic Center of Cordoba. Stroll amongst orange trees and ornate fountains in the gardens of the Alhambra, a Moorish palace-fortress built over a thousand years ago. Savor the region’s bright, fresh cuisine: tapas and gazpacho, local goat cheese and Iberian ham, sherry and manzanilla wine. Come seek the real Andalucia in all its beauty, complexity and astonishment.

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Trip Highlights

  • Cycle across southern Spain's storied Andalucía region amongst olive trees, medieval castles and ancient stone watchtowers of the Sierra Nevada
  • Walk the cobblestone lanes of Zuheros, which some call the world’s most beautiful pueblo blanco (white village)
  • Savor the region’s exquisite wines and cuisine, illuminated by local experts
  • Visit UNESCO World Heritage sites in Granada and Cordoba
  • Learn secrets of the Alhambra, a Moorish palace with gardens meant to mimic Paradise


This trip is rated Moderate [3]. Although a support vehicle will be available for each day’s ride, participants should enjoy spending much of the day (4-6 hours) on their bikes. Most of our cycling route is along quiet, scenic back roads with little vehicle traffic. The countryside in Spain is hilly so a regular conditioning program beginning at least 3-6 months prior to departure is strongly recommended. Anticipate daily hill climbs of varying inclines to last anywhere from 10-40 minutes. Although our trips are designed so that everyone can complete each day, we make shorter options available to handle your specific daily needs.

  • Road Cycling
  • Cycling

What's Included

Double-occupancy accommodations; meals as noted in the daily itinerary; wine with included dinners; bi-lingual cycling guides; support vehicle; hybrid touring bike; entrance fees to sites noted in the daily itinerary.


Hotels; 6 nights

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Your Adventure Itinerary

Day 1

Ride the Forests of Aracena

Our trip begins in historic Seville, the capital of Andalucía, with an 8:30am rendezvous. We board our private vehicle and transfer to the heart of Aracena. We stop in legendary Jabugo- the birthplace of the Iberian dry-cured ham- whose scent wafts through the town for a guided tour of the cellars of Cinco Jotas. After the tour, we get to know our bikes on our first ride from Cinco Jotas making our way past cork trees and chestnut forests to lovely Fuenteheridos and continuing on to Aracena. This afternoon we have free time to take a short walk up to the medieval Aracena Castle or relax by the pool at our comfortable spa hotel. This evening we meet up again for a welcome dinner. Lunch and dinner included.

Cycling: 33.5 miles; (4.75 hours, 100% paved), Elevation gain/loss 3,880’/3,805’. Van transfer: 1.5 hours.

Day 2

From Constantina to Cordoba

In the quiet countryside of Constantina in the heart of Sierra Norte de Sevilla Natural Park, we begin cycling the first of two gentle climbs. Our goal is the Via Verde (rails to trails path) at the old mine town of "Cerro del Hierro." It’s all downhill on the dedicated cycle path to a delicious midday creekside picnic. After lunch, we continue riding a loop through the vineyards riding up a winding hill followed by a well-deserved downhill bringing us back to the valley and to the town of Constantina. After an espresso at a local café we’ll board our van and the World Heritage Site of Cordoba is our next stop. We take time to freshen up before a guided walking tour of the historical city center. All meals included.

Cycling loop: 25 miles (3 hours, 92% paved/ 8% packed gravel), Elevation gain/loss 1,658/1,657’. Van transfer: 3.5 hours.

Day 3

Day 3: Cordoba Hill Romp & Evening Ramble

A favorite route with cyclists, today’s romp loops through the hills around Cordoba where we cycle on paved roads and enjoy the region’s splendid natural beauty. Hearts will soon be pumping as we take on 7.5 miles of climbing. Spain’s version of the Tour de France has raced along this road, so watch for the names of professional riders painted on the asphalt. Our efforts are rewarded with a scenic view of Cordoba and the Guadalquivir valley. Rolling into the town of Santa Maria de Trassierra, we enjoy a refreshment and a nice selection of tapas for lunch before cycling along a shaded road for the last smooth uphill before descending back to Cordoba. The remainder of the afternoon and evening are free to explore the many sites in Cordoba. We recommend the Mosque-Cathedral of Córdoba, a World Heritage Site, and enjoying a traditional Flamenco show. Breakfast and lunch included.

Cycling: 28.5 miles (4.25 hours, 100% paved), Elevation gain/loss: 2,604’/loss 2,600.

Day 4

Watchtowers, Olive Orchards & a "White Village" in the Mountains

Our loop ride to Zuheros begins with a beautiful slice of scenery full of olive groves, fortified cities, watchtowers and lovely villages. The ride follows the stunning Sierra Subbetica Natural Park whose mountains date from the same time period as the mighty Himalayas. After a few climbs, we’ll take a break in the delightful village of Esparragal to chat with the locals. The rest of today’s epic ride of ups and downs brings us to the 1890’s train station of Luque where a picnic lunch awaits. After lunch we cycle back to our hotel along the ‘Via Verde’ bike path. The afternoon is free to relax or explore in Zuheros, one of the most beautiful "pueblos blancos" in this mountainous region. Before dinner we will meet for an olive oil tasting experience. All meals included.

Cycling: 40.5 miles (4:75 hours, 87% paved/ 13% packed gravel), Elevation gain 3,411’/loss 3,542’. Van transfer: 1 hour.

Day 5

Ride past castles with views of the Sierra Nevada range

Today’s adventure begins after a short transfer to Almedinilla. During the Moorish period, the Christians and the Moors were frequently at war in the area and we’ll pedal past ancient castles and watchtowers that are reminders of the conflict that lasted for nearly 200 years. As we cruise on our bicycles towards Granada, we'll have splendid views of the Sierra Nevada hour mountain range – the home of Spain's highest peaks – towering in the distance. In Moclín we’ll refuel with a picnic lunch, enjoying the viewpoint towards a stunning valley and the Sierra Nevada. We’ll finish our ride and celebrate the day toasting with a "caña" (draft beer) before transferring to our hotel where we spend the next two nights. Granada itself, at the foot of the Sierra Nevada, is a World Heritage city whose origins date back to the 5th Century B.C. This afternoon you’ll have the chance to relax at the hotel, explore Granada, and enjoy dinner on your own. Breakfast and lunch included.

Cycling: 40 miles (5 hours, 92% paved/8% packed gravel), Elevation gain/loss 4,239’/4,146’. Van transfer: 1.25 hours.

Day 6

Sierra Nevada Vistas & Spanish Farewell Feast

Our last day of cycling begins in Diezma. This epic ride takes place on well paved roads with amazing views of the Sierra Nevada Mountains towering in the distance. Pedaling past almond tree orchards with snapshots of local culture, it's no wonder that professional cyclists flock to Granada for winter training camps. The first twelve miles of the ride are a gradual downhill leading to a challenging, but thrilling climb topping out in the lovely town of La Peza. Today’s cycling finale is a fantastic descent to the waiting van for a shuttle back to Granada. This evening we visit the Alhambra Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage site composed of an ornate presidential palace and gardens of roses, orange trees and myrtles that was originally built by the Moors in 889 A.D. We toast our new friends over amazing Spanish cuisine at our celebratory farewell dinner. All meals included.

Cycling: 41.5 miles (5 hours, 100% paved), Elevation gain/loss 3,025’/4,343. Van transfer: 1 hour.

Day 7

Farewell Spain

It’s time to say our goodbyes after breakfast at the hotel. We will make a stop at the Granada airport this morning, or we transfer back to Seville with our guides.

Transfer: 4 hours.

Gear List

The key to staying comfortable while on an active trip is layering. To get maximum comfort with minimum weight, you need versatile layers that mix and match to create the right amount of insulation, ventilation and weather protection. This gear list has been created to help you choose the proper equipment. Try to bring only what is necessary; this will help you and the field staff.

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  • Valid Passport

Contact Us

Feel free to give us a call at 800-622-2236 should you have any questions regarding the gear list. The staff at our stores and Direct Sales (800-426-4840) will also be happy to help you with gear questions. Or check out REI Expert Advice , which has great information to help you prepare for your trip.