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Córdoba to Granada: Historic and Sunny Andalucia

Self-guided tour: Starts any day year-round in 2016
6 nights/7 days
Tour starts from Córdoba and ends in Granada
Daily Mileage: From 45 km (28 miles) to 59 km (37 miles)
Andalucia is very well serviced by major airlines and low-cost airlines (Granada, Málaga, Seville and Madrid)
Accommodations in 3- and 4- hotels and inns
A minimum of 4 is required to operate this tour at the below rate. A supplement applies for parties of 2 or 3.
Level: 3/4 (Moderate to difficult)
From 790 euros per person sharing a double room

Córdoba to Granada: Historic and Sunny Andalucia — 6 nights/7 days

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  Dazzling’ is perhaps the best word to describe the Spanish region of Andalucia. Nature has painted a masterpiece with an intense palette of wildflowers, shadow-dappled mountains, and patchwork fields of olive trees. Over the centuries, a wide array of inhabitants contributed their own works of art: Roman bridges, palace-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 Andalucia’s cities and white villages mean more work for travelers on two wheels, but the reward is well worth the ride.
 
Itinerary
Day 1: Arrival in Córdoba

Arrive in Córdoba at the time of your choice. Trains from Granada, Seville, Málaga 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.
Day 2: Córdoba — 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.
Day 3: Baena — 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!
Day 4: Zuheros — Iznajar (67 km/41 miles, 1,300 meters/4,270 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.
Day 5: Iznajar — Alhama de Granada (approx. 50 km/30 miles)

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.
Day 6: Alhama de Granada — 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!
Day 7: Departure

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

From 790 Euros per person sharing a double room. Single supplement is 225 Euros.
Please note the minimum group size for this tour is 4 people. An additional fee of 95 euros per person applies for 3 or 2 riders.

This price includes:

  • 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

This price does not include:

  • Expenses of personal nature
  • Travel insurance
  • Bike rentals. Hybrid bikes are available at the rate of 110 Euros per bike. Racing bikes are available at the
    rate of 155 euros per bike. These prices include the 20-euro drop-off fee for the bike’s return to
    Granada.
Please book online at your earliest convenience as this trip is subject to hotel availability. Our e-mail address: info@cyclomundo.com
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