Andalusia May 12-22, 2018

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Come cycle with us in southern Spain and ride the highest paved road in Europe! Our trip will take you from the mountain town of Ronda to the seaside resort of Malaga. On the way we will stay in Antequera and Granada, two of Andulasia’s famous ancient cities. We’ll have a rest day in Granada and you’ll have time to explore this spectacular city and visit the world famous Alhambra palace and other historic sights. The second part of our trip starts with the spectacular climb of Pico Veleta on Europe’s highest paved road. Then we’ll head for the coast and spend the last two nights in Malaga. The trip is designed to showcase the scenery and history of Andalusia. We’ll be staying for consecutive nights in each hotel to give you the chance to relax and explore the beautiful towns where we’ll be staying.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Itinerary and Elevation Profiles

Friday 12 May

Departure from the US on an overnight flight to Malaga.

Saturday 13 May

Arrival in Malaga and group transfer to Ronda. In the afternoon you can put your bike together and go for a quick ride.

Sunday 14 May: Ronda Loop (distance: 59/71 mi, vertical: 6,300/8,300 ft)

Our first ride will be through the remote mountains of the Sierra de Grazalema National Park. Highlights are the scenic and quiet backroads and the Puerto de las Palomas Pass with great views. There is an easier shorter route available today and you won’t have to decide which one to do until 49 miles in. Shorter option:

Monday 15 May: Ronda – Antequera ( 55/75 mi, 5,000/7,500 ft)

Today we’ll ride to Antequera, an ancient town that is considered to be one of the architectural gems of Andalusia. Again we will have two route options, with both routes starting off and finishing on the same roads. The scenery is very diverse today, with mountains, lakes, rivers and picturesque towns on the way. Shorter option

Tuesday 16 May: Antequera Loop (54 mi, 6,000 ft)

Like the day before, we’ll start our day with a climb. After that, we’ll be heading towards the coast, so it is mostly downhill until we turn inland again. It is mostly uphill on the way back, but luckily there are a few villages on the road to stop for a coffee or a snack. We are planning to be back in Antequera by mid afternoon so you’ll have some time to explore the town after the ride.

Wednesday 17 May: Antequera – Granada (73 mi, 5,500 ft)

We’ll have a ‘transitional’ stage today with some smaller climbs on our way to Granada, our home for the next three nights.

Thursday 18 May: Rest Day

There is no scheduled ride on Thursday and you’ll be free to spend the day as you wish. We highly recommend a visit to the world famous Alhambra palace and Granada’s old town. Those going home can go for an optional last ride in the morning before packing the bike and getting ready for our private bus transfer to our hotel at Venice Airport. We’ll have a celebratory dinner in the evening to mark the end of our tour.

Friday 19 May: Pico Veleta (62 mi, 9,000 ft)
The big day! We’ll ride the highest paved road in Europe which goes (almost) all the way to the Pico Veleta at 11,148′. It is an out-and-back route so you can turn around whenever you like.
Saturday 20 May: Granada – Malaga (83 mi, 8,000 ft)

We’ll be heading to the coast today. Along the way we will pass the magnificent town of Alhama de Granada. It is known for it’s hot springs, but chances are that we won’t need those in May. Of course there’s some climbing to be done although we’ll be descending 2,000 ft more than we’re climbing. The last 10 miles will be flat along the shores of the Mediterranean Sea on the coastal bike and walking path.

Sunday 21 May: Malaga Loop (29 mi, 3,700 ft)

The Puerto del Leon is a pass close to Malaga with great views over the sea and the city. A great way to finish the trip. We’ll be back at the hotel before lunch to give you time to pack your bike in the afternoon. We’ll have a celebratory dinner in the evening to mark the end of our tour.

Monday 22 May

Flight home Time to fly home! Our private bus will take us to the airport in the morning. back at the hotel you’ll have to pack your bike. We’ll have a celebratory dinner in the evening to mark the end of our tour.

 

Our package includes

  • Group bus transfer from/to Malaga Airport for you, your luggage and your bike
  • Support vehicle during the rides and experienced tour guides on bikes
  • 9 nights of ***/**** hotel accommodation on the basis of a double room (single rooms available with a surcharge)
  • All breakfasts and dinners
  • Water, snacks and fruit on the rides
  • Laminated stage sheets with ride details and altitude profiles
  • GPS files of all rides

Excluded items

  • Flights to and from Malaga Airport
  • Travel and medical insurance
  • Lunches, drinks, gratuities and personal expenses

Price: $2495 per person in a shared double room, single room surcharge: $595

Please e-mail Carolyn and Pieter for more information and booking: info@bikeplustours.com