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.
Below is a summary of our itinerary. Full details and route profiles are in our brochure.
Friday 11 May
Departure from the US on an overnight flight to Malaga.
Saturday 12 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 13 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 14 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 15 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 16 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 17 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.
Friday 18 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 19 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 20 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 21 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.
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