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Andalucia Bike Tour
Andalucia Bike Tour

With each click of the castanets, you feel it - from flamenco to fiestas, gazpacho to tapas, bodegas to bullrings - the essence of Spain lies squarely in the heart of Andalucía. In this long-ago Moorish stronghold, every romantic sultan's palace, striking cathedral and brilliantly whitewashed village has captivating stories to tell. We'll take you deep inside and reveal their secrets. Biking in Andalucía with Backroads - quintessentially wonderful!


Straight Talk
We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.

Terrain & Shuttles

With Andalucía's limestone cliffs and ancient hilltop towns, you can look forward to some great climbs and descents. For Level 3 riders, we can flatten some of the hills with strategic shuttles to give you a boost, but you should be comfortable with some pretty long downhills or hopping in the van for a lift.

Days 1-2 Pedal back in time, tracing the classic route of <i>Los Pueblos Blancos</i>  Rendezvous in vibrant Sevilla  Spin through the countryside, passing through Zahara de la Sierra, a pueblo blanco that was once a Moorish outpost  Pine-clad hills in the Grazalema mountains (a favorite haunt of local cyclists) serve up challenging climbs - and heavenly views  Get to know the ancient capital of Ronda Perched on a high plateau and sliced in half by a sheer vertical gorge, the town's setting is spectacular!

Day 3 Authentic Andalusian cuisine - traditional tapas, gazpacho and world-class olive oils  Dramatic cliffs and sweeping vistas lead to the rugged canyon of El Chorro, a mecca for local outdoor lovers  Savor breezes perfumed by orange and lemon trees as you take in views of the Guadalhorce River in the valley below  The well-preserved village of Antequera, surrounded be a sea of olive trees, is sure to delight you when lit up at night.

Days 4-6 Relax at unique hotels, from a former convent to a marvelous Moorish-inspired palace  Fantastically eroded limestone rock formations are yours to admire in the National Park El Torcal  Spend time off your bike and get a close-up look at these 150-million-year-old geologic wonders  Climbing above a sparkling reservoir, cruise an undulating route with views of the distant Sierra Nevada Pedal past olive trees as far as the eye can see on your way to whitewashed lakeside villages.


Trip Highlights
  • Pedal back in time, tracing the classic route of Los Pueblos Blancos
  • Authentic Andalusian cuisine - traditional tapas, gazpacho and world-class olive oils
  • Relax at unique hotels, from a former convent to a marvelous Moorish-inspired palace
  • Explore Sevilla and Granada, our dazzling gateway cities
  • Experience a captivating mix of ancient cultures
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Casual & Premiere Inns

Hotel Catalonia Reina Victoria (2 nights): With a dramatic setting right on the edge of El Tajo Gorge, this newly renovated hotel offers unrivaled access to local attractions and is surrounded by pine forest and gardens. (pool, spa)

Hotel Convento La Magdalena (1 night): This former 16th-century convent is famous for its frescoes, which were recently discovered and still undergoing restoration. (pool, spa, golf) 

Barceló La Bobadilla (2 nights): You may never want to leave this splendid palace, beautifully set amid a sea of olive groves. (pool, spa)


Routes For All Abilities

Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. We know your pace may vary from one day to the next-and your traveling companion's may differ somewhat from yours. So we present a range of mileage options, and each day you decide exactly what and how much you want to do.

Daily Route Options
Day EASYGOING ACTIVE AVID
Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5
miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain
1 20 1500
2 19* 1100 22* 2800 43 3700 53 5000
3 29* 1700 52* 3700
36* 2000
4 23* 1300 49 3000
5 22* 1800 26 1900 44 3100 51 4000
6 19 700
 
note:

There is less than 5% of riding on hard-packed dirt on this trip. Since the overwhelming majority of the trip is paved, we've elected to use standard road bike tires on our titanium road bikes. Most guests find this to be the right answer. If you prefer to skip the dirt, a shuttle is always a possibility.

* Includes a shuttle


2014 Dates & Pricing*

CLASSIC TRIPS
  • 5/4-9 Price: $3798 pp dbl. occ., (+ $600 for sgl. occ.)
  • 5/18-23 Price: $3798 pp dbl. occ., (+ $600 for sgl. occ.)
  • 9/14-19 Price: $3798 pp dbl. occ., (+ $600 for sgl. occ.)
  • 9/21-26 Price: $3698 pp dbl. occ., (+ $600 for sgl. occ.)
  • 9/28-10/3 Price: $3698 pp dbl. occ., (+ $600 for sgl. occ.)
  • 10/5-10 Price: $3598 pp dbl. occ., (+ $600 for sgl. occ.)
  • 10/19-24 Price: $3698 pp dbl. occ., (+ $600 for sgl. occ.)
  • 10/26-31 Price: $3598 pp dbl. occ., (+ $600 for sgl. occ.)

*Prices may change. Once you book your trip, your price is guaranteed.

Private Trips Options & Pricing

Gather your favorite people to share a Backroads adventure on a ready-to-book Private Trip - featuring all the legendary Backroads hallmarks from expert leaders to unforgettable activities.

You can pick from a large selection of dates for your group of 8 or more. Call us for date availability.

If your party has fewer than 8 guests, or if your preferred date is not available, we'll create a departure just for you.

Pricing for Private Trips

  • 2 - 3 guests $5,798 pp dbl. occ.
  • 4 - 5 guests $4,998 pp dbl. occ.
  • 6 - 7 guests $4,498 pp dbl. occ.
  • 8 - 9 guests $4,298 pp dbl. occ.
  • 10 - 11 guests $3,698 pp dbl. occ.
  • 12 or more guests $3,398 pp dbl. occ.


Guest Trip Reviews

It was an outstanding trip in all respects. I loved the challenge of the riding and am now solidly ready for my spring cycling season. GREAT TRIP, GREAT LEADERS!!!!
Parice Halbert - Columbia, MD

Another fantastic experience beyond my already high expectations from other Backroads trips! I just pick a location and let Backroads wow me. I can’t imagine that a vacation could be any better.
Mary Margaret Holt - San Anselmo, CA

This was my first ever Backroads trip, but certainly not my last. Your guides were awesome, the organization flawless, great hotels, wonderful participants and of course Andalucía was spectacular!
Harald Jordan - Durango, CO