Flamenco to fiestas, gazpacho to tapas, bodegas to bullrings—the essence of Spain is found in Andalucía. In the remote expanses of this long-ago Moorish stronghold, every mountain peak and whitewashed village tells a story. We'll take you inside and reveal their secrets. Biking in Andalucía with Backroads—quintessentially wonderful!
1-2 Rendezvous in vibrant Sevilla and pedal back in time, tracing the classic route of los pueblos blancos Visit a family-run olive oil press before biking through the countryside past Zahara de la Sierra, a white village 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 Discover the rich history of Ronda, an ancient capital that has inspired centuries of literature Perched on a high plateau and sliced in half by a sheer vertical gorge, the town's setting is as spectacular as the wines produced here!
3 Dramatic cliffs and sweeping vistas lead to the desert-like plains of Spain's "wild west" —an area famous for limestone caves and a history of bandits and smugglers Enjoy an uphill in the Sierra de las Nieves Natural Park—a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve—followed by a thrilling downhill that takes you to the tiny village of El Burgo Savor breezes perfumed by almond trees as you take in views of the Guadalhorce River in the valley below The well-preserved village of Antequera, standing amid endless olive groves and crowned by a majestic Moorish citadel, is sure to delight you when lit up at night.
4-6 Cycle through peaceful rural Andalucía past shepherds tending their flocks and olive trees as far as the eye can see 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 After climbing above a sparkling reservoir, cruise the gentle rises and falls of a route with views of the beautiful town of Iznájar Sink into a luxurious poolside daybed and unwind with an exclusive sherry tasting at the palatial La Bobadilla hotel.