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Andalucia Bike Tour

From Flamboyant Sevilla to Glorious Granada

  • Pedal back in time and through sunlit hills, 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

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!

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Itinerary

Days 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!

Day 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.

Days 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.

One of our best, and we have done a lot! Cycling was challenging, support was great, weather was perfect.
Claudia - Michigan

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. Read the Straight Talk

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 steep descents. If you want a boost, we can flatten some of the hills with strategic shuttles, but you should be comfortable with some long downhills or hopping in the van for a lift.
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Casual & Premiere Inns*

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Hotel Catalonia Reina Victoria

Hotel Catalonia Reina Victoria

Ronda (2 nights)

With a dramatic setting directly on the edge of El Tajo Gorge, this renovated hotel offers unrivaled access to local attractions. (pool, spa)

Hotel La Magdalena

Hotel Convento La Magdalena

Antequera (1 night)

Enjoy stunning vistas of mountains and countryside from this former 16th-century convent, famous for its frescoes. (pool, spa)

La Bobadilla

Barceló La Bobadilla

* Premiere Inn
Loja (2 nights)

You may never want to leave this splendid palace, beautifully set amid a sea of olive groves. (pool, spa)

Guest Reviews

There's no better way to find out about Backroads than by hearing it from the people who have traveled with us. For more about the Backroads Experience, read our Guest Testimonials.

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5.0

Interesting culture, great scenery

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from Michigan

Comments about Andalucia Bike Tour:

One of our best, and we have done a lot! Cycling was challenging, support was great, weather was perfect.

 
5.0

An amazing experience through the rolling hills of Spain

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from Salt Lake City

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Comments about Andalucia Bike Tour:

From start to finish, this trip to Spain was exceptional! For being called a casual trip the hotels were wonderful, and every hand picked lunch spot made you feel lucky to be traveling with Backroads. The riding was absolutely EPIC, but the guides had no problem supporting those who wished to do fewer miles. Wish I could go back to refill my olive oil :)

 
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Extremely well organized cycling trip.

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from McLean, VA

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Comments about Andalucia Bike Tour:

Andalucía has beautiful and safe roads for cycling. The food and wine are superb. The trip leaders and rider support were top of the line. The Backroads team that originally set up this particular cycling trip did an outstanding job in the design stage; not only the biking routes, but also the choice of hotels, cultural experiences, and special lunches. It is evident that a great deal of time and effort went into the organization and updating of this trip. The original Backroads staff who researched and set up the trip deserves a great deal of credit for the ongoing success of the Andalucía trip.

 
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Over the top biking experience!

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from Chicago, Il

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Third Backroads trip and each has lived up to our high expectations. We're already thinking Argentina or New Zealand!

 
5.0

Fantastic experience.

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from Balimore, MD

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Comments about Andalucia Bike Tour:

Unforgettable trip. Very nice scenery and local people. Great guides, memorable accommodations, delicious food, and culture. I will know I am in paradise when everyday is a day on a Backroads bike trip.

 
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Outstanding Trip!

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from Cincinnati, OH

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This was a great trip. The weather was beautiful and the countryside was stunning. The route was laid out well -- very few busy roads.

 
5.0

Amazing cycling, incredible food, phenomenal trip!

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from Berkeley, CA

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Comments about Andalucia Bike Tour:

Everything about this trip was perfectly planned - the flow of the rides and hotels, the meals, the special surprises, all of it. The trip leaders were incredibly competent, kind and FUN. A highlight for me was a tapas meal on a warm night outside in a plaza with a surprise, impromptu dance show by one of our servers.

 
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Amazing riding in an incredible location with superb Leaders

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from Oakland CA

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What an amazing trip! Between the breathtaking, drastic scenery, the wonderful food, the fun and knowledgeable leaders, the rich history and culture, and the amazing group of fellow travelers I'd be hard pressed to choose my favorite part. It truly was an incredible experience, every aspect of the trip from start to finish was just absolutely wonderful, I'd HIGHLY recommend this trip to anyone that truly wants to experience Andalucia for all it's worth.

 
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The trip was spectacular!

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from Toronto, Ontario

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The weather, scenery, accommodations and food were all great. Plus the biking was a good physical challenge. Met some great people and developed a great friendship with someone I have stayed in touch with ever since notwithstanding the fact that we live 15,000km apart!

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Dates & Prices

The earlier you book, the more choice you'll have and the lower your price. And you can always change your mind—you won't be charged to transfer to a different trip before your final payment is due.

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This Trip Is Rated Levels 3-5

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.

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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 18* 1700 27 2700
2 19* 2700 23* 3700 41* 5200
51* 6500
3 26* 1800 44* 4100 53 5000
34* 3000
4 24* 1700 32* 2500 39* 3000 52* 4200
5 23* 2200 32* 3300 44 4900
27* 3000 51 6000
6 19 1500
 

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* Includes shuttle.

Learn more about how we determine our route ratings and fully support a range of abilities and interests.

Please note that our distance and elevation figures come from Ride with GPS. Other sources (such as Map My Ride and Garmin devices) may give differing elevation figures due to different GPS and mapping technologies. Readings from a Garmin or a smart phone are influenced by other factors such as air pressure.

Why Travel with Backroads in Andalucía

See Why We Love It Here

The entire Backroads team is so into Andalucía that we chose it for our annual Staff Ride in 2013. A group of 240 Trip Leaders and operations types converged on the region for a week of epic riding between Seville and Granada, immersing ourselves in its natural beauty and vibrant culture. Let us show you why we love it so much.

More Leaders to Support You

On our Andalucía trips we have an extra leader supporting you along the road—for a total of three, compared to the industry standard two. So we can be in more places at once, giving personal attention to guests traveling at their own pace. Here's more on our Trip Leaders.

A Second Van When You Need It

Backroads is the only active travel company providing two support vans in Andalucía—because we know it's essential to ensure a truly great travel experience. It doubles our ability to be there when you need us to offer hydration, lighten your load or give you a lift if it's time to take a break. Read more on why two vans make all the difference.

We Speak the Language

If we told you many companies' leaders can't actually speak the language where they lead trips, you'd say incroyable... ridicolo... không the tha thú. At Backroads, fluency in the local language is a given. Find out more on the best leader recruitment, training and development in the business. (And by the way, that was "unforgivable" in Vietnamese.)

Everyone at Their Own Pace

We design and support our Andalucía trips to suit mixed abilities and varied interests—so you can set your own pace, then change things up as the day unfolds. And all guests are free to do the same, traveling together or apart, with no one cramping anyone else's style. Which sounds easy in theory, but it's hard to pull off. Here's more on how we do it.

Great Bikes Included (or Upgrade)

Choose a Backroads Custom Titanium or Custom Electric Assist bike—both are included in your trip price. Maybe a Specialized carbon-fiber pro model is more your speed or go for double fun on a tandem. Our fleet is the best in active travel, so you don't have to roll the dice on this vital trip component. Learn why our titanium bikes are ideal for most riders. See the bike options for this trip.

Navigate Your Way in Andalucía

Your ride comes equipped with a Garmin Edge Explore 1000, the best bike-touring GPS device on the market. This is a Backroads exclusive, and it's included with your bike in Andalucía. If you prefer to bring your own device, we also have downloadable GPS files and of course, our good old paper directions are always available. Read more on why our navigation options are the best.

We Live in the Neighborhood

Our Trip Leaders in Andalucía live in the area and are deeply engaged in their communities, giving them unique inside knowledge they're happy to share in making your experience that much richer. They'll introduce you to people, customs and parts of town you'd likely never encounter on your own—and teach you a few local phrases to help break the ice.

The Best Leaders in Andalucía

Backroads has the best-qualified people to lead your trip in Andalucía, and our guests back that up, rating our Trip Leaders an average of 9.75 out of 10 for all-around quality of performance. Get the facts (and no fluff) on how we recruit and develop the very best people for your trip.

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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 the selection of dates below for your group; some dates are only available for 16 or more guests while other dates are available for 8 or more guests. If your party has fewer than 8 guests, or your preferred date is not available, we'll create a departure just for you. Call or email us to reserve your date.

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Pricing for Private Trips

2017

  • 10 or more guests: from $2,998 pp dbl occ
  • 8 - 9 guests: from $3,398 pp dbl occ
  • 6 - 7 guests: from $4,498 pp dbl occ
  • 4 - 5 guests: from $5,098 pp dbl occ
  • 2 - 3 guests: from $5,898 pp dbl occ

2018

  • 10 or more guests: from $3,198 pp dbl occ
  • 8 - 9 guests: from $3,698 pp dbl occ
  • 6 - 7 guests: from $5,098 pp dbl occ
  • 4 - 5 guests: from $5,698 pp dbl occ
  • 2 - 3 guests: from $6,598 pp dbl occ

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