Southern Spain: Granada to the Sea Bike Tour

  • Region: Spain + Portugal
  • Destination: Andalucia
  • Duration: 6 Days / 5 Nights
  • Level: Three
  • Price From: $4995
  • Single Supplement: $775
Tour Dates
Oct 30 - Nov 4, 2016 $4995 Call to book
Nov 13 - Nov 18, 2016 $4995 Call to book
Mar 5 - Mar 10, 2017 $4995 Call to book
Mar 26 - Mar 31, 2017 $4995 Call to book
Apr 16 - Apr 21, 2017 $4995 Call to book

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Andalucía is a land of extremes, from the snowcapped Sierra Nevada Mountains behind Granada to the fiercely sunbaked lands of the plains and the azure blue sea. Discover breathtaking scenery with charming, white, hilltop villages and olive groves that span as far as the eye can see. Feast on delectable tapas, taste organic caviar at Alberto’s freshwater sturgeon farm, and indulge in the finest seafood and Iberian hams accompanied by local sherries or robust Riberas. On this epic bike tour in Andalucía, you’ll be captivated by the warmth of the locals, fabulous weather, virtually traffic-free roads, vibrant colors, postcard vistas, and extraordinary gastronomy.


Tour by Day

Day One: Welcome to Andalucía
Your DuVine guides will greet you in Granada at our recommended pre-tour hotel, and then we’re off to the magnificent Hotel La Bobadilla. After a bike fitting and safety review, we’ll cycle through the olive groves to the village of Archidona. This lovely town is renowned for its urban and architectural heritage. Here we’ll sample a selection of outstanding tapas for lunch. Spin back to the hotel or choose to take a lift. For the remainder of the day you can relax at the pool or wonderful spa. Tonight we’ll enjoy dinner together at the hotel’s renowned Finca restaurant.

Meals: Lunch / Dinner
Destinations: Granada, Archidona
Accomplished: 12.2 miles / 19.7 km, elevation gain: 268 meters (Longer option: 21.4 miles / 34.5 km, elevation gain: 469 meters)
Accommodations: Barceló La Bobadilla

Day Two: Jamón in Rute
Today you will be blown away by some of the most exhilarating riding of your life. Feast your eyes on breathtaking views before snaking your way down to the Iznajar Dam and arriving at the market town of Rute. Cruise into the old town square where jamón maker Juan is waiting with a splendid tapas lunch. Then transfer back to our hotel or ride a bit more along rolling hilltop backroads. This evening experience caviar unlike any you have tasted before at Europe’s first organic freshwater sturgeon farm. For dinner, savor a delicious meal of organic trout or smoked sturgeon at a charming century-old restaurant nearby.

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Destinations: Bobadilla, Cuevas San Marco, Rute
Accomplished: 33 miles / 53.5 km, elevation gain: 690 meters (Extra options: 7.5 miles / 12 km, elevation gain: 280 meters or 25.6 miles / 41.3 km, elevation gain: 1,056 meters)
Accommodations: Barceló La Bobadilla

Day Three: El Caminito del Rey
Choose to ride or shuttle to the town of Antequera where we begin our gradual descent by bike through the Abdalajis mountain range. Featured in the 2015 Vuelta, this route takes us over rolling terrain with majestic views of valleys covered in wild lavender and wheat. Enjoy lunch overlooking the El Chorro gorge before continuing on these scenic routes to the village of Ardales. Or hop in the van and head straight to the ancient thermal baths at our hotel. Tonight, three generations of women will serve us an authentic meal in their home.

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Destinations: Antequera, El Chorro, Ardales, Carratraca
Accomplished: 26 miles / 41.8 km, elevation gain: 790 meters (Extra options: 23.9 miles / 38.5km, elevation gain: 407 meters or 3.6 miles / 5.8 km, elevation gain: 200 meters)
Accommodations: Hotel Villa Padierna Thermas

Day Four: The Arab-Built Ramparts of Ronda
Today we ride through unspoiled natural parkland, stopping in the quaint farming village of El Burgo before beginning a series of gratifying ascents and a seven-mile downhill finale to the historic town of Ronda and a well-deserved lunch. With its spectacular gorge, Spain’s oldest bullring, and Arab-built ramparts, Ronda feels like a huge open-air museum. Marvel at the famous “new bridge” over the Tajo gorge, built in the early 1800s. This afternoon, you are free to explore the sights of this vibrant town and enjoy a dinner on your own.

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch
Destinations: Ardales, El Burgo, Ronda
Accomplished: 32.6 miles / 52.6 km, elevation gain: 1,222 meters)
Accommodations: Hotel Reina Victoria

Day Five: Whitewashed Hilltop Villages
We begin our roller-coaster journey south through the rolling hills towards the Mediterranean coast. Our ride takes us through the famed Pueblos Blancos, whitewashed hilltop villages that have changed little since their Moorish origins, before eventually descending towards the coast. After a rewarding lunch, we will briefly cruise to one of the most exclusive hotels along the Costa del Sol, Finca Cortesin. Check in and explore the almost 80,000 square-foot spa, boasting Spain’s only Ice Cave, or hop into the hotel limo for a short drive to their exclusive beach club. Tonight we celebrate the week in soothingly sophisticated style at the hotel’s gastronomic restaurant.

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Destinations: Ronda, Gaucín, Casares
Accomplished: 41.6 miles / 67 km, elevation gain: 1,507 meters
Accommodations: Hotel Finca Cortesin

Day Six: Adios Andalucia
Unless you decide to extend your stay at the hotel, after a mouth-watering breakfast, your guides will accompany you to downtown Malaga or the airport and bid you farewell.

Meals: Breakfast