Alhambra Palace is a fortress complex in Granada, Andalusia, Spain. Photo via Flickr:Jiuguang Wang

Plaza de Espana in Parque de Maria Luisa, Sevilla, Spain. Photo via Flickr:Harshil Shah
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Andalusia - Seville to Granada

Spain Bike Tours

Seville to Granada Bike Tour

This diverse riding week blends Andalusia’s three monumental gems; Seville, Cordoba and Granada with some of Spain’s finest rural landscapes and pleasant backwaters where little has changed. This tour caters to lovers of history, art and romanticism and those seeking harmony with nature and fresh Andalusian air.

Peaceful rides through quiet plantations of orange, avocado, olive, cotton and sunflowers offer a glimpse of rural life in Andalucia’s colorful valleys bordering the historic Guadalquivir River. Evenings are spent immersed in the historic and cultural elements of the cities and small villages on route.

A particular highlight is the culinary delights to be had such as the wide range of local ‘tapas’ dishes, wines, Sherries and fresh nuts, berries and fruits growing wild throughout the region.

Other highlights:

  • Seville
  • Cordoba and its beautiful Mosque
  • Exotic Granada and the Alhambra
  • Small rural towns of Roman and Moorish origins
  • Classis white village of Zuheros

Overall, this unique itinerary has something for everyone and every level of interest and ability. Classic moments such as flamenco evenings, wine tasting, spring wild flowers and village fiestas make up only part of this holiday. If there is something of interest going on, you will be part of it – and in Andalusia, there is never a dull moment!

If you are interested in this tour, you may also want to check out our Coastal Andalusia bike tour.

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Skill Level

This tour is described as a moderate to difficult, guided tour. See day-to-day itinerary for level of difficulty for each daily ride. Some days are fairly flat, and other days of cycling require a considerable level of fitness with rolling hills or climbs to conquer. Daily cycling distances range from 30 to 36 miles (49 to 58 km). Keep in mind a support vehicle is with you or very near by all day in case you cannot complete the day’s cycling.

Where You’ll Stay

Very nice, charming 2 to 3 star hotels and B&B’s located in town centers or at a nearby location with enchanting views.

What’s Included

  • Accommodations for 7 nights
  • 7 x traditional light Spanish breakfast buffets
  • 3 x three course dinner (days 1, 4, and 6)
  • Water & snacks (during ride)
  • Luggage transportation
  • Guide that drives the support vehicle (please see remarks for details)
  • Route descriptions & maps
  • 21-speed hybrid bicycle equipped with helmet, gel seats, toe clip options, and carry bag (gel seats and toe clips must be reserved at time of booking)

What’s Not Included

  • Individual arrival to the hotel
  • Remaining meals (lunches can be organized but are not included in tour price)
  • Bicycle protection
  • Trip insurance

Extra Stay

Extra nights available in Seville or Granada.

TourBike
TypeGuided
SkillModerate–Difficult
Length8 days
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Tour Dates

April 23, May 14, September 17, October 15, and November 5, 2017

Please note: Additional dates are available on request for groups of 4. An additional supplement per person applies for groups less than 4 people.

Day-To-Day Itinerary

Andalusia - Seville to Granada Map

Day 1: Arrival in Seville
Day 2: Carmona - Palma del Rio, 30 mi. (49 km)
Day 3: Palma del Rio - Cordoba, 36 mi. (58 km)
Day 4: Cordoba - Zuheros de la Sierra, 36 mi. (58 km)
Day 5: Day of rest in Zuheros
Day 6: Zuheros - Alcala la Real, 31 mi. (50 km)
Day 7: Alcala la Real - Granada, 35 mi. (57 km)
Day 8: Departure from Granada

All distances are approximate.

Day 1: Arrival in Seville
Your tour leader will meet you in the hotel lobby at 7 pm for orientation followed by an easy walking tour of central Seville and Barrio Santa Cruz. If you are interested in seeing Seville’s main highlights (i.e., Cathedral and Alcazar Palace), please try to organize this before meeting the group. Dinner is included. 

Day 2: Transfer to Carmona. Carmona - Palma del Rio, 30 mi. (49 km)
Following breakfast is a 30 minute minibus or local coach shuttle to Carmona town where your cycling tour begins (you avoid riding out of Seville due to heavy traffic). The first ride - Carmona to Palma del Rio is on quiet secondary roads in open agricultural landscapes once ruled by both Moorish and Christian empires. Along the way, you'll pass fields of citrus, cotton, and sunflower, and numerous "Fincas" or traditional Spanish farmsteads. There is an optional 10 km extension to the pretty Baroque village, Peñaflor. Enjoy an evening guided walk of the medieval town and its historical origins. Tonight's stay is in the enchanting Monasterio San Francisco, a 16th century Monastery adorned with courtyards and gardens with a swimming pool.

Day 3: Palma del Rio - Cordoba, 36 mi. (58 km)
Ride from Palma del Rio to Cordoba through open countryside containing poppies, cotton, and avocados. The historic Sierra Morena lowlands flank the valley Guadalquivir providing much wealth and prosperity throughout Andalucia’s turbulent history. Soon after passing the imposing Almodovar medieval castle, you arrive at the beautiful city of Cordoba. This afternoon, enjoy a guided walk of Cordoba’s Juderia, Patios, and Craft Works before having dinner in one of Cordoba’s traditional patio restaurants. A must see is the 9th century Mezquita (Cathedral) that is one of the earth's most awe-inspiring architectural feats.

Day 4: Cordoba - Zuheros de la Sierra, 36 mi. (58 km)
Today’s ride (the longest of the week) offers the first taste of hilly landscapes as you approach Subetica National Park and its stunning green forests, waterfalls, and unique limestone craggy peaks. The route offers long, quiet stretches of rural road. Vast plains reminiscent of Spain's Don Quixote heritage are encountered! Lunch stop is in the shaded park of Castro village, followed by a ride to the region's most famous olive producing center, Baena. Here, you can visit the family run organic cold olive press of Nuñez Prado before the final few km to Zuheros. Group dinner is provided in hotel tonight.

Day 5: Day of rest in Zuheros
Your rest day is located in one of Andalucia’s most charming white villages – Zuheros. Famous in Moorish history as a small defensive strong-hold, this tiny hamlet offers pure nature, quiet village lanes and opportunities to get out on foot into the mountains, ride the famous Via Verde paths or simply relax in the serene village surroundings with a book and a tapas. *Please see information below for further rest day options. Tonight dinner is not included but we recommend dining at the lovely plaza venta under the fortress.

Day 6: Zuheros - Alcala la Real, 31 mi. (50 km)
The ride today brings you through the rolling olive groves towards the mountains surrounding the famous Vega de Granada. Today’s route takes in a busier road for part of the day followed by a lovely rural lane and even a section of the Via Verde historical route. The stay at Alcala la Real (The Royal) is marked by a visit of this once regal town’s Moorish Fortress grounds as well as a light walk through the city itself. Group dinner is provided at the hotel.

Day 7: Alcala la Real - Granada, 35 mi. (57 km)
Your final riding day begins as you pass through Jaen Province’s Sierra ranges and into the great valley (vega), that contains Granada itself. Beautiful countryside marked by olive and almond groves set on high valleys, cliff walls and along pretty rivers. This  final ride to the heart of Granada offers inspiring views of the snowy Sierra Nevada peaks and with luck you capture a view of the Alhambra Palace set high above the hustle and bustle of New Granada. Today is a picnic along a pretty lakeside where you can also enjoy a refreshing swim.

In the evening there is a guided tour through the lanes of Granada’s exotic Albaizín district and Moroccan Quarter visiting lovely plazas and capturing the beauty of the Alhambra Palace at night from one of the city’s most spectacular miradors. Tonight dinner is not included but we normally have a final group farewell celebration in one of the city’s lovely open plazas. This evening your tour leader(s) will also depart the tour.

Please note – your leader is always available to assist with onward travel advice, translations and highlights / ideas for visiting Granada. Additionally, if you plan to visit the Alhambra (which is highly recommended), remember to book your tickets by credit card well in advance – this can be done through the Alhambra Website at: http://www.servicaixa.com. Without a booking, it is possible to line up first thing in the morning at the Alhambra (08:30) for limited tickets – though not advisable.

Day 8: Departure from Granada
Guests are free to depart this morning after breakfast from Hotel Los Tilos in Granada / no transport included.

*Rest Day Options
Zuheros is a fantastic village for those who appreciate natural outdoor settings. With a stunning mountain backdrop containing forests, caves, walking paths, waterfalls, and more, you will enjoy this friendly village and charming hotel.

You may also return to Cordoba city and explore this beautiful city more extensively. There are comfortable modern coach connections direct from the village to and from Cordoba – easily making the city a valid day visit.

Additional options (all self-guided): 

  • Walks in the Subbetica National Park (30 min. to whole day excursion)
  • Bird watching
  • Cave visit (cave of the bat/1 hr. guided tour
  • Organic olive tour press tour in Baena
  • Cycle the Via Verde routes
  • Relaxing in the village or surrounding countryside
  • Guide treks, rock climbing, caving courses
  • Day trips to surrounding towns

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Customer Feedback

  • H. Devine 6 months ago

    We requested electric bikes, but the guide and company was not very familiar with them, and the bikes provided were outdated and clunky compared to newer bikes that are available, and were not sized properly for the taller riders. E-bikes are a growing trend - they allow people to take bike trips that they otherwise would not have, and the company should get competitive with promoting them.

    Our guide Jeff got off to a rough start by being late and because he was alone trying to resolve faulty bikes, was not able to provide several walking tours that were discussed in the itinerary. He wasn't a ""people"" person and didn't respond well to equipment problems and various requests by the guests. Toward the end of the trip, he really tried to redeem himself though, and knocked himself out to be helpful. Jeff is a wonderful person and I enjoyed his company and expertise very much. I think it was a little much to have 10 guests with only one guide to handle everything.

    The hotels were fine, some a bit dated, but acceptable. I would have been willing to pay a little more for slightly better accommodations in Seville and Granada.

    Breakfasts at the hotels were all very good, but the group dinners provided in Seville and especially Alcala a Real were seriously awful. Definitely needs to be rethought and the restaurants upgraded. We would have preferred to dine on our own.

    The approach to Granada was a big buzz-kill. We had been riding for days in bucolic serenity, and to navigate the busy traffic circles and congested streets, trying to follow the guide's van was frightening, dangerous and a big let-down. Just as we took a local bus from Seville to our bike point in Carmona, the same should have been done with our ending. I would recommend that taxis be called at the last lunch stop outside of Granada to take guests and their bags directly to the hotel, with the bikes finally put away in the van at that point. Much better than the guide trying to transition everything on a busy sidewalk in front of the hotel after a harrowing ride. There was simply no reason to continue the bike course into the heart of Granada.

    Other than Granada, the bike course overall was outstanding -- I can only say wonderful things about the beauty, friendliness and road quality, including the Via Verde, what a treat. The rest day in Zuheros was actually our favorite day, with a lovely hotel and pool to enjoy.

    My negative comments are only meant to be constructive and to improve upon what was a fantastic vacation for us. We only want to do bike vacations from now on, and can't wait to plan the next one. Congrats to Tripsite for having such a great site and ability to find unique tours and operators all over the world. "

  • B. Carrigan 7 months ago

    We were looked after by our guide and the route was good. Spanish drivers were very considerate.

  • Mary Rohde 4 years ago

    Spectacular! Matt of Adventurebug was our guide and an outstanding leader! He took such awesome care of us, the bikes and all the details involved in a cycling trip. The hotels were charming, he made sure we tried all sorts of local produce, wines and cheeses. He was ready with dinner suggestions, took us to a flamingo show , olive oil factory and was a wealth of information on history, local customs and traditions. I highly recommend this trip.

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