Czech Bike Tour: Andalucia
Join us for the experience of your life! Visit the magnificent Andalucía, its three major jewels: the cities of Seville with its Cathedral, Córdoba with its Mezquita, and Granada with the Alhambra Palace, and its beautiful and romantic countryside with several National Parks. Ride through orchards, olive groves, sunflower fields, ...Read Full Description
- Granada, Spain; Jaen, Spain; Sevilla, Spain; Spain
- Trip Length:
- 10 days
- Best Time to Go:
May 21, 2011 to May 30, 2011
- Recommended for:
Children (15 - 17)
Adults (18 - 20)
Adults (21 - 24)
Adults (25 - 29)
Adults (30 - 39)
Adults (40 - 64)
Family Trip, Summer Vacation, Trip Around the World
Detailed Trip Description
Join us for the experience of your life! Visit the magnificent Andalucía, its three major jewels: the cities of Seville with its Cathedral, Córdoba with its Mezquita, and Granada with the Alhambra Palace, and its beautiful and romantic countryside with several National Parks. Ride through orchards, olive groves, sunflower fields, and cork trees plantations, pedal on its most famous Vía Verde (Green Road) over former railroad viaducts and through tunnels, view the gorgeous peaks of the Sierra Nevada and other mountain ranges, and spend a night in a cave hotel in Guadix. See a Flamenco performance and acquaint yourself with the production of olive oil. Last but not least, try some of the best tapas in the country and local speciality drinks such as Sangria and Vino de Verano (Summer Wine). You will see a country where Jews, Muslims, and Christians lived together in relative peace and tolerance. This cohesion bore many fruits and architectural gems. You will experience a different way of life with the renowned Spanish siestas, laid back attitude, lively cities, tapas, and Spanish hospitality. You will experience the best of the Moorish and Christian culture, especially in architecture. We believe that after this trip, Spain, and particularly Andalucía, will remain in your hearts forever and that you will want to return to this country that has so much to offer visitors of all interests. We strongly recommend that you extend your stay in Seville in the beginning of the trip and in Granada in the end of the trip by at least one day in each town.
Day 1 - Sevilla
Seville - Check-in and Sightseeing.
After you check-in (for those who are just arriving), we will regroup at the hotel reception for an afternoon walking tour of Seville, this magnificent, historically rich center of Andalucía. A lot could be said about this gem of first Muslim taifa (kingdom) and then Christian Spain, but let’s just say that it is probably the liveliest city in Spain and one of the most “addictive” cities in the entire world. You will discover its many charms on our tour. Rental bike fitting and other bike assistance will be provided before and after the tour. In the evening, we will meet for a welcome dinner and orientation meeting.
Day 2 - Sevilla
Seville – Constantina (85 km / 53 miles). Elevation: Seville – 30m, Constantina 555m.
After breakfast at our hotel, we get on our bikes and ride in a group out of the city using one of its bike paths, heading north towards the beautiful National Parks of de la Sierra Norte. After about 20 km in flat terrain, the roads become rolling and eventually hilly. We ride through several small towns where you can get the first taste of what a small Andalucian town or village looks like. Prior to entering the National Park, we pass cattle farms, orchards, fields, olive groves, and cork tree plantations. Today’s destination is the typical “mountain” town of Constantina (elevation 555m) in the heart of the National Park. We spend the night here in a small, quiet hotel on top of the town with views of the local ruin, a former Islamic fort.
Day 3 - Spain
Constantina - Cordoba (108 km / 66 miles). Elevation: Constantina 555m – Cordoba 110m.
The first half of today’s ride takes us through the National Park of Sierra Norte and its small charming towns, with some really spectacular and breathtaking views of the area. When we get down to the valley of the Rio Guadalquivir, we ride on small rolling roads through some of the many local olive groves and sunflower fields. We follow the river all the way to Cordoba, where we cross the famous Roman Bridge towards the even more famous Mezquita Cathedral. Our hotel for the next two nights is located right next to this magnificent architectural gem that reminds us of the times when Muslims, Jews, and Christians lived side by side in tolerance and respect, enriching their city with their cultures, skills, and customs.
Day 4 - Spain
Day Off in Cordoba.
After breakfast, we begin our introduction to the city with a walking tour that includes a visit to the Mezquita Cathedral. You have the entire afternoon to explore the narrow, charming streets of this fairy-tale like city of Andalucía, its historical center, and many of the city’s famous patios and courtyards, which homeowners use as a seasonal living room. People in Cordoba take pride in their courtyards and often leave the doors to them open, so everybody can admire these small gardens in the city. Visit some of the many tapas bars and taste their excellent Spanish wine and famous Andalucian tapas, do some shopping, and visit the Arab Spa (Baños Árabes). For dinner on your own, you can choose from many excellent restaurants in the city that serve, besides other food, the best of Andalucian cuisine.
Day 5 - Spain
Cordoba - Baena(75 km / 47 miles). Elevation: Cordoba 110m, Baena 378m.
After breakfast, we cross once again the Roman Bridge and say goodbye to the ancient and at the same time modern city of Cordoba. Today’s ride takes us on small curvy and rolling roads through sunflower fields and olive groves. You also have the opportunity to explore the charming center of Castro del Rio, a small town on our route. Our destination today is the small town of Baena (population 20,000), which has become famous for its excellent olive oil. We visit the local Museum of Olive Oil, or the best working olive-oil mill in Cordoba with a tour given by its owner himself. We stay overnight in a plush mansion that has been converted to a hotel.
Day 6 - Jaen
Baena – Jaén (88 km / 55 miles). Elevation: Baena 378m, Jaén 575m.
We leave Baena and after riding about 20 km on small, curvy rolling roads through yet more olive groves, we join one of the most beautiful Spanish green roads – the Olive Oil Green Bike Road/Path (Vía Verde de Aceite). This bike path was built on a former railroad track and takes us through the Provincia of Jaén and its hills that are covered with olive and cork trees. We cross several viaducts with magnificent views of small rivers and valleys, and ride through two former railroad tunnels. The path takes us all the way to Jaén, where we need just a short ride through this city to get to our hotel. Jaén is often overloooked by visitors to the region, which is a pity because it is a beautiful city with rich architecture, history, and also great tapas bars and Flamenco tradition. We attend a Flamenco performance after dinner, so you have the opportunity to experience this most famous Spanish dance in one of its highest artistic forms.
Day 7 - Jaen
Jaen - Baeza (72 km / 45 miles). Elevation: Jaen – 575m, Baeza 790m.
Elevation: Jaen – 575m, Baeza 790m.
After breakfast, we set out once again on small roads and head towards the Renaissance jewel of Baeza. While today’s stage is short, it takes us through some dramatic terrain of yet another National Park, the Sierra Mágina. A few long climbs are definitely worth the effort – you are rewarded by breathtaking views of this mountain range and several long downhill rides. When we arrive in Baeza, a tour guide will lead us through the city to discover its many many charms. Our hotel for tonight is a former palace converted into a hotel. It has a magnificent patio and beautiful architecture.
Day 8 - Spain
Baeza - Guadix (125 km / 78 miles). Elevation: Baeza – 790m, Guadix 915m.
Today’s stage is the longest one on our trip. For those who do not feel like riding the entire stage, our support van is available and ready to do some “shuttling." Hilly terrain alternates with flat sections as we slowly approach the great Sierra Nevada region. The views of this mountain range that we have almost all day are truly amazing. The Sierra Nevada is the highest mountain range in Spain and is the southern most area with ski resorts in Europe. After a long day we arrive in Guadix. As most Andalucian towns, Guadix has a beautiful, architecturally rich, and easy to navigate center. However, it is most famous for its cave dwellings. Even today, about 3,000 town inhabitants live in these dwellings. Overnight we stay in one of these “caves” that has been converted into a hotel. The hotel has a pool and gorgeous views of the Sierra Nevada mountains. Guadix is also famous for its excellent (and free) tapas.
Day 9 - Granada
Guadix - Granada (57 km / 36 miles). Elevation: Guadix – 915m, Granada 685m.
A relatively short ride with one major climb (we climb to the highest point of our tour – an elevation of 1,297 m) and a 25 km downhill through the “foothills” of the Sierra Nevada takes us to the heart of Andalucía and the Sierra Nevada – the magnificent city of Granada with its unbeatable and almost unimaginable Alhambra Palace. Our hotel is located just a short walk from this former seat of Jewish, Arab, and Christian rulers. We enjoy a tour of this “must see” historical world wonder in the afternoon just in time for our goodbye dinner in the evening.
Day 10 - Granada
After breakfast, our trip is officially over. Since Granada has a lot to offer besides the Alhambra, we encourage you to stay at least one more day in this heart of Andalucía. Besides its architecture, the city is also famous for the largest and best tapas in the country and for its bull fights.
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