This blog post was originally posted on May 24, 2015, and was updated on April 25, 2017.
If you want to enjoy the food and wine of Andalusia, but like to keep things a little active, a cycling tour is a great way to go!
Southern Spain offers the quintessential Spanish experience. We have it all – white washed villages, energetic flamenco performances, long warm summers, and of course, the food! Pedal through the countryside, learning about local wines and interesting delicacies along the way. Here are five great cycling tours in Andalusia.
Tour: Under the Andalusian Sky
Firstly, VBT makes sure that your appetite is suitably satisfied whilst taking in the spectacular views. (Clearly, this is high on our list of priorities…) On this tour, you’ll spend leisurely lunches with local hosts, partake in wine and olive oil tastings, and learn the secrets to preparing a regional specialty. This six-day trip takes you through the historically important and architecturally stunning cities of Seville, Cordoba, and Granada, but also makes sure you to experience the smaller villages and towns in-between.
Tour: Enchanted Andalucia
This tour cycles from Seville to Campiña Cordobesa, a fertile region known for producing everything from peppers, artichokes, and olives, along the Ruta de Aceite (olive oil route). Then, onwards to the Lake District area of the Malaga Province where an evening meal is enjoyed with sunset views. Cycle past the coastal mountains and high plateaus, full of fields of towering vine tomatoes. Finish the eight-day adventure in the city of Granada, famous for its Moorish Palace, the Alhambra.
This six-day trip goes from the fascinating city of Seville, through the valleys and hills of Ronda, onwards to Andalusia’s ‘Lake District’, finishing in Malaga. Along the way, you will sample innovative and traditional cuisine prepared by top local chefs, experience tapas the Andalusian way, and taste local produce at a gourmet picnic. With its focus on local foods, we certainly like the sound of this!
This seven-day bike tour has one important purpose in mind – to take you through southern Spain’s best vineyards. You will travel from the relatively unknown wine region of La Mancha to two different wine regions in sun-drenched Andalusia. Along the way, experience the varied terrain from the mountains to the valleys, the dramatic bridge, and gorge in the town of Ronda, and cycle through the land of Don Quixote.
Tour: Cycling Andalucia
And finally, we must mention Experience Plus. This is an 11-day cycling trip which takes you from Seville to Granada, passing through the foothills of the Sierra Morena mountains and the historic city of Cordoba. You’ll cycle over the hills and through the olive groves – with a visit to olive mills, past the vineyards and visit a “cave” winery only to find yourself pedaling past fields of asparagus and tobacco all the way to Granada.
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Since 2005, Cyra has lived in the UK, Portugal and Spain working as a professional tour guide. But it was Seville’s charm that captured her heart, and she hasn’t looked back since moving to her favorite city for food, wine and quality of life.