Road Cycling in the Sierra Nevada

5 nights from £555.00

Cycling Trip Highlights

  • Incredible cycling roads and some of the greatest climbs in the world on your doorstep
  • The glorious sunshine in southern Spain
  • Climb the famous Sierra Nevada mountain from Granada
  • Replicate rides featured throughout the years in the Vuelta a España
Road Cycling in the Sierra Nevada
5 nights from £555.00
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WE LOVEThe Climbs
The Sierra Nevada is home to some of the worlds greatest climbs. Whilst they may not be as famous as those in the Pyrenees or the Alps, they are equally as spectacular and far quieter. We recommend staying in Granada for access to these incredible rides, including the ascent of the iconic Sierra Nevada.
WE LOVEThe Weather
The area between Granada, Almunecar and the Sierra Nevada boasts year-round sunshine. Unlike other popular cycling destinations, the great weather ensures climbs stay open all year round. Snow often caps the peaks but the roads up to the Sierra Nevada remain clear and accessible.

What's Included

Our suggested cycling holiday in Sierra Nevada

We can tailor make this trip for you
Day 1Arrival into Almunecar/Granada

Upon your arrival into southern Spain, we will pick you up and take you to you chosen hotel. The nearest airport is Granada but you can also fly into Malaga. Where you stay is totally up to you. For a relaxing coastal accommodation with challenging climbs and beautiful coastal rides, we recommend staying in Almunecar. However, for closer access to the Sierra Nevada mountains, Granada is a beautiful spot to stay. Here you can take on the climbs featured in the Vuelta and challenge yourself on Europe’s famous ascents.

Day 2Ride to Cáñar

Jumping straight on the bike, your first day will provide the perfect introduction to cycling in the Sierra Nevada. Whether you’re staying in Granada or Almunecar, we recommend riding out to the village of Cáñar, the midway point of the two major towns.

Although only small, reaching this village will be an experience unlike any other. Follow winding, smooth roads up and over some of the regions most spectacular mountains. If you come into Cáñar from the south (Órgiva), you’ll climb a series of hairpins that are reminiscent of those leading up to the Stelvio in Italy. The tight switchbacks make for an incredible ride, however, unlike the Stelvio, you’ll find the ride here is clear of any traffic or cars. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself all alone with nature as you climb to Cáñar. Rest and enjoy the views before the glorious descent back to your hotel.

Total distance120kmTotal climb2200m
Day 3The Three Roads to Sierra Nevada

Today will be your introduction to the famous Sierra Nevada climb. From Granada, you will head West where you can then decide which path to take. There are three routes up to the summit. One begins at the Embalse de Canales. The turquoise lake is the starting point of the ascent before riding through Güéjar Sierra.

Alternatively, follow the truly stunning Carr de El Purche to the Sierra Nevada. Leave Granada to Monachil where you’ll join onto the Carr de El Purche, one of the most exciting and memorable rides in the country. Take in the constantly evolving landscapes that announce themselves either side of you as you work your way up the gradual ascent on a 6.5% gradient.

The final route runs between the other two. With a 22% gradient awaiting you, this is another challenging but rewarding route to the peak. Choose one to ascend and one to descend or, if you’re like us, climb and descend them all!

Total distance82kmTotal climb2300m
Day 4La Zubia - Vuelta a España Route

The Vuelta a España often features in this part of Spain. One route that is particularly popular takes riders from Granada to Malaga. How far you ride today is up to you but we recommend heading south from Granada and riding to La Zubia. From here, continue south/south-west towards the coast where you’ll find a number of hidden climbing gems. Have Alto de los Bermejales as a focal point and your ride will not disappoint. The climb rises to 1130m and sits above a glorious lake. Return home from here and the round trip will be 95km with 1100m of climbing.

Total distance95kmTotal climb1100m
Day 5The Goats Path

The final full day of your trip and we’ve saved the best ride till last. Follow the famous Goats Path and ride from Granada to the coast of Almunecar. Locally named La Carretera de la Cabra, this is a ride that will last with you forever. The start of the climb will provide you with inspiring views through the valley before the undulating traffic free roads weave you in and out of the rugged Spanish mountains.

This ride will end in Almunecar where we recommend you spend some time relaxing beside the beach. We can then arrange a shuttle bus or private transfer for you to return back to Granada in the evening – unless you think your legs can handle the return ride!

Total distance80kmTotal climb1800m
Day 6Departure or extend your trip

Choose to extend your stay in the area if you want to continue testing yourself against Spains monstrous climbs. If this is the last day of your cycling holiday then we can transfer you back to the airport. Just let our cycling experience team know when you enquire.

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What to ExpectFrom from famous climbs to traffic free roads

Southern Spain is a haven for road cyclists. Few cars venture into the heights of the mountains meaning the roads are all yours. Choose to stay on the south coast and tour along the water or, alternatively, stay in Granada and enjoy easy access to famous rides including the Sierra Nevada, the Goat’s Path and The Carr de El Purche. The mountain passes here stay open all year due to the region’s excellent weather.

6day holiday
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113km avg
Expect to ride an average of 113km per day
1900m avg
Expect to ride an average of 1900m per day

How's the Weather? in Sierra Nevada

The SpringMarch to May
The cycling season begins as early as March and April which offers cool Spring riding. The weather gets progressively warmer in May and June. In early spring don't be surprised to see snow at the mountain peaks. This will be cleared and suitable for cycling but worth acknowledging before you ride.
The Summer June to August
The south of Spain is hot in the summer and can be quite humid. This is tempered by the breeze on the coast so you can enjoy some excellent coastal cycling in the summer.
The AutumnSeptember to November
Autumn is a great time to cycle in southern Spain. The summer heat has passed and the weather becomes cooler. Mid to late October can become quite wet.
The WinterDecember to February
The winter tends to be wet and temperatures can become quite cold, with lows of 5 degrees in January.

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