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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.