Bullfights, tapas, fiestas, and flamenco are waiting for you in unique Andalusia. The southernmost region of Spain is a paradise full of surprises. Hardly any other landscape evokes such fascinating pictures as Andalusia: a Flamenco dancer in a flowing red dress, white villages on hills, Moorish palaces, and gloriously dressed bullfighters in crowded arenas. Experience an incomparable conglomeration of European and Arabic culture, scenic beauty harmonized perfectly with masterful architecture: Today’s Andalusia combines modernity with a rich tradition.
We will guide you on well-developed routes and small roads without much traffic through lush overgrown hills, green river valleys, and the wild landscape of the Sierras. You will visit Seville and Cordoba, the metropolises of the spiritual life in Moorish Andalusia. In the narrow streets, in the markets, in the buildings of the Alhambra, the Real Alcazar, and the Mezquita you will travel through time and dream about days gone by, in which Andalusian scholars brought light to the darkness of the European Middle Ages. So … Come, eat, and drink: cervezas, tapas, wine, and jamon iberico. Andalusia is awaiting you!
DAY TO DAY ITINERARY
Malaga is a bustling port city at the clear blue Mediterranean Sea, characterized by historical treasures as well as beautiful beaches. One of the most famous Spaniards of this century was the Malagueño Pablo Picasso. Picasso’s traces run through the entire city to the famous Picasso Museum. Furthermore, the imposing cathedral, the Moorish Alcazaba fortress, and the castle Gibralfaro are waiting to be discovered. The old town, the Moorish castle, and cathedral testify to the former prosperity of the city.
In the morning, an approximately 2-hour bus transfer will take you to the beautiful city of Granada. Here you will find the most important historical monument of Andalusia with Arab influences: the fabulous Alhambra (the red castle) has existed since the 9th century and used to be a fortress in earlier times. In the evening, you will get to Antequera, the starting point of the bike tour.
At the gates of the kingdom of Granada, the historic city of Antequera is waiting with its collection of red tiled roofs and 30 steeples. The bike tour will begin with a ride on the old railway line through the beautiful countryside to Lucena. In one of the most important olive oil-producing regions of the world, the famous oil is pressed in the mills.
You will continue your journey along the old railway line passing vast olive groves to Baena. The inhabitants of Baena live mainly from agriculture and are very tradition-conscious people. This is also reflected in the townscape of Baena, which is located on a hill. It is characterized by narrow streets that wind their way through the old town and where you can find interesting religious buildings such as the Church of Santa Maria la Mayor from the 16th century or the old castle.
The Sierra Morena with its foothills frames the former European Capital of Culture. This romantic area is surrounded by pine forests and an impressive solitude. The route leads on almost empty streets mostly downhill, with one slightly longer and some shorter climbs towards Cordoba. Every now and then, you will pass farms, which specialize in the breeding of fighting bulls and enjoy a special reputation in Andalusia. In the evening, you will get the possibility to participate in a city tour and see the witnesses of the dazzling cosmopolitan past: Moorish architects created masterpieces, such as the Great Mosque, which is – besides the Alhambra – the most powerful Moorish building in Europe. Particularly nice are the “forest of a thousand pillars” and the ornate prayer rooms.
In the wide valley of the Guadalquivir, you will leave Cordoba on an old Roman connecting road. Ecija is the capital of horse breeding. Renowned stud farms are characterised mainly by their Andalusian horses (local thoroughbreds), Arabian horses, and English hot bloods.
You will continue your tour through the Campiña of Seville, a gently rolling landscape of fertile farmland to the west. Carmona is a city for 150 years, almost unchanged with Baroque palaces, churches and monasteries, surrounded by intact Moorish town walls.
Today, you will cycle over the gently rolling plateau of Alcores to one of the most fertile agricultural areas in Andalusia. For centuries, Alcalá de Guadaira supplied Seville with bread and water, and is considered one of the cradles of flamenco. Former haciendas of the Kingdom of Seville, today just as large farms as in former times, line the road. Our destination is Seville, where three of the most important operas are performed: Don Juan, the seducer; the cunning barber Figaro; and Carmen, the femme fatale, who lost her life somewhere between the tobacco factories and the bullfight arena. Two international exhibitions helped the city to futuristic buildings and great green parks. In the evening we suggest a visit to the largest Gothic cathedral in the world, the Barrio Santa Cruz, and the Casa de Pilatos.
The daily bike routes are alternately flat and hilly, also with some longer ascents. You will cycle on bike paths (former railway lines) and quieter side roads. In some cases, you will find yourself on roads with heavier traffic, especially when entering or leaving a city. A good level of fitness is required for this tour.
Connecting flights go into Malaga and Seville.
Departure Dates 2020: Departs on Saturdays only
Season 1: March 28 to April 03; April 18 to 24; October 3 to 24
Season 2: April 25 to June 6; September 12 to October 2
Season 3: April 4 to 17
|Per person, double occupancy: Season 1||CAD||$1880|
|Season 2 surcharge||$110|
|Season 3 surcharge||$300|
|Surcharge for electric bike||$180|
This tour includes:
Ticket and guided tour through the walls of the Alhambra by an expert exclusively for our guests. During the 2.5-hour tour, you will get to see the highlights: Nasrid Palace, Court of the Lions, and Generalife gardens. Afterwards, there will still be ample time to explore the palace and the city of Granada on your own.
Telephone: 705-949-1710 or 888-297-4786
Station Mall, 293 Bay St., Sault Ste Marie, P6A 1X3
Monday to Friday: 9.30 am. to 5.30 pm.
Saturday: by appointment