Our cycling holidays in Spain
Cycling is a sublime, low carbon, way to explore Spain’s magnificent interior. For the pros there is varied terrain across Andalucia and the Gredos Mountains, steep climbs offering plenty of challenge, while Catalonia is ideal whether you’re in training, or bringing the kids. And depending on your preferences our Spain cycling holidays can be tackled as part of a guided small group or on a tailor made, self-guided tour. You’ll stay in locally owned hotels, and eat in small, family-run restaurants throughout, for an authentic taste of Spanish culture which also helps remote communities and their ways of life to thrive.
Our top Cycling holidays in Spain
From €350 to €7708 days ex flights
Customised road cycling tour in Girona, Catalonia
From €755 to €12506 days ex flights
Pristine mountain self guided cycling in Gredos
From €1900 to €21007 days ex flights
Cycle Historic Segovia's spectacular plains and mountains
From €2000 to €22008 days ex flights
Cycle Pro-Vuelta routes in wild, wonderful Gredos
More about our Cycling holidays in Spain
Catalonia cycling holidays, Spain
Catalonia is called home by legions of professional cyclists, drawn as much for the climate as they are for the varied and challenging terrain. Pyrenean foothills, Mediterranean coastline, quiet backroads and the famous Carrilet – a ‘Green Route’ over a disused railway – make this a superb destination for two-wheelers. Families will love cycling in Catalonia, too. Packing picnics in your panniers every morning, you can explore sunflower fields, extinct volcanoes, idyllic beaches and medieval towns, with route maps created by knowledgeable locals. Skip the summer heat if you can, but if you can’t, the mountains are still refreshingly crowd-free.
Sierra de Gredos cycling holidays, Spain
Spanish cycling legend Carlos Sastre, dubbed ‘Mr Clean’ for his achievements without doping, hails from the Sierra de Gredos. This mountainous region in Central Spain is slashed with long, wide roads and high passes – dreamy terrain for the cyclist. The Sierra de Gredos takes on its own yellow jersey in June, the hills cloaking themselves in flowering broom to form a distinctive backdrop. This is a starkly beautiful area and one that sees little in the way of tourism. A cycling holiday brings valuable income for local businesses that love to see riders making their way back here.
Self guided or small group holidays?
Most cycling holidays in Spain are tailor made self guided trips. You’ll have flexibility on your route, where you stay, and whether to add in a rest day here or there. It also means that you’ll be heading out on your own, but with detailed maps and support just a phone call away should you need it. If you’d prefer a guided small group holiday instead, then there are certainly options available. Tackling the iconic Camino de Santiago or the starkly beautiful hills of the Sierra de Gredos is that much easier with a group of new friends cheering you on.
Valencia cycling holidays, Spain
A tailor made cycling holiday in Valencia will take full advantage of the glorious countryside in this part of Spain. You’ll ride from mountains to coast, finishing in Valencia itself via river valleys and gorges, wetlands teeming with birdlife, medieval towns and old Arabic villages. The terrain is easy to moderate, so if you’re a fairly regular cyclist then riding here will be easily manageable. And aromatic. You’ll pass seemingly endless olive and orange groves, vineyards and rice paddies – there to provide for the local favourite, paella.
Family cycling holidays in Spain
Active families wanting an alternative to lounging around the pool or crowded beach resorts should look north-east to Catalonia. Away from the beaches and Gaudi architecture of Barcelona, you can find seclusion and sublime family cycling terrain out in the countryside. Tailor made trips allow you to ride as much, or as little, as you wish, so you can easily add in a rest day to explore a medieval castle or plot a longer route to include a few scenic picnics. Opt for a hotel with a pool, and you’ll have an easy way to motivate the kids on those last few kilometres back.
Cycling holidays in Spain for foodies
Even if you’ve got a laser focus on the gap between the handlebars, it would be sheer folly to go on a cycling holiday in Spain and neglect the food. In the Baix Emporda county of Catalonia you can pack in the fuel in fishing harbours, tapas bars and artisan markets. Make sure to empty out your panniers each morning so you can make the most of visits to olive oil producers and cheesemakers. Foodie cycling holidays in Catalonia are rivalled by Valencia, where Spain’s most famous traditional dish, paella, has its roots.
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