Andalusia - The Route of the Moors

Andalusia - olive groves, white villages, and its magnificent Moorish heritage.
  1. 1 Arrival point Antequera

    Arrive at airport. Transfer to Antequera. Try bikes, and visit Old Quarter of town with its whitewashed streets, fine churches and castle and the "only" bullring in Spain with a restaurant. 

  2. 2 Antequera 55 km Iznájar

    Leave Antequera through gently rolling countryside and olive plantations towards the village of Iznájar, a typical Arab village with its castle dominating the dramatic setting overlooking the blue waters of the Embalse de Iznájar. 55 km - 34 miles

  3. 3 Iznájar 65 km Zuheros

    Leaving Iznájar, we follow the reservoir towards the village of Rute, famous for its donkeys and also aniseed licquer. Our next port of call is Lucena, known in medieval times as the "Pearlof the Three Cultures" (Jewish, Christian and Arab. We may be tempted to ride up to the Santuario de Araceli, patron of Lucena, to be rewarded with infinite views of the surrounding countryside. From Lucena we take the Vía Verde cycle path across some spectacular countryside to the incredible Moorish villageof Zuheros (the name comes from the Arab word for rock, suhayra), with its 9th century castle perched high above the surrounding countryside and with the backdrop of the Sierra Subbética. 65 km - 40 miles

  4. 4 Zuheros Varying km Zuheros

    Today we are free to take it easy in Zuheros. One option is to cycle to the olive oil producing town of Baena to visit the traditional oil press of Nuñez de Prado in Baena. From here we can cycle towards the Laguna del Salobral and then return to Zuheros along the Vía Verde cycle path with more spectacular views of the surrounding countryside. 

  5. 5 Zuheros 34 km Priego de Córdoba

    Today is a shorter route that takes us around the Parque Natural to our next stop  shortly before Priego de Cordoba. Priego de Córdoba has a fine medieval Moslem quarter and is know as the capital of the Cordoba baroque style due to its several fine churches dating from this period. (This route can of course be extended at will by those who wish to explore the beautiful Parque Natural de las Sierras Subbéticas.) 34 km - 21 miles

  6. 6 Priego de Córdoba 49 km Montefrío

    From Priego de Córdoba continue through the Sierra Subbética.We head through fine and hilly countryside, through a veritable "forest" of olive trees to finally arrive in the fine village of Montefrío, dominated by its 15th century church built after the town was reconquered by the Catholic Monarchs in 1486. 49 km - 30 miles

  7. 7 Montefrío 61 km Granada

    From Montefrío the Catholic Monarchs began their march to conquer the city of Granada, and we will do the same, albeit in a rather more discreet fashion. A brief ascent from Montefrío leads to a magnificent descent towards the Plain of Granada, with the Sierra Nevada visible in the distance. Crossing the plain with its distinctive tobacco barns, we pass through the village of Fuente Vaqueros, birthplace of the famous poet and playwright Federico García Lorca, born in 1898 and tragically assassinated at the beginning of the Civil War. Finally we reach the city of Granada. 61 km - 38 miles

  8. 8 Granada Granada

    We spend one more night to take advantage of the sights of Granada. Visit the Moslem quarter of El Albayzín and the cathedral, where the Catholic Monarchs Ferdinand and Isabel are buried. And of course La Alhambra, the magnificent fusion of gardens, Moslem palaces and fortress that makes such a unique monument. And if you still want to ride, you can tackle the slopes of the Sierra Nevada. 

  9. 9 Granada Departure

    Early departure after breakfast to transfer to Málaga Airport

2017 Prices

1 person in double share - 1070 €

Single person - 1220 €

Bike hire - 99 € / Tandem hire - 158 € / E-bike hire 158 €

1 - 9 April 2017

  1. Personalise this tour for 6 or more riders

    Personalised tours are available for groups of 4 or more riders. You may like to add extra days, choose a different arrival day, modify the itinerary.

    Please contact us at info@iberocycle.com if you would like to personalise this tour.

  2. Who runs IberoCycle?

    IberoCycle is run by Simon Proffitt. Born in Lancashire, England, Simon has been resident in Northern Spain since 1985. He is a keen amateur cyclist and cycle-tourist, and is well acquainted with Spain and the Spanish way of life. 

  3. What is a guided tour?

    Guests are transported to and from arrival / departure points (these are specified in the route guides), unless otherwise stated in the tour descriptor. 

    Luggage is transported by IberoCycle to the next hotel. Cyclists carry just what they need for that day.

    A back-up vehicle and IberoCycle staff member supports cycling stages.

    There are normally 10 - 20 cyclists on each trip. Cyclists choose whether they cycle alone or with other cyclists.

    Clients do not cycle with a cycling guide.

    Cyclists are free in the evenings to dine with other members of the group or to do their own thing. Our representative will organise a meal for those who wish to dine in company.

    Routes have soft options for those cyclists who do not wish to cycle the full stage. Thus the routes are suitable for all levels. Non-cyclists may also participate using our transfer service.

    Cyclists are provided with our own detailed Route Guide and maps for their chosen route.

    Fitter cyclists may extend stages at will.

  4. What is included on a guided tour?

    Accommodation in double, twin or single room with en-suite bathroom 
    Breakfast
    Transport to and from arrival / departure points
    Information Pack with Route Guide and maps
    Luggage transport between hotels

    Accompanying vehice and guide (note that the guide does not cycle with the group)

  5. What are the arrival and departure points for the Route of the Moors tour?

    The tour begins in Antequera. IberoCycle will generally organise a pickup from Málaga centre or airport. Riders are also free to make their own way to Antequera (good rail and bus connections).

    The tour ends in Granada. IberoCycle will transport riders from the hotel to the airport or to the bus or train stations.

  6. Visiting the Alhambra

    If you wish to visit the Alhambra, it is essential you book tickets beforehand. If not, you run the risk of being disappointed. When you book, you choose a time slot to visit the Moorish Palaces which are contained within the Alhambra complex. You can visit the rest of the Alhambra (gardens, castle etc.) at any time before or after the Palaces. Click here to begin the ticket booking process.
     
    There also various agencies which offer guided tours at an increased price. 
     
    The Alhambra itself is right next to the Hotel Alixares. 
     
  7. IberoCycle bikes

    Comfortable fitted and fully-equipped bikes for your cycling pleasure. We use exclusively Trek bikes on all tours except Camino de Santiago / Lanzarote / Portugal (please request information on bike used on these tours).

    You can either make arrangements to bring your own bicycles or hire Iberocycle's own models. Most airlines will carry bicycles for a small extra charge or even free. Cyclists who choose to hire will be provided with a comfortable quality bicycle to suit their particular measurements and preferences. We place great importance on getting the bikes right.

    Too many cyclists on trips with other companies have complained about past experiences where they have had to put up with uncomfortable saddles, the wrong sized bike etc. Measurements are requested on booking so the right bike is waiting for you on arrival.

    You are provided with hybrid-type tourist bicycles from Trek with conventional handlebars and with triple chain ring and easy-to-change gear ratios for comfortable and easy cycling. Road bikes may also be available on request.We can also provide tandems, which make for great cycling fun, and are also ideal for those with children.

    Click on the images below to vist the manufactuters' websites. 

    Ladies bike (Trek 7.2 FX) Men's bike (Trek 7.2 FX)
    Road bike (Trek 1.5 or 1.2) Female road bike (Trek Lexa)
    Tandem (a fun way to ride, and also ideal for helping smaller children - Dawes Duet)



    Equipment depends on the tour option chosen Luggage Service or Independent. Cyclists who choose to carry their own luggage will be provided with spacious waterproof panniers fitted on the rear of the bicycle. Those who take advantage of our luggage service will have their bicycles fitted with two lateral panniers with sufficient space to carry what they need for that particular day.



    Hybrid bikes will carry a handlebar bag, useful for carrying money, documents, camera and lots of other useful items which may be needed close at hand. This bag is easily removed it from its click fastening and carried around with the shoulder strap. They are also equipped with a rear luggage rack and one or two panniers, or a rear rack bag to carry just what you need for each day's cycling. Road bikes carry a seat post bag if required.

    In addition, all cycles are equipped with pump, spare inner tube, water bottle, bike lock and basic toolkit. Extras such as lights or toe clips are available on request. Iberocycle provides cyclists with a fine bicycle in tip-top condition to make cycling an absolute pleasure.

    Childrens Bikes

    Children's bikes, and child seats are available on request.

    Iberocycle Route Guide and Maps

    Full route directions and general information along with plenty of suggestions for your free days.

    Each tour has its own Route Guide. This booklet is designed to provide constant suggestions for routes and activities so cyclists are never alone but enjoy a supported independence.

    This Guide includes detailed route instructions along with interesting information on landscapes, towns and villages, monuments, alternative route suggestions, timetables for local trains and buses, tips on eating and drinking, an exhaustive gastronomic dictionary and a host of other useful information and suggestions to keep cyclists occupied. Routes are carefully described so no time is wasted on unnecessary deviations. Maps of the area are also provided to support the Route Guide.

    Trips that include more than one night in the same destination include optional round rides of differing lengths for these free days so cyclists will never be at a loose end.

Personalised tours are available for groups of 4 or more riders. You may like to add extra days, choose a different arrival day, modify the itinerary.

Please contact us at info@iberocycle.com if you would like to personalise this tour.