Cycle tours are becoming increasingly popular as travellers choose to slow things down a little and really soak up the scenery. What’s more, there’s something incredibly satisfying about relying on your own pedal power to get around. Whether you’re looking for a short tour or a week-long epic adventure, here are some of the best bike tours to take in Spain.
Short and sweet
Bravobike have been offering guided bike tours in Madrid since 1999 and today offer seven different routes in the Spanish capital. The Madrid City Bike Tour is a five-hour tour which highlights elements of the legacy of the Arab Conquerors in Spain, the Spanish Inquisition and the Civil War. For an extra €10 per person you can make life even easier for yourself with a luxury electric bike.
Bike Tours Barcelona
One of the oldest and most well-established bike tour companies in Barcelona, this independently-run company offer some of the most entertaining, well-designed bike tours for a day of sightseeing in the Catalan capital. Bike Tours Barcelona offer English-language tours which make use of the city’s many cycle lanes as far as possible to show you the best sights, from famous landmarks to lush parks.
Valencia City Bike Tour
Valencia is an often-overlooked Spanish city, but those who have been here know that Spain’s third-largest city is brimming with life and culture. Passion Bike’s Valencia City Bike Tour is a three-hour tour of the city’s main sights, retracing the city’s history from its creation some 2,000 years ago to the trendiest neighbourhoods in Valencia these days, and of course a stop at the Central Market, Valencia’s epic fresh-food market.
Serious cycle tours
The Coastal Camino Bike Tour
This eight-day cycle tour takes you along one of the most scenic segments of the famous Camino de Santiago, a historic pilgrimage route which cuts across northwestern Spain. This epic tour starts in Bilbao, taking you past the Picos de Europa mountains before ending up in Santiago de Compostela. Along the way you’ll stay in some fantastic paradors and hotels, including an ancient monastery.
The best of La Rioja
Wine-lovers won’t think twice about booking this eight-day guided tour of one of Spain’s most famous wine regions, La Rioja. You’ll cycle among some of the oldest vineyards in the country, stopping off for traditional and gastronomic fare along the way and of course, a glass or two of the local wines. What’s more, you don’t have to be a seasoned cyclist to partake in the Best of La Rioja tour as it’s rated as an easy intermediate tour.
There’s more than just the mainland to explore by bike, and the Balearic Islands offer breathtaking scenery, a laid-back islands lifestyle and relatively flat terrain. Beautiful Mallorca is a seven-day tour which covers about 43 kilometres (27 miles) a day across the famous Spanish isle. Take your time as you cycle through olive groves and almond trees, pristine sand beaches and sleepy Mallorcan villages where you’ll be able to try all the local delicacies.
White villages of Andalusia
Cycle through the heart of Andalusia and explore its most enchanting rural villages, known as the ‘white villages’ because of their whitewashed walls. From Ronda to Cádiz, this eight-day self-guided tour will take you along scenic countryside routes to picture-perfect villages such as Arcos de la Frontera. The price includes all the equipment and accommodation, including breakfast, a GPS and luggage transfers.
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