Day 1: Arrival Granada
From Málaga or Granada airport you will take the local comfortable bus to Granada city, where you will stay in a cozy hotel in the historical center of the town. You can stroll around the cathedral and its old silk market, take some drinks and be invited to the rich tapas.
Finally, we suggest you experience an authentic flamenco show to get you ready for a journey, which has only just begun.
Day 2: Granada, Alhambra, private transfer to Tózar
Today you can explore the city and the amazing Alhambra: This Palace/Fortress, residence of the Nasrid Sultans will awake your affection for the city (tickets not included, book in advance). Delightful little corners, palaces and gardens abound in its old neighborhoods, along with a multitude of tapas bars, restaurants and wine houses... All this will bring you to love a city that is as full of life as it is of history and poetry.
Late in the afternoon you will be collected at your hotel and will be brought in 45 minutes to the small village of Tózar, where you will stay in the friendly hosted Rincón de Marcelo. Here you get the bikes.
You can make a short stroll to the anthropomorphic tombs dug out of the rock and the remains of a defensive system set up during the Spanish Civil War the tombs and remaining of the Civil War before you enjoy the home-made dinner.
Day 3: Tózar-Fuente del Rey / Alcalá, 24-26 km, 520-570 m ascend
After breakfast, you cycle first to the neigbour village of Limones. Then you will leave the asphalt and continue on unpaved roads with ups and downs towards Casillas de Gumiel. From here you continue on tarmac roads, the landscape changes and you ride between fields of cereal crops which are full of poppies in springtime! You come to Fuente del Rey (The Kings’ fountain), where you can stay in a B&B, or 2km further in Alcalá la Real, depending on the availability. Here you can visit the majestic "La Mota" fortress with its thick castle walls, imposing towers and the old cathedral built by the reconquering Christians within its confines defending the town of Alcalá.
Day 4: Fuente del Rey/Alcalá la Real - Alcaudete - Zuheros 60/40/30 km
A long stage, but you can also travel with the luggage transport at 10:30-11:00 and skip the first part, starting cycling at Ventas del Carrizal, making it a 41 km stage or starting in Alcaudete making it 30-33 km (400 m ascends).
A long day with some good up and downs!
Part I Fuente del Rey/Alcalá.-Alcaudete 31/29 km, 420-364 m ascends
From Fuente del Rey you will arrive in 2 km to the town of Alcalá, where you can visit the castle in case you did not so yesterday. You then leave Alcalá by a trail or by the old tarmac road, you choose what you prefer, to Castillo Locubín. (after 12 km). You can have a drink here (in the park of the village are 2 bars) before heading to Alcaudete. A good downhill brings you to the San Juan river, which you will follow. Alcaudete is a perfect place for lunch.
Part II Alcaudete- Luque- Zuheros 30 km, 400 m ascends
From Alcaudete you head down to the Greenway "Vía Verde" (old railway line), which you follow riding comfortably flat for about 24 km. You will coming along the Salt Lake (maybe you can see flamingos!). After passing the Luque station, where you can have lunch in an old wooden train wagon, you can decide to leave the Greenway and continue the tarmac road to the village of Luque (uphill) and from here almost flat towards Zuheros. But, if your accommodation is hotel Zuhayra, a steep climb awaits you to get to the hotel in the village above the Greenway!
In case your hotel is Hacienda Minerva, you just follow the Greenway for about 2 more km. So the ascend is only 260 m from Alcaudete.
In Hacienda Minerva you can take an Arab bath, ask reception: You can have dinner in your hotel and even an Arab bath and massage (better to book in advance as not always available).
Day 5: Zuheros – Baena - Castro del Río - Espejo, 47 km, 362 m
Today you cycle easily via Baena to Castro del Río and Espejo.
First you head back on the Greenway to the Luque station. Here you take the bridge over the road and the Greenway to Baena after total 18 km, where you can have a second breakfast (Spanish people take this around 11:00). The typically breakfast here is bread with tomato and olive oil! There is a Museum of the Olive Culture, daily opened from 10:30 to 13:30, but not on Tuesdays (see https://www.museodelaculturadelolivo.com). You also find a bike shop in Baena, in case you need it.
Then continue on a road almost in disuse to Castro del Río, another village famous for its olive oil and the local crafts as furniture made from olive wood, which has been exported as far as Japan. And from here you continue uphill to the next village Espejo, with the magnificent Castillo de Alcalat, built in the early fourteenth century. You have the chance to go on the paved road or on the track, in this last case you will have to ascend 390 m from Zuheros and cycle 1 more km.
You will stay in a recently rehabilitated hundred-years-old village house! www.casaalmara.com
Day 6: Espejo-Córdoba 47 km 557 m ascent
After breakfast, you can either go by taxi to Córdoba (normally 10:00 o’clock) or you can cycle on a beautiful quiet country road with hardly any traffic but with some climbs to come to the Roman bridge of Córdoba.
Visit the stunning Mosque with a catholic cathedral inside! Enjoy a walk through the old Jewish quarter to see its beautiful patios and have tapas in its inns. Or join an spectacular flamenco show!
Day 7: End of the journey in Córdoba
After breakfast in the hotel your trip will be over and by bus or train you can get to Granada, Málaga, Sevilla or Madrid.