Type of Tour
9 days/ 8 nights
Departure - Destination
Sevilla - Granada
Number of participants
minimum 2 travellers
This bike route coincides partially with the Roma Via Augustus and was a key itinerary in the days of the Al-Andalus splendour. Washington Irving was fascinated by the eastern qualities that Andalusia offered to the travellers of his generation. He covered the route between Seville (Moorish Ishbiliya) and the capital of the Moorish kingdom of Granada on horseback, searching for stories ingrained into the memory of the local people.
The towns and villages we will cycle through were not only important economic centres on this major trade and frontier route: They themselves have histories dating back thousands of years, with important archaelogical sites having been discovered in the towns of Carmona, Osuna, Antequera, Loja, Montefrío, Moraleda de Zafayona, Alhama de Granada and Íllora. The result: mixed origins dating back to Tartessians, Iberians, Visigoths, Romans and Muslims. Washington Irving described his 1829 journey as “wanderings in the romantic mountains of Andalusia”. We will follow in the foosteps of this tireless seeker of stories and those of the companion and friend, the Russian prince Dimitri Ivanovich, from Seville to Granada. The result of their journey was a book (“Tales of the Alhambra”) that united aspects of Lowland and Highland Andalusia: the two fertile plains of Seville and Granada and two important river valleys, the Guadalquivir and the Genil. He fell in love with his journey, as you will -with mountains, broad horizons, hidden valleys, lakes and streams, legendary places, and the stunning backdrop of snow-covered Sierra Nevada, brought to an end by the arrival in the city of Granada, with all its romantic charm.
The Washington Irving Route is declared a European Cultural Itinerary by the European Council. Cycling on this route you will be able to experience and enjoy many different landscapes, towns and villages along the way, covering on your bike large distances on paths, tracks, cattle trails and country roads with little traffic.