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: Transfer to Tozar, route to Alcalá la Real, 27 km
In the morning you can explore the city and the amazing palaces and gardens of the Alhambra. At midday you will be collected at your hotel and will be brought in 45 minutes to the small village of Tózar, from where you will start your bike route 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'll ride between fields of cereal crops which are full of poppies in springtime! You come to Fuente del Rey (The Kings’ fountain) and with a last effort you ride the last hill to come to Alcalá la Real, where you stay in a friendly Bed and Breakfast.
In Alcalá 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 3: Alcalá la Real-Zuheros, 59/30-40 km
You 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. From Alcaudete you head down to the Greenway "Vía Verde" (an 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 and then cycle almost flat towards the beautiful village of Zuheros. Overnight in a beautiful restored farmhouse now a rural 4-star hotel!
A long stage, but you can also travel with the luggage transport and skip the first part, making it a 30 or 40 km stage.
Day 4: Zuheros-Castro del Río or Espejo, 38 or 47 km
Today you cycle easily via Baena to Castro del Río / 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! Ypu can visit also the Museum of the Olive Culture before continuing on a quiet road to Castro del Río, a village famous for the local crafts as furniture made from olive wood, which has been exported as far as Japan. In case your accommodation is in Espejo you continue uphill to the next village Espejo, with the magnificent Castillo de Alcalat, built in the early fourteenth century.
You will stay in a charming rehabilitated village house in the historical centre.
Day 5: Castro-Cordoba (42 km & 530 m ascend)
After breakfast, you can either go to Córdoba by taxi (10:00 o’clock) or you can cycle on a road with hardly any traffic but with some climbs (total 530 meters ascend) to come to the Roman bridge of Córdoba and continue to your hotel. 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.
Day 6: Cordoba-Ecija (57 km, 440 m ascends)
You will cycle out of Cordoba today towards Ecija. First you need some kilometers to head out of Cordoba, then you take the Greenway of the Campiña. Ecija is a beautiful small town, also called as City of Towers. Ecija is declared a historic-artistic site, with courtyards that will leave you amazed, churches, museums and of course its towers, the most beautiful in Andalusia and a symbol of this city's skyline. A city of convents, palace-homes and buildings that without the need to enter them are now enough to be fascinated, being able to perfectly say that Écija is a real open-air museum.
Day 7: Ecija-Marchena, 48 km
Easy riding on the Green Way to Marchena, surrounded by undulating cereal fields and olive groves.
Marchena, a charming village, with the restored gates to the walled enclosure like Puerta de Morón. This gate, comprises one double gate with a patio and an Almohad tower from the first half of the 13th century. It is currently the headquarters of the Municipal Tourist Office and, in the covered patio and on the upper floor, the Lorenzo Coullaut-Valera Museum, named after a renowned sculptor from Marchena at the end of the 19th, beginning of the 20th century.
Day 8: Marchena, fin
After breakfast fin of the journey, take train to Malaga (2 hours). You can also head to Seville by train in 45 minutes and enjoy the capital of Andalusia!