Trans Andalucia Challenge

Scheduled

7 nights

Advanced

663 km

11.548 m

Andalucía
AndaluciaTrans Andalucia Challenge

Summary

Discover the south of Spain in all its glory on this eight-day tour of Andalucia. Ride west across the region from Almeria to Seville, stopping at Granada, Antequera, Ronda and Arcos de la Frontera along the way. Observe the unique personality of each village, town and city and the changing landscape as each leg of the tour brings new challenges, discoveries and stories.

The tour will kick off from Almeria as the group moves west towards the town of Laujar de Andarax. From there, the next destination on the cards is Granada, one of Spain’s most beautiful cities backed by the spectacular Sierra Nevada mountains, also featured as part of the ride on day 3! After exploring this magical city and discovering some of Granada’s best tapas bars, the next leg of the route will head west once again in the direction of Antequera, a slightly smaller town with an incredible natural wonder right on its doorstep!

After Antequera, the destination on day 5 is Ronda, home to the awe-inspiring Puente Nuevo. Enjoy a calm stroll around the town and the Plaza de la Duquesa de Parcent in the afternoon and enjoy the views over the surrounding countryside. On day 6, it’s time to ride to Arcos de la Frontera, a white village perched on the top of a hill and considered by some to be one of the most beautiful villages in Spain! The final destination of the Trans Andalucian tour is Seville, one of Andalucia’s most iconic cities, with the chance to watch an authentic flamenco show in the evening, accompanied by a well-deserved glass of wine.

The group will stay in a different city and hotel each night as the tour moves from Almeria to Seville, each offering a hearty breakfast before the ride each day. The Eat Sleep Cycle team will keep you fuelled en-route with snacks and drinks, and there’ll be no shortage of opportunities to discover traditional Andalucian dishes and sweet treats each night.

DURATION

8 days / 7 nights

DISTANCE

663 km

HOTELS
★★★★★ ★★★★★
REGION

Andalucia

Terrain

Road

LEVEL

Advanced

Average Distance X DAY

83 km

Average Time X DAY

4 h 9 min

PRICE PER PERSON FROM€ 4.299

TOUR highlights

Granada

EL Torcal de Antequera

Ronda

Puerto de la Ragua

Caminito del Rey

IS THIS TOUR FOR ME?

Advanced

Rated 3 out of 4 our Advanced tours are designed for people who ride regularly and want back to back challenging days on the bike. Riders should be confident riding in a small group, comfortable on extended climbs (at your own pace) and have good bike handling skills on corners and descents. E-bikes are available on all of our tours.

ITINERARY

Day 1

Welcome to Andalucia!

No sooner are the bikes set up, then the tour will begin with a gentle warm-up ride along the coastline. Setting off from the hotel, the group will head west towards the town of Aguadulce.

EAT

Enjoy a time-efficient lunch served by the support team and stay fueled all day with ride nutrition from the support vehicle. Refuel with a dinner included at the accommodation or in a nearby restaurant.

SLEEP

3*/4* hotel

CYCLE

Welcome briefing and warm-up ride - 22.3 km, 360 m

Day 1

Almeria to Laujar de Andarax

The real fun gets going on day 2, as the first leg of the tour gets underway. The goal for today’s ride is Laujar de Andarax, around 76 km from Almeria. Fuel up at breakfast at the hotel in the morning and enjoy the ride ahead.

EAT

Breakfast buffet at the hotel. Enjoy a time-efficient lunch served by the support team and stay fueled all day with ride nutrition from the support vehicle. Refuel with a dinner included at the accommodation or in a nearby restaurant.

SLEEP

3*/4* hotel

CYCLE

Almeria to Laujar de Andarax - 76.5 km, 2,629 m

Day 1

Laujar de Andarax to Granada

After a good night’s sleep in Laujar de Andarax, the tour continues west for 144 km towards Granada, one of the most magical cities in Spain, passing through the Puerto de Regua and into the Sierra Nevada mountains. Under Islamic rule until the late fifteenth century, Granada today preserves echoes of its multicultural past, culminating in one of the best-preserved examples of Islamic architecture in Europe, the Alhambra. Enjoy a stroll around the Albaicín neighbourhood in the evening and dine in one of Granada’s famous tapas restaurants.

EAT

Breakfast buffet at the hotel. Enjoy a time-efficient lunch served by the support team and stay fueled all day with ride nutrition from the support vehicle. Refuel with a dinner included at the accommodation or in a nearby restaurant.

SLEEP

3*/4* hotel

CYCLE

Laujar de Andarax to Granada - 144.2 km, 2629 m

Day 1

Granada to Antequera

After Granada, the tour will head to Antequera, a pretty town of Roman origin with an incredible natural wonder on its doorstep, the natural park El Torcal de Antequera, home to millennia-old rock formations that once upon a time lay on the seabed.

EAT

Breakfast buffet at the hotel. Enjoy a time-efficient lunch served by the support team and stay fueled all day with ride nutrition from the support vehicle. Refuel with a dinner included at the accommodation or in a nearby restaurant.

SLEEP

3*/4* hotel

CYCLE

Granada to Antequera - 133.8 km, 1,912 m

Day 1

Antequera to Ronda

Day 5 presents a slightly shorter route of 91 km to Ronda, home to the awe-inspiring Puente Nuevo, an almighty bridge connecting two parts of the city over a deep gorge. Once rested, explore the town and enjoy a cold drink in Plaza Mayor.

EAT

Breakfast buffet at the hotel. Enjoy a time-efficient lunch served by the support team and stay fueled all day with ride nutrition from the support vehicle. Refuel with a dinner included at the accommodation or in a nearby restaurant.

SLEEP

Hotel Don Miguel, Ronda

CYCLE

Antequera to Ronda - 91.2 km, 1,954 m

Day 1

Ronda to Arcos de la Frontera

The penultimate day of riding takes the tour from Ronda to Arcos de la Frontera, one of Andalucia’s classic white-washed hilltop villages. Today's route is a climber's dream with just over 2,000 m to complete before reaching the destination. Upon arrival, explore this charming town by foot and stretch your legs before the final day in the saddle tomorrow.

EAT

Breakfast buffet at the hotel. Enjoy a time-efficient lunch served by the support team and stay fueled all day with ride nutrition from the support vehicle. Refuel with a dinner included at the accommodation or in a nearby restaurant.

SLEEP

Parador de Arcos de la Frontera

CYCLE

Ronda to Arcos de la Frontera - 102 km, 2,036 m

Day 1

Arcos de la Frontera to Seville

From Arcos de la Frontera, ride north to the final destination of the tour, Seville. Overflowing with Andalucian charm, buzzing bars and breath-taking archtecture, Seville is the ideal place to end an epic journey such as the Trans Andalucian Challenge. After a final 92.8 km, enjoy a well-deserved glass of sherry and an authentic flamenco tablao whilst reminiscing about the past seven days of incredible riding.

EAT

Breakfast buffet at the hotel. Enjoy a time-efficient lunch served by the support team and stay fueled all day with ride nutrition from the support vehicle. Refuel with a dinner included at the accommodation or in a nearby restaurant.

SLEEP

Fontecruz Seises, Sevilla

CYCLE

Arcos de la Frontera to Seville - 92.8 km, 532 m

Day 1

Departures from Seville

Sadly, it's time for the tour to end! Plan your onward travel from the last hotel in Seville.

EAT

Enjoy a final breakfast at the hotel.

SLEEP

CYCLE

THE TOUR
IN DETAIL

RIDE SUPPORT

full support

Enjoy small group sizes and professional, personal support all week from your guides & support vehicle.

We work with an industry leading guide to guest ratio – expect up to 4 guests per guide on the trip with guides leading the way on the road and a support vehicle close by at all times. Note that for groups of 4 riders or less this tour is run as a guided trip without the support vehicle.

The ride support vehicle is stocked with natural ride nutrition, electrolytes and water, as well as a full set of tools to resolve any mechanicals. On selected days the support crew will serve a delicious picnic lunch in a scenic location en route. Enjoy local foods chosen to keep you feeling energized and healthy.

Eat Sleep Cycle guides are experienced riders from all walks of life united by a love of cycling who’ll help to keep the group safe, motivated and savouring the trip of a lifetime.

All guests will receive access to our digital Road Book and routes, giving everyone the flexibility to ride at their own pace.

HOTELS

Hotels shown are examples and are subject to change

BIKE HIRE

Wilier Filante SLR

Pure Road

The Filante SLR is an extremely lightweight aerodynamic bicycle used by World Tour team Astana. Enjoy a Shimano Ultegra Si2 groupset and DT Swiss ERC 1400 wheelset.

Premium Upgrade

Wilier Filante SL Hybrid Road E-Bike

Pure Road Electric

Our top of the range road e-bike from Wilier. Enjoy a lightweight carbon frame, carbon wheelset and Shimano Ultegra Di2 shifting. The Filante Hybrid has a range of 1,000-2,000m of elevation, or constant use 1.5-2hrs. Range extenders are avialable to hire which doubles this range.

Electric Premium Upgrade

Wilier Garda Hybrid Road E-Bike

All Road Electric

A comfortable e-road bike with a lightweight carbon frameset and a clean-cut design featuring fully integrated cable routing. The Garda Hybrid uses the proven and reliable Mahle X35+ drive unit with 250 Wh motor inserted in the rear hub while the battery is housed in the down tube. The groupset is Shimano 105 Di2. The Garda has an autonomy of 1,000-2,000m of elevation, or constant use 1.5-2hrs - it's possible to rent a range extender to double the range for an additional fee.

Electric

Wilier Filante SL

All Road

The Wilier Filante SL guarantees a first-class weight, a precise ride and a great aesthetic clarity thanks to the integrated cables. Carbon Monocoque frame with full internal cable routing Electronic Shimano 105 Di2 shifting Carbon wheels Chainrings: 50/34, Cassette: 11-34

Basso Diamante

Pure Road

The ultimate bike for climbers. The Diamante features a lightweight fully integrated frameset, a Shimano Ultegra Di2 groupset and a carbon ERC 1400 wheelset from DT Swiss. The Diamante has gearing for climbing - a 50/34 chainset and an 11-34 cassette.

Premium Upgrade

Basso Astra

All Road

An endurance all-road bike that increases versatility with features that lean closer to gravel. Enojy a comfortable performance carbon frameset, an electronic SRAM Force AXS groupset and a MicroTech RE38 Carbon wheelset. 48/35 chainrings and 10-36 cassette

THE GUIDES

Rafa

Rafa is from Barcelona and has made the city of Granada his home. Alongside guiding Rafa works as a cycling coach. He rides both road and gravel and has probably climbed the Pico de Veleta more times than anyone else!

Rafa-eat-sleep-cycle-guide
Fernando

Fernando lives in the Montes de Málaga! He's spent a career travelling extensively and working with the UN. A Malagueñan, Fernando rides MTB and road and continues to love to travel.

Details

LOGISTICS AND TRANSPORTATION

HOW TO GET HERE

Almeria or Málaga Airport

MEETING POINT

Our first hotel in Almeria

TIME

11:00 AM

DEPARTURE

The last hotel in Seville

WHAT THE TOUR INCLUDES

CYCLING

Full-support

ACCOMMODATION

3* and 4* hotels

FOOD

Full-board - breakfast, lunch & evening meals

TRANSFERS

Not included, available on request

BIKE RENTAL

Inlcuded, premium upgrade & e-bike rental available

EAT SLEEP CYCLE LOCATION

ESC Andalucia

Home to the Montes de Málaga, the Costa del Sol and the almightly Sierra Nevada, Andalucia has a stunning variety of landscapes and beautiful towns and cities just waiting to be explored. Don’t miss cultural gems such as the Alhambra in Granada, flamenco in Seville and el Punte Nuevo in Ronda.  The warm Mediterranean climate makes this region the ideal location for year-round cycling.

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RESERVATION
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DEPOSIT

A 30% deposit will secure your place on the tour

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FINAL BALANCE

The final balance is due 90 days before the tour departs

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FAQs

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What happens if I need to cancel the trip?

We have a flexible cancelation policy – please take a look at our cancellation policy at the time of booking. If you have any doubts please reach out and we’re happy to help.

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Is the tour the right level for me?

We rate our tours from Level 1 (Leisure) to Level 4 (Epic). Each tour contains a description of the level, expected daily ride time, distance and elevation. If you have any doubts we’re more that happy to speak to you on the phone and help to find you the perfect trip!

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What about bikes? Can I hire one or should I bring my own?

We recommend that you hire a bike for your tour and will work with you after you book to help you to choose the best size and model for your ride style. If you prefer to bring your bike, it’s no problem. Please be aware that on some of our epic trips we charge a supplement to transport your bike box to our finishing location. If you have any doubts, please ask!

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Is insurance included?

Insurance is not included in our tour packages. We highly recommend contracting travel insurance at the time of reservation with a company from where you are from.

Health insurance which covers you for illness or injury whilst cycling in your chosen destination is mandatory, we’ll ask you for details of your insurance providor before you travel.

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