Andalusia, Southern Spain
Andalusia, with the wide valley of the Guadalquivir River and the Sierra Nevada mountains to the south tumbling into the Mediterranean, offers a dynamic and varied landscape perfect for any kind of bicycle tour or cycling vacation. Whether you prefer biking leisurely through the fertile plains of the river or adventure cycling through the mountains and along the craggy shores or along t he many greenways which make use of the old railway routes, sunny Andalusia is for you!
Famous for cycling and is the host of the three main professional cycle races in the Andalucia cycling calendar, these are the Tour of Spain, known as La Vuelta; the Tour of Andalucia, also known as the Vuelta a Andalucia or Ruta Ciclista del Sol; and the one-day Clasíca de Almería.
If you prefer a more relaxing cycling holiday, why not explore the many cycling greenways, also known in Spain as Vias Verdes. These range from short 20-20Km routes to 120km+. These stretch along all of the main regions of Andalucia so cycling from town to town through green pastures and mountains is all within easy reach. These greenways offer spectacualr views and are well maintained for sage cycling.
Andalusia is famous for its vast Olive Oil production and has around 60 million trees throughout the regions, in fact there is even an "Olive Oil" cycling greenway which starts at Jaen, and finished on border of the province of Cordoba, a toal of 124km. The Oil is of the highest quality and is exported all over the world. If you are looking for excellent food, then look no further than Andalucia,
Try a Gazpacho with you rmeal, it's a speciality cold soup made from fresh raw vegetables and eaten cold, delicious and refreshing. Fresh fish is widely available, along with an array of different meats, including lamb, chorizo and ham, Paella is also on the menu in most places.
The food is second to none, but watch out, the locals like there many courses and you can easily battle with the extra weight vs. cycling the calories off. Enjoy this rich gastronomy experience of varied food, wine and olive produce.
- The nearest airport to Jaen is Granada, approx 1 hour transfer
- Granada maybe limited for flights, Malaga is much more serviced by the UK but is 2 hour transfer to Jaen
La Vía Verde de la Subbética runs between olive trees and vineyards, for 57.3 km, to the south of Cordoba province following the route of the old Oil Train.
Along the disused Subbética train tracks, previously used by the Oil Train, you can travel through inland Andalusia on bike or by foot. The beautiful landscapes of the Nature reserve in the Sierras Subbéticas mountains are suitably mixed with the preserved railway architecture, comprising four viaducts, five stations, a 139m tunnel, thirteen houses built in a grid (road intersections), worker's huts and railway houses, all in different states of preservation.