EPIC Trans Andalusia

EPIC Trans Andalusia

Sensational rides, challenging climbs, traffic-free roads and the best weather in Europe

The quintessential Spain, Andalusia is famous for flamenco, fiestas, bulls and “pueblos blancos”. But it’s also home to some of the most stunning and challenging rides in Europe.

Overview

Details

Next Departure

April 13th 2024

From

USD $4,795

Duration

8 days / 7 nights

Non-Rider Friendly

No

Rental Bike

USD $550

Ride Program

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Overview

Andalusia ticks all the boxes for a classic Thomson trip — stunningly beautiful rides, challenging climbs, great hotels, traffic-free roads and the best weather in Europe.

Your journey starts in the Sierra Nevada, travels westwards through the ancient cities of Antequera and Ronda, and concludes on the Mediterranean Coast in Estepona. Along the way, you’ll conquer the Carretera de la Cabra (Goat’s Path climb), considered by many to be one of the most dramatic climbs in Spain. Other highlights include the Puerto de las Peñas Blancas, the Puerto de las Palmas, the dramatic limestone formations of the classic Vuelta a España climb to El Torcal, and a fabulous ride through El Chorro Gorge with breathtaking views of the world-famous Caminito del Rey.

Join us and experience the essence of Southern Spain on this challenging and stunningly beautiful ride from the Sierra Nevada to the Mediterranean Coast in Estepona!


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This was my first trip with Thomson and I was thoroughly impressed with the planning, organization before, during, and after each ride as well as ...

Dexter Hodgeman, USA — 2019

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This was the perfect trip. First and foremost the rides were amazing! The ride leaders, van support, food, was all coordinated just right to make ...

Aaron Bachik, USA — 2019

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Fue una gran experiencia sin duda, conocí a un grupo increíble de personas, los guías muy atentos y lo pasamos muy bien, volveré a repetir ...

Erika Alvarado, Chile — 2022

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Itinerary

Day Description Distance Elevation Hotel
01 Welcome to Andalusia Alcadima Hotel
02 Sierra Nevada and the Alpujarras White Villages Alcadima Hotel
03 Carretera de la Cabra (The Goat's Path) Bbou Hotel La Viñuela
04 Over the Puerto del Sol to Antequera Hotel Finca Eslava
05 Through the Sierra de las Nieves to Ronda Hotel Catalonia Reina Victoria
06 Sierra de Grazalema Loop Hotel Catalonia Reina Victoria
07 Puerto de Peñas Blancas and finish on the Mediterranean Hotel Kempinski
08 Adios!
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Welcome to Andalusia

Your trip starts at Malaga Airport where our staff will meet you before the transfer to your hotel in Lanjarón.

After lunch, orientation meeting and bike build-up you’ll head out for your first ride in Andalusia. Our warm-up ride features one of the most beautiful climbs in the region, the 8km (5 miles) climb to Cáñar. 20 switchbacks later you’ll reach the summit and after a quick coffee stop in the local cafe, enjoy the stunning views of the Alpujarra valley as you descend back to Lanjarón.

Day 2

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Sierra Nevada and the Alpujarras White Villages

A magnificent ride today through the Alpujarras region in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains. The region is famous for its white villages and our route takes us through many of the most picturesque villages, including Trevélez which, claims to be Spain’s highest village at 1,476m (4,850ft).

Tip: after an initial 9km (6 mile) descent, the first 35km (22 miles) are mostly uphill. Don’t push too hard on this first part of the ride, save something in the legs for the second climb – it’s a tough one!

Day 3

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Carretera de la Cabra (The Goat's Path)

A tough but strikingly beautiful ride today. With a total elevation of over 3,000m (10,000ft), it’s definitely one for the mountain goats. And fittingly, the highlight of the day is called the Goat’s Path, locally known as the Carretera de la Cabra.

Tip: The views as you climb the Goat’s Path are really magnificent. Forget about Strava, enjoy this fantastic climb – and stop and take a few photos.

Day 4

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Over the Puerto del Sol to Antequera

A classic Thomson ride today with a couple of really special climbs. The Puerto del Sol is an absolute joy to ride: zero traffic, over 20 switchbacks in the final 5km (3 miles), fantastic views and a pretty steady grade of between 6 and 9%. An icon of La Vuelta a España, the climb to El Torcal is your final climb of the day, followed by a 20km (12 miles) descent to our hotel in Antequera.

Tip: On the descent of El Torcal, take time to admire the limestone rock formations which are recognised as some of the most dramatic in Europe.

Day 5

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Through the Sierra de las Nieves to Ronda

A fabulous ride today through wondrously diverse terrain, culminating in the magnificent Puerto del Viento climb in the Sierra de las Nieves. This is one of these days to just take it easy, enjoy the traffic-free roads and admire the scenery. This is quintessential Andalusia with beautiful green valleys, dramatic canyons and several “pueblos blancos” (white villages) along the route.

Tip: be sure to stop at Km 35 (22 miles) for a photo op of the El Chorro Canyon and the incredible Caminito del Rey – one of the world’s most spectacular pathways.

Day 6

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Sierra de Grazalema Loop

A stunning ride today through the Sierra de Grazalema! 2 magnificent climbs, the Puerto de las Palomas and the Puerto del Boyar, dramatic mountain scenery throughout the ride, some of Andalusia’s most beautiful “pueblos blancos” and very little traffic. One of our Top 5 rides of the year.

Tip: you’ll ride through the beautiful town of Grazalema 3 times. On the 3rd occasion, have a coffee on the main plaza, it’s well worth the stop!

Day 7

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Puerto de Peñas Blancas and finish on the Mediterranean

Quintessential Andalusia today with this magnificent “pueblos blancos” route through the best of Andalusia. The ride concludes with an impressive 20km (12 miles) descent to the Mediterranean Coast in Estepona – and the end of your fantastic journey across Andalusia.

 

Tip: when you get to the Puerto de Peñas Blancas, if you’re feeling up for it, take the single-lane road that continues to climb for an additional 5km to Los Reales viewpoint. From the viewpoint you’ll be treated to incredible vistas of the Mediterranean coast, 40km off in the distance.

Day 8

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Adios!

Unfortunately, your journey across Andalusia has come to an end.

 

Our private shuttle will drop you off at Malaga Airport.

Map & Profile

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7.3% HC
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6.9% HC
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Climbs

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Climbs

Category Climb Day Difficulty Length Ele. Gain Av. Grade
1 Cáñar (from Órgiva) 01 73 7.4%
1 Trevélez (from Órgiva) 02 68 3.9%
2 Puerto de Torvizcón (from Torvizcón) 02 69 6.5%
1 Carretera de la Cabra (from Jete) 03 60 3.8%
2 Alto del Navazo (from Balneario de Alhama de Granada) 03 36 4.6%
2 Puerto del Sol (from Periana) 04 48 5.2%
HC El Torcal (from Villanueba de la Concepcion) 04 84 7.3%
2 Puerto del Viento (from El Burgo) 05 48 4.7%
3 Puerto de Boyar (from Grazalema) 06 45 5.8%
HC Puerto De Las Palomas (from Zaharra de la Sierra) 06 87 6.9%
2 Puerto Jimena de Libar 07 46 5.8%
HC Puerto de Peñas Blancas & Los Reales (from Venta San Juan) 07 77 4.6%
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Dates & Prices



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2024
Apr 13 - 20
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    Trip Hotels

    Alcadima Hotel

    Bbou Hotel La Viñuela

    Hotel Finca Eslava

    Hotel Catalonia Reina Victoria

    Hotel Kempinski


    What's Included

    What's Included What's Not Included
      Accommodations & Meals arrow
    • 8 days / 7 nights fully accompanied trip
    • All accommodations
    • All breakfasts
    • All but 1 dinner
    • Sit-down lunch on the 1st day
    • Picnic lunches during the rides
    • Transportation arrow
    • Pick up and drop off at Malaga Airport
    • All transportation during the trip
    • All luggage & bike box transfers
    • Cycling Support arrow
    • 1 x Support Van & 1 x Ride Leader per 8 guests (approx.)
    • Experienced bike mechanic
    • Park Tools Toolkit
    • Daily ride gpx files provided
    • Nutrition during the ride arrow
    • Energy bars, gels and sports drink
    • Variety of snacks and local specialties for picnic lunches
    • Bottled water
    • Post-ride recovery food
    • Airfare
    • Travel and personal insurance
    • Additional hotel expenses i.e. phone charges, mini-bar, gratuities
    • Staff gratuities
    What's Included
      Accommodations & Meals arrow
    • 8 days / 7 nights fully accompanied trip
    • All accommodations
    • All breakfasts
    • All but 1 dinner
    • Sit-down lunch on the 1st day
    • Picnic lunches during the rides
    • Transportation arrow
    • Pick up and drop off at Malaga Airport
    • All transportation during the trip
    • All luggage & bike box transfers
    • Cycling Support arrow
    • 1 x Support Van & 1 x Ride Leader per 8 guests (approx.)
    • Experienced bike mechanic
    • Park Tools Toolkit
    • Daily ride gpx files provided
    • Nutrition during the ride arrow
    • Energy bars, gels and sports drink
    • Variety of snacks and local specialties for picnic lunches
    • Bottled water
    • Post-ride recovery food
    What's Not Included
    • Airfare
    • Travel and personal insurance
    • Additional hotel expenses i.e. phone charges, mini-bar, gratuities
    • Staff gratuities

    Travel details - airport departures

    Pick-up/Drop-off Info

    Arrival

    Pickup Location Time

    Malaga Airport

    9:00am

    OR

    Malaga Hilton Garden Inn

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    9:00am

    Departure

    Drop Off Location Time

    Malaga Airport

    9:00am


    Rental Bikes

    Specialized Aethos Expert

    Frame

    Aethos FACT 10r Carbon

    Groupset

    Di2 Shimano Ultegra

    Weight

    699g (size 56)

    Wheels

    Roval C38

    Chainrings

    52/36T

    Cassette

    11-36t (12-speed)

    Sizes

    49, 52, 54, 56, 58, 61

    USD $550

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    EPIC Trans Andalusia

    Let us introduce you to some of the most sensational riding in Europe. Andalusia - quintessential Spain