Trans-Andalusia

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.

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Next Departure

April 17th 2021

Price

USD $3,995

Duration

8 days / 7 nights

Non-Rider Friendly

No ?

Rental Bike

USD $500

Ride Program

Total Distance

Total Elevation

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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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Simply a quintessential Thomson cycling experience. Perfect routes with stunning beauty, unparalleled support from the vans, and an absolutely professional support staff. Thomson trips are ...

Brian Davis, USA — 2019

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Another fantastic trip from the pros. The recent improvements (post-ride recovery meal and rolling buffet instead of pit stops at coffee shops) made a huge ...

Noah Hawk, USA — 2019

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The Andalusia trip was another fantastic Thomson adventure. The support was excellent with a great crew of van drivers and ride guides - they catered ...

Bob Goland, USA — 2019

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Itinerary

Day Description Distance Elevation Hotel
01 Welcome to Andalusia Hotel Taray Botanico
02 Sierra Nevada and the Alpujarras White Villages Hotel Taray Botanico
03 Carretera de la Cabra (The Goat's Path) Hotel Balneario de Alhama de Granada
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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Itinerary Detail

Day 1

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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 Órgiva.

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 down to Órgiva.

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: 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 well 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.

Map & Profile

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7.4% 1
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from Órgiva
3.9% HC
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toggle arrow Puerto de Torvizcón
from Torvizcón
6.5% 2
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3.8% 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%
HC Trevélez (from Órgiva) 02 68 3.9%
2 Puerto de Torvizcón (from Torvizcón) 02 69 6.5%
HC Carretera de la Cabra (from Jete) 03 60 3.8%
2 Alto del Navazo (from Balneario de Alhama de Granada) 04 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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2021
Apr 17 - Apr 24
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USD $3,995
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    Trip Hotels

    Hotel Taray Botanico

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    Hotel Balneario de Alhama de Granada

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    Hotel Finca Eslava

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    Hotel Catalonia Reina Victoria

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    Hotel Kempinski

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    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

    Travel Details

    Arrival

    Pickup Location Meeting Time

    Malaga Airport

    8:30am

    OR

    Malaga Hilton Garden Inn

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    8:30am

    Departure

    Drop Off Location Arrival Time

    Malaga Airport

    9:00am


    Rental Bikes

    Made by hand in Italy, the Basso Bikes Diamante is exactly what a fine, authentic, Italian road bike should be. The classic lines, flawless geometry and rounded tube shapes offer performance and ultimate versatility.

    Frame

    Basso Diamante

    Groupset

    Shimano Ultegra R8070 Di2 (Electronic Shifting)

    Weight

    8kg (size 53)

    Wheels

    Microtech MR38 Disc Carbon Clincher

    Chainrings

    50x34

    Cassette

    11-32

    Sizes

    45, 48, 51, 53, 56, 58, 61

    Price

    USD $500

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    Basso Bikes Diamante Opal White with Disc brakes


    Trans-Andalusia

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