Experience the passion and excitement of the La Vuelta bike trip to Spain during the second week of the race in spectacular southern Spain. Pedal on the same routes as the pros travel, enjoy VIP access at the end of the stage and the best point of view.
Starting in Malaga, we head to Ronda, a beautiful city in the mountains of Malaga that enjoys the best conditions for mid-mountain routes. Then we will have a route to the interior of the Subbética Mountains towards Jaén and Granada. During our cycling route through immense olive groves and vineyards, we will visit some of the famous Andalusian white villages where we will find time to taste the classic Andalusian gazpacho and sweet Jerez.
The relaxed atmosphere and accessibility to professional cyclists and their teams during the Vuelta make this a very special cycling experience. Accommodation in 5-star luxury hotels, VIP access to the race areas, logistical support of our van at all times, the best guided routes chosen from our experience, as well as the company of our experienced guides, guarantee not only a spectacular experience cyclist but also gastronomic and cultural. We can guarantee that it will be one of the unforgettable trips of your life.
Day 1: Tuesday, August 30 – Málaga
Meet with Bike Spain Tours guides at your hotel at 10am to leave for Ronda. You must arrive in Malaga the day before, and stay in the many hotels available. We can help organize the extra night, just mention it to us.
At 10am we leave for Ronda, one of the most beautiful towns in Spain. It will take about 2 hours by van and then we will check-in, take the time to settle in the rooms and rest. In the afternoon, we’ll adjust the bikes and pedal around Ronda with views of mountains, vineyards and olive trees.
Malaga, with its status as the capital of the Costa del Sol, its mild climate and beaches, is one of the most important tourist destinations in Spain. But it is also one of the oldest cities in the world, with more than 2000 years of history and the influence of all the civilizations that settled there such as the Phoenicians, Greeks, Carthaginians, Romans. There are many places and monuments for sightseeing.
Dinner is included and it will be a good time to meet the rest of the group and the guides who will accompany you during this week of cycling in La Vuelta.
Day 2: Wednesday, August 31
This morning, we will leave the hotel by bicycle to visit charming towns such as Setenil de las bodegas and Montejaque. We’ll have lunch at the winery and a free afternoon to enjoy the hotel pool and stroll through the romantic streets of Ronda.
Day 3: Thursday, September 1
Today we´ll watch the race as the riders climb Peñas Blancas, the first big climb of the race. We’ll start the ride to the coast of Estepona. It’s a beautiful route that descends to the sea, where we can stop for lunch and then we’ll climb Peñas Blancas with 19 kms of ascent. You’ll have a large audience to cheer you on and the support van. After seeing the finale in the VIP area, we’ll take a transfer to the hotel.
Free time for dinner and possibility of SPA and massage.
Day 4: Friday, September 2 – Bobadilla
After breakfast, we cycle through the Sierra de las Nieves and cross through the most beautiful places in Malaga. We go through Chorro or Caminito del Rey, where La Vuelta has ended in previous years. We’ll arrive in Antequera. There, we’ll have lunch and go to see the riders pass on their way to Montilla. After the stage, we will go to our next hotel, La Bobadilla ***** also called A Royal Hideaway Hotel. It has been recognized as one of the best hotels in Spain and every year the media find new reasons to declare it one of the most special places to stay in Europe. This is the reason why this afternoon, it is best to relax, connect with the environment and enjoy this luxury hotel.
Tonight, dinner is on your own at the hotel.
Day 5: Saturday, September 3 – Granada
After breakfast, we can either decide if we want to ride to the finish line for 112kms or we can shorten it to 75 kms with +1700 meters of elevation gain. According to how we’re feeling and the weather, we can make the decision. We’ll ride through Priego de Córdoba, where it is worth stopping at the 100 spouts fountain and seeing its Arab quarter and castle. We’ll continue towards Alcalá la Real and its castle of La Mota, an impressive decisive fortress in the battle of Granada conquered from the Arabs in 1340, we continue through Locubin towards Valdepeñas, a town that has already been the final 3 times at La Vuelta with a kilometer at 10% and we can continue to the top of the Pandera. After the watching stage in the VIP area, we’ll head to Granada to our hotel next to the Alhambra.
Tonight we will have dinner together at the hotel restaurant.
Day 6: Sunday, September 4 – Granada
This morning, we cycle towards Sierra Nevada, the highest mountain in Spain and highest road in Europe and we’ll watch this epic finale. Sierra Nevada is a place frequented by many cyclists for their training in height. We’ll have 2000 meters of ascent in 40 kms, always a good road, good views and a festive cyclist atmosphere. Thousands of fans will join us. The end of the stage will leave the race almost finalized, since the riders have already passed the individual time trial and the climbers must tighten this day, although there are 2 tough stages left in week 3 that must be controlled by the strongest team. Once the professionals pass the finish line, we will go down by bike or van to the hotel.
Free time for dinner.
Day 7: Monday, September 5
This is the last day of the trip, we hope you enjoyed it! The airport and train station are very close for onward travel.
We can also help you if you need additional nights.
Hotel Reina Victoria
The hotel, totally renovated in 2012, is settled in a unique environment, between a lovely pine forest in the middle of the town, very close to Ronda’s landmarks and the famous Tajo de Ronda.
Hotel La Bobadilla
The hotel boasts big luxurious rooms, 3 restaurants and a larger outdoor pool.
Set in its own 350-hectare estate, the luxurious Barcelo La Bobadilla resembles a Moorish village of white-walled buildings with tile roofs and patios evoking the different cultures that have left their mark on Andalusia.
Hotel Eurostars Washington Irving
Literature, romanticism and comfort combine at this fantastic luxury hotel, which has been decorated to reflect the works of American writer Washington Irving.
The rooms and common areas of this dream hotel recreate sentences and passages from works like Tales of the Alhambra, making it a warm, welcoming place where guests are enveloped in the romanticism of the 19th century.
30 Aug to 5 Sept 2022
I had an incredible time and can’t wait to head out with Pablo and Niki again. I was so happy to get some good time on the bike again (on a great bike too!) I will be sure to take the survey and recommend to all my friends