During this 5-stage cycling route of approximately 100 kms, you will have the chance to ride through the most impressive villages in Madrid including; Aranjuez, Chinchón, Colmenar de Oreja, Nuevo Baztán, Alcalá de Henares, Torrelaguna, Buitrago, Rascafría, Manzanares Real, Navacerrada, Escorial, San Martín de Valdeiglesias, and the UNESCO heritage city of Toledo.
Along this route you will see regions full of forest and rivers such as Las vegas del Tajo and Tajuña and the Sierra de Madrid. You will be surprised by the scenery located so close to the city of Madrid. The area also offers traffic-free roads, wineries, and quality accommodation.
This tour is available either self-guided or fully guided.
The self-guided tour includes a meeting and briefing on the first day. We will also transport you from the city of Madrid to the starting point of the route. On the last day we will pick you up and transfer you to an exceptional hotel with views over the city of Toledo.
The guided tour includes a bilingual and experienced Bike Spain Tours guide to ensure smooth riding. We accompany you along the way with a support van and offer more information about the route and area.
This is a fantastic tour to do in Spring or Autumn (in summer on request) Specialized tours can be organized for events, incentives and professionals for training camps.
Day 1: Chinchón (Madrid)
Route: 60 kms
The day will start off with a van transfer from the city of Madrid to Chinchón, a beautiful town surrounded by vineyards and olive groves. You will spend the first night in Chinchón.
Upon arrival in Chinchón, we will prepare the bicycle and custom bike route according to the level of the cyclist and we will set off to see Aranjuez and Colmenar de Oreja with a visit to a winery included.
We’ll take a break and have lunch during the ride, which is included. Once we return to Chinchón you will enjoy a free afternoon in town and spend the night at the reformed Augustinian monastery hotel known as the Parador de Chinchón.
For dinner, you can try several of the well-known restaurants in the town.
Day 2: Alcalá de Henares
Route: 108 kms +1200 mts
This rural route is surrounded by vineyards, small charming villages, numerous orchards, and historical monuments. It is possible to shorten the route if you want to avoid climbs since we will be constantly going up and down the plateau from the Tajuña and Tajo Rivers until we end up in Alcala de Henares, a UNESCO World Heritage City and birthplace of Miguel Cervantes Saavedra.
At the end of the day you can rest your legs at the Parador de Alcalá de Henares and visit the city’s cultural attractions and shops.
Day 3: Rascafría (Madrid)
Route: 124 kms +1800 mts
Today we leave the plain of Alcala de Henares and head towards the mountains.
In Torrelaguna, a beautiful town with a Renaissance church, we began to climb towards the northern mountains of Madrid, although we won’t ascend any mountain pass. The landscape changes completely. We abandon the cereal fields and start to see the pine forests of the mountains. We cross the Atazar Reservoir, the great water reserve of Madrid, and arrive at Buitrago. In Buitrago we recommend stopping for lunch, visiting the Pablo Picasso museum and checking out its medieval wall. We continue through the Lozoya River Valley to Rascafría, Madrid’s perfect example of rural tourism, as it is in the Guadarrama National Park. Once we arrive you can take a short walk to see the Paular Monastery.
Day 4: San Lorenzo del Escorial
91 kms +1803mts (option 85km 1300 mts)
Today begins with a mountain climb known as the Morcuera. We will ride through the oak forest and once we reach the summit you will have incredible views surrounded by mountains and the Lozoya Valley. The descent will take us through the towns of Miraflores and Soto el Real, and to the medieval castle of Manzanares el Real. From there, we slowly climb to the town of Navacerrada, where we can continue towards the Escorial or there is an option to climb the Navacerrada mountain pass or even the famous “Bola del Mundo”. After Navacerrada, we will descend to Guadarrama, a town that gives its name to the mountains and the National Park.
In San Lorenzo del Escorial, we can see the world-renowned monastery, considered a wonder of the world. Built in 1560 by Felipe II in just 20 years.
Day 5: Toledo
Route 85 km +1000mts
Today we ride through the western mountains of Madrid, passing through wine towns such as Cebreros or San Martín de Valdeiglesias. The route continues between forests and vineyards descending to Aldea del Fresno, where we can eat and then take a van transfer to Toledo. In Toledo you will have time to see the city and relax with views of the city from the Parador de Toledo.
Day 6: Departure
After breakfast, we arrange a private transfer to Madrid or to the airport. Hotel is not included.
The final day of the tour gives you the chance to discover Madrid on your own, either on foot or by bike. There’s so much to do that it almost seems unfair to list all the possibilities, but favorites of past participants – and of most visitors to Madrid! – include the Big Three museums (the Prado, the Thyssen-Bornemisza and the Reina Sofía), the beauty of the Retiro Park or the wide open spaces of the Casa de Campo Park (perfect for those who’d like a spin on a mountain bike!) In the evening, you’re free to go on your own tapas tour, take in a flamenco show or see something cultural at the Teatro Real or the Teatro Nacional (we’ll be happy to make the reservations for you).
Parador de Chinchón
Located in a former Augustinian monastery. It offers large windows, beautiful common areas and guest rooms decorated with exquisite taste.
The lovely courtyard filled with loquat trees and well-kept gardens will allow you to enjoy this beautiful and peaceful location. Highlights include the Plaza Mayor (Main Square), with more than 230 wooden balconies on the surrounding houses. We recommend viewing it at night: the illumination makes it a distinctive sight. ncestral homes, gorgeous courtyards and galleries supported by lovely columns make Chinchón a uniquely beautiful town.
Parador Alcala de Henares
In the birthplace of Cervantes, where every nook and cranny oozes art and culture, stands the Parador de Alcalá, a 17th-century monastery school and student lodgings located in the former San Jerónimo College.
However, do not let so much history overwhelm you, because the hotel offers the perfect combination of tradition and avant-garde. The interior décor is of a modern design: tasteful, minimalist and extremely elegant. The services are without par: in addition to the standard offerings at Paradores, there is a spa, swiming pool and business center. The Parador’s location in this World Heritage City is one of its main advantages.
Hotel Exe Victoria Palace
As traditional as it is avant-garde, as classic as it is bold. This is the Exe Victoria Palace.
Located in the historic centre of San Lorenzo de El Escorial, classified as an Asset of Cultural Interest in the Historical Territory category, the hotel invites its guests to enjoy an area where history and culture are all around.
Parador de Toledo
The building is spectacular and you can see the World Heritage City not only from the swimming pool, but also from the function rooms, terrace and guest rooms
At the Parador de Toledo, you will enjoy spacious, luxurious facilities. The comfortable furnishings combine with wooden beams, staircases, wooden railings. The warm and cozy guest rooms will envelop you, offering gorgeous views of the Imperial City.