Ride your tale

There’s a spot just behind the Alhambra where you can witness the friendly commingling of Jews, Christians, and Muslims and, except for a barking dog or a braying donkey in the valley below, the surrounding stillness will put you at peace as well. Go a little farther to gaze upon the magnificent Sierra Nevadas that are ruled by mighty Mulhacén at 3,480 meters (11,417′), same as they once were when the mountain’s namesake king ruled Andalusia in the 15th century.

1-day rides or multi-day tours take you on the most iconic routes in the province of Granada and beyond. All rides start from Granada. Multi-day tours include a visit to the Alhambra Palace, a ride up the highest cyclable climb in Europe (weather permitting), and a separate food itinerary to show off the region’s distinct agricultural abundance.

One-day guided rides that start and finish in Granada, that reveal what’s so unique about Granada, and that guarantee stunning scenery accesible only by bike. Choose from three ride options:


Option 1, The Trails of the Alhambra

Join us for an excursion backward into history to see remnants of the region’s past rulers and some of the reasons why the territory was worth fighting for. This all-inclusive, casual ride invites you to engage in the artifacts and anecdotes that prop up the Alhambra’s storied past by using the bike as the vehicle to transport you there.

What’s included? Bike rental including helmet and water bottle; guide; ride-along snacks, post-ride tapa and lunch; and scenery accessible only by bike

Price per person –150€

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Option 2, Europe’s Highest Cyclable Climb

Earn the right to claim you’ve ridden up Europe’s highest cyclable climb on this challenging 1-day road or partially off-road ride to the peak of Veleta at 3,479 m (11,413 ft). For accepting this challenge, your efforts will will be well-supported with freshly-made ride food and lunch, plus each finisher will receive a small souvenir for completing the ride.

What’s included? Bike rental including helmet and water bottle; guide; SAG support; homemade ride fuel; picnic lunch; transfer from Granada to Prado Llano (for shorter options); the right to say you’ve ridden Europe’s highest climb

Price per person – 250€

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Option 3, Granada to the Sea

There’s a reason why professional bike racers choose Granada for their training ground, both in and out-of-season — this ride could very well be it. This road ride starts in Granada and travels south to the Mediterranean by way of rural roads with scarce traffic. Ride lasts between 4 and 5 hours, includes lunch at finish plus a chance for a little beach time (weather permitting), and return by shuttle to Granada.

What’s included? Bike rental including helmet and water bottle; guide; freshly-prepared ride food; lunch at destination; return transportation to Granada; a point-to-point ride on one of the quietest, most beautiful roads in Andalusia.

Price per person – 250€

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3 days

In addition to the postcard backdrops that make Granada a cyclist’s paradise, this 3-day trip offers several historical cues to help you ride your own tale. From a visit to the famed Alhambra palace to a ride up the “ice route,” which — once upon a time — was used to bring ice from the mountains to the city, expect to have an experience that’s different from anything else offered in Granada.


Day 1

Meet your tour leader at the Málaga airport by 2 p.m. for a 1.5-hour airport transfer from Málaga to Granada • Hotel check-in and relax for a bit in the evening shadows of the Alhambra • Experience Granada Food Sherpas: a guided food adventure in Granada

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Day 2

Breakfast • Get set up with bikes • Explore the Trails of the Alhambra and see: Roman ruins, ancient water reservoirs called “aljibes,” which were built by the Moors, and some of the artifacts that inspired Washington Irving’s “Tales of the Alhambra.” • Lunch at hotel • Visit the Alhambra palace • Dinner on your own

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Day 3

Breakfast • Travel the “ice route” on your way toward the highest cyclable peak in Europe (shorter options available) • Lunch en route • Return bikes at hotel • Dinner at an authentic “carmen” featuring the distinct tastes of the Albaicin.

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Departure the following day after breakfast • 1.5-hour transfer from Granada to Málaga

price per person 750€

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5 Days

Take this trip if you want to put life back into your days and days back into your life. In addition to the experiences you’ll gain by visiting and riding the most-visited monuments in Spain, your trip to Granada will last far longer than the vacation itself since you will learn how to train the correct way from our partners at the American Sport Training Center of Granada. Take your new skills home with you and put them into practice every day; your improved health will be your ticket to future adventures!

Day 1

Meet your tour leader at the Málaga airport by 4 p.m. for a 1.5-hour airport transfer from Málaga to Granada • Hotel check-in and relax for a bit in the evening shadows of the Alhambra • Enjoy a dinner that makes every effort to go local with products from the province of Granada

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Day 2

Breakfast • Get set up with bikes • Explore the Alhambra surroundings and beyond to see: Roman ruins, ancient water reservoirs called “aljibes,” which were built by the Moors, and some of the artifacts that inspired Washington Irving’s “Tales of the Alhambra.” • Lunch • Afternoon free to explore • Experience Granada Food Sherpas: a guided food adventure in Granada

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Day 3

Breakfast • 1-hour gym session to learn how to train the correct way • Free time to wander about the city center • Lunch on your own • Visit the Alhambra palace • Dinner at an authentic “carmen” featuring the distinct tastes of the Albaicin

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Breakfast, Dinner


Day 4

Breakfast • Travel the “ice route” on your way toward the highest cyclable peak in Europe (shorter options available) • Lunch en route • Dinner at hotel

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Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 5

Breakfast • Active recovery session followed by an easy spin • Return bikes at hotel • Lunch at hotel • Dinner on your own.

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Departure the following day after breakfast • 1.5-hour transfer from Granada to Málaga

price per person – 1,250€

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You become the author of your own ride experience — we’ll help you develop the storyline to ride your own tale by supplying bikes and accessories, guides, route suggestions including highlights and attractions, a personalized food itinerary, coaching services (both pre and post-ride, as desired), and transportation. You choose how far you want to go and for how many days, and when it takes place.

Our team of professionals can tailor a tour to your every need. You can decide on a leisurely excursion backward into history to see remnants of the clashing factions that once ruled Andalusia, or you can opt for an achievement ride that will award you the right to claim that you’ve ridden Europe’s highest cyclable climb. Choose a point-to-point destination ride and we’ll plan the route, organize hotel and restaurant reservations, plus provide return transportation to the point of origin. This isn’t just a so-called “guided ride,” this is your experience — your tale to tell so tell us what you want and we’ll work with you to get that.

If your interest is piqued, just send us an email detailing what you would like and we’ll reply with a trip proposal within 48 hours.

To keep the conversation going, once we’ve agreed on the trip details and price to your satisfaction, we will privately post your exclusive trip to our booking portal and send you the link to complete the booking.

From 150€ per person (group pricing available)

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Centrally-located Bicicletas la Estación serves the cycling needs of locals and tourists alike. There's no other bike shop like it in Granada.

Spain Food Sherpas' Taste of Granada Food Tour gives food lovers the opportunity to discover the traditional products, dishes and hidden treasures of Granada.

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