Tickets to the Alhambra can be tough – if not impossible – to find during peak times or at the last minute. Dropping by the Alhambra to check it out is still possible; here’s a way to “visit” the Alhambra in a less traditional manner.
Travel is the great equalizer (and educator) so let these four destinations that aren’t Whistler, Moab, or Andorra light a spark to get that desire to travel burning. This was published to the Ritchey blog with help from Thomas Frischknecht and Jimena Florit.
Standing there at the start of a race, one foot on the ground, the other one resting on your pedal, cocked at 3 o’clock and ready to attack at the gun, you wonder, could you have prepared better?
When Ritchey asked for some blog ideas, we offered a few that we thought would resonate with their customers. Mountain bike tourism is especially on the rise in Switzerland, Italy, Austria and elsewhere, and the hospitality industries there are coming up with amenities and resources specifically tailored to two-wheeled tourists.
Water (and sunblock) more than anything else wields mighty power in Granada, probably owing to summertime temperatures that often soar above 35C/95F. Luckily abundant public water fountains are a nice perk to riding around Granada so you can go forth fearlessly on that 4-, 6-, or even 10-hour ride, your hydration requirements will be met.
If climbing is your thing, then Granada is your sweet spot. As with most mountain bike or road rides here, this ride allows you to dial up or down the suffering depending on how you feel that day. The main features of this circular loop include an 8.5 km (5.3 mi.) dirt climb with a grade that ranges between 4.5 and 15%, and another shorter paved climb that tops out at 31% at its steepest part and then heads into some tricky — sometimes hike-a-bike singletrack for 2 km (1.3 mi).
In sharp contrast to the 24/7, 365 culture in the US, most stores in Andalusia are closed Saturday afternoon until Monday morning. This has a nice way of forcing you to get your shopping done on Saturday, which leaves all of Sunday to go mountain biking or gravel riding in southern Spain. The vendors who really have a good thing going set their own hours, like the permanent pop-up bread kiosk in Plaza Mariana Pineda in the center of Granda. People don’t seem to complain about their limited hours — that’s not a war to be waged.
The range of digital aids available to cyclists really means that you should never have to pay to go on a bike ride yet guided bike ride services exist practically anywhere you can put tires to dirt or pavement. Whether pay-to-play or free, it’s the unknown that fascinates us and motivates to hunt for adventure. This is part 1 of a 3-part series of posts about ride services in Granada.
A robust bike rental service has yet to evolve in Granada but it may just be a matter of time before fleets of performance quality bikes are available to rent here. Granada’s Tourism office has published info (in Spanish) about where to rent bikes on its website. This blog post highlights a few shops that we’ve either worked with or have been recommended to us based on the quality of their bikes and service.
You now have one less excuse not to plan a bike trip to southern Spain now that the Biking Sierra Nevada route map is available for download. The new map serves up 1,164 kilometers (723 miles) of routes dedicated to off-road riders and located throughout the Sierra Nevada Park system, which is 4.5 hours south of Madrid in the province of Granada. The map also introduces in both English and Spanish, Europe’s highest cyclable climb, and the multi-day Transnevada, which circumnavigates the entire Sierra Nevada range.