Washington Irving’s Wandering Mule


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.

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Upon touching down in Málaga, you’ll be met at the airport by your guide who will transport you to Granada, 1.5 hours away. You’ll arrive at your 4-star accommodations in the early evening with enough time to languish a bit in the evening shadows of the Alhambra before setting out for a food tour with Granada Food Sherpas.

After breakfast the following day you’ll get properly set up with bikes and set off on 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 leisurely 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. We’ll return to the hotel for lunch before heading to the Alhambra for an afternoon visit. To extend your “tale of the Alhambra,” Dinner will be at an authentic “carmen” featuring the distinct tastes of the Albaizin.

Day 3 gets going early to allow us ample time to enjoy the day’s ride. After an early morning start from Granada, our tires will turn upward to sustain a climb lasting 43 km from the city center to the peak of Veleta. Depending on ride choice (road or mtb), we have several options available to us. Those include steeper options for both road and off-road, and shorter options for those who’d prefer a little less suffering. Support vehicle will travel the main road and stop at various meeting points to supply food and drinks. The last 14 km to the peak has no vehicle access so riding this final stretch will be unsupported. This ride can last up to eight hours with stops to refuel and rehydrate. Riders can either descend on their own or catch a ride down with the support vehicle. Dinner will be on your own.

Washington Irving’s Wandering Mule concludes after breakfast the final day with a shuttle to return guests to the Málaga airport.

What’s included?

Meals underscored by best quality local ingredients and elevated by creative interpretation • rides to brag about and remember for the rest of your life! • 2-month coaching plan with Training Peaks™ to prepare for riding, ask the coach anything! • bike rental (mountain bike or e-mtb) including helmet and water bottle • locally-prepared ride fuel • 3 nights in 4-star, bike-friendly accommodations • airport transfer to/from Málaga

We are an open book when it comes to cancellations and refunds because we want your experience with Trails of the Alhambra to be a positive one from start to finish.


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