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REGION: ANDALUSIA (Ronda & Granada)

TOUR DATES: 25 AUG – 2 SEPT 2018


HOTELS: Ronda (x3), Granada (x3), Baeza (x1), Madrid (x1); 3/4 Star Hotels

Arrival & Departure transfers
8 nights accommodation (twin share)
8 breakfasts
5 dinners with beer & wine
7 guided cycling stages fullysupported
Food & drinks during cycling stages
Guided excursions: Ronda Bull Ring, La Alhambra & Flamenco show in Granada
Sierra Sports cycling jersey
1 month training with Cycling-Inform

PRICE: 2800 € p.p.


Carbon Road Bike Hire: 250 €

Airfares & Train Tickets
Pre or post Tour Accommodation

DAY ONE – Sat 25 August 2018
Malaga - Vuelta Stage 1

We will be available to meet you at Malaga Train Station (Maria Zambrano) at approximately 10:30-11:00am. There are many excellent daily fast train (AVE) connections between Madrid and Malaga with the Spanish RENFE service.

There will be time for some lunch in the ‘casco antiguo’ (old town) before walking into the Vuelta race village. The Vuelta begins in central Malaga with an 8km individual time trial and you will get close to all the team buses and your favourite riders warming up! After watching the Stage 1 podium presentations there will be a 1.5hr drive from Malaga to Ronda (the jewel of Andalusia).

For those who need to set-up their bikes we will be available to assist you in the tour hotel before heading out for a typical tapas style dinner in the town centre.

Meals: Dinner included

Destinations: Ronda

Accommodation: Ronda (Andalusia)

DAY TWO – Sun 26 August 2018
Caminito del Rey - Vuelta Stage 2

Today you will ride out to the Malaga Lakes District. The winding roads through the Serrania de Ronda were historically infamous for bandits but today they are made for road cyclists! The Puerto del Viento climb was used during Stage 5 of the 2017 La Vuelta a Andalusia. With an average grade of 3.5% it is the perfect warm-up climb! The descent down to the valley floor is spectacular and the ride continues through to beautiful lakes district.

On approaching the lakes district we will intersect the Stage 2 Vuelta course with approximately 30km to the stage finish. The final 8km climb called ‘Alto de la Mesa’ averages 5% and will be a lot of fun with the crowds roadside cheering on. Vamos, venga, animo!

Meals: Breakfast included

Destinations: Malaga Lakes District

Ride: 90km cycling

Accommodation: Grazalema (Andalucia)

DAY THREE – Mon 27 August 2018
Ronda - Vuelta Stage 3

Cycling from the hotel and the Sierra de Grazalema National Park is sitting on top of the agenda. Enjoy the turquoise coloured reservoir, the white-washed Andalusian villages nestled alongside scraggy cliffs and ride up and down quiet mountain roads with spectacular views! The challenge for the day is the Puerto de las Palomas climb. ´Palomas´ is a Category 1 climb that has been used 3 times during La Vuelta a España. It is a 12km climb with a constant 6% grade and we would be lying if we said this wasn´t our favourite climb in Andalusia. The views down to the reservoir below are just incredible and the final 3km provide a series of switchbacks to rival any of the major European climbs!

In the afternoon La Vuelta comes to us as Stage 3 passes through Ronda. We will have pole position to watch the race and its publicity caravan entertainment.

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner included

Destinations: Grazalema

Ride: 90km cycling

Accommodation: Ronda (Andalusia)

DAY FOUR – Tues 28 August 2018
Alfacar - Vuelta Stage 4

Following breakfast the day begins with a 1.5hr van transfer. The ride passes many small agricultural towns and unspoilt Andalusian white washed villages. From Montefrio we have an excellent ride on quiet roads to the north west of Granada capital. After passing the Cubillas Reservoir all that remains now is the Category 1 climb and Vuelta Stage 4 finish to Alfacar.

Alfacar sits immediately north of Granada which has a passionate road cycling community. Crowds of super-cycling fans will line the sides of the road today and you will experience the pure passion which is Spanish cycling!

Meals: Breakfast included

Destinations: Montefrio

Ride: 100km cycling

Accommodation: Granada (Andalusia)

DAY FIVE – Wed 29 August 2018
Granada - Vuelta Stage 5

Stage 5 of the 2018 Vuelta will depart Granada during the early afternoon giving the group all morning to explore the Sierra Nevada mountains. The climb to the Pradollano ski village is a common Vuelta stage finish and at 2100m altitude this is the main objective for most tour groups (1300m of climbing). Now all that remains is the fun descent to the city centre and the Stage 5 Vuelta village.

After already experiencing four Vuelta stages you may decide to skip the Stage 5 departure in Granada. For any cyclist hell-bent on scaling the ‘Pico de Veleta’ climb and earning bragging rights of riding the highest asphalted road in Europe (3300m elevation) then today offers your big chance.

Tonight you will also enjoy a Flamenco dancing and singing performance in the Sacramonte caves.

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner included

Destinations: Sierra Nevada

Ride: 85km cycling

Accommodation: Granada (Spain)

DAY SIX – Thur 30 August 2018
Rest Day or Cycle Sierra Nevada

After 4 consecutive days on the bikes a rest day is available today. For those who just love to ride ride ride we are always happy to offer a cycling option. During the morning there is the chance to further explore the mighty Sierra Nevada mountains. There are 6 ascents of varying difficulty and all are perfect for road cycling.

During the late afternoon we would like to invite everyone for a guided visit of La Alhambra fortress. You may have read about the Route of the Caliphate referring to the Moors (Muslims, Berbers or Arabs) who ruled parts of Andalusia from the early 8th to late 15th centuries. Their 800 year rule left a strong mark on southern Spanish culture and the Alhambra is arguably their most impressive work!

Meals: Breakfast included

Destinations: Sierra Nevada

Ride: 80km cycling

Accommodation: Granada (Andalusia)

DAY SEVEN – Fri 31 August 2018
Pozo Alcon - Vuelta Stage 7

This morning there is a 1hr transfer from Granada through to Jaen province. Jaen is the world’s biggest producer of extra virgin olive oil. Olive trees dot the landscape for as far as the eye can see. Today’s ride follows the boundary of the Sierra Magina National Park. The winding roads follow an undulating route but the terrain never gets too steep. The Vuelta Stage 7 finish line is in Pozo Alcon and the race will also pass through the town 50km from home giving the sprinters a rare chance for victory!

Following the race finish there will be a 1hr 15min drive to our hotel in Baeza. Due to the ‘Reconquista’ from the Moors the Spanish Renaissance period started later than Italy and spanned the 15th and 16th Centuries. Baeza represents some of Spain greatest Renaissance architecture! Get lost walking through the small cobbled streets and in and out of the walled town which still holds its original 9th Century charm!

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner  included

Destinations: Cazorla National Park

Ride: 105km cycling

Accommodation: Baeza (Andalusia)

DAY EIGHT – Sat 1 Sept 2018
Baeza to Despeñaperros

This morning there is a 90km ride from Baeza through the fields of olives to the Despeñaperros National Park which forms the northernmost border of Andalusia. For those interested in history La Batalla de Las Navas de Tolosa (Battle of Navas de Tolosa) was fought on these very soils. On 16 July 1212 approximately 70,000 Christian soldiers defeated 120,000 Moorish soldiers which started the decline of Muslim Spain. This battle initiated the final phase of the Reconquist which would still take a further 280 years with the final siege of La Alhambra.

After lunch there will be a 2hr afternoon transfer through to Madrid. This evening we will celebrate over a quality paella dinner!

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner included

Destinations: Despeñaperros Nat. Park

Ride: 90km cycling

Accommodation: Madrid (Spain)

DAY NINE – Sun 2 Sept 2018
Madrid – Tour Farewell

Following breakfast the Sierra guides will be available to transfer you to Madrid Airport by 11am. If you would like to continue your stay in Madrid feel free to ask us for more information.

Meals:           Breakfast included

Option 1:There is a lot to see and do in Madrid so you may decide to spend some additional days visiting this amazing city. Sierra has a checklist for what to see and do in Madrid which we would be pleased to forward you!

Option 2: Madrid is connected via fast train to many points through Spain. Barcelona, Cordoba, Valencia and Malaga are only a fast train away. Travelling at 250+ km/hr will get you places pretty quickly!

Option 3: Hire a car in Madrid and explore the Sierra Guadarrama mountains 1hr to the north of Madrid. Here you will find a cycling paradise and we would be pleased to provide you with hotel, excursion and cycling suggestions.


Cycle the jewels of Andalusia; Ronda, Granada & Baeza!
The 2018 edition of La Vuelta spends the first week in southern Spain. Ronda, Granada, Sierra Nevada and Baeza will all play centre stage for your Andalusian cycling adventure. Ronda is spectacularly located on the edge of the Tajo Gorge and will be our base for 3 nights as it provides fantastic access to Stages 1 to 3 of La Vuelta! If you are looking for dramatic rocky mountains, white washed villages and fantastic cuisine then you are going to love the Serrania de Ronda!

The Sierra Nevada mountains towering above Granada are also home to the highest asphalted road in Europe. At 3300m elevation ‘Pico de Veleta’ leaves the so called European giants, such as, Stelvio Pass (2760m) and Col de la Bonette (2800m) well and truly in its wake! With several days based in Granada the option to climb Veleta is available. During 2018 we will also have access to the Stage 4 Alfacar summit finish and the Stage 5 departure from central Granada!

To round out your cycling holiday you will also stay in Baeza which was the birthplace of Renaissance Spain and is now part of a broader region which boasts the biggest annual production of extra virgin olive oil. Imagine olive trees dotting the landscape for as far as the eye can see! The Stage 7 finish on the south western corner of the Sierra Cazorla National Park is only a short drive from Baeza so just another 2018 Vuelta bonus!

Dates: 25-08-2018 to 02-09-2018

Tour price: 2800 € per person (twin share)



  • Julie(Esperance, Western Australia), 2016
    Can't recommend the tour highly enough! Fabulous cycling, fabulous scenery, fabulous food, fabulous racing.
  • David(Mornington, Victoria), 2015
    I did my first serious cycling tour with Sierra in Spain and the experience was fantastic – great scenery and cycle routes that went to places off the beaten track to see the real Spain as well as riding through iconic towns full of culture and history, and we got up close to La Vuelta on the final 5 days for some memorable experiences. The organization was first rate – the van and cycling support, the accommodation, food and wine, and the overall thought that went into making the week not just a cycling event but a great tourist experience. The cycling experience and knowledge of our tour hosts, Paul and Andrea, was my other highlight helping me to learn much more about cycling and myself.
  • Curt(Melbourne), 2012
    Just a quick note to say thanks for all your work on the Vuelta tour. It well and truly lived up to expectations and then some.