5 Days Don Quixote Route Cycling Holiday in Spain

Self-Guided Cycling Holiday Spain

This cycling holiday is a trip that goes through easy, wide, and flat paths among olive trees fields and wine yards in the region of Castilla-La Mancha, which is the most extensive vineyard region in Europe. You will find windmills that will remind you the struggle of Don Quixote with them. Likewise, the villages, small towns, and hilltops are in the same route referred by Cervantes in his book.

  • Trip type: Self-guided
  • Terrain: Mostly flat
  • Difficulty level: Easy (Cyclist doesn't need to have certain level of fitness, mostly flat terrain though occasionally they will ride in unpaved or hills, 10-30 miles per day)
  • E-bike: Available

Highlights

  • Self-guided cycling rides
  • Follow the famous Don Quixote route
  • Explore attractions of historical significance
  • Breathtaking views and scenic routes
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfast

Styles


3 cycling days in English
Spoken languages: English

Airport transfer included: Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport

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Accommodation

You will be provided four nights of accommodation in double-occupancy, double-room accommodations in three to four-star hotels of historical significance.

On the first night, you can choose lodging in the Old Alcázar, an Arab castle like construction with spa facilities, and on the second night, you will be staying at the historical town of Alcazar de San Juan and sleep in an old convent of the 16th century. The third night will be spent in Puerto Lapice, while the fourth night will be spent in Tembleque.

Program

Starting at the village of Belmonte you will find one of the most impressive castles of Spain, the Arab quarter “del Albaicín” in Campo de Criptana, and, surrounded by windmills, the Arab castle of Consuegra that was built by Almanzor in the 10th century.

In the itinerary, you will find many historical places as El Toboso, the hometown of Don Quixote´s beloved Dulcinea, Mota del Cuervo, Alcázar de San Juan, and Tembleque’s Plaza Mayor, where the trip ends. This bike tour will also give you the opportunity to enjoy recognized wines along typical recipes that have survived many centuries.

Support vehicle throughout the route is available for an additional cost of 890 EUR, inclusive of snacks and drinks.

Daily itinerary

Day 1: Transportation to Belmonte with rest of the day free

Belmonte is a beautiful walled little town where you can visit the amazing castle and the collegiate church, both from the 15th century. You will be lodging in this town the first day of your trip. You can also choose lodging in the Old Alcázar, an Arab castle like construction with spa facilities.

Day 2: Belmonte to Alcazar de San Juan

You will pass by old villages with plenty of windmills, and following the Don Quixote route, you will have to leave Belmonte across an easy path of colored fields heading to Mota del Cuervo to discover the typical Don Quixote´s windmills. The next stop is El Toboso, the hometown of Don Quixote´s beloved Dulcinea.

There, you can visit the Dulcinea’s museum and admire the typical architecture of La Mancha region. Next, among countless vineyards fields and windmills, you will arrive to Campo de Criptana and there, you will have the chance to admire the Arab quarter of the Albaicin. You will finish the day at the historical town of Alcazar de San Juan and sleep in an old convent of the 16th century.

Day 3: Puerto Lapice

You will cycle through the easy path through the countryside among wineyards and more windmills. After visiting Alcazar´s windmills, you will head to a lake area and from there, more old villages and windmills will be waiting for you. Through easy and quiet paths, you will arrive to the final destination of the day, Puerto Lapice, where more windmills appear on a nearby hilltop.

Day 4: Puerto Lapice to Tembleque

From Puerto Lapice to Tembleque, you will be visiting the most beautiful windmills and a 10th century Arab castle at Consuegra. The final cycling day will take you across fields of olive trees and vineyards all the way to the last town of the trip where the last windmills are.

These windmills definitely are the most striking ones since they are placed on top of a hilltop and thus made believe Don Quixote they were giants he had to fight with. Beside them, you will find an Arabian castle of 10th century, built by Almazor, the most important ruler of the Muslim’s era in Spain. From there, a tranquil flat path will lead you to the trip’s final destination, Tembleque.

Day 5: Departure

You will be transferred to Madrid after breakfast.

Included excursions

  • Visit the amazing castle and the collegiate church in Belmonte
  • Discover the typical Don Quixote´s windmills
  • Visit the Dulcinea’s museum and admire the typical architecture of La Mancha region
  • Admire the Arab quarter of the Albaicin
  • Visit the most beautiful windmills and a 10th century Arab castle at Consuegra

Location

This cycling holiday will be held in Spain. It will cover places including Belmonte, Alcazar de San Juan, Mota del Cuervo, El Toboso, Campo de Criptana, Albaicin, Puerto Lapice, Tembleque, and Consuegra.

Food

The cost of the packages includes full breakfast buffet daily. Three dinners at restaurants carefully selected to highlight the typical cuisine and wines of each place are available for an additional 75 EUR. The additional cost 890 EUR for the support vehicle includes snacks and drinks, including water, isotonic drinks, fruits, protein bars, and other energy products, available during the daily ride with a maximum of five persons.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

Winery visit with wine tasting and regional products is available for an additional 33 EUR.

What's included

  • All cycling tour
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfast
  • Transfers from and to Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport (MAD)
  • Train transfer to the hotel at Belmonte (2 people minimum)
  • Welcome package with an exclusive shirt
  • Hotel fees, including taxes
  • Windmill entrance ticket

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Services of an English and Spanish-speaking Spaniard guide (480 EUR)
  • Winery visit with wine tasting and regional products
  • Support vehicle available throughout the route with bike technical assistance
  • Snacks and drinks
  • Flights
  • Lunches and dinners
  • Tips and everything not indicated under inclusions

How to get there

Arrival by train

Please arrive at Belmonte train station.

Airport: Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport Airport transfer included: Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 45 days before arrival.
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