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4 Day Spanish Road Cycling Holiday in La Herradura

La Herradura, Spain

Road Cycling Weekend Spain

Come and join this road cycling weekend to the beautiful coastal village of La Herradura. Here you can ride in some very impressive mountain ranges with spectacular views over the Mediterranean, and stay next to the beach. During this holiday, the experienced guide will guide you through his best rides. Enjoy spectacular mountain sceneries while you are cruising through fruit valleys, traditional Spanish white-washed villages and along dramatic coastlines.

Key information

  • Trip type: Guided
  • Lodging: Center-based
  • Terrain: Hilly stages mixed with mountain stages
  • Starts in: La Herradura
  • Ends in: La Herradura
  • Difficulty level: Challenging (Cyclist needs to have high level of fitness, must be an active rider, the terrain includes really challenging climbs/or 46-80 or more miles per day)
  • Total Distance: 243 Miles / 391 Kilometers
  • Type of bike: Road bike
  • Maximum 8 participants

Meet the instructors

Björn
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Highlights

  • 3 days guided cycling
  • 3 days road bike rental
  • Experienced English-speaking guide
  • Water and snacks provided each cycling day
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfast buffets
  • Airport transfers

Skill level

  • Advanced

Styles


3 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 8 participants
Airport transfer included: Málaga Airport
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Accommodation

After an action-packed day filled with impressions, you need the perfect place to relax and recover. This place is a small boutique hotel situated next to the beach in La Herradura. This is a cozy and modern accommodation that will take care of every little detail to ensure your stay will be perfect. It has a beautiful location right on the beach front and with the village within walking distance.

Next to the hotel are a number of renowned restaurants and bars so if you are tired after a long day in the saddle you don't need to walk very far to find great food. A breakfast buffet is served every morning for you. At the end of the day, you can enjoy a rest on the beach or even take a refreshing swim.

Program

Day 1: Arrival to La Herradura

You will be met at Malaga Airport. After pick-up, you'll hop in your transport and start your 50-minute drive to your hotel in the beautiful small coastal town of La Herradura, Depending on when you're arriving, you will have some time to get to know the village.

Day 2: La Herradura - Ítrabo - Pinos del Valle - Salobreña - La Herradura (116 kilometers / 72 miles)

  • Elevation gain: 1800 meters
  • Distance: 116 kilometers
  • Moving time: approx. 5 hours

After a nice breakfast buffet by the beach, you'll set out on your first ride. This beautiful ride takes you up to Pinos del Valle with steep climbs and fast descents on sweeping curving roads with almost no traffic. You will be cycling through a beautiful landscape with spectacular views. In Pinos del Valle, you can enjoy some local tapas.

Day 3: A tour around the Sierras de Tejeda, Almijara y Alhama Natural Park (175 kilometers / 109 miles)

  • Elevation gain: 3000 meters
  • Distance: 175 kilometers
  • Moving time: approx. 8 hours

After another beautiful breakfast buffet in the sun, you'll set out on a challenging ride that will take you around the Sierras de Tejeda, Almijara y Alhama Natural Park. This is an epic tour that includes stunning climbs and descents. You will cycle through lots of different landscapes during the day, all of them stunning in their way. The road climbs through limestone peaks towards an inland atmosphere on the northern part of the tour. It continues along beautiful lakes and the final part you will cruise back along the coast to La Herradura

Day 4: La Herradura - Nerja - Competa - La Herradura (100 kilometers / 62 miles)

  • Elevation gain: 1700 meters
  • Distance: 100 kilometers
  • Moving time: approx. 5 hours

After your final breakfast at the hotel, a new awesome riding day awaits you. You will cycle along the coast passing by the beautiful coastal town of Nerja and then continue on a steady climb up to the beautiful mountain village named Competa. Competa makes a perfect stop for a genuine tapa and café con leche. The steady climb uphill promises a curvy roller coaster experience after the coffee break.

After the ride, it’s time to head back to Malaga airport and fly back in the evening. If you wish to stay another night and fly back on Monday instead, Next Level Cycling can arrange an extra night in the hotel.

About the ride

Next Level Cycling is always trying to keep the groups small, maximum of eight riders. All the rides start and end in La Herradura. Riding days are usually from 10:00 a.m. to around 4:00 p.m.

Stops during the rides

Your guide has found some of the best places to stop and take in the fantastic views; and, as part of each ride, they will always find the time to fit in a quick coffee stop or a stop for lunch or some local tapas. So remember to bring a few EUR with you on each ride, especially if you fancy a slice of some well-earned cake along the way!

Bikes

Next Level Cycling has high-quality road bikes in various sizes. All the bikes are highly maintained and checked before and after every ride making sure nothing goes wrong.

The bikes come with a helmet, flat pedals, and a saddle pack with one inner tube, a set of tyre levers and pump. You are welcome to bring along your own pedals and Next Level Cycling will gladly help you to fit them correctly to your bike. If you want to travel light, they also have Look Keo pedals. It is recommended that you to bring your own helmet, pedals, and corresponding shoes and possibly your own saddle.

Your guide

Next Level Cycling's experienced guide has put in endless hours searching those awesome roads for you to enjoy. The guide speaks excellent English and has a lot of local knowledge.

Instructors

Björn

Location

You will be staying three nights in the charming village of La Herradura, a hidden gem that is situated around a beautiful bay. The village lies in the stunning coastal area called Costa Tropical, a relatively unknown stretch of Spain’s southern coastline.

The village is situated around one of the most beautiful bays along the south coast of Spain and enjoys over two kilometers of beach. The stunning bay is sprinkled with charming Spanish restaurants and small friendly bars that will make you feel at home.

La Herradura

La Herradura is a small village belonging to Almuñécar, with no more than 4000 inhabitants. It is one of the few remaining unspoilt villages on the southern coast of Spain and offers a truly Spanish experience. What was once an old fishing village is now the envy of other coastal towns in the area.

La Herradura presents a typical aspect of whitewashed buildings climbing the gentle slopes of a small hill leading up from the beach. The village is situated around one of the most beautiful bays along the south coast of Spain. The name, La Herradura (The Horseshoe), comes from the shape of the bay it overlooks and enjoys over two kilometers of beach.

On the eastern side of the bay is beautiful Punta de la Mona and on the western side is the dramatic outcrop of the Cerro Gordo, declared a natural park in the 80's due to the fauna and vegetation interest. From Cerro Gordo to Maro, where the natural park ends, you will enjoy not only the rare vegetation and impressive landscapes, but also the most beautiful and clearest beaches of the area. Many of these beaches frequently appear on top ten lists of beaches in Spain.

The mountains that sit just beyond this pretty village have many tracks for cyclists, hikers and for horse riding, all amongst the most stunning scenery.

Costa Tropical

The Costa Tropical comprises the coastline of Granada province. It is named so because of the effects of a microclimate giving the weather characteristics of a sub-tropical location. Along much of this coast, mountains run right down to the beach. Thus forming a number of stunning headlands, protected coves and beaches which means that here you can enjoy beautiful beaches surrounded by the spectacular mountain range of the Sierras de Tejeda, Almijara y Alhama to Montes de Malaga and the Sierra Nevada.

Costa Tropical is a popular destination for cycling with a varied terrain including mountains, rolling hills and a beautiful coastline and the year-round sunny weather encourages cyclists from all around the world.

Costa Tropical is very cycling friendly with both plenties of quiet roads for road cycling and tracks in the mountains perfect for mountain biking. Road cycling offers smooth road surfaces along the coast and in the mountains, lack of traffic and plenty of beautiful whitewashed villages where you can enjoy a coffee or tapas. Mountain biking offers challenging endurance climbs with stunning views as a reward.

Andalucía

Andalucía is a very special region in Spain. It is rich in history, culture and its people are warm and friendly. The geography is stunning; within a radius of 35 kilometers, the Mediterranean coast and Sierra Nevada Mountains merge to rivers, valleys, hidden waterfall pools, beautiful small coastal towns, and remote alpine white villages. It is the perfect place off the beaten track for the adventurer.

Food

You will have breakfast buffet daily during this holiday. Water and snacks are also provided each cycling day.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Snacks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water

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)

There are plenty of things to do here when you are not in the saddle. Watersports are very popular and there are numerous businesses offering different types of courses and equipment to hire in La Herradura.

Divers and snorkelers will find surprisingly good conditions and sites with lots of underwater pinnacles and a wide variety of species. Other watersports include kayaking, which allows access to some of the tiny coves and beaches that only can be reached by water, paddle boarding, Hobie Cats, sailing, surfing and much more.

The area is also perfect for canyoning, paragliding, walking, and horse riding. Within 80 minutes you could be in the ski resort of Sierra Nevada. It offers 126 slopes from December to April. Costa Tropical is one of few places where you can have breakfast on the beach in the sun, go skiing all day and return for a swim and a sundowner on the beach in the evening and witness the amazing sunsets.

Within an hour drive from La Herradura, you will find two major Andalusian cities, Málaga and Granada. Granada, located north, is like five cities in one and the soul of southern Spain. With world-renowned attractions such as the Moorish palace of Alhambra, the neighboring Albaizín and the Sierra Nevada mountain range, Granada provides visitors with an incomparable cultural and historical experience

The city of Málaga enjoys a dreamy position on the Costa del Sol. In addition to perfectly sunny beach weather in summer and winter, the city offers a sum of museums and other cultural happenings, a vivid nightlife and bar scene, and some great shopping districts.

What's included

  • 3 nights accommodation in a shared double or twin room
  • 3 days guided cycling
  • 3 days road bike rental
  • 3 breakfast buffets
  • Airport transfers from and to Málaga Airport (AGP)
  • Experienced English-speaking guide
  • Secure bike storage
  • Access to Next Level Cycling bike workshop and helpful mechanic
  • Water and snacks provided each cycling day
  • Online photo album

What's not included

  • Flights to and from Malaga
  • Participant insurance
  • Spending money
  • Lunch and dinner meals
  • Any local charges for hotel services such as laundry, telephone calls etc

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Airport: Málaga Airport Airport transfer included: Málaga Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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