- Why Cycling the Spains?
- When you book with Cycling the Spains you get the security of knowing that your needs are being taken care of by experienced riders eager to show off the best of Spain. Our routes have been hand-picked to provide a wonderful ride through incredible landscapes, and all of the accommodation on our trips has been carefully selected for comfort, hospitality, location, and value. Without any of the stress of planning, we ensure you get an intimate insight into the country through our bespoke guides which detail the history and culture of the region and country through which you will be passing. Our guided tours are the way to get the most out of your experience. You will be accompanied by group leaders who are there to ensure you get what you want from your holiday - be it a physical workout, a shared adventure, or an insight into the country. Either way its all about having fun. Our tours provide an intimate environment while allowing the space for everyone to enjoy their holiday in the way that they want to .
- Are your tours guided or self-guided?
- We offer guided and self-guided tours. Self guided tours can be undertaken at the time of your choosing, while our guided tours are scheduled for specific dates throughout the year. Alternate dates for guided tours can be arranged for group bookings or individual requests, depending on availability and schedule. We can also develop alternative routes if you have specific wishes with respect to locations or difficulty profile that are not met in our standard tours. Please get in touch to discuss options if you have any questions.
- What is included in the your trips?
- On all of our tours we include accommodation in carefully selected hotels and/or rural lodgings (based on shared doubles), breakfast, transport of luggage, and informational material on the route and locality. On our guided tours a packed lunch is included for the ride, and the group is accompanied by either one or two staff, and a support vehicle. On some guided tours an evening meal is included to fill up upon arrival, but we find many of our guests prefer the freedom to explore the locality and sample the traditional delicacies in the evening. For this reason some services are offered as additional extras so that guests can tailor their holidays to their wishes, such as single occupancy accommodation, and transfers.
- What are the routes like?
- As far as possible our trips are planned along quiet roads, through areas of great natural beauty, cultural interest, and renown among cyclists . As a necessity of the route, however, there are often sections on busier roads, or where the tarmac surface is not flawless. While everything has been done to minimize these sections and to ensure there is a wide hard-shoulder on busier sections, our tours take place on routes shared with motor vehicles, and our clients are expected to have experience of riding on roads, and to be comfortable riding in traffic. If you have any concerns in this respect, please get in touch and we can help answer any queries or advise you on trips which align most with the profile you are looking for.
- Do I need insurance?
- As a precondition of participating in our tours you are required to arrange your own travel insurance for the duration of the trip, including medical cover. These insurances are widely available and very reasonably priced. You should check that cycle holidays are included in the coverage. If you have any issues in this respect let us know and we can help you find a suitable provider. We are a fully registered travel agency in the Autonomous Community of Valencia, Spain, and have all requisite insurances as such.
- What can I expect from the weather?
- This is Spain, and your chances of encountering a bright blue sky are greater than about anywhere else in Europe. The summer months are likely to be hot wherever you are, but the roasting south should only be visited in the summer months by those who like extreme heat. The spring, early and late summer, and autumn are the best times to visit most of the country, though other than the north and the high mountain passes conditions are reasonably temperate for much of the year. You are more likely to encounter rain and fog in the far North, starting from the Cantabrian Range of mountains, and some mountain passes will be closed during the winter. If you want additional information on climatic conditions in the country please follow this link
- What is the scenery like?
- Spain is a lot more diverse than many realize, and the images on the trip descriptions give a good overview of the type of scenery you are likely to encounter on each trip. But for good measure let us give you a brief overview of the terrain : The coasts are the only low-lying parts of the country, from where mountains ascend, and then descend to the table-top center of the country. This territory is often flat, dusty, and featureless, but in between is also home to national parks, Mediterranean forests, and stunning reservoirs, as well as some notable mountains of its own. The mountain ranges of the North and South coasts rise sharply from the sea, while those of the East rise more gradually. The northern third of the country is green and verdant, full of grazing livestock and apple orchards - think Ireland with mountains - while the south is largely semi-desert and Mediterranean scrub. In between those parched surroundings are stunning whitewashed villages, and the remnants of centuries of Muslim rule, unique in Europe. The Pyrenees protect the border with France, and are impressively vast and rolling, and dotted with medieval villages, though not quite as lush as the peaks of the North Coast.
- How difficult are the rides?
- We offer tours of varying difficulty levels. For simplicity we classify our tours in one of three categories: low (most easy), moderate (medium level), or hard (high difficulty). You can find more detail about the different difficulty levels at this link. We expect all cyclists who sign up to our tours to have some experience of cycling and be comfortable on roads shared with traffic, though the fitness levels recommended for each category differs. Tours with a low level of difficulty should be manageable for all recreational cyclists, while for our medium and high difficulty tours a reasonable level or fitness, and an ability to ascend hills and mountains, is expected. Tours of a hard difficulty level are meant for fit riders looking to challenge themselves, but also to enjoy the camaraderie at the end of a hard day. Some of our tours are pitched at one level with options to extend the riding each day for those looking for a tougher challenge. Individual days within a tour may be more or less challenging than these approximations, and on flat sections distances may be amplified. For those looking for alternate routes in the locations that we organize tours we encourage you to contact us as we can organize bespoke tours upon request.
- How is the accomodation on the trips?
- We understand that the accommodation is a defining factor in the enjoyment of any trip, and we spend a great deal of effort in selecting establishments for their comfort, atmosphere, value, and location. We often stay in three or four star hotels, though it is our experience that the star rating is an inadequate indicator of the comfort and charm of a location, and the service you are likely to receive. This is a particular issue in Spain, where the criteria for the star ratings vary per region. We therefore often choose for two star hotels or homely rural hotels or inns that we have found to be superior in terms of the experience they offer, and provide a more personal touch.
On our 'Relax & Ride' holidays we prioritize the comfort and location of the accommodation over other factors that may influence our choices on our tours (such as the route). Should you have any questions about accommodation we are happy to clarify prior to your booking.