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Spain

Mountain biking from Sierra to sea in the south of Spain

This mountain biking holiday in Spain is an incredible circumnavigation of the Sierra Nevada in Andalucía; from mountain to sea and back again.

On this week-long sun-kissed mountain biking adventure you’ll be immersed in the rich culture of Andalucía; from remote, mountain villages, to the shores of the Alboran Sea, and the vibrancy of Granada, the region’s capital city. The people of southern Spain are hugely sociable and will welcome you to share home-made tapas and wine with them wherever you go.

Your local mountain bike guide will take you on rustic singletrack trails, connecting whitewashed villages in the Sierra Nevada and Alpujarra, where you’ll climb to the highest town in mainland Spain to sample its world-famous jamón and see how it’s made, in the traditional way, by a local family.

From the vast, sparsely populated mountains, you’ll descend right down to sea level, stopping only for a hearty lunch in a local café before ending up at the beach, looking out towards Africa.

You’ll enjoy a range of authentic Andalucían accommodation, including an organic farm stay and even a night in luxury caves, experiencing an ancient way of life – with the benefit of some modern comforts, of course! What better way to unwind after a big day on the bike than sharing good food, wine and stories with friends beside the pool and under the stars?

To top off this unforgettable Spanish adventure we’ll take you on the ultimate Granada experience. Your final ride will take you down through the Albaicín, the old Arab quarter, where you’ll be hit with a spectacular view of the Alhambra, before some old-school street riding through cobbled alleyways and down stone steps – the best way to make an entrance into this magnificent city!

But it doesn’t end there…after checking into your hotel and grabbing a quick shower you’ll then head to the Hammam (Arab baths) in Granada, where your aching muscles will be soothed by a massage, warm baths and hot stone. Feeling completely refreshed and ready to go, you’ll hit the old town for a final tapas tour to celebrate an unbelievable week of mountain biking in Spain!

Our mountain biking holiday in the Sierra Nevada and Andalucía coast in Spain is for intermediate/advanced mountain bikers with level 4 fitness, and to find out what this means read the explanation of our skill and fitness levels.

Want to know more about our mountain biking holiday in Spain? Ask us a question, and read more about why you should choose H&I Adventures for your next mountain biking adventure.

Tour dates 2015

  • 21 – 28 March 2015
  • 12 – 19 September 2015
  • 17 – 24 October 2015
 

Spain tour diary, by Euan Wilson, H&I Adventures owner

Passport, check! Money, check! Bike, check! Southern Spain here we come!

As we leave for the airport there is a storm brewing. It’s late February, the sleet is slapping against the windscreen, window wipers are feverishly working away to keep our view ahead safe and clear. I look around the car and I notice that everyone is thinking the same as me, thank goodness we are going to the south of Spain to ride over the coming 8 days…..

Upon arrival at Málaga airport we are met by our driver and guide, pack the van and set off on our 1 1/2 hour journey into the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains and the first night’s accommodation in La Zubia. It is a charming small town hotel with a great bike building area – by the pool – where we assemble bikes and chat over the coming week. After our welcome briefing and a good cup of coffee we head out on the local trails for an hour, to stretch our legs and get to know our new riding buddies!

We wake on our first morning to a clear blue sky and very acceptable temperature of 15°C. Birds are tweeting, coffee is on the table and our host is handing out freshly squeezed orange juice. I could (and would) get used to this.

As we saddle up for our first full day on the bike in Spain, we quickly leave the village behind and enter almond blossom, olive and orange tree-lined dirt tracks that encourage the first of many photo frenzies that will take place over the coming week. After around an hour we pull off the dirt track and onto some singletrack that looks like it has fallen from heaven! It is a climb, but we still have enough breath to chat on the way – amazing!

It’s around late morning by the time we crest the highest point of today’s ride, and it blows our minds! From a tree-lined climb we arrive at the open vistas of the Sierra Nevada mountains, then look down to see a pure white ribbon of singletrack running off into the distance, some 1100m below. But before we can saddle up and head downwards, our guide Philip has pulled out a couple of crusty loaves, Spanish sausage, cheese and oranges: snack stop, Spanish-style! The descent after our snack turns out to be even better than it looked from above. This flowing trail goes on for nearly two hours and leads us straight to our lunch stop. All that’s left now is an easy singletrack along the valley to our night’s accommodation, where we enjoy delicious home-cooking and a comfortable sleep.

We wake and open the shutters to more clear blue skies and warm sun striking the patio. This will definitely do! We shuttle a short distance before setting off on a three kilometre road climb, before Philip holds up his right hand and signals seats down. We drop our saddles and get excited at the prospect of what lies ahead. What was to come was a forested, flow trail to die for! As we were swooping down the trail we were all shouting, laughing and making our own mountain bike movie in our minds.

At the highest point of the ride we are surrounded by a wind farm, but because of the cloud cover, all that gives away the presence of the turbines is the concrete base, and a UFO-sounding whoosh every second or two, adding an element of drama to our ride. We set off from the cloudy mountain top and quickly drop below the cloud base to expose the coast and our beach front trail end, some 1200m below. Swimming in the sea after a bike ride is something everyone should experience – that’s all I’ll say.

The end of day three takes us to the high mountains of the Alpujarra, where we find our home in Capileira, a white-washed mountain village perched at the top of the valley, looking out across the Sierra Nevada.

The next day we make our way even higher into the mountains, to Trevelez, the highest town on mainland Spain and the Jamón capital of the country. If you’re a foodie, you’ll be in your element as we tour the Jamón café and shop, tasting as we go, but your bank account may not thank you for it…

After lunch we start climbing out of the village, yes, climbing out of the highest village in Spain, which lasts for around one hour, on a mix of singletrack and doubletrack that leads us to a high-level pass, across which we’re offered magnificent views of the Sierra nevada mountains, ocean and even out to Morocco. We have a photo stop and then set off on our descent on many different trails: loose rocky trail; flow trail; meandering water channel trail; riverbed trail to tacky mud trail. It was incredible and left us wondering if we would ever ride a better route in our lives. Our accommodation tonight is a fantastic, made even better by the fact that we have two nights here, and won’t need to pack up tomorrow.

The accommodation is an organic farm stay, built by hand by a local family. They have vineyards, olive and orange groves, and are delighted to show us around. I choose to have a rest day, reading in the orange groves with a coffee looking over the snow capped Sierra Nevada mountains that we descended the evening before. When the rest of the group arrives back after what sounded like another perfect day on the bike, we all take a tour around the olive oil and wine making facilities, and of course taste some of the produce!

On day six we leave the south eastern part of the Sierra Nevada mountains and ride over a high level pass which takes us to a new world: our descent into the “Badlands” of Spain. This area looks like something out of the Star Wars movies, with huge, towering sandstone structures that have been eroded out of an ancient sea bed. As we descend through this landscape we pass the castle at La Calahorra where the final moorish king of Spain sat. The last part of today’s ride sees us weaving through a landscape littered with old and new caves, home to many local people. These caves are not wet, damp affairs, they are dry bright and well equipped with plumbing and electricity.

After an hour of riding past these caves we pull off the trail and enter our very own cave complex for the evening. These 3-star caves are sublime, with open fire places, comfortable bedrooms and beautifully tiled bathrooms. There’s even a pool outside! We enjoy an amazing evening of delicious food and wine, telling stories and sharing laughs from our day’s ride. This experience won’t be forgotten in a hurry!

On our last day or mountain biking we take a short transfer to a trail head that will ultimately lead us into the old town of Granada. I have been to Granada a few times, and I can assure you that arriving through the back door via a pencil thin strip of singletrack with a backdrop of the world famous Alhambra, is genuinely eye-watering. We sit at the view point near the end of the ride to allow this view to imprint itself on our grey matter forever. As we take it all in Philip explains where we are staying and how we are going to get there. He asks, “Anyone been street riding in Spain before?”

“No, well follow me…”

Tight, white-washed alleyways without a straight edge in sight, followed by many cobbled stair cases and numerous café’s with bemused coffee drinkers watching us file past in silent wonder. We drop down to our final accommodation for the trip, a central hotel within walking distance of our hammam (arab baths) and hundreds of tapas resturaunts.

I haven’t mentioned much about the food so far, and the reason? Well, it is so mind-blowing that I really don’t know how to explain it. All  I can say to you is; if you enjoy fantastic trails and culture, you’ll love Spain. And if you love great, and I mean great local food, then you’ll think you’ve died and gone to heaven on our mountain biking adventure in Southern Spain!

Mountain Biking Holiday in Spain Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrival in Spain

Your guide will meet you at Málaga airport around lunchtime and transport you to La Zubia, a village on the western edge of the Sierra Nevada mountain range. When we arrive at your fabulous small hotel we’ll build bikes, allocate hire bikes, then get together for some tea, coffee and cake and our welcome tour briefing.

If time allows, after the trip briefing we can head out for a short ride to stretch your legs and introduce you to the amazing Spanish trails.

This evening’s dinner will be a feast of delicious local food and wine in the village, which will immerse you immediately into the very sociable and relaxed way of life here, in the southern Spanish mountains.

Day 2 – Heading south from La Zubia to Durcal

On your first day of mountain biking in Spain you will have a big day of riding, from last night’s accommodation and along the western-most portion of the Sierra Nevada mountains. During your ride today you will experience the full compliment of what southern Spain has to offer: flowing singletrack, doubletrack climbing and descending, and an optional technical descent to round things off (your guide will make the call on the group’s ability); not to mention amazing mountain cuisine, hospitality and views…

Your accommodation this evening is in another lovely family-run hotel, which will be a welcome sight after this big day in the saddle! We’ll get the bikes cleaned up, stored away and grab a quick siesta, before enjoying a typical Spanish dinner in the hotel restaurant.

Distance cycled: 45km

Day 3 – Motril to Castel de Ferro

We’ll start today with a 20-minute transfer in the van to Motril. You’ll get your legs warmed up with another long winding climb, but as you discovered the day before, what goes up, must come down. And down it certainly goes!

When you reach the top, you will see your trail weaving down the other side of this spectacular mountain – all the way to the sea! But don’t assume that we’ll just drop straight out of the mountains; this is Spain, after all, and we’ll stop half-way down for a mountain ‘working man’s lunch’ and home-made wine, before finishing our descent to the beach!

After swimming in the sea, we’ll climb back into the van and drive high up into the mountains, to our accommodation in Capileira. After enjoying dinner at sea level for the past few nights, you will need to get your warm jacket out for some extra comfort, since the temperature in the mountains can drop to 0°C/ 32°F over night. During the day, temperatures are perfect for riding, hovering around 20°C/ 68°F.

Your accommodation is in a beautiful hotel in the heart of the village of Capileira and in the evening we’ll enjoy wandering around the village, doing a spot of shopping and having another fantastic dinner in a local restaurant.

Distance cycled: 49km

Day 4 – High Alpujarra and Trevelez

From Capileira we’ll venture even higher and deeper into the Sierra Nevada mountains with a selection of the most breath-taking singletrack that will lead us to the dizzying heights of 2240m, before dropping us down through high mountain meadows to lunch in the highest village on mainland Spain, Trevelez. This remote village is famous across Spain and the world for its ‘Jamones,’ and you’ll have the chance to visit the museum and small family factory and, of course, taste some of this delicious ham – a real highlight of the day.

After lunch we’ll climb out of the village on the GR-7 (mountain walking route) to a height of 1765m, where, on a good day, you can enjoy views as far as Morocco. Once you have your breath back we’ll set off on what will be more than 10km of descending, all the way to your hotel for the evening.

Your accommodation for the next two nights is quintessentially Andalucían: an organic farm where they grow their own olive trees, vines, almond trees, etc. You can take a walk around the hotel grounds to learn all about the ecosystem and where the food on your dinner plate has come from.

Distance cycled: 40km

Day 5 - Pista de las Minas to Torvizcon or day off

Today you have the option of a day off to relax, explore the local village, read books… whatever you wish.

Alternatively, your guide will take you on a great four hour ride in the local area. You’ll climb to a height of 2000m, to the head of a trail that will lead onto the lovely flowing section from the previous afternoon. This will give you the chance to ride this fantastic trail again with the benefit of experience! Then you will peal off onto a new trail that weaves through mountain villages all the way down to 650m and the town of Torvizcon, and your lunch stop.

On returning to your lovely farm stay accommodation your hosts will take you around their own olive and vine yards, before giving you a taste of their exceptional home-grown produce.

Distance cycled: 34km

Day 6 – Heading north: Cádiar to Alcudia (Guadix)

From the high snow-capped Sierra Nevada mountains, where you were riding on trails that interlinked whitewashed villages, you are now going to cut across to the northern side of the Sierra Nevada and into the ‘desert land’.

We will start with a transfer of about an hour from our accommodation in Cádiar, followed by a full day on the bike that will have you wondering if you have landed in another country, or world! A large part of today will be doubletrack, punctuated by flowing singletrack sections.

As a result of the natural topology of this area, many people in this part of the Sierra Nevada built caves to keep warm in the winter and cool in the summer, thus effectively living underground. As you ride through this area you will see these structures and be in awe at how grand they can look.

And it would certainly be remiss of us to bring you here and not stay in a cave! Tonight you will be sleeping in a luxury cave, and enjoying more mouth-watering local delicacies in your subterranean dining room!

Distance cycled: 35km

Day 7 – Alcudia to Granada

After a fantastic night’s sleep in your luxury cave, we’ll load up the van for a 30-minute transfer to the start of the trails. Today we’ll be riding an ancient trade path, that will be enough to give any singletrack addict their fix!

As you snake along singletrack-strewn hillsides, completely engrossed in these spectacular trails, you will suddenly be hit by a surreal view of the Alhambra in the distance, which signals the start of your descent into Granada, via a much less ventured path…

Your local guide will lead you through the old gypsy quarter, on to some old-school street riding through the Albaicín, down steps and onto cobbled alleys in the heart of the old town to your final hotel.

After much high-fiving and laughing we’ll drop our kit off before the best post-ride experience ever: a visit to the Hammam (Arab baths) for a soak in the warm pools, a massage and stretch out on the hot stone slabs. Utter bliss.

When you’re feeling refreshed from all your pampering we’ll hit the town on a tapas tour of Granada city, where the good food, wine and chat will flow late into the early hours on your last night together on this amazing adventure around the Sierra Nevada of Spain.

Distance cycled: 30km

Day 8 – Departure day

Sadly, today we must bid our farewells. We’ll pack up all our belongings and transfer you (app. two hours) back to Málaga airport for your flight back to reality.

Spain Mountain Biking Holiday Price

£1,300 / $2,210 USD per person (ex. flights, based on two people sharing a room)

A single supplement of £200 / $340 USD will be payable should a single room be requested.

H&I Adventures is bonded by the Association of Bonded Travel Organisers Trust Limited (ABTOT), so you can be sure that when you book with us your money will be safe.

Price includes:

  • Seven nights’ accommodation
  • All breakfasts throughout tour
  • Services of a fully qualified, experienced English and German-speaking mountain bike guide for the duration of your trip
  • English-speaking driver
  • All ground costs
  • Back-up vehicles and luggage/ bike transfer (as required) for duration of your mountain bike trip

Price excludes:

  • Flights to and from Spain
  • Lunches and evening meals
  • Bike hire – we can arrange bike hire for you at a cost of £240/ $408 USD for the duration of the trip
  • Travel and activity insurance
  • Alcoholic/ non-alcoholic beverages
  • Entry to the hammam (Arab baths) at the end of the tour
  • Personal safety and cycling equipment
  • Any other items not mentioned as included

Arrival and departure details

Your mountain biking holiday in Spain will start and end at Málaga Airport. Your guide and/or driver will meet you in the arrivals area of Málaga Airport, and he/she will be holding an H&I Adventures sign.

We would ask you to arrive at Málaga no later than 14:00 on the first day, and to arrange flights home no earlier than 12 noon, if possible.

On arrival we will transfer you by private shuttle to our first location in La Zubia, about 90 minutes’ drive from the airport, and close to the Sierra Nevada National Park.

If you wish to extend your trip to Spain please contact us and we can help you to organise this.

Travelling to Spain

Málaga Airport is well-served by international airlines, including: British Airways, Lufthansa, Delta and EasyJet, and you can also connect via Madrid and Barcelona with American Airlines, United Airlines and Iberia.

If you would like help booking your flights, our partners Flight Centre will work with you directly, with our support, to plan your travel itinerary and book your flights. We will advise Flight Centre of your chosen itinerary and from there, they will use their expertise to find you the most suitable flights at competitive prices.

You must book your bike on to your flight in advance, otherwise you could face a heavy charge at the airport. Here are some handy hints and tips on travelling by air with your bike.

Preparing yourself and your bike for the trip

Please read the full kit list before you start packing for your mountain biking holiday in Spain, so that you have everything you need!

Our mountain biking holiday in Spain is for intermediate/advanced mountain bikers with level 4 fitness, and to find out what this means read the explanation of our skill and fitness levels.

The ideal bike for mountain biking in the Sierra Nevada of Spain is a good quality full-suspension mountain bike with around 140mm of travel front and rear. We can arrange hire of a good quality full-suspension mountain bike for the duration of your trip at a cost of £240/ $408 USD.

To get the most out of your mountain biking holiday in Spain you should plan some training in advance of your tour, and it is essential that you ensure that your bike has been properly serviced before the trip. For some tips on training for your mountain biking adventure in Spain, read our training blog.

Accommodation and food

One of the things that sets this mountain biking adventure in Spain apart from other tours is the quality and individuality of the accommodation we use. We understand that when you’ve had a big day in the saddle in the Sierra Nevada, you want a warm welcome, hot shower and a comfortable place to relax and unwind – because that’s exactly what we’re looking for too.

The majority of accommodation that we use on our mountain biking holiday in Andalucía is family-owned and operated hotels, guest lodges and even luxury caves. We’ve spent time researching these areas extensively to select the most comfortable and authentic accommodation in the region, and we have carefully planned the itinerary to incorporate these.

Another highlight of our Spanish adventure is the abundance of exceptional local food and drink you’ll enjoy in every town and village along the way. While we encourage you to eat what the locals eat
 – organic traditional Spanish food – there is also the option of requesting simple recognisable dishes.

Our mountain bike guides in Spain

Our local mountain bike guides in Spain are of the very highest standard. They are qualified in first-aid, and have the knowledge and experience to lead a group safely around the Sierra Nevada and Alpujarra of Andalucía.

Our guides have years of experience in the saddle on the Spanish trails and will be able to enhance your holiday with facts and fables on local history, flora and fauna. They’re also genuinely nice people and will do their best to make sure that everyone in the group has a great time.

Health and safety in Spain

If you come from an EU member state:
1. You are entitled to free medical and hospital care
Having shown your European Health Card (EHC), you will be seen by a GP at a local health centre or at your accommodation if you are unable to make the journey. If you need to see a specialist or go into hospital, the GP will give you the relevant medical certificate or referral. Accident and Emergency services are available at hospitals.

2. You will require your European Health Card (EHC)
With the European Health Card you will receive the same temporary healthcare services as any other Spanish citizen. The expiry date can be found on the European Health Card and it is valid in EU countries, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein.

It is available from the relevant healthcare organisation in your country of origin. Private doctors and hospitals in Spain do not accept the European Health Card. If you require private healthcare you must settle your own bills or take out an insurance policy that covers it.

When will forms be necessary?
If you need haemodialysis or any other type of specific treatment during your stay in Spain, you will need the E-112 form, as well as authorisation from the relevant institution in your country of origin. Remember that the following are not covered in Spain: dental treatment (apart from emergency extractions) and repatriation for medical treatment.

If you forget your European Health Card (EHC)
You will have to pay any hospital, medical or pharmaceutical bills in advance, and then seek reimbursement from the relevant organisation in your country of origin, providing all receipts.
Remember that the European Health Card is not valid if you have travelled to Spain in order to receive specific medical treatment. The same applies to all other EU countries.

Some countries do not use the European Health Card yet. If this is the case, you should travel with the relevant document from your country, which has been designated valid until the new card is introduced. In any case, you should contact the relevant office in your country of origin for full details regarding current requirements to receive medical care in Spain.

If you come from a non-EU member state
Countries that have community regulations: Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein. These countries have the same health regulations as the rest of the member states.

Countries with bilateral agreements with Spain: Andorra, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Peru and Paraguay. You can also receive free medical and hospital attention in case of emergency due to illness or accident. For this you must issue the certificate corresponding to your country. If you have left it behind, you will have to pay any hospital, medical or pharmaceutical bills in advance, so keep the bills and then seek reimbursement of your expenses from the organisation to which you belong.

Other countries: Although you will receive medical attention in an emergency, this will be liable for payment. It is therefore advisable to take out medical insurance. In any case, you should contact the relevant office in your country of origin for full details regarding current requirements to receive medical care in Spain.

It is wise to carry basic medicines such as paracetamol or aspirin for fever and pain and Pepto-Bismol for stomach upset.

You should always consult your own doctor or physician before travelling to new countries to seek their advice on matters concerning your health abroad.

Currency and foreign exchange

The currency in Spain is the Euro. Most international credit cards will be accepted in main towns, but for meal expenses etc. in smaller towns and villages it is advisable to carry cash.

Travellers’ cheques can be exchanged during banking hours, from Monday to Saturday 09:00 – 15:00.

Tipping

We suggest a tip of 5% of the cost of your tour should be paid to your mountain bike guide at the end of the trip, which will then be divided between all drivers, support staff and fixers, if you feel you have had a good experience in Spain.

Holiday insurance

You are required as a condition of booking to be insured against medical and personal accident risks. In this policy you must include cover for mountain biking and we recommend that you take out a policy which covers cancellation and baggage.

We work closely with WorldNomads whose policies are specially designed for mountain bike holidays. You can arrange your insurance cover directly with them and we ask that you send us your policy details.

Please note: if you have arranged your own holiday insurance, you must bring a copy of your policy with you on your mountain bike holiday with us.

Further information on Spain

Spain is located in the southern part of mainland Europe, bordering France and Portugal, and at its most southerly point, only a short ferry trip to North Africa.

Spain’s official language is Castilian Spanish, spoken by the majority of the population. The people of the Basque country in Northern Spain also speak Basque and on the east coast you will also hear Catalan.

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Magnifique

Nov 13, 2014 by Danielle & Andrew

Life is not the same after this introductory trip to Spain and H&I - far better in fact, and the next trip is already booked. If amazing trails, food, people and adventure are your ideal holiday, you're in luck.


Epic!

Nov 06, 2014 by Marlies

A sun-drenched week of the most spectacular, technical and fast-flowing singletracks of the Sierra Nevada - followed by a dip in the sea, drinks and some awesome Andalucian food! Outstanding!


Flowtastic!

Nov 02, 2014 by Nikki & Carl

Gave this trip 5 stars as 6 weren't an option. A spectacular week of sun, sea and singletrack. Big climbs, big views, big meals and big smiles all round. Highly recommended!


5.0 5.0 3 3 Life is not the same after this introductory trip to Spain and H&I - far better in fact, and the next trip is already booked. If amazing trails, food, people and adventure are you Spain

Frequently asked questions (FAQs) for our mountain biking holiday in Spain

Q. How many people will be in the group?
A. We only run small group adventures to ensure that everyone has the best experience possible, so we only have a maximum of seven people in each group. The minimum number of people we require to run our mountain biking vacation in Spain is five.

Q. What’s the age range of people who come on this holiday?
A. Our mountain biking holiday in Spain caters for a wide age range; typically between 30- and 55-years-old, but age is simply a state of mind, as they say, and we welcome anyone over the age of 18! As long as you have a good level of physical fitness you will enjoy this mountain bike adventure no matter what your age.

Q. What style of mountain biking vacation is it?
A.This mountain bike vacation in Spain is a guided mountain biking holiday, ideal for intermediate to advanced mountain bikers. Riding here, in the Sierra Nevada and coast of Andalucía you’ll experience some long climbs and rocky descents, as well as some lovely flowing singletrack. The trails here are generally very dry and loose, with most climbing done on double track and descents on singletrack.

Q. How far will we be mountain biking each day?
A. The distances we cover each day range from 30km to 50km, in accordance with the difficulty of the terrain. Each evening your guides will chat with you about the following day’s mountain biking and give you an idea of the sorts of trails you can look forward to. If there’s anything you feel anxious about, your guides will be happy to discuss it with you.

Q. Do we have to carry all our gear with us?
A. No, you only need to carry a day pack with you whilst riding. We have a support vehicle and driver who will transfer your luggage to your next accommodation each day, and have it ready and waiting for your arrival.

Q. What if I come across a section of trail that I can’t ride?
A. Your guide will be very happy to give you some bike skills training during your trip to help improve your confidence and your enjoyment of your Spanish mountain bike holiday. If there is a section that you would prefer not to ride, then you can simply hop off your bike and walk. You won’t be the only one to walk certain sections and it’s not a competition in biking ability; it’s a mountain biking holiday!

Q. Who will be guiding us?
A. Your mountain bike guides are local to Andalucía and experienced professionals who have a real passion for mountain biking and for the culture and landscape of Southern Spain. Your safety is their number one priority, closely followed by your enjoyment of the tour. They will always be on-hand to answer any questions or requests you may have throughout your trip. You can meet your mountain bike guides on our ‘Why H&I Adventures?’ page.

Q. What will the weather be like in Spain?
A. The weather during our mountain bike vacations in Spain will typically be very dry and sunny, with daytime riding temperatures around 20C/68F. The temperature at night drops significantly to around 5C/41F, so make sure you bring warm clothing for the evening. We have scheduled our mountain biking adventure at the best times to mountain bike in Southern Spain. The climate is very temperate and not too hot, as in the summer months.

Q. What sort of accommodation will we be staying in?
A. On this mountain biking holiday in Spain you will be staying in diverse range of wonderful accommodation. From small family-run hotels in mountain villages, to organic farm stays and even luxury caves. The accommodation we have chosen reflects the culture and traditions of the Sierra Nevada and Granada area, and you’ll receive the warmest of welcomes in each and every one.

Q. What electrical supply and plugs do they use in Spain?
A. As in most of mainland Europe, electrical sockets in Spain use a two round pin plug and 240 volts supply.

Q. Which meals are included in the tour?
A. All breakfasts are included in the tour price, as well as dinner on the final night.

Q. What type of mountain bike is best for this trip?
A. A good quality full suspension mountain bike with 140mm travel front and rear will be ideal for this mountain bike tour. The terrain you will be riding is rough in places and you will feel more comfortable on a full suspension bike for the duration of the trip. There can be thorns on the trails in Spain so we recommend that you bring tubeless tyres or tyres with thicker walls and extra thick inner tubes. We do advise that you travel with your own bike to Spain.

Q. What about tourist visas, how do I get those?
A. EU-citizens do not require a visa to enter Spain as a tourist, just a valid passport or identity card. Non-EU citizens and foreign nationals whose country of origin has a special agreement with Spain (USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Brazil and many Latin American countries) are also not required to have a visa to enter Spain for less than 90 days. If you are in any doubt about your eligibility to enter Spain please consult your local Spanish embassy.

Q. What clothes and kit should I bring?
A. The daytime and nighttime temperatures vary greatly in Spain, so you must make sure that you have plenty of layers of breathable clothing to ensure that you are always warm enough and can remove a layer if you get too hot, and you should bring a down jacket for the evenings. You should also bring cycling shorts/trousers, gloves, padded undershorts, flip-flops, specific shoes for cycling, sun cream, insect spray, and Advil or Ibuprofen. Read the full kit list to find out what you need to pack for your mountain bike holiday in Spain.

Booking your mountain biking holiday in Spain

Booking your mountain biking holiday in Spain with us couldn’t be simpler:

  • Click the ‘Book now’ button, then select your preferred holiday dates
  • Follow the simple steps to complete your online booking
  • The final balance for your mountain biking adventure is due 60 days in advance of the tour start date

You can add bike rental and travel insurance during the booking process also, then all you need to do is ride your bike and look forward to your fantastic mountain bike vacation with us!

Attention! Don’t forget to read our booking terms and conditions, BEFORE you complete the booking process!

You can also read our privacy policy to find out how we use and protect the personal information that you supply to us.

Booking terms and conditions

Terms and conditions of booking a mountain bike holiday with H&I Adventures

Please take the time to read and understand the conditions of booking available in the link below prior to booking your mountain bike vacation with H&I Adventures.

We strongly recommend that you also read all the details set out in the web page relating to your holiday prior to booking to ensure that you understand the itinerary and style of the mountain biking holiday you are undertaking.

Read our terms and conditions of booking.

Your money secured

H&I Adventures is bonded by ABTOTThe Association of Bonded Travel Organisers Trust Limited (ABTOT) provides financial protection under the Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations 1992 for H&I Adventures Ltd, and in the event of their insolvency, protection is provided for the following:

1. non-flight packages commencing in and returning to the UK;
2. non-flight packages commencing and returning to a country other than the UK; and
3. flight inclusive packages that commence outside of the UK, which are sold to customers outside of the UK.

1, 2 and 3 provides for a refund in the event you have not yet travelled. 1 and 3 provide for repatriation. Please note that bookings made outside the UK are only protected by ABTOT when purchased directly with H&I Adventures Ltd.

Travel and activity insurance

You are required as a condition of booking to be insured against medical and personal accident risks. In this policy you must include cover for mountain biking and we recommend that you take out a policy which covers cancellation and baggage.

We work closely with WorldNomads.com whose policies are specially designed for mountain bike tours. You can arrange your insurance cover directly with them by visiting worldnomads.com and then we ask that you send us your policy details.

Please note: WorldNomads don’t cover for domestic travel, so for example, if you live in the UK and have booked on a holiday in Scotland, or you live in Canada and have booked our Yukon adventure, you cannot arrange an insurance policy with them.

You must bring a copy of your insurance policy with you on your holiday with us.

Adventure traveller's code of conduct

The following code of conduct is a guide to how we expect our customers to behave on our mountain biking holidays around the world. By observing them you will have a more enjoyable vacation and will gain the respect of the local people. We ask you to travel respectfully and pay attention to local rules and values.

Why do we have these guidelines?
During our mountain biking vacations we will be travelling through communities, homes and sensitive areas, and as a responsible tour operator we want our type of tourism to be sustainable and of reciprocal benefit to you and all of these communities. Over the years our guides and customers have made friends whilst travelling in these remote areas, and we don’t want any of these relationships to be compromised.

Respecting cultural differences
In the areas that we visit during our mountain bike holidays things may be done differently from where you live and work, which is why we love them, and why you are there. So when dealing with local people please accept their differences and respect their way of life. A traveller who is happy and converses with locals will have a much better experience and will leave a better impression than one who seeks fault.

Etiquette
There are a few general behaviour rules that apply throughout the world:

  • Shouting at a member of waiting staff is frowned upon, a gentle hand signal is all that is required
  • No smoking in any enclosed public places
  • It is impolite to enter a store or restaurant and not say hello in the local language
  • In most countries it is inappropriate to express anger in a raised voice. Becoming angry is embarrassing to the local people with whom you are dealing – they will not be embarrassed for themselves, but for you making a fool of yourself

Environmental responsibility
The world is beginning to realise the impact that our waste management is having on our environment. We have identified the recycling points situated along the routes that we take during our mountain bike holidays, so we ask you to keep any rubbish that you may have, so we can dispose of it into the correct bins when we return to civilisation. There are bins for plastic bottles, paper, glass, aluminium cans and general rubbish.

When our guides are on the hill they will be picking up any litter that they come across, but more importantly, they will encourage you to do the same.

Packed lunches: some of the day rides during our adventures take place in very remote areas, where there are no food stops or support vehicle stops, so we need to carry our lunches with us. We ask the providers of these lunches not to use layers of packaging and when they need to, they use recycled paper bags or reusable containers.

Drinking water: before our holidays commence we supply you with a kit list, asking you to bring your own water carrying device, like a bladder or bottle that you can fill up at a designated place each day. We actively discourage the use of throw-away bottles. In some countries water can be taken from the taps and rivers that we will pass on our daily mountain bike rides, and the guides will be on hand to advise you and dispense purification tablets should they be needed.

Food and accommodation
Food is an integral part of any country’s identity. During our mountain biking holidays we will take you to a selection of hand-picked local restaurants and cafés that offer traditional dishes, created from locally-sourced produce. In using a selection of one-man-band cafés to top quality expensive seafood restaurants, we believe that we are distributing the tourism wealth fairly around the areas we visit.

In order for you to get the full ‘experience’ we use small family-run guesthouses, or bed and breakfasts that employ local workers, as far as is possible. If we have to use larger hotels, we opt for non-chain, locally-owned establishments.

Being a responsible traveller doesn’t finish at the end of your holiday…
We hope that during your travels with us through some of the wildest and remotest parts of the world you will have learned something from our guides and your experience, that you can take back home with you to your daily life.

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Luxury caves in Southern Spain
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Trevelez, the jamón capital of Spain
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