Circumnavigate the Sierra Nevada: on this ultimate mountain bike tour Spain
This mountain bike tour Spain is an incredible circumnavigation of the Sierra Nevada in Andalucía; from the white-washed villages high in the Alpujarra mountains, to the Alboran Sea, to street-riding through the historic city of Granada.
Coupled with the best locally-produced cheeses, jamón and red wine, this is a full immersion into Andalucían life.
Ross and Catherine headed back to Andalucía to take on the task of refreshing our image gallery. It was a tough job, riding sensational singletrack in glorious weather, enjoying delicious local food and wine, but we did our best. Take a look through the gallery to see how they suffered!
“Riding with friends and wonderful guides through the Sierra Nevada is the ultimate way to experience the landscape and culture. The Spanish guide trio was simply in its own league. Proud of their beautiful region and culture and tasty food.” Jesper S., Denmark
- Feasting on the best local food + wine
- Staying in comfortable caves in the ‘Desertlands’
- Learning how the world-famous jamón iberico is produced
- Bar-hopping on a tapas tour of Granada
- Riding through the streets of the Albaicín, the old gypsy quarter
- Being immersed into the local way of life in Andalucía
Tour dates 2022
- 7 – 14 May (TRIP FULL)
- 1 – 8 October (1 PLACE)
Is this mountain bike tour Spain for you?
We want you to have the best experience in Spain, so it’s important to be sure that this is the perfect mountain bike tour, with the right level of challenge, for you.
You’re a very experienced mountain biker, riding at least three times a week through the season and comfortable on: steep, loose singletrack descents; long, tough climbs; technical rocky descents; switchbacks; and forested singletrack. Read more on our advanced skill level.
Andalucía; A Sensory Adventure
Mountain bike tour Spain Itinerary
This mountain bike tour Spain will immerse you in the rich culture, cuisine and landscapes of Andalucía, from the ancient mule tracks of the high Alpujarra, to the fascinating history of Granada.
- +Arrival in Spain - refresh + prepare for your adventure
If you’re travelling a long way or across several time zones to Spain then we recommend arriving a day or two early to allow your body to adjust and to make sure any flight or luggage days don’t spoil your trip.
- +Day 1 - Group meet-up + welcome ride
Your guide will meet you at Málaga airport or, if you’ve arrived early, at your H+I recommended hotel in Málaga, around lunchtime (between 12:00 and 13:00) and transport you to Dilar, a village in the heart 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, 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 hotel, which will immerse you immediately into the very sociable and relaxed way of life here, in the southern Spanish mountains.
Accommodation: Small hotel, Dilar
- +Day 2 - Heading South: Dilar to Durcal
On your first full day on our mountain bike tour Spain, you will have a big day of riding, from last night’s accommodation and along the southern most portion of the Sierra Nevada mountains. During your ride 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, stowed away and grab a quick siesta, before enjoying a typical Spanish dinner in the hotel restaurant.
Distance cycled: 36km (app. 6 hours)
Accommodation: Small hotel, Durcal
Meals included: Breakfast
- +Day 3 - Conchar to Padul
After a great breakfast we’ll shuttle 20 minutes from our accommodation before starting our ride. Then heading towards Albuñuelas Sierra, we will follow the “Gudaris” tracks, some singletrack trails hand made by prisoners of the civil war in the 1940’s. The trails are lovely and flowing in parts and in other sections you’ll need to keep your wits about you as it gets more rocky and technical, in the typical Andalucían style!
We’ll stop for a picnic lunch and admire the views over the Sierra as we re-charge our batteries and take plenty of photos.
With the Spanish sun warming our backs we’ll re-commence our ride through typical mediterranean agricultural landscapes of almond trees, vineyards and olive groves, which will then take us through some recovered forests of pine and holm oak trees.
This will drop us out onto the final stages of our route, on some of the trails used for the Mamut race, a very popular local mountain bike race.
Your accommodation is in a beautiful hotel in the heart of the village of Capileira and in the evening, if we’ve made good time on our ride, we’ll enjoy wandering around the village, doing a spot of shopping and having another fantastic dinner in a local restaurant.
Distance cycled: 56km (app. 8 hours)
Accommodation: Village hotel, Capileira
Meals included: Breakfast
- +Day 4 - High Alpujarra + Trevelez
From Capileira we’ll venture even higher and deeper into the Sierra Nevada mountains. With a selection of breath-taking singletrack that leads us to the dizzying heights of 2000m, 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’. 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 olives, grapes, almonds, 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 (app. 7 hours)
Accommodation: Organic farm stay, Cádiar
Meals included: Breakfast
- +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 peel off onto a new trail that weaves through mountain villages all the way down to 650m at the bottom of the valley.
On returning to your lovely farm stay accommodation, if you like, your hosts will take you around their olive and vine yards, before giving you a tastes of their exceptional home-grown produce.
Distance cycled: 32km (app. 6 hours)
Accommodation: Organic farm stay, Cádiar
Meals included: Breakfast
- +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 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 topography 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.
It would certainly be remiss of us to bring you here and not stay in a cave! Tonight you will be sleeping in unique cave accommodation, and enjoying more mouth-watering local delicacies in your subterranean dining room!
Distance cycled: 30km (app. 4 hours)
Accommodation: Cuevas Tío Tobas, Guadix
Meals included: Breakfast
- +Day 7 - Alcudia to Granada
After a fantastic night’s sleep in your comfortable 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 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: 35km (app. 5 hours)
Accommodation: Small hotel, Granada
Meals included: Breakfast
- +Day 8 - Departure
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.
Meals included: Breakfast
Please note: our mountain bike tour Spain, is a living thing, being influenced by multiple factors such as changing weather conditions, group riding abilities, trail damage, to name a few. Your local guides are experts in guiding mountain bikers in Spain and will be continually assessing these factors and making tweaks to the itinerary where necessary to ensure that every member of the group has the best possible experience.
- +Tour Price
Mountain bike tour Spain Price
£2,155 GBP / $3,125 USD / €2,694 EUR per person (ex. flights, based on two sharing a room)
- Services of fully-qualified, English speaking expert mountain bike guide(s) for the duration of the trip
- Seven nights’ accommodation
- All breakfasts throughout tour
- English-speaking driver
- All ground costs
- Back-up vehicles and luggage/ bike transfer (as required) for duration of your mountain bike tour Spain
- All group safety equipment
- Airport/ H+I recommended hotel pick-up on day 1 and drop-off on day 8 of tour (specified times apply)
- Global Rescue emergency evacuation services
- International/ domestic flights
- Travel and activity insurance
- Hammam experience in Granada
- Tips in restaurants and hotels
- Alcoholic/ non-alcoholic beverages
- Personal safety and cycling equipment
- Any other items not mentioned as included
We welcome solo travellers on our adventures and if you are happy to share a room with another solo rider of the same sex you do not need to add the single supplement. If, however, you wish to have a room by yourself, a single supplement of £320/ $464/ €400 will be payable.
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.
- +Skill + Fitness levels required
Does this sound like you? Your vacation time is precious and we want to be absolutely sure that you’re making the most of it, by finding the perfect adventure for you. Be honest with yourself, if this adventure isn’t right for you, we have other tours that may well be a better fit for your mountain biking experience and ability.
Please note: The skill level required reflects an overall rating for the trails on the trip but you should expect to find sections and obstacles that push your ability levels.
- You are very confident handling most types of riding and obstacles, including drops (up to 1 foot), rocks, logs, switchbacks, larger rock gardens and sustained technical singletrack
- You can brake, use gears and corner instinctively
- You have excellent bike handling skills and can lift front and rear wheels, do small jumps, corner, climb and descend steep trails
- You have considerable experience of riding on a wide variety of technical terrains including: rocky, rooty, muddy, loose, fast singletrack, exposed trails, bedrock for extended periods
- You ride at least three times a week and rarely get off and walk sections
- You can climb and descend comfortably on technical singletrack for as long as required
- You have an excellent level of bike fitness, exercising four or five times every week throughout the year, for at least an hour at a time
- You are comfortable mountain biking up to six hours a day at a moderate pace, with snack and photo stops, for four or more consecutive days
- You can tackle several serious climbs a day, up to 600 metres each
Typical trails you’ll be riding
- The trails on our mountain bike tour Spain are natural ‘rustic’ ancient walking paths of varying trail surface, that will require you to choose your own riding line and decide if it is suitable to ride
- Double track: undulating and sometimes steep jeep tracks made up of a mixture of hard-packed and loose road surfaces
- Singletrack: you will encounter up to head-sized, fixed and loose rocks, as well as fixed bedrock style trails, natural rock steps and street riding
- Tight switchbacks are also characteristic of this part of Spain, and worth practising before you travel
- The surface will most likely be very dry and loose
- Trails in the forest will have roots crossing them and may be narrow through the trees
- +Arrival + departure details
Your mountain bike tour Spain will start on day 1 at Málaga Airport or your H+I recommended hotel. Your guide and/or driver will meet you in the arrivals area of Málaga Airport, or the hotel lobby and he/she will be holding an H+I Adventures sign.
The trip will end back at Málaga Airport on day 8.
We would ask you to arrive at Málaga no later than 12 noon on the first day, and to arrange flights home no earlier than 13:00, if possible.
Ideally, you should arrive in Málaga the day before the tour start date, to allow for any flight/ luggage delays, and we have created this handy guide to spending 24 hours in Málaga before the start of our mountain bike tour Spain.
On arrival we will transfer you by private shuttle to our first location in Dilar, about 90 minutes’ drive from the airport, and close to the Sierra Nevada National Park.
At the end of your trip, why not stay a little longer? You could spend some time in Granada and visit the world famous Alhambra, an ancient fortress and palace, originally built in AD 889. We suggest you purchase tickets beforehand to skip any queues.
- +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.
You must book your bike on to your flight in advance, otherwise you could face a heavy charge at the airport. Here are some tips and video on how to pack your bike for travel.
- +Preparing yourself + your bike for your trip
Please read the full kit list before you start packing for your mountain bike tour Spain, so that you have everything you need!
The ideal bike for our mountain bike tour 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.
To get the most out of your mountain bike tour 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 bike tour Spain, read our training blog.
- +Your 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.
- +Accommodation + food
One of the things that sets this mountain bike tour 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 bike tour Spain 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.
- +Health + safety
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 doctor 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 doctor 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.
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.
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 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. 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.
Your health and safety is on tour our top priority so when you travel with us you also have the peace of mind knowing that you will be covered by Global Rescue emergency medical and evacuation services.
- +Currency + 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.
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 on your mountain bike tour 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 and you can arrange your insurance cover directly with them.
Please note: our mountain bike tour Spain is a living thing, being influenced by multiple factors such as changing weather conditions, group riding abilities, trail damage, to name a few. Your local guides are experts in guiding mountain bikers in Spain and will be continually assessing these factors and making tweaks to the itinerary where necessary to ensure that every member of the group has the best possible experience.
Mountain bike tour Spain reviews
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Once again H+I delivers with a stellar guide team, fine accommodations, amazing food with spectacular trails and scenery.
By far the most physically demanding of the H+I trips we've been on. Long days with lots of climbing and hike-a-bike thrown in, I did not train enough, but it was still a blast. Successive 1000m+ days of climbing will test your legs and your mental fortitude. Steep and narrow (estrecha) technical descents that don't let you relax until you're at the next hotel.
The trails are beautifully natural. Rocks, rocks and more rocks with grades that are designed more for livestock than mountain bikes. You work hard for the vertical you gain, but there is a great mix of trails during the week to keep you engaged. Lot's of dirt roads thrown in the mix to connect the single track. Unfortunately some paved connections are a necessary as well, but the roads are in fantastic shape and generally empty of traffic.
So. Much. Food. I feel like long days in the saddle should promote weight loss, but the Spanish Tapas and leisurely lunch and dinner timelines made for marathon consumption. Our guides helped pick the best options for us to split family style and that worked great to ensure sampling a variety of meats, cheeses and dishes in the region.
The one thing H+I doesn't control is the group of people you end up with, but we had a stellar crew of really strong riders. That group looked out for each other, pulled, pushed and supported one another through every km of the trip. The days were not without adversity and those challenges help form rapid bonds with what becomes your team.
Cali leads the guide team with a tremendous amount of historical knowledge of the area and the culture. Manu was our trail guide when Cali had obligations and did a great job, especially considering it was his first full trip as a guide. We had a few backtracks that we all took in stride. Eventually we settled into the idea of "Spanish Flat" which is basically uphill by our standards. But Manu took our ribbing in stride and I'm sure by his standards, a lot of those sections were flat or only 5km.
Wonderful and humbling trip. Train hard and enjoy it.
Booked this tour through Spain for our honeymoon and couldn't be more pleased. Truly, the trip of a lifetime! Everyone in the office were fantastic to deal with--prompt answers to questions, quick to share tips and details and even gave me a pep talk when I had some self doubt about my ability level and fitness (turned out I was totally fine!)
The guides and support staff were all exceptional--sharing knowledge, laughs and a few cervesas along the way. I know my husband was excited that Darron was along, as he was fun to follow down the trail (as long as you can keep up!) 🙂 Javi and Cali were so great at sharing local tips and are genuinely just wonderful people! Same goes for Jose and Lali.
I really appreciated the group I was with as well. Being the only female rider along, I was a bit nervous about the group dynamic but it was wonderful. Everyone was super supportive, really fun to hang out with and I now have a bunch of new friends!
The riding in Spain is unreal--a bit of everything but especially rocks! So many types, definitely technical, definitely pushed my limits in sections but I was able to ride most everything! There are certainly some long days on the bike (and hike-a-bike) day after day but the terrain is unreal...and don't miss Flowtastic.
All the places we stayed were unique and I appreciated feeling like we were off the beaten path a bit, in places you might now find otherwise. Don't even get me started about the food--THE FOOD!!! The wine!!! The culture!!! Just book the trip!!!!
Riding with friends and wonderful guides through the Sierra Nevada is the ultimate way to experience the landscape and culture.
The Spanish guide trio was simply in its own league. Proud of their beautiful region and culture and tasty food. I must go back some time.
I joined the Andalucia Spain trip in Oct 2019 and it was fantastic! The riding alone was great but it was so much more than just a mountain bike trip.
it was a cultural immersion with history and stories shared along the way by the local guides. it was the local food and drink shared in the small villages through which we rode every day and in which stayed every night. it was the new friends made and camaraderie shared within the group and with the guides.
for sure, pay attention to the skill level of the trip and the packing list. much of the riding was technical/rocky and the weather was variable given the huge range of elevations covered - from sea level to 9000 ft.
There was a moment on this trip when I wanted to give up. I was frustrated and exhausted. When I look back, it's part of what makes me even happier that I did it. Kudos to our guides extraordinaire, Javier and Cali, who I also consider professional historians, engineers, comedians, food connoisseurs, psychologists, and friends. Biking amazing terrain is only a small piece of what you will take from your time in this unforgettable place. It's tough and it's worth it! If I can stay fit and improve my technical skills a bit, I'll be taking my son with me in a year or two 🙂
First of all, I would like to thank the guides Cali + Javi and their support team in making this a fun filled adventure. Along with the guiding the group through the trails they also provided good information about the region, its culture and its history, making it a well rounded experience.
The trails mapped out for the 6 days were unique and provided a new MTB terrain every day, from the loose rocky trails to the packed flowy trails, singletrack, double track, enjoyed them all. I must admit the hike a bike sections were challenging, but after that the fun of riding flowtastic trail was awesome!
The trails, the guides and the hospitality - all amazing! It was better than I expected. The technical uphills were particularly exciting for me. Flowtastic trail was a lot of fun and I think I improved my mountain biking skills. Thanks H+I for a well organized week and thank you to Javi, Cali and the support team.
This trip was our first organized mountain biking trip and we are very pleased to have booked with H+I. Our local organizers and guides Cali and Javier were fantastic! The trails were challenging and fun; lots of different types of trails from sandy river beds to narrow trails on cliff edge to ancient Romain paths to very technical rocky and flowy.
The accommodation were very comfortable and unique. We were usually the only ones there! We were a small group and it was great to ride in a non-competitive, caring and fun atmosphere. We loved this trip.
Andalusia October 2018 was a throughly enjoyable trip. Cali and Javier are wonderful guides who not only showed us their challenging local Mtb tracks but introduced us to the food, wine, history and colourful culture of Andalusia.
They brilliantly organised everything. I just rode, met some lovely people and took in the sights and delights.
Lovely to spend a week making no decisions other than where to put my front wheel. Well done H+I.
Sierra Nevada snow covered mountain tops :I
We enjoyed an amazing week in Spain on fantastic trails with a lot of fun. The trails are super, sometimes flowy and sometimes rough. The scenery was beautiful and interesting every day. The guides make sure you are well nourished and enjoy the Spanish specialties - not only fish I have to say. There is a lot of other things to try. The places we stayed are great and unique, we loved it a lot. Great company of other guest as well on the tour.
Thanks to the H+I team, the guides Cali, Javi and Lali especially, for making this happening and taking care of us.
We will for sure ride again with H+I.
Spain, that looks like fun..
Sitting at Barcelona airport with a 6 hour delay to Malaga (on top of the 4 hour stop over and 31 hours travelling already) wondering what we have done organising a 7 day MTB trip with 12 days away from home (Australia). Well that was soon forgotten.
We were promptly picked up by Cali, Lali and Sergio with 6 on board already and 2 more to pick up making ten, 3 couples from the US and 4 blokes from Australia. Introductions done and names promptly disappearing from my mind the banter was plenty as we headed the 2 hours to our first stop to get the formalities out the way and organise the bikes. Cali, Javi, Lali and Sergio couldn’t have made us all feel any more welcome, they have such a passion for their region which they shared at every opportunity.
Nothing was too much trouble, the accommodation was great, the food, the stops and the variety in the riding, from technical options, flowing single track, old Roman roads and the bit I’ll never forget riding through the old towns.
Everything flowed like clockwork.
Thanks to Cali, Javi, Lali and Sergio for a well-planned seamless trip through the Serra Nevada’s, Andalucía, much more than I expected and to all our fellow adventures, you all took the trip to another level, it was fantastic to meet you all and no doubts we will ride together again.
Sitting at home thinking of the trip, so many memories, was it worth 4 days travel for 7 days riding; absolutely I’d do it again in a heartbeat!
The only thing I’m yet to work out is how can you ride for more than 6 hours most days and put on weight? Only in Spain, you’ll have to go to work out the answer.
Thanks to all in the H+I Team
I know there are many other great trips from H+I, but I want a full-on repeat of Spain. Can't help it. It was that good. The thrill of discovering new trails is not enough. I want the food, the guides, the food, the wine (oh my - the wine!), and of course the trails.
The week really could not be improved in any way. Cali, Javi, Lali and Sergio are pros. The week included different types of riding to suite all preferences - from fast and flowy to rocky and technical, with diverse ecosystems and gorgeous views at every turn. The accommodations were excellent and often unique, and sharing food every night allowed you to appreciate the country in a way which was every bit as good as the riding.
Cali, Javi, Lali and Sergio - thank you for showing us your country. Can't wait to return!
This was our 7th tour with H+I Adventures.
We travelled around the globe with them and made so many great experiences while riding, getting to know new cultures and making a lot of new friends along the way.
"Spain will be just another one on the list," we thought, but it wasn't. It was way more. For us it was the perfect holiday and we didn't want it to end. The nature trails are so much fun and the guides did a great job not only showing us the way, but also with the knowledge of the area they shared with us. We were stunned by the diversity of landscapes we could explore being out for just one week on the bike. This holiday is the perfect combination of all the things we love. Thanks for making this happen.
What an amazing week of experiencing Andalucia. I can't say enough about Cali, Javi, Lali, and Sergio. Cali and Javi weren't only fantastic riders but historically informative and fun too. Lali had us taken care of every morning with lunch and a session of yoga if you had the energy. Sergio didn't only drive us but gave us a free archeological session as well.
The route and planning were perfect. Super fun technical descents and amazing scenery. Riding from one white washed village to the next with a little urban downhill thrown in was a blast.
And then there was the food. Delicious isn't a strong enough word. If you want an authentic Spanish riding adventure look no further!
For me at least, just might be. Riding is just about perfect with mile after mile of amazing tech-y natural singletrack often leading right to the accommodation so minimal use of the van for transfers. The food + drink in Andalucia is amazing.
Last but not least, cannot imagine a way the guides can improve - Cali and Javier are stellar ambassadors for the region who can also both lay it down. You will not regret choosing this trip.
The Andalusia trip is a must for all mountain bikers. The scenery is stunning, and the biking is first class...lots of adrenaline-fueled, technical descents; an abundance of manageable technical climbs, and amazing food each night to cap off the efforts of the day.
It goes without saying that the guides - Cali and Javi are superb...this is their home, and they know how to look after you. If you're fit, love some technical riding, and have an appetite - this trip is right up your alley
This was one of my best mountain bike trips ever! It was all about sharing ... sharing beautiful flowy and technical trails, sharing food, drinks and experiences... the key to a excellent trip as well as an enjoyable life. I’m sure we will meet again somewhere in Europe, Canada and/or the US and look forward to extending the experience we had in Andalusia.
What an amazing trip!
To be honest, at the beginning I was a wee bit petrified…! But I need not have worried. Our guides Cali and Javi were motivating, supportive and quick to recognise individual skill levels. The climbs were hard but rewarding, and the descents were so much fun, with everything thrown in from rocky technical pitches to flowtastic flowy singletrack and desert riding. And for added peace of mind, there was always an Opt Out if the legs were beat or the descents a little too gnarly (known affectionately by the team as the Cultural Tour!)
Accommodation was top notch, and the food and wine flowed as well as the single track. The support team, Lali and Sergio, were just as awesome so we didn’t need to worry about anything apart from our riding.
So a big thank you to H+I Adventures for putting together an incredible itinerary. I am already thinking about the next trip…hmmmm…Yukon or Croatia? Cant decide!!!
I have been riding in US, Nepal, Scotland and now Spain. Spain is close to MOAB in US. The trails on the Spain trip are fantastic and long (compare to trails in Sweden) and they are rideable most of the time. The landscape and the trails are variable from technical to flowy. To stop and have a break in a small village was also - so good! The guides - I liked them both, with lots of competens, knowledge and service. Thanks H+I for a very, very good trip.
Ich habe diese Tour nun schon zum 2. Mal bei H&I gebucht. Wer wirklich eine MTB -spezifische Herausforderung sucht, kommt hier voll seine Kosten. Täglich werden ca 600-1200 hm gefahren und man ist 5-8 Stunden im Sattel. Oft genug geht es bergab auf richtig geilen Singletrails. Die beiden englischsprechenden Guides Cali und Javie lieben wirklich das Biken. Sie sind sehr hilfsbereit und glänzen auch durch ihr kulturelles Wissen. Die Trails sind nicht leicht zu fahren; von Singletrails bis verblockte und ausgetrocknete Flussbette ist alles dabei. Technisch anspruchsvoll, aber auch“flowig“. Das Wetter ist grundsätzlich immer top, nicht zu heiß und nicht zu kalt; es regnet auch selten. Alles in allem dürfte es sehr schwer werden, ähnliche Trails in Europa zu finden. Ich kann den Trip uneingeschränkt empfehlen, allerdings nicht ohne ausreichende Vorbereitung.
Cali and Javi did a phenomenal job of guiding, entertaining, and providing insight about the local culture, geography, food, geology, everything. It was obvious that they were enjoying what they were doing and took great pride in showing us their trails.
In short the trip exceeded every expectation! Best trip in probably forever, really.
Just returned from an amazing weeks Mountain Biking in Spain. Every detail of the holiday had been meticulously planned . From the pick up at the airport to the drop off a week later you could not fail to enjoy every moment of this holiday. The trails are incredibly varied every day from technicaly demanding climbs to fast flowing singletrack , there is a hidden gem around every corner along with epic scenery. The guiding was passionate , adventurous and always Fun. The accommodation was varied and always comfortable . The food and drink was delicious and always plentiful , and cheap. You will be immersed in local traditions. If Carlsberg did Mountain Bike holidays!! Thank you to Cali, Javi, Lali and the team for an amazing experience.
Recently returned from Riding in Spain. Great trip all the way around. Cali & Javier were terrific in every way. They made the trip great from guiding, sharing the culture, handling bike & accommodation details and making sure we had great meals at the best restaurants each night. Thoroughly enjoyable. H+I continues to be a class act. Thanks to all!! Looking forward to a third trip soon.
This trip is perfect for people looking to experience a mix of Spanish culture, fantastic food/drink, and of course, great mountain biking. The guides really make the trip special. They keep you entertained, introduce you to the Spanish way of life, and lead you up and down some little known Sierra Nevada mountain bike trails. This is a trip we will remember for the rest of our lives. Thanks H+I for all of the memories. We will be back for more!
Just got back from a week in Spain - a real epic week of mountain biking. Some hard days of climbing, but the descents were made all the sweeter because of it. Cali and Javi are exceptional guides, and made sure everything ran smoothly. Great fun, great company and a thoroughly enjoyable challenge.
Keep on doing this thing for as long as you can.
Keep on doing it local and sustainable.
Look out for the guides you choose - Cali is a gift!
And thank you so much!
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.
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!
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!
Fantastic trails, from nice and flowy to technical and rocky with switch backs to die for. Beautiful scenery, sunny skys, amazing white mountain villages. Accommodation and food just supurb. An uplift service is provided but a fair amount of your own steam is required to access the trails however well worth the effort. Afterall this is a real mountain bike holiday, (no chair lifts). There was six in our group excluding the guide, just perfect for keeping everything moving along nicely. I can see myself returning time and time again. I'm heading back out with my mates early in the new year. I just can't wait.
Excellent riding with guides who know the terrain intimately, each day just got better and better with a good selection of ups and downs coupled with superb weather and good banter from a mix of riding collegues from the Surgeon who picked his lines with clincal precision to High Tower the Destroyer who tried very hard to re-shape the geology of the Spanish trails on his hard tail (respect).
From the excellent transfer from the airport and the good food provided, many thanks for catering for my special diet requirements, and excellent riding. I will be back in the spring.
Frequently asked questions (FAQs) mountain bike tour Spain
- Q. How many people will be in the group?
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 bike tour Spain is five.
- Q. What’s the age range of people who come on this holiday?
Our mountain bike tour Spain caters for a wide age range; typically between 30- and 55-years-old. As long as you have a good level of physical fitness and good bike handling skills you will enjoy this mountain bike tour Spain no matter what your age.
- Q. What style of mountain biking vacation is it?
This mountain bike tour Spain is a guided mountain biking tour, ideal for advanced mountain bikers. Riding here, in the Sierra Nevada and coast of Andalucía you’ll experience some long climbs and rocky descents. The trails here are generally very dry and loose, with most climbing done on double track and descents on technical and, in places, flowing singletrack.
- Q. How far will we be mountain biking each day?
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?
No, you only need to carry a 20 litre 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 I can’t ride?
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 mountain bike tour Spain. 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?
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. Meet your mountain bike guide in Spain…
- Q. What sort of accommodation will we be staying in?
On this mountain bike tour 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. Which meals are included in the tour price?
All breakfasts are included in the tour price.
- Q. What type of mountain bike is best for the trip?
A good quality full suspension mountain bike with 140mm travel 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 and we have some handy tips on how to pack your bike for travel.
- Q. What will the weather be like in Spain?
The weather during our mountain bike tour Spain will typically be very dry and sunny, with daytime riding temperatures around 25C/72F. 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 clothes and kit should I bring?
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 tour Spain.
- Q. Can I bring a drone with me?
Unfortunately not. We are working hard to provide each and every customer who rides with us an unparalleled mountain bike experience in every destination we ride. This takes years of experience, riding and planning to get right, and a drone adds a very real danger to the group’s riding experience and health & safety.