Day 1: Transfer to Antequera. Arrive at airport. Transfer to Antequera. Try bikes, and visit Old Quarter of town with its whitewashed streets, fine churches and castle and the only bullring in Spain with a restaurant.
Day 2: Antequera - Lucena. Leave Antequera through gently rolling countryside and olive plantations to the village of Lucena where we spend the night in this town, known in medieval times as the “Pearl of the Three Cultures” (Jewish, Christian and Arab) and famous for its tapas. Distance short 53 km – 33 miles, long 87 km – 54 miles.
Day 3: Lucena - Cordoba. Today’s ride takes us from Lucena, through the vineyards of Montilla-Moriles, down into the valley of the River Guadalquivir, and on to the city of Cordoba itself, jewel in the crown of the Kingdom of al-Andalus. Spend the afternoon visiting the delightful Judería, the old Jewish Quarter, and the renowned Mosque of Cordoba. Distance short 57 km – 36 miles, long 105 km – 56 miles.
Day 4: Cordoba – Zuheros de la Frontera. Today we leave Cordoba and head through the rolling countryside towards the Parque Natural de la Sierra Subbética. The wheatfields of Cordoba are replaced by olive plantations, stretching as far as the eye can see. We pass through Baena, whose name is virtually synonymous with the production of olive oil. Finally we arrive at the incredible Moorish village of Zuheros (the name comes from the Arab word for rock, suhayra), with its 9th century castle perched high above the surrounding countryside and with the backdrop of the Sierra Subbética. Distance short 48 km – 30 miles, long 91 km – 57 miles.
Day 5: Zuheros – Aldea de Zagrilla. Today is a shorter route that takes us around the Parque Natural to our next stop in the village of Aldea de Zagrilla, near Priego de Cordoba. Those who wish may visit the traditional oil press of Nuñez de Prado in Baena. Priego de Córdoba has a fine medieval Moslem quarter and is know as the capital of the Cordoba baroque style due to its several fine churches dating from this period. Aldea de Zagrilla is a small village situated amidst the olive groves where clothes are still washed in the public wash house in the center of the village. This route can of course be extended at will by those who wish to explore the beautiful Parque Natural de las Sierras Subbéticas. Distance 34 km – 21 miles.
Day 6: Aldea de Zagrilla - Granada. From Aldea de Zagrilla we begin the final leg of our journey towards Granada. We head through fine and hilly countryside, the Sierra Nevada slowly looming into view as we begin our descent towards the Plain of Granada. We pass through the fine village of Montefrío, dominated by its 15th century church built after the town was reconquered by the Catholic Monarchs in 1486. We meet in the village of Fuente Vaqueros, birthplace of the famous poet and playwright Federico García Lorca, born in 1898 and tragically assassinated at the beginning of the Civil War. From here we transfer to the city of Granada. Distance short 54 km – 34 miles, long 86 km – 54 miles.
Day 7: Free day in Granada. Visit the Moslem quarter of El Albayzín and the cathedral, where the Catholic Monarchs Ferdinand and Isabel are buried. And of course La Alhambra, the magnificent fusion of gardens, Moslem palaces and fortress that makes such a unique monument.
Day 8: Transfer Mijas – departure point. Transfer to departure point. End of trip.
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