Accommodation: A 4 star hotel with a pool overlooking Segovia, a small rural hotel in Sotosalbos, a charming 18th Century hotel in the heart of Pedraza and a 15th Century courtyard hotel in Sepulveda.
Cycling mileage: 3 days of cycling 17 - 26 miles (27 - 42 km) per day and 3 days of optional cycling. Bike hire is included.
Grade out of 5 based on distance and elevation: 4.
Terrain: Most days have a hill or two.
Traffic free: 10%; low traffic on most of the roads.
This tour enables you to discover the real Spain and its cultural and medieval heart. Blessed with natural beauty, great wines and good food, the area abounds in history. From the World Heritage city of Segovia with its Roman aqueduct to the medieval villages and hill top towns and castles, you can unravel the treasures that are Spain's.
The route leads along country lanes through idyllic scenery with the Natural Park of the Guadarrama Mountains in the distance. Enjoy the palace gardens at San Ildefonso and a swim in the natural springs. Pedal through the limestone canyon in the River Duraton Natural Park before reaching your final destination of the medieval town at Sepulveda.
Extend the tour by staying in Madrid. £65 per person per night.
7 evening meals (3 courses) £180 per person.
Book an electric bike. £55.
Day 1: Madrid/Segovia.
Arrive at Madrid airport and we will let you have details of the AVE fast train service to Segovia which takes about 25 minutes. Settle into the Hotel Parador there and enjoy a relaxing swim with great views of the town or explore the sights of this fascinating town. Listed as a World heritage site, Segovia boasts a Roman aqueduct, a Gothic cathedral and a wonderful castle. Your host will also meet you to run through your itinerary and to familiarize you with the route.
Day 2: Segovia to Sotosalbos. 26 miles (42 km).
Todays ride is a pretty one, much along country lanes with a few slopes to get you going at the start of the day. Take in the wonderful gardens at the famous Royal Palace of San Ildefonso and an ace lunch in Torrecaballeros. Your overnight stay for the next 2 nights is in the Hostal de Buen Amor in the quiet village of Sotosalbos with its fine 11th Century church.
Day 3: Circular ride from Sotosalbos. Optional 22 miles (36 km).
This delightful ride leads gently downhill away from the mountains along small country roads, to reach the historic town of Turegano. Here the Moorish castle also houses a church and the beautiful town square will entice you with a great selection of lunch spots.
Day 4: Sotosalbos to Pedraza. 17 miles (27 km).
Pedal through small villages and a wooded rolling landscape to reach the beautifully preserved medieval town of Pedraza. This national historic monument of a town is where you will spend the next two nights in the Hospedería de Santo Domingo. This is such a quiet ride you probably won't see a car all day and the Cega river will babble away at your side. How relaxing!
Day 5: Circular ride from Pedraza. Optional 17 miles (27 km).
The countryside surrounding Pedraza is stunning. Quaint villages abound with rustic charm and rural Romanesque churches Savour the wildlife and love the views.
Day 6: Pedraza to Sepulveda. 18 miles (28 km).
The ride today is through fields of sunflowers and wheat with spectacular views of the plains of Castilla. The historic cliff hugging town of Sepulveda is your destination where the.Posada de San Millan provides characterful accommodation. Enjoy the cobbled streets of the town and its beautiful old buildings, unspoilt and timeless. We've even laid on a dip in the nearby crystal clear spring waters!
Day 7: Circular ride from Sepulveda. Optional 16 or 22 miles (26 or 36 km).
This is a stunning final ride following the Duraton river as it flows through a Nature Reserve. The river path leads you through a deep canyon with high limestone rock walls on both sides. Shady poplars and nesting vultures will be your companions. The shorter ride returns to Sepulveda by retracing the outward route.
Day 8: Transfer to Madrid and depart.
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