As Europe’s second most mountainous country Spain is a Mecca for the serious cyclist. For those not so keen to take on the highest peaks the country is big enough to accommodate all levels of cycling ability so you should have no problem finding the correct terrain for your cycling holiday. As more and more visitors to Spain seek something other than the traditional beach holiday we are finding we are seeing a growing number of visitors coming to Spain to enjoy cycling holidays and experience what the guide books refer to as “discovering the real Spain”.
As Western Europe’s second largest country with a varied landscape ranging from the wet, green regions of Cantabria and Galicia along the Atlantic north coast to the desert landscape of Almeria in the east there are endless possibilities for the cycling enthusiast. In planning your trip do bear in mind that given the physical size of Spain it is important to research the expected climate before embarking on a cycling holiday. The north tends to be very wet with fairly constant temperature all year round. The main tourist destinations in the south of the country and on the Balearic and Canary islands experience hot summers and mild winters which make them attractive locations for winter breaks but are not recommended in the peak of summer due to the soaring temperatures.
For spectators the annual Vuelta a España takes place in September when some of the world’s top professional cyclists compete in what is one of Europe’s top three professional cycle races along with the Tour de France and Giro de Italia.
In this section we provide information on cycling holidays in Spain and where appropriate we suggest small businesses which specialise in particular regions. We receive no commission from these companies so rest assured that we are providing genuine recommendations to people considering such activity holidays. We also welcome emails from other small companies which offer specialised activity holidays in Spain.
Useful Cycling in Spain Links
Cycling Holidays in Andalucia
With over 300 days of sunshine every year, spectacular rural scenery, varied mountain ranges including Spain’s highest peak and fascinating Moorish cities, Andalucia has everything for the cyclo tourist.
Cycling Holidays in Madrid
From the Spanish capital there are excellent cycling possibilities just a short distance outside the city including the mountains of the Sierra de Guadarrama and the historical locations of Toledo, El Escorial, Segovia and Aranjuez.
Cycling Holidays in Girona
North of Spain in the foothills of the Pyrenees lies the charming city of Girona which serves as an ideal base for a cycling holiday. Daily outings to quaint coastal villages and tours of the Catalan countryside are ideal for the casual cyclist whilst the more serious can test themselves on the climbs favoured by Lance Armstrong and his team during their off season training.
La Vuelta a Espana
La Vuelta is the third major European cycling road race which takes place in Spain near the end of the season after the Giro in Italy and the Tour de France.
Other Useful Resources
Tour of Spain Official Website
Check out this year’s race itinerary at the official race website.