- Difficulty: Moderate
- Category: Cycling, self-guided
- Duration: 7 nights, 8 days
- Recommended time of year: 1st April - 31st October
Cycle back in time through the medieval villages of Segovia and surrounding stunning natural parks.
- Take a step back in time in the charming historic city of Segovia, World Heritage Site, incredibly just one hour from Madrid!
- Ancient city home to one of the best-preserved monuments in Spain, the roman Aqueduct.
- Discover the beauty of the National Park of Guadarrama, the magic of the Duraton canyon and its remarkable vulture colony.
- Don't miss the resplendent San Ildefonso Royal Palace nestled at the foot of 'Peñalara' at 2.428 m, the highest peak of the Sierra.
- Visit the fabulous medieval towns of Pedraza and Sepulveda, full of narrow cobbled streets and enchanting centuries-old stonehouses.
- Pleasant cycling along quiet country roads, fields of lavender, sunflowers and pasturelands.
- Be transported back in time as you gaze at the numerous captivating Romanesque churches that punctuate the peaceful Segovian countryside.
Which airport should I fly to? Madrid International Airport.
How do I get to the Starting Point? From Madrid there are frequent high speed trains to Segovia (30 minutes).
How do I get back? There are buses from Sepulveda to Segovia (Monday to Friday, at weekend a private transfer is required, 1hr). From here another high speed train will take you back to Madrid.
Day 1: Arrival to Segovia
This bike tour in Spain begins in the monumental city of Segovia, declared a World Heritage Site in 1985. You will spend the first night in the city and have a chance to explore its many historic jewels like the towering Roman Aqueduct, a veritable marvel of ancient civil engineering which still provided water to the city only last century. Take time to enjoy a chilled glass of wine in the exquisite 'Plaza Mayor' while contemplating the magnificent cathedral, then take a stroll to the fairytale, ornate Alcazar, where queen Isabel sent Christopher Columbus on his exploration of the Americas.
Day 2: Segovia to Collado Hermoso
Small country roads and pretty rural countryside will bring you to the charming village of Collado Hermoso. You will have a chance to stop at the famous Royal Palace of San Ildefonso and visit its fabulous fountains and gardens. We recommend you eat along the way in one of the many excellent restaurants at Torrecaballeros.
26 miles (42 km) / Climb: 349 m
Day 3: Round trip to Turegano
Today's route takes you away from the mountains to reach the little historic town of Turegano, home to a medieval castle worth a visit. This extraordinary castle towers over the city, incorporating an earlier Romanesque church in its construction. Why not stop in the plaza to enjoy an aperitif or a nice traditional meal!
23 miles (36 km) / Climb: 227 m
Day 4: Collado Hermoso to Pedraza
You will cycle through small villages and wooded landscapes to reach the beautifully preserved town of Pedraza and its medieval castle. Considered one of the most beautiful walled cities in Spain, this place will surely be a highlight of the trip! Take time to wander through the cobbled streets and to browse the interesting artisan shops. There is a photo opportunity on every corner.
19 miles (32 km) / Climb: 227 m
Day 5: Round trip Pedraza
Today you will explore the countryside around Pedraza. You will come across quaint villages incredibly anchored in a time warp! You will witness rural life as it was many years ago. The rustic style is ever present with perfect examples of rural Romanesque churches and stunning countryside.
18 miles (29 km) / Climb: 250 m
Day 6: Pedraza to Sepulveda
Today you will cycle from the foothills to the plains of Castilla. This route is relaxing as you pass through fields of sunflowers and wheat. Eventually it will lead to the hill top town of Sepulveda. Have a picnic near the natural spring or take a dip in its crystal clear waters! As your destination looms in to view you will marvel at this medieval jewel with its narrow winding cobbled streets and historic noble houses. Take time to discover the hidden treasures that Sepulveda shelters around every corner.
19 miles (31 km) / Climb: 379 m
Day 7: Round trip Sepulveda: Duraton Natural Park
On this your last cycling day you will enjoy the highlight of your trip, the spectacular Duraton Canyon Nature Reserve. Cycling in the shadow of the overhanging cliffs of the canyon alongside the meandering river, you will pass under the pleasant shade of poplars while admiring the impressive enormous birds of prey swooping overhead.
22 miles (37 km) / Climb: 607 m
Day 8: Departure
Why not treat yourself to an extra night or two in Segovia or Madrid before your departure.
Day 1, Segovia
Comfortable modern *** hotel with Moorish influences.
Day 2 and 3, Collado Hermoso
A peaceful cosy hand-picked hotel.
Day 4 and 5, Pedraza
A rustic hotel in the historic heart of the village.
Day 6 and 7, Sepulveda
A truly impressive noble house lovingly restored for you to enjoy!
Our hire bikes and equipment:
A bicycle specialist will deliver your hire bike and adjust it to your specifications. We provide you with fully equipped touring bicycles. Remember that we carry your luggage between hotels so you can travel light.
||GIANT ARGENTO or equivalent:
Other equipment provided:
- Price: 648€ per person
- Single room supplement: 256€
- Solo Traveller supplement: 294€
- Half board / dinners: 125€
- Bike hire: 90€
- Electric Bike hire: 150€
- GPS rental (one per group): 15€