- Difficulty: Moderate
- Category: Cycling, self-guided
- Duration: 7 nights, 8 days
- Recommended time of year: 1st April - 31st October
Self-guided, moderate level cycling tour along Segovia´s medieval villages.
- Easy to get to from Madrid International Airport.
- Start in Segovia: World Heritage City. Hotel beside the Main Square and Cathedral.
- Visit San Ildefonso Royal Palace.
- Visit the fabulous medieval towns of Pedraza and Sepulveda.
- Pleasant cycling along quiet country roads.
- Cycle through the Duratón Canyon Natural Park.
- Self-guided, cycling tour with luggage transfers included.
This stunning cycling holiday in Spain starts in the historic city of Segovia. Renowned for its remarkable Roman Aqueduct, this symbol of the city is an impressive feat of civil engineering and continues to be one of the most beautiful urban sites in the world. One of the best examples of Segovian Romanesque art awaits you in Sotosalbos: the San Miguel Church. Inside this fantastic church are beautiful frescoes and a sculpture of Our Lady of the Sierra. Even more ancient architecture awaits you on the ride from Sotosalbos to Pedraza. You will be transported back in time gazing upon the Pedraza Castle, dating back to the 13th century! A highlight of this Spain cycle tour is Duratón Canyon Nature Reserve. The powerful forces of the River Duratón have excavated deep gorges in these limestone lands, and a great number of large birds call this place home.
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.
Day 2: Segovia to Sotosalbos
Small country roads and pretty rural countryside will bring you to Sotosalbos. You will have a chance to stop at the famous Royal Palace of San Ildefonso and visit its lovely gardens and eat along the way in one of the many excellent restaurants at Torrecaballeros.
26 miles (42 km)
Day 3: Round trip Sotosalbos
Today's route takes you away from the mountains to reach the historic town of Turegano, home to a medieval castle. This extraordinary castle towers over the city, incorporating an earlier Romanesque church in its construction. Overnight in Sotosalbos.
23 miles (36 km)
Day 4: Sotosalbos to Pedraza
You will cycle through small villages and wooded landscapes to reach the beautifully preserved town of Pedraza. Considered one of the most beautiful walled cities in Spain, this place will surely be a highlight of the trip!
19 miles (32 km)
Day 5: Round trip Pedraza
Today you will explore the countryside of Pedraza. You will come across quaint villages where the rustic style is ever present; perfect examples of rural Romanesque churches and stunning countryside.
18 miles (29 km)
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 the crystal clear waters!
19 miles (31 km)
Day 7: Round trip Sepulveda
The last cycling day will bring you to the Duraton Canyon Nature Reserve. Cycling along the river, you will pass under the shade of poplars while admiring the impressive birds of the area.
22 miles (37 km)
Day 8: Departure
Departure after breakfast. Extend your stay in Segovia or Madrid or return.
Day 1 in centrally located city hotel. Days 2 through to 7 in high quality small rural hotels full of character.
Day 1, Segovia
Day 2 and 3, Sotosalbos
Day 4 and 5, Pedraza
Day 6 and 7, Sepulveda
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€