Cycling in Spain travel guide
Spain’s reputation for sun, sea and summer vacations is well established, but beyond the chaotic Costas and baking interior, it’s also fantastic for cycling. Pro teams populate Catalonia and Andalucia, whizzing through their varied terrains in a blur of sweaty Lycra, but that doesn’t mean you have to. For the more peripatetic pedaller there are quiet, safe trails to pootle along everywhere, from lush Galicia to sunny Valencia. Pick a point-to-point route with your luggage transported to take in a whole region, or settle in a base, riding out each day on bite-sized excursions.
Cycling in Spain can be leisurely or Lycra-y, covering distance or pedalling between pit stops, but every route takes you to its unspoiled heart.
Cycling vacations can be guided or self guided, with roadside support a phone call away if you pop a tyre, making Spain ideal for the independent but not the outright intrepid. So stick helmets on the kids, grab the handlebars and discover Spain on two wheels, following trails through farmland and foothills that no car can ever reach.
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Best time to go cycling in Spain
Spain is perfect for cycling all year round, just pick a date, choose a region with the right temperatures and go.
Spain’s climate varies north to south, but July and August are scorchio in most places. In the south, summer days hit the mid 30°Cs or even 40°C, but the oceanic and mountainous climates of the north hold temperatures in the high 20°Cs, making cycling in inland Catalonia or the Camino de Santiago possible. Mid-April to early June and Sep-Oct are the best times to cycle, when the heat dissipates, tourists leave and there are festivals to enjoy. Don’t forget winter either. In Dec and Jan, inland Catalonia is wet, but its coast is mild and dry. Andalucia and Valencia get lots of sun and little rain, with lows of 7°C, climbing to 25°C in the sun!
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More about Spain cycling
Our Spain cycling highlights page has the best spots for cycling, with everywhere from Catalonia to Andalucia displayed on our interactive map.
Thanks to the gorgeous yellow mountain broom, you can enjoy biking on sunshine when you explore the Sierra de Gredos in central Spain.
Our cycling vacations in Catalonia travel guide reveals why Girona is could be coined the cycling capital of the world - and why so many professional cyclists relocate here.