Cycling vacations in Spain overview

Beyond the sun-baked Costas and interior, Spain is also fantastic for cycling. Pro teams whizz through the varied terrains of Catalonia and Andalucia in a blur of sweaty Lycra, but you needn’t. 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, taking a bite-sized excursion every day. Cycling vacations can be guided or self guided, with roadside support a phone call away, making Spain ideal for the independent but not the outright intrepid. Have a pedal through our Spain cycling vacations travel guide.

Our top Biking vacations in Spain

Catalonia family self guided biking vacation, Spain

From 314 to438
8 days ex flights
Customised road cycling tour in Girona, Catalonia

Catalonia vacation, cycling and relaxation

From 425 to845
8 days ex flights
Cycle vacation based from self catering accommodation Palamos

Segovia cycling tour in Spain

From 1900 to2100
7 days ex flights
Cycle Historic Segovia's spectacular plains and mountains
Small group2021: 6 Jun, 3 Oct

Map & highlights

Catalonia is a wonderful location for family cycling, as well as for pros looking for training (or recuperation) at a dedicated sports hotel. Foodies can look to the distinctive cuisine of Valencia to fuel their pedalling through vineyards, olive groves and rice paddies. If you’d like to cycle the famed wine region of La Rioja, you’ll start on the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route – you can ride the entire way on trails adjacent to those busy with walkers. Segovia is ideal for center-based and cultural cycling vacations, while vacations in the Sierra de Gredos bring much-needed tourism to an undiscovered but spectacular area.
Camino de Santiago

1. Camino de Santiago

For a combined physical and spiritual experience, join a group tour and cycle the Camino de Santiago. Pilgrims set aside a month or two to walk this ancient route, but you can cover the Leon to Santiago leg on a bike in eight days, passing through the lush valleys, mountains, monasteries and farming villages of one of the world’s oldest pilgrimages. Vehicle support and a local guide smooth your way.
Catalonia, Mountains to Sea

2. Catalonia, Mountains to Sea

Experience varied Catalonia on a four-day ride from the Pyrenees to the coast, following the disused carrilet railway which once carried coal and iron ore down from the mines. Ride from Ripoll to Olot to Girona, ending at the fishing village of Palamos. On the way, enjoy the volcanic landscapes of Garrotxa, follow the Fluvia River valley and pass through deep forests, with the mountains always in the background.
Costa Blanca

3. Costa Blanca

Excellent, quiet roads in the interior plus many off-road trails leading into the mountains are just part of Alicante and the Costa Blanca’s appeal to cyclists. Add in the high quality rural accommodation on offer, gorgeous scenery, lovely spring and autumn temperatures and sun guaranteed for most of the year and it’s obvious why this is a brilliant destination for all ages and abilities.
Girona Province

4. Girona Province

Catalonia’s best cycling routes are clustered in the northeastern province of Girona, with the city of Girona or nearby villages making for the perfect cycling base. Ride out or get dropped at nearby trails, then explore the landscapes: extinct volcanoes, spring-fed lakes, prehistoric caves, rivers, sunflower fields and beaches – with manageable distances allowing time to relax in charming local villages and walled towns.
La Rioja

5. La Rioja

Make sure you balance your panniers with an even number of bottles in each, and try to spit every now and again, as you combine cycling with tasting sessions around one of Europe’s most prestigious wine-producing destinations. Self-guided routes are carefully plotted, taking you between rural B&Bs and 4-star hotels, often starting with a section of the iconic Camino de Santiago.
Segovia

6. Segovia

Segovia is a land of knights, kings and queens, of Roman aqueducts, fairytale fortresses, and hairpin bends that delight both pro and semi-pro cyclists. The mountains and plains here offer plenty of challenge, but what makes riding here really special is the opportunity to connect with rural communities for a taste of real Spain.

Self guided or small group vacations?

Most cycling vacations in Spain are tailor made self guided trips. You’ll have flexibility on your route, where you stay, and whether to add in a rest day here or there. It also means that you’ll be heading out on your own, but with detailed maps and support just a phone call away should you need it. If you’d prefer a guided small group vacation instead, then there are certainly options available. Tackling the iconic Camino de Santiago or the starkly beautiful hills of the Sierra de Gredos is that much easier with a group of new friends cheering you on.

Catalonia

Catalonia is called home by legions of professional cyclists, drawn as much for the climate as they are for the varied and challenging terrain. Pyrenean foothills, Mediterranean coastline, quiet backroads and the famous Carrilet – a ‘Green Route’ over a disused railway – make this a superb destination for two-wheelers. Families will love cycling in Catalonia, too. Packing picnics in your panniers every morning, you can explore sunflower fields, extinct volcanoes, idyllic beaches and medieval towns, with route maps created by knowledgeable locals. Skip the summer heat if you can, but if you can’t, the mountains are still refreshingly crowd-free.

Sierra de Gredos

Spanish cycling legend Carlos Sastre, dubbed ‘Mr Clean’ for his achievements without doping, hails from the Sierra de Gredos. This mountainous region in Central Spain is slashed with long, wide roads and high passes – dreamy terrain for the cyclist. The Sierra de Gredos takes on its own yellow jersey in June, the hills cloaking themselves in flowering broom to form a distinctive backdrop. This is a starkly beautiful area and one that sees little in the way of tourism. A cycling vacation brings valuable income for local businesses that love to see riders making their way back here.

More vacation ideas

Budget biking vacation in Spain

From 425 to695
8 days ex flights
Self guided cycling vacation as you live like a local

Cycling tour in Catalonia for food lovers, Spain

From 1080 to1290
7 days ex flights
Cycling tour through and taste Catalonia!

Cycling vacation in Valencia region, Spain

From 730 to800
7 days ex flights
Experience Valencia's best on this self guided tour
Tailor made

Self guided cycling vacation in Spain

From 1080 to1290
7 days ex flights
Discover the many aspects of northern Catalonia by bike

Gredos self guided cycling vacation in Spain

From 755 to1250
6 days ex flights
Pristine mountain cycling in Central Spain
Tailor made

Family cycling and water sports vacation in Spain

From 595 to745
8 days ex flights
sea kayaking, padel boarding, snorkelling and a sailing trip
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More about Cycling vacations in Spain

Valencia

A tailor made cycling vacation in Valencia will take full advantage of the glorious countryside in this part of Spain. You’ll ride from mountains to coast, finishing in Valencia itself via river valleys and gorges, wetlands teeming with birdlife, medieval towns and old Arabic villages. The terrain is easy to moderate, so if you’re a fairly regular cyclist then riding here will be easily manageable. And aromatic. You’ll pass seemingly endless olive and orange groves, vineyards and rice paddies – there to provide for the local favourite, paella.

Family cycling in Spain

Active families wanting an alternative to lounging around the pool or crowded beach resorts should look north-east to Catalonia. Away from the beaches and Gaudi architecture of Barcelona, you can find seclusion and sublime family cycling terrain out in the countryside. Tailor made trips allow you to ride as much, or as little, as you wish, so you can easily add in a rest day to explore a medieval castle or plot a longer route to include a few scenic picnics. Opt for a hotel with a pool, and you’ll have an easy way to motivate the kids on those last few kilometres back.

Cycling for foodies

Even if you’ve got a laser focus on the gap between the handlebars, it would be sheer folly to go on a cycling vacation in Spain and neglect the food. In the Baix Emporda county of Catalonia you can pack in the fuel in fishing harbours, tapas bars and artisan markets. Make sure to empty out your panniers each morning so you can make the most of visits to olive oil producers and cheesemakers. Foodie cycling vacations in Catalonia are rivalled by Valencia, where Spain’s most famous traditional dish, paella, has its roots.
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