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  • Duration: 7 Nights
  • Difficulty: Level 2-3
  • Tour Type: Self Guided
  • Availability: Daily April to October
  • Location: Madrid and transfer to Riazza
Tour Details

Welcome to Hooked on Cycling holidays and our cycling holidays in Spain. This particular biking vacation in central Spain is a self-guided cycle tour which we have graded as a level 2-3 tour. This is the Land of El Cid a journey from the black slate valley to the medieval town of Sigüenza. You will retrace the steps of El Cid, the Spanish hero of the middle ages, as he travelled south winning battle after battle against Moorish kings who had conquered Spain for 800 years.

From the town of Riaza, in the foothills of the protected Guadarrama mountains, you will explore the red stone villages and the medieval town of Ayllón. Later you head south towards Guadalajara, down the “black slate villages valley”. This wonderful cycle journey then takes you on to Jadraque, dominated by the impressive El Cid’s Castle where you then follow the natural park of the “Rio Dulce Canyon”, to reach the unique and magnificent medieval town of Siguenza.

Starting Location

Madrid and transfer to Riazza

Price Includes

  • 7 Nights Bed and Breakfast
  • Rural hotels and guest houses
  • Information Pack
  • Routes and Maps
  • Luggage transfers

Price Excludes

  • Transport before and after tour
  • Flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Hybrid Rental Cycle
  • E-Bike Rental Cycle
  • Dinners
  • GPS Device Rental (only when renting bikes)
  • Extra Nights
Trip Info

Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Hooked on Cycling that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the chosen activity and for emergency evacuation and hospital care.


Day 1Arrival to Madrid and transfer to Ayllón, Segovia

Arrival to Madrid airport transfer to Ayllón on the foothills of the Guadarrama mountains. The journey will take just less than 2 hours by bus. You could also request a private transfer. A chance to relax and explore the medieval town centre which is full of Noble mansions from the 15th-17th centuries, and its palace and elegant main square and town hall.A chance to relax and explore the town´s fabulous main square, surrounded by colonnades topped with balconies and its Gothic church with its Renaissance tower.

Day 2Ayllón to Riofrio de Riaza 33.1 miles 53 km, up 942m

Today you have a spectacular first cycle tour through a vast oak woodland. While you cycle you can discover the red stone villages. You will have the chance to visit the medieval town of Riaza, with its fabulous main square, surrounded by colonnades topped with balconies and its Gothic church with its Renaissance tower.

Day 3Riofrio de Riazza to Campillo de Ranas 24.4 miles 39 km, up 771m

An initial push up the Quesera mountain pass takes you into Guadalajara province and a very different landscape of largely wooded valleys and the occasional little village characterised by its traditional architecture using the available black slate. The small quiet roads descend into the remote “Tejera Negra Valley” where the stars shine brightly at night, away from any light pollution.

Day 4Campillo de Ranas to Cogolludo 23 miles 36 km, up 505m

Cycle along quiet roads, past interesting towns such as Tamajón and Muriel, with a change for a swim at the Beleña reservoir to reach Cogolludo at the end of the day and enjoy its palace and the beautiful main square with several restaurants and terraces.

Day 5Cogolludo to Jadraque 24 miles 38 km, up 592m

Today you cycle ride will take you through wide-open spaces. You will cycle past many small plateaux in a traditional shepherding country. You climb up to an area offering fantastic views of the surrounding countryside and later descend on to the historic town of Jadraque, where its imposing castle dominates the landscape.

Day 6 Jadraque to Siguenza 29 miles 46 km, up 359m

Cycle along good tracks from Jadraque to Pelegrina following the crystal clear waters of the river Dulce, as it sinks into a spectacular canyon, now a protected natural park.

Day 7Siguenza loop 24 miles 38 km, up 390m

After a short cycle ride, you reach the old historic town of Siguenza and have plenty of time to explore its 5th-century castle, 12th-century cathedral, diocese museum, medieval necropolis and many churches and historic buildings.

Day 8Departure

You can transfer to Madrid by train or you can book a private transfer.


How to get there

Fly to Madrid, then by bus to Riazza (around 2 hours), there are 2 buses 9am and 5pm. You can also book a private transfer. At the end of the holiday take a train back to Madrid (1.5 hours)  or you can book a private transfer.

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