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Andalusia – Route of the Caliphate – Granada to Cordoba

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Homepage > Spain > Andalusia – Route of the Caliphate – Granada to Cordoba
  • Duration: 6 Nights
  • Difficulty: Level 2 (top end of level 2)
  • Tour Type: Self Guided
  • Availability: Any day 1st March to 23rd November (Not between 11/3-31/5)
  • Location: Cordova

Route of the Caliphate

Tour Details

Welcome to Hooked on Cycling and our cycling holiday in Andalusia. This biking vacation in Andalucia is available as a self-guided cycle tour which we have graded as a level 2 cycling tour. This really is a cycling adventure through Andalusia’s past and culture, a journey of discovery that evokes the natural beauty and cultural heritage of the Route of the Caliphate, that ancient Muslim route which joins the cities of Cordova and Granada, which are two of the most emblematic cities of ancient al-Andalus.

Granada, whose mighty kingdom cultivated the sciences above all and where formal refinement and architectural decoration reached levels unmatched in any society of its time. Cordova, home to the ruling Caliphs, to philosophers, astronomers, mathematicians and doctors who illuminated the middle ages with knowledge, centuries ahead of the European Renaissance.

Come and see these two cities, then, on a journey through time and across the unique, natural territories that feature along the way. You will enjoy the unsuspected beauty of landscapes that unfold in fan-like fashion before your eyes and the prospect of the villages, castles, churches and towns that stretch before you just waiting to be discovered. You can recover your strength in the company of hospitable locals and enjoying their feasts, restoring lost energy with the best food and wines this region has to offer.

Starting Location


Price Includes

  • 6 nights bed breakfast
  • Mixture of 1,2,3,4 star equivalent hotels.
  • Luggage transfers
  • Transfer Granada to Tozar
  • Route Book and Maps

Price Excludes

  • Transport before and after tour
  • Flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • MTB Bike rental
  • E-MTB Bike Rental
  • High season supplement
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 Granada

Arrive in Granada and check onto your hotel within the historic part of the city. Later, you can go for a stroll and find delightful little corners, palaces and gardens abound in its old neighbourhoods, along with a multitude of tapas bars, restaurants and wine houses. All this will bring you to love a city that is as full of life as it is of history and poetry.

Day 2Granada, Alhambra and private transfer to Tozar.

Today you can explore the city of Granada and the amazing Alhambra (tickets not included, pre-booking is suggested). It will take you roughly half a day to visit this enormous Palace/Fortress and residence of the Nasrid Sultans with its beautiful gardens! Late in the afternoon you shall be collected from your hotel and transferred to Tozar around 45 minutes away. You can now take a short walk if you wish and explore the village, tombs dug out of rock and some remains of defence systems used during the Spanish Civil war.

Day 3Tózar to Alcalá 17 miles 28km, 577m of ascents

Today’s route is undulating for most of the day. You will first cycle through the small village of Limones. You will now enter a section of the route on unpaved roads toward Casillas de Gumiel. Now the scenery changes to riding through fields of cereal and in springtime full of poppies. Soon you shall reach Fuente del Rey and a  short distance further is Alcala with its imposing fortress La Mota. This is well worth a visit. The old cathedral is also worth taking a look at built by the reconquering Christians.

Day 4Alcalá la Real – Alcaudete -Zuheros 37.5 miles 60km (or 30 km). 905/1150m up/down on the long route

If this day is too long you can have a transfer with the luggage transport normally at around 10:30-11:00 and skip the first part, you can start to cycle from either Ventas del Carrizal or Alcaudete. However there is only one vehicle to take bikes and cyclists so the transfer depends on the availability on the day.

Part I Fuente del Rey/Alcalá.-Alcaudete 31/29 km, 505-455m ascends and 700m descends

Today a further day of undulations as you ride the short distance to Alcaudete. There are two options to Castillo Locubin, a trail and a small tarmac road. Now a descent to the river of San Juan which you now follow by bike. Soon you arrive at Alcaudete. 

Part II Alcaudete- Luque- Zuheros 30 km, 400 m ascends, 450 m descends

This section is firstly along with the local via Verde (discontinued railway line) to the salt lake where you might well see flamingos. In Luque, you could stop for some lunch in a converted train wagon in the station before you continue onto Luque. Here you can spend the time to explore the wonderful whitewashed village. Now you shall have a climb to your destination for the day in Zuheros.

Day 5Zuheros – Baena - Castro del Rio / Espejo 24 miles 38/47km, 250/545m of ascents.

 Cycling back to the via Verde to continue via Beana to Castro del Rio. The road after Beana is not actively used mainly due to its poor condition which allows for an enjoyable ride without traffic. Castro del Rio is famous for its olive oil production and local crafts.

Day 6 Espejo / Castro del Rio to Cordoba 29/27 miles 47/43km, 530/555m of ascents

Today is probably the hardest day as you cycle on quiet roads to Cordoba. Soon you shall see its Roman bridge, now you have complete your cycle tour. Now you can visit the famous “Mezquita” (Grand Mosque) or a walk through the amazing Jewish quarter.

Day 7Departure

Depart after breakfast.


How to get there

By plane to Granada, Malaga or Seville and then transfer by train or coach to Granada.

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Abandoned building in Andalusia