With a mediterranean climate that allows for almost whole year round riding, Spain is one of the best countries to join a bike tour to discover its charm and history, or to gather a group of friends to ride an early season cycling camp to ramp up the fitness levels. Here's the best locations to do just that:
The sunny mediterranean island of Palma de Mallorca is a perfect location for both a road bike tour and a cycling camp. It has all the right ingredients for you to enjoy a week of great cycling: diverse landscape with flat, hilly and mountainous roads, great food, plenty of cycling hotels, welcoming locals used to receive and cater for cyclists and the myriad of beaches you'll find across the island, just perfect for lazy afternoons of resting and relaxing.
This island has been a training ground for both pro-cyclist and amateurs that come from all over the world to ride in its well maintained roads. In Majorca you'll be riding the mountains of the northern coast along with its iconic climbs to Sa Calobra and Coll de Reis, as well as the long downhill sections taking you to the beach. The hills and flats of the southern and central area are perfect to start the tour and get you used to the environment as you make your way north through the beautiful coastal roads that contour the western and northern coasts.
A Mallorca road cycling holiday will introduce you to the island's gastronomy, still very much a tasty Spanish cuisine but it has its own specialties, namely the tasty fresh fish and seafood, available around in the island's restaurants and local cafés. To pair with the tasty food, you can discover the wines of the Binissalem - Mallorca wine region that produces great wines using local grape varieties as well as blended or multi-varietal wines. The vineyards are located on the foothills of the Tramuntana and Alfabia mountain ranges one of the mandatory riding areas. Consider a visit to some of them to visit and a have a wine tasting experience.
Topping this you'll find great hospitality and accommodation, as you usually do in sun drenched islands, with expertise in catering for both cyclists and beach goers .We advise you to stay in both oceanside hotels where you can explore the hidden coves and the fine yellow sandy beaches but also the quaint rural inland hotels that will let you just relax by the pool and the serene landscape.
If you wish to road cycle in Mallorca, take a lot at our Bike Tour in Mallorca.
Another magnificent option is to ride the Catalonia and Girona region and its coastal area, the Costa Brava. This is a perfect setting for road cycling and the reason why dozens of professional road cyclists live there. It offers great and varied riding as the options go from the long, steep and world famous climbs in the mountainous Pyrenees, flatter and gentler hills of the Empordá wine region, the hillier and gentler climbs to Cap de Creus as well as the coastal roads along the beautiful beaches and coves of this rugged coast.
To recover from the riding and enjoy your relax times Catalonia and the Costa Brava will present you to this region's world famous gastronomy, with incredible food that you can find everywhere, from small family run restaurants and cafés where you can taste the regional specialties, all the way to the greatest names of Spanish and World cuisine in famed Michelin star restaurants using the best ingredients in inventive ways to surprise your palate.
To complete the gastronomic experiences you'll ride by and will be able to taste the brilliant wine produced in the Empordá wine region. This wine region borders the French Roussillon, both taking advantage of the sunny and warm mediterranean climate and balanced by the soothing and cooler presence of the Pyrenees mountains. The Empordá produces great reds, whites and even a tasting sweet strong wine.
Expect to enjoy the region's hospitality with a mix of postal pretty coastal hotels overlooking the sea in the beaches of S'Agaró, Sant Feliu de Guíxols or Cadaqués as well as the historical, rural and city hotels in and around the gastronomers heaven of Girona and the artsy Figueres, home of Salvador Dalí and its museum.
If you wish to road cycle in Catalonia, take a lot at our Bike Tour in Catalonia, Cycling Girona and the Costa Brava.
La Rioja is Spain's most famous wine region and home to world-class wineries, picture perfect villages and marvellous landscape. It's also a great region to ride and enjoy the sweeping long rolling hills through the vines. Take time to absorb this landscape, as you ride through the sea of vineyards that stretch as far as the eye can see. As you head north and tackle the mountains that circle La Rioja, and separate it from the coast, you'll experience the Basque Country - a region with its own individuality and history. Arriving on the coast gives you a different perspective of this land, where the flatter rugged coastal roads between San Sebastian and Bilbao make for an enjoyable scenic riding and where you'll be able to dip in the ocean and taste the amazing food as you go through one fishing village to the other.
San Sebastian has some of the best chefs and restaurants in the world and the greatest concentration of Michelin Stars too. Here you can have the most marvellous sophisticated meals paired with world class wine or you can just stop at small local restaurants and "bodegas" along the route to taste the regional specialties or the bold red wines of La Rioja.
This history rich land is home to world heritage monuments really worth a visit, especially in San Sebastian and Bilbao, and you can add some spiritual meaning to your rides by cycling one of the sections of the Camino Francés de Santiago that criss cross the region.
Expect your stay to be in a mix of rural hotels with plenty of character, wine and gastronomic hotels focusing on the Rioja wines and the marvellous local ingredients, as well as historic city hotels in great locations to enable you to live the cities of San Sebastian and Bilbao like the locals do.
If you wish to road cycle in La Rioja and Basque Country, take a lot at our Bike Tour in La Rioja and Basque Country.
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