From road cycling holidays in Spain that take you from one side of the country to the other, to routes that go a little off the beaten track, you’ll find plenty of beautiful bike-friendly getaway options.
When’s the best time for a cycling holiday in Spain?
As it can get pretty hot during the summer months, you might want to plan your cycling holiday to Spain at the beginning or tail end of the season. Easter can also be a wonderful time to see the country by bike and often quieter, too, if you can book outside of school holiday times.
What are some good cycling routes in Spain?
There are numerous cycling routes in Spain suitable for both novice bikers and more experienced riders. Why not consider:
Mallorca cycling holidays
The Spanish island of Mallorca is undeniably one of the most popular destinations in Europe for a cycling holiday. It’s packed with challenging routes ideal for those training for endurance or competitions, although you’ll also find gentler trails if you’re cycling for leisure, too.
The Cap of Formentor is the most popular road cycling route in Spain that meanders for 20km and ends up at a pretty lighthouse. For something less tiring, head inland to Mallorca’s central regions and follow the quiet roads through pretty villages and diverse countryside.
Coast to coast cycling holidays in Spain
Whether you want to start off in Barcelona and make your way to Bilbao or you fancy a north to south Spain cycle, there’s lots of routes that take you cross country and through some stunning landscapes.
And if you’ve always wanted to do the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route, it can be easily traversed on a bike. You can either start your epic cycling trip off in southern France or begin in Porto, Portugal.
Catalunya cycling holidays
The northerly region of Catalunya (which has Barcelona at its heart) is a fantastic spot for a family cycling holiday in Spain as its roads are well looked after and there’s a range of routes with different difficulties.
Pass through olive groves and hilltop towns near Girona or stick to the coastal roads along the Costa Brava that wind gently past fishing villages and beach resorts. If you fancy camping, you’ll find a few amazing bike-friendly campsites close to Barcelona and Girona, including Camping Garrofer in Sitges and Camping Castell d’Aro near Playa d’Aro.
Andalucía cycling holidays
Spain’s southerly region of Andalucía is a prime holiday spot for sunseekers and those hoping to explore beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Sites like Grenada’s Alhambra Palace. It’s also a good location for a Spain cycling holiday, especially if you’re not restricted by when you can go.
You’ll find Andalucía has cycling routes for all abilities, from the flat deserts (best visited in winter when it’s cooler) and sleepy coastal roads of Almeria to the tricky terrain of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Enjoy more temperate weather by booking your trip off season between September and May.