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biciLandscapes of Castile

Leisure
Difficulty: Moderate
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Category: Cycling, self-guided
  • Duration: 7 nights, 8 days
  • Recommended time of year: 1st April- 31st October
 

Self-guided, moderate level cycling tour in the landscapes of Castile.

  • Cycling along very quiet country roads.
  • Visiting historic towns such as Riaza, Ayllón, Jadraque and Sigüenza.
  • Discovering unexplored Spanish countryside.
  • Cycling through varied landscapes: plains, mountains, canyons.
  • Enjoy the wildness to this tour, travelling through isolated area.
  • Self-guided tour with luggage transfers included.

A cycling journey into the depths of unexplored Spain. A peaceful journey to discover the raw natural beauty of rural Spain, from the high plateau of Castile into the province of Guadalajara
From the town of Ayllón, in the foothills of the Guadarrama Mountains National Park, explore the red stone villages and the medieval town of Riaza.
Later head south towards Guadalajara, down the impressive "black slate villages valley". Cycle on to Jadraque, dominated by the impressive castle of El Cid and follow the natural park of the "Rio Dulce Canyon", to reach the unique and magnificent medieval town of Siguenza.

Travel:

Which airport should I fly to? Madrid International Airport.
How do I get to the Starting Point? By bus from Madrid to Ayllón. 2 hrs.
How do I get back to Madrid Airport? By train from Siguenza to Madrid. 1hr and 45 minutes.

ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrival to Ayllón

Arrival and a chance to relax and explore the medieval town center full of Noble mansions from the 15th-17th centuries, and its palace and elegant main square and town hall.

Day 2: Ayllón to Riofrio de Riaza

Bicycle handover and adjustment. Spectacular first route cycling amongst a vast oak woodland, discovering the quirky red stone villages, 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.

32 miles (53 km)

Day 3: Riofrio de Riaza to Campillo de Ranas

An initial push up the Quesera mountain pass takes you into Guadalajara province and a very different landscape of large wooded valleys and the occasional little village, characterised by its traditional architecture using the singular local black slate. The small quiet roads descend into the remote "Tejera Negra Valley" where the stars shine bright at night, away from any light pollution.
25 miles (39 km)

Day 4: Campillo de Ranas to Cogolludo

Cycle along winding country roads, past interesting towns such as Tamajón and Muriel, with a chance for a swim at the Beleña reservoir. Today´s route takes you to Cogolludo where you can enjoy its palace and beautiful main square and inviting restaurants with airy terraces.
23 miles (36 km)

Day 5: Cogolludo to Jadraque

Wide open spaces as you cycle past many small plateaux through traditional shepherding country. Look out for the solitary shepherd with his heard. After an uphill climb you are rewarded by fantastic views of the surrounding countryside and later descend in to the historic town of Jadraque, where its imposing castle dominates the landscape.
25 miles (39 km)

Day 6: Jadraque to Sigüenza

Cycle along good country tracks from Jadraque to Pelegrina following the sweet river "RIo Dulce", as it sinks into a spectacular canyon, now a protected natural park where large birds of prey thrive. Take time for an exhilirating dip in its crystal clear waters. After a short cycle ride from here you will reach the impressive historic town of Siguenza.
26 miles (43 km)

Day 7: Round trip Sigüenza

Time to explore Siguenza´s 5th century castle, 12th century cathedral, diocese museum, medieval necropolis and many churches and historic buildings as well as doing a circular cycle tour exploring the surrounding landscape.
23 miles (38 km)

Day 8: Departure

Return to Madrid to fly back home or why not extend your stay in this interesting city. It is possible to upgrade to stay in the 4**** Parador, a large Castle now converted into a comfortable hotel.

ACCOMMODATION

Small, family run, rural accommodation.

Day 1, Ayllón

Day 2, Riofrio de Riaza

Day 3, Campillo de Ranas

 

Day 4, Cogolludo

 

Day 5, Jadraque


Day 6 and 7, Sigüenza

  

OUR BICYCLES
Our hire bikes and equipment:

A bicycle specialist will deliver your hire bike and adjust it to your specifications. We provide you with fully equipped touring bicycles. Remember that we carry your luggage between hotels so you can travel light.

OUR BICYCLES 



OUR BICYCLES
GIANT ARGENTO or equivalent:
  • Hybrid bikes
  • Larger, confort seat
  • Front suspensión
  • Adjustable handle bars
  • 29 inch hibrid tires
  • 24 gears
  • Bicycle stand
  • Bottle holder
  • Mudguards
  • Bike Computer (odometer)
  • V-breaks

Other equipment provided:

  • Rear panniers
  • Map carrier
  • Helmet
  • Pump
  • Puncture repair kit
  • Multitool set
  • Bike lock

PRICES
 

  • Price: 656€ per person
  • Single room supplement: 137€
  • Solo Traveller supplement: 271€
  • Half board / dinners: 120€
  • Bike hire: 90€
What´s included?
  • 7 nights´ accommodation.
  • 7 breakfasts.
  • Luggage transfers between hotels.
  • Detailed maps with your trail clearly marked.
  • Itinerary description, full of recommendations for things to do and places to visit, advice and suggestions and information about your accommodation, etc.
  • Emergency support.
  • Activity insurance.

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Cycling the Land of el Cid

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Single rooms

Single room supplement: 137€

Half Board

Half Board (per person): 120€

Bicycle rental

Bicycle Rental (per bike): 90€

Transfer

Transfer Siguenza-Madrid (up to 4 persons per taxi): 140€

Transfer

Transfer Madrid to Ayllón (up to 4 persons per taxi): 140€

Extra night

Extra night in Madrid (double room): Price on asking.

Extra night

Extra night in Madrid (single room): Price on asking.

 

 

Customers´ comments


Carol Duck 11/04/2015
We found the cycling El Cid tour quite strenuous at the start with the long uphill climb over the mountain pass from Riaza to campillo de ranas ( evidence of La Vuelta de Espana road markings over the pass !! ) We are fair weather gentle cyclists so be warned if this is not what you are expecting !
The hosts at Campillo de ranas were fantastic ! Lovely accommodation , great food ,evening meal and breakfast …certainly the best of the tour,
The bikes were comfortable with a great handover from Jorge who also smoothed out some difficulties with our first hosts in Riaza ( they had lost our booking and had no knowledge of us )
The accompanying route maps and detailed road book instructions were very good and gave lots of extra info about the area…..all in all a great way to be off the beaten track and on very quiet roads . However we thought the degree of difficulty was above what we feel comfortable with , but would probably suit fitter cyclists than us . We cycled the road to Salamanca 2 years ago ( with away from the crowds ) and that was much more to our level of cycling.
We would do more detailed research before committing to another cycling tour to make sure that we were comfortable with the level of fitness required ,but that is not a criticism of the company . They have been very helpful from start to finish and we wish them good luck with their enterprise .

Carol & Mike Duck


James Langtry 03/06/2015
We enjoyed our holiday greatly. The itinerary was excellent, bicycles were great and we managed our 4 rear wheel punctures easily with the 4 spare inner tubes you supplied.
This is the third cycling holiday we have done with you and can strongly recommend all 3. We are likely to do more in the future and would love to see new itineraries.

Best wishes

Dave Brackett, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA 07/16/2014
The El Cid tour was the best part of my 6 weeks in Spain. The directions were excellent, the lodgings were fine, no problems with luggage pickup, and my questions were promptly answered by return email. The bike was terrific, good on pavement but also fine on dirt roads and a path that was muddy. Even though it was early July the temperatures were fine for biking. The route is quite varied, both the scenery and geology, with many small villages and castles along the way. Do it!
Jean McArthur 07/31/2013
The Land of El Cid is a brilliant trip. It promises the real Spain … and that’s what you get. We met only one English man between Riaza and Siguenza and only a handful of English-speakers. The route is well thought out and interesting, and the roads are smooth and empty. This trip’s got lots of variety: road, tracks, flat, undulating, hills, wonderful scenery, birds galore and roadsides lined with flowers and herbs, lots of history and lovely architecture. Even the weather provided plenty of variety, from hot and sunny to freezing rain and windy. Each day’s instructions and maps were clear. The hotels and guesthouses were comfortable and people were kind and helpful.
We were there mid-May and the whole trip takes place between 850 metres and 1750 metres above sea level. There were times when it was decidedly hot and times when it was decidedly chilly. So best to be prepared for all weathers as it’s quite cool in the mornings. Day 5 we got caught in driving rain up on a plateau and we were pleased we had our arm and leg warmers. But we still froze and when our brains and bodies finally thawed out at the hotel we realised we would have been much better off with our full gloves plus hats under our helmets. And we’re used to riding in temperatures that hover around 0 in winter.
The Orbea hire bikes were comfortable hydrids and ideal for the job, there were a few tricky moments on the slick tyres on Day 6 where it was a bit muddy, but overall the best option. We took our own SPD pedals and saddles although I was happy enough perched on the stock offering. Good quality Bontrager helmets were supplied, we wouldn’t have packed our own if we’d known this, worth checking before you depart. One less bulky item to pack.
Overall The Land of Cid was a fantastic trip, the scenery amazing and the distances nicely suited to leisurely days with plenty of stops to enjoy things on the way.
If you are looking for head down riding this possibly isn’t for you, although you could easily tack on some extra distance each day.

Folke Gravklev 07/09/2013

Thank you for the trip through El Cid´s country! We enjoyed all parts of it, have nothing to complain about. Lots of hospitality, great nature, fine exercise. We took some days in Madrid afterwards.

It did live up to our expectations, and we are used to cycling outdoors from Norway! Great trip!!

We had some problems with the chain on one of our bikes – one screw, the one that fastens the small wheel at the rear that sits at the gear arm – suddenly fell of with several parts. However, we had luck that this happened as we went uphill, and we managed to find all the 5 small parts and eventually fix it. But if it had happened downhill, we couldn´t have made it. We went over the screws on all the bikes, but it would be a good idea to go over the bikes with this in mind.

We´ll be looking at other trips in your program for next year!

yours

Folke Gravklev
Oslo, Norway

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