- 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 tour 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 castle of El Cid and follow the natural park of the "Rio Dulce Canyon", to reach the unique and magnificent medieval town of Siguenza.
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.
Day 1: Arrival to Ayllon
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: Ayllon 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) / Climb: 942 m
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) / Climb; 771 m
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) / Climb: 505 m
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) / Climb: 592 m
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) / 359 m
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) / Climb: 390 m
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.
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 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.
||GIANT ARGENTO or equivalent:
Other equipment provided:
- Price: 656€ per person
- Single room supplement: 137€
- Solo Traveller supplement: 271€
- Half board / dinners: 120€
- Bike hire: 90€
- GPS rental (one per group): 15€
- 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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