- Difficulty: Moderate+
- Category: Cycling, self-guided
- Duration: 6 nights, 7 days
- Recommended time of year: 1st March-31st June and 1st Sept-30th November
A fabulous cycle tour through the Land of Conquistadors with a touch of luxury!
- A very special cycle route through this magnificent area of central Spain combining rustic beauty with a touch of luxury.
- Unique ****star Parador hotels in beautifully restored historic palaces, castles and convents with enticing swimming pools!
- Discover the magnificent medieval architecture of the spanish conquistadores of the Americas in Oropesa, Plasencia, Trujillo...
- Visit the World Heritage city of Caceres with its impressive medieval monuments and main square.
- Cycle through the terraces full of olive groves and cherry blossom in the foothills of the dramatic mountains of Gredos.
- Experience the wild beauty of the Monfrague National Park with eagles and vultures swooping overhead.
- Explore real Spain as this cycle route passes through the beautiful regions of Toledo and Extremadura.
Which airport should I fly to? Madrid International Airport.
How do I get to the Starting Point? By train from Madrid Atocha train Station to Oropesa.
How do I get back to Madrid Airport? By train from Caceres to Madrid Atocha station.
Tarmac: 98.6% Cycle track: 1.4%
Day 1: Arrival to Oropesa
Your arrival to Oropesa, which can be easily reached by train from Madrid (1:40 h). Arrive with time to explore this beautiful medieval town, lose yourself in the cobbled streets and discover its historic gems!
Day 2: Oropesa to Jarandilla de la Vera
Your cycling adventure begins today! Through typical Mediterranean woodland, your route leads you along the foothills of the Gredos Mountains, whose granite cliffs are a perfect backdrop for the day's route providing stunning views. Jarandilla de la Vera, final destination of the day, showcases architectural wonders such as the churches of San Agustin and Ntra. Señora de la Torre. Your stay tonight is in a spectacular castle that once hosted Emperor Charles V for several months!
34 or 41 miles (55 or 67 km) / Climb: 612 m
Day 3: Jarandilla de la Vera to Plasencia
Today's cycling route takes you through peaceful countryside to the medieval market town of Plasencia. Since the days of the Conquistadors, this walled town has enjoyed a strategic location on the historic 'Ruta de la Plata'. Palaces, ancestral homes and significant religious buildings make up the architecture of this beautiful city nestled on the bank of the Jerte river.
36 or 42 miles (59 or 69 km) / Climb: 525 m
Day 4: Plasencia to Monfragüe National Park
Cycling south towards the Tajo river, you will reach the stunning National Park of Monfrague, a well-known place for all bird watching enthusiasts, where you can see the rare black vultures, black storks... The landscape here is a unique juxtaposition of farming land and cork and oak trees. The farms in this area are dedicated to raising Spain's famous wild bulls and the black "iberico" pig which provides us with the delicious 'jamon iberico'.
21 miles (33km) / Climb: 383 m
Day 5: Monfragüe to Trujillo
Today you cycle through beautiful Mediterranean woodland to the town of Trujillo, one of the area’s most important historic and cultural towns and certainly one of Spain's finest gems! The walled hilltop town, which overlooks the expansive countryside, dates back to 600 BC. Several of Spain's most famous conquistadors such as Hernan Cortes who conquered the Aztec empire and Francisco Pizarro who conquered the Inca Empire, called this region home. On their return from the Americas to Trujillo, these Conquistadors built magnificent residences to celebrate their newfound wealth. The legacy of the conquest can be seen in much of Trujillo’s perfectly preserved architecture and the impressive bronze statue of Francisco Pizzaro mounted on his horse, which dominates the town’s main square.
31 miles (49 km) / Climb: 427 m
Day 6: Trujillo to Caceres
The scenery of this last day is a beautiful mix of small villages and stunning landscapes. Reaching the monumental city of Caceres, you will be transported back in time as the architecture reflects a blend of Roman, Islamic, Northern Gothic and Italian Renaissance influences. Be sure to explore the narrow cobbled streets as they twist and climb among ancient stonewalls lined with palaces and mansions!
34 miles (55 km) / Climb: 350 m
Day 7: Departure or extra nights
Why not to take one or two extra nights to relax and enjoy this fabulous destination?
Your hotel is a beautifully restored 15th Century Palace and Castle. The stately home of the Álvarez de Toledo, Counts of Oropesa, once the home of soldiers, clergy and noblemen, enjoys exceptional views of the Sierra de Gredos. The historic value of the “Torre del Homenaje”, a tower attached to the Parador, the columns of the courtyard, and the pool with outstanding views over the plains of Campo Arañuelo, make this into an amazing location!
Your hotel is a tastefully renovated palace-castle from the 14th century. It lies sheltered in the middle of the Vera and Tietar valleys, between gorges filled with water, woods of chestnut trees and oak groves and stunningly beautiful natural landscapes that reaffirm the richness of their historical, majestic surroundings. For months it played host to an illustrious guest - Emperor Carlos V. From the exterior, the towers, ‘patio de armas’ courtyard and its excellent swimming pool contrast with the olive and orange trees. Inside, you will find a relaxing and intimate atmosphere.
This Parador is an impressive historic building just inside the walls of the city. The hotel is in the former convent of Sto. Domingo, founded by the Zuñiga family in the mid-15th century.
A charming country house dating back to the 19th century, set in acres of traditional farmland. Due to its privileged location, at the foot of Las Corchuelas Mountain Range in Monfragüe´s National Park. It is a unique and incomparable destination to enjoy the peace and tranquility of this special place.
In the historic city of Trujillo, birthplace of explorers, this lovely hotel is set in the 16th century convent of Santa Clara. Outstanding features of the interior include two beautiful cloisters with Renaissance arches and columns drenched in sunlight. Ideal for relaxation and leisure, the hotel has spacious, quiet and pleasant lounges and noble bedrooms with antique wooden furniture. One of the most impressive spaces is the breakfast room, a beautifully decorated restored chapel.
The Parador de Cáceres represents the harmonious union of two palaces belonging to marquises both dating from the 14th century. The interior of the building boasts all the elegance, quality and comfort of a historic structure adapted to suit the needs of today's guests.The hotel is conveniently situated in the old historic centre.
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: 886€ per person
- Single room supplement: 163€
- Solo Traveller supplement: 296€
- Half board / dinners (wine not incl.): 160€
- Bike hire: 100€
- Electric Bike hire: 150€
- GPS rental (one per group): 30€
- 5 nights’ accommodation at Paradors 4 **** and one night at charming rural hotel.
- 6 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.