One of the most exhilarating and adventurous experiences you can have in Madrid is to experience the breathtaking beauty of Spain on a bicycle. Madrid offers many one day and multi-day tours of Madrid and other regions of Spain. All the tours start and end in Madrid, but you will travel by high speed train or minibus to areas outside Madrid to explore all the Spain has to offer for the cycling enthusiast.
One Day Tours
This is an approximately 3.5 hour tour that starts and ends at the bicycle rental shop. The tour follows this route through downtown Madrid. The first stop on the tour is the Palacio Real, which was completed in 1764. We don’t have time to actually take a tour of the palace, which by itself takes 3 hours to complete. We stop and take some pictures and continue the tour.
Our second stop on the tour is Cathedral at La Almudena, which was declared completed and consecrated by Pope John Paul II in 1993. Construction of the Cathedral was started in 1883 but the project moved very slowly and was delayed several times. Construction wasn’t actually fully completed until 1999.
The third stop on the tour is Plaza de la Villa, which is surrounded on three sides by Torre de los Lujanes, which was built in the 15th century, the Casa de Cisceros built in 1537, and Ayuntamiento the former town hall built in 1640.
After leaving the plaza we pass thru the San Miguel Market, and other attractions until we reach our 4th stop Retiro Park - Madrid's main park where we stop and enjoy some refreshments.
After our short break we continue the tour passing thru calle Serrano and Plaza de Colon (Columbus Square) to our final stop at the Templo de Debod, which is only 100 meters from our departure point. We wrap up the tour with either a tapas lunch or a few drinks as we relax and talk about our tour. All participants are provided with a photo CD taken during the tour.
Eight day Tour of the Conquistadores Route by Bicycle
This tour includes some travel by minibus but originates and ends in Madrid.
On day one all the participants meet at the airport in Madrid and a prearranged place and time. From the airport we take an approximately 2 hour minibus to Ávila (A World Heritage Site) where we select our bicycles, and check into the Parador Avila. After lunch we are free to take our own tour of the city either by bicycle or on foot.
On day 2 we spend the morning bicycling about 45 km (~28 miles) around the countryside outside the city walls. We arrive back at the Parador for lunch and then leave by minibus to Gredos. We check into our hotel and after some time to refresh ourselves we enjoy a nice dinner.
After breakfast on day 3 we travel by bus into the foothills of the Sierra de Gredos, once in the foothills we start our bicycling and ride thru the hills about 52 km (~32 miles) arriving in Jarandilla de la Vera. We check into the Parador Hotel a 4 star hotel, which was formerly a castle and home to Emperor to Charles V for several months.
On day 4 we depart on bicycle and head for Cuacos de Yuste where Edward V retired and died. We stop here and visit the Yuste Monastery, which was built in 1402. After lunch we continue by bicycle up thru the pass of Piornal and then travel to our destination for the night, which is the Parador Hotel in Plasencia, which was originally a convent, built in the 15th century. After dinner we are free to explore the city by bicycle or on foot.
Day 5 starts with breakfast and then we take a minibus towards Oropesa. We start our bicycle tour for the day outside the city and ride along a path that is an old railway right of way for 45 km (~28 miles). We arrive in Oropesa and check into the Hotel Parador, which is a 14th century castle converted into a 4 star hotel. We arrive and have time to explore the city, which is said to have been founded by Hercules in 1716 BC.
On day 6 we travel by minibus to a winery about halfway to Toledo. After we tour the winery and then we bicycle 55 km (~32 miles) toward Toledo and meet our minibus. The minibus takes us to Toledo where we enjoy lunch, and then tour the city on bicycle. We then take the minibus to Chinchón where we enjoy dinner and stay at the Hotel Parador a converted 17th century Convent.
Day 7 finds us having a nice breakfast and then travelling by minibus back to Madrid in less than an hour. When we arrive in Madrid you can either take the one day bicycle tour or explore the beauty of Madrid on your own. You eat dinner anywhere you choose in the city (dinner is not included in the package) and we stay at the Hotel Parador.
On day 8 is the end of the trip and after breakfast you are transported back to the airport in Madrid.