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Cycle Southern Spain - Murcia tour
Education / Learning Cycling Cycle Southern Spain - Murcia package

Cycle Southern Spain - Murcia

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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
7 days
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Overview

Highlights

  • Peaceful cycling - Ride on scenic and quiet backroads and cycle paths
  • Caravaca de la Cruz - Visit one of the Catholic world's 5 holy cities
  • White-washed villages - typical Spanish villages in the Ricote Valley with Moorish roots
  • Tapas y Vino - Reward yourself with and refuel on delicious Spanish food and wine

Short Description

On this cycling adventure in southern Spain we discover Murcia's whitewashed villages and Moorish towers, endless orchards, ancient irrigation channels and layers of history. Pedal along peaceful via verde cycle paths and quiet roads, enjoying historic towns and a variety of landscapes. Murcia enjoys mild winters, a semi-arid climate and averages more than 320 days of sun per year, making it an ideal escape for an active holiday.

Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
Trip Type Small Group Tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport N/A
Start City N/A
End City Murcia

Travel Theme

Education / Learning

Destinations

Spain

Cities & Attractions

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Trip Includes

Included Bike

27 gear Bergamont Horizon hybrid bikes with front suspension. Electric bikes (e-bikes) are available for an additional cost for the duration of the holiday. Please contact us for more details or to request your e-bike.

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Itinerary

Day 1 - Tour starts in Murcia. Optional short ride

Description

For those interested there is an optional self-guided ride today to the Fuensanta Sanctuary. The hotel will be able to instruct but you should make your way to the bike rental shop to meet the Leader, where you will be given and fitted with a bike for the week ahead, as well as route notes to follow for the ride. Anybody that doesn't ride today will be given their bike tomorrow morning and will have time to make any necessary adjustments. Please note there is a charge for this optional ride and you pay the bike rental office directly. We recommend you start this at 3pm latest from November to February or 4pm in other months. Later this evening you can meet your fellow travellers properly at the first group dinner.

Our total cycling distance today is approximately 18 kilometres (Total 100 metres ascent and descent)(optional).

Included Meals : None

Day 2 - Cycle to Caravaca de la Cruz

Description

We drive out from Murcia after breakfast on the only vehicle transfer of the holiday, other than getting to and from the airport. After 45 mins we reach the town of Bullas where we start our ride on the gently graded via verde del noroeste cycle path (a converted railway track). Those that didn't ride yesterday will be given and fitted with their bike this morning. The cycle path leads all the way to Caravaca but we leave it mid-section to ride on quiet country roads up to the hilltop town and interesting old quarter of Cehegin and along the river Argos. We return to the cycle path and on to Caravaca de la Cruz where we spend the next two nights. One of the world's five Holy Cities according to the Vatican (the others are Rome, Jerusalem, Santiago de Compostela and Santo Toribio in the Lebanon), Caravaca de la Cruz becomes busier with Catholic pilgrims during a Holy Year (every seven years). Pilgrims can obtain Eternal Forgiveness in the Holy Year by visiting the church.

Our total cycling distance today is approximately 39 kilometres (300 metres total accumulated ascent and descent).

Included Meals : Breakfast

Day 3 - Circular ride around Caravaca

Description

On today's ride we discover the nature, beauty and history of the area surrounding Caravaca. Cycling past irrigation channels and elm groves, the route takes us from fountain to fountain passing sites with the remains of Paleolithic, Iberian, Roman and Medieval settlements. The day starts with an ascent of 400 metres spread over 16.5 km to reach the Celtiberian village of Archivel. Then we pick up a waymarked route - 'Itinerario Ecoturístico Archivel-La Encarnación' - that leads us past tiny villages downhill to La Encarnación and eventually back to Caravaca. The final section of around 10 km is along an unsurfaced track that takes us to our hotel in Caravaca. This evening you can enjoy a stroll on the Plaza del Arco square along with the locals and there should be the option to take taxis out to a local restaurant that also brews their own beers.

Our total cycling distance today is approximately 45 kilometres (450 metres total accumulated ascent and descent).

Included Meals : Breakfast

Day 4 - Cycle to Calasparra via 15th century Moratalla fortress

Description

We leave Caravaca this morning after breakfast and cycle to Calasparra. As with yesterday, a lot of the ascent is tackled in the morning with two steep ascents of note (150m each), after which the route is mainly downhill to our hotel in Calasparra. We plan to arrive into Moratalla around lunchtime and allow some free time to explore its steep, narrow lanes and 15th-century Christian fortress featuring the 'Torre del Homenaje' (a reconstruction of a Moorish fortress) and 16th-century church of Santa María de la Asunción. On the next section of the ride after leaving Moratalla the countryside becomes more barren, with huge groves of olive trees, almond trees and farmed fields. Wherever you find a bit of water and a river nearby, the orchards and vegetable gardens reappear, as do the rice paddies as you near Calasparra.

Our total cycling distance today is approximately 44 kilometres (450 metres total accumulated ascent and 740 metres descent).

Included Meals : Breakfast

Day 5 - Cycle past almond and apricot orchards to Cieza

Description

This morning we ride out to the 'Virgen de la Esperanza Sanctuary' (Our Lady of Hope), the patron saint of Calasparra whose 12th century shrine is a cave carved into the rock face over the banks of the Segura river. From here our cycle ride heads on to Cieza and along the way we will encounter very few villages, riding on peaceful country roads, with views to the surrounding hills and past the Alfonso XIII Reservoir. As we return to the Segura river the landscape turns into a patchwork of almond and apricot orchards, a symphony in shades of pink with springtime blossom. The final 6.5 km follows a quiet road along the river to reach the lively town of Cieza. It is possible to shorten the ride today by 13km if you do not visit the Esperanza Sanctuary. Those interested can cycle (uphill) out of Cieza to visit the Moorish archaeological site of Siyasa, returning the same way.

Our total cycling distance today is approximately 46 kilometres (480 metres total accumulated ascent and 630 metres descent).

Included Meals : Breakfast

Day 6 - Ride through the scenic Ricote Valley back to Murcia

Description

The Segura River and ancient irrigation channels will mark our way from the pleasant town of Cieza to Archena. The scenery changes today as we ride in the Ricote Valley whose arid slopes contrast with the oasis-like orchards studded with palm trees fed by the river. We pass villages, such as Abaran, Blanca, Ojos and Ulea that were Murcia's last Moorish stronghold in the 15th century. From Archena we follow roads through some industrial areas and busy small towns before a peaceful final section of via verde cycle path for 12km along the banks of the Segura river back into Murcia. Around 10% of today's route is on unpaved surfaces. Tonight we can reflect on and celebrate the week with a final supper in Murcia.

Our total cycling distance today is approximately 57 kilometres (200 metres total accumulated ascent and 340 metres descent).

Included Meals : Breakfast

Day 7 - Trip ends in Murcia

Description

Our trip ends this morning in Murcia after breakfast.

Included Meals : Breakfast

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Cycle Southern Spain - Murcia

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Optional Activities

Optional Excursions

Murcia - day 1 optional ride bike hire 15 Euros Caravaca de la Cruz - Museum of the Caballos del Vino 3 Euros, Hospedería Molino del Rio dinner and taxi 35 Euros Moratalla - 15th-century Christian fortress 2 Euros, 16th-century church of Santa María de la Asunción free entry Calasparra - Virgen de la Esperanza Sanctuary free entry, donations welcomed Cieza - Museo Siyasa free entry

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Accommodation Notes

Standard - Our mid-range accommodation offers a good level of service often with other amenities such as a restaurant, bar, garden or swimming pool. Generally rooms will be comfortable with en-suite facilities.

Guides

A Tour Leader is an integral part of any Explore tour and your tour will be led by one of our experienced tour leaders who have been handpicked and expertly trained. We believe that our Tour Leaders are the key to the success of our tours; they are passionate travellers who are bursting with first-hand local knowledge which they love to share. Your tour Leader will also take care of all the planning and organisation throughout your journey. Their passionate approach will make this tour fun and inspiring, bringing the destination to life whether you're travelling alone or with others.

Tour Staff

Driver(s), Explore Tour Leader / Cycle guide

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Cycling Information

On this tour we cycle 218 km over five days (an average of 44 km per day) with a further optional 31 km available. The route mostly follows well-surfaced tarmac lanes and secondary roads with little traffic plus a few dirt tracks. Inevitably, near the larger towns we will encounter more traffic. Apart from on the first optional self-guided ride, the Tour Leader leads the rides while luggage is transferred between hotels. A support vehicle does not accompany the rides. We have graded the route as moderate.

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