By Chris Smith

Tuesday 7th August 2018

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Granada and Sierra Nevada Cycling Routes

 


Granada is a great place to ride, one of our favourites in Spain. The capital of the region, (confusingly the region isalso called Granada), Granada is based at the foot of the Sierra Nevada mountains and is famous for it's beautiful historical buildings. Ride out from the city in an easterly direction and the mountains are your play ground. 

Pico de Veleta (inc Pinos Genil) - This ride is an out and back to the most famous mountain in the area, the Pico de Veleta. The climb summits at over 3000m, and few places offer the unique experience that climbing from Granada to the peak provides. The abruptness and theatre of the climb will not be lost on you. For 43 km you climb, this is after all the highest road in mainland Europe. A time of 3 hours will put you inthe top ten for Strava, but expect a time nearer 4 hours! After all your hard work, take a selfie, turn the bike round and whizz back down to Granada for a well earned drink. 

 

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La Peza Loop - This ride loops firstly south and then circumnavigates the Parque Natural Sierra de Huetor. Riding across the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountians, the backdrop is spectacular. Leaving Granada, you climb upwards for a solid 30km to the village of Tocon. From here the good news is that you are doing more down than up. We recomend coffee at La Peza (km 40). From here you skirt round a lake and through typical Andalusian scrub and farmland. Iznalloz is an ideal stop for lunch and then from here it is under 40km back to Granada. 

 

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