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We will bike along quite paths, Roman ways, fields with fighting bulls, small villages and towns like Segovia and El Escoria near Madrid. We will appreciate important monuments, castles and royal palaces like the one at La Granja de San Ildefonso. On this week-long guided bicycle trip, you will know some of the more spectacular landscapes in the surroundings of the Spanish capital, the best monuments and some of the more typical villages of Spain.
Pick up at Madrid airport only on starting tour day or at your hotel in Madrid and transfer to your selected hotel in El Escorial with our van. Welcome to all participants, handing-over of all documents and selection of bicycles. Possibility of a stroll to get acquainted with the town and admire the monastery.
After a nice breakfast there will be a briefing about the day´s events. We will start with an easy tour to get acquainted and enjoy the surroundings of El Escorial with its royal parks, sites, forests and hills. Later on we will bike to the nearby dam. We´ll be following paths bordered by pine trees, evergreen oaks and small streams. We will return early in the afternoon to the hotel.
Quiet excursion on routes with some more difficulties. Visit to the nearby gardens and parks, climbing smoothly to “Philip II´s chair” (carved out in a rock and on which the king sat to contemplate the progress of works while the monastery was being built), a point where we have a wonderful view on the monastery. There, we will have a soft drink and admire the site visited by many famous persons. We´ll be riding on a roman roadway that led from Mérida (Extremadura) to Segovia, and beautiful paths to the pleasant village of Zarzalejo. After a break we continue on very old sheep lanes (going back 5 centuries) until we arrive at Robledo de Chavela where our minibus is ready, waiting for us.
Excursion to Segovia where, en route, we will ride our bicycles in the grounds of the Palace of Riofrio. We will get to see some deer as we go by the Palace de la Granja, visiting these fabulous gardens and superb fountains. Arrival at Segovia to visit its monuments. We will have lunch just in front of the Roman aqueduct. In the afternoon we will have a rest at Plaza Mayor, have a refreshing drink and get the chance to write a few postal cards. Return to El Escorial in our mini bus to have supper.
After breakfast we will bike along a few fields in the outskirts of El Escorial where brave bulls graze. We will cycle to the Valley of the Fallen (colossal Monument to the fallen in the Spanish Civil War dug in the rock) and on the way back we may visit the dam of “La Jarosa “. Return to the hotel, later on transfer by minibus to Madrid. Afternoon and evening are free, but we suggest we all have supper together and we go to a Flamenco show. This is an optional choice.
Free day. We shall be giving information and tips on things and places, but each of you will be free to go wherever you please since the choice is so large. Not to be missed: The Royal Palace, Plaza Mayor (main central square) and some museums. Optional: Madrid city tour by bicycle, a wonderful experience.
If you have the time, we suggest you go to the Retiro (lovely and lively park) or to “el rastro “, an open air flea market.
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