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This self-guided cycling tour is within 100 kms (60 miles) of Madrid. It takes you through many attractive areas in the Guadarrama mountain range recently declared a national reserve park. Stopping at Miraflores de la Sierra then pausing close to the 13th century monastery at Rascafria and shortly after at the mediaeval village of Pedraza.
You enter Segovia under a superbly preserved Roman aqueduct and make your way up to the beautiful sandstone cathedral and on to the Alcazar, a castle-fortress, of fairy tale appearence. The following day takes us to the Palace of La Granja de San de Ildefonso, once a summer residence for the Bourbon kings. San Lorenzo de El Escorial is a world heritage monastary. Your cycling trip ends in Spain’s magnificent capital where you’ll enjoy the intensity and liveliness of a modern metropolis filled with art galleries and museums.
The meeting point is our office in the center of Madrid from where you start your self-guided bicycle tour towards the Sierra de Guadarrama to finish at the beautiful quiet mountain village of Miraflores de la Sierra. Introductions and selection of bicycles. Later you will leave the city from our office through the Western park (Parque del Oeste) and then cycle along the river Manzanares to the outskirts of the capital and continue on a cycle lane to Soto del Real where our van will pick you up and drive you to your overnight stop in Miraflores de la Sierra. Spare luggage can be stored at no cost in our office in Madrid.
After a buffet breakfast a quite demanding climb through the Morcuera pass with extraordinary views of Madrid and on the downhill you should be impressed by the beauty of this part of Madrid province surrounded by high peaks in the Guadarrama mountian range. You will cycle on secondary roads with little traffic. Your overnight stay will be in a cosy country inn. You can visit the monastery of Santamaría El Paular.
After breakfast you start cycling the Lozoya valley and start ascending the Navafria pass offering views of the valley and the pine woods. The descent is peaceful on forest tracks. We recommend a stop in Navafría or the medieval village of Pedraza where you can try their famous Segovian lamb or suckling pig.
Leave Pedraza through the quiet backroads along the Guadarrama mountain range. Entering Segovia under the grand Roman aqueduct (the best preserved in the world) your centrally located hotel puts you in short walking distance to the cathedral, Alcazar (fortress) and you are in the charming old part of the town. Segovia belongs to region/province of Castile and Léon.
You may cycle to La Granja and back on a bike lanes or spend your day exploring Segovia city itself. A visit to the nearby royal palace at La Granja with it’s beautiful gardens or it’s exposition of the royal tapestry collection and the glasswork exposition (glass blowing) may interest you. In the afternoon a train to El Escorial for your overnight stay.
Today you can visit the monastery and cycle back to Madrid on dirt tracks away from busy roads enjoying the lovely country side. Another option is a bit shorter cycling the outskirts of El Escorial. You can visit “Philip II´s chair” a carved stone in the shape of a seat from where Philip II contemplated the process of the monastery works, the monastery gardens and the hills of El Escorial. Later in the afternoon transfer by minibus back to Madrid.
Get to know Madrid on our city or parks tour on us! This option is also an option before leaving Madrid for Segovia.
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