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One of our most popular week-long tours, this journey is for those who want to explore the best Madrid and its surrounding areas have to offer. We’ll guide you along the mountain-capped Sierra de Gaudarrama, stopping off at medieval villages to sample the cuisine and the culture of this unique region of Spain. The surrounding countryside is a biker’s dream, with rolling pastures and meadows. At every bend, there’s some castle or fairy-tale palace to explore, and our guides will fill you in on all the weird and wonderful history. Aside from the rural delights, we’ll also have the chance to explore the ancient city of Segovia, with its mind-blowing Roman aqueduct; and El Escorial, a royal site that has served as monastery, palace, basilica, church, mausoleum, and home to Spain’s ruling dynasties. The trip ends with a weekend in Madrid, full of the tapas and nightlife that have made the capital so famous.
Pick up at the airport at the agreed time and transfer to hotel in the village of Miraflores de la Sierra. Introductions and selection of bicycle. Possibility to walk around the village to get acquainted with it and its monastery.
After the hearty breakfast at the hotel, we start cycling in the beautiful valley of Lozoya and its dam, to start ascending Navafria ,taking us to the side of the Segovian range. This is not a very steep ride, although long. From there we can have beautiful views of the valley and the pine woods. The descent is agreeable and peaceful. It takes us to small villages that still have all the charm of past times.
Pedraza outstands them all. We enter the village through an arch in its walls. Some of the houses once belonged to noble families and on the façade they still keep the families´ coat of arms. There, we will have the chance to eat the famous Segovian lamb.
We leave Pedraza, and look forward to our arrival in Segovia. We go through small villages with Romanesque churches and refreshing fountains, sparrows and hawks will be looking upon us as we go through the silent roads. We reach Segovia, crossing the Roman aqueduct the best preserved in the world and we sample some regional wine along with an aperitif. After resting at the hotel we visit the cathedral, the Alcazar fortress and the charming old part of the town.
Today we have a very intense day. After visiting the sumptuous Palace of La Granja with its fountains and gardens we leave either on a forest path or by road, passing by streams and centenary trees to reach El Escorial , always with superb views. We stop at a small village to recover some strength and we can also visit The Valley of the Fallen (Monument to all the Spaniards that died during the civil war and Franco´s tomb).
Today we don´t have a long ride to do. We will be touring the outskirts of El Escorial and we will be visiting “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 . We will be leaving the bikes to visit the monastery, we will have lunch and continue to Madrid by minibus. Afternoon and evening are free. As an optional choice we offer you a flamenco show with dinner.
Free day. We will be giving information and tips on things to do and places to go to. The choice is very large. Not to be missed are: The Royal Palace, Plaza Mayor main central square and some museums. Another option: Get to know Madrid by bicycle with Bravo Bike!
If you have the time, we suggest you go to the Retiro classical park with lots of things going on in it, or to “el rastro “, a flea market. Transfer to airport in our minibus when needed.
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