There aren’t many better ways to see a country than by bike. Eco-friendly, fast, and able to reach those places a little further of the tourist trails, a good, old-fashioned cycling holiday led by a local means you can get further off the beaten track than ever before, and enjoy that freeing sensation of sweeping along beautiful roads to fascinating new discoveries.
And Spain is no exception to the, better explored by bike, rule. Our cycling holidays in Spain show you the very best of the landscape, the beautiful coastlines and acres of vineyards near Barcelona, to the hidden city gems in Madrid you simply wouldn’t find alone.
Cycling holidays allow you to reach places and see sights that ordinarily would be out of reach. When you jump on a bike, there is virtually nowhere out of reach. You can make it deep into the countryside to discover unique rural experiences, you can navigate the narrow tracks or alleyways that big tour buses can’t, and you can achieve the childish sense of joy that comes from discovering new sights at every bend as the wind rushes through your hair.
In Spain, a cycling holiday isn’t just about beautiful beaches and coastlines (even if there are plenty about), it’s about getting right off the beaten track and discovering hidden gems in Madrid, about stumbling upon atmospheric alcoves and beautiful narrow alleyways in San Sebastian.
There are few feelings as rewarding as getting back from a long day out in the Barcelona countryside, enjoying the sweeping country roads and the beautiful hillsides, before sitting back in a vibrant wine bar and enjoying the buzz of the evening, or firing up a fish grill in San Sebastian after a day discovering the local hidden gems on the picturesque coastline of white-sand beaches and deep blue Atlantic seas.
A cycling holiday in Spain with Not In The Guidebooks takes you directly to these authentic experiences thanks to your local guide. All our guides and hosts are passionate about showing off the best, non-touristy parts of their home, they want to show you the best trails and the best roads to cycle on, and the unique, local things to do at the end of them.
Forget planning routes and worrying that you’re missing out on the best sights and things to do, you can simply relax as you freewheel through the stunning scenery.
Head to the vibrant, buzzing capital for a cycling tour of Madrid that doesn’t merely show you the main sights on big, crowded tours. Follow a local around the city as they lay bare the quirks, the hidden gems and the local experiences that really bring a city to life, and if there’s one city in Europe that really rewards you for getting underneath its skin, it’s Madrid.
Alternatively, the atmospheric lanes and alleyways of San Sebastian, its stunning beaches and intriguing features of society make it a wonderful place to head on a bike tour. Meet up with a local to truly experience the city through an authentic lense, and find the spots that the majority of tourists simply miss.
Wherever you go for a cycling holiday in Spain, you can be sure that you’ll create memories of unique experiences that last a lifetime.
People who haven’t ridden a bike since they were 12, those looking for offbeat trails and long days in the saddle, or those just looking to experience a place in a more unique way, everyone is welcome on our cycling holidays in Spain.
Your guides will be experts in judging the length and difficulty of each ride, and make sure that they take you to the very best places along safe routes, so that you can simply relax and drink in the scenery, and enjoy the sensation of sweeping through the Spanish countryside.
All you need to bring is energy, a sense of curiosity and a thirst to discover something new. Sound like you?
We’re passionate about helping people find the most amazing experiences on their travels, through meeting local people, exploring new places, and discovering alternative activities that make holidays special. We do this by carefully selecting partners in countries around the world who are experts in their local area, sourcing interesting people who can guide you through immersive experiences.
We’ve got local partners all across Spain, from the rolling hills of the Barcelona countryside, all the way to the pristine beaches and narrow alleys of San Sebastian. Choosing a Not In The Guide Books holiday in Spain means you don’t have to choose between a beach holiday or an activity-filled break, you can get the best of both worlds with a unique trip.