Question: We are looking into a mountain bike tour of
Spain. Do you know of any resources for information
Adventure Advisor Answer:
It just so happens that Spain is among the most fat-tire friendly
countries in the world, boasting an endless network of trails with
varied terrain, comparable to our Sierra Nevadas (which, by the way,
were named after the range in southern Spain). Accordingly, finding an
outfitter in Granada is just about as easy as finding one in, say,
Durango. But if you’d rather book a tour from home, here are a few
- For quick tips and tall tales, contact Sal Lilienthal, director
of The Bicycle Tour Company International. Though his company offers
road bike tours, not mountain bike tours, Lilienthal has lived on
the Costa Blanca and mountain biked all over the country. He’s got
info aplenty about Spain’s mountains, which he’d be happy to share
on request. Phone: 888-711-KENT.
- CANFAB, a British company that specializes in outdoor
excursions, offers mountain biking tours in the Picos de Europa near
the north coast. Scenery ranges from ancient forests to limestone
cliffs to wildflower-dotted meadows.
- Andalucia Center for International Tourism has a mountain biking
brochure that details 120 routes in southern Spain. They can also
recommend local outfitters. Send requests to: C.I.N.T.A., Ctra.
Nacional 340, Km 189.6, 29600 Marbella (Malaga), Espana.
- Espana Bike Travel runs mountain bike trips in Spain’s Canary
Islands—a bit of a trek from Spain proper, but worth the journey.
Groups are arranged according to ability level, from pavement
peddlers to hard-core “extreme” cyclists.