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Old 07-08-14, 07:46 AM
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Mediterranean Spain by Bicycle

Hello fellow cyclists!

Me and my partner cycled along the Spanish coast from Cadiz to Valencia (with starting point Sevilla) in summer 2013.

We wrote a free practical book about cycling there with routes, maps, GPX files, accommodation, sightseeing, tips and many photos! The book Mediterranean Spain by Bicycle can be found on Google Play.

We hope its helpful to many other cyclists as weve gathered all our experience, both prior to the trip and during the trip, in this practical handbook!

Well be happy to help with questions people may have when planning their trip

Petya and Tsvetomir
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Will read with interest

I lived and worked in Spain for five years and I'm actually starting a tour in Spain this weekend so good timing, thanks! Will read with interest


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Hello fellow cyclists!

Me and my partner cycled along the Spanish coast from Cadiz to Valencia (with starting point Sevilla) in summer 2013.

We wrote a free practical book about cycling there with routes, maps, GPX files, accommodation, sightseeing, tips and many photos! The book Mediterranean Spain by Bicycle can be found on Google Play.

We hope its helpful to many other cyclists as weve gathered all our experience, both prior to the trip and during the trip, in this practical handbook!

Well be happy to help with questions people may have when planning their trip

Petya and Tsvetomir
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Hi vijinho,

So glad we may be helpful with our book! Where are you planning touring exactly? We'll be happy to help if some questions occur!
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Welcome to Bikeforums! I enjoyed a cycling vacation along the Mediterranean in Italy this year. Spain must be an ideal touring location.
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I had a quick read and from my experience living there I can say it's very accurate and informative although "taking bikes on a plain (plane!)" section is out-of-date as easyjet's latest rules permit bicycle bags as well as boxes (i'm flying to Bilbao on Friday with them!) See Bicycles | easyJet and CTC | CTC Plastic Bike Bag | Soft Bike Bags

BTW CTC does a great worldwide bicycle insurance deal, you can buy from any EU country and don't need to be a CTC member Insurance | CTC

I cycled from Valencia to Alicante in 2002 so I can vouch for that section I know Spain pretty well from living there previously so I don't think I will refer much to your book unless I am following the same routes you took. I'll be touring in the basque country, possibly cycling inland to Madrid, undecided, I have no time limits, may even follow the med coast to Italy.

Great work and well done on your first big tour!
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Originally Posted by Barrettscv
Spain must be an ideal touring location.
Personally, I found the coast between the Almeria and Torre del Mar to be largely uninspired. It was also full of traffic in many places and didn't offer many good views of the sea from the road. That was 14 years ago and in April, before the crowds swelled.

In contrast, most of Andalucia away from the coast was much more enjoyable. I did a big loop from/to Sevilla. Spent about seven weeks, taking my time and staying a few places (e.g. Cordoba and Ronda) for several days. Despite being a larger city, Cordoba was easily entered by bike from the west, There was a nice, secure campground right on the edge of town on the road that took me down from the hill overlooking the city. The real allure was the smaller to medium size towns and villages in the interior of the region. Lots of no-taffic roads. Michelin makes a great map of the region. Just bring your climbing legs. Lots of ups and downs and ups and downs in many places. Part of that was my own doing as I headed nothwest from Sevilla and then east across the Sierra Morena. I also purposefully hit some other mountainous areas. I remember climbing the Puerto del Viento to Ronda (One of Hemmingway's old hangouts), which has been used in the Vuelta. I got caught by a team on a training ride. Asked one rider if he would help with me my equipaje (luggage). He laughed, smiled, shook his head and politely declined. At least I knew my Spanish was improving.

If you are fan of "Spaghetti Westerns," the Tabernas Desert above Almeria is where parts of several of them, including "The Good the Bad and the Ugly," were filmed. There are a couple of western theme parks you can visit. Some of "Lawrence of Arabia" was also filmed in the Tabernas Desert. I rode through part of the Tabernas and could not help yelling "Blondie! You know what you are?!?!?....."
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Originally Posted by Barrettscv
Spain must be an ideal touring location.
My wife and I rode from Lisbon, Portugal to Valencia, and then up the coast to France. I would be Interested in the book's perspective of Valencia, but can not seem to get it to open. I liked interior Spain but it was really hot in mid-June. We experienced temperatures of 43 C in the interior (Seville). It was really nice reaching the coast!
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Vijinho, thanks for having a read and noticing the 'plain' typo Will have to fix this one and add the easyjet bag option. Have a safe ride and adventurous time in lovely Spain!

Barrettscv and indyfabz, we did enjoy cycling in Spain. We saw so many beutiful places along the route. We've recently were going through the hundreds of photos we've taken during our trip and we were in awe..."we were there? looks like a postcard". Definitely so many wonderful places to see and so much to experience in Spain.

Barrettscv...we were also thinking of cycling in Italy at some point in the future - somewhere in the Tuskany region and/or the Italian west coast/Riviera. What are your impressions of the roads, routes, drivers' behaviour?
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Hi Doug64, thank you for your interest in our handbook! It is a PDF and can be opened with any PDF reader. However, if it's eaiser for you, you can download it straight away from our website MeetLoveVisit
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Originally Posted by MeetLoveVisit
We saw so many beutiful places along the route.

Barrettscv...we were also thinking of cycling in Italy at some point in the future - somewhere in the Tuskany region and/or the Italian west coast/Riviera. What are your impressions of the roads, routes, drivers' behaviour?
The old bridge in Ronda. After the bridge's completion, its architect was inspecting the parapets. A gust of wind blew his hat off. When he reached for it, he fell to his death 300 meters into the gorge.



Last year I spent nearly two weeks at a cycling "camp" in NE Italy near Bassano del Grappa. Great riding up there. It's also the place to visit if you are interested in WWI history. There is a bikeway that starts a little ways outside of Bassano and runs along the Brenta River all the way to Trento. Every day we would see a lot of locals out riding. One Sunday we saw hundreds of people participating in club rides during our relatively short outing. One guy on a group ride was riding a mountain bike that had no front fork and, obviously, no front wheel. The start of Monte Grappa is just outside of Bassano. One stage of this year's Giro was a time trial up the mountain.
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