A Serious Cycling Holiday in Southern Spain
Wanting to push the indoor trainer behind the sofa and get out your summer kit again? Then head to Casa La Siesta this October, November or December for a week of rides and training customised to your cycling experience.
Casa La Siesta is a luxury boutique hotel in Andalucia that’s tailor-made for cycling. With a dedicated trainer, a ride in ride out countryside location that offers a range of challenging – and stunning – cycling routes, a heated pool, seasonal kitchen, enormous rooms and a masseuse on tap, it makes for the perfect enthusiast’s cycling break in Spain.
Our Cycling Routes & Bespoke Training
For our dedicated cycling breaks, our guide has put together four routes with a rest day in the middle. These routes have been made by a cyclist for cyclists and they mix steady and steep hill climbs with flat speed zones.
Day 1, Route 1: Length 97km
Casa La Siesta – Benalup – Medina Sidonia – Chiclana – Los Naveros – Casa La Siesta
Day 2, Route 2: Length 89km
Casa La Siesta – Los Naveros – Conil de la Frontera – El Palmar – Barbate – Vejer de la Frontera – Casa La Siesta
Rest day – a good opportunity to compare kit and times while relaxing and enjoying the hotel
Day 4, Route 3: Length 100km
Casa La Siesta – Medina Sidonia – Paterna – San Jose del Valle – Arcos de la Frontera
Day 5, Route 4: Length 95km
Casa La Siesta – Benalup – Alcala de los Gazules – El Puerto de Santa Maria – Ubrique
These are our set routes, but if you’d like to hone your orienteering, route-planning and physical fitness, our guide is flexible enough to set mandatory control points through a route you compile yourself.
Support & Equipment
Our support vehicle will be present throughout the cycle routes. There’s also a return vehicle used to get back to Casa La Siesta at the end of the gruelling routes 3 and 4. If you choose to use our bikes, the brands we have available are Olympia and Conor.
Colder weather apparel might be necessary depending on which week you choose, mainly due to occasional rain and wind during winter and spring. However, with average daytime temperatures for October-December hovering around 15-20°C, it’s certainly warmer in southern Spain than most other places in Europe. You can pack those Rapha summer kits and Velocio bibs, basically.
Tired limbs will benefit from in-room massages and healthy cuisine with a liberal dash of ‘jamon con vino tinto’ to fuel the body and mind.
Casa La Siesta is surrounded by rolling countryside, so a dawn or dusk run to stretch out those hamstrings is easy to do. Also, the main pool is heated which is perfect for easing sore muscles after a long, hard day on the road.
For eating and drinking outside the hotel, the beautiful town of Vejer de la Frontera is a gastro reference point within Andalucia with any number of great restaurants and tapas bars to choose from.
We have two lengths of break: five or seven days starting on the second week of every month from October to March. Our next cycling breaks are 14th October, 11th November and 8th December.
Cycling Break Prices
A seven night cycling break is priced from €1399, based on two sharing on a bed and breakfast basis and includes ensuite bedrooms, bike rental, five routes with support and guidance. It’s suitable for intermediate to advanced riders.
The arrival day will ease riders in with a welcome dinner and route introduction followed by five days of cycling.
A shorter version of the break is available over a five night stay with three guided cycle rides (from €970).
Alternatively, you can book a bespoke break. For example, a three night break which includes cycle hire and two guided rides as well as access to Casa La Siesta’s planned cycle routes or adding a mountain bike trail or beach ride for the other days. This starts at €702 per person based on two sharing a double room including breakfast.
All prices include breakfast each morning as well as unlimited soft drinks and beer served from the outdoor kitchen in the courtyard. Massages, yoga, additional days of bike hire and, of course, dinners are available for additional cost as well as airport transfers.
If you’d like to join us for a cycling break, contact us for availability and more information, get in touch.
Other Activities in the Saddle
While our speciality is road cycling, we also have a great relationship with a mountain biking guide who can also do fun beach rides on fat wheeled bikes. Sometimes our cyclists want to end their trip with something a bit different and the spectacular beaches around us are perfect for dune cycling.
Cycling in Spain
Spain has a long and distinguished cycling heritage. In 1935 their major cycling tour – La Vuelta de España – started. This 3324km race throughout Spain is held during August and September every year, with the leader being given a red jersey rather than the famous yellow of the Tour de France.