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. We hold 3 or 7 night breaks every second week each month from October to March. Get in touch for availability.
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 (alternative route: 71.8 km)
Casa La Siesta – Benalup – Medina Sidonia – Chiclana – Los Naveros – Casa La Siesta
We head towards the village of Benalup Casa Viejas for 19.3kms through rice plains and rolling hills. We continue on a slight incline for 20.5km towards the historic Roman town of Medina Sidonia at the altitude of 330m. From here we head 22.1km towards the coast to Chiclana giving incredible views of the pristine beaches of Cadiz. After another 21.1km we ride onto winding roads and beautiful countryside where some of the most famous bull fighting bulls are reared. Seeing these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat grazing in fields is quite spectacular. Finally, we’re on to the last 14.4kms on this circular route back to Casa La Siesta.
Day 2, Route 2: Length 89km (alternative route: 65.6 km)
Casa La Siesta – Los Naveros – Conil de la Frontera – El Palmar – Barbate – Vejer de la Frontera – Casa La Siesta
We depart in the opposite direction to the first day’s ride towards Naveo and the coast. This initial winding road with several short climbs and descents for 12.4km heads towards the pretty seaside town of Conil de la Frontera. Following the coast we travel for 10.3kms which leads us to one of the most stunning beaches in Spain, El Palmar. From here we head towards Barbate for 25.6km going past the famous beaches of Zahora and Caños de Meca. Riding further on we reach the Natural park of La Breña which offers fantastic views of the coast and Trafalgar lighthouse (named after the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805). Following the route, we ride for another 16.9km beside marshes and up the steep climb to beautiful village of Vejer de la Frontera before heading down to 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 (alternative route: 77.8 km)
Casa La Siesta – Medina Sidonia – Paterna – San Jose del Valle – Arcos de la Frontera
For the first 27.5km we head towards the Roman town of Medina Sidonia passing by Naveo with rolling hills and cattle grazing land. Once at Medina Sidonia we climb for 2kms and cycle through the historic town before descending in the direction of Paterna de Rivera. We carry on for 10kms to Paterna famed for its bull rearing and beautiful countryside location. After this village we head 17.8kms until we reach old Moorish town of San José del Valle. The last 45.3kms is divided in two. The first 22.3kms we climb to the white village of Algar and cycle by the river Majaceite. The last 23km takes us up to the striking Arcos de la Frontera where we will ride to the famous viewpoints around the town before being collected by our support vehicles.
Day 5, Route 4: Length 84km
Casa La Siesta – Tahivilla – Atlanterra – Zahara – Barbate – Casa La Siesta
This last route is a fast flat route, where we ride by the best beaches in the province of Cadiz. We start the route in the direction of Tahivilla touring the first 28.7 km with views of Finca del Torero (a famous bull breeding farm). We will continue our route to Atlanterra, traveling 21.7 km and passing through Zarzula before we cross the bridge of the river Chacón to the coastal town of Zahara de los Atunes. Views are of the mountain range Sierra de Plata and the beach – Playa de los Alemanes. For the next 17.6km we will enjoy a sea breeze and the unspoilt natural coastline of Cadiz province towards Barbate. The final 16km we travel beneath Vejer de la Frontera along the Barca de Vejer and on to finish at Casa La Siesta.
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 gruelling route 3. 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. We are offering 20% off our next cycling breaks on 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 in 2017 you can take 20% off the prices above, 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.