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Spain - The Route of the Caliphate

Spain - The Route of the Caliphate - Pure Adventures
Spain - The Route of the Caliphate - Pure Adventures
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Cordoba
+2 Destinations
Southern Spain
Ends
Cordoba
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Start and end in Cordoba! With the bicycle tour Spain - The Route of the Caliphate, you have a 8 day tour package taking you through Cordoba, Spain and 2 other destinations in Spain. Spain - The Route of the Caliphate includes accommodation in a hotel as well as meals and more.
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Hotel, Resort
Transportation
Bicycle
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Bicycle

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  • D
    Written on July 16, 2018
    4.0 - Good

    Fun variety of routes/terrains. I enjoyed the combination of pavement, dirt, and via verdes. Some very interesting/run routes. Also a good combination of accommodation types. Even though we were on a self-guided trip, we felt "taken care of" by both the local and US contacts, as they both checked in on us often and even went looking for us on a day that we were out in a storm :)
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    Thanks Diane for your feedback, we really appreciate it. Look forward to seeing you on your next Pure Adventures trip!
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  • Spain - The Route of the Caliphate reviewer 2
    Written on June 23, 2015
    3.5 - Good

    A few things to be aware of: 1. The self guided instructions we found were quite poor. I think this might be a Spain issue. We had the same problem in Catalonia with another tour company. (Note we have taken many other tours in other countries the directions were never a big issue). Poor directions lead to wasted time, backtracking and making modifications to get to your next destination. We found we could spend an average of 2 minutes on each instruction and maybe longer when the directions were ambiguous. As an example, on the last leg of this trip to Granada there were over 40 route instructions. Hint: If you do take this trip, GPS units that map out the whole caliphate trail are available through Otros (the Pure Adventures representative out of Granada). This electronic aid would have saved a ton of time, made the ride more relaxing greatly reducing the chance of getting confused with the written instructions. The problem with bad instructions is that you have distances to make and when it starts getting hot (which it did!) you can't afford to take a wrong turn. It actually can become dangerous when temps surge up into the high 90's. So make sure to carry a lot of water! 2. Also make sure you and your partner have mobile phones so if one of you has to go ahead to verify that the directions are correct you can call or text them to come a long or to tell them to stay put. No sense everyone exerting extra energy. Also make sure you have Spanish mobile numbers. We used Orange (sim cards for Spain) and service coverage was available almost everywhere. Unlimited texting in country, data plans of 1 and 2 gig. We paid $20 for voice. We did use the phone to make a few calls and think it important to have enough minutes in case of emergency or change in plans etc. Once you go through the pain of setting up your mobile phone at the local Orange store (other carrier choices are available but Orange seemed to be the dominant player), you can then when needed recharge your minutes and data plan through http://www.recharge.com/en-US/ . This was huge because our Spanish was limited and you could choose your carrier and the language. The process was easy and painless. The other huge benefit if you have a smart phone was the use of either Google maps or apple mapping. I used this often to verify where we were and also used it when we needed to make modifications due to ambiguous instructions. If I had had the GPS this probably would not have been so important but this was a nice tool to have. The last thing I will say is that you will run into other cyclists. More often on the weekend but I found when we asked for assistance the Spanish Cyclists were so willing to help even with the language barriers. So don't be afraid to ask for assistance! Learning some Spanish though is important. If you don't you will get frustrated because most people do not speak English in the rural areas so you are on your own. 3. The accommodations were just okay. We did upgrade our stay in Granada, which was fantastic. Sometimes though it is just not possible when you are out in the country to have beyond a 2 to 3 star stay. With that said, everywhere we stayed the management/owners were very nice and that made up the difference. Summary: So with all that said, I really liked Pure Adventures and their local representative in Spain. They are very responsive and will do everything possible to make your trip a happy one. That was huge. We loved Spain and the people. For the most part the rides were also enjoyable. Some days were better than others but this is what happens when you are cycling so you have to have the right mindset. If you like to be independent and go at your own pace, self-guided is the way to go. If you don't want to worry about directions and getting lost go with a guide!
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  1. Introduction
  1. Day 1: Arrival Cordoba
  2. Day 2: Córdova - Luque - Priego, 26 km
  3. Day 3: Priego - Carcabuey - Cabra - Zuheros, 54 km
  4. Day 4: Zuheros - Luque - Alcaudete - Castillo de Locubín - Alcalá la Real, 60 km
  5. Day 5: Alcalá la Real - Tózar, 28 km
  6. Day 6: Tózar - Moclín - Olivares - Alfacar y Víznar - Granada, 56 or 62 km
  7. Day 7: Today you can explore the city and the amazing Alhambra
  8. Day 8: End of the journey in Granada and departure

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Destinations

Covering a total distance of approx 262 km.
  • Cordoba (Spain)
  • 56 km
  • Zuheros (Spain)
  • 75 km
  • Granada (Spain)
  • 131 km
  • Cordoba (Spain)

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