Andalucía - A Sensory Adventure

Aug 28, 2016
by H+I Adventures  
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As I stand here in a bustling tapas bar in the old town of Granada, southern Spain, my head is working hard to process the adventure that’s just passed. Riding through the rich fabric of this tantalising country that revolves entirely around spending time with family and friends, sharing great food and a glass of wine at every opportunity… it’s an experience not to be missed. Over the past eight days we’ve circumnavigated the Sierra Nevada mountain range; eaten tapas in Granada town; had dinner with a local family in their hotel, washed down with wine grown on the hotel grounds; climbed to the highest town in Spain; pedalled through whitewashed mountain villages; slept in a luxury cave; and ridden some of the most sublime singletrack in Europe.

Andaluc a - A Sensory Adventure

Andaluc a - A Sensory Adventure

Andaluc a - A Sensory Adventure

Our first day started with the perfect introduction to Spain, as we rolled out of town at around 9am in the shadows of the Sierra Nevada mountains, weaving our way through almond groves, until we turned uphill, and - BOOM! - the sun had breached the ridge to bathe us in the deep glow of morning sunlight.  We climbed through the trees on singletrack, punctuated by the occasional short descent, for around two hours until we popped out above the tree line, where we all stopped and took in the view without saying a word to each other.

Andaluc a - A Sensory Adventure

Andaluc a - A Sensory Adventure

After a short lunch on the ridge, consisting of local sausage, bread, oranges, and chocolate, we set about tackling our first real descent of the tour.  I could go on about this, but instead I'll let your eyes go to work on the pictures and video and allow your imagination to fill in the details…

Andaluc a - A Sensory Adventure

Andaluc a - A Sensory Adventure

That first unforgettable day set the tone for what was to come, and day after day of this adventure, Andalucía continued to deliver the wide-eyed and big grin moments that mountain biking gives you when you’re exploring new territory.

Andaluc a - A Sensory Adventure

Andaluc a - A Sensory Adventure

Andaluc a - A Sensory Adventure

Andaluc a - A Sensory Adventure

Riding is only half the story of any new destination and this mountain biking adventure is certainly no different.  Along the way we enjoyed a healthy slice of cultural experiences, food journeys and encounters with friendly locals.

Andaluc a - A Sensory Adventure

Andaluc a - A Sensory Adventure

Andaluc a - A Sensory Adventure

With such rich experiences to be savoured, we stretched out each day on the hills late into the evening sun.  On the last night before returning to Granada we couldn’t pull ourselves off the hill before the very last sliver of light was left in the sky - which made for an interesting descent!

Andaluc a - A Sensory Adventure

So after a great week of trails, cultural interactions, food, and vistas, it was time to head home to share so many stories of an unforgettable mountain biking adventure in southern Spain.

Hasta la próxima!

Andaluc a - A Sensory Adventure


MENTIONS: @HI-Adventures



33 Comments

  • 32 0
 Was going to stay for 6 months, been here 6 years...life is good Smile
  • 2 1
 Quiero vivir en Granada solamente para oír
Las campanas de la Vela cuando me voy a dormir.

Compadre, que bonita es Granada
  • 1 0
 @LuisCR: Por 4 años tuvimos un atico justo enfrente de la alhambra. Era la vista desde la cama, salon u terraza. Este ciudad es un encanto. Pero ojo, si vienes, quizas nunca vuelves Smile .
  • 1 0
 @carlitouk: Yo soy criado en Granada, ahora estoy fuera por trabajo, pero parece que hemos sido vecinos. Vivia en el paseo de los Tristes
  • 1 0
 @LuisCR: Pues mira, yo junto casa porras! Smile
  • 14 0
 A very nicely edited video, I really liked the aerial shots of the riders with the long shadows.
  • 12 1
 Nice to see a truly stunning video which isn't only about shredding the tyres off the rims.
  • 9 1
 Just spent 3 months touring through Europe and Andalusia is up there with the very best places in the world as far as I'm concered. Epic mountains and coastline and Granada is an awesome city. Not to mention the endless stream of beautiful women. Now need to return with my mountain bike.
  • 3 0
 I did a tour with H&I in Scotland this past July and they are without a doubt the best Mountain Bike Adventure company in the industry. Everything was top notch from the Guides and the daily trails that they have spent many months scouting out to the Safety and knowledge as well as coaching they help riders who are open minded and willing to improve their skills. Great meals as a group and excellent accommodations round out the experience.

I have 2 future trips already booked !!
  • 3 0
 I went to Malaga and Granada for ten days about 3 years ago. Amazing places to visit, allot of really cool history/buildings.food /culture to experience. $100 cad return from gatwick too
  • 2 0
 This is awesome, I was just there a couple weeks ago, and I was surprised by how many Mtn bikers there were, after seeing this video I now know why. I can't wait to back, this time with my bike.
  • 1 0
 All Andalusia is perfect for mountain bike and tourism. There is a fistful of cities (Granada, Córdoba, Málaga, Almería...) that are really amazing for both, riding an amazing route and ending it in its historical city centre.
  • 4 0
 Any one else feeling hungry now?
  • 5 0
 please mind the gap
  • 1 0
 I came straight to the comments to see if anyone had anything to say about that. First thing I noticed.
  • 1 0
 lost me there chaps. Eh?
  • 3 0
 Thanks for erasmus program, i was able to spend six month there. Do i miss it? Every single day...
  • 1 0
 All Andalusia is perfect for mountain bike and tourism. There is a fistful of cities (Granada, Córdoba, Málaga, Almería...) that are really amazing for both, riding a amazing route ending it in a historical city centre.
  • 2 0
 What time of year was this and how much $ (minus flight) was it? Looks like a great time!
  • 5 0
 Just avoid july and august, unless you're above 1500m, preferably above 2000m. Scorchio! Awesome riding Smile
  • 1 0
 Certainly can't argue with @carlitouk
July and August are no fun for riding and even June can be testing unless you're a hot weather rider. You can get more details on this adventure via - www.mountainbikeworldwide.com/bike-tours/spain
  • 1 0
 @HI-Adventures: Yep, I would totally agree, June is ok-ish if you are used to riding in the mid-thirties with no shade, if not avoid. Spring and autumn are incredible though. Even winter can bring its warm days in the mid to high teens.
  • 1 0
 I live only 2,5 hrs drive from granada, really need to get myself a am or enduro bike and go ride there
  • 3 0
 Wow! Sold
  • 2 0
 is that a yeti 66? mother f*cking unicorn. good to see they still exist.
  • 1 0
 Dios Mio, una combinacion de comida, senderos, vino, y mujeres magnificos....
  • 1 0
 Been there 2 times and this summer, such a lovely place with really nice people. Gone return there as I can.
  • 2 0
 I just want to stand amongst the ham!
  • 2 0
 Such a beautiful edit...
  • 2 0
 So much jamon! amazing.
  • 1 0
 Thought i was losing my mind... scroll wheeling makes the last photo zoom.
  • 1 0
 Spain, is like balsam for your soul.
  • 2 0
 Stunning production!

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