Love Spain 2020 Madrid to Mediterranean Cycling Tour
Please check out the daily details of our Love Spain 2020 Madrid to Mediterranean Cycling Tour itinerary from June 6-20, 2020 below. The route from Madrid to Cadiz is around 930 kilometers long over nine cycling days, which averages out to 104 kilometers (64 miles) per cycling day. The itinerary also includes four rest days to allow for ample enjoyment of the places we will be. Stages are relatively flat which allows us to save afternoons and evenings for sightseeing and group activities. Anyone with a moderate level of fitness should be able to complete the trip. Road bicycles are strongly recommended. Non-riders are welcome and each day for them will be filled with unique tourist opportunities. For more technical details about the trip, consult the blog for occasional updates. We will be staying in high quality hotels (including five different paradores) and resorts on all nights save for house accommodation the first night in Madrid. Accommodations throughout will be centrally located and extraordinarily relaxing allowing you to mix biking, great scenery, tourist attractions, comfort, and a great cause! Each registrant's fee helps us pay for a half scholarship for a Mosaic Cultural Center student and participants are encouraged to raise the half scholarship match ($360). To download a summary sheet of the Love Spain 2020 Madrid to Mediterranean Cycling Tour, which contains a summarized version of the calendar, including all accommodations and routes, click here.
Saturday, June 6
All participants need to fly into Madrid, the capital of the island of Lanzarote - arriving mid afternoon at the latest. Our hotel, the Hotel Lancelot Playa, is less than a 10-minute drive from the airport and can be easily reached via taxi. Our hotel is right across the street from the beach and convenient for exploring Arrecife. In the afternoon and evening, we will get the bicycles ready, and convene for dinner at a local restaurant for introductions and instructions.
sunday, june 7
After breakfast, we will depart for an 82-kilometer loop up to the north end of Lanzarote and back. On the way north, there are potential stops at the Cactus Garden, an underground cave (Cueva de los Verdes), and a beautiful lookout on the north end - the Mirador del Rio (see video below). As you double back we progress through the small town of Haria and make a stop at the artist Cesar Manrique’s studio. Manrique’s artwork is on display throughout Lanzarote. There is a significant climb out of Haria to a high point at nearly 600 meters before winding our way back down to Arrecife and the Hotel Lancelot Playa for another night. To view and download the Strava route, click here. To download the Strava cue sheet, click here. To download a Google Maps route map of the day's cycle, click here.
Monday, june 8
Our 64-kilometer route will feature volcanic landscape. Our first stop just outside of Arrecife will be Cesar Manrique’s house, which is built in the middle of a lava field. We will then visit the stunning Timanfaya National Park with its active fumaroles and volcanic landscape (see video below). We will continue past this lunar landscape to the coast to Los Hervideros, where a dried lava flow meets the sea and has resulted in many interesting formations. We continue past an old salt plant at Salinas de Janubio (see video below) and finish in the town of Yaiza, at our hotel La Casona de Yaiza. To view and download the Strava route, click here. To download the Strava cue sheet, click here. To download a Google Maps route map of the day's cycle, click here.