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, arriving by noon at the latest. In the afternoon, we will assemble bicycles, and in the evening the Mosaic Cultural Center in Rivas Vaciamadrid will host an ethnic dinner to welcome all participants. We will make introductions, debrief the route, and get organized for cycling departure the following morning. Participants will stay in private accommodation in Rivas Vaciamadrid for the night.
sunday, june 7
After breakfast, we will depart for a 95-kilometer relatively flat ride to the walled, medieval city of Toledo. There will be an optional stop about halfway through the route at the Royal Summer Palace in Aranjuez. Toledo is one of Spain’s three-star Michelin attractions. It has a rich and diverse history and was also where the Spanish Inquisition began. Non-cyclists will travel directly to Toledo for a walking tour of the various quarters in the city. We will be staying for two nights at the Parador de Toledo, which overlooks the walled city.
Monday, june 8
The first rest day comes early in the trip so that we all get to know each other a little better and, most importantly, get sufficient time to explore Toledo and all its wonders. Wander the streets and get lost in time, and then return to the sumptuous Parador de Toledo to rest up for another night before hitting the road again.