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Highlights

  • Cycle the historic lands of Conquistador Explorers
  • End each day in luxury at a Parador Hotel
  • UNESCO city of Caceres
  • Ride across the ancient Roman ‘Ruta de la Plata’
  • Plaza Mayor of Trujillo and its Arab Fortress

Cycle the rise and fall of Spain’s historic ‘Golden Era’. Spend each night in luxury Parador Hotels, lovingly restored medieval palaces, castles and convents.

Extremadura, Land of Conquistador explorers, boasts a wealth of perfectly preserved medieval towns, taking you back in time to the region's 16th century heyday. From the palace of Parador Oropesa, you’ll ride across rich agricultural lands and via sections of the ancient ’Ruta de la Plata’ to the 12th century walled market town and Moorish ruins of Plasencia.

Cycling through the birdlife of Monfrague National Park, leads to the architectural splendours of Trujillo and UNESCO city of Caceres, home to explorer Francisco Pizarro. The exquisite Parador Caceres, a Renaissance palace in the heart of the old quarter is a stately end to this explorers adventure.

Day 1

Arrive Oropresa

South West of Madrid (1 hr 40min by train), Oropresa is
the gateway town to your historical cycling tour. Parador Oropresa was the former ancestral home of the Alvarez de Toldeo family dating
back to the 15th century, when Francisco Alvarez de Toledo was
Viceroy of Peru. Over the centuries the Museo de Oropresa has been a refuge for
monks, soliders, nobility but now provides luxury and comfort for cyclists!


Overnight: Oropesa


Day 2

Oropesa to Jarandilla de la Vera

After your bike fitting, it’s gentle beginnings across the flat lands of Extremadura. Cycling northwest towards the Gredos Mountains, Mediterranean forests line your route on the approach to Jarandilla de la Vera. Once home to Emperor Charles V, Parador Jarandilla is a 15th century castle nestled amongst orange trees, olive and almond groves.


Cycle: 55 km or 67 km


Overnight: Parador Jarandilla de la Vera


Day 3

Jarandilla de la Vera to Plasencia

Today’s ride follows the ancient Roman ‘Ruta de la Plata’ (silver route) to the market town of Plasencia. Retaining much of its 12th century city wall along with 68 towers, the double cathedral complex and Moorish ruins are a testimony to the rich Islamic and Christian history. Your Parador tonight is the delightfully converted 15th century Santo Domingo Monastery.


Cycle: 59 km or 69 km


Overnight: Parador Plasencia


Day 4

Plasencia to Monfrague

A region famed for raising the fierce ‘El Toro’ and black ‘Iberico’ pig, Monfrague National Park is also a bird lover’s paradise. The rocky outcrops are populated by Egyptian, Eurasion Black and Griffon Vultures. Spending the evening in lovingly restored Casa Rural, your hosts will be happy to provide further guidance about the rich flora and fauna in this region.


Cycle: 42 km


Overnight: Monfrague


Day 5

Monfrague to Trujillo

A peaceful pine scented route takes you from the rich bio-diversity of Monfrague to the conquistador’s town of Trujillio. Once the Santa Clara convent, the restored renaissance arches preserve the peaceful ambiance of Parador Trujillo. With two nights here there is plenty of opportunity to soak up your serene surroundings from the comfort of the poolside.


Cycle: 49 km


Overnight: Parador Trujillo


Day 6

Walled town of Trujillo

As one of Spain’s most significant cultural and historic towns there is a choice of two scenic loop rides. Home to conquistadors; Fransico Pizarro, Diego Parades and Hernan Cortes, Trujillo’s labyrinth of medieval streets, churches and historic houses sprawl up the hillside. If you prefer to explore Trujillo on foot today, we’d suggest starting at the Arab fortress in Plaza Mayor.


Cycle: 60 km or 32 km


Overnight: Parador Trujillo


Day 7

Trujillo to Caceres

Cycling through sleepy villages, country lands soon give way to the UNESCO town of Caceres. A crowded skyline of turrets, storks’ nest and church spires, Caceres is feast of sightseeing which will take you back to the golden age of Spanish Explorers, Moorish rule and across the ancient route ‘Via Delapidata’, used by pilgrims heading for Santiago de Compostela. Your final Parador this evening is an exquisitely preserved 15th century Renaissance palace.


 Cycle: 55 km


Overnight: Parador Caceres


Day 8

Onward Travel

Depending on your onward travels plans, you may wish to further explore Caceres, or take a direct train service to Madrid (3 hrs).



 

 

 



Parador - Oropesa



Parador - Oropesa

Once the ancestral home of the Alvarez De Toledo family, the Oropesa was the first converted Parador in this historically, luxurious, unique hotel collection.


 

 

 


 

 

 



Parador – Jarandilla de la Vera



Parador – Jarandilla de la Vera

Jarandilla de la Vera has hosted guests, including Emperor Charles V since the 15th century. From the poolside, peaceful gardens extend to the Tietar River.


 

 

 


 

 

 



Parador – Plasencia



Parador – Plasencia

Located on an ancient pilgrimage route this 15th century monastery greets you with thick stone walls, vaulted ceilings and Gothic interiror.


 

 

 


 

 

 



Casa Rural – Placio Viejo



Casa Rural – Placio Viejo

Nestled in 600ha of farmland, The Placio Viejo is a lovingly restored traditional country house, dating back 200 years.


 

 

 


 

 

 



Parador - Trujillo



Parador - Trujillo

Occupying the former convent of Santa Clara this Parador boasts two beautiful cloisters, which retain the peaceful ambiance and tranquillity of this historic building .


 

 

 


 

 

 



Parador - Caceres



Parador - Caceres

Entering via the Arco de la Estrella, the UNESCO listed Parador Caceres is located in the heart of the old quarter is one of the collections most elegant and exquisite properties.


 

 

 


Single Rooms & Solo Cyclists

If you require single rooms within your party we would be happy to accommodate you although there is a single room supplement payable. Unfortunately this tour is not available to solo cyclists.


Grade & Terrain

Itineraries on this cycling trip are graded Moderate. Occasionally you may encounter a few moderate slopes. However the ascent is not too difficult or prolonged.You will cycle principally on quiet country lanes and some busier roads when approaching towns. Please always mindful of other road users.


Navigation, Route Notes & Maps

The route notes that accompany each itinerary give a step by step, turn by turn account of your route to give you continual points of reference.A pre-loaded GPS is also available should you require, please contact us for details.


Meals

Breakfast is included each morning. Breakfast is a leisurely affair and adequate time should be allocated. Lunch and dinner are not included. Most accommodations are happy to provide a packed lunch - this should be requested on arrival. Dinner is available either at your accommodation or nearby bars, cafes and restaurants.


Baggage Transfer

Your bags will be transferred from your accommodation as per your itinerary and moved onto your next overnight accommodation. We ask you to limit your luggage to one bag of up to 20kg per person.


Rental Bikes


Giant Argento 24 speed touring bikes are available for hire. Rental bikes come equipped with a basic repair kit, pump and helmet (though we recommend using your own). Male and female frames are available. E-bikes are also available on this trip which offer a boost on the hills are the legs need a little help pedaling.


If you’d like to hire a bike, please let us know your height and frame size you currently ride.


 


If you would prefer to bring your own bicycle please
ensure it is thoroughly serviced and is an appropriate bike for this trip such
as a Giant Argento, Scott Sub, Trek 7200 or similar. 


Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Bike that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the activity and emergency evacuation and hospital care.


General Information

The distances and ascents/descents are approximations of the recommended routes. Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, for example proper rain gear, sun hat, sunscreen. Your information pack has detailed advice and a kit list on what to take. This includes good waterproof gear, sports shoes, and lots of other useful bits and bobs.

Getting to Oropesa and from Caceres

Getting to Oropesa


Madrid Airport bus runs directly to Madrid Atocha train station. From here, there is a direct train service to Oropesa (1hr 40mins).


A taxi from Madrid Airport to Madrid Atocha train station will cost approximately €30 and take around 30 mins depending on the time of day.


Private transfers from Madrid or Madrid Airport to Oropesa can easily be arrange, please contact us for prices.


From Caceres


Train: There are regular trains from Caceres to Madrid Atocha train station (3hr 30mins).


Private transfers from Caceres to Madrid or Madrid Airport are available, please contact us for prices.


Trains in Spain can be booked in advanced through the RENFE website. 

Included

  • 6 nights in 4* Parador Hotels, 1 night Country House
  • 7 Breakfasts
  • Detailed route notes with maps
  • Baggage transfer throughout
  • 24/7 local partner and UK telephone support

Excluded

  • Lunches, dinners, snacks and drinks
  • Entrance fees (where applicable)
  • Travel Insurance
  • Transport should you need to skip a stage
  • Bike Hire

Extras

  • Additional nights
  • Bike Hire
  • Half Board

We are often asked the following questions and I hope that you will find the answers useful. Please don’t hesitate to contact us for more advice from our team.

How far in advance do I need to book?

We suggest you book as soon as your plans are finalised as the Paradors can get very busy during late spring and early autumn months. You will find up to date availability on our website and please give us a shout if you have a query.  

How fit do I need to be?

The roads in this region of Spain are generally not difficult to cycle. You may encounter some more challenging sections of road, but these usually don't last for long. It's a good idea to get out on your bike for a couple of consecutive days in the lead up to your holiday so you get used to riding back to back days. Cycling distances on this holiday are broken up with opportunities to stop for coffee in village plazas and plenty of panoramic photo opportunities.

How do the baggage transfers work?

Your bags will be transferred between your accommodation. Just leave them at the reception at your hotel in the morning and they will be picked up and taken to the next overnight stop. Please limit your luggage to one bag per person of no more than 20kgs.

What personal equipment do I need?

You will need comfortable shoes and clothes to cycle in (layers are always a good option), a daypack/hydration pack and sunblock. A full equipment list will be provided in your info pack.

When is the best time of year?

March to June and September to October are just about perfect conditions.  Daytime temperature can vary from late teens in March to the late twenties in June. The spring months also offer the best of Extremadura’s flora and fauna. September through to November deliver warm days of cycling and fewer tourists make for prime time visiting.

What happens if I can’t cycle a stage?

You can use public transport or local taxis to continue to your next overnight stop. In some cases the baggage transfer service that takes your bags on to your next accommodation may be able to assist, but this is not guaranteed. Our local office can assist with helpful advice should you need to arrange transport for yourself or anyone in your party.

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Pros

  • Well organised (4)
  • Fun (3)
  • Great accommodations (3)

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  • Holiday (4)
  • Trying something new (3)

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5.0

Our first but not our last

By Ann

from Cape Town

About Me World Traveller

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Fun
  • Great Accommodations
  • Once in a Lifetime Experience
  • Well Organised

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Holiday
    • Relaxation
    • Trying Something New

    Comments about macs adventure Land of the Conquistadors: Cycling the Paradors:

    This was our very first cycling holiday. I chose an ebike so I could keep up with my husband who has been cycling for years. It was a great choice. I turned it off on the flats and downhill, and I flew up the many hills without breaking a sweat! Just choose the assist level according to how much of a work out you want - but with the assurance that you won't be left behind and walking up the hills if you are not as fit as your super fit husband!

    The cycle route was lovely. Quite hot - even in September - and the countryside was arid but beautiful. We cycled 50 to 70km a day and chose to not stop for too long along the way but rather to get to the final destination for each day. The stopover towns were truly amazing and worth an afternoon and evening to explore and soak up the atmosphere. There were very few tourists, the towns were very authentically Spanish and we loved the fact that not many people could speak English. The ancient town centers were beautiful and our Parador accommodation was excellent. What a privilege to stay in 14th century castles or 15th century convents ....... It was like staying overnight in a museum!

    Macs Adventures chose cycle routes for each daughter were scenic and rural and quiet. Some roads were virtually traffic-free. We didn't struggle cycling on the other side of the road (in South Africa we drive on the left) and the other road users were considerate and always took a wide berth around us.

    We also loved the farm stay. Out in the middle of nowhere. Sheep bells ringing in the fields and wild deer snorting nearby all through the night (rutting season apparently). And so many vultures soaring overhead in the heat of the day.

    Would we do it again? In a heart beat. It is so satisfying to see the world not from the confines of a stuffy hot car, but with the breeze against your skin, smelling the glorious aroma of the crisp morning air, the sheep and cattle farms, the oak tree forests etc AND getting some good exercise too!!

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Awesome trip!

    By Antoinette

    from South Africa

    About Me Occasional Traveller, With a toddler

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Fun
    • Great Accommodations
    • Once in a Lifetime Experience
    • Well Organised

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Active holiday
      • Holiday
      • Thrill Seeking
      • Trying Something New

      Comments about macs adventure Land of the Conquistadors: Cycling the Paradors:

      We cycled the Land of the Conquistadors with a 30month old toddler and it was awesome!
      The cycling is really not difficult. There are some hills and some steep climbs, but generally not to long sections of climbs usually the climbs were followed by the most epic descents! Also all the cycling is tarmac, so really the climbs on tarmac vs. gravel is much easier.

      Very well organized! The route notes were detailed and easy to follow, as a back up we also used google maps and could also easily program in the via points on the maps.

      When the route maps state a section of road will be busy, then it usually was, but mostly there were secondary roads which were quiet. We also found the drivers in Spain very conscientious and careful around cyclists.

      We did the tour end of June, beginning of July and it was very hot, I would recommend maybe end May. Mac Adventures did warn us end of June might be very warm, but due to work it was the only time we could go.

      My husband took his own bicycle and I rented one. The rental bicycle was also awesome! Lovely bicycle, just the right size and has everything you could need.

      The Parador Hotels are amazing and was truly an experience! Lovely old castles and monasteries, excellent services and wonderful breakfast, really lovely luxury accommodation, which is awesome after a day cycling.

      In general in Spain, we found the Spanish quite a bit of a challenge, even if you know some phrases the pronunciation might still be an issue. We found google translate really came in handy.

      My favorite towns on this tour was Oropesa and Trujillo. There were also some lovely swimming spots on day 1 and 2. Wonderful scenery! We cycled past so many cherry farms! Spanish cherries are the best!

      Would really recommend this! What an experience! Memories were made we will cherish forever.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Memorable Medieval Spain

      By Ward wards

      from High Wycombe

      About Me Active Early Retiree, Fairly Regular Traveller, Walking Cycling

      Pros

      • Monfrague Park
      • Paradors
      • Trujillo And Caceres
      • Well Organised

      Cons

      • Day 3 Very Challenging
      • Last 2 Days Cycle Tedious

      Best Uses

      • Explore Off Beaten Track
      • Holiday
      • Trying Something New

      Comments about macs adventure Land of the Conquistadors: Cycling the Paradors:

      The website description is an accurate representation of the holiday. Generally the destinations are more interesting than the routes there, with notable exceptions, eg the cycle through Monfrague Park. I found the last 2 days' cycles particularly uninspiring. Day 3 was saved by the optional detour, but adding this makes for a challenging ride. Colourfully abundant roadside wild flowers were particularly impressive on day 2.

       
      4.0

      Stunning wild flowers

      By Wardsabroad

      from Cambridge

      About Me Occasional Traveller

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Fun
      • Great Accommodations
      • No Other Brits
      • Well Organised

      Cons

      • Cycling Quite Challenging

      Best Uses

      • Holiday
      • Relaxation

      Comments about macs adventure Land of the Conquistadors: Cycling the Paradors:

      Late May was a brilliant time for this trip - the fields were full of wild flowers and the temperature not too hot (but sun could burn). The Paradors were impressive. As occasional cyclists in our late 50s we found the cycling more challenging than ideal but worth it for all the other benefits. Would recommend the e-bikes although you still need to pedal hard, even if you get up the hill faster!

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