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Weekly Cycle: Land of the Conquistadors: Cycling the Paradors

31 Dec , 2015  

From the depths of winter, spring into luxury with our newest cycling trip, Land of the Conquistadors Cycling the Paradors. Each day of riding links luxury Parador hotels deep in the heart of historic Spain.

In a nutshell

Distance: 292km / 342 km

Grading: Moderate

Where is it? Extremadura, Western Spain.

Parador Jarandilla de la Vera


If you enjoy the challenge of a hill now and again, Cycling the Paradors will lead you through a timeless region of Spain ending each day in the luxury of a Parador Hotel. The brain child of the late King Alfonso XIII, a number of Spain’s most significant buildings of royalty, nobility and religion have been lovingly converted into Parador Hotels. A small collection of Paradors in Extremadura are nestled amongst Spain’s best preserved medieval villages and most significant sights of the Conquistador era.


Planning & Preparation

You can start Cycling the Paradors any day of the week from March to July and September to November. July and August are simply too hot! In the early part of the year, flora and fauna is at its best. Raptor life soars high in the skies at Monfrague National Park and daytime temperatures can vary from late teens in March to the late twenties in June. September through to November tourist crowds have thinned, making for prime time visiting.

Madrid is the closest airport, served by most international airlines. From Madrid it’s short train journey to Oropesa, or alternatively we can arrange private transfers.

Ged Bell cycling in Monfrague Natural Park

Graded moderate, you’ll ideally enjoy an active lifestyle which includes cycling to keep fit. Average daily distances are around 50km and there is always the option to take a day off the bike in Trujillo. There are stretches of shallow hill climbs and if you’d like a little assistance with these, e-bikes are available for hire.

If you’d prefer to discuss the route in more detail, please call our bike team on or mail [email protected]

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Rebelling against British seaside holidays, I left the UK with my grubby backpack almost 20 years ago to explore Asia and Australia. Returning home some 18 months later, working in the adventure travel industry was a natural progression. I continued life on the road for several years working as a freelance guide across South America, Asia, Europe and Australia and was also tasked with the exciting job of launching and managing a small charity in Zambia. From working on a cattle station in Australia’s remote Kimberley region, through to cycling in the French Alps, I’ve always loved meeting the memorable characters and challenging encounters my job brings! Eventually settling back into the UK, I started on a career managing and developing walking and cycling holidays across the globe and have recently found myself in the ‘saddle’ with Macs Adventure with the lucky role of creating cycling holidays. From cycling European mountains passes through to riding across the San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, for me wheels are the best method to discover a destination.