Spain Bike Challenge

The best way to explore Andalusia is on two wheels!

Join us on this epic 8-day cycling adventure across Andalusia. This is the perfect challenge for those of you wanting to combine doing a challenge for a great cause, with an experience that will be filled with fond and long lasting memories of discovery!

There are only 15 spots available, so claim yours now!

While cycling 30-40 miles every day for several days, you’ll get the once in a lifetime opportunity to discover and explore Islamic heritage sites and uncover the long-forgotten history of Islamic Spain. You’ll be visiting landmark Spanish mosques, fortresses and eventually arriving at the site where the Nasrids, the last Muslim dynasty in Spain made their final stand.

While this is a challenge, it’s not a race – so you’ll be able to enjoy the breathtaking sights, sounds and smells while you cycle, stopping to admire the views and capture lots of stunning photographs for your memories…and of course, soak up the sun!

Highlights: Cordoba – Madinat Al Zahrah – Almodovar – Lucena – Cabra – Dona Menca – Zuheros – Alcala La Real – Granada – Lanjaron (Alpujarras Mountains)

  • Islamic Relief will pay for: In-country transfers, tour guide from Andalucian Routes, bike rental, all accommodations, all meals, transport/support vehicles, entrance fees for all excursions
  • Not Included: flights, additional drinks and refreshments, costs incurred for any extended stay
  • Date: November 4th-11th 2018
  • Registration: Covered by Islamic Relief
  • Fundraising Target: $3,000
  • Deadline for Registration: October 1st 2018
  • Note: Only 20 spots are available and places are available on a first-come-first-serve basis If you have any questions, please email challenges@islamicrelief.ca

Difficulty level: STRENUOUS
Biking 40-50 KM a day, need to train and be prepared for this challenge

Day 1 – Arrival at Malaga and transfer to Cordoba

In the evening there will be a briefing and orientation. Overnight in Cordoba

Day 2 – Cordoba

Interactive museum followed by a visit to the great mosque of Cordoba. Archaeological site of Medinat Al Zahra,

The city built by the Caliph Abdul Rahman III. Here we see the Palace ruins and take a visit to the new exhibitions and museum. After we go to Almodovar, here we will be visiting local Spanish Muslims. The family will serve up a Halal version of the traditional Spanish food. We will return back to the hotel. Over night at the hotel.

Day 3 – Cordoba to Zuheros

Depart to a village called Zuherros outside of Cordoba city. On the way we will stop in Montilla to pick up the bikes and start the bike journey with a 45-kilometer ride. Dinner and free time at the hotel.

Day 4 – Zuherros to Alcala La Real

Start with a 55-kilometer bike ride to the next stop Alcala La Real. Dinner and free time at the hotel.

Day 5 – Alcala La Real to Granada

Depart for Granada, a 55-kilometer journey. Granada was the last Muslim Kingdom, which held out for 250 years before the inevitable fall in 1492. After lunch there will be a lecture/presentation after which we will make our way to the Alhambra. This is usually the highlight of the tour for many. Nominated a wonder of the world the visit to the Palaces, gardens, and fort will leave you breathless. The visit to the Al hambra could take up to 4 hours.

Day 6 – Granada to Al pujarra

Final bike ride approximately 40-kilometers to the lower Sierra Nevada mountain region. This will complete the bike journey. Departing for the Alpujjara Mountains along the route of Nasrids. On the way we will stop at the old Muslim bridge and the Muslim fort/castle, which is the location of one of the last stands made by the Muslims of Alpujjara. We will then go on to Orgiva, here we will have a chance to interact with the local Muslim community while having dinner at a Muslim restaurant run by a Spanish Muslim revert. Check in to hotel the night.

Day 7 – Al pujarra to Malaga

Depart for Malaga. Arrive at Malaga and say final farewells before return flights.

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Spain Bike Challenge 2017

A group of 12 participants completed the Spain Bike Challenge in 2017. See the highlight video below and sign-up for our 2018 Spain Bike Challenge