Cycling holidays in Extremadura
Extremadura has caught the eye of cycling enthusiasts looking for holidays in Spain. Just last month, the region was featured in an article for the Guardian travel section. In it, Patrick Collinson describes the (literal) ups and downs of cycling in Extremadura, a hilly and mountainous region flanked by plains. Despite sore muscles, he writes, the unspoilt beauty and charming towns of a region virtually undiscovered by tourists more than make up for it.
If you enjoy cycling and fancy a bit of a challenge, a cycling holiday in Extremadura can prove very rewarding. All those uphill climbs make for stunning vistas at the top. The stops along the way are a mixture of lively market squares, striking plazas, and Cáceres, a Unesco world heritage site.
Another advantage of a day spent cycling is the chance to work up an appetite. Extremadura, long known to us to have some of Spain’s best food, is now growing in popularity amongst foodies. The cheese and ham are of exceptional quality, and multi course meals are reasonably priced. In fact the region is perfect for cyclists and other travellers on a budget.
If you are thinking of cycling through Extremadura, make sure you are properly outfitted. Though doable for those who are moderately fit, the climbs can be quite aerobic, so pack proper bike shorts, fitness shirts, and reflective jackets. You’ll also want to bring enough water to get you through the occasional 60km stretch. If this all sounds a bit arduous, remember that at the end of the day, you and your group can take a dip in the pool before hitting the hay.
Cycling brings a different pace of travel than the popular driving holiday – at slower speeds, you can really take in the countryside. As Collinson describes, “The countryside is greener than I could have hoped for (Extremadura, like Britain, has had almost its wettest ever spring) and the distant mountains are snowcapped. The roadside verges are ablaze with poppies and lavender.” Sounds like a wonderful holiday to us!