Home to the Vuelta a España, Spain adores cycling and offers some of the world’s best rides. There’s a reason that so many pro teams run training camps here.

Cycling in Spain offers no end of testing terrain

From the high mountains to stunning coastal routes, epic rides are everywhere.

Perhaps even more so than France and Italy, Spain is famous for its favourable winter climate, both on the mainland and its various islands.

Want to know the best places to cycle in Spain, especially during winter in the northern hemisphere? Check out our overview of Spain, our pick of the best destinations in Spain for cycling and our pick of the best climbs in Europe, many of which are in Spain.

Want to cycle one of the popular Camino de Santiago routes? Read this.

Or check out the below!

Well-known Spanish cycling meccas:

  • Mallorca is the mecca of training camp destinations, with its beautiful Serra de Tramuntana mountains and azure sea;
  • Girona is one of the most popular home-bases for the pro peloton, due to the variety of terrain and the fact Girona old-town is an amazing place to live (it’s got some amazing gravel cycling too);
  • Lanzarote provides year round sunshine on its rugged lava landscapes;
  • Tenerife is home to Mount Teide, favourite of pro riders training at altitude; 
  • The Costa Blanca coastline near Dénia and Calpe plays regular host to pro team training camps; and
  • Northern Spain is home to both the infamous climbs of the Picos de Europa and the long-distance Camino de Santiago.

Lesser-known gems

Spain is a big country, and if you love to explore and get off the beaten track, you should also consider heading to the following lesser-known gems, they are amazing fun to explore:

  • Barcelona is famous as a city break destination; here we share it’s awesome cycling opportunities
  • Costa Daurada offers long, relatively gentle climbs amid vineyards, ancient monasteries and vibrant towns
  • Costa Almeria has a dry, arid climate and a great network of inland roads, that makes it a great bet for cyclists looking for winter sun!  
  • Murcia which is also a great choice for escaping northern hemisphere winter and is easy to access via the new airport in Corvera. 
  • Sierra Nevada, which includes the highest peak in continental Spain, and offers amazing cycling opportunities
  • Terres de l’Ebre, with two separate Natural Parks, two different ecosystems in just over 30 kilometres and a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
  • The “other” Canary Islands, they might not be Tenerife, Lanzarote or Gran Canaria, but they offer a lot to cyclists!

Not sure where these regions of Spain are? Scroll down below the buttons below to find a helpful map!

Fancy a trip?

Check out our detailed guides to each of Spain’s most famous cycling destinations. You’ll find ride guides, tips for cafe stops, the best places to stay and things to do when you’re not cycling.

Our pick of the best bike hotels in Spain might also be a useful starting point.

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