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An Andalusian adventure awaits with Vamos! Cycling

BikesEtc
17 Aug 2017

Long to ride somewhere stunning? Prefer a more personal touch? Vamos! has the holiday for you...

This feature was produced in association with Vamos! Cycling

Cycling in Europe doesn’t get more exotic than in Andalusia.

Here the landscape, the history, the climate and the culture all blur lines with North Africa which, at its closest point, is just nine miles from the coast of Spain’s southernmost region.

The Sierra Nevada Mountains, which tower over the area, is home to the Alpujarras – an area which offers spectacular riding on superb roads that are rarely bothered by cars.

In fact, this quiet corner of southern Spain might just be the best-kept cycling secret in the whole of Europe – although one British couple are doing their best to change that.

Former road racer and mountain biker Gary Williams and his wife Sarah moved to the Alpujarras in 2005 to set up Vamos! – a holiday company dedicated to revealing the delights of this magical area to any cyclist in search of something truly different.

Their large home is in Cádiar, a once-Moorish village of ancient white buildings scattered in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountain range.

It serves as guesthouse and base camp for the training weeks and cycling tours that Gary leads into the wildernesses and wonders that the surrounding area is so rich in.

Their home can sleep up to 10 guests and has been purposely put together to suit all your cycling needs.

You’ll find secure bike storage, a fully equipped workshop, four bathrooms, laundry facilities and free Wi-Fi throughout, as well as a comfortable lounge (with satellite TV for the bike racing of course!) that leads out onto a large terrace – ideal for chilling out with a cold beer after hot day in the saddle.

There’s also a communal dining area where you can enjoy generous buffet breakfasts, as well as Sarah’s lovingly prepared, home-cooked meals in the evening if you want.

Once you manage to muster yourself from such a friendly, relaxed environment and get on your bike, you can either choose to sign up for one of Vamos’! training weeks with Gary as your guide, tackle one of the local sportives, or simply explore the mountains at your leisure.

The superb-value training weeks include seven nights B&B, guided rides, vehicle support if needed, and airport transfers from Granada, Almeria or Malaga – all for just £425 per person.

Flights aren’t included but with budget airlines to the region starting at £60 return, you could easily have a week in a cycling paradise without putting a serious dent in your credit card.

And if you book as a group of four or more, Vamos will even shave off another 10%. See vamoscycling.com for more on riding in and around Cádiar from March to June, and September to November, or to find out about plans for special training weeks in other parts of the region.

Don’t hang about if you decide to book, though, places are limited and – for obvious reasons – get snapped up fast!

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