Cadiz - Elche Cadiz - Elche

Cadiz - Elche

The most westerly stage of EuroVelo 8 – Mediterranean Route incorporates many of the features that make the whole route so inviting: stunning scenery, historic towns and cities, delicious local food and drink and colourful festivals.

Most of this stage is located in the region of Andalucía, including the start (or end) point of Cádiz.  As the oldest continuously inhabited city in Spain and one of the oldest in western Europe, Cádiz understandably has a lot of historic sites for visitors to explore.  After Cádiz, the route heads south to Punta de Tarifa, the southernmost point of continental Europe.  From here, it is also possible to try some authentic fish and chips because Gibraltar is located only a short ride away.    

This stage takes the visitor to some of the charming towns and whitewashed villages in the interior of Andalucía.  Indeed, one of the biggest attractions along the whole Mediterranean Route is located here - the UNESCO World Heritage listed Alhambra in Grenada, which is a staggeringly beautiful Moorish citadel and palace.

EuroVelo 8 does return to the coastline at Málaga and Almeria.  The former is the birthplace of Pablo Picasso and has an impressive museum dedicated to its most famous son.  It also has one of the warmest winters in Europe, so is great for cycling all year round.  Almeria meanwhile is dominated by a large Moorish castle, the Alcazaba, overlooking the town which is definitely worth visiting.

From Almeria it is possible to take a detour to Cabo de Gata.  This unusual national park is the only region in Europe with a warm desert climate.  Back on the route and further to the north is Cartegena, another ancient city with an abundance of Phoenician, Roman, Byzantine and Moorish remains.  By then you are already in the region of Murcia and the stage’s end in Elche is not far away.

 

 

  • 1104 BC
    FOUNDATION OF Cádiz
  • 36
    Degrees latitude
    Punta de Tarifa
  • 204
    works in the Museo
    Picasso Málaga

 

  • Gazpacho, Spain

    ´The fuel of the people´ - This Spanish cold soup (although you must never say in Spain that Gazpacho is a cold soup!) is a refreshing, energetic and healthy drink made of fresh tomatoes, garlic, cucumber, olive oil, Jerez vinegar, salt and water. Some people also add other vegetables: carrots, pepper or even some bread. Its origins are in Andalusia but nowadays is possible to find it in most of the supermarkets around the world. Cycling along EuroVelo 8, stop along the route and try a home made fresh gazpacho andaluz. Photo credit: Ignacio Palomo Duarte (flickr)

  • Alhambra de Granada, Spain

    Perched in the Sierra Nevada facing the city of Granada, the Alhambra is an impressive sight to behold. A moorish emir first built a palace here in the 11th Century. It was later converted into the Royal Palace of Yusuf I, Sultan of Granada. The site, which was for a long time the home of squatters, is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is well worth a visit. While your there be sure to catch a Flamenco show in the caves of Sacramonte on the opposite side of the valley. Photo credit: Julian Rejas (flickr)

  • Tarifa, Spain

    The southest point: wind, sand and amazing people will bring you surf, virgin beaches and fun in one of the best areas of the world for enjoying water sports and amazing beaches far from the beaten track. From Tarifa, you can easily see Africa, only 14km far. Fast ferries connect Tangiers and Tarifa in 25 minutes. Enjoy cycling feeling the wind that crosses from the Mediterranean Sea to the Atlantic Ocean. Photo credit: Holger Haubold

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