Day 3 and 4 took us from Monachil to Almunacar and back over the Sierras de Tejeda.
We set off from Monachil fairly early to tackle the rolling climb up over the Sierras de Tejeda. The first 15km or so are through the suburbs of Granada through what once must have been small villages – such as La Zubia. Once through the villages the 30 km to the sumit of the Sierras de Tejeda followed. The quiet road to the summit rolls though typical Spanish farmland and countryside before open up to the most fantastic view and the 36km descent down to the beach in Almunacar. The descent was fantastic, twisty and fast on a newly surfaced road and is equally as rewarding as the Col du Galibier or Alpe d’Huez.
We stayed overnight in Almunacar before retracing our steps back to Monachil. The climb back was rewarding in itself and took us just under 2 hours. Once over the top we stopped for some soup in a local cafe/ restaurant. We thought the descent back to Monachil would be easy but it proved to be both undulating and very windy.
These two days of great riding can be had as part of the Tour of Andalucia Cycling Holidays .