Bikepacking the Transnevada in Southern Spain
302 Mi.(486 KM)
% Rideable (time)
A scant 30 kilometers due north of the touristy Mediteranean beaches, the Sierra Nevada juts straight out of the Earth in massive spires of wildflower covered peaks. The autonomous range was designated a national park in 1999 and is the largest in Spain.
In 2011 a gnarly web of doubletrack, single track, gravel and footpaths were adopted by Andalucia Tourism and supported by the International Mountain Bike Association (IMBA). The effort resulted in a well documented, and extremely well signposted, 450 kilometer route that encircles the jagged range in eight named segments.
We were fortunate to land here right in the midst of a mild late spring when wildflowers were at their peak, the crisp mountain sky held back moisture from the sea, and chilly mornings made coffee extra special. The riding was epic.
NOTE: Although we didn’t have time to ride the whole route (only about a quarter of it from Trevelez toward Granada), I included the GPX for the whole route. If anyone has insight on the section from Granada to Tevelez (clockwise), let me know! I will be back to do the whole thing, one day.
- Las Alpujarras (the quaint white towns scattered on the hillsides of the Sierra Nevada)
- Tapas: In the province of Granada, they still practice the tradition of free tapas with the purchase of a drink. We almost didn’t pay for a single meal during our time here. Just order a beer and get a snack!
- The alpine scenery of the Sierra Nevada range
- I recommend visiting in the spring when the wildflowers are in full swing and the sky is crystal blue
- For alcohol stoves, the only option id pharmacy grade rubbing alcohol. Kind of pricy, but works well. There are small pharmacies in most of the Alpujarras.
- There are plenty of opportunities for wild camping in the Sierra Nevada.
- We also found a couple campgrounds in the Alpujarras.
- Plenty of food options in all of the all of the Las Alpujarras… both shops and restaurants. Load up on beer and tapas.
- There are quite a few streams, springs and historic fountains along the way. Most, if not all, need filtering though.