Why Cycling and Wine Tours in Murcia?
Why does the Region of Murcia provide the ideal cycling holiday destination for those people who have a passion for both cycling and wine?
Across the region agriculture is a hugely important part of the economy. The coastal areas are best known for their fruit and vegetables whilst inland, apricots, almonds and olives are more prevalent. The highlight however, is the 3 thriving wine producing areas in the north & west of the region: Bullas, Jumilla & Yecla.
Unspoilt Cycling Terrain
From a cycling perspective and to complement the wine experience, Murcia’s ‘Wine Country’ offers a typically unspoilt rural landscape with moderately challenging, rolling terrain. The picturesque Ricote Valley and Sierra Espuña mountain range are within striking distance for a great day out on the bike.
Any Excuse for a Fiesta
The Spanish locals are never shy of holding their annual wine fiestas to celebrate the current year's wine production. Whilst the fiestas are organised by and for the locals, tourists can be sure of a very warm welcome.
One such annual festivity is the Jumilla Wine Fiesta, a local festival famous for its traditional wine battle, with wine throwing exuberance. Perhaps best suited for the young at heart!
For something just a little more restrained, there are a number of fiestas to coincide with the blossoming in the spring and the harvesting in the autumn. The Bullas Harvest Wine Festival, traditionally takes place at the end of September. The local priest blesses the freshly pressed grape juice. Before continuing the day's celebrations, those in attendance get to sample the raw grape juice before it begins its fermenting process. Worthy to mention the celebration goes on well into the evening.
On all our tours we aim to stay in accommodation which adds real value to the tour and helps to cement lasting holiday memories:
Experience Rural Charm: Our tour accommodation choices in Jumilla and Yecla are all based around Casa Rurals, “Rural Houses”, which offer real charm and character.
One Casa Rural which we regularly use on our Wine & Ride Tours is based near Yecla on a working vineyard. The guest house has been carefully renovated to provide an authentic rustic style, with a number of antique wine production artefacts on display. The host Adela is keen to communicate her family's history on the vineyard and she welcomes the opportunity for guests to pick the grapes and of course, sample her wine.
A Little Different: A stay in a monastery might seem an unusual choice but it continues to prove a memorable experience for our guests. We regularly stay at both the 16th century Monastery Santa Eulalia in the foothills of the Sierra Espuña Natural Park and the Nuestra Señora del Carmen Monastery in Caravaca de la Cruz.
After a day in the saddle, your tastebuds are rewarded with the delights of the local cuisine.
The word bodega translates to mean a place where wine is stored. Throughout Murcia’s wine region (and beyond) there are any number of bodegas (both large and small).
The larger bodegas are normally an extension of a wine producer, where they will use the bodega to showcase and sell their own locally made wine (as well as selling their wine both nationally and internationally). The smaller bodegas may be simply a wine shop whilst others are more a cottage industry where homegrown wine is on offer for sale alongside other wines.
Our Wine & Ride Tours
Our Wine & Ride Tours offer a spring, harvest and fiesta tour options which all coincide with the region's wine festivities. Our tours provide the opportunity to immerse and savour some of the best wines of the region. A truly memorable wine experience with some great cycling along the way.
Our tours will appeal to both wine connoisseurs and those wishing to learn more about wine. Daily rides will proceed at a leisurely pace, providing ample opportunity to recover from the night before!
Spring Blossom Bike & Wine Tour: More Info
Harvest Bike & Wine Tour: More Info