Month: September 2014

2015 trip planning

so here we go again, planning the two 2015 bici-almeria week long trips begins. 2015 promises to be our biggest and best ever after the fantastic coverage given to almeria by the big ride feature in issue 23 of cyclist magazine. lots of new riders ready to experience what they read about back in june, and ride what i still believe are the quietest and best cycling roads in europe.

in order to be closer to the big ride climbs featured in cyclist bici-almeria has spent the past 3 months visiting accommodation near the village of tabernas – about 20km from our hq in sorbas.

i think we have struck gold on the accommodation front – a magnificent, private selection of re-furbished cottages in their own secure, wooded compound set back 150m from the main road between sorbas and tabernas. please take this in context – main roads in our part of almeria would be considered positively deserted in the uk. casas rurales albardinales are owned by one of almeria’s finest olive oil producers oro del desierto, which is located just across the road. lovingly restored to a magnificent standard the six cottages are named after the six important olive varieties – arbequina, picual, hojiblanca, cornicabra, lechin and blanqueta. these are set in a small, secure, gated wood with lots of outdoor relaxing space, outdoor cooking areas, shaded car port and of course, a very big swimming pool.

each cottage sleeps 4 in two twin rooms and has two bathrooms, a dining room, lounge area, fully fitted kitchen and an outside terrace area. there is also a laundry room and storage room for bike boxes. the cottages are plenty big enough to store bikes inside with you! the setting is truly idyllic and just the place to unwind, relax and socialise after another great day in the saddle. preparing evening meals can be done either in you own kitchen or on the communal parilla – in effect a giant barbeque, indeed there is even an outside bar complete with pump for cerveza (not provided but can be sourced I am sure!)

breakfast is included in the 2015 trips and will be served daily at the restaurant across the road at oro del desierto, also included in the price is a daily cleaning service for all cottages and use of the laundry facilities.

the accomodation for 2015 is located just 30 minutes drive from almeria airport and 5 minutes from tabernas, which has a couple of decent size supermarkets, farmacia (chemist), pescaderia (fishmonger), panaderias (bakers), carniceria (butcher), fruteria (fruit & veg) as well as many small shops and a plethora of bars, cafes and restaurants. this makes the choice of whether eat in or out no problem whatsover, and there is some pretty good olive oil available very locally!

finally bici-almeria will be staying at one of the small cottages for the trips this year so will be on hand pretty much 24/7 as well as a member of the owner’s staff who has a house on site, he also speaks excellent english.

feel free to give me a call or drop me an email for any further details – details can be found at bici-almeria.com