Useful information

Useful information

  1. Getting to Orgiva
  2. About Orgiva and the accommodation
  3. Food and drink
  4. Local weather
  5. Other activities
  6. Medical insurance
  7. Bringing your own bike
  8. Contact details

1. Getting to Orgiva

A number of budget airlines fly to Malaga airport, including easyJet, which is about 1 hour 45 mins drive from our town of Orgiva. There are some flights into Granada with British Airways and Monarch.

We can arrange to meet you at either airport with transport suitable for carrying bikes.

Alternatively, there are numerous car hire companies operating at the airport, who normally will supply a free roof rack if requested when making your booking.

Also there is a bus service, Alsa.

We are happy to offer advice about getting the best value flights.

2. About Orgiva and the accommodation

Orgiva looking east.

Orgiva looking east.

Órgiva is a town municipality in the Alpujarra mountains in the province of GranadaAndalucia. It has a population of around 6,000 and lies in the Alpujarra valley between the Sierra de Lujar and Sierra Nevada. In recent years it has become a popular tourist destination for those visiting the Alpujarras, and the town is often described as “the gateway” to this area.  A large market is held on Thursdays. Show location in Multimap.

The accommodation on the edge of Orgiva, is based on 2 rustic cortijos (cottages) (property 1, El Bamboo: 2 bedrooms, sleeps 4; property 2, El Olivo: 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, sleeps 6), set in  2 acres of grounds, with swimming pool, in a quiet area on the edge of Orgiva. Each property has its own kitchen, bathrooms and living/dining area.

There is free broadband WIFI internet available for our clients.

The swimming pool is available between mid-April and mid-October.

Please see our link to the photos showing the accommodation, swimming pool and garden.

If we have adequate space to give you your own room, we are happy to do so with no single room supplement.

However if you wish to guarantee a single room in advance, there will be a single room supplement of 10 GBP per night.

The kitchens are fully equipped, and the site offers safe bike storage and workshop facilities. The cortijo comes with TV with UK satelite, DVD player, MP3 speaker system and washing machine.

Extra accommodation can be provided close by in Orgiva, at the Hotel Mirasol, 100 metres away.

3.Food and drink

Breakfast supplies and complimentary beer/wine will be provided for weekly programme guests. On guided rides we supply a packed lunch.

Our accommodation is just 100 metres from the town of Orgiva, for evening meal guests may choose to either self-cater, using the nearby shops and supermarket or eat at the many inexpensive tapas bars and restaurants in the town.

free Internet / WiFi is available in a local bar when accompanied by a drink.

4. Local weather

This area of Spain has probably the best climate in Europe for year round mountain biking or road cycling.

October to February, normally mild to warm in the daytime 15 to 23 celsius and cool in the evenings after sunset. There is a small possibility of rain.

March to May, pleasant day time temperatures, 17 to 25 celsius, night time 8 to 13 celsius, with a small chance of rain.

June to September, day time temperatures 28 to 35 celsius, night time 15 to 20 celsius.

The temperatures may be 5 to 10 degrees less at 2000 metres altitude.

For more information visit the current 5 day forecasts for Orgiva, Granada.

5. Other Activities

We can arrange these (and many other) activities on your behalf:

  • Paragliding
  • Walking
  • Pony trekking
  • Scuba diving at La Herradura
  • Skiing at the resort at Solynieve
  • Visits to the caves at Nerja, the Alhambra Palace in Granada and other local attractions

Please let us know your requirements when booking or contact us on  david@bikingandalucia.com and bikingandalucia@outlook.com to discuss what is available.

6. Medical Insurance

For EU citizens, local hospitals recognise the European Health Insurance Card  for medical treatment within Spain.  https://www.ehic.org.uk/Internet/startApplication.do  refers

7. Bringing your own bike

Most riders prefer to bring their own bike, which is quite easy to do. Use a bike bag or obtain a cardboard box (free) from your local bike dealer. To pack, simply lower the saddle and turn the handle bars sideways. We also suggest removing pedals and detaching the rear mech, and using extra cardboard, bubble wrap and pipe insulation as extra protection. To be on the safe side, you might also want to bring a spare mech hanger out with you. Please also bring 3 spare inner tubes and spare brake pads.

Also check out the thorough article in http://roadcyclinguk.comHow to travel by air with your bike

It is advisable to check with your airline or travel agent, as carriers have different rules about transporting boxed bikes. Some allow you to book your bike on in advance, normally for a fee, others carry bikes for free, but may not have space on the day.

Bikes are a highly individual piece of kit, and we always advise bringing your own bike, which is very easy. If packed correctly there is negligable risk of damage in 16 years and 1000+ bike carriages, all bikes have travelled without damage. Also it is much cheaper bringing your own bike (easyjet 30 GBP each way), whereas top quality bike hire can be around 35 GBP per day.

If clients do wish to hire we have teamed up with http://www.marbellarentabike.com/ and www.bike2malaga.com who can deliver and collect  to and from Malaga airport to coincide with your arrival and departure. With  http://bullbikes.com/en/333-rent-a-bike,  based in Motril, 35 km away and Cycle Sierra Nevada, based in Velez Benaudalla, 15 km away, and http://www.alpujarrabikes.com/ we can collect and return your selected bike, and have it waiting for you at our base in Orgiva, collection and return cost is 20 GBP return.  If you can let us know the size and type of bike that you require, we can locate it, then simply pass on the hire providers costs, + 20 GBP collection and return cost with http://bullbikes.com/en/333-rent-a-bike, http://www.alpujarrabikes.com/  and Cycle Sierra Nevada.

8. Contact details

Email:to ensure that we receive your e mails please contact both: david@bikingandalucia.com and bikingandalucia@outlook.com

phone : 0034 676002546

Skype: davidisaacs2

 If you give us a landline or Skype (not mobile) telephone no we are happy to phone you in order to discuss if you wish.

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