Near this quiet, windswept town perched on the southern side of the Sierra Nevada, mountain bikers careen down uncrowded, slaterock trails laid by Roman road builders eons ago. (The area has remained largely uncorrupted since the Moors settled here during the Middle Ages. Current population? Roughly 400.) The riding is intense, open, and fast—a welcome change of pace from the herky-jerkiness of your nearest root-laden forest.
What to do: The company Switchbacks handles all of your logistics and instruction. One week of shuttles, a bike, tutor sessions, and trail guides costs roughly $1,000 per person. For lodging, we recommend holing up at the Hotel Estrella de las Nieves in nearby Pampaneira—a rustic, upscale establishment equipped with a rooftop pool, ideal for a scenic rest after a full day’s ride.
Where to fly: Málaga
Evenings: Restaurante Teide
Fitness level: Mid to High