Mountain bike holidays, gravel bike
holidays, and hiking holidays in Spain

Your adventure starts here!

Pure Mountains offers premium mountain bike, gravel bike and hiking holidays in Andalucía, in the south of Spain.

We have been creating boutique, wilderness experiences since 2005.

From the lofty slopes of the Sierra Nevada mountains, to the vast expanses of the southern deserts, you’ll explore exhilarating routes, with mountain and Mediterranean views.  During your stay, you’ll enjoy delicious, local food and drink.

On our centre-based trips, you stay at our fully-staffed, rustic-luxe lodge. On point-to-point tours, you stay in charming, rural hotels.

Our team of dedicated guides, drivers, mechanics, chefs and housekeepers makes sure that you are superbly looked after throughout your holiday.

We take care of everything, so that you can just enjoy the adventure.

 Our all-inclusive holidays include:

  • Small groups, with expert guides who tailor the riding/hiking to suit you. Our guest to guide ratio is a maximum of four to one.
  • On mountain bike holidays: stunning, natural trail/enduro riding on the best mountain bike trails in southern Spain. On gravel tours: carefree riding on endless, deserted dirt roads which are becoming known for the best gravel riding in Europe. Hikers enjoy ancient routes traversing the mountains and valleys.
  • Four wheel drive vehicle support throughout the day.
  • Tasty, home-cooked breakfast, lunch and dinner, using local ingredients.
  • Málaga airport transfers.
  • Bike workshop, with an expert mechanic.
  • Beer, wine, laundry service, WiFi and dog cuddling.

Choose your holiday / tour

Mountain Bike Adventures

Our guided mountain bike holidays combine the best of trail riding, enduro and backcountry adventure. They are designed for enthusiastic mountain bikers, who enjoy challenging climbs and thrilling descents. The Sierra Nevada is a wilderness: a deserted and raw MTB paradise with endless singletrack.

Gravel Bike Adventures

We offer lodge-based gravel adventures and point-to-point Sierra Nevada and Two Deserts gravel tours. On all of them, you’ll discover the kind of deserted backroads that gravel bikers dream about; with stunning views, pretty villages and all the details taken care of for you.

Hiking Adventures

We offer guided hiking as an alternative activity on our bike holidays, and standalone hiking vacations. The Alpujarra and Sierra Nevada is a walking paradise. There are endless trails, ranging from the ancient paths between the villages to remote trails that traverse the high sierras.

130+

5* reviews on Google

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Excellent Reviews on Tripadvisor

Claire F
Claire F
24/11/2023
An excellent four days mountain biking with Pure Mountains in October. Jenny and Tim are fantastic guides and absolutely lovely people. From the farmhouse in the hills, to the network of people they have developed, what a truly commendable operation! Picnics mid ride and doggos waiting for us by the fire! What more could we ask for? The riding in the area is fantastic, there seems to be something for everyone. My only wish is that we had managed to get up to xylophone, but even Jenny and Tim can't control the weather! Fear not, there are still plenty of hills to ride up and down whatever the weather, and it just means that I'll have to come back for more riding!
Calle Österlind
Calle Österlind
17/11/2023
Awesome place and arrangement, highly recommended for anyone enjoying demanding mountainbiking in fantastic nature and views.
Val Wid
Val Wid
11/11/2023
We were enduro riding as a couple 2 days with tim and it was great fun! He was very empathic, full with good vibes and nice mtb skills! He planned a nice trip for the second day in higher altitude as we like it. His wife supported our ride with the 4wd. Thank you so much for this lovely experience!
Carol Peck
Carol Peck
11/11/2023
We had a fabulous experience with Pure Mountains. The riding was challenging in the best way, with beautiful cross country routes each day. Jenny and Tim are both gracious hosts and top notch guides.
Meghan ONeill
Meghan ONeill
05/11/2023
Where to begin? This mtb trip was amazing in all ways !! The riding was challenging and fun, and no pressure to ride anything I didn’t feel comfortable with. Tim and Jenny were helpful, funny, great conversationalists, and above all - the most professional guides. We always felt like we were in the best care. When my husband was unable to participate due to an injury, Tim and Jenny made an effort to ensure his continued inclusion in our riding experience, despite him not riding with the group. I feel the value for this trip is EXCELLENT, no hesitation to recommend Pure Mountains if you’re looking for an exciting, fun filled 4 day mountain bike trip!
james kershaw
james kershaw
02/11/2023
4 Amazing days of cycling through the beautiful Sierra Nevada Mountains. The single track downhills were varied, seriously challenging and beautiful. Tim and Jenny were amazing hosts and guides. They challenged us all and kept us safe throughout. They even mended all of our broken bikes! What an amazing place. I hope to be back again next year.
Jackson McCann
Jackson McCann
24/10/2023
Fantastic four days riding with big descents and even bigger views. The organization was also excellent with the rides tailored to the group and the weather.
Alex Perkins
Alex Perkins
24/10/2023
Two trips to Pure Mountains in the last year. Will be booking again next year. Tim and Jennie awesome as all the trails they take you to. Great time had every time I’ve been!
divera scholten
divera scholten
14/10/2023
Geweldige ervaring....mountainbiken zoals we dat nog nooit eerder gedaan hebben of ons hadden kunnen voorstellen! De begeleiding was super op alle fronten. We reden 4 machtige dagen en iedere dag totaal verschillend met 'behoorlijk' wat uitdaging. Een belevenis die ons een heerlijk 'wow' gevoel heeft meegegeven!!

“The perfect mountain biking territory…..the best routes”

“Perfect mountain biking territory…glorious, uninterrupted views…encyclopedic knowledge of the best routes.”

“A veritable riding paradise…great vibe…lovely food…nice people.”

“Wildnis für Erwachsene…Es ist ungezähmte schönheit…der ganz besonderen Pure Mountains Lodge.”

“The best four days’ riding I have ever experienced.”

“Excellent. Awesome singletrack. A ride-in, ride-out experience …. in a true wilderness setting.”

Location & Weather

Where is Pure Mountains?

Pure Mountains is based above the village of Bérchules, in the Sierra Nevada Natural Park in Andalucía, southern Spain. We’re about two hours from Málaga and the Costa del Sol and 90 minutes from Granada and the Costa Tropical.

On our centre-based bike holidays, you stay at Pure Mountains’ beautiful, off-grid lodge. The emphasis is on simple luxury, high quality, home-cooked food and local beer and wine. The lodge sits in its own grounds, at an altitude of 1,650 metres. There are panoramic views of the snow-capped peaks of the Sierra Nevada, the Mediterranean and the Rif Mountains of Morocco.

The lodge is registered with the regional tourist board as a casa rural, guaranteeing high standards of comfort and safety.

The Sierra Nevada and La Alpujarra

The area which stretches south from peaks of the Sierra Nevada mountain range to the Mediterranean Sea is called La Alpujarra. Mulhacén, the highest peak of the Sierra Nevada, reaches 3,482 metres in a lunar landscape. The coast is known as La Costa Tropical, for its balmy climate and exotic fruit plantations. Between these two extremes lies a paradise of south-facing meadows and terraces, irrigated by snowmelt and ancient water channels and dotted with authentic, flat-roofed, white villages. Bérchules is a traditional, working village. It’s off the tourist trail but it has a bank, pharmacy, shop and several bars.

What’s the weather like?

The south of Spain enjoys a generally dry and sunny climate. Having said that, we are in the Sierra Nevada mountains and the weather can change suddenly.

View the weather forecast for our local village of Bérchules here. You can find annual statistics and averages here.

January to March is usually sunny, with snow on the tops. It can be chilly, but great for mountain biking, gravel riding and hiking. April to June are lovely months, with the mountains in flower and water gushing in the streams. July and August are too hot for riding bikes! September to December are cooler and a perfect season for mountain biking, gravel biking and hiking, with chillier nights gradually creeping in.

The air is incredibly clean and fresh and the night sky is a revelation.

Because of the huge range of altitude locally, we plan the mountain biking, gravel biking and hiking routes according to the weather. In the cooler months we tend to use lower routes and in the hot months we use the higher tracks and trails.

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