Cycle touring in Spain suffers from ill-advised and rather confused road laws and one does have the distinct impression that the cyclist is not seen as a 'proper' road user. Helmet wearing is mandatory outside of cities. 

In northern Spain one can follow the hilly El Camino de Santiago (The Route of St James) to Santiago de Compostella from the French side of the Pyrenees. 

We suspect the south of Spain will be too warm in summer, but offers good cycling during the rest of the year.

Mallorca (Majorca), of course, is a favourite place for early spring training. We found it to be very pleasant in the autumn as well. It is already popular, but since the latest winner of the Tour de France, one Bradley Wiggins, a British professional cyclists trains there extensively, expect more British MAMILs (Middle Aged Men in Lycra) to appear on its roads.  

Getting unwrapped, full sized bikes on many Spanish main line trains is difficult impossible, but long-distance buses take bicycles. See our article on the AtoB website for more information or our trip report on Crazy Guy on a Bike.

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