I'm planning a 3-week tour in Spain for the next year. This will be my first solo multi-day tour as a female cyclist, so I'm pretty excited.
I know that the topography of Spain consists of a mountainous terrain. I'm not averse to climbing uphill, yet I'm not very good at it either. I'd prefer a mix of some hills and plains. I plan on cycling 60 or 70 kms a day, if too hilly, then probably 40 kms. I'm gonna rely on wild camping, warmshowers and hostels. I won't be carrying any cooking gear as I plan to indulge myself with the Spanish cuisine.
Here are the four different itineraries I've come up with:
1- Madrid to Salamanca (via the Roman route), onto Porto (Portugal), ending at Lisbon.
2- Lisbon to Seville (via Evora), then Cadiz, Ronda, ending at Granada.
3- Cycling the Camino Santiago del Norte (starting off in Bilbao), down to Porto (Portugal) via Vigo.
4- Madrid to Cordoba via the Don Quixote route, then onto Granada.
Now, I have my doubts about the Camino because it kinda feels that it's not as scenic as one might expect it to be. Plus, as an unbeliever, being surrounded by pilgrims all the time might make me feel uncomfortable. The Madrid to Lisbon route is the most challenging I guess, as it travels along the Sierra de Gredos and I wonder if a touring bike will suffice for that region. The Don Quixote route looks very interesting, though has a in-the-middle-of-nowhere feel to it as well.
Well, I really feel lost at this point. Any advice or suggestion to help me would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!