Cycling

Hike + Bike Weeks  

Centre Based Holiday - Mix Hiking and Cycling

riding along the via verde de la sierra

Hike + Bike weeks uniquely offer a mix of hiking and cycling - perfect for walkers who want to have a day or two out on a bike or for riders who occasionally want to swap their bikes for boots. On our combined biking and hiking holidays, we can be flexible according to your preferences as to the split of number of days spent walking and biking.

On this holiday you will explore the countryside around Ronda and the two protected Natural Parks to the east and north of the town. The area is rural and unspoilt, with an extensive network of quiet country roads and undiscovered tracks and trails.

Our Hike + Bike weeks run all year round; we do not run a set schedule and we arrange dates to suit you. Most centre based Hike + Bike weeks are guided but we can also arrange self guided holidays. *

Our centre based Hike + Bike holidays include:

  • 7 nights' accommodation (B & B)
  • 5 days' guided biking and hiking
  • Registered English guides, qualified by British Cycling
  • Hire of quality mountain or hybrid bike (eMTBs also available)
  • Vehicle support throughout the week

Guests staying on our half board holidays in the Hotel Molino del Puente (see below) will also enjoy 

  • 5 nights' dinner in the hotel's excellent restaurant
  • Afternoon tea/coffee and cakes every day

All prices are based on 2 people sharing. Click here for full pricing information

" ...Our week staying in Ronda and doing day cycles or hikes was just fabulous. Wayne and Heather came up with an itinerary that was just perfect, we saw and did so much, it was a great way to see Ronda and surrounding areas. (Leone & Michael - Oct 2016)

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Mixing it Up

riders outside the ronda bull ring  riding in the grazalema natural park 

BIke rides:

You can choose rides which are on the roads, or mainly off-road or do a mix of both.

Mountain bike rides tend to be at our Easy to Moderate level. They are enjoyable rides away from the roads, requiring little/no specific mountain biking skills. As long as you feel reasonably confident on a bike and are happy to ride for 2-4 hours each day, these rides should be easily do-able. On the other hand, if you prefer something more challenging, we can increase the difficulty level - just let us know at the time of enquiry.

If you prefer to ride on the roads, rides will be from Moderate to Challenging, as there are no easy road routes in this mountainous area. The climbs can be long but the views are superb; we always take our guided rides at a comfortable pace so you can enjoy the scenery as well as the riding itself!

Our bikes have 29" wheels and are easy to ride, with great gearing to help with any climbs involved and hydraulic disc brakes for powerful braking and control.

hiking in the serrania de ronda    hiking in the tajo del abanico    

Hikes: Our Hike + Bike walks tend to be at the Moderate level, involving some ascent and descent, often on gravelly or uneven surfaces, as the tracks can become weather-eroded. We take them at a comfortable pace, with plenty of time to enjoy the fabulous views and scenery. Again, we we can include a more challenging mountain hike or two if you prefer.

wayne and heather hiking guidesGuides: We offer HIke + Bike holidays on a guided or self guided basis. Our guides are British Cycling qualified. They are also fully qualified Outdoor First Aiders and carry a first aid kit at all times, as well as a  range of tools & spares to deal with mechanical issues with your bike.

On guided holidays, each day's activity is minibus supported to optimise route choice and to help out anyone who runs out of steam and needs a helping hand!

 


Example Holiday Itinerary

Our most popular hike and bike holidays are at an easy - intermediate level:

Day Activity Distance Ascent Description
Day 1 Malaga airport transfer      
Day 2 Bike: Setenil de las Bodegas (mtb) 30km 183m An easy-moderate ride to start the week through open countryside to an unusual village with overhanging llimestone cliffs and cavehouses
Day 3 Hike: Montejaque to Ronda 12km 376m From a small mountain village we walk back to Ronda, including spectacular views of Ronda gorge and bridge.
Day 4 Bike: Via Verde de la Sierra 36km 147m An easy ride along the wide, unsurfaced track of an abandoned railway, passing through 30 tunnels, over 4 viaducts and past a Griffon vulture colony.
Day 5 Rest Day     Chill out at your hotel or explore the historic town of Ronda
Day 6 HIke: Tajo del Abanico to Cueva del Gato 15km 264m Visit a striking limestone gorge then head into the hills, finishing at a local waterfall and beauty spot 
Day 7 BIke: Genal Valley Views (road) 25km 520m Finish the week with a remote valley climb and then a great descent to the river valley. Train ride home via the river gorge
Day 8 Malaga airport transfer      

Holiday itinerary is an example only; can be changed to suit varying levels of ability or fitness.


Accommodation

Our centre based Hike + Bike holidays are located in a family-run, boutiuqe countryside hotel, just outside Ronda. The hotel is a beautifully restored olive mill, full of character and comfort. On 5 nights you will dine in the hotel's excellent restaurant, with 2 nights left free for you to explore Ronda's extensive range of restaurants and tapas bars. Standard accommodation is for 2 people in a double or twin room.

The Hotel Molino del Puente.....

 hotel molino del puente molino del puente double room

If you prefer to stay in Ronda town, we can arrange accommodation at all levels here. We are familiar with all the hotels in town and maintain close relationships with our favourites. Standard accommodation is in a 4**** hotel in the centre of town, close to the bullring and main sights. If you have other specific requirements (pool, garden, views, etc.), we can quote on a bespoke package for you.

Whether you stay out of town or in the centre, Ronda is a wonderful town to visit and explore.


Highlights of centre based Hike + Bike Weeks include:

  • riding the via verdeFlexibility as to the split of number of days spent walking and biking 
  • Dramatic scenery, peaceful countryside and traditional white villages - stunningly beautiful region of southern Spain
  • Quiet country roads and tracks through scenic landscape with ever-changing vistas 
  • Historic town of Ronda

 


Self-Guided Hike + Bike Weeks

Many of our bike rides and walks can be completed on a self-guided basis, so if you prefer a self guided cycling and walking holiday, let us know the kind of distances and difficulty level you are looking for and we will put together a suitable package for you. 

 

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