Cycling

Hike + Bike Week  

Centre-Based Holiday - Mix Hiking and Cycling

Hike + Bike holidays 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 mountain 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 holidays run all year round; we do not run a set schedule and we arrange dates to suit you.

Our centre-based 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

Mountain biking in the Sierra de las Nieves   

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

Mountain bike rides tend to be at our Easy to Moderate level - enjoyable rides away from the roads, requiring little/no specific mountain biking skills - guests just need to be reasonably confident on a bike and happy to ride for 2-4 hours each day. We can increase the difficulty level if you prefer - 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.

        

Walks: 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 walk or two if you prefer. 


Example Holiday Itinerary

Our most popular hike and bike holidays are at an easyintermediate 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: Cartajima to Ronda 13km 463m From a small white village, follow an ancient drovers' trail over the mountains to Ronda
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.


Your Accommodation

Our centre-based 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, La Cascada, 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.....

  

If you prefer to stay in Ronda town, we can arrange accommodation at all levels here. We have good knowledge of all the hotels in town and maintain close relationships with our favourites, which we have selected based on our experience of service, facilities, welcome, location, comfort and price. Tell us what is most important to you and we will make our recommendations.  

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


Highlights of this centre based Hike + Bike holiday include:

- Flexibility as to the split of number of days spent walking and biking 

- Dramatic scenery, peaceful countyside and traditonal white villages - stunningly beautiful region of southern Spain

- Quiet country roads and tracks through scenic lanscape with ever-changing vistas 

- Historic town of Ronda

 


Guides

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!

 


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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