Spain Leisure Cycling Tour - 'Hilltop Villages'
Self-Guided Leisure Cycling Tour in Spain
Andalucian White Village Cycling Tour
This self-guided leisure cycling tour explores the picturesque countryside of western Andalucia, riding on fabulous mountain roads to visit some of the most attractive hilltop white villages of the region - Ronda, Montejaque, Grazalema, Zahara de la Sierra, Olvera and (at the bottom of a river valley) Setenil de las Bodegas.
The route is mainly on quiet roads with very little traffic and drivers in this region are very considerate to cyclists.
The riding is at a moderate level, with daily distances of around 40km over 4 days. Whilst there are hills to tackle every day, this is a perfectly doable road cycling tour for the enthusiastic cyclist who is neither mountain-fit nor wants to spend hours in the saddle over many days. This tour combines cycling on smooth, twisting mountain roads through stunning landscapes with attractive village locations for your overnight stays.
Andalucian Leisure Cycling Tour Highlights
♦ Varied terrain - rocky limestone mountains, forested hills and river valleys
♦ Smooth and quiet roads through Natural Park
♦ Amazing vistas at every turn
♦ Ronda 'City of Dreams'
♦ Hilltop villages of Montejaque, Grazalema, Zahara de la Sierra, Olvera and Setenil de las Bodegas
♦ Mountain ascents and descents, incl. Puerto del Boyar
INCLUDED IN OUR PRICES
5 nights of accommodation on a B&B basis
Quality hybrid bike or e-bike
Optional seat-post rear bag and/or handlebar bag for your daily needs (we recommend travelling light)
Helmet & water bottle (or bring your own)
Route GPS (phone App with daily routes, profiles and maps, no Data-usage required) or GPX files
Annotated route maps
Briefing Pack, incl tips, advice and day-by-day route notes
Briefing meeting on arrival
See our suggested KIT LIST for road cycling holidays in Spain.
WHERE WILL I BE STAYING?
Your tour goes through a mix of large and small towns and more rural areas, so the accommodation style and standard will vary greatly. In the larger towns, we usually book 4**** or 3*** hotels; outside of these, you will stay in countryside haciendas, boutique B&Bs or traditional-style village hotels. All rooms have en-suite facilities. Our selections are based on clean and comfortable accommodation (if sometimes quite simple), friendly owners and staff, a warm welcome, bike storage and sometimes a swimming pool too.
START: Ronda FINISH: Ronda
Duration* 6 days 5 nights 4 cycling days Distance 167 km total 42 km daily avg ( max 45km : min 37km ) Grading
Moderate - an all-road route that doesn't use any tracks (like the other leisure tours). Includes hill climbs every day but they are kept to a minimum (for this area!) with plenty of scenic touring in between. Total tour ascent is 4267m, daily average ascent 1067m.
Availability** All year round. Choose the dates which suit you. Start on any day of the week. Price*** €675 per person based on 2 people sharing a double or twin room (en-suite) (€755 with e-bike)
* Tour duration can be extended by adding rest days along the tour or adding further days of riding to more villages; let us know your preferences when you enquire.
** Check out the local annual weather conditions here. N.B. Supplements may apply during Easter week due to inflated accommodation prices.
*** Solo traveller and single occupancy prices are available upon request.
Arrival in Ronda
Check in to your hotel and enjoy the sights and sounds of the beautiful clifftop town of Ronda. Briefing and bike set-up will take place on your first evening.
Spain Bike Tour Day 1 - Ronda to Grazalema
Riding out from Ronda, you will be in the countryside in no time at all, cycling past vineyards, arable fields, and small streams and on to a local beauty spot, the Cueva del Gato (“Cat Cave”). Take a look at the waterfall and crystal clear pool below before the day’s main climb up through the villages of Benaojan and Montejaque. Continue on past an abandoned dam, set into a rocky valley, and then you will be riding on a superb, twisting downhill section through cork oak forests. You exit the forest briefly and then rejoin it for a further 10km. This quiet stretch of road undulates through the forest and then opens out to give fantastic views of Grazalema village, set high in the mountains with even higher mountains all around. A final 2km climb takes you up into the village for the night.
Spain bike tour Day 2 - Grazalema to Zahara de la Sierra
Today’s ride begins with a short, steep little climb out of Grazalema before you ride down a steady 12km descent. In the opposite direction, this is a tough climb know locally as “The Beast” – enjoy the knowledge that you are doing the descent, rather than the climb. The route then takes you on through rural countryside, via El Bosque and the pretty village of Prado del Rey (an excellent lunch stop). Undulating countryside leads you to Zahara de la Sierra, a striking village set on a small rocky outcrop above the clear blue waters of a reservoir, topped by the remains of an Arab fortress. Overnight in this charming village – and if your legs are feeling up to it, take a walk up the hill to the remains of the Arab fortress.
Spain Bike Tour Day 3 - Zahara de la Sierra to Olvera
A lovely steady day, with no tricky or steep climbs, just constant “ups-and-downs” throughout to give you a good workout. You head north from Zahara into “olive-country" - acres of dusty green trees in regimented lines stretching as far as the eye can see; even the steepest slopes are cultivated to make the most of the available land between the limestone hills. You will pass through the sleepy village of La Muela and will regularly spot sections of the Via Verde below you - a cycle route along the path of a disused railway line developed to help transport the olive crops to the coast but never actually used. You finish with a steady 10km climb up into the village of Olvera; another Arab fortress at the top of the village is worth a visit on foot before you enjoy a relaxing evening.
Spain Bike Tour Day 4 - Olvera to Ronda
A nice easy downhill to start the day as you drop down to river level and then begin a steady 19km of climbing. You ride through the village of Setenil (a good refreshment stop, with cafes and restaurants built into huge overhanging limestone cliffs), on to tiny Venta de Leche and then continue on up to Acinipo. This is a small detour to visit the remains of a Roman town built high on an escarpment, with a part-restored amphitheatre. Walk up the slope above the amphitheatre seats for fantastic views across to the Grazalema valley. From Acinipo you have a stunning 12km descent before the final climb up to Ronda for your final night.
Day 5 Depart Ronda
Check out from your hotel and have a safe trip home or to your next destination.
We can provide transfers to your next destination or airports of Sevilla or Malaga. POA
We hope to see you again in the future.
WHERE WILL I BE RIDING?
Our cycling tour routes take you on a scenic journey away from traffic as far as possible. You will cycle mainly on quiet country roads and unsurfaced tracks. Daily distances vary according to the tour you select. We design all our routes so that you will have time after your cycling to relax and enjoy each overnight location.
WILL I BE FIT ENOUGH?
This self-guided cycling tour is designed for leisure cyclists rather than cycling experts or people looking for large daily mileage. There are hills throughout the route but we keep daily distances manageable. Anyone who is reasonably fit and happy to be on a bike for 3-4 hours a day will enjoy this tour.
WILL MY LUGGAGE BE TRANSFERRED?
No need for panniers or trying to pack light and risk leaving important items behind. We transfer your main luggage for you so you just take a few items for each day – water, snacks, sunscreen. We provide an 8-litre capacity rear trunk bag.
CAN WE DO THIS TOUR WITH A GUIDE?
We can offer a guided version of this tour with qualified guides and support vehicles or a semi-supported version with a support vehicle and driver who is a qualified guide. There is a minimum person requirement of 4 to be able to provide this service. Please do not hesitate to enquire about price and availability.
HOW WILL I NAVIGATE THE TOUR?
We have 3 options available:
- Ride with a GPS application on your mobile phone. We give free access to the application which can be used in offline mode for each day's ride. The application shows maps and the route in great detail. We also supply quality phone holders on the bike to keep your phone safe.
- Garmin GPS Device supplied by Hike and Bike. This is a simple device which shows a breadcrumb trail for each day's ride. Very reliable and simple to use.
- Upload route files to your own GPS device. We will forward files for each day riding in the format needed for your device.
We also provide a large-scale, annotated map, designed specifically for your tour by Hike and Bike, giving you a perspective of where you are at all times.
- Route Map
Take a look at some alternative road cycling tours in Spain:
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Average daily distance 58km
Average daily ascent 1272m
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Average daily distance 70km
Average daily ascent 1626m