Spain Leisure Cycling Tour - 'Ronda to Cadiz'
Self-guided Cycling Tour in Spain
Andalucian White Village Bike Tour
Take a self-guided cycling tour through western Andalucia, from the mountains of Ronda and the disused railway of the Via Verde de la Sierra, visiting Arcos de la Frontera and Jerez, through the Sherry Triangle to the Atlantic coast and historic city of Cadiz.
On this bike tour, you will cycle through beautiful and unspoilt countryside, mainly on quiet roads and unsurfaced tracks. The landscape varies from arable fields, vineyards and olive groves, through rolling hills, lakes and finally to the sea. You will pass through charming and traditional white villages, many perched on rocky hillsides. You will see strange cave-houses carved into the rocks, grand Renaissance churches and Arab fortresses. Every day of this week-long cycle tour offers something special.
The cycling on this tour ends in Puerto de Santa Maria, so you do not ride the busy roads and bridge into Cadiz. Instead, you will take the ferry across the bay for a full day to explore this ancient port town.
Andalucian Leisure Cycling Tour Highlights
♦ Ronda 'City of Dreams'
♦ Setenil de las Bodegas - village of the cavehouse
♦ Via Verde de la Sierra - disused railway track with tunnels and viaducts
♦ Arcos de la Frontera - clifftop town
♦ Jerez - Cathedral, Alcazar and sherry!
♦ Cadiz - historic seafront city
START: Ronda FINISH: Cadiz
Duration * 8 days 7 nights 5 cycling days Distance 180 km total 36 km daily avg ( max 60km: min 18m ) Grading Moderate - route includes some hills each day (109-558m per day). N.B. there is one long-distance day of 60km although this is generally downhill the whole day. This route uses a mix of quiet roads, unsurfaced roads and tracks to keep you away from traffic as far as possible. Availability ** All year round. Choose the dates which suit you. Start on any day of the week. N.B. Supplements may apply during Easter week due to inflated accommodation prices. Price *** €975 per person based on 2 people sharing a double or twin room (en-suite) ( €1075 with e-bike )
* Tour duration can be extended by adding rest days along the tour; let us know your preferences when you enquire.
** Check out the local annual weather conditions here.
*** 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.
Bike Tour Day 1 - Ronda to Olvera
From Ronda you cycle northwards, past vineyards and olive groves. Lunch in Setenil de las Bodegas, under huge overhanging limestone cliffs. Ancient "cave houses" built into the rock form the basis of many village houses, shops and cafes. Cycle on through limestone gorge and farmland, up into Torre Alhaquime village, with great views across to Olvera's striking skyline of Arab fortress and twin-towered Renaissance church. A final section through the olives brings you to your overnight accommodation in a traditional Andalucian-style hotel.
Bike tour Day 2 - Olvera to Bornos
Today you ride along the Via Verde de la Sierra, a disused railway line through the mountains and olive groves, with long tunnels (automatic lighting), viaducts and a griffon vulture colony, perched high up on the rocks above the track. Lunch at one of the old station buildings before continuing through seasonal farmlands known for the sunflowers and cotton crops. Your final stop is at the lakeside town of Bornos.
Bike Tour Day 3 - Bornos to Arcos de la Frontera
A short day with a few “ups and downs”. The route is very quiet and rural, passing through endless rolling hills you soon find yourself gaining height as you enter the town of Arcos de la Frontera. Arcos is positioned on the top of a large hill with one side of the town being a cliff edge. You will stay in the heart of the old town – the short ride today allows you longer to explore the steep narrow streets on foot; see the church of Santa Maria (with its unfinished tower, where the church guardian still lives) and, on the opposite side of the church plaza, a balcony with views from the top of the cliff down to the river.
Bike Tour Day 4 - Arcos de la Frontera to Jerez dela Frontera
Descending into the countryside below Arcos gives fantastic views of the clifftop town and makes for an easy 38km start to the day with only one hill before you head into Jerez. Take some time for a late lunch in this historic town, maybe visit the cathedral, the Alcazar or try some of the famous locally produced sherry.
Note: an extra night can be added in Jerez to give you more time to explore the town.
Bike Tour Day 5 - Jerez dela Frontera to Puerto de Santa Maria
Your last day's ride is a short distance through the countryside to the seaside town of Puerto de Santa Maria. Apart from in the hottest months of the year, we, therefore, recommend spending the morning in Jerez, as there are lots to see in the town, before heading of to Santa Maria in the afternoon. Alternatively, you could take the opportunity for some extra time visiting Cadiz in the afternoon before your full day of exploration tomorrow.
Day 6 - Sightseeing in Cadiz
Historical Sights of Cadiz
From Puerto Santa Maria you will use the ferry to visit Cadiz. The city is famous for its long maritime history, having been founded by the Phoenicians in 1100 and being the main port of the Catholic Kings at the time of the discovery of America and the New World. The cathedral is hugely impressive, with twin towers and a huge yellow-tiled, Moorish-style dome, with a lovely plaza in front. The Museo de Las Cortes has many interesting artefacts and views of the changing size and shape of the city over the centuries. The botanic gardens overlooking the sea contain species brought back from travels all over the world. Soak up the atmosphere in the old towns’ narrow streets or at the seafront fort or simply go to the beach – this city has something for everyone!
Day 7 - Depart Cadiz
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.
INCLUDED IN OUR PRICES
- 7 nights of accommodation on a B&B basis
- Luggage transfers
- 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 advice, tips and day-by-day route notes
- Briefing meeting on arrival
See our suggested KIT LIST for cycle touring in Spain.
WILL I BE FIT ENOUGH?
Our self-guided tours are designed for leisure cyclists rather than cycling experts or people looking for large daily mileage. There are hills throughout the region which will need to be tackled but we keep daily distances manageable, particularly on days with more hills. On the longest days, take things steadily and ensure you take plenty of refreshment/snack stops and drink lots of water.
Just remember that in summer, higher temperatures can make cycling seem harder so we suggest starting soon after 9 am and aiming to finish before 2 pm.
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.
Highlights on this tour are the boutique guesthouse in the heart of Arcos de la Frontera and the grand, converted monastery in El Puerto de Santa Maria.
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 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.
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
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