Spain Leisure Cycling Tour - 'Ronda to Granada'
Self-Guided Cycling Tour in Spain
Andalucian White Village Bike Tour
Enjoy self-guided cycle touring in Spain; cycle at your own pace through beautiful, unspoiled countryside between two of Andalucía's most iconic towns. Experience the charm and character of Ronda, then ride through pretty white villages and hilltop towns before finishing in Granada, the must-see city of Andalucía.
Ronda is set on a clifftop above a dramatic gorge, spanned by a 120-metre high bridge. It is surrounded by olive groves, oak forest and vineyards and is a rural idyll with a truly Spanish feel. Riding eastwards, you pass through the towns of Antequera and Alhama de Granada before arriving at your final destination, Granada, UNESCO World Heritage Site and the last Muslim city to fall to Queen Isabel and the Christians in 1492. Its most famous sight is, of course, the Alhambra but there is much more to enjoy here - the Cathedral, the Moorish quarter, the Sacromonte gipsy caves, the bustling city centre, dramatic views of the Sierra Nevada mountains and free tapa with every drink!
Your cycling tour will be filled with beautiful scenery, stunning views, hidden canyons, traditional pueblos blancos and historic sights. Each day you will enjoy cycling on quiet roads, with numerous opportunities to stop to relax and try out the delicious local food and drink. This self-guided cycling tour will give you a delightful experience of all aspects of Andalucian life and culture.
Andalucian Leisure Cycling Tour Highlights
♦ Lakes of El Chorro
♦ Antequera Alcazaba (Moorish fortress)
♦ Fountain of 100 Pipes (Fuente de los Cien Caños)
♦ Alhama de Granada village and gorge
♦ Cacín river canyon
START: Ronda FINISH: Granada
Duration * 7 days 6 nights 5 cycling days Distance 255 km total 51 km daily avg ( max 61km : min 36km ) Grading Moderate-Challenging - Route uses a mix of quiet roads, unsurfaced roads and tracks to keep you away from traffic. There are some significant climbs along the way so a reasonable level of bike fitness is needed. Availability ** March to November. 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 *** €1035 per person based on 2 people sharing a double or twin room (en-suite) ( €1135 with e-bike )
INCLUDED IN OUR PRICES
6 nights 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 cycle touring 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.
* Travellers who wish to spend more time in Granada can request additional sightseeing days at the end of the cycling tour. Visits to the Alhambra must be booked directly via the official website - book as early as possible to avoid disappointment.
** 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.
Spain Bike Tour Day 1 - Ronda to Ardales
Leaving Ronda, you are soon on easy tracks which lead eastwards, via olive groves and holm oak forest. You pass through the village of Cuevas del Becerro (a good lunch stop) and then via Serrato, a sleepy village, before your only notable climb of the day. You then enjoy a terrific track descent all the way to Ardales and your overnight accommodation. If you still have some energy, take a walk up to the remains of the hilltop fortress before dinner in one of the cafes or restaurants on the main plaza.
Spain Bike Tour Day 2 - Ardales to Antequera
Your day begins with an undulating road ride that heads up to a scenic area of blue lakes. You will ride across the historic King's Dam, opened in 1921 by King Alfonso XII, before climbing steadily up along lakes and across the second dam into the hills. Beautiful views abound as you ride on tracks through remote, landscapes. We recommend you take a picnic lunch today, as there is little civilisation after the dam and you can make the most of the peaceful environment. Your day ends with a pleasant ride into Antequera, a lively town which is dominated by a striking hilltop Moorish fortress, or Alcazaba. Plenty of options in the town for post-ride relaxation and dinner.
Spain Bike Tour Day 3 - Antequera to Mondron
Exit Anteuquera via a track past abandoned water mills, once the heart of the town's thriving textile industry. The track heads deeper into the countryside, through grazing lands for agile goats and sheep, before joining a mix of quiet country roads and riverside tracks to the villages of Villanueva del Rosario and Villanueva del Trabuco, both with many options for lunch. From here you take a steady climb into the hills to the Fountain of One Hundred Pipes, a delightful spot where rows of spouts gush with water from natural sources in the mountains above. Follow the road steadily up into the mountains before another great descent, past the oldest roadside inn in Andalucia, the Venta del Alfarnate, said to date from the 13th century. From here (the last 18km) it is more or less all downhill to your accommodation in Mondron.
Spain Bike Tour Day 4 - Mondron to Alhama de Granada
36km + 784m
From Mondron you soon start a steady climb, passing through the sleepy village of Periana and joining the route of an old railway line which cuts a high track through the hills, with spectacular views of the surrounding countryside. You pass a strange bridge (a suspected folly), ride through a long tunnel and on to an established cycling route, with traces of the old railway tracks. Stop for lunch in Ventas de Zafarraya before riding mainly on small tracks through an agricultural plateau, where fields of crops extend in all directions. Then take a charming track descent through pine forests and alongside a stream to arrive at a lake and dam. From here you enter the gorge of Alhama de Granada, a narrow channel through the mountains, formed by the Rio Alhama, where a path takes you to the base of the cliffs upon which sits the village and your overnight accommodation.
Spain Bike Tour Day 5 - Alhama de Granada to Granada
61km + 705m
Take a steady climb out of the village to look back down into the Alhama gorge. Then enjoy a 10km descent which takes you along the ridgeline of the little-known but spectacular Cacín river gorge. You pass the Roman bridge which spans the gorge before passing the tiny village of Cacin and onto the second climb of the day. You rejoin tracks which head steadily downhill to La Malaha. Another long descent on a road brings you closer to Granda's outer suburbs before joining a riverside path that takes you right into the heart of the city, passing through the old Arabic street market, where metalwork, leather goods and ceramics are still sold from tiny shopfronts before you finish your cycling tour in front of Granada's impressive Cathedral. Enjoy a final evening in this atmospheric city. Extra sightseeing days can be added on request.
Day 6 - Depart Granada
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?
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 but we keep daily distances manageable, particularly on days with more hills. The longest day on this tour is riding into Granada, but the hills are dealt with in the morning, with a relatively easy ride into the city. Anyone who is reasonably fit and happy to be on a bike for 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, and sunscreen. We provide an 8-litre capacity rear trunk bag.
CAN I DO THIS LEISURE CYCLING 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.
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