Spain Leisure Cycling Tour - White Villages 'Low Road'
Self-Guided Cycling Tour Spain
Andalucian White Village Bike Tour
Enjoy self-guided cycle touring in Spain; cycle at your own pace through beautiful, unspoilt countryside, visiting some of western Andalucia's most charming "pueblos blancos". Stunning views, quiet roads and delicious local produce offer something special on every day of this week-long cycle tour, giving you a delightful picture of rural Andalucian life.
You will cycle through 3 Andalucian provinces - Malaga, Sevilla and Cadiz - and pass through the protected area of the Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park. You will enjoy a variety of mountain, valley, river and forest landscapes and see a different character and unique feel of many small white villages. You finish with a free day in Ronda to explore this historic town and its spectacular gorge and bridge.
Andalucian Leisure Cycling Tour Highlights
♦ Roman salt pans of Iptuci
♦ Cueva del Gato - waterfall and crystal clear water pool
♦ Many unique white villages of Andalucia
♦ Ronda 'City of Dreams'
♦ Setenil de las Bodegas - village of the cave houses
♦ Via Verde de la Sierra - disused railway track with tunnels, viaducts and griffon vulture colony
START: Ronda FINISH: Ronda
Duration * 7 days 6 nights 5 cycling days Distance 196 km total 39 km daily avg ( max 56km: min 34km ) Grading Moderate - route includes some hills (437m-823m ascent each day) but omits the high mountain passes of our Take the High Road Tour. 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 *** €825 per person based on 2 people sharing a double or twin room (en-suite) ( €925 with e-bike )
* If you wish to add a rest day in the middle of this tour, we recommend staying an extra night in Montellano, after Cycling day 2 for an additional €100 p.p. Please advise if you would like this when you enquire about the tour.
** Check out the local annual weather conditions here.
*** Solo traveller and single occupancy prices are available upon request.
Arrive 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 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.
Spain Bike Tour Day 2 - Olvera to Montellano
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 climbing up into the hills and onto the village of Montellano. You will stay in the village, with plenty of local dining options.
Spain Bike Tour Day 3 - Montellano to El Bosque
56km + 649m
Ride through farmland, passing through olive, sunflower and cotton fields. Lunch in the small village of Prado del Rey - lots of little tapas bars and cafes close to the picturesque village square. Ride on past an area of natural inland salt deposits, Las Salinas de Iptuci, managed as salt flats since Roman times and where 300 tonnes of salt are still produced every year. Overnight in El Bosque in a traditional village hotel; an old mill wheel and fountain on the village square provide a lovely spot for dinner.
Spain Bike Tour Day 4 - El Bosque to Montecorto
Cycle out of the village beside a small stream and then into the oak forests of the Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park. Fantastic scenery with dramatic limestone mountains all around. Lunch can be taken up in the village of Zahara de la Sierra or stay down by the beautiful blue lake with views across to the village, topped by a Moorish tower. Continue along an undulating road around the lake's edge to your spa Cortijo accommodation overlooking the lake. A table will be reserved for you for dinner in the hotel restaurant. Spa treatments can be pre-booked for you on request.
Spain Bike Tour Day 5 - Montecorto to Ronda
The day begins with a climb up into the hills to the Puerto de Montejaque via vineyards and open countryside. A short descent is followed by a twisting climb up through cork oak forest and past an abandoned dam to Montejaque village. Take a break in the picturesque village plaza before enjoying a fast descent down to the Cueva del Gato (Cat Cave), so-called because of the shape of the cave in the rockface. This is a local beauty spot with a year-round waterfall that cascades from the cave mouth into a crystal clear, blue pool of water. From here it is a gradual climb back up to Ronda to finish your cycling.
Day 6 - 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.
INCLUDED IN OUR PRICES
- 6 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 tips, advice 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 but we keep daily distances manageable, particularly on days with more hills. Just take things at your own pace. Anyone who is reasonably fit and happy to be on a bike for 4+ hours a day will enjoy this tour.
Remember that in summer, higher temperatures can make cycling seem harder so we suggest starting soon after 9am and aiming to finish before 2pm.
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.
A highlight of this tour is the Cortijo spa hotel overlooking Zahara lake.
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
Take a look at alternative cycling tours in Spain:
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Cycling Tour from Ronda
3 days cycling A short "taster" bike tour visiting popular villages close to Ronda. Ride through this unspoiled region of Andalucian mountain scenery. See the Roman ruins at Acinipo the "cave-house village" of Setenil de las Bodegas and the mountainside village of Montejaque.