3 Day Mini Leisure Cycling Tour in Spain
Self-Guided Cycling Tour in Andalucia
Limited on your time in the Serrania de Ronda but keen to see some traditional Andalucian white villages? Then take our Cycling Mini Tour.
Starting out from Ronda, your self-guided leisure cycling tour will take you via five delightfully different white villages - Setenil de las Bodegas*, Alcala del Valle, Torre Alhaquime, Montejaque* and Benaojan - staying overnight in two of them*. You will also visit the remains of the Roman amphitheatre at Acinipo and stop off at a waterfall and beauty spot at the Cueva del Gato (Cat Cave).
Cycle at your own pace each day, taking plenty of opportunities to enjoy the views and stopping regularly to try out the local tapas. You finish back in Ronda for a final night with time to explore this historic town and its spectacular gorge and bridge.
Duration Distance 98km total 33km daily avg ( max 45km - min 18km ) Difficulty Moderate - This tour has been designed to follow the 'less travelled path' cycling on a mix of quiet roads, unsurfaced roads and tracks. Availability Choose the dates which suit you. Start on any day of the week. Note: Supplements may apply during Easter week due to inflated accommodation prices.
Arrival Day in Ronda
Extra sightseeing days can be added on request
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.
Cycling Day 1 - Ronda to Setenil de las Bodegas
From Ronda, cycle northwards past vineyards and olive groves to the village of Alcala del Valle to see the impressive baroque church. Continue on to Torre Alhaquime, a small and pretty village on the ancient border of disputed Muslim and Christian areas, with the ruins of the old Nazari tower fortress still visible. Enjoy lunch in either village before heading down to Setenil de las Bodegas, located in a river valley. Large overhanging limestone cliffs through the lower parts of the village create a unique atmosphere and "cave-house" dwellings built into the rock overhangs form the basis of many houses, shops, and cafes. Overnight in village hotel.
Cycling Day 2 - Setenil de las Bodegas to Montejaque
Cycle up to the remains of the Roman hilltop settlement of Acinipo. The town was built to house retired Roman soldiers and thrived in the first century AD. It is worth taking a walk up the hill to visit the remains of the (partially rebuilt) amphitheater and to catch the views from the high escarpment across to the valley below. From Acinipo, descend past bodegas, vineyards, and wheat fields - the two main crops grown here since Roman times - and on through cork oak forests to the village of Montejaque. The tree bark is harvested to provide the corks for '000s of bottles of locally and nationally produced wines. Overnight in a traditional hotel in the center of Montejaque village.
Cycling Day 3 - Montejaque to Ronda
18km + 437m
From Montejaque, cycle down out of the mountains into the Guadiaro valley 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 a cave mouth into a crystal-clear pool of water. Then wind your way through the countryside, taking a gradual climb back up to Ronda in time for tapas and sightseeing on your final afternoon in town.
Extra sightseeing days can be added on request
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.
4 nights' accommodation on a B&B basis
Quality hybrid bike (or e-bike, supplement applies)
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
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.
In Setenil you will stay in a traditional hotel just on the edge of the village. Eat in the hotel restaurant or try out the village tapas bars for dinner. In Montejaque, your hotel is right on the central village square. It has its own restaurant or there are other tapas bars and a couple of small restaurants in the village.
For self-guided cycling, we provide 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 app. shows maps and the route in great detail. We supply a quality phone holder on the bike to keep your phone safe.
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.