Spain Leisure Cycling Tour - White Villages 'Mini Tour'
Self-Guided Cycling Tour Spain
Andalucian White Village Bike Tour
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.
Andalucian Leisure Cycling Tour Highlights
♦ Ronda 'City of Dreams'
♦ Alcala del Valle - baroque church
♦ Setenil de las Bodegas - village of the cavehouses
♦ Acinipo Roman amphitheatre
♦ Cork forests and Montejaque village
♦ Cueva del Gato - waterfall and crystal clear water pool
START: Ronda FINISH: Ronda
Duration * 5 days 4 nights 3 cycling days Distance 98 km total 33 km daily avg ( max 45km: min 18km ) Grading Moderate - route includes some hills (437-811m ascent each day) so be prepared for a number of climbs. 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 *** €475 per person based on 2 people sharing a double or twin room (en-suite) ( €535 with e-bike )
* Tour duration can be extended by adding rest days along the route; 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.
Spain Bike Tour 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.
Spain Bike Tour 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) amphitheatre 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 centre of Montejaque village.
Spain Bike Tour 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.
Day 4 - Depart from 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
- 4 nights' 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 which will need to be tackled but we keep daily distances manageable, particularly on days with more hills. Take things at your own pace and anyone who is reasonably fit and happy to be on a bike for 4+ hours a day will enjoy this tour.
Just 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.
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.
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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