Acinipo and Setenil Circular
Cycling - Challenging
This ride takes us in an undulating mountain loop via two of the oldest sites in the area. The route includes a couple of significant climbs as we ride through rural farmland and past woodland, hillside vineyards and acres of olive groves.
From Ronda, we drop down into the valley of La Indiana and then tackle our first major climb, a 12km steady ascent - just take your time and enjoy the views. Our first stop is at the Roman ruins of Acinipo, a town built on a high escarpment more than 2,000 years ago to house retired soldiers. Whilst most of the buildings have collapsed and only piles of stones remain dotted around the site, the remains of the Roman theatre, which was originally large enough to seat 2,000 people, are well preserved (partially rebuilt) and impressive. A few yards behind the rear seats of the theatre is the edge of the escarpment, with amazing views across the valley below and out to the Grazalema mountains.
We then enjoy a great descent into a river valley and the white village of Setenil de la Bodegas. This was also a Roman settlement but is likely to have been inhabited for many centuries beforehand due to the unusually large overhanging limestone cliffs which create shelter from the prevailing elements. To this day, “cavehouse” dwellings built into the rock form the basis of many houses, shops and cafes. We enjoy a short refreshment stop in one of these cafes before heading back up the hill to Ronda.
PRICE GUIDED: €50 p.p.*
* Price is based on a minimum of 2 people
This route is adaptle for self-guiding.
PRICE SELF GUIDED: €40 p.p
+ 1 off cost €10 for preloaded GPS and map