Acinipo and Zahara

Cycling - Challenging

This road cycling route takes us out to the charming white village of Zahara de la Sierra via the Roman ruins at Acinipo. It includes some notable hill climbs, with spectacular views of landscapes which have changed little for hundreds of years.

From Ronda, we descend to the base of the valley and then begin a long, steady climb on quiet roads through arable farmland to the town of Acinipo. Grapes, olives, wheat and other crops have been cultivated on these hillsides since Roman times. Acinipo was built high on an 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 enjoy a long sweeping descent to the village of Montecorto (optional refreshment stop) before heading down to Zahara lake. The 11km section of undulating road along the edge of Zahara’s stunning blue lake is a highlight of this trip. From the lake side we can see up to the village of Zahara de la Sierra, perched on the side of a rocky outcrop above the lake. The remains of an Arab fort still dominate the skyline above the village. A final climb takes us up in to Zahara village (stunning views of the lake) for optional refreshments before we return to Ronda in our minibus.



Ride Time: 

4-5 hours


929m ⬆︎


1040m ⬇︎






Min. 2 people: €85 per person

3-7 people:      €65 p.p.


  • British Cycling Qualified Guide
  • Bike
  • Water Bottle
  • Helmet
  • Transport return to Ronda

Tel: 0034 638 873 279

Activ Turismo No. AT/MA/00221

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