Leisure Cycling Tour - 'Take the Low Road'
Self Guided Cycling Tour in Spain
Andalucian White Village Bike Tour
START: Ronda FINISH: Ronda
|Duration *||8 days||7 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. N.B. Stronger riders can combine the riding on days 6 and 7 to give one full day in Ronda at the end for sightseeing. 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.|
|Price ***||€855 per person based on 2 people sharing a double or twin room (en-suite) ( €930 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. N.B. Supplements may apply during Easter week due to inflated accommodation prices.
*** Solo traveller and single occupancy prices available upon request.
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 the 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.
Cycling Tour Itinerary
DAY 1 | ARRIVAL IN RONDA
Welcome to 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
DAY 2 | RONDA TO OLVERA | 35km +461m
From Ronda 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.
DAY 3 | OLVERA TO MONTELLANO | 38km +823m
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 to your overnight hacienda. Peaceful, exclusive and with a hint of luxury. A table will be reserved for you in the hacienda restaurant for dinner.
DAY 4 | 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 evey 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.
DAY 5 | EL BOSQUE TO MONTECORTO | 34km +734m
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.
DAY 6 | MONTECORTO TO RONDA | 33km +942m
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 on 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.
N.B. For riders who would rather not tackle the final climb up into Ronda, there is an option to stay in a countryside hotel near the bottom of the hill, reducing the final day's ride by approx 5km. We will transfer you by vehicle to Ronda the next morning. Please request this at time of enquiry.
DAY 7 | SIGHTSEEING IN RONDA
Take a well-earned rest and enjoy a relaxing day exploring the town of Ronda. See the famous bridge ("Puente Nuevo") which spans the 120m limestone gorge which divides the town in two. Walk the city wall, visit the oldest bullring in Spain and the Casa del Rey Moro (Moorish king's house), where the garden's include a 'mine', with more than 200 steps leading through the rocks down to the river level. Enjoy the cafes and restaurants where you can sit with some tapas and a chilled beer or glass of a local wine and watch the local life go by.
DAY 8 | DEPART RONDA
Check out from your hotel and have a safe trip home or to your next destination.
INCLUDED IN OUR PRICES
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 mileages. 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?
Double or twin room with en suite facilities in all locations.
Ronda hotel is normally 4****. In most of the villages you will stay in traditional, family-run Andalucian-style hotels close to the village centre, tapas bars and cafes.
Highlights are the hilltop hacienda near Montellano and the cortijo spa hotel overlooking Zahara lake.
In summer we prioritise hotels with pools.
Take a look at alternative cycling tours in Spain:
White Village Cycling Tour Spain
A circular cycling tour that follows the same first 3 cycling days as Take the Low Road but then takes an alternative route to include some of the most dramatic and challenging hill climbs of the area.
Mini White Village Cycling Tour Spain
Short on time for your cycling tour Spain? This cycling tour is 4 nights and 3 days of riding to give a fantastic taster of this beautiful region of Spain. Includes 2 nights in small Andalucian villages.