Andalucia's Sherry Triangle
Premium Cycling Tour in Spain
This Premium cycling tour offers all the cycling pleasures of our regular Leisure Cycling Tours but you will also enjoy upgraded hotels throughout, plus fabulous artisan product-tasting experiences.
You will ride from the mountains of the Serranía de Ronda via traditional white villages and towns to Spain’s famous sherry-producing region, in the Cádiz province of Andalucía. You visit the three main sherry-producing towns of Jerez de la Frontera, Sanlúcar de Barrameda and Puerto de Santa María, before a final night in the city of Cádiz.
Over the week, you will ride through stunning scenery on a mix of quiet roads and gravel tracks. You will stay in the best hotels in each town, with plenty of time to experience the culture, character and unique produce of Andalucía. You will enjoy sherry tastings, bodega (winery) visits, olive oil and jamon experiences, providing an Andalucian feast for the taste buds.
Price*** Duration Distance 233km total 46km daily avg ( max 54km - min 41km ) Grading Moderate - The first two days have the most ascent but as you head further west towards Cádiz, the terrain becomes less mountainous and the days become easier. This route uses a mix of quiet roads, unsurfaced roads, and gravel tracks to keep you away from traffic as far as possible. Availability March to November. Choose the dates which suit you. Start on any day of the week.
*** Guided tours require a minimum of 4 people. Single occupancy prices are available upon request.
Andalucia Sherry Triangle Tour Highlights
Visit renowned bodegas (wineries) and a sherry museum
Learn about the history and techniques of sherry production
Taste varieties of sherry, from fino to manzanilla and Pedro Ximenex
Understand the production of Iberian ham and watch expert jamon-cutters at work
Visit an organic olive oil mill
Taste locally-produced cheeses
Explore white towns on guided walking tours
Marvel at Ronda’s Puente Nuevo bridge, cliffs, gorge and bullring
Visit Moorish castles and historic buildings
Enjoy beaches and port towns
Follow the story of Osborne's giant metal bulls which decorate the Spanish countryside
Luxuriate in premium 4-star and 5-star hotels
Arrival Day in Ronda
Extra sightseeing days can be added on request
Check in to your hotel and take some time to relax in the gardens, by the pool or over lunch in the hotel restaurant, with spectacular views over Ronda Valley. During the afternoon, take a stroll into the town centre, where a local history guide will take you on a fascinating tour of some of the town’s most famous and historic sights. They will share interesting facts about the town and stories about its most famous inhabitants. They will also explain the unique relationship between the clifftop town and the surrounding countryside.
Your tour finishes at the famous food emporium, La Casa de Jamón, where you will see expert ham carvers, cutting the thinnest slices of Iberian jamón off the bone. You will learn about the age-old practices for the production and maturation of jamón, and taste some of the finest examples.
For self-guided riders, bike fitting and briefing take place this afternoon at your hotel, so you can set off the next morning at whatever time suits you. For guided riders, we meet in the morning to set up your bikes and prepare for your tour.
N.B. All riding on this cycling tour is on a mix of quiet roads and gravel tracks, keeping you away from traffic and the main roads as much as possible.
Cycling Day 1 - Ronda to Zahara de la Sierra
Your cycling tour begins by riding down to the bottom of Ronda’s valley, for spectacular views of the famous Puente Nuevo bridge. You climb out of the valley and then head out into the countryside and a region of limestone mountains. You skirt the edge of the Grazalema Natural Park, descending past vineyards and olive groves, to then cycle along the length of Zahara Lake. A short climb to finish takes you up into the village of Zahara de la Sierra and your overnight accommodation, overlooked by the Arab fortress, which is perched at the top of the village.
Check in to your hotel and then either walk or take your bike (2km) down to the olive oil mill on the edge of the village. Here you will learn about different types of olive, how they are farmed and the oil extracted. If you come in the harvest season (Oct/Nov) you may be able to see traditional harvesting taking place, shaking the tree with a stick or machinery to drop the olives into nets which are placed on the ground around each tree. Enjoy an olive oil tasting and late lunch, before returning to the village for the remainder of the afternoon and evening.
Cycling Day 2 - Zahara to Arcos de la Frontera
Leaving Zahara, you ride on an undulating road through arable farmland and open countryside. To your left, you will see dramatic mountain crags but your route avoids the toughest climbs so you can just enjoy the views. You reach Arcos reservoir and enter the lowest levels of the town. Winding streets climb steadily up to the top of the hill and your accommodation is at the Parador Hotel, with fabulous views of the surrounding countryside.
In the afternoon, a local guide leads you on a tour of the town, including tasting delicious local cheeses.
Cycling Day 3 - Arcos to Jerez de la Frontera
Descend from the village and head out into open farmland. This is now easy riding on a quiet road, whilst the traffic uses the newer and faster main road. You will ride close to the Jerez motor racing circuit, before entering the outskirts of Jerez, the main town of the ‘Sherry Triangle’. From here you follow mainly quieter, residential roads and cycleways to arrive at your beautiful 5***** accommodation for the night.
After check-in, you can walk or take the bikes a couple of kilometres to Bodegas Lustau, where you will enjoy a bodega (winery) tour to learn about the history and techniques of sherry production in this unique region of southern Spain. Your tour includes tastings of classic varieties of sherry, from bone-dry fino and nutty oloroso to super-sweet Pedro Ximenez.
N.B. Cyclists who wish to visit the Tio Pepe bodega can spend an extra night in Jerez and enjoy this special tour the following morning. You can then spend the afternoon visiting some of Jerez’s many sights, including the Alcázar and Cathedral.
Cycling Day 4 - Jerez to Sanlucar de Barrameda
From Jerez, you ride northwest, heading towards the Atlantic, through the heart of the chalk hills which provide the perfect growing soil for sherry’s main Palomino grapes. You arrive in Sanlúcar in an area that was once under the sea before the land was reclaimed and the castle found itself no longer on the seafront, but now in the heart of the town.
Check in to your hotel and take a short walk up to the castle and the Barbadilla winery and the Sherry museum. The museum includes explanations of grape varieties used in sherry production, the story behind the invention of sherry vinegar and many artifacts and pieces of machinery that have been used for centuries in the production of the region’s world-renowned products. Then take a stroll down to the beach, a wide expanse of flat sand where horse racing takes place at low tide on summer evenings, in Europe’s oldest equestrian event.
Cycling Day 5 - Sanlucar to Puerto de Santa Maria
For your final day’s cycling, you follow the coastline to the west and then southwest. You continue through the Sherry Triangle region, through fertile and highly cultivated flatlands, where a wide variety of vegetables and fruits are grown. Eventually, you head closer to the coastline, following the seafront of the Bay of Cádiz to the mouth of the Guadalete River and the port of Puerto de Santa Maria, where your cycling ends.
This afternoon you head to the Osborne bodega, where some of the finest sherries are produced and shipped around the world. Osborne is also the home of the giant metal bull billboards which are dotted through Spain’s landscape, creating one of the most iconic images of the country. Discover their history in the bodega museum.
In the afternoon, relax in the town, visit the castle, or cross the river and take a walk along the 6km Playa de Levante beach.
Day 7 - Sightseeing in Cadiz
Historical sights of Cadiz
This morning you take a short ferry trip across the bay to the historic city of Cádiz. The city is famous for its long maritime history, having been founded by the Phoenicians in 1100 and being the main port of the Catholic Kings at the time of the discovery of America and the New World. The cathedral has striking twin towers and an impressive, yellow-tiled, Moorish-style dome, with a lovely plaza in front. The Museo de Las Cortes has many interesting artefacts and paintings which chart the changing size and shape of the city over the centuries. The botanic gardens overlooking the sea contain species brought back from travels worldwide. Soak up the atmosphere in the old town’s narrow streets or at the seafront fort or simply go to the beach – this city has something for everyone!
Your final night is spent in ‘Hotel Atlantico’ Parador de Cadiz, with stunning views across the sea.
Day 7 - Departure Day
Extra sightseeing days can be added on request
Check out from your hotel and say goodbye to Cadiz.
We hope you have enjoyed the sights, sounds and tastes of Andalucia and the Sherry Triangle on this unique cycling tour.
We can provide transfers to your next destination or airports of Sevilla or Malaga. POA
7 nights of premium accommodation, including breakfast
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
Briefing Pack incl. tips, advice, and day-by-day route notes
Briefing meeting on arrival
Bike collection from cycling finish point
For self-guided riders:
Route GPS (phone App with daily routes, profiles, and maps, no Data-usage required) or GPX files
Annotated route maps
Qualified cycling guide
Vehicle support throughout
Group dinner on the penultimate night
Malaga airport transfers
Souvenir route map
See our suggested KIT LIST for cycle touring in Spain.
Ronda - 4 star - Catalonia Reina Victoria hotel with pool
Zahara de la Sierra - Country hotel with pool
Arcos de la Frontera - 4 star - Parador hotel with pool
Jerez de la Frontera - 5 star - Luxury hotel with pool
Sanlucar de Barrameda - 4 star - Boutique hotel
Puerto de Santa Maria - 4 star - Boutique hotel with pool
Cádiz - 4 star - Parador hotel with pools
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.