Road Cycling Tour - 'Frontiers of Al-Andalus'
Self Guided Road Cycling Tour in Spain
Andalucian White Village Road Bike Tour
START: Ronda FINISH: Ronda
|Duration*||8 days||7 nights||6 riding days|
|Distance||353 km total||58 km daily avg - ( max 68km - min 50km)|
|Grading||Moderate to Challenging - Some long ascents and good daily mileages on this tour. Total tour ascent is 7636m, average daily ascent 1272m, with plenty of "ups-and-downs" along the way.|
|Availability**||All year round. Start on any day of the week. Choose the dates which suit you.|
|Price***||€940 per person based on 2 people sharing a double or twin room (en-suite)|
* Tour duration can be extended by adding rest days along the tour or adding further days of riding to more villages in the area; 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.
This self-guided road cycling tour makes a stunning 350km circuit from the town of Ronda out into the mountains and valleys of Malaga and Cadiz provinces. This region enjoys stunning mountain scenery, Cat 1 and Cat 2 climbs, great road surfaces with relatively little traffic and the best weather in Europe – what’s not to like!
This is a 3-centre holidays, visiting the Moorish frontier towns of Jimena de la Frontera and Castellar de la Frontera, together with Ubrique, one of the last frontier strongholds of the Republicans in the Spanish Civil War. In each location you will do one circular ride and then ride on to your next overnight location, giving 6 days of moderate-to-challenging road cycling.
On this road cycling tour week you can expect to get fitter and stronger and burn some serious calories – all the more to enjoy the fantastic local food and wine.
Road 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 | SETENIL CIRCULAR | 50km +1076m
Warm up your legs for the week with an undulating mountain loop which takes in two of the oldest sites in the area. Ronda sits on top of a hill so you start with a long descent into the valley, followed immediately by a steady 10km climb up to the Roman ruins of Acinipo. Take a short break from the bike to walk up to the amphitheatre on top of the escarpment for spectacular views across to Grazalema – a glimpse of where you will be riding on Day 6. Another long descent takes you down into Setenil de las Bodegas, "village of the cavehouses" – a great lunchstop before you climb up to the village of Arriate and then on up to Ronda.
DAY 3 | RONDA TO JIMENA DE LA FRONTERA | 60km +1294m
Today’s ride takes you along the full length of a 1000m high mountain ridge between two deep valleys; to the south, the Genal valley, full of chestnut trees, and to the north, the Guadiaro valley, with the river Guadiaro flowing along its base. After a climb out of Ronda, you enjoy an undulating road which passes through a series of white villages - Atajate, Benadalid, Algatocin and Gaucin. Then head down off the ridge on a fantastic twisting descent past fields and farms to sea level. A final quick cllimb takes you up to the village of Jimena for the next 2 nights.
DAY 4 | JIMENA CIRCULAR & CASTELLAR DE LA FRONTERA | 68km +742m
A gentler day today, with plenty of distance but very little climbing, as you explore the region between Jimena and the coast. You ride past the castle at Castellar and breathe in the sea air as you come within a couple of kms of the coast. Then sprint back through the countryside to Jimena, finishing with the short climb up into the village for your second night.
DAY 5 | JIMENA TO UBRIQUE | 55km +1312m
Today you take a long and steady climb from just above sea level up into the heart of the mountains of the Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park. The route is along a twisting, “away-from-it-all” road with no villages and only occasional traffic. You will ride through the Alcornocales Natural Park, with the road twisting and turning through miles of forests – pine, fir and holm oak. Take a break at the single venta (roadside restaurant) around halfway but be prepared to carry your own supplies today to keep you going through the hills.
DAY 6 | UBRIQUE CIRCULAR & GRAZALEMA | 64km +1695m
The toughest day today, although we have planned here the “easier” direction for this loop. You begin with a 16km Cat 2 climb out of Ubrique village. A short breather on a flat section before you are climbing again to Grazalema village (lovely plaza for refreshment stop) and up out of the village to the top of the El Boyar Pass. We have been kind to you with this loop, as you now head down a 19km stretch of road which, in an uphill direction, is known as “The Beast of Boyar”. Do this loop the other way round for the full Beast experience – 16km with an average 5.3% gradient.
DAY 7 | UBRIQUE TO RONDA | 55km +1485m
You begin today with another Cat 2 ascent of 10km out of Ubrique village to climb to the ridge along the northern edge of the Guadiaro valley, opposite the ridge you rode on Day 3. From the highpoint of 769m the road takes an undulating descent down to river level and the village of Jimera estacion before climbing straight back up into the mountains. Then you drop back to meet the river again before the final steady 12km climb back up to Ronda. Well done – you have completed your sportive tour!
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 road cycling holidays in Spain.
WILL I BE FIT ENOUGH?
Our self-guided road cycling tours are designed for keen cyclists rather than leisure cycling. There are mountains throughout the region which will need to be tackled but often reward with long descents.
Just remember that in summer, higher temperatures can make riding seem harder so we suggest starting soon after 9am and aiming to finish before 3pm.
WHERE WILL I BE STAYING?
Double or twin room with en suite faciities in all locations.
Ronda hotel is normally 4****.
Jimena hotel is a characterful townhouse, refurbished as an exclusive boutique hotel in Moorish style, close to all the town's bars and restaurants. Or alternative hotel close to the village centre.
Ubrique hotel is 3*** just outside the village with swimming pool and large terrace with wonderful mountain views; easy access to the village centre.
Take a look at some alternative road cycling tours in Spain:
Road Cycling Tour (Moderate)
4 days riding A moderate level road cycling tour through the scenic countryside of the Serrania de Ronda and beyond. Visit the most striking hilltop villages of the regions.
Average daily distance 42km
Average daily ascent 1067m
Road Cycling Tour (Challenging)
5 days riding A challenging road cycling tour through diverse hilly terrain and the Grazalema mountains of western Andalucia. Long ascents and descents each day.
Average daily distance 70km
Average daily ascent 1626m