Road Cycling Tour - 'King of the Hills'
Self Guided Road Cycling Tour in Spain
Andalucian White Village Road Bike Tour
START: Ronda FINISH: Ronda
|Duration*||7 days||6 nights||5 riding days|
|Distance||351 km total||70 km daily avg ( max 76km : min 63km )|
|Grading||Challenging - A lot of climbing and long descents throughout this tour. Total tour ascent is 8130m, daily average ascent 1626m, with plenty of "ups-and-downs" along the way.|
|Availability**||All year round. Choose the dates which suit you. Start on any day of the week.|
|Price***||€890 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; 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 350km circuit from the town of Ronda out into the mountains and valleys of Malaga and Cadiz provinces; each day includes significant climbing and good mileage. Each night is spent in a different traditional white village, giving you a chance to explore the local culture, along with the fabulous mountain scenery of the region.
Southern Andalucia is the perfect place for road cycling, particularly if you are training for a sportive cycling event or simply want to challenge your legs and lungs with a series of long distance road rides and hill climbs. The 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!
On this road cycling tour you will be challenged by extensive amounts of ascent but the roads are in excellent condition and the many fantastic hill descents are your hard-earned reward.
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 | RONDA TO JIMENA DE LA FRONTERA | 72km +1595m
Warm up your legs for the week with a route which skirts the edge of the Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park, drops down to a river crossing and then back up to a mountain ridge which runs above the river valley. You follow the ridge with views of another valley to the south, the Genal valley, full of chestnut trees. You will follow the undulating ridge line, passing 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 de la Frontera, where you will spend the night.
DAY 3 | JIMENA TO ARCOS DE LA FRONTERA | 63km +1356m
Today’s ride begins with a steady climb out of Jimena up into the heart of the Alcornocales Natural Park. The first half of your route is truly “away-from-it-all” with no villages and only occasional traffic as you take a twisting road through acres of forests – pine, fir and holm oak. Take a break at an isolated venta (roadside restaurant) then continue north, down towards the still waters of Guadalcacin reservoir. Ride on past the village of Algar and just a few small communities before you reach a sheer cliff with the town of Arcos de la Frontera perched on top. Ride up into the town for the night.
DAY 4 | ARCOS TO GRAZALEMA | 69km +1664m
A day with a series of hill climbs, finishing with a challenging Cat 2 ascent. In the morning the route is relatively flat, with dramatic limestone mountains directly ahead of you. You will touch the edge of this mountain range, then skirt aound on more steadily rising ground via the small village of Prado del Rey. Continue on to the village of Zahara de la Sierra, then follow an undulating road along the edge of the blue waters of Zahara lake. At the end of the lake you take a small road which twists and turns up the hillside to the village of Grazalema, nestled in between the mountains.
DAY 5 | GRAZALEMA TO SETENIL DE LAS BODEGAS | 69km +1740m
Leaving Grazalema you head straight above the village, up into the mountains to Las Palomas Pass – 1232m - from where you get fantastic views across the mountains to the north and south. Then enjoy the thrilling, twisting 12km descent back down to Zahara village. Done in reverse, this is a Cat 1 climb, so for stronger riders, you can switch around the end of Day 4 above and the start of Day 5, to include this Cat 1 climb. The route continues in a loop through more white villages (La Muela, Olvera and Torre Alhaquime) before descending though olive tree-filled countryside into Setenil de las Bodegas.
DAY 6 | SETENIL TO RONDA | 76km +1775m
A final day of riding takes you away from the forests into a completely different landscape, filled with acres of olive trees stretching out as far as the eye can see. There are still plenty of mountains, as olives can still grow on seemingly precarious slopes and the mountain villages stand proud on the tops of the hills, with views for miles around. The last climb up to the Puerto del Viento (Windy Pass!) is 10km on a beautiful but challenging road from the village of El Burgo to a max altitude of just over 1km high. You ride through craggy mountains along the edge of the Sierra de las Nieves National Park and finish the day with a smile-inducing descent into Ronda.
DAY 7 | 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 toursare designed for keen cyclists rather than leisure cyclists. There are mountains throughout the region which will need to be tackled but generally 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 nomally 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.
In summer we prioritise hotels with pools.
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