Bandits Trail

Mountain Bike - Moderate


This circular route takes us along some of the old hillside trails and paths which ran between the secret caves and hiding places of Andalucia’s famous 19th-century bandits. Back then, they used these “Rutas de los Bandoleros“ to evade the attention of the authorities but the trails serve us better these days as superb cross-country mountain biking and hiking routes.

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This ride begins with a climb from Ronda up high into the hills above the village of Arriate. We pass many well-known bodegas which produce some fine local wines and enjoy fantastic panoramas over the valley of the Serrania de Ronda. The Natural Parks of Sierra de Grazalema and Sierra de las Nieves are also visible on the horizon. We then drop down into the river valley to visit the picturesque village of Setenil de las Bodegas, with its unusual cave houses, where we normally take a short refreshment break before returning up through open countryside and farmland to Ronda.


Distance: 45km

Ride Time: 3-4 hours

Ascent: 623m ⬆︎

Descent: 775m ⬇︎

Meeting Point: RONDA

Start: RONDA (Hike+ Bike HQ in Los Pinos)

Finish: RONDA (Hike+ Bike HQ in Los Pinos)

  • British Cycling Qualified Guide
  • Bike
  • Water Bottle
  • Helmet
  • Transport from Ronda to the start point and return


Min. 2 people: €60 per person

3-7 people:     €50 p.p.


 This route is adaptable for self-guiding.


+ 1 off cost €10 for preloaded GPS and map

Note: This route includes long ascents, requiring good overall fitness, but you will be rewarded with great views over unspoilt countryside. Good basic mtb skills are required for some of the great descents which we enjoy on this ride. The route is versatile and can be altered to suit your preferences and ability... i.e. we can add in more hills if you wish!

Note: Routes for self-guided rides are adapted for logistical reasons, in some cases, this means a different meeting point and a variation in the distance and ascent compared to the statistics shown on this page. 



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