"Discover the Sierras"
Self Guided MTB Tour in Andalucia, Spain
START: Ronda FINISH: Ronda
|Duration*||8 days||7 nights||5 riding days|
|Distance||224 km total||45 km daily avg - max 50 km - min 41 km|
|Grading||Moderate to Challenging - route includes hills each day (792 m daily average). Route uses a mix of quiet roads, unsurfaced tracks and short sections of single track in the Grazalema natural park.|
|Availability**||All year round. Avoid Easter due to inflated accommodation costs|
|Price***||€895 per person based on 2 people sharing a double or twin room|
* Tour duration can be extended by adding rest days along the tour; let us know your preferences when you enquire.
** Check out the local annual weather conditions here. Start on any day of the week.
*** Solo traveller and single occupancy prices available upon request.
Enjoy a self guided MTB adventure; ride at your own pace through beautiful, unspoilt countryside, visiting some of western Andalucia’s most charming “pueblos blancos”. Stunning views, quiet trails and delicious local produce offer something special on every day of this week-long self guided mountain bike tour, giving you a delightful picture of rural Andalucian life.
You will ride through 3 Andalucian provinces – Malaga, Sevilla and Cadiz - and pass through the heart of 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.
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
44km - 555m Ascent
Day 3 - Olvera to Montellano
43km - 808m Ascent
Day 4 - Montellano to El Bosque
49km - 601m Ascent
Day 5 - El Bosque to Montecorto
40km - 827m Ascent
Day 6 - Montellano to Ronda
44km - 1171m Ascent
Day 7 - Rest day in Ronda
Explore Ronda the "City of Dreams". Take a well deserved rest and explore the sights and tapas bars of the clifftop town. 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) or simply sit at a cafe with some tapas and a chilled beer or glass of a local wine and watch the local life go by.
Day 8 - Depart Ronda
Safe Trip Home
Check out from your hotel and have a safe trip home or to your next destination. Transfers can be arranged in advance.
INCLUDED IN OUR PRICES
WILL I BE FIT ENOUGH?
Our self-guided tours are designed for enthusiasts rather than Mountain bike experts. There are hills throughout the region which will need to be tackled but we keep daily distances manageable, particularly on days with more hills. On the longest days, take things steadily and ensure you take plenty of refreshment/snack stops and drink lots of water.
Just 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.
In summer we prioritise hotels with pools.
What to Bring
- Helmet (bring you own or use ours - free of charge)
- Padded cycling shorts (essential kit for staying comfortable over a few days' riding)
- Your own saddle if you prefer - let us know if you are bringing one
- Cycling gloves
- Cycling tops or T shirts
- Sports bra (ladies only!)
- Cycling shoes (let us know if you want clip-in pedals) or trainers - firm soles are best.
- Sun cream and after-sun lotion
- Casual clothes, swimwear and footwear
- Health insurance policy document (for UK travellers, a European Health Insurance Card, EHIC, will give you access to reduced cost medical services in Spain but it is not an alternative to travel insurance. It will not cover any private medical healthcare or costs such as mountain rescue, repatriation costs or lost or stolen property. Therefore it is important to have both an EHIC and a valid private travel insurance policy. Some insurers now insist you hold an EHIC and many will waive the excess if you have one.
- The EHIC is available free at https://www.ehic.org.uk/Internet/startapplication.do
For winter riding
- extra body layers with long sleeves (thin thermal tops are great)
- leggings or cycling tights
- light waterproof/windproof jacket
- neck scarf / snood (great as sweat bands in the summer and for warmth in the winter)
- warm fleece and jacket for the evenings