"Ronda to Tarifa"
Self Guided MTB Tour from Ronda to Tarifa
START: Ronda FINISH: Tarifa
5 riding days
192 km total
38 km daily avg ( max 47 km : min 30 km )
Moderate - Average - route includes hills each day (daily avge ascent +649 metres). Riding is mainly on unsurfaced tracks and quiet roads with some sections of single track.
All year round. Choose the days which suit you. Start on any day of the week.
€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. N.B. Supplements may apply during Easter week due to inflated accommodation prices.
*** Solo traveler and single occupancy prices available upon request.
This self-guided mountain bike tour offers huge scenic and trail variety as it heads from the high mountains of Ronda down to the most southerly tip of Spain and the characterful town of Tarifa.
The region of Andalucia in southern Spain is criss-crossed with a vast array of quiet trails, most of which are unmarked and unknown to the tourist visitor to Spain. We have designed this route to take you through some of the most beautiful and varied countryside, riding on a mix of single- and double-track, unsurfaced tracks and some small sections of connecting country roads. You will ride high up into pine-covered hillsides and through rural countryside, along rocky limestone gorges and through river valleys. You will pass through small white villages and hilltop towns with Moorish castles. You will finish with a superb trail along the coast above the Mediterranean Sea, ducking and diving through the sea-ravaged cliffs on a mix of rocks, sand and stone. Your ride ends at Tarifa’s Guzman castle near the port, overlooking the Straits of Gibraltar.
This is a real MTB adventure, with some tough climbs, thrilling descents, stunning views, quiet trails and the opportunity to sample delicious local food, wine and beer throughout.
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 Cortes de la Frontera
36km - 924m Ascent
The first day’s ride heads out of Ronda down limestone cliffs and then on forested single-track down to the Guadiaro River. The rest of the ride explores along and above this river, including a great section of undulating single-track which follows the water as it cuts through a mountainous gorge. You will ride high up into the hills above the river and drop right down to the valley bottom. Lots of ups-and-downs and twisting single-track, with a good refreshment stop mid-way at a small white village in the base of the valley.
Day 3 - Cortes de la Frontera to Jimena de la Frontera
42km - 684m Ascent
A true rural experience today, riding steadily up into the hills above Cortes and then seeing only forest and countryside for the rest of the route. During the ride you may come across the odd farmer or landowner but other than that, your only riding companion will be nature. You finish your riding day with a fabulous long descent into the village of Jimena de la Frontera, which sprawls down the slopes of a peaked hill, topped by a large castle.
Day 4 - Jimena de la Frontera to Guadacorte
47km - 503m Ascent
Todays’ ride begins with easy riding through open countryside and farmland, before a short, sharp climb up to the castle town of Old Castellar. The original village was built within a castle which was surrounded by high mediaeval battlements. The resulting fortified town is no longer lived in (the villagers were moved to New Castellar, closer to the coast, in the 1970s) but is still an impressive structure. The descent from the town is a fast, twisting country road which heads into forest near the bottom, then it’s more countryside and a couple of minor climbs to reach your overnight location.
Day 5 - Guadacorte to El Bujeo
35km - 725m Ascent
Another nice easy, flattish start to the day but you then need to get your climbing legs in order for a long steady ascent up through acres of pine and oak forest, up into the mountains behind the busy sea port of Algeciras. This route enjoys beautiful mountain peace and quiet, well away from the hustle and bustle of the coast. The views from the top across the Mediterranean Sea are spectacular and your climbing efforts are rewarded with a great descent to finish the day.
Day 6 - El Bujeo to Tarifa
30km - 412m Ascent
Today’s final section opens by climbing upwards to the ranks of wind turbines which sit on the hilltop, overlooking the Straits of Gibraltar. Silently turning under the power of the coastal winds, these huge structures provide a hint of why this region is a hub for kite-surfers. The route passes through a long-abandoned military site and down to the coast, where you will enjoy a spectacular section of twisting coastal pathway all the way to Tarifa.
Day 7 - Sightseeing in Tarifa
Take a well-deserved rest and explore the seaside town of Tarifa. Walk through the old town, exploring the ancient maritime and moorish history of this important sea port. Check out the chill vibe in bars and clubs or simply sit at a cafe with some tapas and a chilled beer or glass wine and watch the local life go by.
Day 8 - Depart Tarifa
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?
This self-guided tour is designed for cross country mountain biking enthusiasts rather than MTB 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.
In summer we prioritise hotels with pools where possible.
What to Bring
The essential kit to enjoy your biking holiday
- 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