MTB Tour - 'Discover the Sierras'
Self Guided MTB Tour in Spain
Andalucian MTB Tour
START: Ronda FINISH: Ronda
|Duration*||8 days||7 nights||5 riding days (6th riding day available if preferred)|
|Distance||224 km total||45 km daily avg ( max 50 km : min 41 km )|
|Grading||Moderate to Challenging - route includes hills each day (792 metres average daily ascent). Riding is mainly on unsurfaced tracks and quiet roads with some sections of single track.|
|Availability**||All year round. Choose the dates which suit you. Start any day of the week.|
|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. N.B. Supplements may apply during Easter week due to inflated accommodation prices.
*** Solo traveller and single occupancy prices available upon request.
Enjoy a self-guided MTB adventure through Andalucia's lovliest rural countryside. Over a week's riding on varied tracks and trails you will enjoy a stunning variety of mountain, valley, river and forest landscapes.
Ride at your own pace each day, visiting some of western Andalucia’s most charming white villages. Try out delicious local produce - olives, wines, chorizos - and experience warm hospitality during overnight stays in hand-picked hotels and guesthouses. 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.
Stunning views, quiet trails and characterful “pueblos blancos” offer something special on every day of this week-long self-guided mountain bike tour.
MTB 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 OLVERA | 45km +555m
From Ronda you are quickly riding on small mtb trails past olive groves and holm oak forest, with a long descent down into the village of Setenil de las Bodegas. Coffee break or lunch under huge overhanging limestone cliffs, where ancient "cave houses" built into the rock form the basis of many village houses, shops and cafes. Ascend back into the hills above Setenil via a dramatic limestone gorge, where we catch great views of Olvera's striking skyline of Arab fortress and twin-towered Renaissance church in the distacne. Ride through farmland and via Torre Alhaquime village - lots of ups and downs - and a final climb through the olives to your overnight accommodation in the centre of the town.
DAY 3 | OLVERA TO MONTELLANO | 44km +808m
Today you leave Olvera and are immediately back in the olive groves which abound in this area. Miles of rolling hills give a sense of remoteness and freedom, as the trails undulate through the countryside. Optional lunch stop in Coripe village and a final hilly section before heading to your overnight hacienda. Peaceful, exclusive and with a hint of luxury. A table will be reserved for you in the hacienda restaurant for dinner.
DAY 4 | MONTELLANO TO EL BOSQUE | 50km +601m
Ride through easy farmland, passing through olive, sunflower and cotton fields. A steepish climb up to lunch in the small village of Prado del Rey - lots of little tapas bars and cafes close to the picturesque village square. Then a nice descent down to an area of natural inland salt deposits, Las Salinas de Iptuci, managed as salt flats since Roman times and where 300 tonnes of salt are still produced evey year. Overnight in El Bosque in a traditional village hotel; an old mill wheel and fountain on the village square provide a lovely spot for dinner.
DAY 5 | EL BOSQUE TO MONTECORTO | 41km +827m
Cycle out of the village on a wide track beside a small stream and then into the oak forests of the Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park. Fantastic scenery with dramatic limestone mountains all around. Continue on off-road trails, with a short sharp climb up into the village of Zahara de la Sierra. Lunch up in the village centre or stay down by the beautiful blue lake with views across to the village and its Moorish tower. Continue along an undulating path beside the lake's edge and finish with an undulating section of scenic road along the lake edge and up to your spa cortijo accommodation overlooking the lake. A table will be reserved for you for dinner in the hotel restaurant. Spa treatments can be pre-booked for you on request
DAY 6 | MONTECORTO TO RONDA| 45km +1171m
A short sharp road climb to begin the day, quickly gaining height into the hills directly behind the hotel, then follow a beautiful section of quiet road which twists and turns through cork oak forests. Turn off the road to head directly into the forests and valleys of the Grazalema Natural Park. Remote singletrack and doubletrack trails cross remote areas of the park, with a great section through deep forest along a stream towards the village of Montejaque - a good coffee or lunch stop. Exit the village via a steep switchback path then cross a high mountain plateau, eventually gaining views of Ronda in the distance.
A fast descent into the Guadiaro river valley, ready for a final, scenic climb up through pine forest on narrow trails back to the town for the night.
DAY 7 | SIGHTSEEING IN RONDA OR RIDE TO THE COAST*
Enjoy a day in Ronda - 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.
If you prefer instead to have another day's mountain biking, a popular choice is a guided MTB ride down to the Costa del Sol through the mountains of the Sierra de las Nieves Natural Park. Supplement of €75 p.p. with choice of final night back in Ronda or staying on the coast. Let us know your preference at time of booking.
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 mtb touring in Spain.
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.
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