Discover the Sierras
Self-Guided MTB Tour in Spain
MTB Tour in an outstanding area of natural beauty in western Andalucia
Enjoy a self-guided MTB tour through Andalucia's loveliest rural countryside. A fantastic week of cross-country mountain biking on varied tracks and trails, enjoying a stunning variety of mountain, valley, river and forest landscapes.
Great views, quiet trails and characterful “pueblos blancos” offer something special on every day of this week-long self-guided mountain bike tour in Spain.
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.
This tour can be started in Malaga, adding 2 to 3 extra days of riding. Price on request.
Duration Distance 224 km total 45 km daily avg ( max 50km - min 41km ) Difficulty Moderate - route includes a daily average ascent of 792 metres. Riding is mainly on unsurfaced tracks with some sections of quiet roads and single-track. Availability March - July | Sep - November Choose the dates which suit you. Start on any day of the week. Note: Supplements may apply during Easter week due to inflated accommodation prices.
Discover the Sierras MTB Tour Highlights
Remote Mountain Biking Trails
Natural Trails and Single Track
Changing landscapes every day
Outstanding routes through Natural Parks
Ronda "City of Dreams"
Hilltop Towns and White Villages
Grazalema Natural Park
Arrival Day in Ronda
Extra sightseeing days can be added on request
Check in to your hotel and enjoy the sights and sounds of the beautiful clifftop town of Ronda. Briefing and bike set-up for your MTB tour of Andalucia will take place on your first evening
Riding Day 1 - 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. Take a coffee break or have 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 distance. 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.
Riding Day 2 - Olvera to Montellano
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 hotel in the village of Montellano.
Riding Day 3 - Montellano to El Bosque
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 every 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.
Riding Day 4 - El Bosque to Montecorto
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.
Riding Day 5 - Montecorto to Ronda
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.
Extra sightseeing days can be added on request
Check out from your hotel and have a safe trip home or to your next destination.
We can provide transfers to your next destination or airports of Sevilla or Malaga. POA
We hope to see you again in the future.
7 nights of accommodation on a B&B basis
Quality Hardtail MTB
Helmet & water bottle (or bring your own)
Route GPS (phone App with daily routes, profiles and maps, no Data-usage required) or GPX files
Annotated route maps
Briefing Pack, incl day-by-day route notes
Briefing meeting on arrival
We operate locally to Ronda so support is always close at hand if needed
See our suggested KIT LIST for MTB touring in Spain.
Your tour goes through a mix of large and small towns and more rural areas, so the accommodation style and standard will vary greatly. In the larger towns, we usually book 4-star or 3-star hotels; outside of these, you will stay in countryside haciendas, boutique B&Bs or traditional-style village hotels. All rooms have en-suite facilities.
Our selections are based on clean and comfortable accommodation (if sometimes quite simple), friendly owners and staff, a warm welcome, bike storage and sometimes a swimming pool too.
For self-guided mountain biking, we provide a GPS application on your mobile phone. We give free access to the application which can be used in offline mode for each day's ride.
The app. shows maps and the route in great detail. We supply a quality phone holder on the bike to keep your phone safe.
We also provide a large-scale, annotated map, designed specifically for your tour by Hike and Bike, giving you a perspective of where you are at all times.