MTB Tour Spain - 'Malaga to Sevilla'
Andalucian Mountain Bike Tour Highlights
♦ El Chorro gorge
♦ Ronda 'City of Dreams' and 'Puente Nuevo'
♦ Grazalema Natural Park
♦ Popular White Villages of Andalucia
♦ Remote mountain biking
♦ Cork oak forests
♦ Roman ruins of Italica
♦ Sevilla - Cathedral, Real Alcazar, Giralda Tower, Plaza Espana and more
WHAT IS INCLUDED IN OUR PRICES FOR MTB TOUR SPAIN?
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
We operate locally to Ronda so support is always close at hand if needed
WHERE WILL I BE STAYING?
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**** or 3*** 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 where possible a swimming pool too.
START: Malaga FINISH: Sevilla
Duration* 8 days 7 nights 6 mountain biking days Distance 340 km total 56 km daily avg - max 69 km - min 26 km Grading Moderate to Challenging - 869 metres daily average ascent. Route uses a mix of quiet roads, unsurfaced tracks and short sections of single track. Availability** All year round. Choose the dates which suit you. Start on any day of the week. N.B. Supplements may apply during Easter week due to inflated accommodation prices. Price*** €1095 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 are available upon request.
Arrival in Malaga
Welcome to Malaga
Check in to your hotel and enjoy an evening near the beach and the Mediterranean Sea. Briefing and bike set-up will take place on the following morning.
MTB Tour Spain Day 1 - Malaga to El Chorro
Following the coastline for a couple of kilometres, you head inland on cycleways and assorted tracks. These largely follow the Guadalhorce river, via the villages of Cerralba, Pizarra and Alora. At Alora you will climb up to the castle overwatching the village, giving great views of where you have just ridden. You will see the landscape change dramatically, from arable farmland up into rocky, limestone mountains where you will spend the night at el Chorro, overlooking the Rio Guadalhorce’s exit through El Chorro gorge and the hanging, cliffside walkway of the Caminito del Rey.
MTB Tour Spain Day 2 - El Chorro to Ronda
Riding out of the valley of el Chorro you have dramatic views of the high peaks surrounding you. From Ardales you gain even more height into a region of pine forests and hillside olive groves. On the way, you pass the ruins of Castillo de Turon. A rewarding descent takes you from the forests and into olive territory where you will pass more white villages hidden away. The day finishes with smaller dirt trails through oak forests, double track and single-track into Ronda.
MTB Tour Spain Day 3 - Ronda to Zahara de la Sierra
Leaving Ronda from the cliff edge you are treated to fantastic views up to the main bridge (Puente Nuevo) which spans the river gorge. An ascent up into the mountains opposite Ronda takes you into the Grazalema Natural Park and to the village of Montejaque, hidden in a nook of the mountain. Continue riding through the heart of the Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park, riding through cork and holm oak woodland with some sections of singletrack and rocky trails. Stop for lunch in the village of Grazalema, before descending out of the mountains to ride along the edge of Zahara lake and then up to the beautiful village of Zahara de la Sierra.
MTB Tour Spain Day 4 - Zahara to El Coronil
Ride down out of the village and follow an undulating route through open farmland and into pine forests which lead to remote trails through another mountain range which you will pass over. Next, the valley of the Rio Guadalete is where you will join the Via Verde, a disused railway line, now a cycleway, with tunnels and viaducts. Continue on through Coripe and Montellano villages where the landscape changes to rolling hills. You pass the ruins of Castillo de las Aguzaderas, unusually located on flat plains and built to protect a valuable water source. From here you will ride through open farmlands before you finish in the very small village of El Coronil.
MTB Tour Spain Day5 - El Coronil to Sevilla
On this day you ride towards the extensive arable plains which have fed Seville province for centuries. Passing through Utrera and eventually, through the town of Alcalá de Guadaira, your route takes you up into the higher levels of the old town of Alcalá to pass the walled castle and church for some great views. Descending from the castle, you will join a path which follows the Rio Guadaira, to the “dragon bridge” where you will cross and rejoin the river path which takes you to the outskirts of Seville. A fantastic network of cycleways takes you past the Plaza España and then right to the cathedral in the centre of the city, close to your accommodation for the final two nights.
MTB Tour Spain Day 6 - Italica Circular
An interesting day which takes you to the remains of the Roman theatre in Santiponce and to the ruins of the Roman city of Italica, birthplace of Roman Emperors Trajan and Hadrian. Here you can wander freely around the 52-hectare site, along streets still with their original stone paving and through a number of public and private buildings, some with beautiful mosaic floors. Don’t miss the stunning oval amphitheatre which could seat 25,000 spectators (in a city of around 8,000 inhabitants) and featured as the Dragon Pit in dramatic scenes in Game of Thrones. The town sits a little above modern Seville and you get a clear sense of its scale and geography.
Day 7 - Depart Sevilla
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.
WHERE WILL I BE RIDING ON THE MTB TOUR OF SPAIN?
This MTB tour in southern Spain takes you from the coast of the Costa del Sol into the northern part of Andalucia. You will see a change in the landscape every day. Natural parks with natural single-track, high mountain forest tracks, Miles of open country with olive groves, rolling hills and many small Andalucian towns and villages. The riding is not particularly technical but in some places, confidence on a mountain bike is required. Roads are kept to a minimum.
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.
WILL MY LUGGAGE BE TRANSFERRED?
No need for panniers or trying to pack light and risk leaving important items behind. We transfer your main luggage for you so you just take a few items for each day – water, snacks, sunscreen. We provide an 8-litre capacity rear trunk bag.
CAN I DO THIS MTB TOUR WITH A GUIDE?
We can offer a guided version of this tour with qualified guides and support vehicles or a semi-supported version with a support vehicle and driver who is a qualified guide. There is a minimum person requirement of 4 to be able to provide this service. Please do not hesitate to enquire about price and availability.
HOW WILL I NAVIGATE THE TOUR?
We have 3 options available:
- Ride with 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 application shows maps and the route in great detail. We also supply quality phone holders on the bike to keep your phone safe.
- Garmin GPS Device supplied by Hike and Bike. This is a simple device which shows a breadcrumb trail for each day's ride. Very reliable and simple to use.
- Upload route files to your own GPS device. We will forward files for each day riding in the format needed for your device.
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.
- Route Map