MTB Tour Spain - 'Ronda to Granada'
Andalucian Mountain Bike Tour Highlights
♦ Lakes of El Chorro
♦ Antequera Alcazaba (Moorish fortress)
♦ Fountain of 100 Pipes (Fuente de los Cien Caños)
♦ Alhama de Granada village and gorge
♦ Cacín river canyon
WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE MTB TOUR PRICE?
6 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
See our suggested KIT LIST for mountain biking in Spain.
WHERE WILL I BE STAYING ON THE THIS MTB TOUR 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**** 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 sometimes a swimming pool too.
START: Ronda FINISH: Granada
Duration * 7 days 6 nights 5 cycling days Distance 258 km total 51 km daily avg ( max 62km: min 42km ) Grading Moderate-Challenging - Ascent varies 660m-952m per day. Riding is mainly on unsurfaced tracks and quiet roads, with some sections of technical singletrack. Competent MTB skills are required for some sections. Daily distances and climbing are significant, so riders need to be prepared for relatively long days in the saddle. 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 *** €975 per person based on 2 people sharing a double or twin room (en-suite) ( €1075 with e-bike )
* N.B. Travellers who wish to spend more time in Granada can request additional sightseeing days at the end of the cycling tour. Visits to the Alhambra must be booked directly via the official website - book as early as possible to avoid disappointment.
** Check out the local annual weather conditions here.
*** Solo traveller and single occupancy prices are available upon request.
Arrival in 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
MTB Tour Spain Day 1 - Ronda to Ardales
Leaving Ronda, you are soon on easy tracks which lead eastwards, via olive groves and holm oak forest. You pass through the village of Cuevas del Becerro (a good lunch-stop) and then via Serrato, a sleepy village, before your only notable climb of the day. You then enjoy a terrific track descent all the way to Ardales and your overnight accommodation. If you still have some energy, take a walk up to the remains of the hilltop fortress before dinner in one of the cafes or restaurants on the main plaza.
MTB Tour Spain Day 2 - Ardales to Antequera
Your day begins with an undulating road ride that heads up to a scenic area of blue lakes. You will ride across the historic King's Dam, opened in 1921 by King Alfonso XII, before climbing steadily up beyond further lakes into the hills. Beautiful views abound as you ride on tracks through remote, forested landscapes. We recommend you take a picnic lunch today, as there is little civilisation after the dam and you can make the most of the peaceful environment. Your day ends with a pleasant ride into Antequera, a lively town which is dominated by a striking hilltop Moorish fortress, or Alcazaba. Plenty of options in the town for post-ride relaxation and dinner.
MTB Tour Spain Day 3 - Antequera to Alfarnatejo
Exit Anteuquera via a track past abandoned water mills, once the heart of the town's thriving textile industry. The track heads deeper into the countryside, through grazing lands for agile goats and sheep, before joining a mix of quiet country roads and riverside tracks to the villages of Villanueva del Rosario and Villanueva del Trabuco, both with many options for lunch. From here you take a steady climb into the hills to the Fountain of One Hundred Pipes, a delightful spot where rows of spouts gush with water from natural sources in the mountains above. Follow the road steadily up into the mountains before another great descent, past the oldest roadside inn in Andalucia, the Venta del Alfarnate, said to date from the 13th century. From here it is a short distance to your accommodation in Alfarnatejo, with dinner overlooking the valley.
MTB Tour Spain Day 4 - Alfarnatejo to Alhama de Granada
You begin the day with a spectacular road descent through the mountains into a river valley. From here it is a long, steady climb, past the sleepy village of Guaro and along the route of an old railway line which cuts a high track through the hills, with spectacular views of the surrounding countryside. You pass a strange bridge (a suspected folly), ride through a long tunnel and on to an established cycling route, with traces of the old railway tracks. Stop for lunch in Ventas de Zafarraya before riding mainly on small tracks through an agricultural plateau, where fields of crops extend in all directions. Then take a charming track descent through forests and alongside a stream to arrive at a lake and dam. From here you enter the gorge of Alhama de Granada, a narrow channel through the mountains, formed by the Rio Alhama, where a path takes you to the base of the cliffs upon which sits the village and your overnight accommodation.
MTB Tour Spain Day 5 - Alhama de Granada to Granada
Take a steady climb out of the village to look back down into the Alhama gorge. Then enjoy a 10km descent which takes you along the ridgeline of the little-known but spectacular Cacín river gorge. You pass the Roman bridge which spans the gorge before a climb takes you onto a stretch of a new road for a fun, fast descent. You rejoin tracks which head steadily downhill until a riverside path takes you right into the heart of the city. A 5-minute section on the road is followed by a final 100m on foot, passing through the old Arabic street market, where metalwork, leather goods and ceramics are still sold from tiny shopfronts before you finish your cycling tour in front of Granada's impressive Cathedral. Enjoy a final evening in this atmospheric city. Extra sightseeing days can be added on request.
Day 6 - Depart Granada
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 THIS MTB TOUR?
This MTB tour in southern Spain takes you from west to east and you will see a change in the landscape every day. Lakeside 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?
This self-guided mountain bike tour is designed for cross-country mountain biking enthusiasts rather than MTB experts. There are some technical sections and plenty of hills to tackle, so you will need fitness and some MTB skills, but nothing is too extreme. The climbs and descents can be tricky in parts but also great fun. 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 THIS MTB TOUR?
We have 3 options available:
- Ride with 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 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 of MTB Tour Spain
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