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Mountain Bike Holidays - Exploring the Wilds of Spain

Explore the Spanish mountains with us on our fabulous mountain bike holidays in Spain. Our base in Ronda is perfect for beginners and more technically competent mountain bikers, with an extensive network of natural cross-country trails and single-track pathways.

The riding and the scenery are stunning, with few riders out on the trails and many route options for you to choose from. The landscapes surrounding Ronda vary with every ridge and valley and with a natural park to the west and a national park to the east it makes a great alternative to mountain biking in the Sierra Nevada offering far more choices for mountain biking trails.

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Where we ride - The Serrania de Ronda in Southern Spain

Mountain biking in the Serranía de Ronda mountains, in the heart of Malaga province, provides not only unspoiled countryside but also a rich history with many remote villages and iconic towns to visit, discover the history of Andalusia and see Palaces, Moorish baths, watchtowers, Roman theatres and primitive caves in this diverse region.

The majority of villages in the Serranía de Ronda throughout history have been difficult places to reach, which was a disadvantage given the inconvenience incurred, but on the other hand, means the ancient ways between them remain intact and ready for modern-day mountain bikers to ride from village to village experiencing the mountain trails, hidden pathways and the villages architectural heritage in their streets, squares and façades.

 

Why choose us?

We (Wayne and Heather) formed Hike and Bike the Sierras in 2012 after seeing the potential for this otherwise unknown area of Spain for providing excellent mountain biking holidays in Spain. We are qualified guides with over 10 years of experience providing great riding for mountain bikers of all abilities. With our success we now work with other guides, all qualified and enthusiastic mountain bikers too.  We just love getting out on the bikes with our guests.

Ronda "City of Dreams"

Ronda old town viewsRonda is just over an hours drive from Malaga airport and 45 minutes from the Costa del Sol. The town is set in a beautiful mountain location with a long history and remains true to its Spanish heritage.  Although Ronda is a very popular place to visit it is a world away from the resorts on the Spanish south coast.  Authentic cuisine, hospitality and the magnificent Tajo gorge spanned by the Puente Nuevo.  A true Spanish town but with a village feel, great resturants, tapas bars and places to visit.

The best weather in Europe

Being located in Southern Spain gives us on average 300 days of warm and sunny weather each year, while conditions remain dry, particularly between March and November.  Spring is a beautiful time to visit with the mountains and pastures a vibrant green and full of wildflowers.

Flexible Booking for our Mountain Bike Holidays in Spain

We operate a completely flexible booking calendar for our mountain bike holidays in southern Spain. Pick the best dates to suit you - start on any day of the week and we will schedule your holiday accordingly. If you wish to add rest days, just let us know at the time of your enquiry.

Self Guided Routes

Over the years we have developed MTB routes which are adaptable for self-guided riding. Take yourself off for the day, with plenty of time to enjoy the scenery, local culture and maybe a tapas or two along the way.  For self-guiding, we provide a detailed map and we provide a free-to-use phone application with plenty of route choices.  If you prefer we can pre-load your chosen routes onto one of our easy-to-use Garmin GPS devices.

eMTB riders welcome

We fully endorse and appreciate how electric bikes have allowed people to enjoy mountain biking.  Giving everyone the chance to ride with friends, partners or family.  Choosing an e-bike if you are not sure about your bike fitness is a great idea, ensuring your enjoyment of the Spanish trails.

We ride the electric mountain bikes on more challenging rides and have a specific range of rides designed for the eMTB's with longer distances, more technical sections and ascents that we normally avoid on our regular mountain bike rides.  The choice of an electric mountain bike really opens up a whole new world of mountain biking in Spain, the mountains and natural trails become a bigger playground for avid mountain bikers.

Our MTB trails

Every day is a different day, the Serrania de Ronda has a diverse landscape that you will explore each day on different rides.  We ride local to Ronda or further afield in the National park, Natural Parks and into areas of outstanding natural beauty, making sure we cover the best areas to ride.

With over 10 years of riding, guiding and exploring the Serrania de Ronda we can, without doubt, say we have developed, designed and improved our routes with all riders in mind.  With enough guides to ensure everyone on our MTB holidays has a ride to suit them and ensure you will cover the best, this region has to offer.

A quick look at our MTB routes page for day rides gives a taster of some of our trails.

 

beginner mtb rides in spainEASY MTB TRAILS

Family Rides & Beginners who are new to mountain biking but still enjoy getting out and exploring the beautiful countryside of Spain on a bike. 

Distances are between 15 and 30 kilometers.

 

 

 

intermediate mtb holiday in spainINTERMEDIATE MTB TRAILS

For cross-country riders who are looking to gain more experience mountain biking and try occasional technical sections whilst covering more ground in the diverse terrain of this region in Spain. 

Distances tend to be between 25 and 45 kilometers

 

 

challenging mtb holiday in spainCHALLENGING MTB TRAILS

Experienced and confident riders who have a higher level of bike fitness and can ride trails that are more technical and narrow in places. 

Distances are between 30 and 60km

Itinerary

Complete Flexibility

We organise every day of riding based on your abilities, preferences and pace, ensuring you get the best mountain biking during your time with us in Ronda.  Every week is different for us on our Mountain Bike holidays. We design every days ride to suit all our guests for the week regardless of the hotel you choose or whether you ride guided or self-guided on your MTB holiday in Spain.

If you wish to join us for only a few days this is not a problem, we cater for anything from a single day of riding through to a full week.

A TYPICAL WEEK: (Based on Country Hotel)

Sunday - Arrival Day

We will meet you at the airport and transfer you to Ronda.  Set up bikes ready for tomorrow's ride.

Monday - The Bandits Trail

Riding from the hotel we use dirt tracks to head over the hills to the hidden village of Setenil de las Bodegas and return to the hotel on the second leg of the ride.  A great introduction to riding in Spain.

Tuesday - Grazalema Grand Tour

A quick transfer brings us into the protected area of the Grazalema Natural Park for some remote riding and some technical single-track sections.  Riding through the mountains we end up at a mountain village before returning over the mountains to the hotel.

Wednesday - Rio Guadiaro

Riding from the hotel we explore the Rio Guadiaro and experience one of the best sections of single-track in the area. Finishing at a remote village before we use the minibus for transfer back to the hotel.

Thursday - Africa Mirador

Start with a minibus transfer into the mountains south of Ronda.  We ride high above deep valleys with white villages scattered amongst them. Dropping back down into the valley and taking on more natural single-track. Finishing at a remote village for minibus transfer back to the hotel.

Friday - Mountains to the Med

A minibus transfer into the National Park Sierra de las Nieves gets us to the start of this fantastic ride through the mountains and down to the Mediterranean coast.  A great finish on the beach for drinks and lunch before driving back to Ronda in the mountains.

Saturday - Departure Day

After enjoying your final breakfast we will transfer you back to Malaga airport.  If you have a later flight you could spend some time in Ronda or Malaga before going to the airport.

 

A TYPICAL DAY: (based on Country Hotel)
  • 09:00 - Enjoy a hearty breakfast ready for the day ahead

  • 10:00 - Start ride from hotel or short drive to ride start

  • 10:30 - Ride fantastic XC trails

  • 13:00 - Refreshment stop at local Venta or Cafe

  • 14:00 - Continue the ride to the finish point

  • 15:00 - Return to the hotel (ride finishes at hotel or minibus transfer)

  • 15:30 - Post-ride drinks, tea, beer, cake and chill-out time by the pool

  • 19:00 - Drinks in the bar

  • 20:00 - Enjoy a well-deserved 3-course meal on the hotel restaurant's terrace.

  • 21:30 - Drinks on the terrace before getting a good night's sleep ready for tomorrow's MTB adventure

 

 

 

 

Hotel Options

Our Accommodation Options.

Over the years we have seen how our guests have different requirements for their accommodation, just like they do with their riding preferences. 

For this reason, we offer 3 very good choices for accommodation to suit everybody's needs. All our hotels are very nice hotels, with excellent reviews, hospitality and location.  Choice of accommodation does not affect where you ride each day, the Ronda hotels are very close to each other and the country hotel is less than 10 minutes from the town.

 

COUNTRY HOTEL: Half Board

Relax in a boutique countryside hotel just outside Ronda with a pool, gardens and restaurant.

Guided: €1195

Self-Guided: €1065

Includes:

  • 7 nights' en-suite accommodation with breakfast
  • 5 nights' à la carte dinner
  • Afternoon tea & cakes
  • 5 day's guided mountain biking with a qualified guide
  • Mountain bike hire 
  • Transfer to Ronda on a rest day
  • Transfers from Ronda to the hotel on arrival and departure days
  • Self-guided riders receive route maps, local information and GPS phone app/GPX files, and selected drop-off/pick-up days to optimise route choice
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RONDA HOTEL: Comfort B&B

Enjoy one of Ronda's popular hotels right in the center of town, the Hotel Maestranza. (Subject to availability)

Guided: €1065

Self-Guided: €925

Includes:

  • 7 nights' en-suite accommodation with breakfast
  • 5 day's guided mountain biking with a qualified guide 
  • Mountain bike hire 
  • Self-guided riders receive route maps, local information and GPS phone app/GPX files, and selected drop-off/pick-up days to optimise route choice
hotel accomodation on your mtb holiday in spain
RONDA HOTEL: Superior B&B

Indulge in one of Ronda's finest 4-star hotels with a pool, spa, gardens and wonderful views over the famous cliffs. This hotel is also close to the town center.

Guided: €1395

Self-Guided: €1255

Includes:

  • 7 nights' luxury en-suite accommodation with balcony/terrace
  • Breakfast buffet
  • 5 day's guided mountain biking with a qualified guide 
  • Mountain bike hire 
  • Welcome drinks
  • Private guided walking tour of Ronda
  • Self-guided riders receive route maps, local information and GPS phone app/GPX files, and selected drop-off/pick-up days to optimise route choice 
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