White Villages of Andalucia

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8 Day(s)
Moderate
Self-guided

Tour operator:  Andalucian Cycling Experience

Cycling in the heart of Andalucia

We live and work here in Andalucia, we have 20 years experience organising fantastic cycling. This bike trip takes you through beautiful white villages with picturesque and dramatic scenery. Riding on a combination of country lanes and dirt tracks, your week’s cycling meanders through the Andalucian countryside by rivers, lakes, cork forests, the Via Verde and many beautiful white villages that are synonymous with Andalucia.

Your week long cycling tour takes you through the most scenic Andalucian white villages (“pueblos blancos”), visiting Benoajan, Montejaque, Grazalema, Zahara, Prado Del Rey, Olvera, Setenil de las Bodegas and of course Ronda. Ronda, Setenil & Olvera have recently been voted in the Top 25 most scenic villages in Spain, for me you could also include Zahara & Grazalema in that list as these are 2 of my personal favourites.
This village to village adventure starts in Ronda , one of the oldest and most beautiful cities of Spain. Situated on an impressive plateau and surrounded by mountains Ronda is famous for its spectacular gorge ‘El Tajo’ the cliffs are spanned by a bridge, a popular place for travellers to admire the breathtaking views.

We start the White Villages Tour riding through the Guardiaro Valley towards Benoajan, where you can stop for a swim at a fresh water lagoon followed by lunch at Molino Del Santo, (one of Claire & my favourite restaurants in this area) before riding through Benoajan & Montejaque and on to your accommodation for the night, the stunning Cortijo Las Piletas where you can relax & unwind around the pool enjoying a sangria or two before dinner at the hotel (Pablo is an exception chef)!

Your tour then takes you to Grazalema, a pretty mountain village, set in the Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park and surrounded on three sides by mountains. Its steep cobbled streets are lined with white whitewashed houses whose window boxes bringing a splash of colour to this lively little village. After lunch you’ll then ride onto Zahara de la Sierra, a Moorish town which was fiercely fought over by the Moors and Christians. The prominent Moorish Castle, which can be seen from miles away, towers above this stunning hilltop village which is located at the foot of a beautiful lake. Your hotel has an infinity pool that looks out towards the Sierra Lijar. In the evening you can dine at the hotel or go to Restaurant Al Lago (another one of Claire & my favourite restaurants in this area) and dine Al Fresco on the terrace enjoying sunset views over the lake.

We then move onto Prado del Rey, Puerto Serrano and Montellano staying over night in a traditional Spanish Hacienda where, once again, you can relax & unwind around the pool enjoying a sangria or two before dinner at the hotel.

Next you ride along the Via Verde, an old railway line, perfect for cycling, as it rolls through the breathtaking scenery of the Andalucian countryside where we see the historic, cultural and natural delights of the ‘real’ Andalucia. The Via Verde will bring you to Olvera one of Andalucia’s most dramatic ‘pueblos blancos’ which is overlooked by a Moorish castle and stunning church here you can stop for lunch before riding onto Setenil de la Bodegas. Setenil is a unique little town with the overhanging limestone cliffs providing shelter from the elements and forming the shops, cafes and cave houses that run through the centre of this village. You’ll stop in Setenil for the evening giving you chance to explore the bars & restaurants set in the caves. We’ll recommend our favourite places to dine in the tour notes.

Finally we end your tour back in Ronda, visiting the Roman Ampitheatre at Ronda La Vieja along the way. Once back in Ronda you’ll have the chance to explore this historic town which has established itself as one of the most popular tourist destinations in Spain and has become reknown for its fine cuisine. We’ll recommend our favourite places to dine in the tour notes.

Amongst the many highlights of the trip are; the beautiful Grazalema Natural Park, the Moorish castle at Zahara, the Peñon Zaframagon, a craggy out crop which is the home to the largest colony of Griffon Vultures in Andalucia and last but by no means least the stunning Gorge, which splits Ronda in two.

Please note that we would grade this route as an intermediate ride. There are a number of hills to climb on most days, all of which are doable but do require a bit of effort. To get the most out of this trip you should be use to riding/exercising on a regular basis.

Information

Tour Location

Country:
Spain
Region:
Andalusia
From:
Ronda
To:
Ronda

Tour Information

Guiding:
Self-guided
Support:
Semi-supported, Bike Hire available
Duration:
8 Day(s)
Level:
Moderate
Terrain:
Hills (some), On-road (sealed)
Accommodation:
Luxury, Double Occupancy
Cost From:
EUR 825
Single Supplement:
Available

Tour Distance & Dates

Month(s):
January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
Departure:

Any day of the week

Additional Information

Accommodation

Double Occupancy / Twin Share

Single Supplement: Available

Inclusions

All accommodation in mix of renovated beautiful country farmhouses and 4* boutique hotels
All breakfasts
A Welcome meeting on arrival to discuss the tour and an introduction to this beautiful area
All luggage transferred between hotels
On call support van
Helmet & Water Bottle

Exclusions

Flights
Holiday insurance

Options

Airport transfers 100 Euros per person
Specialized Hybrid Bikes with front Suspension 100 Euros per week
Orbea Avant Alu Road Bikes 135 Euros per week
Orbea Orcas Full Carbon Road Bikes 200 Euros per week
Specialized E-Bikes 250 Euros per week
We are happy to customise the itinerary to suit your schedule. If you want a shorter or longer trip, no problem, just ask.

Our team members can offer additional activities such as
Wine Tasting Tours
Olive oil and Cheese Tours 
City History Guide Tours
Guided Walking Tours
Andalucian Cycling Jerserys, Gilets, Windproof jackets, Caps & Velopacks

Group Information

10% discount on groups of 4 or more.

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