Located in the south of Spain, this range offers a beautiful Mediterranean landscape in which green olive orchards allow some shade along the way. The rolling hills of Andalucía provide ideal terrain for a cycling holiday. There are many cultural sights in this tour that will surprise the vistor; pre-historic cave paintings, Moorish villages and Roman architecture. Along with the Natural Park of Sierra de Grazalema. The cycling program starts and ends in Ronda; a beautiful town with a great romantic, cultural and historical background.
E-bikes are availlable in this tour!
Today you arrive in Ronda, a major historical town in Andalucía's "pueblos blancos".
Challenge: Travel to Andalucía.
A lovely route for your first day of cycling. Ascent to Setenil de las Bodegas, perched on rocky cliffs overlooking the River Guadalporcun. You then cycle by way of Arriate and Torre Alhaquime to reach the pretty village of Olvera, surrounded by open farmland and enormous olive orchards.
Challenge: 37km, 450m ascent
Villages along the way: Setenil, Arriate, Olvera
Today's route follows narrow tarmac roads through farmland, to reach the town of Algodonales. Lovely contrast of white-washed buildings among a variety of earth tones. Zahara de la Sierra is another magnificently-situated cliff-top village.
Challenge: 49km, 500m ascent
Villages along the way: Algodonales, Zahara de la Sierra
Today you do a tough ascent of 470m to reach Grazalema then cycle onward to Benaocaz, where you come upon ancient sections of a Roman Road. The historical town centre is of Moorish origin, with a church built on the site of a former mosque.
Challenge: 41km, 500m ascent
Villages along the way: Grazalema, Benaocaz
First you cycle down to the town of Ubrique, the largest of all white villages with lots of bars, restaurants and shops. Then you start to climb along a quiet interior road and cross the largest cork oak reserve of Spain as you cycle around the central Massif of the Grazalema mountains. Magnificent views while you cycle down into the green valley of the river Guadario. You practically don't have to move your feet for 10km, before you arrive at the train station in Jimera de Líbar. Here you take the train to Benaojan and 5 mintues later you entre the door of your cosy rutal hotel.
Challenge: 41km, 500m ascent
Villages along the way: Ubrique, Cortes de la Frontera and Jimera de Líbar
This part of the trip takes you back to Ronda by way of the "Encinas Borrachas" pass (at 1000m), on the road from Gaucín to Ronda. A very scenic route and quiet short, but you'll have to do 2 ascents of 350m. Your reward: a long descent to Ronda and grand entrance by crossing the town's spectacular bridge. If you prefer to skip the long ascents, you can travel with your bike by train to Ronda.
Challenge: 26/15km, 800/400m ascent
Villages along the way: Atajate, Ronda
Your program comes to an end this morning after breakfast. Departure from Ronda.
The hotels on this trip have been carefully selected for their location, atmosphere and/or unique services. All rooms are en-suite. Some of the hotels we work with appear here. If a certain hotel is unable to confirm due to lack of availability, we will request a similar one and inform you about the alternative booked.
Extra nights: Extra nights can be booked at any of the accommodations along the way.
A 'Bikefriendly' hotel located in the very center of Ronda, near the main sights; el Puente Nuevo (the new bridge), the Bullfight ring or the historical church of Santa María La Mayor.
Strategically located in the route of the white-washed towns, this hotel offers good facilities and the ideal environment for the visitor. It has a bar/restaurant where they offer typicall local dishes from the Sierra de Cádiz, based on organic ingredientes and with high quality raw materials.
The rooms are thought for relax, rest and also for the enjoyment of the surroundings. It has a swimming pool with panoramic views of the "sierra"
A beautiful family-run rural hotel, close to Ronda. It has had several awards, such as “Best Rural Hotel in Spain", “The most romantic hotel in Spain” and some awards given by TripAdvisor in the last 5 years. The rest and relax in their gardens and swimming pool is a must.
Small rural hotel in the heart of the Sierra de Grazalema. It offers wide rooms with air conditioning, lounge, en-suite bathroom and a spectacular terrace with great views, a swimming pool and a patio.
The nearest airport is Malaga (AGP)
Arrival in Ronda
From Málaga airport (AGP) you take a taxi, train or shuttle bus to Málaga city centre. You then travel from Málaga to Ronda by bus, with Avanza Bus (www.avanzabus.com) or DAMAS (www.damas-sa.es) Travel time is 3 hrs. Once in Ronda, it’s about a 10-minute walk from the bus station to your hotel.
Departure from Ronda
Check Avanza Bus or DAMAS timetables for the trip from Ronda back to Málaga www.avanzabus.com / www.damas-sa.es. From Málaga city centre, you take a bus, train or taxi to Málaga airport (AGP)
6 nights accommodation
Rural hotels and guest houses, and a "Bikefriendly" hotel
Luggage transport included
Detailed route descriptions and maps
GPS tracks are available