Cycling

Andalucian White Villages Cycling Tour

Self Guided Cycling Tour

 

 

TOUR TITLE:  "Ronda to Sevilla"

START:  Ronda     FINISH:  Sevilla

Duration* 8 days 7 nights 5 cycling days
Distance 173 km total 35 km daily avg  -  max 39km  -  min 24km
Grading Moderate - Easy Whilst the first two days have some hills, as you head further north towards Sevilla the terrain becomes less mountainous and the days become easier. This route uses mainly farm tracks and easy trails so we provide mountain bikes for best comfort.
Availability** All year round. Avoid Easter, due to inflated accommodation costs, and high summer, due to Sevilla's very high summer temperatures.
Price*** €895  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 available upon request.

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Setenil de las Bodegas - village of the cavehouses
  • Via Verde de la Sierra - disused railway track with tunnels and viaducts
  • Castillo de Aguzaderas 
  • Italica - Roman amphitheatre
  • Sevilla - Cathedral, Giralda Tower, Alcazar palace

 

Details

Cycle at your own pace on a moderate 4-day self guided bike tour which takes you between two of Andalucia’s most  famous and beautiful towns. 

You begin in Ronda, set dramatically on a cliff above a deep river gorge which divides the town in two. Then head northwards to Sevilla, a city of stunning architecture, great food and the romance and drama of flamenco. Spend one more day on the bikes exploring the Roman ruins of Italica just outside the city. Then enjoy a final day exploring Sevilla - the Alcazar palace complex, Cathedral, Giralda Tower, narrow streets and atmospheric tapas bars

Your cycling route will take you through beautiful unspoilt countryside and via small white villages which have barely changed in centuries. It follows a section of the ancient Roman Via Serrana route, dotted with castle remains and churches of Santiago. This tour is a feast of stunning scenery, ancient history and Spanish culture.

 

Day 1 - 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

Day 2 - Ronda to Olvera

35km - 460m ascent  

From Ronda cycle northwards, past vineyards and olive groves. Lunch in Setenil de las Bodegas, under huge overhanging limestone cliffs. Ancient "cavehouses" built into the rock form the basis of many village houses, shops and cafes. Cycle on through limestone gorge and farmland, up into Torre Alhaquime village, with great views across to Olvera's striking skyline of Arab fortress and twin-towered Renaissance church. A final section through the olives brings you to your overnight accommodation in a traditional Andalucian style hotel.

Day 3 - Olvera to Montellano

38km - 820m ascent  

Today you ride along the Via Verde de la Sierra, a disused railway line through the mountains and olive groves, with long tunnels (automatic lighting), viaducts and a griffon vulture colony, perched high up on the rocks above the track. Lunch at one of the old station buildings before climbing up into the hills to your overnight hacienda. Peaceful, exclusive and with a hint of luxury. A table will be reserved for you in the hacienda restaurant for dinner.

Day 4 - Montellano to Utrera

39km - 290m ascent  

Today you join the Via Serrana, one of many Camino de Santiago which criss-cross Spain, linking isolated municipalities and offering resting places and church sanctuaries. From Montellano this camino crosses a flat, treeless plain which goes almost all the way to Sevilla. It has been farmed for many centuries to provide produce for the city. Stop off at the ruins of the Castillo de Aguzaderas, a 14th century castle which was not built as usual to defend territory but to protect a natural water source – invaluable for crops in the long hot, dry summer months. Visit the grand Iglesia de Santiago in Utrera, close to your overnight accommodation.

Day 5 - Utrera to Sevilla

37km - 142m ascent  

Continue along the flat plain (with one climb) to join a riverside path just outside the town of Alcala de Guadaira. Cross the river over the “dragon bridge” and, if you fancy the climb, take a detour into the town and up a steep hill to the Castillo and church for great views. Or continue along the side of the river to the outskirts of Sevilla. A fantastic network of cycleways then takes you right to the cathedral and to your overnight city-centre accommodation.

Day 6 - Italica Circular

24km - 90m ascent  

A nice easy, short cycling day which takes you on a circuit via the Roman theatre in Santicponce and to the ruins of the Roman city of Italica, birthplace of Roman Emperors Trajan and Hadrian. Check out well preserved public buildings, streets and gardens, as well as private villas, many with stunning mosaic floors. Don't miss the stunning oval amphitheatre which could seat 25,000 spectators (in a city of 8,000 inhabitants) and featured as the dragon pit in dramatic scenes of Game of Thrones, Season 7. N.B. Itlalica is closed on Mondays.

Day 7 - Rest Day in Sevilla

Take a well earned rest and enjoy the magnificent city of Sevilla, richly endowed with beautiful and historic sights. The Real Alcazar Moorish palace (another Game of Thrones' site), Cathedral and Giralda Tower are must-sees. The Plaza Espana is a beautiful arc of stunning buildings around a bridged canal located within the Maria Luisa Park. The Archaeological Museum contains, amongst other artefacts, a number of items removed from the Italica site. For fans of more modern sights, visit the Metropol Parasol (or giant mushrooms), located directly over more Roman remains. And not to mention a myriad of delightful tapas bars, restaurants and shops. You could spend a week in Sevilla and still not exhaust its charms so your time here is sure to provide a superb finish to you cycling tour.

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Day 8 - Depart Sevilla

Check out from your hotel and have a safe trip home or to your next destination.  Transfers can be arranged in advance.

 

Included in our prices:

  • Route maps & Garmin cycling GPS with preloaded route for each day
  • 7 nights accommodation on B&B basis 
  • Hire of quality 29" wheel mountain bike
  • Luggage transfers
  • Optional seat-post rear bag and/or handlebar bag for your daily needs (we recommend travelling light)
  • Helmet & water bottle
  • Bike collection from Sevilla
  • We operate locally to Ronda so support is always close at hand if needed

Will I be fit enough?

 

Our self-guided tours are designed for leisure cyclists rather than cycling experts or people looking for large daily mileages. There are hills throughout the region which will need to be tackled but we keep daily distances manageable, particularly as you get closer to Sevilla when it can be extremely hot in the summer.

Take things at your own pace and anyone who is reasonably fit and happy to be on a bike for 3+ hours a day will enjoy this tour. 

Due to Sevilla's specific propensity for high temperatures in the summer months, ensure you have plenty of water with you and we suggest starting soon after 9am and aiming to finish before 2pm. Take things fairly easy even on your sightseeing days.

Where will you be staying?

 

Double or twin room with en suite facilities in all locations.

Ronda hotel is normally 4****. In most of the villages you will stay in traditional, family-run Andalucian-style hotels close to the village centre, tapas bars and cafes.

Highlights are the hilltop hacienda near Montellano and city centre hotel in Sevilla, at the heart of the "action".

In summer we prioritise hotels with pools.

 

What to Bring

The essential kit to enjoy your cycling holiday

  • Helmet (bring you own or use ours - free of charge) 
  • Padded cycling shorts (essential kit for staying comfortable over a few days' riding)
  • Your own saddle if you prefer - let us know if you are bringing one
  • Cycling gloves
  • Cycling tops or T shirts
  • Sports bra (ladies only!)
  • Socks
  • Cycling shoes (let us know if you want clip-in pedals) or trainers - firm soles are best.
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun cream and after-sun lotion
  • Casual clothes, swimwear and footwear
  • Health insurance policy document (for UK travellers, a European Health Insurance Card, EHIC, will give you access to reduced cost medical services in Spain but it is not an alternative to travel insurance. It will not cover any private medical healthcare or costs such as mountain rescue, repatriation costs or lost or stolen property. Therefore it is important to have both an EHIC and a valid private travel insurance policy. Some insurers now insist you hold an EHIC and many will waive the excess if you have one.  https://www.ehic.org.uk/Internet/startapplication.do

For winter riding

  • extra body layers with long sleeves (thin thermal tops are great)
  • leggings or cycling tights
  • light waterproof/windproof jacket 
  • neck scarf / snood (great as sweat bands in the summer and for warmth in the winter)
  • warm fleece and jacket for the evenings