Cycling

Self Guided Cycling Tours in Spain

Andalucian White Village Cycle Tours, southern Spain

Andalucia’s beautiful and unspoilt countryside forms the backdrop to our self guided cycling tours in Spain. All cycle tours begin in the historic town of Ronda in southern Spain and then take you on a journey through the region's charming white villages. Our self guided tours are designed for leisure cyclists rather than cycling experts or cyclists looking for large daily mileages - there are hills throughout the region which will need to be tackled but anyone who is reasonably fit and happy to be on a bike for 4+ hours a day will enjoy these tours.

Our Week-long Cycling Tours visit a wonderful selection of characterful Andalucian white villages ("pueblos blancos"). After a first night in Ronda, you will overnight in either small village hotels or beautiful country houses (B&B basis in double or twin en-suite rooms); soak up the evening atmosphere of the village and enjoy the fabulous countryside views. Other villages offer perfect lunchtime stops, where you can refuel with local tapas and enjoy the slow pace of rural village life. Read a tour synopsis and about the villages and accommodation here.

For visitors with less time to spend on their cycle tour, our Andalucian White Villages Mini Cycling Tour gives you 3 days of cycling, visiting five white villages and also the ruins of the Roman settlement at Acinipo. Read a tour synopsis and about the villages and accommodation here.  

For guests who look forward to a little pampering on their holiday, our luxurious week-long Spa, Wellness, Cycling and Walking Tour is the perfect way to indulge your senses whilst exercising your body. Visit white villages on foot and by bike and enjoy relaxing spa visits and massage treatments throughout your trip. 

All our routes take you through a wonderful mix of mountain, valley, river and forest landscapes, using mainly quiet roads and some off-road tracks. Nothing is too bumpy or tricky and our hybrid bikes handle the terrain easily. Daily cycling distances are kept manageable, although all tours include some hill climbs. You can enjoy riding through some of Spain's lovliest countryside at you own pace, stopping for refreshments, photo oportunties or simply a breather at any time you fancy. To make navigation easy, we supply a simple Garmin GPS with pre-loaded daily routes and a large-scale notated map, giving you a perspective of where you are riding at all times and showing alternative optional routes.

Self guided cycling tour dates can be arranged to suit you - let us know the dates you wish to travel and we will organise your trip around these.

Click on the boxes/images below for daily distances, route profiles, and points of interest on each cycle tour.

Take the High Road 

An 8-day/7-night Andalucian cycling tour (incl arrival and departure days). 6 days of cycling, including climbing high into the mountains of the Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park, with stunning views from Las Palomas, a 1,189m mountain pass between the villages of Grazalema and Zahara de la Sierra. Click here for daily distances, route profiles, altitude gain and points of interest 

Villages and Accommodation *

Day 1 - Arrive Ronda. Explore the town, perched on top of a 120m high gorge, and take in its many historical sights - the famous bridge (Puente Nuevo), the oldest bullring in Spain and many reminders of the town’s Arabic, Roman and Renaissance past. Overnight in either Hotel Enfrente Arte - a quirky, bohemian, independent hotel in the oldest part of Ronda town with free residents' self-service bar and delicious healthy breakfasts made with fruit/veg from the owners' own organic farm - or 4**** Hotel Sevilla in newer part of town - smart, elegant and classic. Extensive choice of restaurants and bars for your evening meal.

Day 2 - Cycle via Setenil de las Bodegas (village of the cavehouses) and Torre Alhaquime to Olvera. Lunch in Setenil, under the overhanging limestone cliffs which have provided shelter from the elements for many centuries. To this day, "cavehouse" dwellings built into the rock overhangs form the basis of many houses, shops and cafes. 

Torre Alhaquime is a small and pretty village on the ancient border of disputed Muslim and Christian areas, with the ruins of the old Nazari tower-fortress still visible. Olvera is a large and imposing village set high on a hilltop with a large Arab fortress and huge, twin-towered Renaissance church. Overnight in a traditional Andalucian hotel in the centre of the town, close to village restaurants and bars.

Day 3 - Cycle the Via Verde de la Sierra (disused railway line) and up into the nearby hills to a beautiful country hacienda near the village of Montellano. Ride through 20+ tunnels, over viaducts and past a Griffon Vulture colony, high up on the rocks above the track. Lunch at one of the old station builidings 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 - Cycle via Prado del Rey to El Bosque. Ride through farmland, passing sunflower and cotton fields. Lunch in the small village of Prado del Rey - lots of little tapas bars and cafes close to the picturesque village square. Ride on past an area of natural inland salt deposits, managed as salt flats since Roman times, and where 300 tonnes of salt are still produced every year. Overnight in El Bosque in a traditional village hotel, close to village restaurants and bars which sit around the giant mill wheel in the centre of the village.

Day 5 - Cycle via Benamahoma into the mountains of the Sierra de Grazalmema Natural Park to Grazalema village. A short distance today but the most significant climb of the week. Pass the tiny village of Benamahoma, nestled below the mountains, then head up on a climb which gives spectacular views across rocky limestone crags and valleys. Finish in the white village of Grazalema, which was once the site of a huge textile weaving business.

The wealthy mill owners built themselves large and impressive houses, giving the village a rather more grand feel than most other white villages. Overnight in the 4**** Puerta de la Villa Hotel, with spectacular views across the valley below the village.  

Day 6 - Cycle via Las Palomas Pass (1,189m) to Zahara de la Sierra and along the lakeside. A 5km climb up to this high mountain pass, with views across three Andalucian provinces - Cadiz, Malaga and Sevilla.Then it's a long, twisting descent down to the charming white village of Zahara de la Sierra, overlooking a beautiful blue lake. Ride along the undulating road around the lake's edge to your spa cortijo accommdation overlooking the lake. Spa visit and treatments can be pre-arranged for you here.

Day 7 - Three route options to return to Ronda, depending on how strong you feel: a) the longest route, via the villages of Montejaque and Benaojan and the Cueva del Gato, a local beauty spot with a year-round waterfall which cascades from a cave mouth into a crystal clear pool of water, b) a shorter, more direct route, omitting the villages and cave, c) if your legs have done enough but you still want to see the Cueva del Gato, you can ride there and we will pick you up in the minibus to save the final climb into Ronda.

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Take the Low Road

An 8-day/7-night cycle tour (incl arrival and departure days) in Spain, with 5 days of cycling. The first 4 days and the final cycling day are the same as the High Road tour above but on Day 5, you omit the high mountain passes and circumnavigate the edges of the Sierra de Grazalema mountains to head directly to Zahara de la Sierra, finishing 1 day earlier in Ronda to enjoy the town's many sights. 

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Mini Cycling Tour

A 4 night cycle tour (incl first and final nights in Ronda) in Spain, with 3 days of cycling - a perfect taste of this beautiful region.

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Villages and Accommodation *

Day 1 - Arrive Ronda. Explore the town and all its sghts. Overnight in either Hotel Enfrente Arte - a quirky, bohemian, independent hotel in the oldest part of Ronda town with free residents' self-service bar and delicious healthy breakfasts made with fruit/veg from the owners' own organic farm - or 4**** Hotel Sevilla in newer part of town - smart, elegant and classic. Extensive choice of restaurants and bars for your evening meal.

Day 2 - Cycle via Alcala del Valle and Torre Alhaquime to Setenil de las Bodegas. Alcala del Valle has an impressive baroque church and a large village fountain. Continue on to Torre Alhaquime, with traditional narow streets winding up an impresively steep hillside, topped by the ruins of the old Nazari tower-fortress.

Continue on to the unusual white village of Setenil de las Bodegas, where the large overhanging limestone cliffs have provided shelter from the elements for many centuries. To this day, "cavehouse" dwellings built into the rock overhangs form the basis of many houses, shops and cafes. You wil spend the night in a traditional Andlaucian hotel on the edge of the village.

Day 3 - Cycle up to the remains of the Roman hilltop settlement of Acinipo and on to Montejaque. Acinipo, also known as "old Ronda" was built to house retired Roman soldiers and thrived in the first century AD. It is worth taking a walk up the hill to visit the remains of the (partially rebuilt) amphitheatre and to catch the views from the high escarpment across to the valley below.

From Acinipo, descend the hill, passing bodegas, vineyards and wheatfields - the two main crops grown here since Roman times. 

You then climb again to reach the village of Montejaque, nestled into a nook of the surrounding limestone mountains. On the way you will pass through cork oak forests, where the bark is harvested annually to provide the corks for '000s of bottles of locally and nationally produced wines. Overnight in traditional hotel on the village square in the centre of Montejaque village.

Day 4 - Cycle via Cueva del Gato (Cat Cave) back to Ronda. The Cueva del Gato is a local beauty spot with a year-round waterfall which cascades from a cave mouth into a crystal clear pool of water. Then it's a final segment back up to Ronda in time for tapas and sightseeing on your final night in town.

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* All accommodation listed is our preferred venue in each of the vilalge locations but is subject to availability.