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Spain - Andalusia White Villages Biking Tour
This Spain bike tour in Andalusia, a southern region famous for its sunshine, beaches and mountains as well as cities such as Cordoba, Malaga, Seville, it is truly much more than this and a great new destination to visit! The cycling on this tour visits towns you may not have heard of but will wow you upon your arrival. This bike tour is a journey between the provinces of Malaga and Cadiz, set in dreamy landscapes of interwoven peaks and valleys. You will find the "Pueblos Blancos" (White Villages) of the Ronda and Grazalema Mountains, which are gems of the popular Andalusian architecture, lodged between the deep green of their valleys and the rocky gray of their mountains. This journey follows the designated Major European Cultural itinerary "Route of the Almoravides and Almohades". The south of Spain can get hot in peak summer months but is otherwise a great destination for all other months of the year!
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Day 1 | Arrival Day in Ronda

Day 1 | Arrival Day in Ronda

Arrival in Ronda on your own. Depending on your arrival time you can visit the bullring (Spain’s oldest) with its small but very interesting bullfighting museum. There are spectacular views as you cross the bridge over Ronda’s famous gorge to take a stroll round Ronda’s old quarter. You can head down to the river to visit the 13th Century Arab Baths, some of the best conserved in Spain and Europe.
To get to Ronda, there are 2 daily trains from Madrid (4 hours train ride) and serveral busses from Málaga.

Hotel Enfrente Arte

Ronda Andalucia

Hotel Enfrente ArteBeautifully situated in the oldest paved street of Ronda and surrounded by historic buildings, this unique and laid back hotel is located a few minutes away from the city center facing the natural park ‘Sierra de las Nieves’. Several romantic courtyards and terraces offer stunning views of the mountains, the river ‘Guadalevin’, the old city and the renowned horse riding school ‘Maestranza de Ronda’. The hotel itself has been decorated with eclectic details, original and historical artwork and atmospheric lighting. Besides the very intimate bar and relaxed dining room, the hotel also has a TV room, Conference Room, a library and free internet access. The subtropical garden is an attraction for nature lovers with its large variety of tropical plants, its treatment of pedicure by the “Doctor Fish” situated on a bar with little islands in between waterfalls and the chirping sound of exotic birds.

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Swimming Pool Air Conditioning Non-Smoking Rooms Internet Access Cable TV Hair Dryer

Day 2 | Short loop ride around Ronda (18 km)

Day 2 | Short loop ride around Ronda (18 km)

Our local contact will meet you at 9:30am at the hotel for your orientation and bike set up. To try out the bikes, enjoy Ronda’s beautiful surrounding on a short loop the small village of Benaoján. You will arrive to the Cueva de Gato, a beautiful spot to have a picnic, and continue to the train station of Benaoján where you can take a drink in the bar ‘STOP’ before taking the train back to Ronda.

Hotel Enfrente Arte

Ronda Andalucia

Hotel Enfrente ArteBeautifully situated in the oldest paved street of Ronda and surrounded by historic buildings, this unique and laid back hotel is located a few minutes away from the city center facing the natural park ‘Sierra de las Nieves’. Several romantic courtyards and terraces offer stunning views of the mountains, the river ‘Guadalevin’, the old city and the renowned horse riding school ‘Maestranza de Ronda’. The hotel itself has been decorated with eclectic details, original and historical artwork and atmospheric lighting. Besides the very intimate bar and relaxed dining room, the hotel also has a TV room, Conference Room, a library and free internet access. The subtropical garden is an attraction for nature lovers with its large variety of tropical plants, its treatment of pedicure by the “Doctor Fish” situated on a bar with little islands in between waterfalls and the chirping sound of exotic birds.

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Swimming Pool Air Conditioning Non-Smoking Rooms Internet Access Cable TV Hair Dryer

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Day 3 | Ride to Olvera (37 km)

Day 3 | Ride to Olvera (37 km)

You leave Ronda heading north towards Setenil de las Bodegas, one of Andalusia’s most surprising villages, a focal point of the Cadiz mountains white villages’ route. The people here used of the gorge to build their houses. It is one of the finest examples of this type of architecture, which instead of excavating into the rock simply makes use of natural overhang, with the houses developed laterally along the rock face. Lose yourself in the village’s intimate corners and tapas bars… You then follow the Trejo River and soon see the village of Olvera in the distance, with its typical church and the 12th Century castle atop a hill. Overnight in hotel** with swimming pool.

Sierra y Cal

Olvera

Sierra y CalSet in the peaceful town of Olvera, this rustic hotel is located on Andalucía's Ruta de los Pueblos Blancos, or White Villages Route. Its rooms feature balconies with views of Olvera Castle.

Sierra y Cal

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Swimming Pool Internet Access Cable TV Hotel Lounge/Bar Restaurant

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Day 4 | Ride to Puerto Serrano on the Greenway (40 km)

Day 4 | Ride to Puerto Serrano on the Greenway (40 km)

Olvera was originally to have been a stop on the Jerez-Malaga train line, but the line was never completed and the village went back to its business of producing olive oil. Eventually, new roads removed the need for a railway; now the railway has been given a new lease of life as one of the first Vías Verdes, or greenways (old re-conditioned railway lines), in Spain. You cycle for 36 km along this greenway (no cars), passing the Peñon de Zaframagón (Nature reserve with Andalusia’s – and one of Europe’s - largest colonies of vultures). You pass through many tunnels (up to 30) – some up to 1 km in length – where lights come on automatically as soon as you enter! You follow the Guadalete River as far as Puerto Serrano, where the greenway finishes and where you sill spend the night in a rural lodging. You can have dinner in the old railway station, now converted into a restaurant.

Estacion Via Verde de la Sierra

Puerto Serrano

Estacion Via Verde de la SierraNestled between the provinces of Cádiz, Seville and Malaga, this rural hotel consists of 8 bungalows, arranged to enjoy a range of activities offered by the natural environment surrounding them with recreational and leisure facilities set itself. The hotel is located next to the old station building "Antigua Estacion Puerto Serrano" right next to the bike path "Via Verde de la Sierra" close to the Northern Sierra of Cadiz and Seville Sierra Sur.

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Swimming Pool Air Conditioning Open Parking Non-Smoking Rooms Handicap Accessible Horseback Riding Internet Access Cable TV Hotel Lounge/Bar Restaurant

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Day 5 | Ride to Arcos de la Frontera (42 km)

Day 5 | Ride to Arcos de la Frontera (42 km)

After breakfast, follow a narrow country lane, almost a cycle lane, surrounded by gentle rolling hills covered in sunflowers, cotton and vineyards. You will pass the winery Regantío Viejo and continue on the same road to reach the white village of Arcos de la Frontera. Arcos is situated on cliffs high above a meander in the River Guadalete. This is a typical defensive hill village with cobbled-stoned streets leading up to a castle, built in the 15th Century on Moorish foundations. The view from the castle and village is staggering. You will stay in a hotel in the historical centre of Arcos.

Los Olivos

Arcos de la Frontera

Los OlivosBuilt in true local style, it has whitewashed walls, wrought iron railings on the windows, ochre-coloured roof tiles and a pretty central courtyard full of plant pots and decorated with chairs and coffee tables. Through the white and narrow streets of Arcos, among monumental churches, ancient monasteries and fine palace houses, we find this charming building. Los Olivos, a typical Andalusian house in the purest “arcense” style which main feature consists of its sun kissed white walls and a beautiful interior courtyard, is a three-star establishment containing 19 rooms.

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Air Conditioning Closed Parking Non-Smoking Rooms Handicap Accessible Internet Access Cable TV Hair Dryer Mini-Bar Hotel Lounge/Bar Room Service

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Day 6 | Ride to Jerez and its Royal Andalusian Equestrian School (42 km)

Day 6 | Ride to Jerez and its Royal Andalusian Equestrian School (42 km)

Today you will leave Arcos de la Frontera and pass through beautiful landscape and see the typical Andalusian agriculture while riding. You will pass the small village of Junta de los Ríos and follow a country road with barely any traffic until you get to the small and lively village of La Barca de la Florida, where you can drink & eat something. For the last 28 kilometers you will follow a road with a bit more traffic, which will lead you directly to your hotel in the center of Jerez, a beautiful town worth a visit. For example, at the Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art to see the training of the beautiful Andalusian horses for their “ballet”. Try to arrive in Jerez on Sunday, Tuesday or Thursday so you can see the show the next morning and ask for the thematic visit (8 Euros, booking in advance is needed as it is a popular attraction). There are no visits on Fridays in August and on bank holidays. And of course you can visit one of the many sherry bodegas. Your accommodation is in the historical center of Jerez.

Palacio Garvey

Jerez de la Frontera

Palacio Garvey This exclusive 19th century palace is located in the heart of the historic quarter of Jerez de la Frontera, in Rafael Rivero square and next to Larga street. The Palacio Garvey, built in 1850, was in its day, the grand residence of the Garvey family. Today, this spectacular monument has been meticulously restored and transformed into a luxury hotel while maintaining its original 19th century neo-classical architectural style. This is where the refinement and beauty of the old merge with the comfort and functionality of the modern providing a truly unique experience to all its guests.

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Air Conditioning Non-Smoking Rooms Handicap Accessible Seminar Room Internet Access Cable TV Hair Dryer Hotel Lounge/Bar Safe in Room Room Service Restaurant

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Day 7 | Ride to Puerto de Santa Maria and the Bay of Cadiz (26 km + optional 25 km)

Day 7 | Ride to Puerto de Santa Maria and the Bay of Cadiz (26 km + optional 25 km)

You start cycling through the town of Jerez. Then the ride to El Puerto de Santa María is short (around 28 km) but instead of the busy asphalt roads you will go by agricultural paths (so a little bumpy!) to show you where the grapes are growing from which they make the famous brandy and sherry. Afterwards, if you feel up to a bit more cycling on flat terrain, you can do the ride through the Bay of Cadiz, passing marshes, salt-flats and Mediterranean pine forests or take the boat to Cadiz to visit this delightful city, which is so different to other Andalusian cities. Overnight in a 3 star hotel in centre of the village, very close to the famous fish “market”.  

Los Cántaros

El Puerto de Santa Maria

Los CántarosLos Cantaros Hotel is located in the historic centre of the city in an area called "Ribera del Marisco", where a wide selection of dining and entertainment venues are to be found. Many of the city's monuments, cultural centres and museums which reflect the important historical-artistic treasures El Puerto de Santa María are also situated within a short distance of the hotel.

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Air Conditioning Closed Parking Non-Smoking Rooms Handicap Accessible Internet Access Cable TV Hair Dryer Mini-Bar Hotel Lounge/Bar Room Service

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Day 8  | Departure on your own after breakfast

Day 8 | Departure on your own after breakfast

After breakfast, end of services, unless you have asked for an extra night. Bikes to be left at the hotel with all material. After breakfast in the hotel your trip will be over and by bus or train you can get to Cordoba, Malaga, Seville or Madrid.  
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Andalucia White Villages - 7 nights (based on double occupancy)

 
Low Season
High Season
Based on 2 participants1204 euros/person 1254 euros/person
Based on 4 participants1195 euros/person 1245 euros/person
Based on 6 participants 1179 euros/person 1219 euros/person
Single supplement242 Euros/single 242 Euros/single
Mountain Bike rental 105 Euros 105 Euros
E-Bike rental TBD Euros TBD Euros

High season:29 April-May 8; 13-20 May, 12-16 October, 5-10 December, 22-31 December. Please note that this tour cannot start between 8-17 April, 30 April-2 May, 5-6 May, 12-15 May, 6-10 September.
For solo travelers, please inquire for solo supplement.

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- 7 nights accommodations:
- 5 nights in 3 stars, 1 night 2 stars, 1 night rural lodge
- Breakfast daily
- Luggage transfers
- Local emergency support in Andalusia by phone
- Orientation and bike set up on Day 2
- Road books with riding route maps and cue sheets
- Suggestions for visitation and dining
- GPS (1 per 2 participants)
- All trip planning and onward travel services
- Pre trip documents including GPX files for personal device if requested
- Customer incentives & post trip offers


Lodging

Accommodation: 7 nights in 2,3 and 4 star hotels. Upgrades are possible on 5 of the 7 nights, please inquire. All lodging offer a private bathroom and a variety of other amenities. Hotels include: - Hotel Enfrente Arte*** (2 nights)

- Hotel Sierra y Cal**

- Hotel Estacion Via Verde de la Sierra**

- Hotel Los Olivos***

- Hotel Palacio Garvey****

- Hotel Los Cantaros***

** Please see Itinerary tab for more information **

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Tour Details

Tour Highlights:

- Self guided cycling can be done all year long! First couple of days are in the mountains can be colder between December and February.

- Spectacular White Villages starting with Ronda

- bike paths, old villages, and vineyards


Need to Know:

- some cycling is on unpaved and gravel surface

- Best months to travel are March-June and September to November.

- GPS included to assist in navigation; map reading and GPS experience recommended

Duration: 8 days & 7 nights. .
Dates : Any date year-round, Can start any day of the week, subject to hotel availability for your requested dates. Please note that traveling between April 27th and May 14th is usually difficult because of various festivals, please inquire if you plan on traveling during those dates. This is self-guided touring Mountain bikes only are available on this tour because of the terrain. Custom guided groups are possible for groups of 6 or more; please inquire.

Level 2+ - Moderate to "fit" rated with Days 2 and 3 being the hardest days with some climbing. Little traffic (except getting in and out of Jerez de la Frontera).. Some unpaved sections are gravel and rocky. This is a self guided tour - see what all that includes!

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    Our local expert Sandra left the Netherlands and came to Andalusia in 2000 because she loves the region, its people and its gastronomy. Originally trained as a psychologist, she has been working as a hiking and biking guide for about 20 years, giving her the experience and professionalism we want for our clients. She knows Andalusia better than many locals and can you give you all the support you might need!

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    Bikes Available on This Tour:
    Bergamont Mountain Bikes - | (Detailed Spec Sheet) | alloy super lite tubing frames with race geometry. SR Suntour Fork with mechanical lockout; Rear Derailleur Shimano Acera; Front Derailleur Shimano FD-M310; Shifter Shimano Acera 3x8 speed, rapidfire-shifter; Crankset 42/32/22; Schwalbe tubes. Weight before equipment: 14,3kg.  105 Euros

    Mountain bikes are the best available equipment for this routing. This is not a mountain bike tour however, these routes are unpaved and gravel at times and so these bikes are the best for the terrain.

    E-Bikes are now available! Contact us for details and rates.

    Included with bike rentals are:

  • Helmets.
  • Computer (odometer)
  • Handlebar bag with map reader
  • Puncture kit: Tire levers, spare inner tube, patch kit included
  • Lock included
  • Frame pump included
  • Pedals: flat or with cages. Travelers may bring their own clipless pedals to have installed. If you plan on bringing your own pedals, please make sure you bring your tools to remove the pedals at the end of the tour since we will not see you.
     
     
     
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    Spain - Andalusia White Villages Biking Tour

    Tour Type: Self Guided Hybrid Cycling Level 2-3
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    Distance: 40 km/day
    Duration: 7 Nights / 8 Days
    Availability: Year-round
    Cost: Starting at €1098 Euros





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