Bike Tour Spain Andalucia White Villages Cycling
Bike Tour Spain Andalucia White Villages Cycling
Bike Tour Spain Andalucia White Villages Cycling
Bike Tour Spain Andalucia White Villages Cycling
Bike Tour Spain Andalucia White Villages Cycling
Bike Tour Spain Andalucia White Villages Cycling

Spain - Andalusia White Villages Biking Tour

from 1220 Euros

White houses built into the staggering Ronda and Grazalema Mountains. Golden beaches soaking up the sunshine. Whether going to Andalusia for its mountains, food or beaches, Pure Adventures promises that this eight day bicycle vacation through southern Spain will be one to remember for a lifetime. On a self-guided tour ... Read More

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  • Difficulty
    Fit: 3/5
  • Tour Type
    Self Guided Hybrid Cycling Level 2-3
  • Availability
    Year-round
  • Duration
    7 Nights / 8 Days
  • Distance
    40 km/day

Day 1 | Arrival Day in Ronda

Arrival in Ronda on your own. Depending on your arrival time you can visit the famous bull arena (Spain’s oldest) with its small but very interesting bullfighting museum. There are spectacular views as you cross the old and iconic bridge over Ronda’s famous gorge, to take a stroll round Ronda’s old quarter. Then head down to the river to visit the 13th Century Arab Baths, some of the best conserved in Spain and Europe. Private orientation today is possible at 6:00 pm or tomorrow morning with bike delivery at 10:00 am.

Note: To get to Ronda, there are 2 trains daily from Madrid (4 hours train ride) and there are also several buses from Málaga.

Overnight: Ronda

Alavera de los Baños


Ronda

Alavera de los Baños

Alavera de Los Baños is a small charming hotel situated in a unique spot. Our house is located in one of the ancient areas of Ronda, at the original entrance to the town over the Roman bridge, that became the Arab bridge; the old Jewish quarter...

Swimming Pool '; Open Parking '; Non-Smoking Rooms '; Internet Access '; Hair Dryer ';
Bike Tour Spain Andalucia White Villages Cycling

Bike Tour Spain Andalucia White Villages Cycling

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Day 2 | Short Loop Ride around Ronda: 18 km / 11 mi

Our local contact will meet you at 10:00 am at the hotel for your bike set up and orientation (if you have not already done so the night before.) To try out the bikes, enjoy Ronda’s beautiful surroundings on a short loop ride to the small village of Benaoján. You will arrive to Cueva de Gato, an absolutely perfect place to have a picnic, and continue on to the train station of Benaoján. Here you can enjoy a drink in the bar called ‘STOP’ before taking the train back to Ronda. You may also cycle back to Ronda, making the total route 35 km / 22 mi long, with some good uphill coming back into town.

Meals: breakfast
Distance: 18 km / 11 mi
Highlights: Benaoján loop ride, Cueva de Gato picnic
Overnight: Ronda

Alavera de los Baños


Ronda

Alavera de los Baños

Alavera de Los Baños is a small charming hotel situated in a unique spot. Our house is located in one of the ancient areas of Ronda, at the original entrance to the town over the Roman bridge, that became the Arab bridge; the old Jewish quarter...

Swimming Pool '; Open Parking '; Non-Smoking Rooms '; Internet Access '; Hair Dryer ';

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Day 3 | Ride to Olvera: 37 km / 23 mi

Leave Ronda heading north towards Setenil de las Bodegas, one of Andalusia’s most surprising little villages, and a focal point of the Cadiz mountains white villages’ route. The people here used the existing rock to build their houses. It is one of the finest examples of this type of architecture, which means 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.

Meals: breakfast
Distance: 37 km / 23 mi
Highlights: Setenil de las Bodegas rock houses, Olvera castle
Overnight: Olvera

Sierra y Cal


Olvera

Sierra y Cal

Set 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.

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 / 25 mi

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 eliminated the need for a railway. Today, 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. 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.

Meals: breakfast
Distance: 40 km / 25 mi
Highlights: greenway cycling, nature reserve
Overnight: Puerto Serrano

Estacion Via Verde de la Sierra


Puerto Serrano

Estacion Via Verde de la Sierra

Nestled 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.

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 / 26 mi

After breakfast, follow a narrow country lane, (almost a cycling lane) surrounded by gently rolling hills covered in sunflowers, cotton farms 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.

Meals: breakfast
Distance: 42 km / 26 mi
Highlights: countryside cycling, Arcos & castle
Overnight: Arcos

La Casa Grande


Arcos de la Frontera

La Casa Grande

This old mansión in Arcos de la Frontera has preserved the rustic spirit of the palaces from the Cadiz mountain range. In 1729, the Nuñez de Prado family built this "señorial" house that has stood for three centuries. A curious wooden plaque hanging in the Patio tells us about the origins of the house.

Air Conditioning '; Internet Access '; Hotel Lounge/Bar ';

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Day 6 | Ride to Jerez and its Royal Andalusian Equestrian School: 42 km / 26 mi

Today you will leave Arcos de la Frontera and cycle through typical Andalusian agricultural landscapes. 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 stop to eat and drink something. For the last 28 kilometers, 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 a Sunday, Tuesday or Thursday so you can see the show the next morning and ask for the thematic visit. (Cost is 8 Euros, advance booking required as it is a popular attraction). There are no visits on Fridays in August and on bank holidays. Additionally, you can visit one of the many sherry bodegas in this area. Your accommodation is historically located in the historical center of Jerez.

Meals: breakfast
Distance: 42 km / 26 mi
Highlights: La Barca de la Florida, Andalusian horses, sherry tasting
Overnight: 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.

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 / 16 mi

You start today by 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 but worth it!) to show you where the grapes are grown for the region's famous brandy and sherry. Afterwards, if you feel up to a bit more cycling on flat terrain, you can do the ride through the beautiful 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. Your hotel is perfectly located in the centre of the village, very close to its famous fish market.

Meals: breakfast
Distance: 26 km / 16 mi (+ optional 25 km / 15 mi)
Highlights: Jerez, vineyards, Bay of Cadiz, fish market
Overnight: El Puerto de Santa Maria
 

Los Cántaros


El Puerto de Santa Maria

Los Cántaros

Los 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.

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 Day

Today our planned services end unless you have asked for an extra night or continued arrangements. Bikes are to be left at the hotel. After breakfast, you can go either by bus or train to Cordoba, Malaga, Seville or Madrid.

Meals: breakfast
 

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The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance.

- 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 Alavera de los Banos ***(2 nights)
- Hotel Sierra y Cal**
- Hotel Estacion Via Verde de la Sierra**
- Boutique Hotel La Casa Grande*** or Hotel Los Olivos***
- Hotel Palacio Garvey**** or Hotel Itaca****
- Hotel Los Cantaros***

** Please see Itinerary tab for more information **

Accommodation Upgrades:
Ronda: Parador**** www.parador.es/es/parador-de-ronda
Arcos: Parador de Arcos**** www.parador.es/es/parador-de-arcos-de-la-frontera
Jerez de la Frontera: Villa Jerez (5-star)
El Puerto de Santa María: Hotel Duques de Medinaceli (5 star) http://hotelduquesdemedinaceli.com/en
Cádiz (extra night): Parador****
Upgrade rates: prices depend on date and availability
Andalucia White Villages - 7 nights (based on double occupancy)
 
Low Season
High Season
Based on 2 participants1254 euros/person 1304 euros/person
Based on 4 participants1237 euros/person 1287 euros/person
Based on 6 participants 1220 euros/person 1270 euros/person
Single supplement250 Euros/single 299 Euros/single
Mountain-Cross Bike rental 105 Euros 105 Euros
E-Bike rental 350 Euros 350 Euros

High season:1-3 November, 5-9 and 20-31 December. Please note that this tour cannot start between 12-22 April; May 1-5 and 11-18, July 1-Sept 3. NO Saturday starts except with 1 night deleted from Ronda.

For solo travelers, the supplement is 595 euros on top of the double occupancy rate above.

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Tour Details

Tour Highlights:
- Self guided cycling can be done all year long; with a few blackout dates. Not recommended in July-August; best times are March-June and September-November.
- Spectacular White Villages starting with Ronda
- bike paths, old villages, and vineyards


Need to Know:
- some cycling is on unpaved and gravel surface on last few days
- this trip can be shortened to 5 nights or 6 nights by cutting last nights; road bikes available in this case
- Best months to travel are March-June and September to November.
- GPS included to assist in navigation; map reading and GPS experience required

Duration: 8 days & 7 nights.
High season:1-3 November, 5-9 and 20-31 December. Please note that this tour cannot start between 12-22 April; May 1-5 and 11-18, July 1-Sept 3. NO Saturday starts except with 1 night deleted from Ronda.
This is self-guided touring Mountain bikes only are used on this tour because of the terrain that is smooth and groomed paths but often not paved on the last few days near the coast. These can be cut and road hybrids made available. 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!
Options
Upgraded hotels available, please inquire

Best Time To Go: April - June, September - October.

Average temperatures:
January: 57 °F (14 °C) 27 °F (5 °C)
February: 57 °F (14 °C) 28 °F (6 °C)
March: 61 °F (16 °C) 36 °F (8 °C)
April: 64 °F (18 °C) 43 °F (10 °C)
May: 72 °F (22 °C) 52 °F (14 °C)
June: 79 °F (26 °C) 57 °F (18 °C)
July: 82 °F (28 °C) 61 °F (21 °C)
August: 84 °F (29 °C) 59 °F (21 °C)
Sept: 79 °F (26 °C) 54 °F (18 °C)
October: 73 °F (23 °C) 45 °F (14 °C)
November: 64 °F (18 °C) 36 °F (9 °C)
December: 57 °F (14 °C) 30 °F (5 °C)

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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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    "We all enjoyed our trip and are now getting over the jet lag. We spent a week after the bike tour visiting Pamplona, Bilbao & Madrid. We will contact you again when our next trip to Europe comes up (probably 2016). Everything worked out well & Bo was a great help." - Steve V.
    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. Note, by cutting the last day or 2 then all unpaved routes are cut; and hybrid road bikes are possible.

    E-Bikes are now available! Contact us for details; rate is 350 euros.
    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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