If you are getting a bit tired of the poor weather and the change in season, why not head to Spain? You can enjoy a week of cycling meandering through the Andalucian countryside by rivers, lakes, cork forests, the Via Verde and many beautiful white villages that are synonymous with Andalucia.
There is a choice of cycling options to enjoy this Winter in Southern Spain. The rides are suitable for those looking to get away for a week and ride the bike around somewhere different to training camps for those looking for more of a challenge.
The basic format of each ride is similar with different levels of difficulty and the type of bike used.
The best place to fly to is Malaga. However, airport collection is available from Jerez or Seville.
You can do a Road Bike Tour, a Leisure Cycling Tour or a Mountain Bike Tour with a choice of quality bikes and accommodation.
You can find the holiday itinerary for the ‘White Villages ‘Leisure Cycling Holiday in Andalucia here
Includes Orbea bike hire, accommodation, luggage transfers, route maps and airport transfers. Your accommodation in Alora is in a farmhouse hotel, in Ronda a 4 star luxury hotel and in Grazalema a 3 star hotel.
This sporting tour through Andalucia is suitable for the avid cyclist, sportive rider and keen road bike rider. Expect to ride 50-160km per day on this point-to-point tour.
We will collect and transfer you from the airport to our first nights accommodation. Time to check the bikes over and perhaps a short spin (depending on your flight times) to make sure the bikes are all good to go.
Followed by an opportunity to relax and unwind by the pool before the real riding begins.
The first days riding takes you through the beautiful Ardales Natural Park, an area that is known as the ‘Spanish lake district’, to the stunning El Chorro Gorge and the lakes at Ardales before riding through the El Torcal Natural Park where you see some of the most breathtaking views in the whole of Andalucia.
You return to Alora for a second night.
Option 1: Distance 60km Total Climbing 1020m
Option 2: Distance 65km Total Climbing 1510m
Option 3: Distance 103km Total Climbing 1845m
Back on the bikes and a trip through the Sierra de Nieves to the historic city of Ronda.
The cycling is simply stunning, quiet roads, fabulous climbs and exhilarating descents, you pass through several white villages before arriving in Ronda, famous for its spectacular gorge, is steeped in history. Ronda also boasts the oldest and biggest bull ring in Spain.
Option 1: Distance 80km Total Climbing 1700m
In total you’ll spend 3 nights in Ronda giving you plenty of opportunity to explore this historic cliff top city, it’s cobbled back streets, numerous tapas bars and excellent restaurants. Must do things in Ronda are a visit to the House of the Moorish Kings from within which you can walk down inside the cliff to the bottom of the gorge.
A walk along the Ramparts of Xijara, which the Arabs built to fortify the town; three of the ramparts can still be viewed today. Tour of the Arabic baths and of course the bullring. Todays highlight is a ride down to the Costa del Sol a swim in the Mediterranean before riding back to Ronda.
Option 1: Distance 45km Total Climbing 985m
Option 2: Distance 60km Total Climbing 920m
Option 3: Distance 101km Total Climbing 1650m
Today you’ll explore the Genal valley, passing the Cueva de Gatos the largest subterranean cave system in southern Europe and the Cueva de Piletas with its pre-historic drawings.
The terrain is far more rugged and mountainous with plenty of long climbs and fast descents. Alternatively you could take a day out of the saddle for a spot of rest and relaxation.
Option 1: Distance 58km Total Climbing 1220m
Option 2: Distance 77km Total Climbing 1850m
Finally you end your tour with a 2 night stay in Grazalema, one of, if not the most picturesque ‘pueblo blanco’ (white village) in this area.
Surrounded on three sides by mountains Grazalema makes a great base to test yourselves in the mountains with numerous awesome climbs which of course are always followed by exhilarating descents.
Option 1: Distance 35km Total Climbing 650m
Option 2: Distance 50km Total Climbing 1100m
Option 3: Distance 75km Total Climbing 1750m
Sadly, the last day of your point-to-point sporting tour, but with 3 great rides to choose from.
A ‘must do’ ride whilst you are in Grazalema is to ride Puerto de la Palomas a category 1 climb which has featured in the Vuelta a Andalucia and the Vuelta a Espana.
Option 1: Distance 40km Total Climbing 950m
Option 2: Distance 55km Total Climbing 1210m
Option 3: Distance 95km Total Climbing 2160m
Time to pack those bags for the last time before we collect you for your flights home.
Prices are per person and exclude flights.
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