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Andalucia cycling from Jerez to Cádiz
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Andalucia cycling from Jerez to Cádiz

Andalucia cycling from Jerez to Cádiz

White villages of the Costa de la Luz

  • Classical Spain - flamenco dancers, Sherry and great regional food
  • Stay in atmospheric Pueblos Blancos - the old frontier hilltop towns
  • Historical cities: Jerez and Cadiz
  • Delightful mix of coast, rolling hills, Roman roads and greenways
  • Excellent hotels full of character
  • Bird-spotter's paradise - storks, kingfishers, waders
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Route

On a scale of 5, we have defined this trip as level 2/3 but the actual difficulty will depend on whether you choose the longer/tougher routes or shorter/easier variants. The average daily distance cycled is 43 km (minimum 22 km, maximum 60 km), and each day theaverage ascent is 360 m (minimum 125 m, maximum 575 m)

Start: Jerez de la Frontera                  Finish: Cádiz

Day 1: Arrival in Jerez de la Frontera
Day 2: From Jerez to Arcos de la Frontera (48 km)
Day 3: Circular route around Arcos de la Frontera (21or 54 km)
Day 4: From Arcos to Medina Sidonia (48 or 60km)
Day 5: From Medina Sidonia to Vejer de la Frontera (38 km)
Day 6: Circular route Vejer de la Frontera (60 or 24 km)
Day 7: From Vejer de la Frontera to Conil and transfer to Cádiz (24 or 38.5 km)
Day 8: Departure from Cádiz

Day 1:    Arrival in Jerez de la Frontera

Arrival at your comfortable hotel in Jerez city centre; in time for a walk around the historic centre before dinner (not included). 

Day 2:    From Jerez to Arcos de la Frontera (48 km)

Leaving Jerez you follow a lovely route passing vineyards, ancient settlements and riverside towns. Quiet country roads and gravel tracks alongside the River Guadalete take you past villages full of pretty, pastel-coloured houses and on towards Arcos de la Frontera. Why not stop to try the local Tierra Blanca white wines en route? 

Challenge: 48 km, 35m ascent

Day 3:    Circular route around Arcos de la Frontera (21or 54 km)

In the morning we recommend a circular tour along quiet interior roads, through vast areas dedicated to agriculture; either a long tour of 55km around the Bornos reservoir (past white villages Villamartin and Bornos) OR the short route of 21km around the Arcos reservoir. Arcos itself is worth a visit, because it was one of teh most important frontier towns during the Reconquista (hence the adjective “de la frontera”). Follow the old Arabic walls, passing the impressive Castillo de los Duques, as you make your way to the Iglesia de San Agustin with its fantastic viewpoint over the river and rich fertile valley of orange, almond and olive trees. Spend some time in the unique miniature art museum and lunch at one of the array of restaurants.

Challenge: 21 or 54 km, 300 or 550m ascent

Day 4:    From Arcos to Medina Sidonia (48 or 60km)

Follow a winding road, passing orange and almond orchards through the town of Junta de los Rios where two rivers converge. Passing through San Jose del Valle, which dates back to Roman times, and the impressive El Tempul, you can choose between the direct route along gravel roads (total of 48km) past the Moorish Gigonza castle or  the more challenging route of 60km along quiet but winding and ondulated tarmac roads past vast estates. Both routes come together in Paterna de Rivera, famous for its healing waters after which a steep ascent of 225m awaits to your hotel in Medina Sidonia. Take time to explore before dinner this little gem with its grand plaza, mediaeval Moorish architecture, narrow streets and views of the bay of Cadiz.

Challenge: 48 or 60km, 525 or 675m ascent

Day 5:    From Medina Sidonia to Vejer de la Frontera (38 km)

A short route today to recover from yesterday’s adventure. A quiet lane through fighting bull estates and holm oak woods, takes you from Medina to Naveros. A lovely greenway then criss-crosses this stunning landscape for irresistible views of dark green meadows as they melt into the Sierra de Cadiz (look out for Egyptian vultures and Bonelli's eagles) before you finally reach the most picturesque of our three white frontier villages: Vejer de la Frontera. Our standard hotel is an old convent from the 17th century, conveniently  located in the centre of town.

Challenge: 38km, 425m ascent

Day 6:    Circular route Vejer de la Frontera (60 or 24 km)

It is enough to simply wander through the maze of streets that makes up Vejer de la Frotnera to understand why it has been decreed an historic site. Discover its Roman walls, Visigoth hermitage and its castle at the highest part of the old town combining both Moorish and Christian architecture. Lunch in one of the many cafes and restaurants, or walk up to the highest point with panoramic vistas and picnic next to the lovingly restored windmills of San Miguel. 

For those who want to cycle in the morning, we have described an interesting route along dirt roads through an entirely different landscape; first alongside the river Barbate, then across vast rice fields to the beach of Zahara de los Atunes and finally uphill across the nature reserve Parque Natural de la Breña y Marismas del Barbate

Challenge: 60 or 24 km, 375 or 300m ascent

Day 7:    From Vejer de la Frontera to Conil and transfer to Cádiz (24 or 38.5 km)

You head to the coast today, with a choice of shorter (24km) or longer routes (38.5km); both end in the charming seaside frontier town of Conil de la Frontera. The longer route heads east, passing the town of Barbate, and the pretty surf village of El Palmar. Taking the shorter route affords you more time to wander around the whitewashed houses of Conil de la Frontera, before being transferred to our cosy hotel in the centre of Cádiz ; a very old and magical fortified town.

Challenge: 24 or 38.5 km, 50 or 175m ascent

Day 8:    Departure from Cádiz

Your arrangement comes to an end after breakfast today. Taxi transfers to Jerez, Seville or Málaga airport can be arranged.

'standard' hotels

The hotels on this trip have been carefully selected for their location, atmosphere and/or unique services. All rooms are en-suite. Some of the hotels we work with appear here. If a certain hotel is unable to confirm due to lack of availability, we will request a similar one and inform you about the alternative booked. 

Extra nights can be booked at any of the accommodations along the way.

Hotel ITC Ítaca (Jerez de la Frontera)
Hotel ITC Ítaca (Jerez de la Frontera)

Charming hotel in the old district of Jerez a few metres away from the Cathedral and some of the most interesting wine cellars in the city. Ítaca Jerez Hotel can be found in the 19th century Convent of Maria Auxiliadora and boasts a relaxing and exquisite atmosphere which is ideal for your holiday. 

www.itchoteles.com/hotel-itaca-jerez-en-jerez

Hotel El Convento** (Arcos de la Frontera)
Hotel El Convento** (Arcos de la Frontera)

Rooms, cozy and comfortable, are equipped with all you need to provide you a lovely stay. Most of the rooms have a beautiful view of the Guadalete River Valley and all of them are very quiet. Please, bear in mind that we are located in a historic building with no lift. The access to some of the rooms are via stairs.

www.hotelelconvento.es

Hotel Medina Sidonia**** (Medina Sidonia)
Hotel Medina Sidonia**** (Medina Sidonia)

Welcoming hotel with spa in Medina Sidonia specially designed to enjoy the beauty of this historic Andalusian city full of traditions and an excellent cultural heritage. Restaurant, bar with terrace,gym and beautiful views. 

https://en.elehotelspamedinasidonia.com

Hotel V*** (Vejer de la Frontera)
Hotel V*** (Vejer de la Frontera)

Discover an atmosphere of history where modern design combines perfectly, creating a harmonious transition between the old and new world. 

www.hotelv-vejer.com

Hotel Casa de las Cuatro Torres (Cádiz)
Hotel Casa de las Cuatro Torres (Cádiz)

La Casa de las Cuatro Torres, built between 1736 and 1745, and cataloged as Bien de Interés Cultural (BIC) is perhaps the best example of the Houses of Chargers of the Indies to which we have already referred. It is a building of neoclassical Cadiz style, a heterodox style, own and particular of Cádiz, where sobriety, symmetry and decorative elements are complemented by the occasional use of late baroque decoration, so prevalent in Andalusia.

www.casadelascuatrotorres.com

practical info

This tour is bookable throughout the year except for the very warm months of July and August when temperatures reach 33º C. From November till March rainfall could difficult access of dirt roads (mud) but chances are low that you actually will get wet (number of days with rainfall per month is 8 in December and between 5 and 7 during the rest of winter). The most enjoyable season for cycling is from March to June (first fortnight) and from September (2nd fortnight) till the end of October

Jerez airport (XRY) is a destination for quiet a number of Low Cost airlines (from London, Brussels, Dusseldorf, Cologne , Frankfurt etc) and can also reached via Barcelona or Madrid with regular flight companies.

You can fly to other airports in Andalucía: Sevilla Airport (SVQ) and Málaga (AGP)

Arrival in Jerez de la Frontera

From Jerez airport there is at least 1 direct train to Jerez Train station, but an private taxi transfer can be arranged for aprox 25,- euros. From Jerez Station to your either walk to your hotel (5 min walk to Casa Grande) or take a taxi.

By rail Jerez can be reached from all major Spanish cities

Departure from Cádiz

At the end of your tour, you can take a direct train in Cadíz to Jerez airport.

For time tables of the train connection between Cadiz and Jerez (train station or airport) see http://siu.cmtbc.es/es/horarios_corredor.php?corredor=40 

Trekking bikes

Model: Stevens and Scott (21-24 gears)

                   Stevens unisex                                          Stevens male

        Trekking bike Stevens male

                  Stevens female                                        Scott male

Trekking bike Stevens female     Trekking bike Scott male

MTB

Model: Conor (21-24 gears). Hidraulic brakes

MTB bike Conor

Caracteristics valid for all our bikes

  • Front suspension
  • Bottle holder
  • Gel saddle/ajustable/
  • Customer saddles can be fitted
  • Customer pedals can be fitted by us
  • Provided with repair-kit
  • Provided with 1 panier

E-bikes

Model: Bocas or Stevens

                   E-bike Boca

E-bike boca

 

GPS tracks are available on request

included

Included

  • 7 nights at comfortable charming accommodations, rooms with en-suite bath
  • All breakfasts
  • Luggage transport on Days 2,4,5 and 7
  • Transfer of bike an person from Conil to Cádiz (*)
  • 24-hour telephone assistance, just a call away
  • Detailed maps and route descriptions in English
  • Routes in digital format (.gpx) for GPS or mobile devices

(*) If clients bring their own bikes, they need to book this optional transfer

Not included

  • 7 Lunches and dinners (plenty of places to buy lunch along the routes, in the evening there are restaurants at/near the accommodations)
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Tourist Tax
  • Transfers by public transportation
  • Transfer to first/ from last accommodation
  • Personal expenses such as drinks, phone calls, tips, extra transfers, etc.
  • Any items that have not been specifically mentioned in the program

Optional services

  • Extra nights at the standard accommodations or at other destinations, such as city hotels in Seville or Málaga
  • Single Room Supplement (s)
  • Optional transfers from Jerez or Sevilla airports to Jerez
  • Optional transfer from Cádiz to Jerez airport or to Seville airport
  • Transfer of bike an person from Conil to Cádiz if clients bring their own bikes. 
  • Bicycle rental (strong but lightweight fully equipped trekking bikes with 24 gears), including bike transfers to and from the accommodations and meet & greet on day 1
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