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Sierra de Grazalema cycling trip
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7 days
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Mar Apr May Jun Sep Oct
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ESSB017
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Sierra de Grazalema cycling trip

Sierra de Grazalema cycling trip

White Villages

  • Fabulous terrain for cycling: gently rolling hills, peaceful farmland, Moorish towns
  • Spectacular scenery in earth tones with grey-green olive orchards 
  • Roman remains, pre-historic cave paintings and the stunning bridge at Ronda
  • Friendly, typically-Andalusian villages with a pleasant atmosphere
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Route

Start: Ronda      Finish: Ronda

Day 1: Arrival in southern Spain
Day 2: From Ronda to Olvera
Day 3: From Olvera to Zahara
Day 4: From Zahara to Benaocaz
Day 5: From Benaocaz to Jimena de Libar
Day 6: From Jimera back to Ronda
Day 7: End of program

Day 1:    Arrival in southern Spain

Today you arrive in Ronda, a major historical town in Andalucía's "pueblos blancos".

Challenge: Travel to Andalucía.

Villages along the way: Ronda

Day 2:    From Ronda to Olvera

A lovely route for your first day of cycling. Ascent to Setenil de las Bodegas, perched on rocky cliffs overlooking the River Guadalporcun. You then cycle by way of Arriate and Torre Alhaquime to reach the pretty village of Olvera, surrounded by open farmland and enormous olive orchards.

Challenge: 37km, with 450m in ascent

Villages along the way: Setenil, Arriate, Olvera

Day 3:    From Olvera to Zahara

Today's route follows narrow tarmac roads through farmland, to reach the town of Algodonales. Lovely contrast of white-washed buildings among a variety of earth tones. Zahara de la Sierra is another magnificently-situated cliff-top village.

Challenge: 49km, with 500m in ascent

Villages along the way: Algodonales, Zahara de la Sierra

Day 4:    From Zahara to Benaocaz

Today you do a tough ascent of 470m to reach Grazalema then cycle onward to Benaocaz, where you come upon ancient sections of a Roman Road. The historical town centre is of Moorish origin, with a church built on the site of a former mosque.

Challenge: 41km, with 500m in ascent

Villages along the way: Grazalema, Benaocaz

Day 5:    From Benaocaz to Jimena de Libar

First you cycle down to the town of Ubrique, the largest of all white villages with lots of bars, restaurants and shops. Then you start to climb along a quiet interior road and cross the largest cork oak reserve of Spain as you cycle around the central Massif of the Grazalema mountains. Magnificent views while you cycle down into the green valley of the river Guadario. You practically don't have to move your feet for 10km, before you arrive at the train station in Jimera de Líbar. Here you take the train to Benaojan and 5 mintues later you entre the door of your cosy rutal hotel.

Challenge: 41km, with 500m in ascent

Villages along the way: Ubrique, Cortes de la Frontera and Jimera de Líbar

Day 6:     From Jimera back to Ronda

This part of the trip takes you back to Ronda by way of the "Encinas Borrachas" pass (at 1000m), on the road from Gaucín to Ronda. A very scenic route and quiet short, but you'll have to do 2 ascents of 350m. Your reward: a long descent to Ronda and grand entrance by crossing the town's spectacular bridge. If you prefer to skip the long ascents, you can travel with your bike by train to Ronda.

Challenge: 26/15km, with 800/400m in ascent

Villages along the way: Atajate, Ronda

Day 7:    End of program

Your program comes to an end this morning after breakfast. Departure from Ronda.

Challenge: Travel from Southern Spain.

accommodation

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:

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

Hotel San Francisco- Ronda
Hotel San Francisco (Ronda)
Hotel Mesón Fuente del Pino-Olvera
Hotel Mesón Fuente del Pino (Olvera)
Hostal Los Tadeos-Zahara de la Sierra
Hostal Los Tadeos (Zahara de la Sierra)
Hotel Molino Santo-Benaojan
Hotel Molino del Santo (Benaoján)
Posada El Parral (Benaocaz)
Posada El Parral (Benaocaz)
practical info

Departure any day fo the week from 19th March to 22nd October.

The nearest airport is Málaga (AGP)

Arrival in Ronda 

From Málaga airport (AGP) you take a taxi, train or shuttle bus to Málaga city centre. You then travel from Málaga to Ronda by bus, with Avanza Bus www.avanzabus.com or DAMAS www.damas-sa.es. Travel time is 3 hrs. Once in Ronda, it’s about a 10-minute walk from the bus station to your hotel.

Departure from Ronda 

Check Avanza Bus or DAMAS timetables for the trip from Ronda back to Málaga www.avanzabus.com / www.damas-sa.es. From Málaga city centre, you take a bus, train or taxi to Málaga airport(AGP)

HYBRID RENTAL BIKE

  • Bike model: Stevens Primera
  • Bike Type: HYBRID
  • Frame: Aluminum 6061 TB
  • Fork: SR Suntour NCX
  • Gears: Shimano Deore group. Front: 48-36-26T. Rear: 11-34T
  • Brakes: Tektro Disc Brakes
  • Wheels: Oxygen Disc rims with Safetysystem Breaker tyres
  • Weight: approx. 15kg
  • Frame sizes: Ladies:  XS (46cm), S (46cm), M (50cm) L (54cm)// Gents: S (52cm), M (55cm), L (58cm), XL (61cm), XXL (65cm)

ELECTRIC BIKE RENTAL 

  • Bike model: Stevens E-6X Disc
  • Bike Type: HYBRID E-BIKE
  • Frame: Aluminum 6061 DB
  • Fork:SR Suntour NCX-D with Lockout 
  • Motor: Bosch Active Line 250W, 48Nm
  • Batter: Powerpack 400W (optional 500W), 36V Li-ion. 11Ah/400Wh.
  • Computer: Bosch Intuvia 4 functions 
  • Gears: Shimano Deore 10S. Front: 18T. Rear: 11-34T
  • Brakes: Shimano Disc Brakes
  • Wheels: Oxygen Disc rims with Safetysystem Breaker tyres
  • Weight: approx. 19.7kg
  • Frame sizes: Ladies: S (50cm) // Gents: M (52cm)

GPS tracks are available on request.

included

Included

  • All overnight stays in rooms with en-suite bathroom
  • Breakfast every morning
  • Luggage transport 
  • Detailed route description in English accompanied by maps

Not Included

  • Lunches and dinners
  • Transport to first and from last accommodation

Extras

  • Single Room Supplement(s)
  • Solo Traveller Supplement
  • Taxi transfers to and from Málaga airport
  • Extra nights at any of the hotels
  • Extra nights may be booked separately in Málaga city or at a nice hotel in conveniently-located Torremolinos (beach location near the airport)  
reviews

23/03/2017

Arthur & Joan

Thank you for a wonderful trip. Everything was organized and planned perfectly. The maps and particularly the GPX tracks made navigation a breeze. Ferry and the staff at the San Francisco were exceptionally helpful and accommodating. We didn’t have a single complaint either about the lodgings or about the service. 

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