Start: Ronda Finish: Ronda
Today you arrive in Ronda, a major historical town in Andalucía's "pueblos blancos".
Challenge: Travel to Andalucía.
Villages along the way: Ronda
A lovely route for your first day of cycling. Ascent by way of Arriate to Setenil de las Bodegas, perched on rocky cliffs overlooking the River Guadalporcun. You then continue ivaTorre Alhaquime to reach the pretty village of Olvera, surrounded by open farmland and enormous olive orchards.
Challenge: 37km, 450m ascent
Villages along the way: Setenil, Arriate, Olvera
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: 48km, 700m ascent
Villages along the way: Algodonales, Zahara de la Sierra
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: 39km, 875m ascent
Villages along the way: Grazalema, Benaocaz
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 minutes later you entre the door of your cosy rutal hotel.
If there is no train or you prefer to cycle anyhow, you will have to add another 9,5 km to the route and one steep ascent of 385 m extra)
Challenge: 40km, 550m ascent (9,7 km + 385m in ascent extra if you cycle between Jimera and Benaoj'an)
Villages along the way: Ubrique, Cortes de la Frontera and Jimera de Líbar
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 cycle directly from Benaoján to Ronda or travel with your bike by train.
Challenge: 26/13,5km, 800/450m ascent
Villages along the way: Atajate, Ronda
Your program comes to an end this morning after breakfast. Departure from Ronda.
Challenge: Travel from Southern Spain.
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.
A 'Bikefriendly' hotel located in the very center of Ronda, near the main sights; el Puente Nuevo (the new bridge), the Bullfight ring or the historical church of Santa María La Mayor.
Strategically located in the route of the white-washed towns, this hotel offers good facilities and the ideal environment for the visitor. It has a bar/restaurant where they offer typicall local dishes from the Sierra de Cádiz, based on organic ingredientes and with high quality raw materials.
The rooms are thought for relax, rest and also for the enjoyment of the surroundings. It has a swimming pool with panoramic views of the "sierra"
A beautiful family-run rural hotel, close to Ronda. It has had several awards, such as “Best Rural Hotel in Spain", “The most romantic hotel in Spain” and some awards given by TripAdvisor in the last 5 years. The rest and relax in their gardens and swimming pool is a must.
Small rural hotel in the heart of the Sierra de Grazalema. It offers wide rooms with air conditioning, lounge, en-suite bathroom and a spectacular terrace with great views, a swimming pool and a patio.
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
HYBRID RENTAL BIKE
ELECTRIC BIKE RENTAL
GPS tracks are available on request.
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.