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Sierra de Grazalema cycling trip
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Sierra de Grazalema cycling trip

Sierra de Grazalema cycling trip

The 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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Start: Ronda      Finish: Ronda

Day 1: Arrival in southern Spain
Day 2: From Ronda to Olvera (36 km / 23,5 mi)
Day 3: From Olvera to Zahara (48 km / 30 mi)
Day 4: From Zahara to Benaocaz (39.5 km / 24,5 mi)
Day 5: From Benaocaz to Jimera de Líbar (40km / 25mi) / Benaoján (50km / 31mi)
Day 6: From Benaoján / Jimera de Líbar back to Ronda (13.5 - 25km / 8,5 - 15,5mi)
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 (36 km / 23,5 mi)

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: 36 km / 23,5 mi, 450 m ascent

Villages along the way: Setenil, Arriate, Olvera

Day 3:    From Olvera to Zahara (48 km / 30 mi)

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: 48 km / 30 mi, 500 m ascent

Villages along the way: Algodonales, Zahara de la Sierra

Day 4:    From Zahara to Benaocaz (39.5 km / 24,5 mi)

Today you do a tough ascent of 470 m 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: 39.5 km / 24,5 mi, 500 m ascent

Villages along the way: Grazalema, Benaocaz

Day 5:    From Benaocaz to Jimera de Líbar (40km / 25mi) / Benaoján (50km / 31mi)

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 10 km, 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 10 km to the route

Challenge: 40 km / 25 mi, 500 m ascent (10 km / 6 mi + 390 m in ascent extra if you cycle between Jimera and Benaoján)

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

Day 6:     From Benaoján / Jimera de Líbar back to Ronda (13.5 - 25km / 8,5 - 15,5mi)

This part of the trip takes you back to Ronda by way of the "Encinas Borrachas" pass (at 1000 m), on the road from Gaucín to Ronda. A very scenic route and quiet short, but you'll have to do 2 ascents of 350 m. 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: 13.5 - 25km / 8,5 - 15,5mi, 450 / 800 m 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.


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)

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.


Hotel Mesón Fuente del Pino-Olvera
Hotel Mesón Fuente del Pino (Olvera)

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. 


Hostal Los Tadeos-Zahara de la Sierra
Hostal Los Tadeos (Zahara de la Sierra)

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" 


Posada El Parral (Benaocaz)
Posada El Parral (Benaocaz)

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. 


Hotel Molino Santo-Benaojan
Hotel Molino del Santo (Benaoján)

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.



Departure any day fo the week from March to October.

IMPORTANT: Bookings during Easter (27th march - 10th April) on request

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 or DAMAS. 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. From Málaga city centre, you take a bus, train or taxi to Málaga airport (AGP)


  • 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)


  • Brand, model: Stevens Aspin.
  • Frame: Aluminum SL 7005 TB.
  • Fork: Full Carbon SL.
  • Gears: Full Shimano 105 group. Front: 50-34T (11S). Rear: 11-32T.
  • Brakes: Shimano 105.
  • Wheels: Mavic Aksium Elite rims and Continental tyres 25mm.
  • Computer: Cateye Wireles.
  • Saddle bag: Pro click.
  • Weight: approx. 7.8kg.
  • Available sizes:  XXS (44 and 47cm) Special Ladies Frame model Soana or Stelvio, XS (50cm), S (52cm), M (54 cm), M (56cm), L (58cm), XL (60cm), XXL (62cm).



  • Bike model: Stevens E-Lavena
  • 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. 20kg
  • Frame sizes: Ladies: S (50cm), M (50cm) // Gents: M (52cm), L (55cm)

Stevens E-Lavena

GPS tracks are available on request.



  • 6 nights' accommodation with breakfast
  • Luggage transport
  • Digital detailed route notes and maps
  • Access to the trip on GUIBO
  • 24-hour telephone assistance

Not Included

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


  • 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) 
  • Shipment of printed documents to the first accommodation


The level of difficulty was as expected. At the last minute, we upgraded my wife and son to ebikes, which proved to be a great decision. They were able to stay with me on the climbs and still get a good workout without being exhausted at the end of the day. The entire bike route was incredible, but my favorite day of riding was from Zahara through Grazalema to Benaocaz. The terrain, geography, and villages were breathtaking. We loved the road surfaces and the choice of low traffic routes. When we return to Spain, I hope to spend more time in Grazalema and at Hotel Molino del Santo in Benaojan.

Ferry at Cycleronda was wonderful to work with. The location of Hotel San Francisco in Ronda is perfect. Setenil de las Bodegas is a fascinating place and a must-stop for lunch. We were lucky to see a Semana Santa procession during our stay in Zahara.
Thank you for such a great experience!


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