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Andalusia - White Villages guided


About your bike tour

A trip through the southernmost tip of Europe. Dazzling whitewashed villages set against an intense blue sky, olive groves stretching as far as the eye can see, flamenco, beautiful local architecture and narrow winding streets which speak of its Arab past, a benevolent climate, long and unspoilt beaches, tapas, friendly and hospitable people - just what you need for that perfect cycling holiday where the exhilaration of riding through the open scenery combines with the pleasure of discovery around every bend.


Itinerary

Pick up from arrival point and transfer to hotel in Ronda.After arriving at our first hotel we will have the chance to explore this beautiful town split into two by the most incredible ravine. Whitewashed houses where the labyrinth streets betray their Arab past. The elegant bullring and the fine town walls.

Optional ride to Setenil de las Bodegas where the houses are built into the cliff face. Beautiful views of the mountains of Ronda. Visit the Roman archaeological site of Acinipo. A landscape of olive groves where the characteristic black pigs are allowed to graze in the open. Spend some more time exploring the fascinating town of Ronda.

Today's trip takes us through the Parque Natural Sierra de Grazalema and provides spectacular and beautiful mountain scenery combined with the picturesque white villages dotting the landscape. As we approach Grazalema, we turn off to follow the shores of the reservoir of Zahara - El Gastor. Zahara de la Sierra is another fine village in a wonderful setting.

Distance short: 59 km, Distance long: 78 km

Leaving Zahara, we head towards Grazalema. Here we can take the opportunity to wander round the enchanting streets and enjoy the marvellous surroundings of the village. After a short ascent we have a tremendous long descent towards Arcos de la Frontera, one of the most famous of the white villages, perched high on a hill and dominated by its castle.

Distance short: 75 km, Distance: 99 km

After leaving Arcos, we head southwards towards the Parque Natural de los Alcornocales, one of the largest cork forests in Europe. On reaching the park, we turn southwards towards the Atlantic coast. Tonight's stop is in the village of Medina Sidonia, an old Arab fortress town overlooking the Bay of Cádiz.

Distance short 55 km, Distance long 75 km

Leaving Medina Sidonia, we head down towards the coast. After crossing the flat lands of La Janda, where it is often possible to see fighting bulls grazing, we finally reach the hilltop village of Vejer de la Frontera. We should spend time exploring this enchanting village. The chaotic street plan of Vejer, and indeed of most of the villages that we see en route, is evidence of the Arab past of Spain.

Distance short 36 km, Distance long 71km

After leaving Vejer, we descend towards the coast and follow the beach round to Cape Trafalgar, site of the famous sea battle. We pass the fishing villages of Barbate and Zahara de los Atunes, famous for the almadraba -–their own peculiar method of fishing for tuna fish. Our shorter stage finishes in Zahara. As we cycle southwards, the mountains of Morocco slowly become visible as we approach Tarifa and the Strait of Gibraltar, where Europe greets Africa and the Mediterranean meets the Atlantic. We meet in Tarifa and transfer to Málaga to spend our last evening.

Distance short 36 km, Distance long 76 km

Departure by local train to airport. End of trip.


Photos of this bike tour


What we love

  • exploring the beautiful whitewashed houses Ronda, a remnant from the Arab past and split by a ravine
  • overlooking the Bay of Cádiz from the Arab fortress with the Atlantic coast in sight
  • cycling through the countryside surrounded by spectacular and beautiful mountain scenery
  • strolling through the chaotic streets of Vejera permitting a view of the Straits of Gibraltar
  • tracing the footsteps of Pablo Picasso and actor Antonio Banderas, both born in Málaga

What to know

  • cyclists are expected to deal with minor repairs such as punctures themselves
  • the weather is generally not too hot or too cold
  • it is advisable to wear a helmet but not mandatory

Departure Info

Departure by local train to airport. End of trip.

Tour Season

April 21st – October 6th 2012


Tour Dates

  • Sat, Apr 21 2012 Outdated
  • Sat, Oct 06 2012 Outdated
  • New tour dates coming soon!

Accommodation & Rates

  • $1,496: Double Room (1 bed)
  • $1,496: Double Room (2 beds)
  • $1,699: Single Room

Included

  • Accommodation in double, twin or single room with en-suite bathroom
  • Continental style breakfast
  • Transport to and from arrival / departure points (on day 8 guests depart by train from Málaga to the airport. The station is 500 m from the hotel and the train takes 12 minutes.
  • Information Pack with Route Guide and maps
  • Luggage transport between hotels

Not included

  • Lunch & dinner
  • Bicycle hire (see price list)
  • Holiday extension

Description of Accommodation during the bike tour

Accommodation in double, twin or single room with en-suite bathroom Continental style breakfast Transport to and from arrival / departure points (on day 8 guests depart by train from Málaga to the airport. The station is 500 m from the hotel and the train takes 12 minutes. Information Pack with Route Guide and maps Luggage transport between hotels


Bike Rental

You are provided with hybrid-type tourist bicycles of a quality brand with conventional handlebars and with 21 easy-to-change gear ratios for comfortable and easy cycling. Road bikes may also be available on request.


Men's bike, 21 gears

$132.00

Ladylike, 21 gears

$132.00

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Price from:
$1,496
Location
Spain
Distance:
310 km (51 km/day)
Type:
group
Interests:

no special interest set

Type of Biking:
Hybrid
Duration:
8 days / 7 nights
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