Granada to Ronda

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Visiting: Spain

Hotel & Bike

6 nights from £856 to £1064pp
Guiding Self-Guided i
Level Moderate i
Standard Comfort i
Code SP009
Distance 150mi/242km !
Runs All Year
Departs Any day !
Fly to Granada !
Return from Malaga !

Overview

What to expect

Start with Moorish architecture, flamenco dancing and tapas in Granada before cycling south-west through the beautiful mountains of Almijara and Antequera to reach Ronda, a lovely and lively town which sits on an isolated inland plateau. This route will take you through country lanes, on unpaved roads and tracks into beautiful rural areas with some good climbs and welcome descents.

The scenery varies from limestone mountains and green hills to oak trees, olive groves and lunar landscapes, and you’ll pass an emerald green nature reserve, home to Spanish Ibex. The white-washed villages and ancient towns on route are enchanting places to stop for a plate of tapas. Alhama’s thermal baths are also a popular stop and the beautiful mountains near El Chorro are legendary amongst rock climbers.

Extend your trip with an extra night in Ronda or an additional 3 night itinerary to Arcos de la Frontera.

  • Limestone mountains and lunar landscapes, oak forests and olive groves
  • Flamenco and tapas, soaring vultures and captivating Spanish cities
  • Moorish architecture, white-washed villages and ancient castles
  • Beautiful and largely undiscovered route with many descents and an optional 3 night extension to Arcos de la Frontera

The Trip

Route

Itinerary

  • Day 1: Arrive in Granada

    Make your way to Granada and start with a stroll through the old Jewish quarter, visit the famous Alhambra palaces or experience an authentic flamenco show and try typical wine and tapas.

     

    Note: We recommend booking entrance to the Alhambra Palace in advance, to guarantee your visit and avoid lengthy queuing on the day.

  • Day 2: Granada - Alhama 33-37 miles (53-60 km)

    Cycle through rolling olive groves and small villages to Alhama, a town famous for its thermal baths.

  • Day 3: Alhama - Periana 26 miles (42 km)

    Ride to the Boquete de Zafarraya, a famous hole in the mountains, and enter the Axarquía region. As you pedal, enjoy the views across undulating hills which roll southwards towards the Mediterranean. Descend along a disused railway line to the town of Periana, in the beautiful rural area of Cortijo de las Monjas, before a climb through the mountains and your overnight stay.

  • Day 4: Periana - Antequera 28 miles (45 km)

    Cycle through typical villages and get ready for an off-road climb towards the limestone mountains of El Torcal Nature Reserve. Look forward to a fast descent to the ancient town of Antequera and spend the evening among its white-washed houses.

  • Day 5: Antequera - El Chorro 21 miles (34 km)

    Visit Antequera’s castle and megalithic tombs before cycling across smooth hillocks and olive groves to the village of El Chorro. With a beautiful location next to a lake and surrounded by mountains, El Chorro is a favourite destination for rock climbers.

  • Day 6: El Chorro - Ronda 38 miles (61 km)

    Todays ride is more challenging, but on a paved route and you will be rewarded with views of the unique lunar landscape. Cycle to the villages of Ardales and El Burgo before taking a long climb to the Puerto de los Vientos mountain pass. Cross the beautiful Sierra de las Nieves Nature Reserve and enjoy a welcome descent to the lively town of Ronda, perched dramatically on an inland plateau.

  • Day 7: Depart from Ronda or extend your cycling holiday (see below)

    Check out after breakfast and make your way home, stay an extra night in Ronda or extend your holiday with an optional 3-night itinerary to Arcos de la Frontera (see below).

    Day 7 (extended itinerary): Ronda - Olvera: 23 miles (37km)

    Head northwards to the white village of Setenil de las Bodegas, and enjoy the narrow streets and tapas bars before following the Trejo River to the typical church and 12th century castle of Olvera village.

  • Day 8: Olvera - Puerto Serrano (extended itinerary) 24 miles (38 km)

    Leave Olvera along the car-free Vía Verde disused railway line, passing the Peñon de Zaframagón nature reserve, home to Andalucia’s largest colonies of vultures. Pass through a series of tunnels and follow the Guadalete River as far as the village of Puerto Serrano, where the Via Verde ends.

     

  • Day 9: Puerto Serrano - Arcos de la Frontera (extended itinerary) 26 miles (42km)

    Ride along a narrow country lane, through gently rolling hills covered in sunflowers, cotton and vineyards, to reach Arcos de la Frontera, a typical "white village" with cobbled streets leading up to a 15th century clifftop castle, sitting sits high above the River Guadalete. The views from the village and castle are worth the climb!

  • Day 10: Depart Arcos de la Frontera (extended itinerary)

    Check out after breakfast and make your way home. Take the bus to Jerez, or a private transfer can be arranged if you prefer.

Accommodation

2 & 3* Hotels and Guesthouses

We use a pool of 2 & 3* hotels and guesthouses to maximise our availability for this tour, so regardless of the time of year we do our best to secure your dates of choice. The accommodation often has a lovely local flair, with a chance to experience local life with an authentic flavour of your destination.

  • A mix of 2* & 3* hotels or guesthouses
  • Breakfast included
  • Secure bike storage
  • Luggage transferred each day

Dates & Prices

Please click on a departure date for price options at a glance 

Price includes

  • 6 nights accommodation: in 2 & 3 star hotels or guesthouses
  • Board basis: Bed and breakfast
  • Mountain bike with 24 or 27 gears and pannier
  • Luggage transportation
  • Maps and route information
  • Local contact number for assistance

Price excludes

  • Flights and transfers
  • Cycle helmets - obligatory in Spain

Solo travellers - please enquire

 

 

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Bike Hire & Extras

Bike hire

24 or 27 gear mountain bike with pannier, handlebar bag, bike computer, water bottle, repair kit, spare inner tube and lock included in the tour price.

Helmet hire - (Mountain bike included in tour price)
£9

Extras

You can add these when you price your trip

*High Season 2016: 3-11 Dec & 24-31 Dec

*High Season 2017: 8-17 Apr, 28 Apr-2 May, 12-16 Oct, 5-10 Dec & 22-31 Dec

Please note the extension to Arcos is not available 8-14 Apr & 27 Apr-5 May 2017

Excursions

3-night extension Ronda-Arcos low season* (including B&B in 3* hotels & a rural lodge, bike hire, route notes & luggage transfers) - 2 sharing
£298pp
3-night extension Ronda-Arcos high season* (including B&B in 3* hotels & a rural lodge, bike hire, route notes & luggage transfers) - 2 sharing
£318pp
3-night extension Ronda-Arcos low season* (including B&B in 3* hotels & a rural lodge, bike hire, route notes & luggage transfers) - single, travelling with others
£358pp
3-night extension Ronda-Arcos high season* (including B&B in 3* hotels & a rural lodge, bike hire, route notes & luggage transfers) - single, travelling with others
£379pp

Extra nights

Ronda 3* (twin room, B&B)
£50pp
Ronda 3* (double room, B&B)
£50pp
Ronda 3* (single room, B&B)
£90pp
Granada 2* (twin room, B&B) 8-17th April
£51pp
Granada 2* (double room, B&B) 8-17th April
£51pp
Granada 2* (single room, B&B) 8-17th April
£60pp
Granada 2* (twin room, B&B) - all other dates
£40pp
Granada 2* (double room, B&B) - all other dates
£40pp
Granada 2* (single room, B&B) - all other dates
£56pp

How to Get There

Getting there

Fly to Granada, Malaga, Jerez or Seville

Train (Renfe) or bus is available from all four of the above airports to Granada.

Airport transfer can be arranged as well. Please contact us for more details and rates.

Getting back

Train (Renfe) or bus is available to all four of the above airports from Ronda.

Fly from Granada, Malaga, Seville or Jerez

Airport transfer can be arranged as well. Please contact us for more details and rates.

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Wonderful trip, starting in Granada which is busy offering culture by the bucket load to small villages which haven't changed for years. The scenery is diverse and of course who can fault tapas - a lovely reward at the end of the day. We will certainly be returning to Southern Spain.

Lesley Scott, January 2017

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