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Spain - Andalusia - Coastal Explorer

Spain - Andalusia - Coastal Explorer

Degree of difficulty - B

A great opportunity to see the famous white village of Andalusia up close.  Roll with us through Southern Spain's finest countryside as we integrate beautiful National Parks, remote white villages and rides along the beaches of the Costa del Luz (coast of light). From Bandit hide-a-ways to Pirate coves and the battle of Trafalgar site - this is an exciting part of the world still very undiscovered - offering one of the finest blends of cycle touring in all of Europe.

The Coastal Explorer takes you places others rarely see. Expect five days of completely diverse riding over some of Andalucia's most historic and culturally varied routes. Highlights of the tour include exploring the White Villages, National Parks, vineyards, scenic coastal roads and classic routes of the Torro (bull) and Sherry. Charming hotels and tasty authentic food en route add to the experience. Riding is a combination of quiet back roads and stunning parkways. Andalucia is a hilly region yet we have done our best to guide you through the most beautiful areas without shattering you on the climbs! The seaside riding days and views to the African continent are especially rewarding...

You can sample the variations in local cuisine, taste the wines and Sherries, perhaps visit a Feria (Fiesta) and act spontaneously should an interesting event occur! Your trip leader offers a free nightly interpretive tour at each destination to ensure you get the most from your experience.

We offer this as guided tour
For more details please have a look at the tour dossiers

DAY 1
(Collection 1600 hours / Malaga Airport Terminal 3 Arrivals / at Tourist Information office where you´ll be met by your guide.
Pick up Malaga Airport / 1 ¼ hour shuttle to our first night in Casares - a beautiful Moorish village steeped in history and charm with fine views to the Med and Africa.  Here your leader will walk you on a short tour through the village’s narrow lanes to the castle followed by an orientation chat and a welcome group dinner. You will stay in Hotel Casares.

DAY 2 Casares to Jimena de la Frontera 41 km
A gentle start to our week as we pass through orange and avocado groves of the Guadiaro River then along the meandering lanes that border one of the Med’s most important National Parks, the Alcornocales. Easy, quiet country roads in lush surroundings with thousands of years history. This afternoon you can walk to the Moorish Castle, along the river or relax around the rooftop pool at your fabulous hotel where you will spend the night. Level: Easy to Moderate – Gravel section 5 km

DAY 3 Jimena to Alcala de las Gazules 53km
Cycle the charming Jimena to Alcala parkway through the stunning Alcornocales National Park blessed with cork forests, lush river valleys and glimpses of wildlife such as wild boar, deer, lynx vultures and eagles. Quiet tarmac roads with breathtaking scenery on route! A fantastic day for nature that finishes in the historic Moorish stronghold of Alcala de las Gazules village. Level: Moderate – Challenging with some extended climbs (this is the most difficult day)

DAY 4 Alcala to Conil (coast) 58 km
Today´s journey rolls through the pretty, open landscapes, vineyards and traditional bullfighting tierra across open valleys and meadows adorned with wildflowers, natural herbs, cork, almond and olives and a wide array of birds. Nearing the Atlantic coast, you encounter the enchanting medieval center of Vejer de la Frontera, a former Moorish Kingdom set in a stunning cliff top setting with a splendid historic quarter. Soon after, arrive to Conil (beachside), for 2 nights in a 4 star hotel. Level: Moderate with some hill passes – including optional climb to Vejer village

DAY 5 REST DAY – Conil
Your Rest Day offers a wide range of experiences. In Conil you can relax, swim at the hotel or do a little sightseeing - sampling the local tapas and vino in one of many bars in Conil´s historic quarter. Alternatively, visit a sherry bodega, stroll the endless beaches or see the famous equestrian show in Jerez (home of Flamenco). Cadiz and Seville cities are a short bus ride away and well worth the visit. Or, if you wish to pedal more, head up to Vejer (approx 16 km each way), or ride the forested paths around Conil itself. 

DAY 6 Conil to Zahara de Las Atunes 40 km
Today is a charming coastal ride following a network of beach roads, pine forests and inspiring natural parklands. First stopping at Canos de Meca where in 1805 Lord Nelson’s navy fleet defeated the French and Spanish in the Battle of Trafalgar before moving onto the Pirate backwaters of Barbate where General Franco regularly sought refuge from the rigors of his own Dictatorship. After a short walk to the watch tower or a swim on a quiet beach, take a coastal lunch of sardinas and a cold cerveza and arrive to the beach side resort of Zahara de las Atunes by mid afternoon. Be sure to take a swim in the pool before enjoying an Atlantic sunset and vistas of the African continent. Level: Moderate to easy – rolling with some climbs and flat coastal road to finish

DAY 7 Zahara de las Atunes to Tarifa 45 km
From Zahara we ride the colourful beach paths and forested coves to Bolonia where you visit a magnificent Roman site before carrying on through magnificant landscapes and dunes leading to Tarifa – the most southerly point of continental Europe and the gateway to Africa. Tarifa is like nowhere else in Europe. It blends Moorish African culture with a thriving adventure industry centred on surf and wind sports. The old quarter with its Guzman Castle, ramparts and labyrinth of small courtyards is just exquisite – not to mention the wide range of great tapas bars and cafes on hand! It is also the main corridor for migratory birds between Africa and Europe and offers insight into flora and fauna that is unique to the entire continent. The vibe here is tremendous and it leaves a very fond impression of Spain. Level: Moderate - rolling and undulating countryside with many flat areas to coast and an optional valley ride of 1.5 hours to extend your experience before arriving to Tarifa itself.

DAY 8 DEPARTURE
See dossier for onward travel recommendations from Tarifa.

For more details please have a look at the tour dossier.

ANDALUSIA GROUP 2017
€1295 per person sharing
€1445 for single occupancy
(if travelling on your own, we will endeavour to find a room mate for you)

Tour Includes

- 7 nights accommodation in  hotels
- 3 dinners incl in the group tour
- 2 dinners incl in the self guided trip
- 21 speed tour bike with pannier bag
- Return transfers to/from Malaga
- Guide in support van   (guided tour only)
- Daily baggage transfers
- Daily route details and maps
- Helmet rental and gel seat pads, toe clip options on request

€100 supplement for E-Bike

For groups larger than 14 clients there will be two guides ( one cycling with the group,  the other in the support van ) 

Group tour dates ( Red = booked out / not available, Blue = Limited Availability and Green = available)

2-April,
28-May,
1-October, 13-October,

Self Guided Tour Information

Self guided tours are not available on this route.

Please note – on very rare occasions, our hotels are subject to change depending on availability / group size.  Quality and comfort will not be compromised however.

HOTEL CASARES  - 2 star rural superior
Centrally located in this "very photographed" Moorish white village.  Great views of the Med, Africa, Arabic castle and the entire village from your room & balcony.  Typically Andalucian, this quality hotel has clean, charming facilities and a great atmosphere with unique Moroccan décor. 

HOTEL ANON – Boutique / A converted assortment of Moorish Houses
with a quirky charm that is irresistible.  Expect to be dazzled by the variety of room designs and take time out to enjoy the small rooftop pool and chill zone.  located in the heart of Jimena village, it´s one of the most popular boutique inns of Andalucia.  Free Wifi connection. http://www.hostalanon.com/en/index.html

HOTEL SAN JORGE  - 3 star
A modern, comfy village hotel with spacious rooms right in the centre of Alcala village offering all modern conveniences.  From here we can explore all aspects of the village and sample the local cuisine, sherry and cured hams.  Free Wifi connection.  http://www.hotel-sanjorge.es

CONIL PARK HOTEL – 4 star
A lovely seaside village with fabulous untouched beaches.  Conil Park Hotel is a tastefully designed 4 star sea side resort with swimming pool, garden areas and only minutes walking from both the beaches and Conil´s historic quarter adorned with tapas bars and shops.  Free Wifi connection.  http://www.conilparkhotel.com/index.php?lang=en

HOTEL PORFIRIO – 3 star
A very comfortable and superbly designed hotel with swimming pool, gardens and all modern conveniences located near the beach in this Atlantic coastal town.  Minutes walk to the white sands and ‘chiringuito’ beach bars of the Costa del Luz.  Free Wifi connection. http://www.hotelporfirio.com

(OR pending season we use the sister hotel / 3 star also): http://en.pozodelduque.com

HOTEL ALAMEDA – 2 star
superior rural / Located centrally in Tarifa’s old town, minutes from the bustling fishing and ferry ports and superb beaches.   Built into the Fortress walls of the Guzman Castle, it is central to many tapas bars surrounding pretty open courtyards. Tarifa boasts a vivid day and night atmosphere with a frontier like feel within short range of Africa.  Free Wifi connection. http://www.hostalalameda.com 

How to get to the starting point in Casares: 

We recommend flying to Malaga International Airport. 
We then organise a set transfer to the start point (Casares) approx 1hr 15 mins. 

For more details please have a look at the tour dossier.

As always please contact us in the office for more information (info@cyclingsafaris.com).

The Cycling holiday was great and aided by some fantastic weather. Our guide /mechanic was excellent. The cycle route was ideal, as was the accommodation and food. My bike was very good. We are certainly considering doing another cycling tour to a different country sometime in the near future, thanks.

Bill Lathrop (Andalusian Coastal Explorer 2016

The bike trip was great. Your people in Rhonda were exceptional and the bikes were very good. The accommodations were wonderful. On the the day is rained heavy, we were driven by taxi to the next hotel.

Bill Haring (Andalusian White Villages 2016)

I had a winderful time on the trip and felt it was well organized. The group leader was very helpful in making sure our bikes were comfortable and working properly. Water and snacks were provided when the biking areas did not have shops/cafes. The guide also helped with translating Spainish to English for hotel/restaurants.

Anjali Milano (Coastal Explorer Group 2016)

We really, really enjoyed our bike trip to Spain and absolutely loved our guide. This was our first time in Spain and we will return. The people are open and friendly, the food fantastic and the countryside and different oceans were delightful. 

Kathy M. (Coastal Explorer group 2014)

It was the best ever cycle trip that we’ve done. The route was spectacular. All the hotels we stayed in were so neat – and very clean & comfy. Some of them were hundreds of years old – those were my favorites.

Susan Brown (Coastal Explorer Guided 2012)

I highly recommend anything that Irish Cycling is involved with – it is so nice to travel knowing that you’re so well looked after!

Susan Brown (Coastal Explorer Guided 2012)

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