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Spain - Andalucia - White Villages

Spain - Andalucia - White Villages

Degree of difficulty - A/B

This village to village adventure starts in Ronda , one of the oldest and most beautiful cities of Spain.
Situated on an impressive plateau and surrounded by mountains Ronda is famous for its spectacular gorge ‘El Tajo’ the cliffs are spanned by a bridge, a popular place for travellers to admire the breathtaking views. We then move onto Olvera one of Andalucia’s most dramatic ‘pueblos blancos’ which is overlooked by a Moorish castle and stunning church, a perfect location to discover the true delights of rural Spain. Next, you ride along the Via Verde, an old railway line, perfect for cycling, as it rolls through the breathtaking scenery of the Andalucian countryside where we see the historic, cultural and natural delights of the ‘real’ Andalucia.
Midweek brings us to Zahara de la Sierra, a Moorish town which was fiercely fought over by the Moors and Christians.

The prominent Moorish Castle, which can be seen from miles away, towers above this stunning hilltop village which is located at the foot of a beautiful lake. After Zahara your tour takes you to Grazalema, a pretty mountain village, set in the Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park and surrounded on three sides by mountains. Its steep cobbled streets are lined with white whitewashed houses whose window boxes bringing a splash of colour to this lively little village. Finally, we end your tour back in Ronda, where you’ll have the chance to explore this historic town which has established itself as one of the most popular tourist destinations in Spain and has become known for its fine cuisine.
Amongst the many highlights of the trip are; the beautiful Grazalema Natural Park, the beautiful Moorish castle at Zahara, the Peñon Zaframagon, a craggy outcrop which is the home to the largest colony of Griffon Vultures in Andalucia and last but by no means least the stunning Gorge, which splits Ronda in two. Where possible we try to keep to quiet country lanes, however, on one or two occasions we do have to use busier roads for a few kilometres to get you into the villages.

Day 1 Arrive in Ronda. (Malaga Airport).
Fly to Malaga Airport and transfer to Ronda where you will receive your bikes and Tour information pack

Day 2 Benoajan 25km (Total Ascent 550m)
Onto the bikes for your first of many leisurely rides along quiet country lanes, we head towards Montejaque via Benoajan. There is a chance to go for a swim at the freshwater lagoon at the Cueva de Gatos before stopping for lunch at, in my opinion, one of the best restaurants in this area.

Day 3 Grazalema & Zahara 37 km (Total Ascent 595m)
We ride through an enchanting cork tree forest in the Grazalema Natural Park to the beautiful white village of Grazalema, which is surrounded by three sides of mountains. Here you have an opportunity to explore the narrow streets, enjoy the beautiful views back across the route we have taken and sample a few tapas and local hospitality. After lunch its back on the bikes you ride along quiet country lanes that meander there way towards Zahara de la Sierra.

Day 4 Rolling Hills & Haciendas 53km (Total Ascent 660m)
Back on the bikes and we ride through rolling hills passing fields of sunflowers, olive groves and a few local vineyards too visiting Prado del Rey and Puerto Serrano before getting to your next Hotel a traditional Spanish Hacienda where there will be a chance for a dip in the pool & chill out on the terrace with a glass or two of Sangria and your favourite book before dinner.

Day 5 Via Verde 52 km (Total Ascent 1200m)
Following breakfast, you ride along the ‘Via Verde de la Sierra’ which meanders from Puerto Serrano to Olvera. Along the route, we pass through a variety of landscapes from farmland to a mountain region. Water is a common element of the landscape as the route follows the path of the two rivers of Guadalete & Guadalporcun, therefore the Mediterranean vegetation is lush. Riding along this old railway track you pass over several viaducts, the most impressive being at Coripe, and through 30 tunnels the longest of which is 990metres. Refreshments stops can be made in Olvera before riding onto Setenil.

Day 6 Ronda La Vieja 32km (Total Ascent 850m)
You’ll ride back to Ronda via the Roman Amphitheatre at Ronda La Vieja along the old ‘travellers route’. From the Amphitheatre, you can enjoy stunning views across towards Grazalema. A short days ride gives you plenty of opportunities to relax and unwind at the end of your trip.

Day 7 Rest Day
A rest day in Ronda to explore the historic old town, the Arabic baths, city wall and many museums. Or time for some retail therapy and an opportunity to indulge, after your week long white village tour.
If you prefer we can add additional days riding to another of our favourite restaurants in this area.
This rest day can be taken at the start or end of your trip. The rest day is not a compulsory element of the White Village Tour and can be left out if you wish. Please ensure you opt out of the rest day upon booking this trip if it is not required.

Day 8 Tour End.
Tour is finished after breakfast and check out.

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

2019 SELF LEAD TOUR PRICE
€925 per person sharing
€1125 for single occupancy

eBike rental supplement +€200

Malaga transfer to start €100 (per 2 people)

Tour Includes

- 7 nights accommodation
- All breakfasts  
- hybrid bike hire
- daily luggage transfer, 
- Route Information pack
- maps and daily route description

Self Guided Tour Information

Group tours are not available on this route.

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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).

To get to the start point in Malaga: 

We suggest flying to Malaga airport 

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).

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