Self-guided Andalucia leisure cycling holiday to the regions most beautiful towns. Cycle from Ronda to Seville in stunning scenery, ancient history and culture.
Enjoy a moderate 5-day self guided Andalucia leisure cycling holiday which takes you between two of the regions most famous and beautiful towns. This tour is a feast of stunning scenery, ancient history and Spanish culture.
You begin in Ronda, set dramatically on a cliff above a deep river gorge which divides the town in two. Then head northwards to Sevilla, a city of stunning architecture, great food and the romance and drama of flamenco. Spend one more day on the bikes, exploring the Roman ruins of Italica, just outside the city. Then enjoy a final day exploring Sevilla on foot – the Alcazar Palace complex, Cathedral, Giralda Tower, narrow streets and atmospheric tapas bars.
The route you cycle from Ronda to Seville will take you through beautiful unspoilt countryside and via small white villages which have barely changed in centuries. It follows a section of the ancient Roman Via Serrana route, dotted with castle remains and churches of Santiago.
Itinerary to cycle from Ronda to Seville
Day 1 - Arrive in Ronda. Overnight in 4**** central hotel. Visit the famous Puente Nuevo bridge and the oldest bullring in Spain.
Cycling Day 1 - Ronda to Olvera 35km +461m Cycle past vineyards and olive groves to the 'cavehouse village' of Setenil de las Bodegas for lunch under overhanging limestone cliffs. Cycle on through a limestone gorge and farmland towards Olvera, with its striking skyline of Arab fortress and twin-towered Renaissance church. Overnight in Olvera.
Cycling Day 2 - Olvera to Montellano 38km +823m Ride along a designated cycle way on a disused railway, the Via Verde de las Sierra, with 30 tunnels, 4 viaducts and a vulture colony. Continue into the hills to overnight in a countryside hacienda.
Cycling Day 3 - Montellano to Alcalá de Guadaira 58km +380m Join the Via Serrana, one of many Camino de Santiago which criss-cross Spain, linking isolated municipalities and church sanctuaries. Pass by the ruins of an ancient castillo as you descend to the wide, flat plains which lead to Sevilla. Overnight in a restored 1930's manor on the edge of the Oromano Natural Park.
Cycling Day 4 - Alcalá to Sevilla 24km +152m Quiet riverside paths and a fantastic network of cycleways lead you right to the cathedral at the heart of the city.
Cycling Day 5 - Italica Circular 24km +91m A short, easy ride to just outside the city. Explore the Roman ruins of Italica on foot - a stunning oval amphitheatre, civic buildings, mosaics and scenic views - before cycling back into the city.
Day 7 - Sightseeing in Seville. Enjoy the magnificent city of Sevilla, richly endowed with beautiful and historic sights. The Real Alcazar Moorish palace, Cathedral and Giralda Tower are must-sees. The Plaza Espana is a beautiful arc of stunning buildings around a bridged canal located within the Maria Luisa Park. The Archaeological Museum contains, amongst other artefacts, a number of items removed from the Italica site. For fans of more modern sights, visit the Metropol Parasol (or giant mushrooms), located directly over more Roman remains. Not to mention a myriad of delightful tapas bars, restaurants and shops. You could spend a week in Sevilla and still not exhaust its charms, so your time here is sure to provide a superb finish to your cycling tour.
Day 8 - Depart Seville at the end of the Andalucia leisure cycling holiday