This amazing cycling adventure in Spain is a Granada to Ronda bike tour. Marvel at the stunning landscape and experience beautiful villages en-route
This amazing cycling adventure in Spain is a Granada to Ronda bike tour. Marvel at the stunning landscape and experience beautiful villages en-route.
Cycle this Granada to Ronda Self Guided Bike Tour via the beautiful white villages of Andalucía with options to keep going to Grazalema and Jerez. Bike Andalusia’s amazing sights like El Torcal, El Chorro and the Caminito Del Rey’s spectacular vista. Don’t forget to enjoy the tapas en-route!
An Andalusian self-led bike tour with a big landscape that every road cyclist will love it. Spanish cycling at its best.
The Sierra Nevada Mountains rise, at the jewel in the Moorish crown, Granada with its Alhambra Palace. Cycling onward towards the Poniente Granadino, the “Last kingdom of the Moors”, pedal through the mountains into the lovely Axarquia region.
Bike to Ancient Antequera with its Neolithic burial tombs and magnificent Alcázar fortress venturing into quiet inland Spain.
See pretty white washed Ronda, where Brave bullfighters and Modern movie makers met. Circling around its famous bullring, you finish this ride through the centuries. Hemmingway’s muse, Ronda has the perfect story book ending to a cycle-touring adventure.
However, don’t stop and optionally ride onto one the best locations for road cycling, Grazalema, Arcos de la Frontera and of course, the Deep South’s favourite city of Sherry, Jerez de la Frontera. Enjoy biking one of Europe’s most idyllic areas with its rocky climbs, winding descents and panoramic vistas!
Day 1 of your cycling tour in Spain. GRANADA
Explore & Enjoy
Bike to Granada's Alhambra palace
Arrive in Granada and perhaps visit the Alhambra Palace, the most magnificent blend of Arabic ruler’s ingenuity and medieval Christian king’s architectural skill. Relax in your 4 star hotel for the night with views of the city and Sierra.
Crazy about Kilometres? For those really keen to get this trip on the road, why not extend your trip here for a day and go up into the Sierra Nevada and have a go at the Pico Veleta, Europe’s highest road.
DAY 2. GRANADA TO ALHAMA DE GRANADA
Ride : 59 km | Elevation Gain : 949 m
Pedal Granada’s winding hills, lakes and small villages before arriving at one of the more romantic towns, Alhama which for centuries has lured travellers with its thermal waters, gorge and attractive Arab quarter. Take your dinner here at the hotel and enjoy its ambience.
Countryside Romance is your thing? It is a shame to leave this lovely place so quickly, why not stay awhile and soak in the medieval ambience and go for another ride?
Ask us about Extra Days here in our Home town!
DAY 3. ALHAMA TO THE AXARQUIA
Ride : 50 km | Elevation Gain : 812 m
Enjoy this day of unforgettable vistas which await you passing through a beautiful mountain doorway, the only geographical break in the coastal range before setting your eyes upon the shimmering Mediterranean sea 900 metres below.
Relish this micro-climate area and enjoy your dinner here at the hotel and then go for an evening stroll around, taking in the fresh air here.
DAY 4. AXARQUIA TO ANTEQUERA
Ride : 43 km | Elevation Gain : 974 m or 50 km | 1265 m – Extra mileage if wanted : Always More!
Enjoy the rocky windswept terrain and hilltop villages. Take an optional (challenging) mountain ride up to El Torcal Natural Parque, a strange and beautiful wind-sculptured limestone national park. End in Baroque Antequera with her Roman ruins, churches, Arab castle and home to some of Europe’s oldest prehistoric burial grounds which are part of UNESCO Heritage Protection.
Love History? Have the opportunity to upgrade your hotel to a luxurious 5 star 16th century convent (2 night minimum) and take an extra day to explore the sights and history of Antequera.
DAY 5. ANTEQUERA TO ARDALES
Biking in Andalucia, Cycling El Chorro
Ride : 45 km | Elevation Gain : 742 m | Extra mileage if wanted : Always More!
Fragrant smells of roadside rosemary and oranges accompany you on today’s cycle, past one of Spain’s most interesting geographical features, the Garganta del Chorro, an awesome gaping chasm in the mountain. This is also the place of the “Caminito del Rey” (The King’s Walkway) with its towering views. On to quaint Ardales to stay in the historic centre in beautiful lodgings
Love More Miles or Vistas? For an extra day of cycling, you can take a loop of 50 km through the national park to Casarabonela, including the fantastic climb and descent of the Puerto de las Abejas. As well you may wish to also book tickets for the Camino del Rey, a staggering vertigo inducing walk around the great rock face of the El Chorro gorge.
DAY 6. ARDALES TO RONDA
Self led Bike Tour in Andalucia cycling – Puerto de Viento, Ronda
Ride : 47 km | Elevation Gain : 1110 m
Ride through the Sierra de las Nieves national park, home to dramatic mountain scenery and arrive in Ronda, a place Orson Welles loved so much his ashes were spread near here. Snap photos from the staggering viewpoints and the famous Puente Nuevo bridge, immortalized in Hemmingway’s “For whom the Bell Tolls”. A mix of Moorish arches, Modern day memorabilia of Bullfighting & many more lovely squares, plazas and mirador viewpoints to fill the afternoon and evening. There are over 30 galleries, museums & churches to visit so it is a full day indeed!
Love to keep going? Cycle on to lovely Green Grazalema and its stupendous climbs for some more riding in a most beautiful area of white villages and cork forests, including the famous Palomas ascent and on to the original home of sherry, Jerez de la Frontera.
DAY 7. ONWARD TRAVELS (OR START JEREZ BIKING PACKAGE)
REST AND EXPLORE DAY
Bike Tours Cycling Ronda, Andalucia, Spain
After breakfast, spend time visiting romantic Ronda, strolling her winding alleyways, Spain’s first bullring and her landmark bridge straddling the gorge the town perches upon. Time to say adios and make your onward connections via train or bus with memories of those sunlit white washed plazas of Andalusia.
Or continue on deeper into Southern Spain and cycle all the way to Jerez after today’s rest day.
DAY 8. RONDA TO GRAZALEMA
Ride : 50 km | Elevation Gain : 670 m | Extra Mileage if wanted : Loop ride: 37 km / 450 m
Continue on to the playground of cyclists, Grazalema with winding challenging climbs and cork tree forests, it is a beautiful location to explore. Take on the Puerto de Palomas pass, a real favourite amongst cyclists with its winding climb up to the Puerto and lake views behind. Enjoy a fantastic descent into the famed white village of Grazalema to enjoy its awesome views.
DAY 9. GRAZALEMA TO ARCOS DE LA FRONTERA
Ride : 72 km | Elevation Gain : 890 m
This is a superb ride with a tough start out of Grazalema village, but it is a beautiful natural area of lakes and cork forests. Perfect white villages, it is an attractive place for cycle tourists to explore and enjoy its gentile sunny plazas and cafes. Really a cyclist’s playground and one of the top places for biking in Andalucia.
On to Arcos de la Frontera, impressively set on a rocky bluff. It is a marvelous setting, though of course with a climb up to the castle! An enchanting medieval centre to enjoy and take in the view in your highlight hotel, a luxury hotel in a small square, close to all the fantastic tapas bars and restaurants.
DAY 10. ARCOS TO JEREZ DE LA FRONTERA
Ride : 40 km | Elevation Gain : 230 m
Relax with an easier ride through small villages into this original home of sherry and famous for its prancing horses of the Royal Andalucian School of Equestrian Art. A quiet start to the day which of course gets a little busier nearing Jerez.
A wonderful city with its sultry southern Spanish feel, it has a unique Andalucian atmosphere. Full of flamenco traditions, it is a fitting place to celebrate the end of your cycling adventure through the White Villages
Day 11. ONWARD TRAVELS
It may be early, but there is time to fit in a visit to the Equestrian school or even a world famous sherry bodega before you leave this dynamic city.
Happy onward travels from here!