You’ll be met by a local representative at the Malaga Airport and transferred to your first night’s accommodation in the white village of Jimena de la Frontera. After bike fitting or un-packing, should you have brought your own bike, time will be taken to talk you through the week, chat through how to use the info and navigation app, as well as to answer any queries that you may have. Anyone renting will be fitted to their rental bike. You’ll have time to unpack and unwind before heading to town for dinner.
Embark on a self-guided road cycling holiday in Andalucia. This week-long tour explores the captivating pueblos blancos areas, where you'll pedal through rugged Mediterranean landscapes tamed by rich culture and heritage of the region. Highlights include Ronda, Grazalema, and Los Alcornocales Natural Park, riding through olive groves, enjoying traditional cuisine, and exploring charming white towns and villages. Character-filled accommodation, luggage transfers, information and navigation app, and most meals are included, providing an unforgettable experience for cycling enthusiasts looking to embrace the Spanish joy of life.
Set off on your Andalucian adventure after breakfast, heading into Los Alcornocales Natural Park, the largest cork oak forest in Europe. Spot wild boar, deer, griffon vultures, and eagles soaring overhead. Climbing past Picacho and Aljibe peaks, enjoy stunning views towards Jerez. Discover traditional Andalucian roadside eateries called ventas offering delicious local dishes from menu del dia at great prices. Continue on an undulating ridge road through stone pines and cork oaks, catching glimpses of limestone peaks. Rest for the evening in the charming village of Cortes de la Frontera.
Meals: Breakfast and lunch
Cycling: 59 miles / 95 km
Ascent: 5,577 ft / 1,700 m
Fuel up with a lovingly prepared breakfast, then tackle the climb to Gaucin, a medieval village with a 13th-century castle, offering breathtaking views of the sierras. The road from Gaucin winds through the Serrania de Ronda mountains, passing charming Moorish villages. After Atajate’s renowned olive oil, enjoy lunch with a view. The afternoon route showcases stunning mountain scenery and beautiful white villages. Accommodations at Juzcar, a preserved village inn, offer a unique experience—the Smurfs’ hometown in a 2011 film set. Explore the mid-18th century tin factory if you have the energy before dinner.
Meals: Breakfast and lunch
Cycling: 35 miles / 57 km
Ascent: 4,757 ft / 1,450 m
Today you’ll pedal past Los Riscos, marvel at weather-sculpted rock formations, and climb out of the Genal valley. White villages, chestnut trees, and autumn colors surround us. The road winds through shattered limestone mountains and cliffs. Pujerra offers a pretty square for our picnic lunch. Your group will traverse, climb a limestone gorge, and pass wheat fields, pine forests, and craggy mountain sides. Descend through vineyards to beautiful Ronda, a delightful town with medieval lanes, museums, and terraces. Enjoy Moorish architecture, breathtaking views of the Tajo gorge, and Andaluz charm.
Meals: Breakfast and lunch
Cycling: 39 miles / 63 km
Ascent: 3,610 ft / 1,100 m
You’ll head into the heart of Grazalema, one of the most attractive parts of the tour, for an amazing day on the bike. Descend into the Guadiaro river valley, passing the Cueva del Gato cave mouth, then climb up a narrow valley past olive and almond groves. Enjoy a beautiful descent to the Zahara-Gastor reservoir and ride along the waters’ edge to the beautiful hillside village of Zahara de la Sierra. The climb to come is probably the climb of the week, with stunning views of the Green Canyon along the way. After a well-deserved rest at Puerto de las Palomas, you’ll be able to spot Grazalema below Penon Grande and San Cristobal peaks.
Meals: Breakfast and lunch
Cycling: 39 miles / 62 km
Ascent: 5,740 ft / 1,750 m
The final day begins with a climb to Boyar Pass, offering terrific views of the valley and Salto del Cabrero. The descent to El Bosque is exhilarating, passing Benamahoma and the pine-covered Albarracin range. Resting in El Bosque, you’ll continue through rolling farmland to Guadalcacin Reservoir and the pretty village of Algar. Heading northwest, your group will wind along the waters’ edge to Arcos de la Frontera, a dramatic white village perched atop a limestone ridge. The old town, declared a national monument, features cobbled streets leading to Castillo de los Arcos, providing breathtaking views over the town and plain below. Finally, climb to admire the dramatic views of Bornos lake before celebrating with a cerveza!
Meals: Breakfast and lunch
Cycling: 37 miles / 60 km
Ascent: 3,280 ft / 1,000 m
Today you’ll have an early departure from the hotel, but hopefully there’ll be time to enjoy a last café con leche before your journey back to Malaga. Say goodbye to Spain—or continue touring on your own!
What you get on this adventure:
- Local representative and a welcome meeting upon arrival
- 7-day cycling holiday in Andalucia
- Info and a+navigation app and extensive trip notes
- Accommodation in ensuite rooms based on double occupancy (single rooms available for an additional fee)
- Meals as indicated in the itinerary (breakfasts and lunches during riding days)
- Luggage transfers
- Airport transfers on scheduled arrival/departure days (from/to Malaga)
Bike and helmet rentals are available for an added fee of $250.
What’s not included:
- Transportation to and from Malaga
- Accommodation before and after the adventure (if applicable)
- Bike hire (available for an additional fee)
- Dinners (so that you can eat out in typical Spanish restaurants!)
- Any personal expenditure
- Personal clothing and equipment
- Entrance fees to museums and other attractions en route
- Travel insurance — recommended
For this Andalucia self-guided cycling trip, reasonable fitness is essential. Ideal for cyclists who regularly ride on weekends and can comfortably pedal for several hours at a time. You should be at ease with occasional challenging climbs, possessing good bike control and confidence in ascending and descending safely. That said, it should be stipulated that this tour is of moderate difficulty, best suited for those who embrace the social aspect of cycling and love experiencing the culture and cuisine just as much as the actual cycling itself.
Your cycling experience should enable you to cover between 40 and 60 miles (70-90 km) for five consecutive days, conquering daily elevation gains of up to 5,700 ft (1,700 m). The terrain consists of mountain roads and back-lanes with minimal traffic. The roads are generally excellently surfaced with smooth blacktop, except for a slightly rougher section on day two heading into El Colmenar.
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Here’s what you’ll need:
- Comfortable riding or athletic clothing, preferably moisture wicking or synthetic material
- Sneakers or sport shoes
- Breathable outside layer or jacket
- Water bottles or hydration bladder
- Daypack large enough for everything you might need in a day
- Biking gloves are optional but recommended
- Casual clothes to wear when you’re not cycling
- Toiletries (sunscreen, hand sanitizer, bug spray, toilet paper, etc.)
You’ll get a chance to discuss the clothing and personal equipment with the adventure service prior to your Andalucia guided cycling adventure. Even though this adventure doesn’t take place in the summer, day temperatures in Andalucia are usually mild throughout the year and there’s usually very little rainfall. However, you will have to be prepared for various weather conditions.
Straying away from impersonable chain hotels, the accommodation you can expect during this self-guided cycling adventure in Andalucia always comes with a unique touch (and traditional Spanish breakfasts!) You’ll stay at handpicked family-run hotels and guesthouses overflowing with charm and homey atmosphere, usually in small white towns and villages—worlds away from crowded coastal resorts. Lodging is based on double occupancy in en suite rooms, but you can opt for single rooms for an additional fee.
Group sizes and prices:
- The number of people joining depends on the group booking the tour.
- It takes a minimum of 2 participants for this tour to operate.
- The cost does not decrease as the group grows.
Cycling in Andalucia can be arranged for bigger groups. Contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.
Min. age requirements:
- If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.
- If you have a young rider strong enough to handle sustained climbs (either riding or walking their bike) of hundreds of feet then they may be able to participate on a case-by-case basis.
If your group has riders under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.
A $230 deposit to secure your place is due upon booking. The remaining amount is paid 2 months (60 days) prior to departure. Once the trip is confirmed by the guide, the cancellation policy stated below applies.
- If Client cancels the Booking anytime prior to 60 days (balance due date) in advance of the trip contemplated by the booking, the deposit will be forfeited.
- For cancellations thirty (30) to sixty (60) days in advance, Client is entitled to a refund in the amount of fifty percent (50%) of the total amount paid when Booking.
- After that deadline, Client is not entitled to any refund. Any reimbursable expenses arising out of the Booking incurred by Guide prior to the date of cancellation (including but not limited to plane tickets, car rental payments, and lodging or transportation fees) are non-refundable as soon as they are incurred by the Guide.
To get to Malaga, the starting point of the trip, most people fly into Malaga Airport. From there, you will get transferred to your first night’s accommodation in the village of Jimena de la Frontera.
We highly recommend that you cover all your bases with both emergency medical and travel insurance. With medical insurance, if you have an accident or medical emergency on or off the mountain, you’ll avoid paying out of pocket for costly expenses. This covers everything from hospital treatments to emergency air transportation and more.
Travel insurance covers canceled flights, natural disasters and other scenarios that may interrupt your travel plans.
We also expect you to respect local regulations and take measures to protect yourselves, your guides, and the communities you’re traveling to. For more information on travel recommendations and restrictions in Andalucia, please refer to the U.S. Bureau of Consular Affairs’ Travel Information on Spain.
If you need assistance selecting the right insurance for your group, let us know and we will be happy to help!