Cycling - Self Guided Tour - Ronda to Cadiz
Take a self guided cycling tour through western Andalucia, from the mountains of Ronda and disused railway of the Via Verde de la Sierra, visiting Arcos de la Frontera and Jerez to the Atlantic coast and historic city of Cadiz.
On this tour you will cycle through beautiful and unspoilt countryside, mainly on quiet roads and unsurfaced tracks. The landscape varies from arable fields, vineyards and olive groves, through rolling hills, lakes and finally to the sea. You will pass through charming and traditional white villages, many perched on rocky hillsides. You will see strange cavehouses carved into the rocks, grand Renaissance churches and Arab fortresses. Every day of this week-long cycle tour offers something special.
The cycling on this tour ends in Puerto de Santa Maria, so you do not ride the busy roads and bridge into Cadiz. Instead you will take the ferry across the bay with a full day to explore this ancient port town.
- Setenil de las Bodegas - village of the cavehouses
- Via Verde de la Sierra - disused railway track with tunnels and viaducts
- Arcos de la Frontera - clifftop town
- Jerez - Cathedral, Alcazar and sherry!
- Cadiz - historic seafront city
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What is included
- Route maps & Garmin cycling GPS with preloaded route for each day
- 7 nights accommodation on B&B basis
- Hire of quality 29" wheel mountain bike
- Luggage transfers
- Optional seat-post rear bag and/or handlebar bag for your daily needs (we recommend travelling light)
- Helmet & water bottle
- Bike collection from Sevilla
- We operate locally to Ronda so support is always close at hand if needed
- Helmet (bring you own or use ours - free of charge)
- Padded cycling shorts (essential kit for staying comfortable over a few days' riding)
- Your own saddle if you prefer - let us know if you are bringing one
- Cycling gloves
- Cycling tops or T shirts
- Sports bra (ladies only!)
- Cycling shoes (let us know if you want clip-in pedals) or trainers - firm soles are best.
- Sun cream and after-sun lotion
- Casual clothes, swimwear and footwear
- Health insurance policy document (for UK travellers, a European Health Insurance Card, EHIC, will give you access to reduced cost medical services in Spain but it is not an alternative to travel insurance. It will not cover any private medical healthcare or costs such as mountain rescue, repatriation costs or lost or stolen property. Therefore it is important to have both an EHIC and a valid private travel insurance policy. Some insurers now insist you hold an EHIC and many will waive the excess if you have one. https://www.ehic.org.uk/Internet/startapplication.do
For winter riding
- extra body layers with long sleeves (thin thermal tops are great)
- leggings or cycling tights
- light waterproof/windproof jacket
- neck scarf / snood (great as sweat bands in the summer and for warmth in the winter)
- warm fleece and jacket for the evenings
Will I be fit enough?
Our self-guided tours are designed for leisure cyclists rather than cycling experts or people looking for large daily mileages. There are hills throughout the region which will need to be tackled but we keep daily distances manageable, particularly on days with more hills. On the longest days, take things steadily and ensure you take plenty of refreshment/snack stops and drink lots of water. On the day you cycle to Arcos, save some energy for the final climb up into the town.
Just remember that in summer, higher temperatures can make cycling seem harder so we suggest starting soon after 9am and aiming to finish before 2pm.
Where will you be staying?
Double or twin room with en suite facilities in all locations.
Ronda hotel is normally 4****. In most of the villages you will stay in traditional, family-run Andalucian-style hotels close to the village centre, tapas bars and cafes.
Highlights are the hilltop hacienda near Montellano and hotel in the heart of Arcos de la Frontera.
In summer we prioritise hotels with pools.