This bicycle tour covers the Andalusian wine regions, surrounded by mountains, beaches, flamenco, bulls and horses. Southern Europe meets the Mediterranean and the Atlantic in an abundantly rich cultural melting pot. The trip ends in Jerez, where you could either travel to Tarifa to cross into Morocco or on to Seville and Granada to continue your trip in Andalusia.
During our biking journey we stay in outstanding accommodation – four and five-star hotels in the bigger cities and smaller, charming hotels in picturesque Andalusian villages – and we sample the finest of traditional Andalusian cuisine with excellent wines.
Our Bike Spain Tours minibus will transport you for half of the journey to arrive at the starting points of each one of the biking stages. We’ll ride the most interesting parts of our journey and for those looking forward to a bit more of a challenge, each day’s stages may be lengthened or shortened (depending on the group’s bicycling skills).
Day 1: Córdoba
Accomodation: Casas de la Juderia
In the morning you will meet your guide at your hotel. We will leave Madrid early in the morning to travel south from the city, making a stop along the way in the land of Don Quijote, La Mancha, to see the ancient windmills made famous by the novel. Alternately, if you would like to explore the quaint streets of Cordoba by day, you have the option to catch the fast train from Madrid in the morning and we will meet you in Cordoba in the evening. That night, we’ll immerse ourselves in Spanish culture with a tapas dinner.
Ten centuries ago, Cordoba was one of the greatest cities in the world and the capital of Muslim Spain. Today Cordoba is well-known for its mosque, the famous Mezquita that we will visit on arrival, and also for many other artistic and architectural treasures. The old Arab and Jewish quarters with their narrow streets offer the visitor a unique experience.
Day 2: Zuheros
Route: 52.4 km
Elevation: +725 m / -618 m
Accomodation: Hacienda Minerva
After breakfast this morning we will transfer by van out of Cordoba to make our way south towards the natural park of the Sierra Subbetica Mountains (45 minutes). This first biking route will make you discover the vineyards of the area to finally arrive to a traditional, family-run country estate in Montilla that has been making wine and olive-oil for many generations. After learning some of the secrets of their trade, we will share a really private lunch in their property with excellent wines. We will then take the van to our next hotel, a beautiful property set in an impressive rural location where you will enjoy fantastic views and a nice pool. Arab baths and massages are also available.
For the most courageous ones, an extra ride of 15 kms is available this afternoon.
Tonight, we will enjoy dinner in the excellent hotel’s restaurant.
Day 3: Ronda
Route: 57.0 km
Elevation: +1042 m / -1204 m
Accomodation: Hotel Reina Victoria
The natural park of the Sierra Subbetica mountain range is home to some of the most beautiful landscape in Andalusia, and we’ll get to see some of it today as we ride to Luque, famous for the imposing ruins of its Moorish castle and to Priego de Cordoba, known for its 17th and 18th century palaces, where we will stop to visit and enjoy the small flowery streets. Today is about enjoying the olive trees and the quiet roads that curve through the mountains as we bike south towards the valley of the river Genil. We will finish our trip in the pleasant town of Iznájar, next to the lake, where we will have lunch.
After lunch, we go by van to the millenary and unique city of Ronda, located in a basin surrounded by mountains and one of the white villages par excellence. We will lodge in a magical place in search of the mountains and we will have dinner in the city.
Day 4: Ronda
Route: 37.2 km
Elevation: +730 m / -639 m
Accomodation: Reina Victoria
After breakfast, we leave the hotel for a spectacular route through the vineyards and olive groves. We will stop at the small town of Setenil de las Bodegas, one of the white villages, famous for its picturesque urban layout, declared Historic Site, whose center is embedded in the pit formed by the Guadalporcún River as it passes through the city.
Our route will end in a winery in the Sierra de Ronda where we will enjoy a visit and tasting some exquisite wines before lunch. The return to the hotel will be done by van although you can also return by bike for those who want to add a few extra kilometers to the route today!
We stay for the second night in this marvelous hotel with stunning views of Ronda’s famous sweeping gorge and tonight you have the opportunity to explore this lively town and eat in one of its many tapas bars on your own.
Day 5: Jerez de la Frontera
Route: 42.4 km
Elevation: +658 m / -1030 m
Accomodation: Villa Jerez
We start cycling from the hotel with spectacular views of the mountains on the descent towards the natural park of Grazalema. Crossing this beautiful area of cork tree forests we continue towards the town of Zahara overlooking the impressive resevoir of Zahara.
After lunch we’ll transfer you to your hotel in Jerez de la Frontera, considered to be one of the most important coastal towns, right in the heart of the most Andalusian area of Jerez and Seville. In fact, Jerez is a city with all the ingredients to immerse ourselves in the Spanish and Andalusian classics, such as flamenco, Sherry wines and the most delicious gastronomy.
Day 6: Jerez de la Frontera
Route: 36.1 km
Elevation: +291 m / -292 m
Accomodation: Villa Jerez
This morning we transfer from the hotel to the beautiful coastal town of Barbate where we begin biking through the natural park of La Breña y Marismas del Barbate surrounded by dramatic pine trees. The ride then follows the coastline north as we make our way back towards Jerez where, if we have time, we can visit one of the town’s most well-known sherry producers.
Tonight we will have our final celebratory dinner with a spectacular flamenco show over an elegant glass of local sherry. What bettter way to say goodbye to Andalusia!
Day 7: Departure
After breakfast, end of the trip.
We recommend you to continue your trip through Andalusia, visiting the cities of Seville and Granada, passing through Tarifa, from where you can even travel to Tangier, in Morocco.
Hotel Casas de la Judería
In a privileged Hotel Las Casas de la Judería just opens up the Jewish Quarter.
This hotel stands right at the opposite the Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos, Royal Mews, the Baths Caliph of the Campo Santo of the Martyrs and the Synagogue, 200 meters Mosque Cathedral of Cordoba and the Cordoba Congress Centre. His rehabilitation as a hotel has been carried out with the utmost respect for history and architecture of the building, resulting in a singular charm hotel with all facilities and services required by the traveler, in an environment of great beauty, to enjoy of peace and tranquility.
This stylish hotel was created out of a country estate dating from the late 19th century, and its original features, including the historic oil mill, have been preserved.
Hotel Reina Victoria
The hotel, totally renovated in 2012, is settled in a unique environment, between a lovely pine forest in the middle of the town, very close to the famous Tajo de Ronda.
Villa Jerez is located just outside the historical city center of Jerez de la Frontera, in a nice and peaceful area.
The hotel, set in two traditional townhouses surrounded by a pleasant garden, offers charming accommodation where you´ll feel welcomed as soon as you walk in. The rooms are beautifully decorated with light colors and all have a specious bathroom. The swimming pool offers refreshment after a long day, whereas more relaxation can be found in the sauna, restaurant or cafeteria.
Please NOTE: Although this tour has been designed for a week’s worth of travel, it can easily be expanded to include towns and areas around Seville and Málaga. If your group would like to explore Andalusia in more depth, please contact us: we’d be delighted to specially design a tour that introduces you to the region’s historical and cultural treasures.