Ronda to Bay of Cadiz Cycling Holiday
Duration/s5, 6 or 7 nights
Start / FinishRonda / El Puerto de Santa Maria
Distance138 miles/222 kms
Take the route of the ‘white villages’ on this Spanish cycling holiday, starting in the remarkable town of Ronda and heading deep into Andalusia to age-old traditional villages, stunning scenery and wonderful views, with plenty of local culture and cuisine on the way.
The trip starts with two nights in Ronda, so you can make the most of this beautiful town that straddles the deep El Tajo gorge. Then you head west to discover some of the region’s lovely whitewashed villages such as Olvera and Arcos de la Frontera, where the pace of life has changed little in centuries.
Follow old farm roads, quiet lanes and a lovely ‘vias verdes’ cycle path as you make your way west. It’s a region of rocky peaks and secluded valleys, where you’ll pass endless fields of sunflowers as well as sherry and brandy vineyards around Jerez.
This is a trip that’s suitable for regular cyclists who don’t mind taking on a few climbs along the way. Most of the riding is on quiet back roads or on entirely traffic-free paths.
Itinerary & Map
This is a trip that’s suitable for anyone who’s fairly active, and where there are hills these are gentle and pretty easy to tackle. Most of the riding is on very quiet back roads or on entirely traffic-free paths.
Day 1: Arrive Ronda
On arrival in the famous Andalusian town of Ronda make your way to your hotel. After check-in you’re free to relax and explore this remarkable old town which is dramatically positioned across a vertiginous gorge.
Day 2: Ronda roundtrip, 10 miles/16 kms
For your first day of cycling you’ll enjoy a short route exploring the beautiful countryside around Ronda. Head for the traditional village of Benaojan, perhaps having a picnic at the Cueva de Gato beauty spot en route. From Benaojan you can simply hop on the local train back to Ronda for your second night there – make sure you visit the 13th century Arab baths and Spain’s oldest bullring before you leave.
This day is omitted if you have opted for the 5 night trip.
Day 3: Ronda – Olvera area, 22 miles/35 kms
Leaving Ronda behind you’ll cycle north and into the Cadiz mountains where you’ll pick up the ‘white villages’ route. Arrive at Setenil de la Bodegas, where the villagers made their homes, quite literally, in the rock face of the local gorge. Follow the course of the River Trejo where you will eventually see the beautiful ‘white village’ of Olvera in the distance with its Church and 12th century castle.
Day 4: Olvera – Puerto Serrano, 25 miles/40 kms
From Olvera you’ll join the route of the old Jerez-Malaga train line, which was never completed and has now been turned into one of Spain’s fantastic ‘vias verdes’ car-free cycling trails. As it was planned as a railway, the path takes you through almost 30 tunnels, which light up as you enter them. You’ll follow this greenway for just over 20 miles. It runs alongside the River Guadalete for a while before reaching Puerto Serrano, where you’ll spend the night in a ‘rural’ lodge just 2 km outside the town.
Day 5: Puerto Serrano – Arcos de la Frontera, 27 miles/42 kms
Today’s ride takes you on quiet country lanes through rolling, hills to the charming town of Bornos set beside a large lake. It’s a good place to stop for a spot of tapas before making your way onwards to Arcos de la Frontera. A bit of a climb, followed by a stretch of canal-side riding bring you to the village set on a bend of the River Guadalete. Narrow, cobbled streets lead up to the town’s medieval castle, from which the views are simply breathtaking.
Day 6: Arcos de la Frontera – Jerez, 25 miles/40 kms
It’s another day of stunning landscapes today as you leave Arcos and head deeper into the Andalusian countryside. Quiet country roads lead you first to the village of Junta de los Ros and then on to La Barca de la Florida a great little place to stop for lunch. You then have a further 28 kms along slightly busier roads to your hotel in the historic old town of Jerez. Jerez is rightly famous for its sherry, and a visit to an authentic bodega to taste the local drink is highly recommended. If you’ve time you could also visit the Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art to see its legendary horse ‘ballet’.
Day 7: Jerez – Puerto de Santa Maria, 16-32 miles/26-51 kms
Only applicable for those taking the 7 night trip.
Leave Jerez and cycle out into the rural countryside following farmers’ paths through the vineyards that produce the for the area’s sherry and brandy production. This section is reasonably short so you will soon reach Puerto de Santa Maria – your final overnight stop. You can either relax in the village or carry on to complete a circular ride out to the salt flats of the Bay of Cadiz and visit the charming Mediterranean city of Cadiz itself.
Day 8: El Puerto de Santa Maria
After breakfast it’s time to check out and head for home or your next adventure.
Dates & Prices
|2019 Arrival Dates|
|5 Nights||Sunday - Thursday excluding 12-22 April, 1-5 May & 31 August - 02 September|
|6 nights||Daily, excluding 12-22 April, 1-5 May & 31 August - 02 September|
|7 Nights||Daily, excluding 12-22 April, 1-5 May & 31 August - 02 September|
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|Deposit per person||£125|
5, 6 or 7 x Breakfast
Bike with pannier & lock. See practical information
Maps & route information
Helmet (see supplements)
Electric bike with pannier & lock ( see supplements)
Electric bike with pannier & lock, 5 nights (£84)
Electric bike with pannier & lock, 6 nights (£105)
Electric bike with pannier & lock, 7 nights (£126)
The bikes provided on this tour are modern alloy framed hybrid models with 24 speeds and comfortable saddle with upright riding position.
The bike is equipped with a rear pannier, map holder, lock, puncture repair kit and water bottle.
We suggest you bring your own helmet for safety and hygiene reasons. Alternatively, helmets are available to rent at the time of booking. Please note that it is compulsory to wear a helmet.
Below you will find examples of the types of accommodation typically used on this tour. Please note that the hotels we book for you may differ slightly from those described but they will certainly be of a similar standard.
Comfort: Comfortable hotels and rural lodges.
Ronda: Hotel Alavera de los Baños
Olvera: Hotel Sierra y Cal
Puerta Serrano: Estacion Via Verde
Arcos dea la Frontera: Boutique hotel La Casa Grande
Jerez de la Frontera: Hotel Itaca
El Puerta de Santa Maria: Hotel los Cantaros
Local taxes: Some hotels have started to charge a local/tourist tax. These taxes are not included in the sale price of the tour and must be paid directly by you at check-in or checkout at the hotels. The fee varies and is frequently changing but as a guide, you may be asked to pay between €1-€4 per person per night.
Fly to Malaga, Jerez or Granada
- Date - 16/06/2016
- Name - Maree & Ed
- Service rating - 5.0
- Service comment - We had promt responses to enquiries, and friendly informative interaction via phone.
- Product rating - 4.0
- Product comment - We enjoyed many many aspects of the ride especially the back roads through the sunflowers, poppies and grapevines. And the Via Verde of course. The accomodation was all good, especially in Ronda. The heatwave coincided with our week so it was challenging by the afternoon on the long asphalt hills. As for the hills we were unprepared for how many and how intense they were. Comparing to the "leisurely" rides (1out of 5 fitness)we've done over a week in Germany, Ronda to Cadiz would be a good 3 out of 5 fitness. We are pretty fit 54yo with some mountain bike skills, but at times it was a challenge we didn't expect in a leisurely ride. Maybe these skills could be mentioned in advertising this ride. We do have other friends our age, who do mt biking, and are keen to put our Ronda to Cadiz ride on their todo list. Enjoyable.
- Flexitreks response - Hi Maree, Many thanks for useful review and the lovely photos! Following your comments and a subsequent conversation with our local supplier we have amended the grade of this tour to leisurely to moderate.
- Date - 01/04/2016
- Name - Roger
- Service rating - 4.0
- Service comment - Took care with travel plans
- Product rating - 5.0
- Product comment - Good 'easy to moderate' (for occasional cyclists) trip with beautiful Spanish villages along the way
- Flexitreks response - Many thanks for the feedback Roger.We're so glad you enjoyed your cycling holiday in Andalusia.