Ronda to Jerez Cycling Holiday

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 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.

Setenil de las Bodegas

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.

Ronda to Jerez Cycling Holiday

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 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.

Setenil de las Bodegas

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

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 to 22 miles/16 to 35 kms

This day is omitted if you have opted for the 5 night trip.

For your first day of cycling you’ll enjoy a short route exploring the beautiful countryside around Ronda. Head for the traditional village of Benaoján, perhaps having a picnic at the Cueva de Gato beauty spot en route. From Benaoján you can either 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 or cycle back to Ronda.

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 brings 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 - end of trip

After breakfast it’s time to check out and head for home or your next adventure.

Bikes

Regular bikes provided are comfortable 24-27 speed hybrid bikes. The bikes come equipped with pannier, lock and a repair kit with pump.

Electric bikes are also available.

We suggest you bring your own helmet for safety and hygiene reasons. Alternatively, helmets are available for rent at the time of booking. Please note that it is compulsory to wear a helmet.

Accommodation

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 San Francisco

Olvera: Hotel Sierra y Cal

Puerta Serrano: Estacion Via Verde

Arcos dea la Frontera: Hotel el Convento

Jerez de la Frontera: Hotel Itaca

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.

Getting there

Fly to Malaga, Jerez or Granada

Research flights from UK airports here.

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