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Andalucia Self-Guided Bike Tour

A journey through the dramatic landscape of Ronda

If you’ve dreamed of cycling in Spain, you’ve dreamed of Andalucia. This is quintessential Spain, with limestone peaks, white villages, spectacular riding, and breathtaking views. It is exquisite tapas, rich olive oils, classic wines, warm hospitality, and passionate music. This Andalucia is the birthplace of Spanish romance, where flamenco and a vibrant history combine to create a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Picasso called this place his home. You'll call it amazing. Ernest Hemingway was enchanted with this region of Spain. You, too, will fall under its spell. With one, hand-picked hotel on this Andalucia self-guided bike tour, you get more time relaxing and less time packing. Discover the charm of southern Spain for yourself with the freedom and independence that only a self-guided bike tour can provide.Learn more about Self-Guided trips and if they're right for you »
From:
$2199 Per Person
Duration:
6 Days & 5 Nights
Rider Type: ?
3 / 4 - Active / Avid Non-riders Welcome
Hotel Style: ?
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Trip Wows
Explore the white-washed villages spread across the Andalucian countryside
Discover the limestone formations and unspoiled, forested terrain of the Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park
Unwind and relax at your 4-star hotel for the duration of your stay, enjoying stunning views of the Serraía de Ronda from its terrace
Take a relaxed walking tour of Andalucia's gem of Ronda and learn about its rich Roman and Moorish history
Enjoy an authentic flamenco guitar performance in a traditional tablao of Ronda
A very well-conceived trip with fun routes, excellent food, and interesting side tours. We felt Trek was fully behind us whilst enjoying the freedom of self-guidance. And the Trek bikes inspired confidence!
-John, Trek Travel Guest

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Welcome to Andalucia and your self-guided biking trip! A 90-minute shuttle whisks you from the capital city of Sevilla to a quiet town called El Gastor, known as the "Balcony of the White Villages" due to the magnificent views over the other little villages from its two mountain peaks El Algarín and Las Grajas. Feel free to wear your street clothes but bring along your cycling clothes and anything you will need for the day’s ride like personal pedals, saddles, GPS units, etc. You may bring along a daybag for the first portion of the day, as your guide can drop this off for you at the hotel after lunch. Enjoy lunch at a local café in the charming town of El Gastor, famous for its olive groves, which produce fine olives and olive oil. After lunch you may change into your cycling gear, and your guide will fit you to your bike, making sure you are well prepared for the week ahead. Then you are off on your first cycling adventure through the Spanish rolling hills with views of unspoiled rocky mountains. After taking things your own pace, finish your ride at the hotel Reina Victoria in the fascinating town of Ronda, your home for the week! Unwind and relax with an aperitif by the pool before savoring your first delicious dinner at the hotel's restaurant.

Today's Ride:

El Gastor to Ronda
Approximately 18 miles with 2,200 feet of climbing

Hotel:

Hotel Catalonia Reina Victoria

Included Meals:

Lunch | Dinner

Don’t forget your camera today! Today’s ride is a scenic but challenging route through the Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park. If you’re up for a challenge and want to add some spice to your ride, tackle the Puerto de las Palomas, a well-known climb among the riders of the Vuelta de España, which offers spectacular views on the sweeping descent to the lake. Whatever option you choose, your destination is Grazalema, another delightful "pueblo blanco" nestled amongst the beautiful mountains of the Sierra de Grazalema. Here, explore charming cafes and bistros for lunch and try the locally produced organic Payoyo goats’ cheese before a mellow rolling ride through a forest of oak and cork trees back to Ronda. This evening you will be treated with a private walking tour of Ronda. You’ll discover the “Puente Nuevo” – the new bridge – that was completed in 1793 and offers a breathtaking view over the El Tajo gorge before you wind your way through the old city of Ronda that served as an important historical location in Islam when it was filled with mosques and palaces. Now the cobbled streets are lined with handsome mansions and some are still occupied by Ronda's titled families. Dinner is yours to discover in the winding streets of Ronda equipped with a list of our favorite bistros from around the city.

Today's Ride:

Ronda to Grazalema Loop
Approximately 47 miles with 4,800 feet of climbing

Avid Ride Option:

Ronda to Grazalema with Puerto Las Palomas Loop
Approximately 58 miles with 6,800 feet of climbing

Today's Activity:

Ronda Guided Walking Tour

Hotel:

Hotel Catalonia Reina Victoria

Included Meals:

Breakfast

After a bountiful breakfast, take your bike and decide if you want to explore more picturesque whitewashed villages in the Andalucian countryside or opt for a more challenging ride in the heart of the Grazalema Natural Park. Whatever route you choose, it is going to be an incredible experience! The regular route starts with a climb up the windy pass called "Puerto del Viento", home of the very rare Egyptian griffin vulture. Enjoy a sweeping descent to El Burgo, a town that sits on the very edge of the Sierra de las Nieves Natural Park, a protected area full of huge limestone mountains, wildlife, and remote rocky vistas. Stop and have coffee with the locals in the main plaza of this sleepy village, then continue your loop surrounded by open farmlands and large olive orchards back to Ronda. The longer option leads you into the heart of the Sierra de Grazalema, a vast protected area of rugged limestone mountains characterized by a unique microclimate where a wide range of flora flourishes. Cycle through authentic rural Andalucia and take in the charm of discrete, hidden towns like Ubrique. The efforts will be rewarded by magnificent views of the rocky mountains. Tonight, treat yourself with some downtime around the pool before enjoying dinner of your choice in town or at the hotel.

Today's Ride:

Ronda to El Burgo to Serrato Loop
Approximately 49 miles with 5,000 feet of climbing

Avid Ride Option:

Ronda to Ubrique Loop
Approximately 65 miles with 6,800 feet of climbing

Hotel:

Hotel Catalonia Reina Victoria

Included Meals:

Breakfast

You've never seen anything like today’s itinerary! Cycle past the ruins of the old town of Ronda in Acinipo and see the Roman amphitheater and archaeological remains of Ronda "la Vieja." Ride through country roads among olive trees into the hills of the Sierra de las Salinas towards the unique town of Setenil de las Bodegas, a white village famous for its “cave houses” set into the eroded limestone walls of the River Trejo. Over thousands of years, the river has carved out large overhanging rocks that have provided human shelter for centuries. If you go inside many of the bars and shops you can see how the limestone forms the roof and walls. Explore its maze-like alleys and climb up a hundred steps to the viewpoint to appreciate the stunning views. If you feel like a challenge, extend your ride toward the hilltop town of Olvera before heading to Setenil to enjoy some gourmet tapas paired with the local wine varietals. Afterward, ride back to the hotel and enjoy some relaxing time in the hotel spa. Tonight, enjoy a Flamenco guitar show performed by Paco in a traditional tablao of Ronda and afterward find a restaurant of your leisure in town, armed with a list of our guides' favourite places!

Today's Ride:

Ronda to Setenil via Acinipo Loop
Approximately 29 miles with 3,100 feet of climbing

Avid Ride Option:

Ronda to Setenil via Acinipo with Olvera Loop
Approximately 47 miles with 5,300 feet of climbing

Today's Activity:

Flamenco Guitar Show

Hotel:

Hotel Catalonia Reina Victoria

Included Meals:

Breakfast

Pedal along quiet windy roads to the unique blue adventure town also known as the Smurf village of Júzcar, the only one of its kind. Back in 2011, the village was picked to promote the launch of the first Smurf movie as it apparently resembled the imaginary one in the film, but, of course, it needed to be blue. The villagers agreed to the temporary repainting and then discovered a huge leap in tourist visitors, which brought much-needed income to this very isolated village, so this traditional white village changed its color to blue, transforming Júzcar into something much more unique! If you feel like adding more climbing, choose the avid option through Jimera de Libar, a quiet village overlooked by the imposing peak of Mount Palo. Tonight, celebrate with drinks on the hotel terrace overlooking the Serraía de Ronda toasting to an incredible week of riding through the dramatic sceneries of Andalucía!

Today's Ride:

Ronda to Júzcar Loop
Approximately 30 miles with 3,900 feet of climbing

Avid Ride Option:

Ronda to Jimera de Líbar to Júzcar Loop
Approximately 52 miles with 7,000 feet of climbing

Hotel:

Hotel Catalonia Reina Victoria

Included Meals:

Breakfast

Before the end of your self-guided bike tour, choose to relax at the hotel, walk into town at your leisure, or spin across the Puente Nuevo and down past the old part of town for one last bucolic ride and nice climb in Andalucia. Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before saying “hasta luego” to this fascinating land. A Trek Travel guide will meet you at the hotel at 11:00 AM to take your bike and say farewell before you board on a private shuttle to Sevilla to conclude your Spanish journey.

Today's Ride:

Ronda to Puerto del Viento return
Approximately 17 miles with 1,400 feet of climbing

Included Meals:

Breakfast

Hotels

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Hotel Catalonia Reina Victoria

Ronda, Spain

The town of Ronda is a highlight in Andalucía, seeped in Moorish and Spanish history. It is dramatically situated on both sides of the El Tajo gorge, connected by an 18th-century bridge spanning the chasm. Newly renovated, your hotel is centrally located in Ronda, yet feels like a tranquil rural property. It is surrounded by pine forest and large gardens and sits on the precipice of the valley, affording stunning views of the countryside below. While here, make use of their beautiful terrace or take a dip in the pool after the day's ride.

What's Included

For us, the details matter most

Every moment of a Trek Travel bike trip has more than you could have ever dreamed. More romance. More scenery. More choice. It's the little additions to every Trek Travel cycling vacation that make it truly special. And that's how we help you create more memories.

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Trek Domane SL 7 Disc

It isn’t the cycling vacation of a lifetime unless you have the industry’s best bike to match. In 2019, we upgraded our fleet to feature the award-winning Domane SL 7 with Shimano Ultegra Disc brakes. Because when you combine the lightweight stability and comfort of the Domane with the superior safety and stopping power of disc brakes, you get a match made in cycling heaven. And the best part? It’s included in the trip price. Ride confidently, comfortably and longer in the most beautiful destinations around the world with the new Domane SL 7. Learn More

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Trek Electric-Assist Verve+

With its Low-Step frame design, hopping on and off the Trek Verve+ is super easy. The front suspension will take the edge off any bumps in the road and the Bosch system will keep you smiling from ear to ear. The integrated battery keeps this bike looking sleek as you pedal through amazing terrain. Learn More

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • Five nights of accommodation at one handpicked hotel
  • Daily breakfast
  • One Lunch
  • One Dinner
  • Ride a Trek Domane SL 7 disc or Trek Electric-Assist Verve+
  • Up to three daily route options on riding days
  • Trek Travel Bontrager cycling jersey to keep
  • A Trek Travel water bottle to keep
  • Each bike is equipped with a Garmin Edge 1030 GPS computer, flat pack, front and rear Bontrager Flare R lights, a Bontrager saddle, and pedals (Shimano clipless road pedals, Shimano clipless mountain pedals, caged, or flat pedals)
  • Bontrager WaveCel helmets
  • Transfers by private shuttle on the first and last day of the trip
  • All luggage transfers and transportation during your trip
  • A carrying case complete with a bike lock, flat kit, frame pump, all necessary accessories and chargers, spare parts, and tools
  • Nutrition bars and electrolyte tablets
  • Personal bike fit by a certified guide
  • Ride With GPS app on your phone to access your daily routes and get all the information you need to travel unsupported
  • Optional daily phone or video call with the guide to prep you for the next day’s adventure
  • Recommended restaurant options in each town
  • Support on the ground in case of emergency

GEAR

  • Trek Domane SL 7 disc carbon road bike with Shimano Di2 electronic shifting or Trek Electric-Assist Verve+, available in a limited quantity
  • Trek Travel Bontrager cycling jersey to keep
  • A Trek Travel water bottle to keep
  • Shimano clipless road pedals, Shimano clipless mountain pedals, caged, or flat pedals
  • Bontrager WaveCel helmet
  • Bontrager men's and women's specific saddles
  • Bontrager front and rear Flare R lights and a flat pack
  • Garmin Edge 1030 GPS computer
  • Upgrade your bike to include carbon wheels (+$200)
  • Coupon valued up to $500 off a new Trek Bicycle. Your coupon will be delivered via email prior to your trip.
  • For the most comfortable ride, you may choose to bring your own pedals, saddle, and helmet on the trip. Your guides will install your gear on the first day during your bike fit.

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

Gratuities for your Trek Travel guide are not included in your trip price. We recommend tipping 7.5-10% of your trip price, preferably in the local currency. Please tip your guide at your discretion, based on his/her level of professionalism, guest care, and service.
  • Airfare and transportation to and from the trip pick-up/drop-off locations
  • Lodging before and after the trip
  • Personal items purchased during the trip
  • Optional activities not scheduled by Trek Travel
  • While we provide daily breakfast, one lunch, and one dinner, other meals are not included. On self-guided trips, Trek Travel provides restaurant recommendations and invites you to explore the local cuisine at your leisure.

More Information

Rider Level: 3/4 - Active/Avid?

AVERAGE DAILY MILEAGE:
31 miles
TOTAL MILES:
190 miles
AVERAGE DAILY ELEVATION:
3,445 feet
TOTAL ELEVATION:
20,673 feet
TERRAIN: HILLY
The terrain is varied with some mountainous areas and occasional steep climbs. Flat roads are rare and hills are frequent and dramatic: some days they are short, while others include sustained climbing. Grades average 7% with some steeper sections. Andalucia is best suited for our type 3 riders and type 4+ riders will enjoy the extra mileage the avid route options offer. For level 2 riders we recommend the use of our electric bikes to tackle the climbs alongside the stronger riders and enjoy the rides.
NON-RIDING ACTIVITIES:
There are a variety of non-riding options on this trip for riders who want to take the afternoon off or travel companions who want to spend little or no time in the saddle. Some of these options may need to be scheduled before your trip–please contact one of our Trip Consultants for more information. Except as specified in the itinerary, expenses and transportation to these activities are not included in the trip price. Some non-riding options on this trip are:
  • Enjoy a walking tour of historic Ronda and learn about the Roman and Moorish history
  • Take in a Flamenco guitar show
  • Enjoy gourmet lunch and tapas
  • Enjoy the hotel spa and pool
  • Hike in the numerous trails in Ronda
  • Wine and olive oil tastings

See itinerary for specific daily ride distances and elevation options. On all of our vacations, Trek Travel strives to find quiet, paved secondary roads or bike paths to experience a region; busy roads are avoided as much as possible. Our itineraries are an approximation of our trips. Trek Travel strives to offer every guest a vacation of a lifetime on every trip. At times routes, hotels, activities, etc. listed here may change at the discretion of the trip designer or guides to improve the trip experience.

Averages and totals are calculated from our "Today's Ride" options.

Travel Details

How to Get There

FLY INTO:
Sevilla (SVQ)
MEETING TIME:
11:00 AM
MEETING LOCATION:
Sevilla Santa Justa Train Station, Sevilla, Spain

Say Farewell

FLY OUT OF:
Sevilla (SVQ)
DEPARTING TIME:
12:30 PM
DEPARTING LOCATION:
Sevilla Santa Justa Train Station, Sevilla, Spain

Arriving

We suggest that you arrive at least one day prior to the trip start, which will enable you to adjust to the time zone and minimize the risk of missing the trip start due to flight-related delays.

We recommend that you fly into Sevilla (SVQ) and then take a taxi or the public bus outside the arrivals level to transfer to the center of Sevilla.

A private shuttle will pick you up at at the Sevilla Santa Justa Train Station (41007, Calle Joaquin Morales y Torres, 41003 Sevilla, Spain) at 11:00 AM on the first day of the trip. Please be sure to have your first day's cycling clothing and all necessary cycling gear with you for the day and separate from your luggage. You may wear your street clothes if you like because next you will shuttle approximately 1.5 hours to a town called El Gastor, where you'll have lunch with your Trek Travel guide at a local café. After lunch you may change into your cycling gear and get a personalized bike fitting to ensure your comfort on the bike for the week. After a brief orientation and safety talk, saddle up to begin the day's ride to Ronda. Your guide will drop off your daybag at the hotel for you.

If you will be late for the pick-up or are going to miss it altogether, please inform your guide. You will receive an email a week before the trip starts with his or her name and contact details. If you cannot reach them, please call your hotel, Hotel Catalonia Reina Victoria (+34 952 87 12 40) and leave a message with your expected arrival time and contact details. A taxi from Sevilla to your ride start or first hotel will take about 1.5 hours and will cost around 200 euros.

View our pre hotel recommendations

Leaving

A Trek Travel guide will meet you at the Hotel Catalonia Reina Victoria at 11:00 AM to take your bike and equipment. You’ll depart by private shuttle for Sevilla Santa Justa Station arriving at approximately 12:30 PM. Please allow adequate connection time for any ongoing travel to accommodate possible traffic delays.

We recommend that you fly out of Sevilla (SVQ).

View our post hotel recommendations

Planning For Your Trip

Packing and Weather

The springtime brings pleasant temperatures in the daytime (60F-80F) from March to May with cool evening temperatures dropping after sunset by 15-20 degrees. From September on, temperatures average from 60F-80F. Outside of the summer months, rain is always a possibility. Warm layers and rain gear for biking and also for evenings in town are always recommended. Packing List

Before and After Your Trip

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Before: Granada, Spain

Arrive early to explore the vibrant city of Granada. Filled with great restaurants and bars, it is also most famous for the Alhambra citadel, an impressive Moorish fortress with grand archways and delicate ornamental mosaics. Wander through this enchanting city and step backward in time as you explore the cobblestone streets to discover Islamic architecture, monumental churches, and a feast of Spanish tapas bars nestled among Arab-style street life. Consider using Granada as a hub from which to take day trips to Málaga, Gibraltar, nearby coastal towns, and perhaps even Morocco. We recommend the following accommodations for your pre-trip hotel:

after

After: Sevilla, Spain

The capital of Andalucia is beautiful Sevilla, a thriving city full of historical significance and modern life. The grand Seville Cathedral and the exquisite Real Alcázar Palace are not to be missed. Visit the Museo del Baile Flamenco to learn the history of this gorgeous and popular music and dance. Enjoy an endless choice of tapas bars, making sure to hit the Santa Cruz and Alfalfa neighborhoods. Be sure to take a stroll along the top of the Parasol Metropol at sunset, a contemporary sculptural building within the old city where you can take in the views from above as well as seeing archaeological finds below. We recommend the following accommodations for your post-trip hotel:

Why Trek Travel

Our Bikes

Our unrivaled selection of Trek Bikes sets the bar for quality and comfort. From the all-new, ultra smooth Trek Domane SL 7, to the new Trek Electric-Assist XM700+ and the comfortable Trek 7.6 FX Hybrid, to our numerous upgrade options, you deserve the best ride on your vacation.

Our Guides

Our guides are trained to make your trip magical. They aren't just experts in riding; they're trained in delivering uncompromising service in ways you won't believe. We know that it's the unexpected surprises that make a trip magical. That's why our guides pride themselves on anticipating your needs before you ask.

Your Day. You Decide.

Our vacations are built to deliver the ultimate in flexibility, from extreme relaxers to hard-core roadies. You pick your mileage, itinerary and experiences. We take care of the rest.

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