White Villages of Andalucia
- Price from:
- 770 EUR /person
- Payment Types:
- Credit Card
- Travellers cheque
- Wire Transfer
- 8 days
- Location Start:
- Location Finish:
- Start time:
- 10.00 am
- End time:
- 04.00 pm
- We Speak:
- Spanish, English
Last updated: 03/07/2007
Your week's cycling meanders effortlessly through the Andalucian countryside by rivers, lakes, cork forests, the Via Verde and many beautiful white villages that are synonymous with Andalucia.
Claire or myself will collect and transfer you from the airport to our first nights accommodation. Jerez , famous for its sherry and flemenco, is an ideal setting to start your holiday. After a group meeting and bike fitting there will be time for you to explore Jerez experiencing its beautiful architecture and cultural heritage. The evening provides you with the first opportunity to taste the regional specialities in a restaurant or tapa's bar of your choice.
After a late breakfast the adventure begins with a tour around one of the famous sherry Bodegas in Jerez . Then onto the bikes for your first of many leisurely rides along country lanes and dirt tracks as we head towards Arcos de la Frontera. Once we arrive in Arcos there will be plenty of time to relax, unwind and explore the narrow cobbled streets of this stunning cliff top village.
Distance 35km - 22miles
Back on the bikes we head for Bornos alongside a beautiful lake, where we pick up the 'Via Verde de la sierra' as we glide effortlessly over viaducts and through tunnels the countryside around us is rich with vegetation and our route is lined with fields of sunflowers. We arrive at our destination the Estacion de Tren at Puerto Serrano in time for afternoon tea. The Estacion has recently been renovated into a restaurant and Bed & Breakfast and is a perfect location for exploring the surrounding area or chilling out on the terrace with a glass or two of Sangria and your favourite book
Distance 30km - 19miles
Following breakfast we ride along the 'Via Verde de la Sierra' which meanders from Puerto Serrano to Olvera. Along the route we pass through a variety of landscapes from farm land to a mountain region. Water is a common element of the landscape as the route follows the path of the two rivers of Guadalete & Guadalporcun, therefore the Mediteranean vegetation is lush. Riding along this old railway track we pass over several viaducts, the most impressive being at Coripe, and through 30 tunnels the longest of which is 990metres. Refreshments stops can be made at 3 of the 5 railway stations along the route which have been renovated into tourist information centres with cafes/restaurants. In the evening there is time to discover Olvera, with its charming town centre and beautiful hilltop church and castle.
NB: Due to local park restrictions we are not able to give vehicle support on today's ride.
Distance 36km - 23miles
A rest day for a spot of sightseeing in Ronda, famous for its gorge, which divides the old town from the new Ronda is steeped in history with many places of interest to visit. Amongst these are, the House of the Moorish Kings from within which you can walk down inside the cliff to the bottom of the gorge. The Ramparts of Xijara, which the Arabs built to fortify the town; three of the ramparts can still be viewed today. Also, Ronda boasts the oldest and biggest bull ring in Spain where Pedro Romero created the rules of modern bullfighting, Pedro is said to have slain over 6000 bulls. For the more adventurous we can arrange various other activities for your rest day which include horseriding or hiking in the Grazalema Natural Park , Kayaking on the lake at Zahara, Paragliding and Rock Climbing
Transfer hotels to Ronda
Back in the saddle once again, we head off along dirt tracks and quiet country lanes from Ronda to Setenil de la Bodegas. Setenil once a thriving economic centre on the 'Travellers route' between Sevilla and Ronda this picturesque white village is now famous for its cave houses and olive oil. Here we stop for lunch at, in my opinion, one of the best tapa's bars in this area which is set beneath the overhanging rock face inside a cave. In the afternoon we take a leisurely ride to the ancient Roman Ampi-theatre - Acinipo - set above Ronda la Vieja (the old Ronda), before completing our days riding. We finish by descending into a hidden valley to our nights accommodation at a Traditional Spanish Cortijo.
Distance 42km - 26miles
On our final days riding we explore the stunning Grazalema Natural Park cycling through an enchanting cork tree forest to Grazalema, a stunning white village surrounded by three sides of mountains. Here we have an opportunity to explore the narrow streets, enjoy the beautiful views back across the route we have taken and sample a few tapa's and local hospitality. After our stop we head of to the beautiful hill top village of Zahara de la Sierra . Taking a 10km descent to the lake we can see the Moorish castle above Zahara in the distance. A gentle lakeside ride brings us to Zahara where we take time out to discover the delights of this picturesque 'pueblo blanco' (white village) and take in the breathtaking views from the hilltop Moorish Castle. The evening brings our last supper, in a restaurant overlooking the lake with the sun setting behind us, a celebratory meal to end your White Village of Andalucia Tour
Distance 45km - 28miles
Time to pack those bags for the last time before we get on the road for your flights home.
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