White Villages Of Al-Andalus
Beginning in Royal Granada with its magnificent Alhambra Palace, ride from the "Last Arabian Frontier", tracing the footsteps of the Caliphs, the Islamic rulers. Enjoy time in traditional white villages set against green backdrops, sample the Spanish tapas treats and enjoy tremendous scenery of national parks, mountains, gorges, lakes and the Mediterranean. Finish your journey in Ronda, Hemmingway´s muse and the perfect ending to a cycle-touring adventure.
The CC Difference
- An Epic A to B Adventure from Granada to Ronda, Designed by Us Cycle tourists for you to explore more of this Thrilling area
- We´ve been Perfecting & Running this route for 9 Years and still Love it.
- Charming hotels, Boutique Inns and 4 Star City Class Hotel
- Stay in CC´s Home Town, say Hi, and tell us how the trip is going!
- Option to navigate by GPS
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- Encounter enchanting White Villages in dramatic settings
- Granada and Ronda, two of Spain´s most beloved towns
- Roman Antequera, her Baroque churches, Neolithic sites and Moorish fort
- Sierra de las Nieves national park vistas, the gigantic El Chorro gorge & the lunar-scape of El Torcal
- Tapas and Rural dishes - Rabbit, Fresh Trout, Sheep or Goat´s Cheese, Seasoned Olives, Egg Plant with local Honey
7 days - Granada / Antequera / Natural Parks / Ronda
See Map under Overview
Arrive in Granada and, if time permits, visit the Alhambra Palace, the most magnificent blend of Arabic ruler´s ingenuity and medieval Christian king´s architectural skill. Spend the afternoon wandering the souk, cathedral, museums and sun soaked plazas. Relax in your 4 star hotel for the night with views of the city and Sierra. Option: For those really keen to get this trip on the road, why not extend your trip here for a day and go up into the Sierra Nevada and have a go at the Pico Veleta, Europe´s highest road?Day 2. Granada to Alhama
Ride out of Granada to the Genil valley, where Washington Irving, Queen Isabella, Christopher Columbus and the Duke of Wellington once trod. Cycle winding hills, past a blue lake and small villages before arriving at one of the more romantic towns, Alhama which for centuries has lured travellers with its thermal waters, gorge and attractive Arab quarter. Option: It is a shame to leave this lovely place so quickly, why not stay awhile and soak in the medieval ambience and go for another ride?
A day of unforgettable vistas awaits you as you climb out to the fertile plain of Zafaraya. Pass through a beautiful U-shaped mountain doorway, the only geographical break in the coastal range before setting your eyes upon the shimmering Mediterranean sea 900 metres below. Spend the night in a small white village with 360 views of the scenic landscape.
Still in the Malaga province, travel through this mountain scenery, enjoying the varried terrain of rocky outcrops and hilltop villages. Take an optional (challenging) mountain ride up to El Torcal, a strange and beautiful wind-sculptured limestone national park. The day ends in the Baroque town of Antequera with her Roman ruins, churches, Arab castle and home to some of Europe´s oldest prehistoric burial grounds. Option: Have the opportunity to upgrade your hotel to a luxurious 5 star 16th century convent (2 night minimum) - please enquire. Option: Why not take an extra day to rest and explore the sights and history of Antequera?
Leaving Antequera, spend the day cycling country roads abundant with the fragrant smells of roadside Rosemary and oranges. Visit one of Spain´s most interesting geographical features, the Garganta del Chorro, an awesome gaping chasm in the mountain. This is also the place of the newly opened "Caminito del Rey" (The King's Walkway) - stop and walk along the high wooden walkway hanging above the gorge for the most incredible views.
Pass by the shimmering Guadalhorce reservoirs before arriving in the traditional village of Ardales. Stay in the historic centre in beautiful lodgings with comfortable amenities, including a roof top plunge pool. Option: For an extra day of cycling, you can take a loop of 50km through the national park to Casarabonela, including the fantastic climb and descent of the Puerto de las Abejas.
Experience bandit territory by riding through the Sierra de las Nieves national park, home to white washed villages and dramatic moutain scenery. Arrive in Ronda, a place Orson Welles loved so much his ashes were spread near here. Snap photos from the staggering viewpoints and the famous Puente Nuevo bridge, immortalized in Hemmingway´s "For whom the Bell Tolls", before taking a welcome rest in your centrally located hotel.
After breakfast, spend the morning visiting romantic Ronda. strolling her winding alleyways, Spain´s first bullring and her landmark bridge straddling the gorge the town perches upon. TIme to say adios and make your onward connections with memories of those sunlit white washed plazas of Al-Andalus. (options to extend trip; extra nights accommodation available at the beginning and end/ airport transfers - please ask).
- Tour Style
- Activity Level
- 6 nights
- 4 Star City Hotel / Beautiful country Inns / Boutique apartment
- All bedrooms en-suite
- The accommodation on this route has been upgraded for 2015 (but not the price!)
- 6 breakfasts - buffet / homecooked
- What's Included
- Luggage delivered to your next hotel (there is an additional fee of 95 Euros per person for this service if only 2 cyclists in the group - No charge for anyone carrying own luggage in provided panniers and racks. 3+ riders is 70 Euros each).
- Welcome meeting and introduction to the route and area
- Emergency support and contact details - we are local
- Tour pack and guide book / maps / route notes *GPS hire option if desired
- Detailed cue sheets including places to stop for lunch and sights to see
- 1 driver will meet and greet in Granada and provide daily luggage transfers. As we are based in Alhama de Granada, we are never far away from offering advice and assistance. Feel free to drop in anytime while here on your 2nd day.
- Extras Not included
- Getting Here
- Guided Option
Discovery / Road Tour - Self Led
Bikes - Hybrid, Road or Ebike
Group Size - 2+
Moderate - distances are a daily average of 55km. Please note this is very hilly countryside with some longer and steeper climbs. It is classed as Moderate as the distances are shorter than those associated with a longer Challenging ride, but be prepared for many ascents.
Good Quality Bike Hire
-TREK Hybrid Bike: 85 Eur
-Orbea Road bike alu frame/ carbon forks: 120 Eur
-TREK Road Bike full carbon frame: 150 Eur
Entrance to Alhambra Palace or museums en-route
Massage treatments in Granada or Alhama / Hot bath experiences
Private one way transfers (up to 4 people with bike boxes ) to /from start point Granada can be arranged. Please enquire for other destinations
Local Transport Links
There is a local bus from Malaga central to Granada several times daily. Granada also has an airport (Federico Garcia Lorca Granada -Jaén) and a RENFE train station to access the city from. Please see Getting Here for more information.
Ronda has both a train station and a good bus system to and from Malaga / Sevilla
This tour is available as a fully supported and guided option if booking with a group of 4 or more. With a van as support, the tour can be custom designed and the daily distances changed. Please contact us for prices and availability.
"Dreams on this trip will include the company of those who have passed these same miles before."
The small hamlets bursting with geranium colours, the peep into village life, the awakening of towns in the mornings, this route gives you a glimpse of southern Spain at its finest.
The tour commences in the bustle of Granada in our 4 Star start, why not begin with a spa bath there in Moorish tradition? You continue on to drink deeply, the sleep that comes with higher altitude in the tranquility of mountain air of Alhama and its array of rustic and real historical 17th century Hospedería, La Seguiriya carved into the ancient rock. Enjoy this traditional setting with gorge views and then into the Axarquíia region with its lemons and orange trees and stay at a family run 3 star hotel only a stone´s throw from the Puerto de Leon pass and Malaga.
In ancient Antequera, rest those weary bones in the centre of this historic city, where the dead sleep in the prehistory dolmens to lovely marble sarcophagus in the many chapels and churches. Next to an elegant Renaissance square and views of the Arab built Alcazar fortress slumber deeply in this former 18th century Manorial Home, before heading into the landscape of 19th century bandits. Or why not treat yourself and stay in a 16th century convent hidden in the olive groves out of town. A marvellous way to celebrate a special trip in style.
Encamp and enjoy Ardales and its most lovely lodgings with a roof top plunge pool. Then finally onwards to Ronda, muse of Hemmingway where your friendly 3 Star hotel could hardly be closer to the world famous gorge, the oldest bull ring in Spain and of course, Andalusian hospitality. There are options to upgrade further this tour´s accommodation in Historic monument hotels in Ronda, Antequera and Granada, so do ask!
Dates & Prices
|Dates||Price In EUR|
|Customise Your Dates - minimum of 2 people - any dates given availability (check for availability)|
|Eur 725||(single supplement Eur 195)|
There is a supplement of Eur 95 each if there are only 2 riders (not charged if you carry your own luggage in rear pannier bags provided!). For 3+ riders the supplement is 70 Eur each
High season supplement Eur 65 (Spanish bank holidays, Easter week and fiestas)
|This tour is available as a fully supported and guided option if booking with a group of 4 or more. With a van as support, the tour can be custom designed and the daily distances changed. Please contact us for prices and availability.|
*Price includes all Spanish local taxes. Single supplements apply (see individual trip details).
Please note we transact in Euros.
Enquire About This Tour
2014 - "On 25 October 2014, we finished the White Villages of Andalusia tour from Granda to Ronda thanks to superp planning, logistics, equipment and support of Maggi and Geoff. They took the time to advise and select a trip that was a good match of our experience and skill level. The weather was ideal and the cycling was very enjoyable and the scenery was outstanding! The climbs were not steep apart from getting to the top of Torcal which was optional...not really(!) We thoroughly enjoyed the trip and would highly recommend Cycling Country if you are looking to organise a cycling holiday.
A. Drom, Cumbria, UK - November 8, 2014
2014 - "Hi Maggi and Jeff - we really enjoyed our tour - definitely some climbs but the scenery was amazing and overall we had wonderful weather - slightly cool in the morning, warm but not too hot during the days, rainshowers in the late afternoons. Even the one day that had several rainstorms was beautiful - we saw a double rainbow that day. Thanks for the GPS routes - that really helped us get into and out of some of the towns. And we loved the information packets - its always fun to know more about the place you are in. Hope you are having fun in Portugal - it was great meeting you!" .
M. Pratt, Portland, Oregon, USA - Sept 28, 2014
2013 - "I just wanted to thank you for a great cycling trip to the White Villages. The scenery was absolutely spectacular, and everyone was extremely friendly. And of course the cycling was super. .... I was very pleased and impressed by your organization and what you provided - well done!" .
G. Spence, Vancouver, Canada - November, 2013
2013 - "Just a final note to thank you so much for a great trip. The route you chose was perfect - no traffic and splendid scenery. The luggage transfer went without a hitch and you even transported me without complaint. All in all, I can't really think of how you could make it better. Many thanks - We will be spreading the word about how great a company you are.".
J. Hyndham, Canada - November 20, 2013
2013 - "Just back from a great self-guided trip of 5 days through the white villages...Maggie and Geoff of Cycling Country did a great job from start to finish, from initial booking through follow up. The bikes were great, the route notes and maps fine (never got lost!), and their preselected hotels were just great. The recommendations for restaurants and sights along the way are most helpful. Went in mid-June so the temps were high--would recommend earlier or later in the year--but an early start each day made the going bearable. This company is a great operation and we highly recommend them." .
R. Vargo, Connecticut, USA - June 20, 2013
Four of us celebrated significant birthdays (50) by cycling the White Villages of Al-Andalus. What a terrific trip through the real Spain, great quiet route, friendly and clean accomodation and terrific food. Geoff and Maggi were outstanding and ever helpful. Route directions great, no wrong turns, no waiting for bags, and all the pieces came together for us without a hitch. Can't wait until the next time. Muchas gracias a Cycling Country par una adventura tan buenissima.
Gerry Cleary, Ireland
Dear Maggi, Jeff and Dean: A brief note of thanks for our terrific adventure in Andalucia. We truly appreciated all your efforts to make the cycling and accommodations first rate. Our cycling pals are quite envious and you may be hearing form them (and us) in future. Best wishes and good luck down the road"
Ron and Cheryl Matthews, Langley, Canada,
Hi Maggi, we are back at work now. Thank you very much for the cycling holiday. The route was wonderful. The information package you gave was very good and we did not get lost. The bikes worked well and we did not have any problems with them. The weather was almost too good. We had a fantastic week in Spain. Thank you very much!"
Suvi, Erkki and Sirpa, Finland