GRANADA, AXARQUIA, ANTEQUERA, ARDALES, RONDA
7 Days/6 Nights, Self-Guided
3 & 4 Star Hotels & Country Inns
Cycle the beautiful white villages of Andalucía from royal Granada and her Alhambra Palace to Hemmingway’s love, Ronda with options to keep on to Grazalema. Bike to El Torcal, El Chorro and the Caminito Del Rey's spectacular sites and then ride past sparkling lakes and gorges, not forgetting to enjoy the tapas en-route!
Here is a bike tour with a big landscape and every avid reader, road cyclist and historian will love it.
The mountains of the Sierra Nevada rise, as you arrive at the jewel in the Moorish crown, Granada with its Alhambra Palace, history and impressive backdrop. Cycling onward towards the Poniente Granadino, the “Last kingdom of the Moors”, pedal through the mountains into the lovely Axarquia region. Here, medieval knights fought great battles with the Moors bathed in the Coastal sun.
Ancient Antequera,is on the route, with its Neolithic burial tombs and magnificent Alcázar fortress and then venture further into inland Spain, cycling to discover its traditional white villages against green fields. Sample Spanish Tapas treats and take in some tremendous scenery of the Famous El Chorro gorge walkway.
Next on the path is pretty white washed town of Ronda, where Victorian poets, Romance writers, Brave bullfighters and Modern moviemakers met. Circling around its famous bullring, you finish this ride through the centuries. Hemmingway´s muse, Ronda has the perfect story book ending to a cycle-touring adventure.
Day 1. Granada
Arrive in Granada and try to visit the Alhambra Palace, the most magnificent blend of Arabic ruler´s ingenuity and medieval Christian king´s architectural skill. Relax in your 4 star hotel for the night with views of the city and Sierra.
Crazy about Kilometers? 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: 58km (36 miles)
Elevation Gain: 820 m (2690 ft)
Cycle winding hills, lakes 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.
Countryside Romance is your thing? 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? Ask us about Extra Days here in our Home town!
Day 3. Alhama to Axarquia
Ride: 51km (32 miles)
Elevation Gain: 675m (2215 ft)
A day of unforgettable vistas awaits you passing through a beautiful mountain doorway, the only geographical break in the coastal range before setting your eyes upon the shimmering Mediterranean sea 900 metres below.
Day 4. Axarquia to Antequera
Ride: 49km (26 miles)
Elevation Gain: 940m (3080 ft)
Enjoy the rocky windswept terrain and hilltop villages. Take an optional (challenging) mountain ride up to El Torcal, a strange and beautiful wind-sculptured limestone national park. End in Baroque Antequera with her Roman ruins, churches, Arab castle and home to some of Europe´s oldest prehistoric burial grounds which are part of UNESCO Heritage Protection.
Love History? Have the opportunity to upgrade your hotel to a luxurious 5 star 16th century convent (2 night minimum) and take an extra day to explore the sights and history of Antequera.
Day 5. Antequera to Ardales
Ride: 44 km (27 miles)
Elevation Gain: 550 m (1804 ft )
Fragrant smells of roadside Rosemary and oranges accompany you to pass 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 “Caminito del Rey” (The King’s Walkway) with its towering views. On to quaint Ardales to stay in the historic centre in beautiful lodgings
Love More Miles or Vistas?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. As well you may wish to also book tickets for the Camino del Rey, a staggering vertigo inducing walk around the great rock face of the El Chorro gorge.
Day 6. Ardales to Ronda
Ride: 47km (29miles)Elevation Gain: 935m (3068 ft) Ride through the Sierra de las Nieves national park, home to dramatic mountain scenery and 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”. A mix of Moorish arches, Modern day memorabilia of Bullfighting & many more lovely squares, plazas and mirador viewpoints to fill the afternoon and evening. There are over 30 galleries, museums & churches to visit so it is a full day indeed!
Love to keep going? Cycle on to lovely Green Grazalema and its stupendous climbs for some more riding in a most beautiful area of white villages and cork forests, including the famous Palomas Subida! (Ask us about 2-3 more Days extension).
Day 7. Ronda (or on to Grazalema)
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. You will find time flies and it will be, before you know it, time to say adios and make your onward connections via train or bus with memories of those sunlit white washed plazas of Andalusia.
Bikes - Hybrid / Road / E-BIke
Route: Granada, Antequera, Natural Parks, Ronda
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.
4 Star City Hotel / Beautiful country Inns / Boutique apartment
All bedrooms en-suite
The accommodation on this route can be upgraded in Granada, Antequera, Ronda
6 breakfasts - buffet / homecooked
- Luggage delivered to your next hotel
- Welcome meeting and introduction to the route and area
- Emergency support and contact details - we are local
- Tour pack and complimentary 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.
Good Quality Bike Hire
-TREK Hybrid Bike: 90 Eur
-Orbea Road bike alu frame/ carbon forks: 125 Eur
-TREK Road Bike full carbon frame: 175 Eur
- E-bike - 270 Euros.
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
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 Málaga / 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.
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.
There are options to upgrade further this tour´s accommodation in Historic monument hotels in Ronda, Antequera and Granada, so do ask!
The tour commences in the bustle of Granada, where you will enjoy the centre of this historic town. The hotel is a nice walk to the Cathedral and Royal Chapel.
Encamp and enjoy Ardales and its most lovely lodgings with a roof top plunge pool, such as the one in Apartamentos Ardales.
"Awesome White Villages of Andalusia!
Beautiful scenery, nice roads and good accommodations resulted in an awesome cycling holiday through the White Villages of Andalusia. We chose the self-guided option and rented the carbon-aluminum bikes, which were perfectly fine for the mountain climbs and descents. (We ride full-carbon bikes at home.) The cue sheets had lots of important details, but using a gps is definitely helpful. Maggi was wonderful to work with as we sorted out details and Dean was most helpful with bike set up and talking through details before we hit the road. We highly recommend Cycling Country and the White Villages tour."
C. & G. Donin, NC, USA - October 2018
"My wife and I just completed the White villages tour in the last 9 days of June. It is a hilly route but I have never enjoyed biking more. Every corner seemed to offer a new view and every hilltop a new landscape. The back roads chosen by Geoff and Maggi are excellent and the bicycles performed well. My wife used an ebike which made the trip possible for us. The hotels were very comfortable and the small towns are often off the tourist track which I appreciated. I was especially impressed with the Spainish drivers who would never pass until it was completely safe to do so. That said we often cycled for many kilometres without seeing a vehicle. The hotels are comfortable and the food fantastic. Book now!"
A. Grant, NM, Canada - June 2018
"We would like to give a huge thanks to Cycling Country. Maggie, Dean, and Jeff were amazing and put together a fantastic trip for us in Andalucia. We rode from Granada to Ronda and had nice, high-quality road bikes. The hotels we stayed at along the way were all great. The routes were low-traffic, mostly nicely paved roads and the instructions and maps were perfect. We could not have asked for a better self-guided option. We highly recommend Cycling Country if you want to bike southern Spain!"
M & K. Gabe & CA, USA - May 2018
"We are having a great ride and actually enjoying those climbs! Thx for the heads up about getting out of town tomorrow morning. Antequera is great and the church/sites/town fabulous! We’re having wonderful time! The hotels are all great! Thx for everything!"
S. Whitney & Family, NM, USA - April 2018
"With great hybrid bikes, fantastic scenery, hotels, considerate drivers, tapas galore but above all excellent directions, maps, gpx and information notes this holiday delivered on every level. We will be back! Thank you Cycling Country, worth every penny."
M. Robertson & Friends, UK - November 2017
"Hi Maggi, We arrived safe in Ronda after another good day. The hotel is great, the bikes are in the garage. Overall it’s been a terrific holiday. Everything has worked just as we hoped it would. Dean was excellent at setting us up. We had just the right amount of challenge on the trip. The villages and hotels were beautiful. The climb of El Torcal all the way to the top was a real highlight.
Your guide book is so good! I took the Lonely Planet guide to andalusia and your book is MUCH better. You have historical detail and just the right amount of tips about where to go and what to see. I especially appreciated the notes about the Civil War as this is something I am very interested in. So thank you!
The notes you provide for cycling directions were also excellent.
Tomorrow we head off for Malaga and home. Thank you again for a terrific trip."
D & R. Grieg; UK - October 2017
"Maggi, An incredible journey, excellently executed and planned by Cycling Country. Hotels ranged from 9/10 to 11/10! Complements to you guys.
Routes chosen were brilliant. Thanks again for an excellent tour."
D & A. Lowes; Sydney, Australia - September 2017
We are now back in Australia after our wonderful trip to Spain. And I just wanted to say thank you once again for such excellent service, particularly getting a bike sent out to me so I could finish the ride to Ronda. We are already planning our next ride with you guys!
D & M. Hill and Friends; Sydney, Australia - June 2017
"Hi Maggi - Thanks for replying yesterday - we didn’t take the bikes out this morning in the end. Thanks again for the superb holiday. We’ve loved it! What a gorgeous part of the world you live in!"
D & E & N. Baker; Sydney, Australia - June 2017
"All in all, I would say that it was a very enjoyable trip. Certainly we had lots of adventures—good exercise, beautiful scenery, great people—that’s what cycling is all about, eh?! Your company and your people lived up to the glowing reviews we read ahead of time. : ) Perhaps some day we will have another chance to tour with Cycling Country."
V. Hook - Ontario, Canada - September 2016
"Hi Geoff and Maggie, Finally back to our daily routine and an opportunity to write this email to you guys. Spain was awesome and the 5 day cycling trip was the absolute highlight of our vacation. The directions, accommodations, Luggage transfers and restaurant recommendations were all excellent! The views, villages and experiences along the route were memorable! AND SO WERE THE ELEVATIONS…..but we did it And felt totally exhilarated by it all.
Thank you Maggie and Geoff for the adventure of a life time. It was great meeting you guys and we wish you continued success. We will highly recommend your tour and look forward to traveling with you again one day."
B. Korodetz - Toronto, Canada - November 2015
"We had a great trip. The cycling was challenging but well worth the scenery, the views and the white villages we visited. The accommodations were wonderful and the hosts were very pleasant and helpful. The food was very tasty but then how can you go wrong with tapas, cerveza and sangria. Kathy and I would like to thank Cycling Country for setting up the tour, providing the bikes, maps, information sheets/booklet and directions. Definitely, an A-One job. It was a pleasure meeting Warren, Geoff and Maggie. Otherwise as we said, the trip was great and the organization and preparatory help from Cycling Country was superb. A great big thank you from us both."
G. & K. Osborne - Kingston, Canada - November 2015
"Thank you so much Maggi for helping us organise our cycling holiday. Your flexibility was really appreciated. Everything went perfectly and Michele and I had a wonderful tour. For anybody considering this tour be prepared for some hard rides but it is certainly worth it. The bikes were good, the navigation instructions were extremely clear (we did not get lost once) and the hotel accommodation was good value and very comfortable. I highly recommend Cycling Country."
S. Beaton - Tauranga, NZ - June 2015
"Very well organized, from the routes chosen, the detailed instructions, the unique accommodations to the insider tips on dinning and sightseeing.. Loved everything (with the exceptions of some of the steep hills!). Will be going back!."
A. Moore - Emirates - April 2015
"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 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 2014
"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
"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 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 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
Testimonials from previous cyclists are always available and we enjoy receiving the feedback after tours. It helps us improve our services and offer you an even better experience. Please feel free to contact us if you would like a reference to talk to. Others have also posted reviews on the independent travel website .
DATES & RATES
WHITE VILLAGES OF ANDALUCÍA
7 DAYS/ 6 NIGHTS
Single supp. €195
Minimum 2 people
High season supplement €65 (Spanish bank holidays / fiestas and Easter week)
Discounts for 4+ booking together
This tour is available as a fully supported and guided option if booking with a group of 4+. 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 local taxes. Please note we transact in Euros.
- Cycle enchanting White Villages in dramatic settings, Our Home!
- Discover Granada and Ronda, two of Spain´s most beloved towns
- Visit Roman Antequera, her Baroque churches, Neolithic sites and Moorish fort
- Visit Sierra de las Nieves national park vistas, the gigantic El Chorro gorge & the lunar-scape of El Torcal Park
- Try Tapas and Rural dishes - Rabbit, Fresh Trout, Sheep or Goat´s Cheese, Seasoned Olives, Egg Plant with local Honey
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 10 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!
Choose a quality bike - hybrid or road
Option to navigate by GPS
A great experience. It was perfectly organized with good carbon road bikes, friendly set up and just great cycling through the heart of rural Andalucia. Loved the hotels, great sights and the all round service offered by you and your team. Thanks so much. You will be hearing from us again to book another bike tour! Gracias.J & M. Weatherstone
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