Grand Cycling Tour of Andalusia
Moderate to challenging road tour
Mountain passes, beautiful countryside, coastal views mixed with great cuisine, traditional Spanish history and culture, making this a memorable and satisfying ride for riders wanting a challenge which also delivers a quality experience.Take in some of the routes covered by the Vuelta a España in 2015 and discover the best cycling that Andalucia has to offer with this exclusive Mollydoo tour.
We aim to deliver a satisfying ride for the endurance rider but also provide spectacular views, culture and history so you will come away feeling stronger but more knowledgeable, having been guided with our very experienced tour guides, who know the area like the back of your hand..
- Return flights (UK)
- 7 nights luxury accommodation (full board)
- Return private transfers
**Above price is per person and is based on a twin share
* Single supplements apply
Available Dates: April 2017 - Sep 2017
**Please note this trip is not gauranteed**
- Level: Challenging
- Days Riding: 6
- Duration: 4-6 Hrs per day
- Total Distance: 491 Km
- Altitude Gain: 10,724 M
- Maximum Group: N/a
- Hotel luggage transfers
- 6 carefully designed rides
- Pre tour briefing
- On the road experienced guides
- Expert mechanic on route
- On the road vehicle support, including drinks, snacks and supplies
- Free cycling jersey
- An amazing experience!
What's Not Included
- Travel Insurance (can be purchased)
- Helmets, shoes & Cycling Apparel
- Bike and luggage allowance on your flight (can be added)
- Rental bikes (available to hire, please enquire)
Thursday Ride: Ronda to Club Maritimo de Sotogrande
On-Bike Statistics: 81 (Km), 1,378 (M) elevation gain
Leaving Ronda today the ride starts with a gentle climb out of the valley before starting the descent south with some stunning views of the Mediterranean and even a glimpse of the coast of Africa on a clear day.
We will pass through the pretty whitewashed villages of Caucin and Casares, both perched on hilltops overlooking the impressive landscapes.
After arriving in the Club Maritimo de Sotogrande, there is a quick transfer by van to the stylish and modern Hotel Aristoy, home for the next 2 nights.
Friday Ride: Tarifa to Vejer de la Frontera
On-Bike Statistics: 69 (Km), 1,103 (M) elevation gain
Biking directly from the Hotel Aristoy in Tarifa today we start out by making our way inland for some gentle climbs through charming rural countryside.
We then head west back towards the coast and ride alongside the shore through the towns of Barbate and Los Caños de Meca before arriving in the ancient Moorish town of Vejer de la Frontera.
For those with remaining energy to continue on the bike, you can return to Tarifa on the same route or jump in the support van for a transfer back to the hotel.
On arrival to Malaga airport you will be greeted by your private taxi which will transport you way to your hotel in the town centre of Malaga.
You can spend the evening soaking up the atmosphere in the charming historical centre of the city, whose history spans 2,800 years making it one of the oldest cities in the world. It is also the birthplace of Spain’s most celebrated artist, Pablo Picasso, and the city offers a number of excellent museums for keen art fans.
Your Accommodation - 7 Nights
We have hand-picked an amazing selection of varied hotels that will deliver, comfort, great food and will be ideally positioned to take advantage of the beautiful surrounding area and location for a cycling base.
Your 3 hotels:
The NH Malaga hotel is right in the center of Malaga, a short walk from the city’s shops, restaurants and tourist attractions. It’s an elegant, modern building, set close to a river and with views of the Esperanza Church. Plus, you can be at the beach and the famous Muelle 1 shopping center in around 15 minutes on foot. http://www.nh-hotels.com/hotel/nh-malaga
The hotel Catalonia Reina Victoria, totally renovated in 2012, is settled in a unique environment, between a lovely pine forest in the middle of the town, very close to Ronda's landmarks and the famous Tajo de Ronda. Around the hotel, which has 95 fully equipped rooms, there's an amazing 3,000sqm garden in which our guests can enjoy our swimming pool and our terrace. http://bit.ly/1PHCfab
Aristoy Hotel in Tarifa is a renovated century building has 16 double rooms with en-suite. Newly opened in the historical center and next to the main street has a bar restaurant, terrace and room service. Its vanguard design make it the most modern Tarifa. All rooms have air conditioning, heating, ADSL wi-fi, flat screen LED ".
Sunday Ride: Loop ride from Malaga
On-Bike Statistics: 90 (Km), 1,480 (M) elevation gain
The first bike ride of the week takes us north of Malaga city centre into the national park of Montes de Malaga, with its dense pine forests and spectacular views of the Mediterranean Sea from its green hills, which range from 80 metres to just over 1,000 metres above sea level. This ride was part of the Malaga stage in the Vuelta a España in 2015 and includes a challenging climb up to the pass of Puerto del Leon.
Monday Ride: Antequera to Ronda
On-Bike Statistics: 102 (Km), 2,365 (M) elevation gain
This morning we leave Malaga by van for a short transfer north towards the town of Antequera to start riding west towards the ancient Roman town of
Ronda. Along the way we pass by the impressive gorge of El Chorro which is renowned worldwide as one of the best climbing spots in Spain.
This evening you will arrive in your hotel in Ronda with its impressive views of the spectacular natural gorge, El Tajo, which attracts visitors from all over to this charming Andalusian town. Ronda is also famous as the birthplace of modern bullfighting, today glimpsed once a year at the spectacular Feria Goyesca. A trip to the museum in Ronda’s historic bullring, Plaza de Toros, is worth a visit during your stay in the town.
Tuesday Ride: Ronda Loop
On-Bike Statistics: 116 (Km), 2,228 (M) elevation gain
Today’s loop ride from Ronda takes us out of the valley and into the impressive mountain ranges of the natural park of the Sierra de Grazalema.
Designated a Unesco Biosphere reserve in 1977, the Sierra de Grazalema was declared the first natural park in Andalucia in 1984 and is one of Spain's most ecologically outstanding areas. Dotted around the sierra are attractive pueblos blancos (white villages) and today’s bike ride will offer magnificent views of the landscape as you bike through the area’s numerous cork forests and rolling hills.
Wednesday Ride: Ronda Loop 2
On-Bike Statistics: 102 (Km), 2,170 (M) elevation gain
Leaving Ronda this morning we make our way northwest towards the magnificent reservoir of Zahara-el Gastor and to one of the region’s most beautiful pueblos blancos.
Zahara de la Sierra enjoys an extraordinary setting, sitting at the foot of the Sierra del Jaral, perched on top of a hill and surrounded by the turquoise waters of the Zahara-el Gastor reservoir. Standing guard above the village are the remains of a Moorish castle that commands views over the surrounding countryside and the white-washed village beneath.
From the reservoir we climb up into the Sierra de Grazalema towards the town of Grazalema itself before descending on a beautiful ride back towards Ronda for our final night in this lively town.