We are delighted to add the Southern Spanish region of Andalusia to our catalogue of outstanding bike tours. We will be offering this Deluxe tour once in 2017 at a special price of $3995pps ($800 single supplement) between October 11-16, a Wednesday to Monday trip). Places are limited so please contact us today to register your interest. #pedalon (Classic hotels, using a similar itinerary will be available in 2018; from $3695pps).
This 5 night, 6 day bike trip starts Seville, typically on a Sunday, and ends with a visit to Grenada's infamous Alhambra on Friday morning. In between expect to enjoy the very best of Andalusian culture, stunning bike rides, delicious meals and outstanding local wines, stunning sights and exemplary customer service. Our first two nights we spend in the dramatic hill-top town of Ronda, famed for its vistas and stunning viaduct. We then cross the infamous Caminita del Rey and stay for one night in Antquera before finishing our glorious week together in La Bobadilla. #pedalon!
This region is hilly and, as such, we offer Electric-assist (e-bikes) as standard on this bike tour. We can offer hybrids and road bikes to the more enthisiastic rider who enjoys a challenge. With the E-Bike the trip is rated Easy, while using pedal power alone we rate it as Moderate to Advanced.
We will meet in Seville around 10.30am with pick up starting from your chosen pre-night hotel (we have plenty of options for your to select) and we transfer you out of the city to our starting point of Zahara de las Sierras where will will visist Molino El Vinculo, an Olive Mill which produes delicious regional oil. After a delicious lunch, we'll introduce you to your bikes, remind you of how to stay safe on your bike during a bike trip and then set off. Remember, if this is your first bike trip, we're always on hand to support you; on the bike and in the support vehicle. While the ride today is a short 15 miles, it is immensley sweet. We'd like to offer our riders a transfer into the town of Ronda as it can be a little tricky - our vehicle will meet the riders at a safe rendezvous point on the route; while you're enjoying a cold drink the guides will load your bike and we'll set off together to arrive at our first hotel - the magnificent Reine Victoria in the centre of town. Upon check in you'll have around two hours to yourself before we meet for a pre-dinner cocktail and then dinner in the gastronomic hotel restaurant. Expect exquisite cuisine from this very highly rated establishment, and some delicious regional wine also.
Although Seville benefits from a generous climate with a lot of sun and rare rainfalls, it is only one of the numerous qualities that make this city and its surroundings a destination of choice among people looking for good times. Thanks to its international San Pablo airport and the brand new AVE high speed rail link, Seville is a really well served town. This easy access will allow you to discover and enjoy its incredible cultural backgrounds, stunning landscapes as well as its renowned traditional gastronomy.
Seville and its architecture are the result of different influences due to the diverse peoples who lived and conquered the city throughout the centuries. From the first Roman colony, to the Moors’ invasion to the Christian «Reconquista», all those periods have strongly contributed to the beauty of Seville and its magnificent architectural legacy.
The Sevillian cuisine has naturally a Mediterranean core with, inescapably, excellent olive oils and traditional savoury wines but also outstanding anises and liqueur in Sierra Norte (one hour north of Seville). You can as well expect a wide range of fresh fruits and vegetables, rice grown in the marshlands, honey and an excellent selection of fish and meat. If France is the undisputed champion for the quality bread production, Seville also has a great tradition of baking bread.
Ronda is one of the most ancient cities in Spain, located at the north-west border of the province of Málaga. This wonderful city is perched on a plateau of mountains and the Guadalevín river divides the city in two distinct parts which give to Ronda an unreal appearance worthy of the best tales. Besides its scenic appearance stressed by the huge bridge connecting the two parts of the city, Ronda is full of historical wonders. Throughout the centuries, the town was invaded several times. Every occupant of the town has left remarkable traces resulting in a splendid mix of styles, times and cultures. The Moors sublimated the city by endowing it with plenty of architectural embellishments, notably the Laurel Castle which was considered by the King Al Mutamid as the «best jewel of [its] Kingdom».
Reine Victoria is our freshly renovated 4 star hotel in the dreamy city of Ronda. Thanks to its renovation the hotel has now a brand new spa and wellness centre which will make your stay in Ronda even more enjoyable. Indeed after a day of exploration, the hotel’s top facilities will allow you to regain all your energy. Besides its cutting-edge equipment, the hotel offers a wonderful view as it is located on the edge of El Tajo gorge. Indeed the Reine Victoria’s terraces will without a shadow of doubt revitalize you and your thirst for new adventures!
Meals: Lunch, Dinner
This morning, after a delicious typical Iberian breakfast we'll meet for a route review to discuss with your the attractions, the rides and the chalenges which await you today. We will enjoy a glorious loop ride today, starting from the hotel, visiting Montejacque, Jimera de Libar and Atajate.
Those three villages are located close of the Grazalema National Park and are present the same characteristics as the «white towns», which refers to the whitewashed walls of the houses. The contrast with the green natural surroundings confers a real charm to those villages highlights to weight of the past when you walk through the streets.
This a beautiful tiny village created at the time of the Berbers settlers where you can wander around and appreciate the charm of its streets. Its population has been working on developing tourism to share their love of Montejaque with Spanish but also international tourists. You will find here a dozen of welcoming local restaurants offering traditional dishes for a fair price, even if you are not too hungry you can try the inescapable Tapas that goes really well with a glass of wine.
Jimera de Libar
The village has the original characteristic to be divided in two parts, there is the part of the village on the mountainside and the other one in La Estacion (the railway station) along the Guardiaro river. In Jimera de Libar, traditional beverages named «mistela» and «zarzaparilla» are produced by villagers.
It is the smallest village of the Malaga province regarding its population counting around 200 inhabitants. The village is located 745m above the sea level offering splendid viewpoints. Atajate is anchored between moutains and has a beautiful fauna and flora allowing its visitors to enjoy beautiful hikings. You can explore the «Torcal of Atajate» which is stone labyrinth.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Today is a moving day which means that after breakfast we'll be checking out of our hotel and transporting your luggage while you get to ride. Todays ride has some extreme elevation gains (c.1500 m) and two crossings of the infamous Caminito del Rey.
One of our first attractions is Antequera, a millenary town located at the heart of Andalusia and dominates large valley. Vestiges from the neolithic times are still in an impressive state allowing the town’s visitors to contemplate important monuments like the dolmen burial chambers of La Menga, Romeral and Viera. The arrival of the Moors in the city marked the beginning of a new era. Indeed, they made of Antequera a fortified town and an important strategic point of the Caliphate of Córdoba during the tenth century. Even in the mid seventies, although controversial for some people, Antequera played a major role in the autonomy of Andalousia. All along its existence, the city was highly prized and nowadays Antequera still abounds of treasures and secrets which will undoubtedly blow you away.
El Caminito del Rey
Until very recently, this walkway located at an altitude of one hundred meters, was considered as one of the most dangerous paths in the world. It was constructed in a narrow gorge at the beginning of the twentieth century to allow workers to commute between two hydraulic power plants. It is commonly named as Camino Del Rey (meaning the king’s path) because the King Alfonso XIII inaugurated it. After several deadly incidents the path was closed, the regional government of Andalusia and the local government of Malaga launched a colossal restoration project to make the site safe. The work was completed in 2015 and the refurbishment project received several highly prestigious prizes such Europa Nostra rewarding the efforts made towards the conservation of the cultural and natural heritage.
Now Camino del Rey is no longer the former path praised by hotheads seeking danger and adrenaline but rather offers a wonderful hike accessible at any level. You will indeed enjoy a marvellous moment surrounded by an incredible natural setting where you will find rare geological features as well as a unique fauna and flora. Camino del Rey is a must to see which will provide you a wide range of feelings going from the excitement to the admiration and always in the utmost safer conditions.
Our hotel tonight is a stunningly restored former convent, la Conventa La Magdalena. Located in a wonderfully Andalusian setting, the old convent of San Pedro de Alcantara will amaze our guests with its stunning views, the surrounding scenery of olive trees and its excellent location at the entrace of El Torcal Natural Park. The historic building was contructed in 1584 and restored in 2009 it is now a 5 star hotel.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Today is another moving day, so after breakfast we shall leave the former convent and set off by transfer to El Torcal. Our ride will start from there.
Who would have believed that more than one hundred million years ago, the whole region was under the water of Tethys Sea? Throughout the times and changes occurring on the planet, extremely violent movements pushed the sea floor upwards resulting in hills and mountains reaching for one thousand meters of altitude. Those unique and impressive landscapes were shaped during several millions of years by wind and rain’s erosion. This natural treasure is today one of the most dramatic limestone sites in the world offering a perfect location for hiking. There are three routes fitting every ability. El Torcal is registered under the Antequera Dolmen site as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and will beyond its beauty activate all your senses as well as your imagination to perceive the evolution process of our world.
Loja is a small town at the western extremity of the Granada’s province surrounded by the Sierra de Loja massif and crossed by the Genil river. It used to be a strategical defence base of the Moorish kingdom due to its advantageous geographical position over the plain. Loja was definitely regained by the Christians at the end of the fifteenth century and today we can still observe the remnants of the past. As the city was equally influenced by the Moorish and Christians, Loja offers an interesting dual perspective with a strong local culture as the town is landlocked in the mountains. You will find in the former citadel several authentic monuments translating a belligerent past but also a mixed identity.
Our hotel for the next two nights, the five star La Bobadilla, is a Royal Hideway hotel and is a sumptuous hotel located in Sierra de Loja area which offers an authentic Andalusian decor. In a constant quest for excellence, the hotel has been awarded with several distinctions with among them a citation in the Condé Nast Johansens acknowledging, rewarding and celebrating the previously mentioned purpose. This luxury hotel specifically focus on two aspects, the gastronomy and the well-being of its clients. To do so, the hotel dispose of a restaurant which is particularly dedicated to translate the Andalusian traditions in its cuisine. Moreover you will be able to enjoy their stunning SPA or wellness centre to relax and thus restore your energy to fully appreciate your next activity or bike ride!
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
This morning, again after breakfast, we'll meet for a route review to discuss the ride for the day ahead, and the attractions and highlighs which await you. We have a loop ride in store for you today which will satisfy any curiousities remaining from your week with us in Andalusia.
Casa-Museo del Jamón
One of the highlights today includes a visit to a Jamon Museum; a typical delicay of the region. Spain is well-known for its ham or Tauromachy tradition among others. In Rute, we will visit the Casa-Museo del Jamón to understand this old attachment to the ham culture. It is a good way to understand to the local culture as well as the importance of a product which is part of the every day life of the Spanish. It will also be an occasion to discover a unique know-how passed down from generation to generation and the passion animating the people who keep on cultivating this craft which has been vital to their subsistance over the centuries.
Tonight we will dine splendinly in the restuarant of La Bobadilla.
This our last night in La Bobadilla and we firmly intend to wow you. We will closely work with the staff to organize a gastronomic dinner based on range of local products to give you a taste of your Andalousian journey according to your preference or wish. We indeed want to mark our last hotel night together in the best way possible. This night we will celebrate our week together of various adventures, discoveries and emotions which, I hope, will provide memories that you will cherish for years to come.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
|11 Oct 2017 - 16 Oct 2017|
Special Introductory Tour
Deluxe - USD $4595 pps. Single Supplement of $800 applies.
SPECIAL OFFER: October 11th - 16th 2017: $3,995pps / $800 single supplement
Use of either E-Bike or Trek FX 7.2 Hybrid bike, Bell or Giro Helmet, handlebar bag, route notes & maps
- Fresh Eire Adventures water bottle
- Transfers from Seville centre (or RENFE train station) on start day
- Transfers to Grenada centre (or RENFE train station) on end day
- 4 exquisite dinners & wine
- 3 gourmet lunches & wines
- Admissions to all included attractions & tastings
- Baggage transfers
- Tips for hotels/restaurants
- Healthy snacks, water, full guiding services, support vehicle.
- 5 nights B&B in 3 star hotels (Classic) & 4 star hotels (Luxury), with continental breakfast
- Upgrade to a Alu / Carbon Road Bike with Schimano 105 (minimum or similar) alu-road bike (available at extra cost).
- Upgrade to an electric hybrid bike if you think the hills might be too much for you but you want to bike all the way (available at no extra charge on this tour).
- Self-Guided Extension packages available in Seville (3 nights, 4 star from $1295 pps)
- Guided Extension packages available in Seville (3 nights, 2 days Guided Tour, 1 free day from $1595pps)
- Gratuities for Guides