Andalusia - White Villages

Pretty whitewashed villages set against the intense blue sky of Andalusia.
  1. 1 Málaga Airport Ronda

    Pick up from arrival point and transfer to hotel in Ronda. After arriving at our first hotel we will have the chance to explore this beautiful town split into two by the most incredible ravine. Whitewashed houses, where the labyrinth of streets betrays Ronda's Arab past. The elegant bullring and the fine town walls.

  2. 2 Ronda 45 km Ronda

    Optional round ride to Setenil de las Bodegas where the houses are built into the cliff face. Beautiful views of the mountains of Ronda. Visit the Roman archaeological site of Acinipo. A landscape of olive groves where the characteristic black pigs are allowed to graze in the open. Spend some more time exploring the fascinating town of Ronda. 45 km - 28 miles

  3. 3 Ronda 61 km Zahara de la Sierra

    Today's trip takes us through the Parque Natural Sierra de Grazalema and provides spectacular and beautiful mountain scenery combined with the picturesque white villages dotting the landscape. As we approach Grazalema, we turn off to follow the shores of the reservoir of Zahara - El Gastor. Zahara dela Sierra is another fine village in a wonderful setting. 61 km - 38 miles

  4. 4 Zahara de la Sierra 71 km Arcos de la Frontera

    Leaving Zahara, we head towards Grazalema. Here we can take the opportunity to wander round the enchanting streets and enjoy the marvellous surroundings of the village. After ascending to the Puerto de las Palomas (transfer available), we have a tremendous long descent towards Arcos de la Frontera, one of the most famous of the white villages, perched high on a hill and dominated by its castle. 71 km - 44 miles

  5. 5 Arcos de la Frontera 47 to 77 km Medina Sidonia

    After leaving Arcos de la Frontera, we head southwards towards the Parque Natural de los Alcornocales, one of the largest cork forests in Europe. On reaching the park, we turn southwards towards the Atlantic coast. Tonight's stop is in the village of Medina Sidonia, an old Arab fortress town overlooking the Bay of Cádiz. 47 km - 29 miles to  77 km - 48 miles

  6. 6 Medina Sidonia 36 or 66 km Vejer de la Frontera

    Leaving Medina Sidonia, we head down towards the coast. After crossing the flat lands ofLa Janda, where it is often possible to see fighting bulls grazing, we finally reach the hilltop village of Vejer de la Frontera. We should spend time exploring this enchanting village. The chaotic street plan of Vejer, and indeed of most of the villages that we see en route, is evidence of the Arab past of Spain. 36 km - 22 miles or 66 km - 41 miles

  7. 7 Vejer de la Frontera 50 or 85 km Tarifa

    After leaving Vejer, we descend towards the coast and follow the beach round to Cape Trafalgar, site of the famous sea battle. We pass the fishing villages of Barbate and Zahara de los Atunes, famous for the almadraba --their own peculiar method of fishing for tuna fish. As we cycle southwards, the mountains of Morocco slowly become visible as we approach Tarifa and theStrait of Gibraltar, where Europe greets Africa and the Mediterranean meets the Atlantic. Our shorter stage finishes at the Roman ruins of Baelo Claudia in Bolonia. Final night in Tarifa.  50 km - 31 miles or 85 km - 53 miles

  8. 8 Tarifa Málaga

    After breakfast we transfer by vehicle to Málaga. We depart from Tarifa at 9.30 and arrive Málaga Airport at 12.00 and then continue to Málaga centre. Tonight's accommodation is not part of the tour. Different transfer times may be available and are subject to a supplement. You may also like to leave the tour after breakfast in Tarifa and then go on to Seville, or maybe take a ferry to Morocco. Details on request. 

2017 Prices

1 person in double share - 1070 €

Single person - 1220 €

Bike hire - 99 € / Tandem hire - 158 € / E-bike hire 158 €

2 - 9 October 2017

  1. Personalise this tour for 6 or more riders

    Personalised tours are available for groups of 4 or more riders. You may like to add extra days, choose a different arrival day, modify the itinerary.

    Please contact us at info@iberocycle.com if you would like to personalise this tour.

  2. Who runs IberoCycle?

    IberoCycle is run by Simon Proffitt. Born in Lancashire, England, Simon has been resident in Northern Spain since 1985. He is a keen amateur cyclist and cycle-tourist, and is well acquainted with Spain and the Spanish way of life. 

  3. What is a guided tour?

    Guests are transported to and from arrival / departure points (these are specified in the route guides), unless otherwise stated in the tour descriptor. 

    Luggage is transported by IberoCycle to the next hotel. Cyclists carry just what they need for that day.

    A back-up vehicle and IberoCycle staff member supports cycling stages.

    There are normally 10 - 20 cyclists on each trip. Cyclists choose whether they cycle alone or with other cyclists.

    Clients do not cycle with a cycling guide.

    Cyclists are free in the evenings to dine with other members of the group or to do their own thing. Our representative will organise a meal for those who wish to dine in company.

    Routes have soft options for those cyclists who do not wish to cycle the full stage. Thus the routes are suitable for all levels. Non-cyclists may also participate using our transfer service.

    Cyclists are provided with our own detailed Route Guide and maps for their chosen route.

    Fitter cyclists may extend stages at will.

  4. What is included on a guided tour?

    Accommodation in double, twin or single room with en-suite bathroom 
    Breakfast
    Transport to and from arrival / departure points
    Information Pack with Route Guide and maps
    Luggage transport between hotels

    Accompanying vehice and guide (note that the guide does not cycle with the group)

  5. What are the arrival and departure points for the White Villages tour?

    The tour begins in Ronda. IberoCycle will generally organise a pickup from Málaga centre or airport. Riders are also free to make their own way to Ronda (good rail and bus connections). Our final night is in Tarifa. The following day we transfer to Málaga leaving Tarifa at 09.30 to arrive at Málaga Airport at 12.00 and then on to Málaga centre.  

  6. What to do before or after the White Villages Tour

    Málaga

    Our usual arrival point t for this tour is Málaga. This is a pleasant city with a sizeable port and beaches and a population of over 500,000. It is an interesting place to spend a day or two.

    Please note that we transfer to Málaga on the final Saturday morning. It may be an idea to spend an extra night there and spend a relaxing day sightseeing, shopping, beaching etc. Sights include the Castle of Gibralfaro / Alcazaba (the old Moorish fortress which dominates the city), the port area, the historical centre with its shops and tapas bars, the Picasso Museum and also the house where he was born, the 16th century Renaissance cathedral, and the Roman theatre. 

    A fun way of visiting Málaga is to take a city bike tour. We recommend Málága Bike Tours. These tours depart every day at 10 a.m. (book previously). Kay Farrell and her team will give you a fun insight into Málaga from a bike seat. You are free to then go back and visit the places in more depth. 

    Please consult us to book extra nights in Málaga at the end of the tour. 


    Granada / Seville / Cordoba

    Whether it is on this tour or another tour, you simply have to visit these cities. All three are delighful and have stunning examples of Moorish architecture such as the Alhambra in Granada, the Great Mosque of Cordoba, and the Alcázar Palace of Seville. Obviously hiring a car gives you a lot of flexibility to visit the cities, although you don't need it once you are there. You may prefer to use the excellent bus or train services. 

    Granada is not really accessible by train from Málaga. Use the excellent ALSA bus service, which has departures both from the airport, and also Málaga Bus Station. It is probably advisable to pre-book tickets online. 

    Córdoba and Seville are accessible from Málaga (María Zambrano Station). Some of the trains are the AVE high-speed train. This also links both cities to Madrid, which may be worth bearing in mind. The Spanish train servivce website RENFE will provide complete timetables and information. 

    Morocco

    Africa lies just across the Straits of Gibraltar from Tarifa, so you may like to take this opportunity to visit by taking a ferry from Tarifa on the Saturday after the tour. 

     

     

  7. IberoCycle bikes

    Comfortable fitted and fully-equipped bikes for your cycling pleasure. We use exclusively Trek bikes on all tours except Camino de Santiago / Lanzarote / Portugal (please request information on bike used on these tours).

    You can either make arrangements to bring your own bicycles or hire Iberocycle's own models. Most airlines will carry bicycles for a small extra charge or even free. Cyclists who choose to hire will be provided with a comfortable quality bicycle to suit their particular measurements and preferences. We place great importance on getting the bikes right.

    Too many cyclists on trips with other companies have complained about past experiences where they have had to put up with uncomfortable saddles, the wrong sized bike etc. Measurements are requested on booking so the right bike is waiting for you on arrival.

    You are provided with hybrid-type tourist bicycles from Trek with conventional handlebars and with triple chain ring and easy-to-change gear ratios for comfortable and easy cycling. Road bikes may also be available on request.We can also provide tandems, which make for great cycling fun, and are also ideal for those with children.

    Click on the images below to vist the manufactuters' websites. 

    Ladies bike (Trek 7.2 FX) Men's bike (Trek 7.2 FX)
    Road bike (Trek 1.5 or 1.2) Female road bike (Trek Lexa)
    Tandem (a fun way to ride, and also ideal for helping smaller children - Dawes Duet)



    Equipment depends on the tour option chosen Luggage Service or Independent. Cyclists who choose to carry their own luggage will be provided with spacious waterproof panniers fitted on the rear of the bicycle. Those who take advantage of our luggage service will have their bicycles fitted with two lateral panniers with sufficient space to carry what they need for that particular day.



    Hybrid bikes will carry a handlebar bag, useful for carrying money, documents, camera and lots of other useful items which may be needed close at hand. This bag is easily removed it from its click fastening and carried around with the shoulder strap. They are also equipped with a rear luggage rack and one or two panniers, or a rear rack bag to carry just what you need for each day's cycling. Road bikes carry a seat post bag if required.

    In addition, all cycles are equipped with pump, spare inner tube, water bottle, bike lock and basic toolkit. Extras such as lights or toe clips are available on request. Iberocycle provides cyclists with a fine bicycle in tip-top condition to make cycling an absolute pleasure.

    Childrens Bikes

    Children's bikes, and child seats are available on request.

    Iberocycle Route Guide and Maps

    Full route directions and general information along with plenty of suggestions for your free days.

    Each tour has its own Route Guide. This booklet is designed to provide constant suggestions for routes and activities so cyclists are never alone but enjoy a supported independence.

    This Guide includes detailed route instructions along with interesting information on landscapes, towns and villages, monuments, alternative route suggestions, timetables for local trains and buses, tips on eating and drinking, an exhaustive gastronomic dictionary and a host of other useful information and suggestions to keep cyclists occupied. Routes are carefully described so no time is wasted on unnecessary deviations. Maps of the area are also provided to support the Route Guide.

    Trips that include more than one night in the same destination include optional round rides of differing lengths for these free days so cyclists will never be at a loose end.

Personalised tours are available for groups of 4 or more riders. You may like to add extra days, choose a different arrival day, modify the itinerary.

Please contact us at info@iberocycle.com if you would like to personalise this tour.