1 Arrival Point Priego de Córdoba
Arrival and transfer to our hotel close to Priego de Córdoba (5 km). Our hotel is a fine 4-star typical Andalusian building with a good restaurant and swimming pool.
2 Priego de Córdoba 20 km Priego de Córdoba
A short introductory ride today to become acquainted with our bikes and visit some of the local villages and hamlets such as Carcabuey and Zagrilla. Priego de Córdoba is one of the most beautiful Andalusian towns. It combines the picturesque whitewashed and geranium-bedecked old Arab quarter with several magnificent churches from the Dordoban Baroque period. 20 km - 12 miles
3 Priego de Córdoba 44 km Montefrío
Today we ride through hills and olive trees towards the village of Montefrío. We have spectacular views of Priego as we ride, and then the most spectacular countryside en route to Montefrío. This was the last stronghold of the Catholic Monarchs, Ferdinand and Isabel before their final conquest of Granada in 1492. You can add an extra night here to take a day off and visit the incomparable city of Granada and the Alhmabra. Tonight's accommodation is a charming country inn at 6 km from Montefrío. 44 km - 27 miles / + 1135 m
4 Montefrío 48 km Iznájar
Leave Montefrío through more beautiful countryside and olive plantations towards the village of Iznájar, a typical Arab village with its castle dominating the dramatic setting overlooking the blue waters of the Embalse de Iznájar. Our hotel is a typical Andalusian hacienda on the shores of the lake. 48 km - 30 miles / + 1116 m
5 Iznájar 54 km Zuheros
Today we ride around the Sierra Subbetica to the marvellous Moorish village of Zuheros (the name comes from the Arab word for rock, suhayra), with its 9th century castle perched high above the surrounding countryside and with the backdrop of the Sierra Subbética. Accommodation in the charming and traditional Hotel Zuhayra. 54 km - 34 miles / +1081 m
6 Zuheros Zuheros
Today is a free day in Zuheros. Options include a via ferrata in the Bailón Canyon (15 July - 8 January), a visit to the Cave of the Bats, a walking tour to Bailón Canyon and the Cave of the Bats, a cycling roundride, or a trip to visit the marvellous city of Córdoba with its spectacular mosque.
7 Zuheros 27 or 36 km Priego de Córdoba
We return to our first hotel in Priego de Córdoba. We have a direct route which will enable us to enjoy the pool and facilities at the hotel. Or alternatively we can cycle along the Vía Verde cycle path past the Laguna del Salobral and small villages such as El Tarajal and Zagrilla Baja. 27 km - 17 miles / + 365 m or 36 km - 23 miles / + 490 m
8 Priego de Córdoba Departure point
Transfer after breakfast to departure point. End of our services.
Price per person in double share - 865 € (Granada add-on 105 €)
Price per person in triple room - 695 € (Granada add-on 85 €)
Price per person in single room - 1020 € (Granada add-on 105 €)
Solo traveller supplement - 300 € (Granada add-on 185 €)
Extra night in Montefrío with transfer to Granada in brackets after base price. Please note that this does not include Alhambra tickets which you must book yourself. We can book tickets for the guided tour on request and always subject to availability.
Price for optional excursion to Córdoba on free day in Zuheros is 130 € per taxi (return trip)
Bke hire - included / supplement for road bike 50 € / supplement for e-bike 75 €
Transfer to and from Málaga by taxi
All accommodation and breakfast
Map and route guides
Price does not include:
Optional excursions to Granada or Córdoba
Lunch or dinner
The tour can begin on any day.
Which hotels do we use on Heart of Andalusia?
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.
What is a self-guided tour?
IberoCycle transports luggage to the next hotel. On some stages cyclists are also transferred part of the way to avoid unnecessary climbs (details in individual route descriptions).
Cyclists do not travel as part of a group or with a guide, although they may coincide with other cyclists on the same trip.
Guests are transported to and from arrival / departure points, unless otherwise stated
Our "IberoCycle On Call" service means we are always available for help or advice.
Cyclists are provided with our own detailed Route Guide and maps for their chosen route.
Fitter cyclists may extend stages at will.
Guests on the Northern Spain tours normally spend two or three nights at the same hotel and thus have one or two free days. The Route Guide provides a selection of Free Day Routes of varying lengths for these days. These are of course merely suggestions, and guests are free to do what they like.
What to do before or after the White Villages Tour
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.
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.
Bikes on Heart of Andalusia
Hybrid bikes - Megamo Adventure Alloy 6061
Road bikes - Bergamont Prime CX-Edition con frenos de disco
E-bikes - Simino Urban/allroad
Tandem - Sintra Orbita
There are options to personalise this tour.
Visit Granada and the Alhambra - this can be done by adding an extra night in Montefrío and then using our transfer service to and from Granada
Visit Córdoba and the Mosque - this can be done on the free day in Zujeros, or by adding a third night there to the two existing nights.
Please contact us if you would like to personalise this tour.