Home > Andalusia Jewels: Granada to Ronda
Throughout the ages, Andalusia has seduced countless artists and charmed innumerable visitors with her tantalizing Technicolor landscapes, incredible relics of antiquity, and summery, sunny climes. From Granada — admittedly Andalusia’s most Andalusian town — to Ronda, Andalusia’s most famous “white village,” you’ll be mesmerized by famous landmarks and well-kept secrets alike. Perfect for cycling and completely captivating, you’ll find out how inadequate the descriptions of Andalusia are compared to the real thing!
The terrain on this itinerary is slightly more challenging due to the hills that create so many interesting vistas. The good news is, on a self-guided tour of this mellow, inviting corner of Spain, you’re free to ride and explore at your own pace. You’ll fall under Andalusia’s enchanting spell at your own speed… and we’re willing to bet your love for the region will be everlasting.
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Arrive in Granada at the time of your choice. There’s no better way to start your holiday — not only is Granada the best entry point for Andalucia due to its convenient and small-sized airport, but it also provides the best introduction to the rich culture and heritage of the region.
The fascinating mixture of Arabic and Spanish architecture combined with the blend of new and old influences make this a compelling and mystical city. Walking through the narrow Moroccan-like streets and visiting the Alhambra Palace will take you miles, centuries, and worlds away!
You’ll meet our local representative at breakfast time. Although your day’s ride involves some climbing, you’ll be so taken by the beauty of this place that you won’t even notice how your legs are feeling. Traffic is at times non-existent and villages are scattered relatively far apart, giving you a sense of adventure that few places in Europe can match. Fear not, it is a safe adventure and we are always a mere phone call away (mobile phone coverage is excellent!) You’ll arrive in Alhama de Granada, a wonderful little spa town that has attracted peaceful and not-so-peaceful travelers for millennia. Here you can rejuvenate your legs and entire self at the ancient Roman thermal baths.
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before heading out into the enormous vegetable garden! Riding through farmlands, you’ll pass from the province of Granada to the province of Málaga and take in the wonderful blue sea panorama. What a change of scenery from the last two days! Gravity will help guide you to your final destination for the day, where you’ll overnight in another “white village” — a traditional white-washed village whose culture hails from the region’s Iberian, Roman, and Moorish forefathers.
Hilltop villages and the area’s natural beauty carry you miles away from your day-to-day life on a “rural Andalucia” discovery tour. To make the most of it, you might choose to have a leisurely lunch in a village restaurant to enjoy some of the local specialties, before continuing on to the remarkable city of Antequera. Save some time to fully explore one of the most landmark-rich towns in Andalucia — it’s filled with Spanish, Arab, Roman, and Medieval architecture, not to mention prehistoric sites.
Before riding east, you may choose to do an optional ride through El Torcal, a beautiful rocky area wind-sculpted by a very inspired artist--Mother Nature. Our detailed itinerary will then take you through the impressive El Chorro Gorge, another of Mother Nature’s masterpieces. You’ll ride through fragrant pine tree forests and orange groves before plunging on to the quiet town of Ardales, your home for the night. There’s no better place to experience rural Andalucia, with its slow-paced life and immutable rituals. Besides, who can turn down yummy tapas and café con leche?
Today’s ride is the week’s toughest, but possibly also the most rewarding! You’ll ride through the Sierra de las Nieves Natural Park and some of its remote white villages. The reward will soon be in sight: a dramatic setting for the town of Ronda. With its spectacular gorge, Spain's oldest bull ring, and Arab-built ramparts, Ronda feels like a huge open-air museum. It is certain to fascinate you the way it fascinated infamous characters such as Orson Welles and Ernest Hemingway. It might even inspire the artist in you to spend an easy-paced afternoon writing envy-inducing postcards to your friends!
Your tour officially comes to an end after breakfast, but if you decide to stay in Andalucia beyond today — or for the rest of your life — we won’t be surprised.
6 nights' accommodation in 3- and 4-star hotels and inns.
6 nights’ accommodations in 3- and 4-star hotels and inns