- Difficulty: Moderate+
- Category: Cycling, self-guided
- Duration: 6 nights, 7 days
- Recommended time of year: 1st March-30st June and 1st Sept-30th November
Encounter the splendor of the Andalusian culture with a touch of luxury...
- Discover the magic of Sevilla: an enchanting city of international fame.
- Experience the grandeur and comfort of the spectacular Parador hotels along with two hand-picked ****star city hotels.
- Rest amongst almond and olive groves... A candlelit dinner and time to relax by the pool awaits you in an andalusian hacienda.
- Cycling amongst flat landscapes of cereals and sunflower plantations and following the fertile land beside the river Guadalete.
- Historic hilltop towns of Carmona and Arcos de la Frontera.
- Tapas, sherry wines and flamenco in the streets of Jerez.
- Delicious fresh fish in the lively port town of Puerto de Santa María.
- Cádiz, the oldest city in western Europe: full of history and beauty, its monuments and stunning beaches are enough to make any visitor fall in love with it.
Which airport should I fly to? Many international flights into Sevilla. However Madrid and Malaga are also posibilities well connected with Sevilla by high speed train.
How do I get to the Starting Point? Fly into Sevilla or into Malaga or Madrid and from there take a high speed train into Sevilla.
How do I get back? Return from Cádiz. There are many regular trains from Cádiz to Sevilla taking around 1hr35mins. From Sevilla there are high speed trains to Madrid or Malaga or the International Airport.
Tarmac: 72.4% Cycle track: 9.8% Dirt road: 17.8%
Day 1: Arrival to Sevilla
The cycle begins in Sevilla, a vibrant, charismatic city drenched for most of the year in delicious sunshine. Its culture, history and folklore make this an exceptional international tourist destination.
Day 2: Sevilla to Carmona
Not far from Sevilla, you will reach another jewel of Andalucia, the hilltop town of Carmona: it´s city walls hold churches, palaces and an imposing arab fortress. The Alcazar, now converted into the Parador Hotel is where you will spend your second night. Today you cycle along a network of cycle tracks beside the river Guadaira and through fields of sunflowers and cereals.
31 miles (50 km) / Climb: 485 m
Day 3: Carmona to Montellano
Today's route is a little longer and takes you to the small historic town of Montellano along cycle tracks and winding country roads. You will pass several small traditional towns along the way where you can stop for a refreshing beer and a chilled 'Jerez'! Tonight's 'hacienda' hotel is a real favourite amongst our customers and could be the perfect opportunity to take an extra night if you fancy having a rest day by the pool surrounded only by olive and almond groves and the sounds of nature.
42 miles (68 km) / Climb: 594 m
Day 4: Montellano to Arcos de la Frontera
From here you will enjoy cycling amongst beautiful Mediterranean woodland along the river Guadalete to reach another legendary hilltop city: Arcos de la Frontera, considered one of the most photogenic towns in Spain. From Montellano you can see the mountains of Grazalema in the distance. Most of the cycle is along very quiet country roads and a "Via Verde" (pretty railway line now converted into a cycle lane). You will cycle past the typically andalucian town of Puerto Serrano: a good place to stop for lunch!
37 miles (60 km) / Climb: 609 m
Day 5: Arcos to Jerez de la Frontera
Today you will continue into the very heartland of Flamenco: Jerez de la Frontera where you will hear music on every corner! A town also famous for its School of Andalusian Dressage Horses and sherry wineries. From Arcos the cycling is more ondulating and follows the river Guadalete downstream. There are several small villages where you can stop for a welcome break.
35 miles (56 km) / Climb: 410 m
Day 6: Jerez to Cádiz
Your last cycling day takes you to the sandy beaches of Puerto de Santa María where you can take a dip and enjoy the Andalucian sunshine and where there are many restaurants serving delicious fresh fish. Then heading south again you reach the impressive city of Cadiz, thought to be the oldest city in western Europe. Its monuments and stunning beaches are enough to make any visitor fall in love with it! You won't want to leave! Finally, beach cycle paths lead you to the fantastic Parador for one last night of luxury, ending your trip on a real high note.
40 miles (65 km) / Climb: 103 m
Day 7: Extra nights in Cádiz or Seville or Departure
Don't miss the oportunity of a few extra nights to enjoy this spectacular hotel with its spa and swimming pools, explore Cadiz at your leisure or just relax on the beach.There are many regular trains from Cádiz to Sevilla taking around 1hr 35mins.
3 Paradors, two ****city hotels and a superior rural hotel.
Day 1 Sevilla
Centrally located, modern hotel ****star.
Day 2 Carmona
Impressive arabic castle from the XIVth century at the highest point of this hill-top town. Offering fabulous outdoor swimming pool, terraces with fantastic views and inner courtyard. Exquisite food and service. ****star.
Day 3 Montellano
Traditional authentic Andalusian 'hacienda' offers candlelit dinners under the stars on warm evenings overlooking the surrounding landscape.
Day 4 Arcos de la Frontera
Historic Noble House in the centre of town offering stunning views from its terrace of the surrounding landscape with the plains to the north and the Grazalema Mountains to the South East. ***star.
Day 5 Jerez de la Frontera
XIXth century palace in the historic heart of the town, finished in neo-classical, colonial style. Modern and comfortable rooms. ****star.
Day 6 Cadiz
Relax in real luxury in this stunning ****star Parador hotel on the beach with its relaxing spa, infinity pools and designer rooms. Enjoy impressive views to the Bay of Cadiz and La Caleta Beach with its maritime walkway.
Our hire bikes and equipment:
A bicycle specialist will deliver your hire bike and adjust it to your specifications. We provide you with fully equipped touring bicycles. Remember that we carry your luggage between hotels so you can travel light.
- Price: 965€ per person
- Single room supplement: 223€
- Solo Traveller supplement: 417€
- Half board / dinners (wine not incl.): 150€
- Bike hire: 100€
- Electric Bike hire: 150€
- GPS rental (one per group): 30€
(Supplement applies on local festivities and at Easter)
- 6 nights´ accommodation.
- 6 breakfasts.
- Luggage transfers between hotels.
- Detailed maps with your trail clearly marked.
- Itinerary description, full of recommendations for things to do and places to visit, advice and suggestions and information about your accommodation, etc.
- Emergency support.
- Activity insurance.