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Active, self-guided cycling and walking holidays in unexplored Spain

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Cycling holidaysSevilla to Cadiz

Encounter the splendour of the Andalusian culture with a touch of luxury

From 965 € per person

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Difficulty:Moderate+

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Duration:6 nights, 7 days

Dates:March to 30th June | Sept to 30th Nov.

Start:Any day of the week

Location on map of Spain

Longer distances and hilly terrain, with perhaps four ascents per day.

Cycling surface:Tarmac: 72.4%. Cycle track: 9.8%. Dirt road: 17.8%.

Average daily distance / climb:37 miles (60 km) / 1444 ft (441 m).

Description

Discover the magic of Sevilla, the beautiful white villages, the home of flamenco and sherry wines and the wonderful beaches of Cadiz.

  • 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.

Itinerary

the tower of gold, Sevilla

Day 1: Arrival to Sevilla

The cycle begins in Sevilla, a vibrant, charismatic city drenched for most of the year in delicious sunshine. Sevilla's culture, history and folklore make this an exceptional international tourist destination.

cycling along cycle track

Day 2: Sevilla to Carmona

Distance: 31 miles (50 km). Climb: 1591 ft (485 m).

Not far from Sevilla, you will reach another jewel of Andalucia, the hilltop town of Carmona: its city walls hold churches, palaces and an imposing arab fortress.

Today you cycle along a network of cycle tracks beside the river Guadaira and through fields of sunflowers and cereals. The Alcazar, now converted into the Parador Hotel, is where you will spend your second night.

arriving to hotel in Montellano

Day 3: Carmona to Montellano

Distance: 42 miles (68 km). Climb: 1949 ft (594 m).

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.

cyclists on the rail trail

Day 4: Montellano to Arcos de la Frontera

Distance: 37 miles (60 km). Climb: 1998 ft (609 m).

Most of the trip today is along very quiet country roads and a "Via Verde" (a pretty railway line now converted into a cycle lane).

From Montellano, with the mountains of Grazalema in the distance, you cycle amongst beautiful Mediterranean woodland along the river Guadalete to Arcos de la Frontera, one of the most photogenic hilltop towns in Spain.

You will cycle past the typically Andalucian town of Puerto Serrano: a good place to stop for lunch!

cyclist taking panoramic photo of Arcos

Day 5: Arcos to Jerez de la Frontera

Distance: 35 miles (56 km). Climb: 1345 ft (410 m).

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 undulating and follows the river Guadalete downstream. There are several small villages where you can stop for a welcome break.

cyclists at the beach near Cadiz

Day 6: Jerez to Cádiz

Distance: 40 miles (65 km). Climb: 338 ft (103 m).

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.

There are many restaurants here serving delicious fresh fish!

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.

Flamenco artists

Day 7: Departure or extra nights

Don't miss the opportunity of a few extra nights to enjoy this spectacular hotel with its spa and swimming pools. Cadiz is well worth exploring at your leisure and there is always the beach if you just want to relax.

There are many regular trains from Cádiz back to Sevilla, taking around 1hr 35mins. Well worth an extra night or two as well!

Travel

Frequent questions:

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 1h 35m. From Sevilla there are high speed trains to Madrid or Malaga or the International Airport.

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Hotels

3 Paradors, two 4 star city hotels and a superior rural hotel.

Courtyard in Sevilla hotel

Night 1: Sevilla

Centrally located, modern 4 star hotel.

Bedroom in Carmona hotel

Night 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. 4 star.

Bedroom in Montellano hotel

Night 3: Montellano

Traditional authentic Andalusian 'hacienda' offers candlelit dinners under the stars on warm evenings overlooking the surrounding landscape

View from Arcos de la Frontera hotel

Night 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. 3 star.

Bedroom in Jerez de la Frontera hotel

Night 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. 4 star.

Swimming pool in the Cadiz hotel

Night 6: Cadiz

Relax in real luxury in this stunning 4 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 Bikes

Touring bikesElectric bikes

Designed to withstand heavy loads and provide high safety and comfort even after long hours of riding in the saddle, these adventure bikes will serve you well both on and off-road.

The downside to all these extra features and equipment is weight, but on a long distance tour, reliability, comfort and safety, win the day.

Gentleman's push bikeLady's push bike

Characteristics:
  • Time tested components to stay maintenance free during the tour.
  • Broad range of gears.
  • Stable carriers for luggage transport.
  • Permanently mounted lights with a hub dynamo.
  • Comfortable sitting position and straight, adjustable handlebars.
  • Other comfort features include bike stand, mudguards and bottle holder.
  • High bar and low bar models and sizes xs to XL.
Equipment provided:
  • Odometer
  • Rear pannier
  • Map carrier
  • Helmet
  • Water bottle
  • Lock
  • Pump
  • Puncture repair kit
  • Multitool set

Touring bikesElectric bikes

Not every type of electric bike is suitable to use in a cycling tour. Most e-bikes are actually designed for city cycling rather than long distances routes.

Experience allows us to choose e-bikes with the most suitable features for touring: reliability, simple operation, long battery life and short charge time.

Electric bike

Characteristics:
  • Time tested components to stay maintenance free during the tour.
  • Broad range of gears.
  • Stable carriers for luggage transport.
  • Permanently mounted lights with a hub dynamo.
  • Comfortable sitting position and straight, adjustable handlebars.
  • Other comfort features include bike stand, mudguards and bottle holder.
  • High bar and low bar models and sizes xs to XL.
Equipment provided:
  • Odometer
  • Rear pannier
  • Map carrier
  • Helmet
  • Water bottle
  • Lock
  • Pump
  • Puncture repair kit
  • Multitool set

Prices

Basic price:

Per person in double room965 €

This includes:

  • 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.

Supplements:

Single room supplementHelp button223 €

For those travelling with others, but wanting a room to themselves each night.

Solo traveller supplementHelp button417 €

For those travelling by themselves. Do not choose the "Single room supplement" as well in this case.

Extras:

Half board (dinners, drinks not included)150 €

Bicycle hire100 €

E-bike hire150 €

GPS rental (one per group)30 €

Transfers:

Taxi Cadiz to Sevilla Airport (1-6 persons)Info button160 €

1h:30min

Other options:(Prices on request)

Extra night(s) in Sevilla 

Extra night(s) in Cadiz 

If interested, please contact us with your plans, requirements and queries,

or simply use the "Get a quote" section, which we would recommend.

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Half board (dinners, drinks not included)
150 €plusminus
Bicycle hire
100 €plusminus
E-bike hire
150 €plusminus
GPS rental (one per group)
30 €plusminus

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Taxi Cadiz to Sevilla Airport (1-6 persons)
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Reviews

world-class

Another wonderful cycling holiday organised by Away from the Crowds. The Seville to Cadiz trip is expertly organised. As usual, the organisation and detail was exceptional.

All we had to do was pedal and enjoy the combination of fantastic scenery and the World-renowned cites of Seville, Jerez and Cadiz. The combination of the cities and two ancient historic towns (Carmona and Acros de la Frontera) made this a memorable trip.

Thank you again guys, your should be proud of your service as its world-class.

Ged Bell, UK

Thanks Ged. Always a pleasure to host you.

Jaime, AFTC.

We especially enjoyed the Paradors

Seville was really interesting and well worth the two nights we spent there. It's really walkable and there were plenty of things to see including the Giralda Tower (really worth going to the top for great views of the city), Triana (bustling and lively), the Plaza de Espana (we saw it late at night and it was very impressive) and the area to the south of the cathedral including the Jardines de Murillo.

All of the accommodation was really well-chosen. We especially enjoyed the Paradors (the breakfasts are the best we've had anywhere). It was great to be able to sit out on the terraces at Carmona and Arcos de la Frontera drinking wine and eating bar snacks looking out on really stunning views. The Hacienda la Morena near Montellano was a really special place and the lovely hosts made our stay very memorable. It had been a long, exposed and very hot day's cycling from Carmona to Montellano and it was a really great place to end up at.

There was a good variety of cycling. It was great to be able get all the way out of Seville on the first day almost entirely on cycle lanes, and to be able to avoid the busy traffic and then to be able to cycle along areas with historical interest (we enjoyed the well-researched trip notes on the area's geography and history)

Carmona to Montellano was probably the toughest day because it was the most exposed for the most amount of time and - even though there was not that much ascent - there was a long time spent in the saddle, pedalling (we live among a lot of steep hills and are used to lots of uphill cycling, but also benefit from the descents!). However, as the trip progressed, and the countryside became greener it became more varied we got a better appreciation of the area. The Greenway along the disused railway after Montellano was fun and picturesque. We also enjoyed the stretch from Arcos de la Frontera to Jerez and was a nice contrast from the long miles spent travelling through fields of sunflowers and wheat (although you really get an idea of the size of Spain when you cycle along its long straight roads and wide open spaces).

All the stops along the route were well-chosen and we just wish we could have stayed longer in them (especially Arcos de la Frontera and Cadiz)

Thanks for a great cycling trip.

Simon Wilkins, UK

a brilliant holiday

Communication from the company was excellent. No issues with luggage transfers. Sent GPS, road maps and detailed map book which was very handy when Garmin had an issue especially when cycling through some towns.

Bikes were sturdy touring bikes a bit heavier than our usual ride but very dependable.

We did have an issue after particularly heavy rain one day when we literally got stuck in clay / mud. We have suggested to AFTC team that maybe an alternative route is offered even if it's a little longer to stop others having the same issue. Some road cycling on busy roads but usually only for very short periods.

The scenery is stunning and all the Paradores and hotels we stayed in were beautiful and very comfortable bar the Jerez hotel. Although quirky, it didn’t quite hit the mark and major building work looks and sounds like it will be ongoing for a while.

Overall a brilliant holiday, well organised with beautiful hotels and scenery. Would definitely consider using AFTC again.

Hilary Shaw, UK.

Thanks for your feedback Hilary. We have changed hotel in Jerez since your comments. We really appreciate your input.

Jaime, AFTC.

We loved the luxury

The organisation is fautless. Each hotel was fully expecting us on arrival and had our rooms ready and somewhere to safely store the bikes.

There were no problems with transporting our luggage either. Every morning we left it in the hotel reception and it was there waiting for us on arrival at the next hotel.

We also had one small problem where we had left a few items at a previous hotel. I called the emergency number and the lady from awayfromthecrowds helpfully advised me which hotel I should get my things shipped to and contacted them on my behalf.

The bikes were simple but solid touring bikes with front suspension and shimano groupsets which I always find dependable. They were well serviced and supplied by a small and friendly bike establishment in Seville by a man named Ali.

Our only issue was we had requested to male geometry bike and even double checked to confirm - however my partner still received a ladies bike.

A large waterproof pannier bag was supplied with each bike with all necessary tools.We were also supplied with excellent route maps and road books and .GPX files for our Garmin GPS - navigation was very easy with this combination.

The bike routes themselves were nice enough with quite a bit of variation. Be aware quite a bit of the route is on roads shared with cars, but we found the Andalucian drivers generally gave us a very wide berth which was great.

The run in to Jerez and Cadiz was on quite busy roads and through built up areas but we managed without any problem. Parts of the route were also on quiet unpaved tracks including a via verde on one of General Franco's unfinished railway routes which was lovely.

It was very hot for October - above 30 degrees every day so we set off early in the mornings to beat the worst of the heat. We only felt really hot on the climbs - of which there weren't many big ones.

What really shone out were the destinations and the hotels which really were first class. We loved the luxury and character of the Paradors and the hacienda at Montellano. It was great to be able to swim in the pools in the hot afternoons post biking.

The weak link was probably Palacio Garvey in Jerez - it wasn't terrible by any means but the room was a bit dark and dingy and the breakfast and facilities didn't match the others.

All the destinations were lovely places. Carmona was probably my favourite of them all, a lovely small Pueblo Blanco full of character after the hustle and bustle of Seville, and the Parador was truly amazing.

We sometimes found it tricky to find places for lunch in some of the small towns on route. Things were very quiet during the heat of the day - it was useful to pack some food in the panniers just in case.

Some basic Spanish also went a long way. I would gladly recommend this tour!

:) Guy Thompson, UK.

Thanks for the feedback Guy. We have taken on your comments about the hotel in Jerez and no longer use it. We appreciate your input to help us improve.

Jaime, AFTC.

CO₂ footprint offsetting

This holiday produces a carbon footprint of 0,6411 tonnes of CO₂. This includes taxis, luggage transfers and accommodation for every traveller.

We will compensate the CO₂ footprint for each booking through tropical reforestation projects in collaboration with the CeroCO₂ platform.

Additionally, you can also offset your own flight emissions by visiting myclimate. See the link below.

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