Easy Rider Classics - Spain Biking

Andalucía: Los Pueblos Blancos

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Far removed from the bustle and crowds of Sevilla and Granada are the storybook mountain villages known throughout Spain as los Pueblos Blancos. Their whitewashed façades are refreshed each spring, providing a dazzling contrast to the landscape’s ochre hues and colorful wildflowers. Our newest route in southwest Andalucía strings together a necklace of pueblos blancos, with overnights in four of the prettiest. Between towns, we’ll roll through scenic parkland and undulating plains famous for Andalusian thoroughbreds and toros bravos (fighting bull) ranches. Our journey ends at the Costa de la Luz (“Coast of Light”), where Africa and Europe are so close that you can see Morocco clearly on the horizon.
  • Highlights
  • Itinerary
  • Trip Feedback
  • What's Included
  • Bike Andalucía off the beaten path
  • Pristine mountain villages in spectacular settings
  • Tapas, gazpacho, and Moroccan cuisine
  • Ronda’s Plaza de Toros and bullfighting museum
  • Moorish history, architecture, and culture
  • Roman and Arab ruins
  • Beach time on the Costa de la Luz

Day 1: Morning transfer from Seville to the spectacularly sited town of Ronda for a two-night stay. Ringed by the mountains, and split in half by the El Tajo gorge, the setting is straight out of the Romantic era. A short warm-up hike descends into the gorge for postcard-perfect views of the clifftop town and its famous Puente Novo. Afterwards, tour the Plaza de Toros, where modern bullfighting was invented in the 18th century. Welcome dinner features regional tapas.

Day 2: Loop into the Serranía de Ronda, following winding mountain roads between mossy prehistoric boulders, almond and cork groves, and leafy chestnut forests. Tiny mountain villages reveal their surprises—Faraján, its name derived from Arabic for “full of joy”, and Alpandeire, birthplace of both Spain’s newest saint and Ronda’s famed 18th-century torero Don Pedro Romero. Back in Ronda, don’t miss the bańos árabes, among the best-preserved Moorish baths in Europe, and the Museo de Bandolero—the Bandit Museum! (29 mi.)

Day 3: Quiet roads wind past limestone caverns and rocky pinnacles in the Sierra de Cádiz. Linger in the pretty white villages of Benaoján and Montejaque, whose Gothic churches belie their Berber roots, or wind your way up dozens of switchbacks to the 4,500’ Puerto de las Palomas (Pass of the Doves) for a spectacular challenge. Both options finish in Grazalema, a pueblo blanco of spotless white houses, cobbled streets and wrought iron balconies nestled below the Picos de Pinar. (30, 41, or 46 mi.)

Day 4: Climb through black pines and rare Spanish firs (pinsapo) in the Sierra de Grazelema Natural Park, a UNESCO biosphere reserve. Wind downhill to a historic olive oil mill and Zahara de la Sierra, a pueblo blanco dominated by the Moorish Torre de Homenaje (Tribute Tower). As we drop into the plains, the rugged sierra softens into fertile fields planted with pomegranates, grapevines, and cotton. Named for its graceful archways spanning narrow streets and fine sandstone mansions, Arcos de la Frontera is perhaps the most dazzling of the white villages. Our 250-year-old manor house is itself a masterpiece, its terraces framing rooftop views of town. (42 mi.)

Day 5: Pedal past expansive views: rolling fields of grain, majestic windmills, and revered toros bravos (fighting bull) farms. Lunch and local color at a typical bodega in ancient Medina-Sidonia, followed by local history at its massive Gothic basilica, superimposed on the hilltop ruins of a castle and mosque. Two-night stay in the charming pueblo blanco of Vejer de la Frontera, a National Historic and Artistic Monument. That’s the Morocco coast on the horizon! (45 mi.)

Day 6: Descend to the Costa de la Luz (Coast of Light) for some “dune time” on the Isthmus of Trafalgar, once the scene of a famous British naval battle. Spin under a green canopy of pine nut trees and Maritime junipers in the Parque Natural de El Pińar. Our ride finishes at the seaside Roman ruins of Baelo Claudia, an ancient fish-salting settlement near the Strait of Gibraltar. Shuttle back to Vejer, with time to soak up the sunset views or shop for colorful alpaca, silk, and cashmere wares from a talented local weaver. Farewell feast of Moroccan specialties. (0 or 32 mi.)

Day 7: Morning transfer to the Seville train station for the high-speed AVE to Córdoba or Madrid. Or extend your stay on the coast: bus to colorful Cádiz or ferry to Morocco!

  • 6 nights accommodations in historic hotels (double occupancy, private bath)
  • 5 dinners with wine, 2 picnic lunches, and all breakfasts
  • Use of a top-quality 27-speed Marin hybrid bicycle
  • Detailed maps, written directions, and background information
  • Choice of mileage options on most days; total mileage of 146 to 194 miles
  • Two experienced, multilingual Spanish guides
  • Support van to carry luggage, provide snacks, and offer assistance and lifts
  • Admission to museums and historic sites
  • Transfers to and from Seville at specified times
  • Gratuities for all accommodations and group meals
  • Comprehensive tour preparation information and training tips
  • Easy Rider cycling jersey and water bottle
  • Airfare is not included.

Price: US$3250 for
7 day/6 night guided bike tour.
Single supplement: $600.

2019 Dates
Available as a custom tour for groups of 10+ only. Contact us a minimum of 120 days in advance.

Arrive/Depart
Seville

Activity Level: 2, 3. Moderate terrain, with a few longer climbs

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