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Andalucia by E-Bike
In spring 2019, we offer a unique opportunity to experience the Andalucian mountains and natural parks with an electric mountain bike. The tour starts from the city of Ronda, which is an impressive attraction in itself. Cycle with an e-bike from village to village at your own pace, even the uphills are a pleasure to ride. The famous “Pueblos Blancos”, white villages, glisten on the slopes of the mountains. In this part of Spain, nature is surprisingly green and lush. We use quiet roads where the cyclist is king and cars are sparse. In these mountains and villages, you are a world away from the touristy coastline. Electric bike touring is certainly a different way to experience genuine Andalucía. The sun and good food complete this unforgettable tour.
Andalucia E-Bike Tour
- Start/end: Ronda (easy access from Malaga by bus or train)
- Duration 5 days, 4 nights
- Highlights: Mountain views, sunshine, picturesque villages, Spanish cuisine, national parks
- Self-guided (GPS)
- Difficulty: Moderate, cycling experience and moderate fitness is required. Some remote roads and long ascents/descents.
- 1.April – 19.May 2019, start any day
- Price 525 eur/person. Single supplement is 30 eur/night.
- Electric mountain bike, GPS, bike bags, other bike equipment
- Pre-planned route
- Points of Interest (POI’s)
- Accommodations: Bed & Breakfast style
- 24/7 phone support
- Technicl support level: C (see “Info”). Happy eBikers staff will assist you.
- Meals or drinks (Breakfast is included)
- Tickets to museums, cruises or such
- Flight tickets
- Baggage transfers
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Day 1 (40 km)
In the morning, we’ll go through all equipment and pack the bike bags. Extra stuff you can leave with us. When everything is ready, your electric bike adventure can begin! First, you’ll cycle out of Ronda on small country roads. Be sure to stop at a distance and admire this town, which is built on the edge of a cliff. An impressive sight. The route rises up to vineyards and farmlands. Bustle of the city is left behind, here you can enjoy peaceful cycling in the countryside. Just in time for lunch, you will arrive at the first “white village”, Setenil de las Bodegas. Part of this unique village has been built under rock cliffs and the place is a famous attraction. In the afternoon, the tour continues through Torre Alhaquim to Olvera. The hilltop church and castle are visible from afar. From the roof of the castle, incredible views over the surrounding countryside open up. Overnight in Olvera.
Day 2 (50 km)
This will be an interesting day. First, you’ll cycle downhill north of the village, from where starts a “via verde”, ie. a former train track now modified into a cycling path. This particular section, “Via Verde de la Sierra”, has received recognition and awards over the years. The experience is breathtaking: high bridges, dozens of tunnels and easy cycling on flat surface without cars. Vultures circling in the sky; the local population is one of the largest in Europe. There are some cafes along the route and a nice lunch restaurant at Coripé. Here the route leaves the track and follows a small mountain road south. It’s a long downhill ride and occasionally you’ll see a glimmer of the Zahara de la Sierra village, nestled high on a mountain side with a turquoise reservoir just below. In the evening you can admire the sunset from the village’s viewpoints. Overnight in Zahara.
Day 3 (40 km)
Now the route takes you to the heart of the Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park. The road rises towards the mountains and provides excellent views of the Zahara artificial lake. At the highest point, about 1200 meters, there is a lookout point. Take your time and catch your breath. Now begins a spectacular descent into Grazalema village, surrounded by mountains. This region is among the rainiest in Spain. Clouds swirling from the Atlantic drop their rain on these mountains, and nature gets greener as you cycle south. In Grazalema village you definitely need to park your e-bikes for a while and stroll around Plaza de Espana and the church area. Small shops sell local delicacies. Journey continues on the mountain plateau and next you arrive in Villaluenga del Rosario, where you can enjoy world-renowned Queso Payoyo cheeses. The factory next to the road has a shop where you can taste different varieties. The last 8 km downhill take you to the village of Ubrique, where you will be staying for the night.
Day 4 (50 km)
Today you will cycle over some mountain ridges, so some good ups and downs are to be expected. Warm up with a 200m ascent to the border area between Sierra de Grazalema and Alcornocales Natural Parks. Enjoy the greenery, old moss covered oak trees create a peaceful atmosphere. The road winds downwards into the next ”pueblo blanco”, Cortes de la Frontera. This village has a prosperous past, as can be seen from the old manor houses lining the central street. Cork has brought money into the local community since the 17th century. At the north end of main street, you’ll find a surprisingly large bullfighting arena. After lunch, descend into the fertile Guadir valley and climb the opposite ridge. Now follows a nice downhill into the little village of Algatocin, which has a couple of cafes. The views east over Genal valley are really breathtaking. Another 7 km of hairpin turns take you to the bottom of the lush valley. A few km’s more and along comes village of Jubrique, where you’ll find your cozy B&B.
Day 5 (40 km)
After breakfast a small jeep road takes you north. Jubrique was already a bit remote, and now you’ll cycle deep into the lush forests. The road is in decent condition, although in some places water has carved holes and ruts. Be careful! Stop now and again to admire the mountain views. It’s very peaceful here. At the bottom you’ll cross a few small streams and then River Genal, before heading uphill. Peculiar Juzcar is a good lunch place, the whole village is painted blue. From here onwards, the narrow mountain road climbs dramatically towards Sierra de la Nieves natural park. Soon you’ll be above the treeline and views are magnificent. At the altitude of 1000m comes the intersection of Ronda-Marbella road. Take this road downhill towards Ronda for a few minutes and you’ll see the city already in the distance. Leave the busy road and cycle a few more hours on quiet gravel tracks, until you reach Ronda outskirts.
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