2018 TOUR DATES

Saturday 24th to Wednesday 28th February - Places Open

Saturday 3rd to Wednesday 7th March - Places Open

Saturday 3rd to Wednesday 7th November - Places Open

Saturday 10th to Wednesday 14th November - Places Open

White Villages Tour

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Los Peublos Blancos or the White Villages of Andalusia is a spectacular and challenging tour of the picturesque rural villages in the Sierra de Cadiz, Sierra de Malaga and Sierra Sur(Seville). It's one of a number of tours we offer in Andalusia and the above dates are our tours which are open to join.

The White Villages nestle into the side of the southern mountain ranges surrounding Cadiz, Malaga and Seville. It’s a spectacular ride which includes one or two mountain passes, and some stunning descents into the picturesque villages. It’s a tour with amazing scenery – rocky mountaintops, densely wooded forests, villages perched on cliff edges, bright blue reservoirs, hairpinned roads – it's also a tour in an area with exceptionally rich birdlife, particularly raptors. It has Europe's largest population of Griffon Vultures, an amazing sight to see as your ascending the mountainside, as well as vultures it also home to owls, eagles, deer, Spanish Ibex, foxes, voles and other small mammals. The villages themselves are famous for their beautiful whitewashed houses usually huddled round a central castle, ornate churches, and some of the bigger ones also have their own Plaza del Toro; the perfect setting at the end of a day's cycling. Another pull for these villages is their amazing cuisine; tapas, raciones, postres, vinos and cervezas!

These tours are a challenge, the tour day lengths may not be long and not always steep but they have some fantastic ascents that last for a couple of miles and the main climb lasts around 8.5 miles with varying levels of steepness, a right of passage for Spanish cyclists visiting the area. The tours are all on road and supported with a back up vehicle, so in the case of you not feeling up to the climb you can always jump in the van for a easier climb to the pass. The tours are run on consecutive weekends in Spring and Autumn; Tour A is a guided tour with an average of 30 miles / 45 km per day, which includes a cycling guide and supported by a pack-up vehicle, while Tour B is a supported tour with an average of 40 miles / 65 km per day, in which your guide is supporting you in a back-up vehicle.

Each tour is 5 days cycling in length, both of them beginning in Jerez. They include 5 nights bed and breakfast accommodation with the first nights accommodation being on Friday 23th February (Tour A) and Friday 2nd March (Tour B) - the night before the tour begins in either Jerez, Málaga or Seville - and both include a transfer to and from the finish point from Málaga, Seville or Jerez. We can arrange the transfer to Jerez to be on the Friday 24th or for those arriving late we can arrange it for early Saturday. The back-up vehicle is always close at hand (only a phone call away) and will be stocked with water, tea, coffee, snacks and some spare parts; it can also be used to hitch a lift up a hill, to your lunch spot or on to your hotel. Lunch is included in the price and will be the local lunch menu (menu del dia) which is normally a three course meal! Below are the different tour details and costings.

White Villages Tour A: Start Date 24th February

  • Guided tour
  • Cycling guide
  • Five nights B&B accommodation
  • Transfer to start point
  • Transfer from finish point
  • Daily luggage transfers
  • Vehicle support
  • Lunch
  • Optional extras: Bike rental and extra nights accommodation Seville, Málaga or Jerez
  • Price: £775 per person sharing
DATE Start Destination Distance
24th February Jerez Arcos De La Frontera 23 miles / 38 km
25th February Arcos Grazalema 33 miles / 53 km
26th February Grazalema Ronda 31 miles / 50 km
27th February Ronda Olvera 20 miles / 32 km
28th February Olvera Osuna 30 miles / 48 km

White Villages Tour A Itinerary

Friday February 23rd The night before the tour starts you have your first night’s accommodation in Jerez. Prior to this there will be transfers available from Málaga or Seville to Jerez (if you have late flights on a Friday night we can arrange accommodation in Seville/Málaga and a morning transfer to Jerez).

Saturday February 24th First day is a shorter and flatter day, so we will have a little later start giving you time for a lazy breakfast or to explore a little more of Jerez. The distance today is 23 miles or 38 km of mostly flattish road with a climb at the end into Arcos and the foothills of the Sierra de Cadiz.

Sunday February 25th Day two sees you into the Sierra de Cadiz proper, with a flatter first half to Pardo Del Rey where we’ll stop off for lunch. The main climbing will be at the end of the day, between El Bosque and Grazalema, it has of course the best views too. Today’s length is 33 miles / 53 km in total.

Monday February 26th Today’s views are on par with anywhere you might go, over the pass by Grazalema before descending to Zahara, a spectacular village perched over El Gator reservoir. From there we head to Montecorto where we stop for Lunch before heading to the amazing Ronda. Today you cycle 31 miles / 50 km

Tuesday February 27th Today is a shorter day, with more downhill than uphill and takes us to Olvera. We pass through Setenil de las Bodegas, a unique village with houses built into the rock that overhangs the Rio Trejo, where stop here for lunch. Today sees us complete 32 km or 20 miles.

Wednesday February 28th The final day will find you riding to Osuna, made more famous recently for being portrayed in the tv series ‘Game of Thrones’. Today we pass by the villages of Algámitas and El Saucejo where we stop for lunch. Today’s length is 30 miles or 48 km. Here you have a choice of either being transferred back to Seville/Málaga/Jerez or we can arrange your accommodation here in Osuna for you to spend the night before transferring you.

The White Villages are a tourists paradise, and bike tourers even more so. Spectacular scenery, friendly locals, picturesque villages and great food. Here are some useful links below to websites on Los Pueblos Blancos.


Cycling in Sierra de Cadiz

White Villages Tour B: Start Date 3rd March

  • Supported tour
  • Vehicle support and guide
  • Five nights B&B accommodation
  • Transfer to start point
  • Transfer from finish point
  • Daily luggage transfers
  • Lunch
  • Optional extras: Bike rental and extra nights accommodation Seville, Málaga or Jerez
  • Price: £725
DATE Start Destination Distance
3rd March Jerez El Bosque 41 miles / 66 km
4th March El Bosque Ronda (via Grazalema and Zahara) 40 miles / 65 km
5th March Ronda Osuna 43 miles / 70 km
6th March Osuna Carmona 36 miles / 59 km
7th March Carmona Seville 40 miles / 65 km

White Villages Tour B Itinerary

Friday March 7th The night before the tour starts you have your first night’s accommodation in Jerez. Prior to this there will be transfers available from Málaga or Seville to Jerez (if you have late flights on a Friday night we can arrange accommodation in Seville/Málaga and a morning transfer to Jerez).

Saturday March 8th The first day gets us right into the Sierra de Cadiz, charming El Bosque while passing through one of the most popular of the White Villages in Arcos De La Frontera, where we have lunch. Mostly flat until Arcos after which we climb into la Sierra de Cadiz. 41 miles or 66 km today.

Sunday March 9th Day two sees you cross the Sierra de Grazalema National Park, cycling over Puerto El Boyar and on to Ronda via Zahara, with all the amazing views that entails. Stopping for lunch in the beautiful Zahara today after doing most of the climbing and descending. 40 miles or 65 km today.

Monday March 10th Ronda to Osuna today, via some beautiful and unique villages like Setenil de las Bodegas with houses built into the rock that overhangs the Rio Trejo. It’s our longest day but with a lot more downhill than up! 43 miles or 70 km from Ronda to Osuna

Tuesday March 11th Day four begins in Beautiful Osuna before heading out into the plains, olive and orange groves on our way to Carmona in the Guadalquivir Valley via Marchena. We stop in Marchena for lunch before we head towards Carmona with it’s fantastic tower and orange trees. Today’s ride is 36 miles or 59 km.

Wednesday March 12th The final day will is the ride into Seville. For this we take you into the Sierra Norte National Park and let you ride down into glorious Seville. The ride takes you by a few villages, including Cantillana where we stop for lunch. We also pass Santiponce, with its marvellous roman town of Italica, the birth place of Emperors Hadrian and Trajan, a beautiful amphitheatre, it was also used in the tv series ‘Game of Thrones’. You’re now on the doorstep of Seville and your destination. Todays ride is almost all downhill, 45 miles or 65 km long (we can go a bit further into the Sierra Norte, if people want). Here you have a choice of either being transferred back to Málaga or Jerez or we can arrange your accommodation here in Osuna for you to spend the night before transferring you.

The White Villages are a tourists paradise, and bike tourers even more so. Spectacular scenery, friendly locals, picturesque villages and great food. Here are some useful links below to websites on Los Pueblos Blancos.


Orange tree

How to get here

Seville: There are direct flights to Seville from many UK airports including London Gatwick, Stanstead, Luton and Manchester, from Ireland there are direct flights from Dublin as well as many other cities from continental Europe. There are also connecting flights in Spain from Madrid or Barcelona.

Málaga: Málaga is the hub airport for southern Spain with extensive flights across the UK, Ireland and Europe, as well as connecting flights from Madrid and Barcelona

Jerez: Jerez has direct flights from London Stanstead, as well as connecting flights from Madrid and Barcelona.

Whether you arrive in Málaga, Seville or Jerez we will transfer you to and from the start point on the morning of the tour and back at the end of the tour with your luggage and your bike, if you bring one.

For those wishing to rent bikes, we can organise bike rentals for road, hybrid, mountain and electic. please ask us for information. Telephone: 01524 840072 and Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



INCLUDED IN PRICE:
Back-up Vehicle and Guide
5 Nights B&B and Lunch
Snacks, Fruit, Tea, Coffee and Water
Transfers to start and from end
OPTIONAL EXTRAS:
Single Room Supplement
Bike Rental (Road, Hybrid, Mountain or Electric)
Extra nights at the beginning or end
Further transfers (Madrid, Barcelona, Granada )
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