Get away from the crowds and explore the authentic Spanish wine regions of La Mancha and Andalusia, cycling southwards from the historic walled town of Toledo to the vineyards and beaches of Andalusia, stopping along the way in the finest rural wineries.
This bicycle tour covers the best vineyards of Southern Spain, starting off in La Mancha, home of Don Quijote and one of the world’s biggest yet relatively unknown wine regions. Nowadays, several wineries – one of which we will visit – start to stand out. We’ll continue our trip to two purely Andalusian wine regions, surrounded by mountains, beaches, flamenco, bulls and horses. Southern Europe meets the Mediterranean and the Atlantic in an abundantly rich cultural melting pot. The trip ends in Jerez, where you could either travel to Tarifa to cross into Morocco or on to Seville and Granada to continue your trip in Andalusia.
During our biking journey we stay in outstanding accommodation – four-star hotels in the bigger cities and smaller, charming hotels in picturesque Andalusian villages – and we sample the finest of traditional Andalusian cuisine with excellent wines.
Our Bike Spain Tours minibus will transport you for half of the journey to arrive at the starting points of each one of the biking stages. We’ll ride the most interesting parts of our journey and for those looking forward to a bit more of a challenge, each day’s stages may be lengthened or shortened (depending on the group’s bicycling skills).
- Discover two of Spain’s less well-known wine regions, La Mancha and Andalusia
- Stay in rural estates and bodegas, tucked away in the scenic Spanish countryside
- Find out all you’ve ever wanted to know about wine and sherry preparation
- Follow the green trails (“Vias Verdes”) of ancient railways to get away from it all
- Take a well-deserved break on the beach after cycling through Jerez’ vineyards
- Traditional Andalusian nights of flamenco music and sangria
Day 1. Madrid
Arrival in Madrid at your leisure. This is a great opportunity to visit the city (by bicycle, if you wish) and the nearby Prado and/or Reina Sofia Museum on your own. The hotel is ideally located in the city center so that you are within walking distance of everything.
Day 2. La Mancha
Ride: 32.5 km +237 m / -258 m
Your Bike Spain Tours guide will meet you at your Madrid hotel for an early morning departure by van towards Toledo to visit this spectacular walled city. Our next stop will be the land of Don Quijote (La Mancha) to see the ancient windmills made famous by Cervantes’ novel. We’ll hop on our bikes for a warm-up ride through the nearby vineyards stopping at a winery and an olive oil factory along the way. We’ll have dinner and spend the night in an old covent converted into a luxurius hotel in Almagro.
Day 3. Montilla
Ride: 22.0 km +328 m / -329 m with option of more riding
We’ll start the day with a transfer to the city of to Cordoba by van where you’ll have the chance to visit its impressive mosque and wander through the narrow streets of the city’s historic Jewish and Arab quarters.
We’ll continue our trip by van to Montilla – focal point of the Montilla-Moriles wine region – where we hop on the bikes for a pleasant loop ride before arriving at our accommodation: another estate with its own winery. That night, we’ll immerse ourselves in Spanish culture with a wine tasting and special dinner.
Day 4. Ronda
Ride: 39.7 km +573 m / -293 m
After breakfast, we’ll bike the “Via Verde del Aceite” (literally “greenways”) rail trail – a disused railway line that has been converted into a recreational trail for walkers, hikers and horseback riders. We’ll stop and have lunch at the transformed train station in the town of Cabra (now an interpretation centre). After lunch, we go by van to Ronda, the most dramatically sited of all the “pueblos blancos” (=white villages).
We stay in a marvelous hotel with stunning views of Ronda’s famous sweeping gorge and tonight you have the opportunity to explore this lively town and eat in one of its many tapas bars.
Day 5. Jerez de la Frontera
Ride: 45.8 km +705 m / -1001 m
We start cycling from the hotel with spectacular views of the mountains on the descent towards the natural park of Grazalema. Crossing this beautiful area of cork tree forests we continue towards the town of Zahara overlooking the impressive resevoir of Zahara.
After lunch we’ll transfer you to your hotel in Jerez de la Frontera, considered to be one of the most important coastal towns, right in the heart of the most Andalusian area of Jerez and Seville. In fact, Jerez is a city with all the ingredients to immerse ourselves in the Spanish and Andalusian classics, such as flamenco, Sherry wines and the most delicious gastronomy.
Day 6. Jerez de la Frontera
Ride: 43.0 km +369 m / -355 m
This morning we transfer from the hotel to the beautiful coastal town of Barbate where we begin biking through the natural park of La Breña y Marismas del Barbate surrounded by dramatic pine trees. The ride then follows the coastline north as we make our way back towards Jerez where, if we have time, we can visit one of the town’s most well-known sherry producers.
Tonight we will have our final celebratory dinner with a spectacular flamenco show over an elegant glass of local sherry. What bettter way to say goodbye to Andalusia!
Day 7. Departure
After breakfast, you can head back to Madrid by van with us or we can either drop you in the city of Seville, at the airport or train station of Jerez. We recommend you to continue your journey in Andalusia, visiting the cities of Seville and Granada or stopping over at Tarifa, where you can even take a boat to Morocco and spend some time in the city of Tangier.