Cycling along the “Coast of the Light” (Costa de la Luz)

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From Sevilla to Cádiz & Sanlúcar

The Costa de la Luz is a section of the Andalusian coast in Spain facing the Atlantic; it extends from Tarifa  in the south, along the Province of Cádiz coast. Its location at the southernmost point of the Iberian Peninsula and its outstanding climate have made it an object of desire for millennia. Here we invite you to some days of relaxing cycling along the most beautiful golden sand beaches of Spain!  You also cycle along rivers, on Greenways and through beautiful white villages as Vejer de la Frontera. You will have time to explore the lovely town of Cádiz, where you sleep in the historical centre before taking the ferry to Rota. Enjoy the coastal villages of Rota, Chipiona and Sanlúcar and learn about “the New World”, the sailing boats leaving for America from here. Sanlúcar is famous for its  wine, called “manzanilla”.  Visit a bodega of manzanilla wine, or do an excursion to the Doñana National Park  from Sanlúcar. You’ll enjoy the sunsets in the Atlantic Ocean, before you continue cycling along the Guadalquivir river back towards Sevilla.

This tour is perfect in winter  (November-March), in spring time and autumn. You cannot start the tour between June, 15 and September, 15, it is too hot and busy in summer.

Day 1: Arrival Jerez or Seville

Day 1:  Arrival Jerez or Seville

Sevilla and  Jerez have their own airport. Depending on your arrival you can spend the first night in Sevilla or Jerez. If you fly on Malaga you can take the train to Sevilla or Jerez. (Málaga-Sevilla 2 hours by train, and Sevilla-Jerez is 1 hour by train ).


Day 2: visit Sevilla (or Jerez) and transfer to Vejer

Day 2: visit Sevilla (or Jerez) and transfer to Vejer

In the morning, you have time to visit Sevilla. In the afternoon or in the evening you travel to Vejer de la Frontera. Vejer, a hill top village (220 meters above sea level) is considered as one of the most beautiful white villages of Andalusia.  Have a stroll through the charming old town before or after dinner! Overnight in a charming hotel in the historical center.


Day 3.  Vejer-Barbate-Vejer,  30 Km 300 m ascend

Day 3.  Vejer-Barbate-Vejer,  30 Km 300 m ascend

Today you pick up your bike at the bike shop and you start with an easy route into the Marshland of Barbate, a fishing village famous for its tuna fish and popular in the summer with Spanish holiday makers although it is generally untouched by foreign tourists. After a good downhill, you will cycle into a nice flat area following the  Barbate river to the fishermen village  of Barbate. You can have lunch at a beach restaurant. The way back to Vejer will lead you into the other part of the Nature Park, the “Breña”, a large pine groove. The umbrella pines provide shade for a rich variety of Mediterranean wildflowers. One of the park's main natural resources are the pine nuts collected from the Pinar de la Breña. You have also the opportunity to visit Worlds’ biggest dovecote on the way. Climbing bit by bit through the pine forest, with views over the valley and the Sea, you will cycle back to Vejer, where you can visit an old windmill from the 19th Century.


Day 4. Vejer-Novo Sancti Petri,  38 km

Day 4. Vejer-Novo Sancti Petri,  38 km

Leaving the village towards the coast, heading to the beach of Vejer called El Palmar (15 km), lots of people surfing here. From El Palmar we take the track towards the bigger village of Conil de la Frontera, nice place for lunch, or maybe you would like to eat in a “chiringuito” (Beach bar) as we now follow the beach line for a while. Then we climb a bit, just enough to reach the cliffs which we will follow while we have great views of the Sea, small beaches and the light tower of el Roche. We continue towards Novo Sancti Petri, where we find our hotel at 100 meters from one of the most famous beaches, la Barrosa, of fine golden sand.


Day 5: Novo Sancti Petri-Cádiz, 40 km or cycling to San Fernando (21km) and train to Cádiz

Day 5: Novo Sancti Petri-Cádiz, 40 km or cycling to San Fernando (21km) and train to Cádiz

Today we have the chance to visit the old fishing village of Sancti Petri, nowadays a small port to take a boat to the island of Sancti Petri, where an old castle occupies almost all the island. The history of the island is amazing; it seems to be related to the personality of Hercules. Afterwards you cycle through the bigger town of Chiclana to continue to San Fernando on a track along the railway. After crossing the town of San Fernando, you continue to the romantic harbour town of Cádiz. You will have all afternoon free to visit this amazing old town! Overnight in a 3-star hotel in historical center.


Day 6.  Cádiz-Rota by ferry, Sanlúcar 30 km

Day 6.  Cádiz-Rota by ferry, Sanlúcar 30 km

You leave Cádiz by ferry to Rota, from there you pick up the old Greenway to Sanlúcar de Barrameda.  It is worth to make a little d-tour to Chipiona, and cycle again along the coast with the highest light tower of Spain, and the old castle with an interesting exposition of “The New World” about the voyages of Columbus.  If the tide is low, you can see the “Corrales” built in the sea to catch fish. Sanlúcar awaits you with its fine “Manzanilla” wine and authentic King prawns looking out over the river, the little boats and the Doñana National Park . You can visit a bodega to see the process of making this unique wine, or have a coffee in the beautiful gardens of the Palace of the Dukes.  The historical centre of Sanlúcar is nice and lively, with many good tapas bars. And do not forget to try this marvelous Manzanilla with the special Sanlúcar prawns!


Day 7.  Sanlúcar de Barrameda-Lebrija, 42 km

Day 7.  Sanlúcar de Barrameda-Lebrija, 42 km

If you wish, you can still visit a bodega in Sanlúcar in the morning before cycling to Lebrija. The bike tour will lead you first along Salinas, then through a Pine forest (Algaida) of the Doñana Natura Park . You continue cycling along the Guadalquivir river on an old tarmac road, almost without asphalt nowadays. It is almost sure you will see flamingos here! Once you leave the river to go inland you will notice that the main productive activity here is agriculture, with beet, cotton, wheat and various fruits.  Winemaking activities are also prominent. You enter the province of Sevilla and cycle to the village of Lebrija. Lebrija has remnants of its Muslim past among its old buildings. Its chief buildings are a ruined Moorish castle and the parish church, Santa María de la Oliva, one of the finest churches in the province of Sevilla that combines a variety of styles: Mudéjar, Renaissance and Baroque. The campanile tower was inspired by the Giralda of the Seville Cathedral , and it is commonly known as "La Giraldilla" (little Giralda). Santa María de la Oliva was originally a mosque that was reclaimed as a Christian temple in 1249, following the Reconquista.  The church retains some  original mosque elements and resembles a smaller version of the Mezquita in Córdoba.


Day 8:  Lebrija, train to Sevilla or Jerez

Day 8:  Lebrija, train to Sevilla or Jerez

After breakfast you can take a direct train to the Jerez airport, only 10 minutes away! You can also go by train to Sevilla in less than 1 hour and enjoy the capital of Andalusia for another day!



Accommodation with breakfast

Included

7 days


Luggage transport

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7 days


Information on the trip

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7 days


Telephone helpline

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7 days


Bike rental with delivery

Included

7 days

Services not included


Supplement for single occupation

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190€

7 nights


Supplement High Season/weekends

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45€

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