Type of Tour
7 days, 6 nights
Departure - Destination
Ronda - El puerto de Santa María
Number of participants
minimum 2 travellers
The White Villages
Between the provinces of Málaga and Cádiz, set in dreamy landscapes of interwoven peaks and valleys, you will find the “Pueblos Blancos” (White Villages) of the Ronda and Grazalema Mountains. These villages constitute gems of popular Andalusian architecture, lodged between the deep green of their valleys and the rocky grey of the mountains. Discover a region and a people forged over the ages in these idyllic, hidden spots.
This gentle Pueblos Blancos bike route (mainly on quiet country roads) will lead us to the heart of the region, dropping down from the lofty heights of the Ronda Mountains towards the plains of Cadiz to come to rest on the coast, in Puerto de Santa María.
Cycling from Ronda to El Puerto de Santa María
We set out from the ancient city of Ronda (one-time home to writers like Cervantes or the Czech poet Rainer María Rilke) with its gorge, mountains, and famous bullring (Spain’s oldest). From here we will discover many of the “Pueblos Blancos”: Arriate, Setenil de las Bodegas, Torre Alhaquime, Olvera. From there we take the old “Vía Verde” (disused mountain railway – now reconditioned for cycling) to Puerto Serrano. Then to Villamartín and finally Arcos de la Frontera, a whitewashed farmstead set into an impenetrable peak above the Guadalete River, a splendid viewpoint over the Jerez countryside.
Sherry and “dancing horses”
You continue cycling along fields to the city of Jerez de la Frontera with its world famous sherry bodegas and the “dancing” Andalusian horses. During the last stage you cycle on dirt roads through vineyards to El Puerto Santa María, where you can cycle some more kilometres along the marshes, through the pine forest and along the beach of the Park of the Bay of Cadiz.
Fresh fish and Cadiz
El Puerto de Santa María offers fresh fish every day that you can buy fried in a paper bag. From El Puerto de Santa María it is worth to take a boat trip across to the over 4000 year old city of Cadiz, almost completely surrounded by water. There is a lot to see and do in this charming town on the Atlantic coast. Both el Puerto de Sant María and Cadiz are a great place for a wonderful farewell evening, maybe even with flamenco?