- Difficulty: Moderate+
- Category: Cycling, self-guided
- Duration: 6 nights, 7 days
- Recommended time of year: 1st March-30st June and 1st Sept-30th November
Encounter the splendor of the Andalusian culture with a touch of luxury...
- Discover the magic of Sevilla: an enchanting city of international fame.
- Experience the grandeur and comfort of the spectacular Parador hotels along with two hand-picked ****star city hotels.
- Rest amongst almond and olive groves... A candlelit dinner and time to relax by the pool awaits you in an andalusian hacienda.
- Cycling amongst flat landscapes of cereals and sunflower plantations and following the fertile land beside the river Guadalete.
- Historic hilltop towns of Carmona and Arcos de la Frontera.
- Tapas, sherry wines and flamenco in the streets of Jerez.
- Delicious fresh fish in the lively port town of Puerto de Santa María.
- Cádiz, oldest city in western Europe: full of history and beauty, its monuments and stunning beaches are enough to make any visitor fall in love with it.
The cycle begins in Sevilla, a vibrant, charismatic city drenched for most of the year in spirit-enriching sunlight. Not far from Seville, you will reach another jewel of Andalucia, the hilltop town of Carmona: it´s city walls hold churches, palaces and an imposing arab fortress, The Alcazar, now converted into the Parador Hotel where you will spend your second night. A delightful cycle amongst the plains will take you through fields of cereals, suflowers and olive groves to reach the small town of Montellano. From here you will enjoy cycling amongst Mediterranean woodland along the river Guadalete to reach another legendary hilltop city: Arcos de la Frontera: considered one of the most photogenic towns in all of Spain. Cycling along small country roads you will continue on to the heart of the Flamenco traditions: Jerez de la Frontera. A town also famous for its School of Andalusian Horse Dressage and Sherry wineries. One last day on the bike will take you through the sandy beaches of Puerto de Santa María where you will be able to eat wonderful fresh seafood and fish. Your journey ends when you reach the spectacular sandy beaches of Cádiz where you will enjoy a spectacular modern Parador.
Which airport should I fly to? Many international flights into Sevilla. However Madrid and Malaga are also posibilities well connected with Sevilla by high speed train.
How do I get to the Starting Point? Fly into Sevilla or into Malaga or Madrid and from there take a high speed train into Sevilla.
How do I get back? Return from Cádiz. There are many regular trains from Cádiz to Sevilla taking around 1hr35mins. From Sevilla there are high speed trains to Madrid or Malaga or the International Airport.
Day 1: Arrival to Sevilla
A day to discover this magical city of international fame. Its culture, history and folklore make this an exceptional tourist destination.
Day 2: Sevilla to Carmona
Coming out of the city using its extensive network of cycle tracks, head South East to reach a dedicated cycle routs on a good dirt road beside the river Guadaíra. Cycling amongst flat landscapes of cereals and sunflower plantations, you will pass several small towns before you reach the historic walled town of Carmona.
31 miles (50 km)
Day 3: Carmona to Montellano
This is a long cycle, but in the most, very flat. Cycling South along very quiet country roads again amongs cereals and sunflowers. You will pass several small traditional towns along the way where you can stop for a cup of coffee or a refreshing beer!.
42 miles (68 km)
Day 4: Montellano to Arcos de la Frontera
From Montellano you can see the mountains of Grazalema in the distance, you will experience some hills but not mountains today. Today´s cycle takes you into pristine mediterranean forrest of great beauty. Most of the cycle is along very quiet country roads except for a section of about 8 kms along a "Via Verde" (disused railway line now used as a cycle lane). You will cycle past the typically andalucian town of Puerto Serrano: a good place to stop for lunch.
37 miles (60 km)
Day 5: Arcos to Jerez de la Frontera
From Arcos the cycling more ondulating, generally following the river Guadalete downstream along quite country roads. Mediterranean woodland and agricultural land characterise the landscape. There are small villages to stop along the way for a welcome break.
35 miles (56 km)
Day 6: Jerez to Cádiz
Heading south again to reach the sea and the ancient city of Cádiz. Today´s cycle will take you into the stunning small town of El Puerto de Santa María where there are many restaurants serving delicious fresh fish. Cádiz is thought to be the oldest city in western Europe. Full of history and beauty, its monuments and stunning beaches are enough to make any visitor fall in love with it. Your cycle will end along the beach cycle paths and lead you to your last Parador for one last night of luxury.
39 miles (62 km)
Day 7: Extra nights in Cádiz or Seville or Departure
There are many regular trains from Cádiz to Sevilla taking around 1hr 35mins.
3 Paradors, two 4 **** city hotels and a superior rural hotel.
Day 1 Sevilla
Centrally located, and modern hotel, 4 star hotel.
Day 2 Carmona
Impressive arabic castle from the XIVth century at the highest point of this hill-top town. Offering fabulous outdoor swimming pool, terraces with fantastic views and inner courtyard. Exquisite food and service. Four stars.
Day 3 Montellano
Traditional and authentic Andalusian hacienda surrounded by almond and olive groves. Offers candlelit dinners under the stars in warm evenings overlooking the surrounding landscape.
Day 4 Arcos de la Frontera
Historic Noble House in the center of town. Another hill top town offering stunning views of the surrounding landscape: the plains to the north and the Grazalema Mountains to the South East. Three stars.
Day 5 Jerez de la Frontera
XIXth century palace in the historic heart of the town, finished in neo-classical, colonial style. Modern and comfortable rooms. Four stars.
Day 6 Cádiz
Modern architectural design. With impressive views to the Bay of Cádiz, this Parador includes a relaxing SPA and exclusive swimming pool. It is locate in front of the La Caleta Beach and its maritime walkway. Four Stars.
Our hire bikes and equipment:
A bicycle specialist will deliver your hire bike and adjust it to your specifications. We provide you with fully equipped touring bicycles. Remember that we carry your luggage between hotels so you can travel light.
- Price: 965€ per person
- Single room supplement: 223€
- Solo Traveller supplement: 417€
- Half board / dinners (wine not incl.): 150€
- Bike hire: 100€
- Electric Bike hire: 150€
- 6 nights´ accommodation.
- 6 breakfasts.
- Luggage transfers between hotels.
- Detailed maps with your trail clearly marked.
- Itinerary description, full of recommendations for things to do and places to visit, advice and suggestions and information about your accommodation, etc.
- Emergency support.
- Activity insurance.