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Uncover the best of Andalucia on a bike tour with DIGnGO. You ride through El Torcal de Antequera in the Sierra del Torcal mountain range. You pedal past some of the most famous white towns of Andalucia. You bike to the historic towns of Ronda, Antequera and Grazalema. You cycle along the Iznajar reservoir and through beautiful olive groves. And you ride your bicycle to Granada in Andalucía. A DIGnGO cycling tour in Andalucia is an amazing adventure through sunny southern Spain.
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After arriving via the Malaga train station and being picked up, we welcome you to Andalucia with a drink and lunch at a restaurant in a typical village just north of Malaga. Then, we kick off the tour by biking through an area called Torcal de Antequera.
Torcal de Antequera is a nature reserve found within the Sierra del Torcal mountain range. Located south of Antequera, the reserve is well known for its stunning yet unusual landforms. It is hailed as one of the most impressive karst landscapes in Europe. The scenery will be a welcoming introduction to the area and a small sample of what’s to come over the next four days.
After an enjoyable day of pedaling throughout inviting countryside, dinner is held at the Hotel Convento La Magdalena in Antequera. Known as el corazón de Andalucía, which means “the heart of Andalucia,” Antequera holds a central location amongst Córdoba, Granada, Málagaand Seville.
Antequera has a rich hisotrical background. It was the site where the Federal Constitution of Antequera was drafted in 1883. In 1978, the so-called “Pact of Antequera Autonomy” was also birthed here. The city is likewise known for two large Bronze Age monuments.
Today’s Ride: 23 miles with 3,300 feet of climbing
First, you spend about an hour transferring from Antequera to El Chorro. It’s well worth the travel time. Found in Málaga just outside of the town of Álora, El Chorro is a small village sporting the most popular rock climbing attractions in all of Spain! A large gorge stretches from El Chorro to Embalse del Gaitanejo with two incredibly narrow sections at each end of the gorge and a wide bowl in between. The 1965 adventure film, Von Ryan’s Express, shot on location in this gorge.
Before stopping in a village called El Burgo, you spend the morning biking into the Sierra de las Nieves. This extensive mountain range is 1,919 meters high at its premier point, La Torrecilla peak.
In the evening, you arrive in Ronda. The village is surrounded by prehistoric settlements that date back to the Neolithic Age. One of the main sights is the three historical bridges that span the canyon.
Dinner is served at a “must experience” restaurant in Ronda. Surrounded by pieces of history from the local area, it is a welcoming place to enjoy the local cuisine before retiring to the Hotel Catalonia Reina Victoria for the evening.
Today’s Ride: 36 miles with 4,500 feet of climbing
Short Option: 19 miles with 2,400 feet of climbing
Long Option: 49 miles with 5,600 feet of climbing
Start your day with a brisk ride from the hotel to enjoy the stunning scenery around Ronda. We promise your tour won’t be interrupted by the historical bullfight, the ‘Corrida Goyesca,’ that takes place annually.
This morning, you embark on a beautiful ride to Zahara de la Sierra. Perched on a mountain that overlooks the valley and a beautiful manmade lake formed by the dam, the town is considered to be one of the areas “pueblos blancos” or “white towns” due to the overwhelming majority of its buildings being white.
You enjoy a light lunch on your own in town before heading toward Grazalema, Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park.
Later that day indulge in a guided visit of Ronda. Ronda is situated atop one of the most mountain regions in the area at about 750 meters above mean sea level. A river, the Guadalevín, runs through the city, separating Ronda in two and carving out the steep El Tajo canyon.
Tonight, head out for dinner on your own. There are many restaurants whether you are looking for a gourmet meal or tapas.
Today’s Ride: 32 miles with 3,800 feet of climbing
Short Option: 22 miles with 1,400 feet of climbing
Long Option: 51 miles with 5,200 feet of climbing
Today you start cycling in the relaxing countryside after a 55-minute minivan transfer from the hotel. After taking in the fresh country air, you stop for lunch on your own at a Restaurant in Archidona.
On your bike ride, you cross the border from the Malaga Province to Granada. As soon as you do, the landscape will be filled with olive trees. It’s a unique setting for a memorable ride, which you top off by arriving at the Hotel Barceló La Bobadilla in the afternoon.
Barceló La Bobadilla is one of the most popular hotels in the area. It was envisioned over 25 years ago by Dr. Egli, a Swiss businessperson and lawyer, who dreamed of living in the heart of Andalucia. Located in Loja, a charming village between Granada and Malaga, the hotel is a magnificent estate of 350 acres of olive groves and oaks.
You enjoy a satisfying dinner at the hotel’s restaurant, El Cortijo. It is truly one of the finest gourmet establishments in the province, and the perfect atmosphere to indulge in one of the local wines from the cellar.
Today’s Ride: 29 miles with 2,200 feet of climbing
Short Option: 17 miles with 1,400 feet of climbing
Long Option: 43 miles with 4,100 feet of climbing
Exploring the unique beauty of Andalucia is still fresh in your mind on this final day of your tour. You are able to melt into your surrounding today.
Lunch is on your own in the town of Iznájar a classic “ Pueblo Blanco” village with around 5000 inhabitants. Iznájar is located in the province of Córbara and above the reservoir of Iznájar, the largest lake in the whole of Andalusia. The principal economic activity of the area is the cultivation of olives although tourism is increasingly becoming an economic.
You wrap up the day with a flavourful dinner at the hotel’s gourmet restaurant, La Finca. As one of the finest establishment’s in the area, you want to adhere to their dress code. It is recommended that the gentlemen wear a jacket with a long sleeved shirt, no tie or polo shirt. Long trousers and closed shoes are compulsory.
La Finca houses two attractive spaces. A room with high, sloping wooden ceilings known as the La Chimenea, and an outside space with a beautiful fountain and geraniums called the El Patio. After dinner, you retire to the welcoming atmosphere of the Hotel Barceló La Bobadilla. It’s an enchanted stay for your last night in the memorable region of Andalucia, Spain.
Today’s Ride: 32 miles with 3,700 feet of climbing
Short Option: 18 miles with 1,900 feet of climbing
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel Barcelo La Bobadilla one last time before meeting up with your trip leaders. From here, a short drive to the Malaga train station marks the end of the tour and of this unforgettable trip through Andalucia.
You have terrific guides. I ‘ve had none better. Hope you have a great year, we will possibly meet again.
Thank you for taking care of Kim and I.
You did an excellent job on our trip. I have been on a lot of cycling tours and yours was the best run that I have ever been involved with. Keep up the good work and I will probably be calling you about biking adventure next year. You can also put me down as a reference for you guys with other Americans.
Thank you to our great guides. We appreciate that you helped us see Andalucia in a new light, we learned a lot.
What a wonderful experience we shared with our trip leaders this week. We loved every minute of our tour. You will be amazingly successful and please do not hesitate to reach out if we can help in anyway.