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Journey across Andalucía by bike, cycling from Seville to Cadiz spending each night in historic hotels, Paradors and luxury haciendas.
Starting out in Seville, explore ancient alleyways and sunny plazas as you discover the Giralda Tower and The UNESCO listed Alcazar. Experience the flamboyance and flare of flamenco as you hop between tapas bars tasting local dishes of Iberico jamon.
From Seville pedal across plains of sunflowers and olive groves to the white villages of Carmona and Montellano. Cycle to Spain’s city of Sherry, Jerez de la Frontera before rolling into Spain’s oldest settlement, Cadiz where Moorish architecture meets sophisticated waterside bars and cafes, the perfect venue for a relaxing seafood dinner.
Located deep in southern Spain, Seville can be easily reached via its international airport. Aternatively, an efficient train service connects Seville to Madrid (2hrs30min) or Jerez (1hr30min).
As one of Spain’s most theatrical cities, Seville boasts lively plazas, exquisite Moorish architecture and a flamenco dynasty dating back to the 19th century—the perfect introduction to Andalucian culture!
Known as Spain’s most cycle friendly city, the easy to navigate network of cycle paths will lead you through many of the Seville’s major sights. These include the UNESCO Moorish Palace of Kings ‘The Alcazar’ and the Giralda Tower. Later in the day explore the narrow cobbled lanes of the old quarter on foot and discover the many tapas bars before the city comes to life with the sound of Flamenco.
Cycle: 10 km
Following the River Guadiaria, cycle out of Seville and across classic rolling Andalucian countryside as you pedal east to the white village of Carmona and your first Parador hotel. A typical Moorish town, Carmona boasts a 15th century church with Baroque towers where you can visit the ’Puerta de Sevilla’, (doors of Seville), which date back to the 3rd century, constructed by the Carthaginians.
Cycle: 50 km
Cycle south from Carmona across the fertile plains of Andalucía as you pedal through fields of olives and sunflowers. On arrival at your stylish country hacienda, you can relax poolside amongst the extensive peaceful gardens.
Cycle: 68 km
Leaving Montellano, the terrain begins to undulate as you cycle across the foothills of the Grazalema Mountains. Your destination today is the hilltop town of Arocs de la Frontera set a top of a limestone ridge. Before heading to your Parador hotel, you can explore the labyrinth of lanes which lead to the castle of Arcos and a spectacular viewpoint across the rolling plains below.
Cycle: 60 km
Overnight: Arcos de la Frontera
Today ride from Arcos into the heart of Spain’s sherry wine country, Jerez de la Frontera. Bursting with Andalusian charm, Jerez’s streets are peppered with scores of Sherry Bodegas, including the famous ‘Tio Pepe’ and ‘La Ina’ which both provide daily tasting experiences for around €10 per person. Later into the evening, discover the age-old tapas bars serving plates of local alchahofas, rabo de toro and espárrago.
Cycle: 56 km
The last ride of the week heads to the coastline and Spain’s oldest settlement, Cadiz. The old town of Cadiz remains much as it was during the 18th century ‘Golden-Era’ with sailor’s alleyways, grand plazas and turreted houses. From here you can head to the beach, dine on local seafood dishes or take a refreshing dip before relaxing at your beachfront Parador hotel.
Cycle: 62 km
Depending on your onward travel plans you may have time to further explore Cadiz. The central train station has regular train services to Jerez (30mins) and Seville (1hr30min) and high speed services to Madrid (3-4hrs).
Each evening will be spent in a 4* hotel, Parador hotel or hacienda. We will always try and accommodate you at the locations detailed below, but on occasion, especially during peak season, we use an alternate accommodation of equal or higher standard. Examples of accommodation are listed below.
Single rooms are available and a single supplement is payable. This trip is also available to solo cyclists, subject to a supplementary payment.
Breakfast is included each day at your hotel and usually consists of fresh pastries, breads, fruits, yogurts, cheeses, meats and granola. If you have special dietary requirements do let us know at the time of booking. Lunches and dinners are not included. As you will be staying the heart of each village or town, there are extensive cafes and restaurants to choose from in the evening. You will find a number of recommendations in your information pack.
In the heart of Seville, this 16th century property has been elegantly restored and is within a few minutes walk of all the major sights and mouthwateringly good tapas bars.
A stunning 14th century Arab Fortress, standing high above Carmona. From the pool and tranquil gardens, enjoy far reaching views across the Andalucian plains.
Nestled on the fringes of Sierrra de Ronda and provides spectacular views across to the Grazalema National Park. The extensive grounds and pool are all perfect for cooling off post-ride.
Perched above the Guadalete River, this former court of law is perfectly located for exploring the narrow streets of Arcos. From the terrace of your Parador, relax with a chilled glass of wine and enjoy far reaching views across the rolling Andlucian plains below.
This 19th century palace is located within the Rafael Rivero Plaza where you can also admire the Baroque Perez Luna mansion dating back to 1777. Being centrally located means sherry and tapas experiences are only a short walk away.
Only a few steps from the Caleta Beach, this is a modern twist on a traditional Parador, boasts a spa, pool and tapas bar—perfect for a final evening of rest and relaxation for cycling legs!
Itineraries on this cycling trip are graded Moderate. The cycling route follows a combination of cycle paths, quiet country roads, stretches of rolling terrain and busier routes when approaching and departing towns and cities. Please always be mindful of other roads users.
Our tried and tested detailed routes notes and maps are easy to follow during your self-guided adventure and give a step by step, turn by turn account of your route to give you continual points of reference. Should you require assistance, local 24/7 telephone support will also be available throughout your trip.
Your bags will be transferred from your accommodation as per your itinerary and moved onto your next overnight accommodation. We ask you to limit your luggage to one bag of up to 20kg per person.
Giant Argento 24 speed touring bikes are available for hire. Rental bikes come equipped with a basic repair kit, pump and helmet (though we recommend using your own). Male and female frames are available. E-bikes are also available on this trip which offer a boost on the hills are the legs need a little help pedaling.
If you’d like to hire a bike, please let us know your height and frame size you currently ride.
If you would prefer to bring your own bicycle please
ensure it is thoroughly serviced and is an appropriate bike for this trip such
as a Giant Argento, Scott Sub, Trek 7200 or similar.
It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Bike that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the activity and emergency evacuation and hospital care.
The distances and ascents/descents are approximations of the recommended routes. Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, for example proper rain gear, sun hat, sunscreen. Your information pack has detailed advice and a kit list on what to take. This includes good waterproof gear, sports shoes, and lots of other useful bits and bobs.
Seville Airport has direct connections with a limited number of European cities, including London. Arriving from further afield, many services travel via London or Madrid.
From the airport, a shuttle bus is a 30 minute journey into the centre.
Alternatively There are also train connections to Cadiz, Jerez de la Frontera (1 hr 30min), Malaga (2hrs) and a high speed train connection to Madrid (2hr 30mins). Please check www.renfe.com for timetables and prices.
Should you prefer a private transfer please contact the office for prices and information.
Cadiz does not have an airport but efficient train services link through to Seville, (1hr30min), Jerez de la Frontera (30min) and Madrid (3-4hrs) where you can connect through to international airports. Times and prices can be accessed via the Renfe website.
We are often asked the following questions and I hope that you will find the answers useful. Please don’t hesitate to contact us for more advice from our team.
We suggest you book as soon as your plans are finalised as the Parador hotels can get very busy during late spring and early autumn months. You will find up to date availability on our website and please give us a shout if you have a query.
As this trip is graded moderate with daily distances of 35 km—68 km this is superb trip for active travellers that enjoy the challenge of a rolling terrain to reach historic sights and mouthwateringly good food. You will encounter some stretches of shallow hills, but these usually don't last for too long. It's a good idea to get out on your bike for a couple of consecutive days in the lead up to your holiday so you get used to riding back to back days. Each day there are plenty opportunities to stop for coffee in village plazas, visit historic sights and absorb the classic Andalucian countryside.
Your bags will be transferred between your accommodation. Just leave them at the reception at your hotel in the morning and they will be picked up and taken to the next overnight stop. Please limit your luggage to one bag per person of no more than 20kgs.
You will need comfortable shoes and clothes to cycle in (layers are always a good option), a daypack/hydration pack and sunblock. A full equipment list will be provided in your info pack.
March to June and September to October are just about perfect conditions. March and April generally have cooler temperatures whereas May welcomes long warm days, where plazas come to life and the countryside is thriving. The spring months also offer the best of Andalucia's flora and fauna. September through to November generally has fewer tourists and makes for prime time visiting.
You can use public transport or local taxis to continue to your next overnight stop. Our local office can assist with helpful advice should you need to arrange transport for yourself or anyone in your party.