Self Guided Walking Holidays & Cycling Holidays


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Highlights

  • Cycle through Andalucian white villages from Seville to Cadiz
  • Discover the birthplace of tapas and dance the Flamenco in Seville
  • Explore Jerez de la Frontera, the Spanish city of sherry
  • Relax with a beachside cerveza in Cadiz
  • Stay in historic Parador luxury hotels & haciendas

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.

Day 1 Arrive Seville

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!


Overnight: Seville


Day 2 Explore Seville

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


Overnight: Sevilla


Day 3 Cycle to Carmona


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


Overnight: Camona


Day 4 Cycle to Montellano

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


Overnight: Montellano


Day 5 Cycle to Arcos de la Frontera

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


Day 6 Cycle to Jerez

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


Overnight: Jerez


Day 7 Cycle to Cadiz

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


Overnight: Cadiz


Day 8 Onward Travel


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).

Accommodation

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 & Solo Cyclists

Single rooms are available and a single supplement is payable.  This trip is also available to solo cyclists, subject to a supplementary payment.


Meals

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.



 

 

 



Posada del Lucero - Seville



Posada del Lucero - Seville

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.


 

 

 


 

 

 



Parador - Carmona



Parador - Carmona

A stunning 14th century Arab Fortress, standing high above Carmona. From the pool and tranquil gardens, enjoy far reaching views across the Andalucian plains.


 

 

 


 

 

 



Hacienda Montellano - Montellano



Hacienda Montellano - Montellano

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.


 

 

 


 

 

 



Parador – Arcos de la Frontera



Parador – Arcos de la Frontera

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.


 

 

 


 

 

 



Palacio Garvey - Jerez



Palacio Garvey - Jerez

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.


 

 

 


 

 

 



Parador - Cadiz



Parador - Cadiz

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!


 

 

 

Grade & Terrain

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.


Navigation, Route Notes & Maps

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.


Baggage Transfer

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.


Rental Bikes


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. 


Travel Insurance

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.


General Information

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.

Getting to Seville and from Cadiz

To Seville


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.


From Cadiz



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.

Included

  • 6 nights 4* Parador & 4* hotels, & 1 night 4* Hacienda
  • 7 Breakfasts
  • Detailed route notes with maps
  • Baggage Transfer
  • 24/7 local partner and UK telephone support

Excluded

  • Lunches, dinners, snacks and drinks
  • Entrance fees (where applicable)
  • Travel Insurance
  • Transport should you need to skip a stage
  • Bike / EBike Hire

Extras

  • Additional nights
  • Bike Hire
  • EBike Hire
  • Half Board

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.

How far in advance do I need to book?

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.  

How fit do I need to be?

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.

How do the baggage transfers work?

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.

What personal equipment do I need?

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.

When is the best time of year?

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.

What happens if I can’t cycle a stage?

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.

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