Off-road white village mountain bike tour of Andalucia (Next one - Spring 2019)
Enjoy our 5 day tour (7 day holiday) through the white villages and countryside of rural Andalucia
We ride at a leisurely pace with the emphasise on enjoying the spectacular countryside and rural hotels of Andalucia. From the "Via Verdes" of Cadiz to the charms of coastal Malaga. Each night staying at a different white village in a rural hotel with typical Spanish cuisine. Easy riding averaging around 40 Kms. off-road in the hills of southern Spain.
Photos from June 2018
Fly into Malaga for collection from Malaga airport and transfer to Fuengirola.
Maybe a warmup ride if time allows-
Stay overnight at Sierra MTB house or in a local hotel.
Transfer to Montellano.It´s a few Kms to the Via Verde from here.
The Via verde is an old railway track built before the Spanish Civil war and never finished and now developed for mountain biking and walking. It passes through the mountains with over 30 tunnels (these illuminate automatically as you pass through!), 5 old stations and 6 spectacular viaducts for 34km. The route passes along the Guadalete River and through the unique Zaframagón Vulture Reserve where numerous vultures circle overhead.
The route finishes in the picturesque village of Olvera.
We are staying at a rural hotel in the town centre "Sierra y Cal".
In the evening it´s worth a stroll to the castle and cathedral then dinner at the hotel
Ride straight from the Olvera hotel.
The route is about 50 Kms, half on dirt tracks half on quiet country lanes and finishes in the picturesque village of Zahara de la Sierras. There will be a lunch stop in the pretty village of Algodonales
We are staying just outside the town centre in a lovely hotel called "Los Tadeos".
In the evening it´s worth a stroll to the castle on the top of the village for a magnificent view over the lake.
Typical Spanish dinner in the hotel
10:00 Transfer to Ronda.
The route is a spectacular trip through the Ronda mountains from about 1200 metres above sea-level to Marbella at sea-level.
Lots of dirt track descending with a stop to visit the oldest tree in Spain - 1000 years old and 12 feet in width.
We then have a short coastal ride to San Pedro where we stay the night in Hostal Acemar in the centre of San Pedro with a wide selection of good restaurants and bars.
8:30 Transfer to Istan
Istan - Ojen - Marbella 25 Kms Hilly route on dirt trails, then a quiet road to Ojen where we will have a typical spanish lunch.
We then have a 15 Kms.scenic descent to Marbella. A quick look at the open air Dali museum in Marbella then a transfer to Hotel "Refugio de Juanar" a Rural hotel just outside of Ojen village The evening meal, will be at the hotel.
8:30 Breakfast in the Hotel "Refugio de Juanar" after which we will head towards Ojen.
Ojen - Fuengirola 40 Kms Hilly route all the way to Fuengirola and the home of Sierra MTB.
Great views over the coast.
Finish the 5-day ride with a traditional 3 course meal in the centre of Fuengirola
Day 6 - Back in Fuengirola
Explore one of our local routes or relax by the pool or beach.
Stay overnight at Sierra MTB house or in a local hotel.
Day 7 - Flight back home
Chillout day before return home (If leaving Sunday discount on holiday price)
Cost and What's included.
Cost: 740 Euros per person per week + bike hire of 160 Euros if required.
All 4 hotels with breakfast.
All luggage transfers each day.
3 nights accommodation in the Sierra MTB house or in a local hotel.
Full guiding and bus support with driver(s).
Day 1 - Transfer from Fuengirola to Puerto Serrano for the start of the "Via Verde".
Hotel in Olvera.
Day 2 - Hotel in Zahara.
Day 3 - Transfer from Zahara to Ronda.
Hotel in San Pedro
Day 4 -Transfer from San Pedro to Istan
Day 5 -Transfer from Marbella to Oje (Refugio de Juanar)
Extras: Lunches,evening meals and bike hire if required.
Review from June 2018 Posted by Jane.
Name: Jane Telfer
White Villages Tour June 2018
Thanks to all of the team for a fantastic trip. We enjoyed all of the rides, the scenery was fabulous and the weather was kind to us.
This trip felt like a proper adventure, riding cross country with a new hotel each night with bags moved in the support van. The countryside was in full spring flower mode with fields of sunflowers and poppies in abundance. Lots of climbing and lots of descents through beautiful andalucian countryside with fantastic views.
A special mention for Clive who showed so much patience mentoring me. Thank you Clive! Also a big thank you to Mary for ferrying our bags around and for the excellent company. It was good to meet Natalia, who rode with us. Thanks for sharing your excellent photos Nat!
Alan , as always the most laid-back host with a fantastic line in banter and a wonderful way of dealing with waiters!
Thanks also to Alexis and John for guiding us on a local ride in Fuengirola on our final day and Carmen for the breakfasts at the house in Fuengirola.
We were made so welcome by everyone that it felt like travelling with friends.
Review from June 2017 Posted by Emma.
This was such fun. Blistering heat meant early starts most days, but with great riding and excellent company, who could complain ?
Day 1 was stunning wilderness (with a timely rescue by Alan and Mary in the van when the heat became too much for me).
Day 2 offered beautiful farmland and riverside, including a lovely swim stop, and ended at the best hotel pool in the world.
Day 3 was climbing and descending on loose and thrilling fire roads in unbelievably gorgeous mountain scenery.
And so it went on. Alan, Natalia and Clive were not only great guides but splendid company, as were Mary and Alexis who ferried us about and cooked breakfasts. Thanks to all for an amazing week.
Review from June 2017 Posted by Stuart.
"White villages tour was possibly the best holiday I have ever had"
Review from October 2017 - Posted by Steve on Trip Advisor
Three elderly gents carrying way too much ballast enjoyed a delightful three day trip with the lovely Mary on van duties and Alan as guide.
Day 1 along the Via Verdes was a relatively tranquil start to the day and the vultures were disappointed as we all made it to our overnight stop.
The hotels on both nights were excellent and the restaurant recommendations spot on.
Day 2 was a mixture of up and down, awesome scenery and testing but enjoyable trails.
Day 3 was, for me at least what’s it’s all about, south of Ronda a longish climb to bring us to a spectacular peak.
From there a largely downhill mixture of gravel,grit,rock and sand, sweeping downhills and a trail that demanded respect and constant attention through some really lovely woodlands.
Alan kindly introduced one of us to a small selection of singletrack he’d found and a day later I’m still smiling.
A splendid trip, cycles, cerveza, chums and sun... I commend Sierra MTB to you, my lovely reader. (One tip, when Alan says “it’s all downhill from here” he’s lying)