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Self-guided Cycling in Andalucia: Seville to Cadiz

from $1,849.00

Discover one of Spain’s most iconic areas by bike

  • Reviews 1 Review
    4/5
  • Vacation Style Holiday Type
    Self-guided
  • Activity Level Moderate
    5/8
All about the Self-guided Cycling in Andalucia: Seville to Cadiz.

It could be argued that Andalucia is the most quintessentially Spanish part of the Iberian Peninsula. Defined by its Moorish architecture this land of contrasts boasts fertile land, historic hilltop towns, stunning beaches and excellent local food. This moderate self-guided cycle takes you from the magical city of Seville, along small country roads and through Mediterranean woodland to the town of Arcos, one of Andalucia’s most dramatically positioned pueblos blancos (white villages). From here you take a journey into the heart of the Flamenco traditions of Jerez – famous for its sherry wines, before ending in Cádiz; thought to be the oldest city in western Europe.The accommodation is in spectacular traditional and modern hotels of the region, and the food is plentiful, fresh and delicious.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.

* All breakfasts included
* All accommodation (see accommodation section)
* All luggage transfers
* Route notes and maps
* Local bike rental

What is not included in this tour?
  • Flights
  • Single Accommodation (available on request, inquire for supplement)
  • Arrival & departure transfers not included (available on request for a supplement)

Highlights

  • Authentic accommodation in Parador hotels and an Andalucian hacienda
  • Tapas and flamenco in the streets of Jerez
  • Spectacular sandy beaches of Cadiz
  • 6 nights premium hotels with en suite facilities, most with pools (seasonal)
  • 5 days cycling with luggage transfers, 82% paved, 18% unpaved
  • Undulating cycling
  • Self-guided tour. Min. age 12 yrs
  1. Day 1 Arrive Seville

    Make your own way to Seville. We recommend arriving early or arranging extra nights to ensure you spend as much time as possible in this magical city of international fame. Its culture, history and folklore make this an exceptional tourist destination. Legend tells us that the city was founded by Hercules and its origins are linked with the Tartessian civilisation. Now it is the capital of the Andalucian region and most widely known for its ornate Alcázar castle complex, built during the Moorish Almohad dynasty, and its 18th Century Plaza de Toros de la Real Maestranza bullring. The Gothic cathedral is home to the tomb of Christopher Columbus and a famous belltower; the Giralda. The birthplace of Flamenco is generally accepted to be this area of Andalucia, and Seville is the perfect place to enjoy an evening show alongside your traditional cuisine.

  2. Day 2 Using the network of cycle track head north-east to reach the historic walled town of Carmona

    Leave the city using its extensive network of cycle tracks. Head north-east to reach a dedicated cycle route on a good dirt road beside the river Guadaíra. Cycle amongst flat landscapes of cereals and sunflower plantations, you will pass several small towns before you reach the historic walled town of Carmona, which boasts several churches, palaces, and an imposing Arab fortress. There are some sections of rough dirt track on this day.

  3. Day 3 Enjoy a flat day of cycling through small traditional towns towards Montellano

    Leaving picturesque Carmona you ride south, a delightful route along quaint country lanes overlooked by sunflowers and olive groves. Today’s ride takes you through several small, traditional towns where you can enjoy a refreshing drink in one of the many bars along your route. Finish in the small town of Montellano with its pink marble buildings and natural monuments; perfect for an evening of relaxation.

  4. Day 4 Pedal along quiet country roads and the 'Via Verde' cycle lane with the mountains of Grazalema as your backdrop

    From Montellano you can see the mountains of Grazalema far in the distance. Today you will experience some hills, but not mountains, as the cycle takes you into pristine Mediterranean forest. Most of the cycling is along very quiet country roads, except for a section (about 8km) along a ’Via Verde’ (a 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. You end in Arcos de la Frontera; one of Andalucia’s most dramatically positioned pueblos blancos (white villages).

  5. Day 5 Follow the river Guadalete through Mediterranean woodland and agricultural land, on undulating terrain

    From Arcos you pedal across undulating terrain, following the river Guadalete downstream along quiet country roads. Mediterranean woodland and agricultural land characterise the landscape. There are many small villages to stop along the way for a welcome break! The town of Jerez holds worldwide acclaim for its sherry and brandy production, but is equally famous for its fine horses and Flamenco music and dance.

  6. Day 6 Reach the sea today and the ancient city of Cadiz, thought to be the oldest city in Western Europe

    Heading south today, you reach the sea and the ancient city of Cádiz. The ride will take you into the stunning small town of El Puerto de Santa Maria, where there are many restaurants tempting you with the fish catch of the day. Cádiz is the oldest city in western Europe, with monuments such as the grandiose structure of the Cathedral Nueva, and the red brick building of the Gran Teatro, along with the stunning beaches are enough to encourage any visitor to fall in love with it. Your ride will end along the beach cycle paths, and lead you to your last Parador for one final night of luxury.

  7. Day 7 End Cadiz

    You trip ends after breakfast in Cádiz. If you have time it is possible to arrange additional nights here, or there are regular trains back to Seville taking around 1h 35mins.

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Where you stay

Paradors & Hotels

On this trip you will stay in 3 different Paradors. A Parador is defined as ‘luxury accommodation in a traditional building’ and Andalucia is an excellent place to experience some truly stunning accommodation. Highlights include an impressive Arabic castle from the 14th Century in Carmona, an historic noble house in the centre of Arcos and a 19th Century palace in the centre of Jerez. In Seville and Cadiz the centrally located hotels are 4-star, and in Montellano you spend the night in an authentic Andalucian hacienda surrounded by almond and olive groves. Most of the accommodation have pools, but please be aware that these are open on a seasonal basis.

All prices are based on 2 persons sharing, so if there is an odd number of people travelling in your party or you are travelling alone, there will be a compulsory supplement for a single room for the tour duration. For a solo traveler there is an additional charge to cover transfer costs.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts included.
Food is a hugely important part of southern Spain and a key part of Andalucian life is eating out. Dishes will comprise of some of the best locally grown produce. Olives, almonds, lemons and oranges are used in cooking, or in refreshing salads. Along the coastline you can be sure of fresh seafood and fish and the Serrano ham is a speciality from the mountain villages. Tapas originated in Andalucia, and in many places you will often receive small snacks served free with your drinks in a bar.
Typical Andalucian dishes include; Gambas al Ajillo (prawns in garlic and chilli oil), Paella/arroz, Coquinas (clams) served with garlic, parsley and white wine, Calamares (squid), Tortilla Espanola, and churros (strips of deep fried dough) which are often eaten with hot chocolate, perfect in the early hours after a night out!

For this trip there is the possibility to upgrade to half board. Please see the ‘extra expenses’ section for more information.

Cycling conditions
This is a self-guided cycling trip for those who like to cycle independently, but with back up to take out the hard work and planning. We arrange your accommodations, provide you with a map and route notes so that you can cycle at your own pace, while your bags are transported from one hotel to the next.
Activity Level: 3 (Moderate)
Please see the introductory pages of the cycling holidays brochure or our website for more important information on classification and grading.
Average daily ride: 59km (37 miles).
No. of days cycling: 5
Terrain & route: Undulating cycling with some smaller climbs.
Vehicle Support: A representative will be there to meet you, make sure the bikes are all set up and will be on call throughout the trip should you need.

It is important that you are happy reading maps and following route notes, we make these as accurate as possible and they are regularly checked. Where possible we stick to cycle tracks and quiet roads to make the journeys as pleasant as possible, however, on occasion we have to use busier routes.

As this is a self-guided holiday there is no group and no leader. There may be others on the same departure date as you, but you will not be organised together. The route notes contain an emergency assistance telephone number should you need it and in emergencies, the local representative is normally able to dispatch a taxi or pick you up themselves. They may wish to charge for this service.

Families
Self-guided cycling holidays are a perfect option for families as they offer the freedom for you to take your holiday at your own pace. You can stop as and when you want and need, at the cafes and restaurants that suit your family and the sites that interest you. As a guide we have suggested that 14 years is the minimum age for this trip, but as it is self-guided and you will be leading your own family we will ultimately leave this decision up to you. The daily distances are all published in the trip notes along with a description of each days cycling so you have a good idea of what to expect. On this trip, children should be expected to ride on roads with traffic. If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact one of our experts. The principle idea is that these holidays can be as flexible as you like, with logistical support but no group or leader to dictate the daily activities.

Overall Rating
4/5
Reviewed On 26/07/2019
4/5

Challenging but worth every turn of the pedals

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    There are some awesome views from the Paradors and the new Parador in Cadiz is a stunning building.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Not relevant - self-guided
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Study the trip notes carefully: there are some tricky junctions. Worth looking on Google Maps and Streetview.
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The food and wine in Andalucia are excellent. The weather is generally dry and usually warm to hot.

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