This 7 night holiday takes in a contrast of wonderfully scenic cycling mixed in with a large blast of culture and history. From Jerez de la Frontera, home to sherry and flamenco, through the stunning hilltop ‘Pueblos Blancos’ to bustling old world Cadiz, with its beautiful sandy beaches. Also quiet some pacifically grazing fighting bulls along the way and vast flooded areas near rivers and rice fields.
This tour routes from 20 to 60km with at least one daily steep ascent of 150 to 200m as you arrive at the end of the day at the Hotel located in the centre of an old hill top village. During the day ascents.
Arrival at your comfortable hotel in Jerez city centre; in time for a walk around the historic centre before dinner (not included).
Leaving Jerez you follow a lovely route passing vineyards, ancient settlements and riverside towns. Quiet country roads and gravel tracks alongside the River Guadalete take you past villages full of pretty, pastel-coloured houses and on towards Arcos de la Frontera. Why not stop to try the local Tierra Blanca white wines en route?
In the morning we recommend a circular tour along quiet interior roads, through vast areas dedicated to agriculture; either a long tour of 55km around the Bornos reservoir (past white villages Villamartin and Bornos) OR the short route of 21km around the Arcos reservoir. Arcos itself is worth a visit, because it was one of teh most important frontier towns during the Reconquista (hence the adjective “de la frontera”). Follow the old Arabic walls, passing the impressive Castillo de los Duques, as you make your way to the Iglesia de San Agustin with its fantastic viewpoint over the river and rich fertile valley of orange, almond and olive trees. Spend some time in the unique miniature art museum and lunch at one of the array of restaurants.
Follow a winding road, passing orange and almond orchards through the town of Junta de los Rios where two rivers converge. Passing through San Jose del Valle, which dates back to Roman times, and the impressive El Tempul, you can choose between the direct route along gravel roads (total of 48km) past the Moorish Gigonza castle or the more challenging route of 60km along quiet but winding and ondulated tarmac roads past vast estates. Both routes come together in Paterna de Rivera, famous for its healing waters after which a steep ascent of 225m awaits to your hotel in Medina Sidonia. Take time to explore before dinner this little gem with its grand plaza, mediaeval Moorish architecture, narrow streets and views of the bay of Cadiz.
A short route today to recover from yesterday’s adventure. A quiet lane through fighting bull estates and holm oak woods, takes you from Medina to Naveros. A lovely greenway then criss-crosses this stunning landscape for irresistible views of dark green meadows as they melt into the Sierra de Cadiz (look out for Egyptian vultures and Bonelli's eagles) before you finally reach the most picturesque of our three white frontier villages: Vejer de la Frontera. Our standard hotel is an old convent from the 17th century, conveniently located in the centre of town
It is enough to simply wander through the maze of streets that makes up Vejer de la Frotnera to understand why it has been decreed an historic site. Discover its Roman walls, Visigoth hermitage and its castle at the highest part of the old town combining both Moorish and Christian architecture. Lunch in one of the many cafes and restaurants, or walk up to the highest point with panoramic vistas and picnic next to the lovingly restored windmills of San Miguel.
For those who want to cycle in the morning, we have described an interesting route along dirt roads through an entirely different landscape; first alongside the river Barbate, then across vast rice fields to the beach of Zahara de los Atunes and finally uphill across the nature reserve Parque Natural de la Breña y Marismas del Barbate.
You head to the coast today, with a choice of shorter (24km) or longer routes (38.5km); both end in the charming seaside frontier town of Conil de la Frontera. The longer route heads east, passing the town of Barbate, and the pretty surf village of El Palmar. Taking the shorter route affords you more time to wander around the whitewashed houses of Conil de la Frontera, before being transferred to our cosy hotel in the centre of Cádiz ; a very old and magical fortified town.
Your arrangement comes to an end after breakfast today. Taxi transfers to Jerez, Seville or Málaga airport can be arranged.
The hotels on this trip have been carefully selected for their location, atmosphere and/or unique services. All rooms are en-suite. Some of the hotels we work with appear here. If a certain hotel is unable to confirm due to lack of availability, we will request a similar one and inform you about the alternative booked.
Extra nights can be booked at any of the accommodations along the way
Charming hotel in the old district of Jerez a few metres away from the Cathedral and some of the most interesting wine cellars in the city. Ítaca Jerez Hotel can be found in the 19th century Convent of Maria Auxiliadora and boasts a relaxing and exquisite atmosphere which is ideal for your holiday.
Rooms, cozy and comfortable, are equipped with all you need to provide you a lovely stay. Most of the rooms have a beautiful view of the Guadalete River Valley and all of them are very quiet. Please, bear in mind that we are located in a historic building with no lift. The access to some of the rooms are via stairs.
Welcoming hotel with spa in Medina Sidonia specially designed to enjoy the beauty of this historic Andalusian city full of traditions and an excellent cultural heritage. Restaurant, bar with terrace,gym and beautiful views.
Discover an atmosphere of history where modern design combines perfectly, creating a harmonious transition between the old and new world.
La Casa de las Cuatro Torres, built between 1736 and 1745, and cataloged as Bien de Interés Cultural (BIC) is perhaps the best example of the Houses of Chargers of the Indies to which we have already referred. It is a building of neoclassical Cadiz style, a heterodox style, own and particular of Cádiz, where sobriety, symmetry and decorative elements are complemented by the occasional use of late baroque decoration, so prevalent in Andalusia.
Arrival in Jerez de la Frontera
From Jerez airport there is at least 1 direct train to Jerez Train station, but an private taxi transfer can be arranged for aprox 25,- euros. From Jerez Station to your either walk to your hotel (5 min walk to Casa Grande) or take a taxi.
By rail Jerez can be reached from all major Spanish cities
Departure from Cádiz
At the end of your tour, you can take a direct train in Cadíz to Jerez airport.
For time tables of the train connection between Cadiz and Jerez (train station or airport) see http://siu.cmtbc.es/es/horarios_corredor.php?corredor=40
Stevens unisex Stevens male
Stevens female Scott male
Model: Conor (21-24 gears). Hidraulic brakes
Caracteristics valid for all our bikes
Model: Bocas or Stevens
7 nights at comfortable charming accommodations, rooms with en-suite bath
Luggage transport on Days 2,4,5 and 7 included
Detailed maps and route descriptions in English
GPS tracks are available on request
Private transfer from Conil to Cádiz on day 7 included if clients rent our bikes. If clients bring their own bikes, they need to book this optional transfer