The Sherry Triangle, Andalusia

Spring - Autumn

 

Famous for flamenco, sherry and phenomenal tapas, Andalusia is the perfect destination to embark on a gastronomic adventure in 2017. The region is famous for its pueblos blancos (white towns) and the Sherry Triangle - an undiscovered gem brimming with wonderful bodegas, tapas bars, quirky restaurants and a fascinating history.

Boasting unparalleled quality of seafood, charcuterie and wine, you would expect hoards of tourists to visit the region, yet it still remains largely untouched. Spend the first three days cycling through undulating Andalusian countryside before venturing into the heart of the Sherry Triangle for sherry tasting and long lunches.

We promise you now is the time to visit.

 
 

 
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To give you a flavour...

Day 1 - ARRIVE TO RONDA

Arrive to Ronda in the early evening. Perched on top of a 120m high gorge, this is probably the most famous of the pueblos blancos. Walk through the cobbled alleys and take in the many reminders of the town’s fascinating Arabic, Roman and Renaissance past before sitting down for a hearty Andalusian meal in the old town. A short transfer to a charming rural hotel only a couple of kilometres down the road from Ronda and your starting point before the first day cycling.

 

DAY 2 - THE OLD RAILWAY LINE - 50Km

After a relaxed breakfast cycle via Setenil de las Bodegas (village of the cavehouses) and Torre Alhaquime to Olvera. Lunch in Setenil, under the overhanging limestone cliffs which have provided shelter from the elements for many centuries. To this day, “cavehouse” dwellings built into the rock form the basis of many houses, shops and cafes. Following lunch, ride from Olvera to your overnight location on an old railway line turned dedicated cycling path (or Via Verde). The Finca where you will be staying sits just on the other side of the River Guadalete to the Via Verde - depending on the weather in November, a short river crossing may be necessary! Enjoy dinner from organic homegrown produce in the rustic and beautiful settings of the Finca.

 

DAY 3 - FROM FINCA TO HACIENDA

Wake up at leisure before setting off towards a beautiful Hacienda that sits equidistant between Jerez and Seville. We will follow the old trainline for a short while before moving onto gravel tracks and backroads. Pause for a delicious Bacchus prepared picnic en route - a selection of fresh local products accompanied with local sherry. Once refuelled, continue until Cabezas de San Juan where we will check into the Hacienda, a restored olive estate owned and run by one of the many wonderful Andalusian characters we work with. Settle into the Hacienda for an evening of delicious Andalusian cuisine and sherry drinking with your host.

 

DAY 4 - the jose antonio factor 

Following breakfast (in bed if you would like!), take a short Bacchus transfer for the first 15km before jumping on the bike to lunch at Ximenez Spinola. The wonderful Jose Antonio will be there to welcome you with open arms to his bodega, the only bodega in the region to produce white wine from the Pedro Ximenez grape. Prepare to be indulged by Jose Antonio with a tour and tasting of the Ximenez Spinola sherries, wines and brandies followed by a 3-course lunch with him and his family. Be warned - it could go on for a while! Cycle or take a short Bacchus transfer to Sanlucar de Barrameda and your accommodation for the evening - a hidden gem in the Moorish quarters of town. Enjoy a light dinner in the hotel’s fantastic restaurant served by the lovely Melodia.

 

DAY 5 - into the sherry triangle

Your final day in Andalusia and a chance to rest the legs after three days of pedalling. After breakfast, enjoy a coffee in the palacial gardens of Medina Sidonia, a 2-minute walk from the hotel. Stroll towards the Sanlucar coastline for a morning tour and sherry tasting with Fermin Hidalgo, who will take you around his family bodega, Bodega Hidalgo, one of the few bodegas that can produce the delicious manzanilla sherry. A short transfer or cycle two-hours to Jerez for lunch in the old town at El Bichero, a classic local restaurant renowned for its seafood. Then explore Jerez on foot before Bacchus will transfer you to the airport for your afternoon flight home.

 

The finer details - routes, accommodation and support

Daily mileage and terrain can be agreed upon and routes distributed in advance if required. Andalusia has a variety of routes that can be tailored depending on client’s level of cycling and expectations.

We choose accommodation that aims to make your Bacchus experience extra special - these are places run by local people we have developed relationships with over time, hence we feel more than comfortable leaving you in their safe hands each evening.

Each day a member of the Bacchus entourage will be there to lead you on your ride and the support vehicle will be nearby to offer you a lift should you need one. 

With a passion for everything the region has to offer, from sailing, hiking and cycling to eating good food and drinking local wine, your host and guide's invaluable local knowledge will make your tour a unique and memorable experience for everyone.

 

What's included?

Airport transfers on arrival and departure for recommended flights

Bacchus host and route guide

English-speaking local guide

Accommodation

All breakfasts, lunches and evening meals

Bodega tours

Pitstop refreshments

Support vehicle

Bike hire (if required).


Not included...

Flights

Travel insurance

Wine with evening meals

Personal costs