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.