A self-guided cycling holiday in southern Spain. The program includes tapas and sherry, as well as famous cities such as Seville, Jerez and Cádiz. The landscape is slightly hilly. Between the cork oak trees and almond groves, the big black bulls and famous white horses graze. You'll get a bit of extra luxury, staying in paradors and fine hotels. A tour, that in addition to some wonderful cycling, also offers sun and warmth, culture and history, as well as exciting and out of the ordinary accommodation.
Cycling holiday from Seville to Cádiz
Spain | Self-guided cycling holiday | Degree of difficulty 3
Southern Spanish luxury between Seville and Cádiz.
Magnificent culture, sun and tapas
In Seville and Jerez, you'll stay in 4* hotels. In Carmona and Arcos de la Frontera you'll stay at historic Paradors, in Montellano at a typical Spanish Hacienda surrounded by almond and olive groves, and in Cádiz at a modern Parador with sea view or a cosy hotel centrally located in the city.
See links to the places in the itinerary. Many of the hotels have an outdoor swimming pool. The tour is with breakfast included. Half-board is available for purchase.
Degree of difficulty (3) and maps
The tour can be managed by anyone with a fairly good level of fitness. You'll cycle in a flat and sometimes slightly hilly terrain, with day stages between 51 and 68 km. You'll cycle partly on car-free paths (7%) and partly on peaceful small roads (74%). When cycling in and out of the cities, more traffic is to be expected (1%). 18% of the tour is on unpaved road.
* We note that the map is indicative and therefore does not contain precise route information.
Day 1. Arrival in Seville.
There is unbelievably much to see in the old town. With the royal palace, the cathedral and the city's landmark, the Giralda Tower, an extra day here is recommended. Also visit the neighbourhoods Triána and La Macarena with a truly local atmosphere. The centre of the old part of Seville is like a maze. Walk around the small alleyways and discover cosy squares with fountains, fragrant orange trees and tempting bars.
AND Sevilla has just been voted one of the World's top 10 bike-friendly cities by the World Economic Forum!!
Overnight stay at the 4* Hotel La Posada del Lucero , Hotel Fernando Rey III or Hotel Fernando Rey X.
Day 2. To Carmona. 50 km / 485 m climb.
After having tried out your bike, you'll start by cycling south-east, first on nice cycle paths, followed by the cycle path "Vias Verdes", a gravel road in good condition, and later again another "Vias Verdes", which is more uneven and rocky with a few stretches of sand. Easy cycling along olive groves and sunflower and grain fields. Today's stage finishes in Carmona, a town surrounded by beautiful walls. Overnight stay at the Parador de Carmona, built in Arabic style.
Day 3. To Montellano. 69 km / 594 m climb.
The longest stage of the tour, but it is easy and flat. You'll come through small cosy villages, tempting you to take a coffee break or have a cold beer. Today's stage finishes in Montellano. Overnight stay at Hacienda la Morena, a typical Andalusian manor house.
Day 4. To Arcos de la Frontera. 60 km / 609 m climb.
From Montellano you can discern the Grazalema mountains in the distance. You cycle through the beautiful Mediterranean landscape on peaceful country lanes. Part of the route also follows the Via Verde cycle path, which used to be a railway. You'll arrive in Puerto Serrano, a charming city and the perfect place for a lunch break. In Arcos you'll stay at the centrally located Parador Arcos de la Frontera. Arcos is fantastically situated on an overhanging cliff and is also called the gateway to Andalusia's "pueblos blancos” (white cities).
Day 5. To Jerez. 56 km / 410 m climb.
From Arcos you'll cycle along the Guadalete River on fine roads with almost no traffic. Enjoy the beautiful scenery with rolling hills as far as the eyes can see. Well arrived in Jerez, also known as the world capital of sherry, you'll find your accommodation located centrally in the historical centre. Overnight stay at the Palacio de Garvey.
Day 6. To Cadiz. 65 km / 103 m climb.
Today the route continues south towards the sea and the old city of Cadiz, partly on small dirt roads and gravelled paths, and partly on peaceful country lanes. You'll come through the charming town of El Puerto de Santa Maria with fine sandy beaches and famous for its fish restaurants. The day's stage finishes in Cadiz. Founded by the Phoenicians, it is the oldest city in Europe that has been continuously inhabited. In other words, it is a city full of history and with many beautiful buildings. The last kilometres you'll cycle along the beach on a bike path. Overnight stay in Parador de Cadiz.
Day 7. Departure Day.
Departure after breakfast, unless you have booked extra nights.
Bikes and cycling equipment
The rental bikes have 24 gears and hand brakes. The bikes are equipped with bags, map holder, cycle computer, small repair kit, pump and lock. In addition, loan of bike helmet is included.
Weather and climate
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