It’s Not All About The Bike!
Your cycling holiday in Spain is, in my opinion (which is probably biased) the best way to explore this beautiful and diverse country. However, there is much more to see and do than just riding your bike whilst here on your cycling holiday in Spain! Here in Andalucia, southern Spain, there are numerous other activities to do on your cycling holiday. Below is a list of a wide range of activities to cover everyone’s needs
- Why not add a few days onto your trip to explore Sevilla, Cordoba and Granada. I have selected these 3 cities as they all have amazing jewish quarters to visit plus the Cathedral at Sevilla, the Mesquita in Cordoba and the Alhambra Palace in Granada. All stunningly beautiful and all a must if you are planning to explore southern Spain after your cycling holiday in Montecorto.
- Whilst cycling in Montecorto you can explore the ‘Pueblos Blancos’ synomynous with southern Spain. Grazalema, Zahara and Setenil are my 3 favourites and of course you’d want to visit Ronda too during your holiday with it’s famous gorge and bullring. Ronda, Olvera and Setenil were all recently voted in the top 25 most beautiful places in Spain
- Other activities apart from cycling to enjoy on your holiday in Andalucia, southern Spain are horse riding, canoeing, caving, bird of prey experience, paragliding, parahawking, hiking, quadbiking, canyoning, bird watching, golf, wine tasting, karting, flamenco, geo-caching, spa-days, shopping, beach days, surfing the list goes on and on.
- Caminto del Rey. Once reputed to be the most dangerous walk way in Spain the Camino del Rey has recently been renovated and re-opened to the general public. I recently did this walk with my family and it was truly amazing, The scenery was breathtaking and you’ll need a head for heights too. Book your tickets in advance as this is very popular! Whilst in the area you should also take the time to visit ‘El Torcal National Park’.
- The El Torcal Natural Reserve is the most geologically stunning of all of Andalucia’s natural parks. Renowned for its spectactular limestone formations it is simply an awe inspiring place to walk around and marvel at the amazing rock formations
- Cuisine and wine. If you are a foodie and wine connoisseur then southern Spain has a lot to offer too. In and around the Ronda area there are numerous wine bodegas offering tours and tastings. I must say the wines they are producing are spectacular. Claire and I have researched and tasted most of them, it’s a tough job not to be undertaken lightly!! Combine these wines with the many top notch restaurants and it’s a foodies paradise waiting to be discovered!
- Cueva de Piletas and the Roman Ampitheatre at Ronda la Vieja. Another 2 amazing places to visit that are right on our doorstep here in Andalucia. The Cueva Pileta was only discovered by a local shephard in 1902. His family have preserved it pretty much in the original condition and run daily tours through the cave. Latterns are given out, I’d recommend that you get one so you can always see the way! The Roman Ampitheatre at Ronda la Vieja (Old Ronda) was as you can guess where Ronda was located up until 462 AD. The story goes that the local bandits looted Ronda La Vieja and afterwards the town of Ronda was relocated to it’s current position
Whilst there are many routes to ride and places to explore both on and off the bike, your cycling holiday in Spain is not just about the bike, it’s about the whole cultural experience, the history, the food and wine, the people and the stunning landscapes. A real two wheel adventure and cycling experience!