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Andalusia – The Sunshine Tour

Road Cycling Holidays in Spain

  • Climbs include El Torcal de Antequera, Puerto de las Palomas & Caminito del Rey
  • 3 nights in the historic town of Ronda
  • Perfect cycling climate with early and late season sun
  • Cheap flights between Malaga and UK regional airports and beyond
  • Comfortable and friendly 3* hotels with local cuisine geared to cyclists
  • Excellent support from 2 customised support vans and 2 experienced, proactive guides, focused on making your holiday the very best it can be

Days on the bike

6 days

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J Carpenter


Showcased by the Vuelta every August, Andalusia (Andalucía in Spanish) has to be one of the best places in Europe to ride a road bike. The scenery is varied, the roads well surfaced and there are lots of beautiful climbs to be done. On this cycling holiday we explore the province of Málaga, home to several Natural Parks, the geological sculptures of El Torcal de Antequera, the gravity-defying walkway of El Chorro and the beautiful Moorish hill town of Ronda, where we spend 3 nights.

With an abundance of flights from Europe and beyond, a favourable climate, nice hotels and mouth-watering Andalusian cuisine, there are very few reasons not to come on this road cycling holiday!

This Classic Cols style holiday is lead by two exceptional guides in fully kitted-out support vehicles. Riders can cycle at their own pace, stop when they like and make each day their own. In a group of around 20 this usually means we have 3 – 4 mini-groups with similar aspirations and fitness levels who tend to ride together. We find this means that nobody feels held up, or as if they are holding others up.

It is important to us that you book the correct road cycling holiday for you, so do download and read the Trip Notes for all you need to know on how this holiday works: food, accommodation, travel and so on…

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Departure Dates & Prices

Single Room Supplement
30th Apr - 7th May
Single Room Sup. £315.00
7th May - 14th May
Single Room Sup. £315.00
15th May - 22nd May
Single Room Sup. £315.00
1st Oct - 8th Oct
Single Room Sup. £315.00
8th Oct - 15th Oct
Single Room Sup. £315.00
16th Oct - 23rd Oct
Single Room Sup. £315.00

We are pleased to offer some tempting discounts off trip costs (not including extras such as single rooms or bike hire):

  • Book & pay your deposit more than 6 months in advance of your holiday for our 5% Early Bookers discount.
  • Be rewarded for your loyalty by receiving a 10% discount from your 3rd Marmot trip onwards
  • Get a group of 10+ people together for a 10% Group discount

Please note there is a maximum 10% discount on any holiday.



Day 0: Travel Day

We offer included airport transfers (a journey of 30 min) at scheduled times during the day from Málaga AGP airport to our start hotel, which is within walking distance of the historic town centre.

Full travel advice (essential reading before booking your flights)  can be found in our Trip Notes.

Check-in, assemble bikes and share a hearty meal in preparation for the adventure ahead! Those of you on early flights may want to head out on the bikes to explore the Costa del Sol.

Day 1: Day ride from Málaga - Montes de Málaga Natural Park

The mountains of the Montes de Málaga Natural Park rise sharply to the north of the city. This is our playground for today! We start by climbing the Puerto del León (940m) on a spectacular road, which even does a couple of ‘loop-the-loops’ to gain altitude. The views are breath-taking and the sparse forest a delight.

Our route takes us over the Alto de Zambra (740m) from where we enjoy an undulating descent back to our hotel in Málaga.

For those wanting more, the challenge route detours over the Puerto de la Bolina (752m) and the Colmenar (695m), linking together the famous ‘white villages of Andalusia’.

Classic route: 70km with 1500m ascent [ride profile]

Challenge route: 104km with 2300m ascent [ride profile]


Day 2: Málaga to El Chorro via El Torcal de Antequera

The view from the swimming pool of our hotel in El Chorro should be enough to motivate you to get to our destination today!

Turning our back on Málaga, we climb up the Puerto de la Dehesa (570m). From here the horizon is dominated by the wind etched geological masterpiece of El Torcal de Antequera (1215m) – the highest point on our tour. Those on the Classic route will be pleased to enjoy the spectacular ride around the base of this mighty mountain over the Puerto de El Torcal de Antequera (950m).

We then head through Valle de Abdalajís to our hotel in El Chorro.

Here you have the option of relaxing or continue cycling up to the Mirador Tajo Encantada / Alto de la Mesa (603m). Alternatively you can also venture on a great loop over the Puerto de la Sabanilla (585m) and Puerto de las Atalayas (392m).

Classic route: 87km with 1500m ascent [ride profile]

Harder route: 112km with 2200m ascent [ride profile]

Challenge route: 143km with 3000m ascent [ride profile]

Day 3: El Chorro to Ronda

The Caminito del Rey is a walkway pinned along the steep walls of a narrow gorge in El Chorro – it has in the past held the title of most dangerous path in Europe! It is certainly no place to take a road bike, but we start the day looking up at this masterpiece of engineering.

Our destination is the historic and beautiful town of Ronda (where we stay in a town centre hotel for the next 3 nights) and we take a slightly obscure route over the stunning Puerto del Viento (1078m) to get there.

As always, there are extra options for those wanting more of a challenge. Starting the day by nipping up to the Mirador Tajo Encantada / Alto de la Mesa (603m) is a good option, as is detouring over the Puerto de los Martínez (713m) and Puerto de las Abejas (823m).

Classic route: 78km with 1600m ascent [ride profile]

Challenge route: 121km with 2600m ascent [ride profile]

Day 4: Day ride from Ronda - Puerto de Encinas Borrachas

You have the choice of taking today as a rest day to explore the many beautiful and historic sights of Ronda.

Options galore, we head over the Alto de Benaoján (707m) on smooth surfaces linking together picture-perfect whitewashed villages. Here you can choose to head back to Ronda over the Puerto de Encinas Borrachas (1029m) with spectacular views, or detour further over the Puerto del Espino (780m) and the Cañada del Real Tesoro (625m). For those wanting that bit more, the Sendero El Pimpollar (700m) is a tempting addition!

Tonight’s dinner is not included so you can explore the many fine restaurants in town.

Easier route: 50km with 1200m ascent [ride profile]

Classic route: 77km with 1660m ascent [ride profile]

Challenge route: 104km with 2300m ascent [ride profile]

Day 5: Day ride from Ronda - Puerto de las Palomas

The Parque Natural de la Sierra de Grazalema to the west of Ronda is a total delight for a road cyclist looking for a good day out on the bike. Heading over the Puerto de Montejaque (714m) we enjoy a wonderful descent to the base of the challenging but spectacular climb to the Puerto de las Palomas (1189m). Here you have the option of returning to Ronda or looping down to the cork tree plantations and back over the Puerto del Boyar (1111m) – certainly a challenging optional extra!

Whatever you decide to do – you are bound to be happy today!

Classic route: 85km with 1600m ascent [ride profile]

Challenge route: 141km with 2900m ascent [ride profile]

Day 6: Ronda to Mijas

Bidding farewell to Ronda, we skirt the eastern edge of the Sierra de las Nieves Natural Park. Our route takes in the Puerto El Saltillo (885m) and the rural plains to the Puerto del Aire (950m). This is all beautiful cycling country!

From El Burgo, we continue south over the Puerto de las Abejas (823m), heading to the Mediterranean. We finish our tour of Andalusia with a glorious traverse around the base of the Sierra de Mijas to our hotel for the evening.

Those choosing the challenge route, however, must first take on the savage gradients of the Antena Mirador Benalmadena (920m) – the views are worth it!

Easier route: 85km with 1500m ascent [ride profile]

Classic route: 104km with 1800m ascent [ride profile]

Challenge route: 118km with 2300m ascent [ride profile]

Day 7: Travel Day

All good things must come to an end. We offer transfers back to Málaga AGP airport throughout the morning (30 min transfer).

For those of you on the later transfers, there is plenty to be done in Mijas and the hotel swimming pool has a particularly nice view!