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  • Reviewed June 2018
    wendy fairhurst

    beautiful towns , pleasant cycling

    The towns/cities where you stay on this trip are beautiful and the accommodation in the paradors and hotels is lovely . The cycling is pleasant rather than spectacular with the first and the last day being through quite a lot of built up urban areas. You are on cycle tracks/cycle lanes for the most part though and Spanish drivers are very courteous to cyclists. The middle 3 days are through pleasant arable countryside on very quiet roads. The cycling is not too challenging but if it is a hot day could feel demanding. Plenty of water is needed. Food is brilliant and the seafood recommended on the last day is fantastic.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Cycling up to the destinations on all days was great. The lovely fortress in Carmona, beautiful hacienda, the parador at the very top of Arcos, lovely hotel in a beautiful square in Jerez and the modern parador in Cadiz after cycling along the promenade.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    We were self guided - the instructions were very good on the whole - a few mistakes but with the help of the maps we were able to work it out. It was like a treasure hunt! Made it more of an adventure

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    The instructions into Arcos were confusing and we ended up pushing our bikes up through the very steep street to the parador. However when we saw the way we should have cycled we think we took the best option as the correct road was steep, busy and quite narrow. Evening meals in the paradors and hotels were not usually as good as the food in the surrounding tapas bars . On the last day there is an option to take a ferry rather than cycle the whole way. We cycled the whole way but I think the ferry would have been the better option - after the point at which you can catch the ferry - for the most part the cycle is through urban areas and salt marshes and is not very picturesque. Cadiz , on the other hand is beautiful and there is a wonderful pool area at the parador. It would have been nice to have had a bit longer there. In the parador in Cadiz there is an option to upgrade for 60E - we did this and were given a most spectacular suite overlooking the ocean which was used by the King of Spain. It was amazing and well worth the money. ( The other rooms are lovely also).

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    We had a great holiday even though the cycling was not as picturesque as we had expected. everything was very well organised - luggage collected and delivered efficiently , bikes were decent and appropriate for the trip, instructions were clear.
  • Reviewed May 2018
    Steven Elliot

    Disappointing

    I’ll start with the positives. Sevilla, Carmona, Arcos , Jerez and Cadiz are all great places to visit- full of interest, fabulous food, friendly natives. The hotels were all excellent places to stay in particular the Paradors. The luggage transfers worked like a dream. The bikes were sturdy - MTB end of hybrid scale and quite heavy but necessary because of some the terrain covered. We did not struggle with the actual cycling and without pushing ourselves usually got to our hotel each afternoon by about 4. So why have I scored it 3 out of 5? The reason , sadly, is because of the route which is , I’m afraid , a bit boring. In particular the first and last days take you through semi industrial, semi rural scruffy wastelands and apart from the 30 miles or so after Montellano the best that can be said for the rest is that it is pleasant. We did a similar trip last year with another company starting in Ronda and going round the white villages and the scenery was spectacular so perhaps he bar had been set too high.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Seeing Arcos for the first time - made me think of Minas Tirith

    What did you think of your group leader?

    We navigated jointly and enjoyed interpreting the guide. Generally we found it accurate and easy to use though there were some points where it was wrong; the maps helped us triumph.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Find a bar full of locals at lunchtime- wonderful cheap food. Don’t bring your cleats - too much on off and sudden stops in the cities Make sure this is the trip for you before you start - if you want to see the city sights and have the satisfaction of doing it under your own steam then go for it. If you want spectacular scenery then there are much better options

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    We did have a great time despite our reservations about the route
  • Reviewed May 2018
    Diarmuid Mulherin

    Challenging but worth every turn of the pedals

    The distances covered are in the 60-70 km range most days, and it is a warm place, with the accommodation in towns that the locals have a penchant for putting at the tops of hills and cliffs: great views but a tough cycle to get there at the end of the day. Despite all that, the distances and climbs are worth it. You get a real feel for Andalucia. Wide open plains, olive groves, vineyards, etc. The accommodation is very good and it is not difficult to find good places to eat your evening meal. Mostly the roads are quiet, but there is quite a bit that is off-road/unpaved and a few kilometres of that is pretty technical (soft sand or very rocky). The trip directions are generally very good but there are some tricky bits which require some prior study to avoid cycling on motorways! The bicycles were sturdy though a bit heavy and we had no technical issues throughout the trip.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    There are some awesome views from the Paradors and the new Parador in Cadiz is a stunning building.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Not relevant - self-guided

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Study the trip notes carefully: there are some tricky junctions. Worth looking on Google Maps and Streetview.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The food and wine in Andalucia are excellent. The weather is generally dry and usually warm to hot.
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