Unlike many other operators, we include the hire of your bike in the overall cost of the holiday: you don’t need to bring your own or pay extra to hire one locally. We also provide a support vehicle, spare parts and take care of day to day bike maintenance. All you need bring is your own helmet.
2012 Standard Itinerary
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2 nights Standard Hotel
5 nights Comfortable Hotel
We provide 24 and 27 gear Conor City 350 hybrid bikes with front suspension – see trip notes for details. Train/Taxis/Bus.
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Route & Terrain
On this tour we cycle 365 km over six days (an average of 61 km per day). We mostly follow provincial roads with little car traffic (93% tarmac roads, 7% good forest trails). The most challenging ride is on day 3 from Ronda to Algeciras (112 km), it is possible to use the train for sections to reduce the overall distance cycled. Maps will be provided for cyclists to travel individually or in groups while the tour leader drives the luggage vehicle, except for on day 7 when the leader will cycle with the group. There is a back up vehicle for emergencies. We have graded the route as moderate to strenuous.
Cycling In Spain, Morocco And Gibraltar
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With one foot in each continent this tour highlights the cultural contrasts and mountainous beauty of the mythical Pillars of Hercules. From our Andalucian base in Algeciras we cycle the Spanish sierras, white villages, cork oak forests and the Rock itself – Gibraltar. Across the straits in Morocco we explore the Rif Mountains around Chefchaouen, visit Tetuan and cycle through Berber hamlets.
Algeciras - Cycle through the forests of the Alcornocales National Park and the moun-tains of southern Spain
Ronda - Visit the dramatic town high above El Tajo Canyon
Cycle The Rif Mountains - Explore the Berbers villages and rolling landscapes of Morocco’s Rif Mountains by bike
Chefchaouen - A chance to enjoy the charms of one of Morocco’s most engaging villages
Gibraltar - Visit the famous Rock of Gibraltar
What we say
Explore Staff on Tour - Explore's Will Potter has done this tour. Read about his travels from Africa to Europe and back again.
We begin this journey in the southern Spanish city of Algeciras, one of Europe’s largest ports. Lying besides the Rio de la Miel, the southernmost river in continental Europe, Al-gericas is just 40 minutes by road from Gibraltar’s international airport. Strategically im-portant, the city developed under the influence of the Phoenicians and the Romans, go-ing on to thrive under the Moors before being destroyed in the 14th century. Rebuilt by Charles III of Spain in 1760, the city today serves as the main embarkation point between Spain and the Moroccan port of Tangiers.
Overnight Comfortable Hotel
Public bus to Tarifa and cycle through the Alcornocales National Park
After breakfast this morning we take a public bus to the lovely Andalucian town of Tarfia, on the southernmost tip of mainland Europe. From here we then begin cycling in the di-rection of the village of Fascinas, and up into the Mediterranean forests of the Alcornocales National Park, home to one of the largest cork forests in the world. Continuing on from here, the last 20 kilometres of our ride then takes us along a good dirt road to the village of Los Barrios, from where we head back to Algeciras. Total cycling distance approximately 60 km. +/- 500 m
Train to Ronda. Cycle back to Algeciras through the mountains of Andalusia
Today presents us with our most challenging ride, as we journey through the mountainous landscapes of southern Spain. Leaving the hotel early this morning, we begin with a train journey to the historic town of Ronda, dramatically perched high above El Tajo Canyon. After a short visit we then start our ride through the sierras, enjoying some truly stunning views of the Strait of Gibraltar and Morocco, as we make our way along quiet back roads and through an assortment of small whitewashed villages. Should you wish, you can return to Algeciras by train, from either Jimenade la Frontera or San Roque. Total cycling distance approximately 112 km. +800m/-1,500m
Ferry to Tangier. Cycle through the Rif Mountains then drive to Chef-chaouen
Walking the short distance to the ferry terminal after breakfast we catch the morning boat to Tangiers Med Port (40km from Tangiers). On arrival we then cycle along the coast towards Ksar-es-Seghir, before turning inland and crossing the Rif Mountains. As we meander across the rolling hills of northern Morocco we pass through a number of Berber hamlets and make our way towards the city of Tétouan. Leaving our bikes on the outskirts of Tétouan we then drive into the city, stopping to enjoy a guided tour of the Medina, before continuing on to Chef-chaoeun by bus. Total cycling distance approximately 52 km. +/- 550m
Overnight Standard HotelIncluded meals: Breakfast
Free day in Chefchaouen
Nestling amongst the peaks of the Rif Mountains, Chefchaouen is one of the most charming towns in Morocco; an engaging mix of blue painted houses, bazaars and red tiled rooftops. Today has been left free for us to explore it at our own pace, to enjoy a stroll through the narrow streets of the old town perhaps, or to relax outside one of the cafes in the main square. Alternatively you may wish to do some optional cycling in the area around Chefchauen (20-60km) A popular destination for tourists, the town is also renowned for its handicraft markets and its locally produced goat cheese.
Overnight Standard HotelIncluded meals: Breakfast
Cycle along the Mediterranean coast to Tangiers. Ferry to Algeciras
Departing Chefchaouen this morning we cycle back along the road to Tétouan, turning off to follow the Oued Laou River all the way down to the Mediterranean coast. Following the coast for a short way, we then swap our bikes for a bus and complete the rest of the journey back to Tangiers Med Port by road (a journey time of around an hour and a half). In Tangiers we then take the ferry across to the Spanish mainland, where we end our day back in Algeciras. Total cycling distance approximately 80 km. +950m/-1,200m
After travelling to La Linea by public bus this morning, we then cycle into Gibraltar on the southern end of the Iberian Peninsula. A British protectorate, whose sovereignty is hotly contested by the neighbouring Spanish, Gibraltar has a long and proud history that is reflected in its rich mari-time traditions. We’ll ride out to the lighthouse at Europa Point and take a walk along the lime-stone peninsula, before cycling into the old town for a final beer. Then it is back to La Linea to catch the return bus to Algeciras. Total cycling distance approximately 16 km. +/- 500m
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