Málaga, Torre del Mar, Almuñécar, Costa Tropical
6 days / 5 nights, Self-Guided
Quality 4 Star Hotels
Starting from the seaside town of Torre Del Mar and its pleasant beaches, pedal alongside the warm ocean shoreline of the famed Mediterranean of Southern Spain. Head off inland into rustic Andalusía, home of olive groves, rolling hills and pretty old white washed farmhouses, set in the high coastal sierras. Ride some of the climbs La Vuelta often uses as you test yourself and your fitness level. This route is perfect all year round for warm weather training and riding.
Staying in 2 fixed bases (the tour can be customised to suit- more or less days), you will enjoy quality 4 star hotels with their own swimming pools. Of course the ocean is always there for you to swim and great boardwalks for those of you who enjoy running (fantastic for triathlon training).
The region explored is between Torre Del Mar in the west and Almuñecar to the east. You will ride between the 2 resorts. It is a mixture of rolling coastal hills of agricultural bounty, pine forests, mountain passes of the Sierra and Natural Parks and vistas of the sparkling Mediterranean. A perfect training ground for lovers of good climbs and the coastal life!
1. Short Loop, Torre del Mar, Málaga Province – Spain
50+ km (850m elevation gain) We introduce you to the bike and route (pick up from Málaga airport can be arranged – please enquire). Torre del Mar is a laid back beach town and a great place to be based for a few nights. Have a short warm up getting used to the roads and layout of the area. Head into the quieter roads behind Torre before coming back along the coastal road with views of the Mediterranean as you pedal along.
2. Long Loop, Torre del Mar, Málaga Province
100km/75m (1975m elevation gain)
After cycling out of town, ascend the hillsides into the coastal mountains behind Torre. The ups are worth the effort and the views to the Mediterranean below are fantastic. Pass the many avocado trees and lemon trees that the foothills are famous for. A very popular area for local cyclists, you will spot fellow riders out for a spin. Head inland and up to the white villages of the Axarquia region. From here the roads are incredibly quiet and the pueblos pretty.
Pass through a hairpin descent almost back down to the coast line (from here you can take a short cut back) or continue on with the great scenery of this mountain area. After a final few climbs, head back the flatter lie of the seafront and coast along back to base at Torre.
3. Medium Loop, Torre del Mar, Málaga Province
78km/75m (1000m elevation gain) (or 140km with 2000m elevation gain)
Another glorious loop ride to enjoy today is ahead of you as you head up and go inland again to the very pretty area surrounding Benarmagosa. Cycle past more white villages of a very traditional and typically Andalucian area. From here head down to the coastline on weaving roads that finally finish at the seaside. Ride back along the seashore on a slightly busier, but flat and smooth road.
Today’s loop is shorter, but if you want to add on some more, head out on the same road and attempt the out and back of the Puerto de Zafarraya, a category 1 mountain pass featured in many La Vuelta a Españas – an epic climb of over 15km with a gain of 900m – there are always enough miles to conquer around here!
4. Torre del Mar to Almuñécar
85km/64m (1500m elevation gain)
Moving on today, you head east along the coastline. Climb towards the Natural Park area of the Sierras de Tejada, the roads are beautiful yet challenging. Climbing to the heights of Frigiliana, one of the prettiest villages in southern Spain, a quick descent leads into Nerja, a large beach resort popular with tourists. From here ride the road of the coast, climbing and descending into your new destination of Almuñecar. This seaside town has a larger feel than Torre with its interesting historic centre of winding streets.
5. Circular Loop, Almuñécar, Granada Province
130+ km (1800m elevation gain)
The last ride day could be the biggest. Today, head from the back of the hotel and attempt one of the most beautiful climbs in Southern Spain, the “Cabra”. It is a tough challenge of 27km of climbing, but taken at a slow and comfortable speed, very doable. Just look at the incredible mountain formations. At the top, you could turn around and head back down to Alumuñecar, or continue on for a loop on the old road to Granada. Enter the wonders of the Lecrin Valley, with its orange growing microclimate, before descending back down towards Motril and the coastline to Amuñecar. A truly fantastic day!
6. Almuñécar, Granada Province
After breakfast it’s time to say goodbye to the Mediterranean and head off for your onward journey. There are easy coach connections back to Malaga / Granada or we can arrange a transfer. We hope to see you again!
Road Cycling Tour – Self-Guided
Bikes – Road
Route: Based on the Mediterranean Coast of South Spain. 2 Fixed Bases of Torre del Mar and Almuñécar. Loops provided out of each base and a route to cycle between each.
Group Size – 1+
Challenging: distances are a daily average of 100km. Each day there is an option to extend / shorten the distances and the itinerary can be customised to your requirements. Good surfaced roads on quiet country roads (busier near the seaside). Suitable for road bikes. The countryside is rolling and the terrain is hilly to mountainous. Be prepared for hills and climbs and of course some great descents.
Daily Average Ascent: 1300 metres.
Specially chosen 4 Star quality beach hotels for 5 nights
All bedrooms are en-suite. (Please enquire about the possibility of apartments when in Alhama.)
All breakfasts which are buffet style
- Luggage delivered to your next hotel if moving on to Granada
- Welcome meeting and introduction to the route and area
- Emergency support and contact details
- Pre tour pack & Tour guide book / maps / route notes / ride profiles
- Complimentary Cycling Country water bottle
Extras Not Included
- GPS unit available to rent (50 Eur) with pre-loaded routes
- Hire of Trek Madone Carbon Bike 3.1 Series with FSA-105 Groupset, compact 10 speed, 12-30 cassette at an extra cost of 150 Euros for 6 days
- Hire of Orbea Road bike (alu frame, carbon forks) with Shimano Ultegra-105 Groupset, triple 10 speed, at an extra cost of 110 Euros for 6 days
- Custom Cycling Country Race Cut Jersey – 50 Euros
Getting Here & Transfers
Private transfers can be arranged from Malaga airport or other destinations. Let us know if you are needing to transport bike boxes / bikes.
Special Mediterranean Tour price for Málaga Airport / Málaga City pickup to Torre del Mar – 60 Euros (upto 4 people).
There are regular coaches that run along the coastline from Malaga to Torre del Mar and Almunecar (and return). From Almuñécar there is also coach access to Granada. Bikes can be placed in the underneath storage on coaches.
You will be met and set up with the route/hire bike by 1 staff member. It is a self led tour with no van support. Transfer of luggage provided and an emergency / on-road assistance number to contact 24 hours.
The lulling waves of the nearby Med, is a welcome relief after a day in the saddle. The great stretch of beach outside your hotels and the boardwalk to wander the warm evening hours is a relaxing way to end the day on this trip. Any way, please, feel free to ask about apartment options as well!
The BQ Andalucia Beach Hotel is a 4-star hotel in the touristic resort of Torre del Mar, 30km away from Málaga city, just a few steps from the sea and the city centre & shopping area.With its 161 rooms and its 5 Junior Suites with separate lounge, the hotel offers a swimming pool, a sun terrace with an Skybar and public rooms and a garage to their guests.
The Hotel Helios Costa Tropical is right on the beach of San Cristóbal in Almuñécar, a destination that is internationally famous for its year-round tropical climate. The hotel has a selection of comfortable and luxurious suites and its lounge terrace, the Blue Bar, located on the tenth floor, is noted for its spectacular sunsets.
“As you probably gathered from Julie’s daily updates () we had a great time! Everything was very well organised, hotels were good, Geoff was great with setting us up and the bikes were great (we are all tempted to buy trek bikes now!). The routes were all great and pretty tough. We loved the more gradual climbs in particular.”
Marjon Van der Pol and 2 friends – April 2018
All arrangements worked well: bike, accommodation, directions-all perfect thanks to Maggi and Geoff and their enthusiastic road crews.
All I had to do was drink in the wonderful scenery and exert myself in a strenuous and very relaxing 8 day holiday. Highlights included the white villages all over hinterland of Torre del mar and velez malaga and the broad cultivated areas of the plains around Alhama. Great road climbs up the Puerta de Zaffaraya and the Sierra Nevada(saw a few professional road cyclists up there!). To top it off there was the enigmatic historical traces of the Moors from Velez malaga, the Alhama hot springs, Loja and the Alhambra in Granada.”
J. McQualter- NewCastle, Australia – June 2015
Testimonials from previous cyclists are always available and we enjoy receiving the feedback after tours. It helps us improve our services and offer you an even better experience. Please feel free to contact us if you would like a reference to talk to. Others have also posted reviews on the independent travel website .
DATES & RATES
Single supplement: €105
High season supplement: €145
High season supplement applies for Spanish Bank Holidays and Fiestas (confirmed upon booking).
The tour is available as a guided option. Please contact us for prices and availability.
Price includes all local taxes. Please note we transact in Euros.
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