Málaga, Torre del Mar, Almuñécar, Costa Tropical
4 or 6 nights, Self-Guided
Enjoy the Best Winter Cycling Destination in Europe.
It is true that Road Cycling in the Costa del Sol & Tropical is like living the dream! Cycle from the seaside towns of Málaga or Torre Del Mar and their pleasant beaches, biking alongside the warm ocean shoreline of the famed Mediterranean of Southern Spain. Climbers will love this tour with its many metas and hills to ascend. Cycle 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.
Road Cyclists will stay in 2-3 fixed bases (the tour can be customised to suit with more or less days), and enjoy quality 4 star hotels and nearby attractions or amenities. 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 biked is between Málaga/ Torre Del Mar in the west and Almuñecar to the east. You will ride between the 2-3 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 cyclist who love good climbs and the coastal life!
Please note that this tour can be adjusted to make the riding easier with Ebikes. We can provide shorter loops with less climbing if required – please ask.
1 Jul 2020 to 31 Dec 2020
25 Jan 2021 to 31 Dec 2021
24 Jan 2022 to 31 Dec 2022
60KM+ Daily Average
- Perfect all year around warm weather training and riding, designed by cyclists, for cyclists
- Easy access from Malaga international airport (transfers can be arranged)
- Beautiful mountain climbs on quiet roads
- Flatter riding an option along the coastline of the great Mediterranean
- Ride the roads of La Vuelta and test yourself on incredible climbs
- Sample authentic Spanish seaside resorts where the locals go
- Great choice of bars, restaurants and beachside cafés to suit all budgets
THE CC ADVANTAGE
Perfect sportive training, designed by cyclists, for cyclists
Committed to providing an excellent Local service using local businesses
Know your routes are well designed by the people who live and cycle here
This area is our local cycling area and we are only a ride away!
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.
DAY 1. MÁLAGA, COSTA DEL SOL ARRIVAL
Arrive in the very Southern Spanish city of Málaga on the Costa del Sol to start your bike tour (pick up from Málaga airport can be arranged). Get set up on the Bikes and maybe go for a warm up spin.
It is a beautiful city right on the coast of Southern Spain. Stay there for a night and enjoy it’s laid back ambience. Málaga has an elegant historical centre with the Centre Pompidou, the Picasso Museum, an impressive Cathedral, Moorish Alcazar and a Roman amphitheatre! Take your dinner in this bustling centre and then afterwards, walk the beautiful tree lined port side for a refreshing evening paseo. The attractive Andalusian style this city has is really not to be missed read about their famous annual fair on our Blog.
DAY 2. MÁLAGA TO TORRE DEL MAR
Ride: up to 100 km | Elevation Gain : 1400 m : There are different ride options available today.
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. Perhaps try the wonderful local climb, Puerto de León. It offers great views back to Málaga as you climb through the fir tree mountain forest. Easier option available too!
DAY 3. & 4. LONG & MEDIUM LOOPS IN TORRE DEL MAR
There are different ride options available for these days. Just ask and we will provide them!
Ride : Long Loop option : 106 km | Elevation Gain : 1600 m
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, vistas immense 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.
Medium Loop option : 80 km | Elevation Gain: 1080 m or Long Route: 140 km |Elevation Gain: 1800 m
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 and attempt the Puerto de Zafarraya, a category 1 mountain pass featured in many La Vuelta a Españas – an epic climb of over 15 km with a gain of 900 m – there are always enough miles to conquer around here if you like hills.
DAY 5. TORRE DEL MAR TO ALMUÑECAR – COSTA TROPICAL
Ride : 85 km | Elevation Gain : 1500 m (other more moderate option given)
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.
DAY 6. CIRCULAR LOOP ALMUÑECAR
Ride : 130+ km | Elevation Gain : 1800 m (Moderate option Out & Back)
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 25km 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 Almuñécar, or continue on for a loop on the old road to Granada. Enter the wonders of the Lecrin Valley, with its orange growing micro-climate, before descending back down towards Motril and the coastline to Almuñécar. A truly fantastic day taking on some parts of La Vuelta Mountain Ride!
DAY 7. ONWARD TRAVELS BACK TO MÁLAGA/GRANADA
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 Málaga / Granada or we can arrange a transfer. We hope to see you again! Or extend your road cycling trip into Granada and take on the climbs in the Sierra Nevada!
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+ | Discounts for Groups of 4+ Booking Together
Challenging : or Moderate : distances are a daily average of 60 km. 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: 1100 metres on Challenging Tour.
Specially chosen 4* quality beach hotels for 5 nights
All bedrooms are en-suite.
All breakfasts which are buffet style
Luggage delivered to your next hotel when moving on to Almuñecar
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 / GPS tracks
Complimentary Cycling Country water bottle, helmet bag, luggage tags
Extras Not Included
GPS unit available to rent (50 Eur) with pre-loaded routes
Hire of Trek Carbon Emonda Road Bike with Ultegra/105 Groupset, compact 50×34, 12-30 cassette at an extra cost of 185 Euros for 7 days ( 155€ : 5 Days)
Hire of Orbea AluCarbon Road bike with Tiagra Groupset, compact 50×34, 12-32 cassette at an extra cost of 120 Euros for 7 days (100€ : 5 Days)
Custom Cycling Country Race Cut Jersey – 55 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.
There are regular coaches that run along the coastline from Málaga to Torre del Mar and Almuñécar (and return). From Almuñécar there is also coach access to Granada. Bikes can be placed in the underneath storage on coaches – See www.Alsa.com
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!
Our Málaga hotel makes a nice start, located in the very nice neighbourhood of El Limonar, it is an easy start to either the climbs or the coast. What more coudl you want than an easy walk into the historical centre for all the bars and restaurants or steps away from the beach! With pool and beach options, the cyclist could not as for more!
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.
“Maggie and Geoff (and to all of Andalusia )
Thank you for helping to make this is great week for us. As it was our last day we “leaned in” and went for the full loop from Almunecar ( 134km and 2400m of climbing). It was a challenging ride for each of us. So much so that supper consisted (in our hotel room) of fish and chips from the shop on the beach promenade and the best bottle of wine that we could find at the liege grocery store by the hotel. We had to go next door to buy a corkscrew!
We really enjoyed the week and Andalusia. The routes were very good, and the bikes worked out very well for us.
J. & J. Gordon – March 2019
As you probably gathered from Julie’s daily updates (haha) we had a great time on the Med Tour! 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!!”
M. 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 .
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*High season (June-mid Sept) / Easter supplement: €85
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