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Cycling in the Costa Del Sol

This region of sunny Spain stays hot throughout the year and promises jaw-dropping views of different natural sites. The beauty of the Costa del Sol spans coastal paths and mountainous routes, with idyllic towns and resorts on hand after a day on the open road. It’s great areas for newbies and pros alike.

The coasts with the most

Boasting more than 300 yearly sunshine days, this costa has it all. It also has bragging rights to a mix of terrain and quiet roads. You’ll find each of its resorts has a relaxed pace of life, with low-key shops and eateries to show off.

Rewarding routes

Marbella is not only a plush playground for the rich and famous, it’s fab for cyclists, too. Malaga and Granada are another two biking heavyweights, where you can combine sea views with town centre stop-offs. As for Nerja, the routes don’t get much dreamier.

From saddle to city

If you’re wanting to get around the region when you aren’t cycling, your best bet for big-time exploration is the sun-baked city of Malaga. Base your to-do list on the art galleries, chic boutiques and tapas bars dotted around the centre.

Costa Del Sol cycling hotels

  • La Cala del Moral – Torre del Mar – Benamargosa – Totalan – La Cala del Moral
  • Almuñécar – Nerja – El Morche – Caleta de Velez
  • Motril – Molvízar – Almuñécar – Motril

La Cala del Moral – Torre del Mar – Benamargosa – Totalan – La Cala del Moral

Suitable for: Families

Difficulty: 2/5

Climb Level: 1/5

Max Altitude: 265m

Distance: 44.3km

The Route: Families looking for something easygoing for the kids will enjoy this tame ride. Make a start in the gorgeous town of Almuñécar and gently pedal through Nerja and the surrounding area, before reaching the Malaga region. Drink in all the sights then make your last stop in Caleta de Velez.

Almuñécar – Nerja – El Morche – Caleta de Velez

Suitable for: Daredevils

Difficulty: 4/5

Climb Level: 5/5

Max Altitude: 657m

Distance: 64.4km

The Route: Over in La Cala del Moral, you’ll kick things off with incredible views but then a challenge awaits. This one’s a tricky pick for even hardened cyclists. As you ride up towards Torre del Mar, Benamargosa and Totalan from the seafront, the super-steep climb will put you to the test.

Motril – Molvízar – Almuñécar – Motril

Suitable for: Leisurely pedallers

Difficulty: 3/5

Climb Level: 3/5

Max Altitude: 506m

Distance: 52km

The Route: This is your best bet for getting around the glistening top sights, while enjoying a mid-level ride. You’ll find each of the main towns rewarding, but Almuñécar and Motril will provide particularly great views on this looping, circular route. Go as fast or as slow as you fancy.

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