Recyclo Bike Shop Guide to Road Biking in Malaga
The team at Recyclo Bike Shop has been riding the local hills here in Málaga for many years and we thought we would share some of our favorite rides. Unless stated, all rides start from our shop in Pedregalejo.
Route 3. Training Loop
Distance: 45kms Climbing: 1000m Time: 2 hours +-
A straight up and at ’em hill climb with a short kick in the tail before a technical descent. This is our favorite morning training loop, involving a 16km drag up to Puerto León, alternatively known as La Fuente de la Reina (The Queen’s Spring). Delightfully quiet roads, wide and well surfaced, guide us away from the coast and almost immediately into the “Montes de Málaga” National Park. With occasionally steep u-bends the majority of the climb is fairly comfortable and allows you to sit up and enjoy the stunning views, or grind up in a small sprocket if you are looking for a time on Strava. This is the most ridden climb in Málaga and the times posted by some locals are right up there with the top Pro riders.
For those Nature fans out there, the Pine clad hills are a bird’s paradise, keep an eye out for the Rock buntings which perch on the side of the road barely feet away, or Crested tits and Crossbills in the tree tops. Overhead you may well spot a Short-toed or Booted Eagle, Sparrowhawk and Goshawk, and pretty much any other Eurasian raptor in the migration season.
Leaving the shop we head left on Av. Juan Sebastian Elcano, towards Málaga and keep right as the road forks at Baños del Carmen. At the fourth set of traffic lights, signed to Gibralfaro, we turn right and start climbing Camino Nuevo. At the top we ride straight over and follow the one way traffic off to the right, heading down to the traffic lights at the bottom. Passing the church of La Victoria on the right, we turn right up a side road and keep going until we reach a T-junction. Here we turn left and immediately right, then straight over the roundabout. At the next set of traffic lights the official climb begins. We vere right at the small roundabout and then wind up through some houses and before we are able to catch our breath and a swig from the bidon, we are out of the City and climbing steadily into the park itself. At the halfway point we reach El Mirador; a look out giving views out over the bay and if the visibility allows, the distant Rif mountains of Morroco.
The road now snakes up through a couple of short tunnels and then flattens out before the taxing final last 3 kms. Passing the Bar and water fountain on the left, the road levels out for the final 500ms, and the category one climb is over.
Following the road along the ridge Northwards, we head towards the restaurant Venta Galwey and immediately before it, turn right (signed Comares & Olias). From the top we can look out over the hill-top village of Comares and the Sierra Tejeda y Almijara beyond. This is a much narrower mountain road and there are one or two tight bends as we make our way East. At the next T-junction we turn right and begin the descent down to Olías village. We now have a final climb out of the village topping out after 1.5kms before the last downhill stint back to the coast at El Palo. This descent deserves a cautious approach, especially during the Winter, when damp patches on shady corners can cause problems. This is a well transited route by both cyclists and motorists, and the school bus and refuse truck are likely companions. Rock falls can also be an issue, but only after heavy rain. Reaching the bottom there is a tight hairpin just before the road passes under the motorway. Head straight over the roundabout and then turn right at the traffic lights. Recyclo Bike Shop is another 4kms down the road.
Enjoy the ride!