Málaga, Alhama, Nerja, Málaga
5 days/4 nights, Self-Guided
Boutique & 4* Hotels
Long Time No Sea? Cycle to the Med!
If you want excellent cycling in a packed little bike tour from Málaga, a main flight gateway, this is the one! A circular route with superb Inland cycling as well as a thrilling ride to the sea for the moderate cyclist, which can be made easy by using an ebike, or even more difficult for the more experienced cyclist.
A lovely luxury self-guided cycling trip to and from Málaga for cyclists who want a mix of quiet inland cycling and some days along the coast to Nerja in this short break for some Spanish sun. Having easy access to Málaga airport, it is a region full of diversity, internationally known for its cultural centre of Málaga and which also offers cyclists, picturesque inland scenery with some undulating climbs and vistas. It is a bike tour that gives you some Costa del Sol seaside cycling as well as also staying in a tranquil inland traditional area which has peaceful countryside with good quiet roads.
Surprise yourself with the great variety of tapas and delicious seafood, passing by small cafes or beach side cafe “chiringuitos” with delicious espeto skewered fish. Visit some historical monuments, such as Málaga’s Moorish Alcazar and the Picasso Art Gallery, the birthplace of the modern artist, Nerja’s beaches and Alhama’s own romantic Barrio Arabe and Renaissance Church.
1 Feb 2024 to 10 Dec 2024
1 Feb 2025 to 12 Dec 2025
45KM Daily Average
- Cycle enchanting quaint villages & dramatic coast
- Visit Málaga centre, the birthplace of Picasso!
- Stay in traditional Andalucian Cortijo Hacienda Hotels
- Enjoy local cheeses, tapas, grilled sardines, olives & Jamon Iberico
- Bike inland Andalucia’s quiet smooth roads with few cars
THE CC ADVANTAGE
We live permanently in Spain both in Alhama & Málaga, so we are proud local operators and will provide the best quality service
Enjoy your CC history book and local knowledge in your package
Ride our Backyard, a magical area, on a performance carbon road bike, a comfortable hybrid or even an Electric assist bike.
A wonderful trip that exceeded expectations. The area is really spectacular and the route is diverse, so always interesting. It is a nice short break in the countryside and coast. Málaga is a great place to end in as well. Thanks!
Day 1. MALAGA TO ALHAMA
Ride: 18 km or 38 km | Gain: 150 m or 450 m | Extra Mileage offered
Arrive in the beautiful year round destination of Málaga and transfer to Alhama (from Málaga airport or meet in Málaga at our hotel at 9:30). Travel up over this coastal mountain, arrive in this medieval and attractive town. After a short bike set up, head out on a warm-up ride to get you feeling comfortable and enjoy this tranquil area and its famous gorge.
Day 2. ALHAMA DE GRANADA TO VELEZ MALAGA
Ride: 44 km | Gain: 250 m | Extra Mileage offered
A stunning area for scenic landscape, enjoy the pleasant countryside in this area which is known for its goat’s cheese, almonds and local wine (vino de terreno) and then swoop down the mountain to the coast. Picturesque Andalucian vistas are of some of the very best cycling you can do in Europe and some stupendous mountain views.
Dinner included tonight!
Day 3. VÉLEZ MÁLAGA TO NERJA
Ride: 28 km or 47 km | Gain: 60 m or 970 m
A nice coastal cycle awaits with a pretty backdrop of the coastal mountain range and for those who want more challenge, there is a very hilly version of today’s sunshine coast ride available. Enjoy this micro climate, one of the kindest in European winters and cycle along the Med to Nerja, where you can visit its impressive cave system this afternoon, or indeed, lie on the beach for a while. Your luxury hotel awaits and where you can put your feet up and relax.
Day 4. NERJA TO MÁLAGA
Ride: 54 km | Gain: 185 m
To those who love coastal cycling, this is your day! Cycle next to the sparkling Mediterranean Sea right into Málaga. It is a beautiful day of biking which still gives you time to explore this fantastic historic centre. You even have time to visit the famous Picasso Gallery and Roman amphitheatre.
Day 5. ONWARD OR OPTION TO EXTEND
Sadly we say goodbye, unless that is you stay on and ride some more with us in Málaga (we have self guided loop ride options out of Malaga) or join another one of our tours!
Road Cycling Tour: Self-Guided | Sunday Starts (Non-Standard Day €65 p.p 2-3 pax) (Not available July & August)
Bikes: Hybrid | Carbon | EBike
Route: Málaga – Alhama – Torre del Mar – Nerja – Málaga
Quiet country and mountain roads. Good asphalt road surface
Group Size : Minimum 2 people, Discounts for Groups of 4+
High season beach supplement €125 per person (June – October & Easter week).
Moderate: Daily average of 45 km with hills. The tour is suitable for moderate leisure cyclists of all ages who have a good level of fitness and enjoy road biking. Can be made easier by E-bike use.
4 nights: Rural Boutique hotel (2) and Beach City Hotel (1), Luxury Hotel (1) – all bedrooms are en-suite
All breakfasts – full or buffet
1 Dinner, 3 courses (Drinks not included)
Gastronomy Welcome Package – Day 1 of cycling includes a 3 course dinner and wine for 2 & 1 welcome pack of local products – 90€ per couple
- Airport transfers from Málaga airport Day 1
- Pre-tour information & Planning help
- Navigation by Phone App / GPX tracks provided if wanted
- Guide Book of area history, culture & where 2 eat
- Cycling Country Bottle, helmet bag, Tee & tags
- 5% off your next tour with us!
Good quality TREK hybrids (75€) | Carbon Road (135€) | CUBE/TREK Ebike (210€)
From Málaga airport/centre or Granada on the first day.
The hotels on this bike tour, will let you Live the Dream in them all. Our quaint rustic accommodation in Alhama de Granada is central and well loved as is our very Andalucian hotel in the Axarquia looking out at the Sierra Alhama. Both have tranquil settings that give you a real taste of this pleasant area of Spain, always a delight to ride a bike in!
Cycling Country’s Cycle to the Med self guided bike tour is no exception and we have accommodation on this tour that is comfortable and are great examples of fine traditional hotels. We have a selection of a 4 star city hotel and 2 Boutique spots (smaller, historical & family run places which are charming).
Enjoy inland Andalucia and the beautiful Costa del Sol lifestyle. You won’t want to catch your flight home, we guarantee it!
“Cycling to the Med and Málaga. Thank you for the wonderful experience of biking in Spain! This was our first biking trip and we would definitely do it again! Riding in Alhama was our favourite experience. Biking through the mountains to the coast was spectacular and we followed all your helpful recommendations❤️ We also got extremely lucky with the weather. We will cherish the memory of this adventure 🙏 Warmest regards!”
N. & A. Giurici – Calgary, Can – November 2023
“Thanks for such a nice Mediterranean bike tour!! We had an awesome time and really enjoyed the mix of inland country cycling and then the glorious beach time at the coast. Brilliant! Great hotels and really good bikes too. Cheers for everything.”
K. Eastwood – London, UK – October 2023
“Just a note to say, thanks again for the bike to the Med tour, we recently cycled. We very much enjoyed the entire trip and found it a great area to explore. We love cycling Andalucia and can’t get over how respectful the drivers are!!! Hoping to come back and do another self-led trip with you guys soon!”
P. Hansen – Maine, USA – October 2023
“A big thank you for our last tour (Cycling to the Med) with you! Wonderful organization and your provided written materials – history, maps, Apps, et. were really top notch and gave a great over view of the history. Wow, very cool. Very much enjoyed the route and especially the Nerja Parador hotel on the beach! Look forward to another trip with you. Gracias! :)”
C. & B. DeRosa -Toronto, Canada – September 2023
“A group of 4 of us did the self guided “Cycle to the Med” tour in early March and it was a lovely experience!
It was all of our first times booking a cycling tour which was a bit nerve wracking at first, but Cycling Country made it all a breeze. They provide so much information— the Ride with GPS app has accurate routes, some warnings and notes, and restaurant recommendations. They also provide historical notes through the app and their guide book. When we were corresponding with the team from Cycling Country beforehand, they had ensured us that we wouldn’t need to do much planning beforehand and that was really true! Everything you need is in the guide book and app which made it easy for us to just focus on the beautiful scenery and cycling. I think some minimal planning beforehand and reading up on history was good enough and then the rest of the information you can easily learn through the resources the team provides you. The whole team was also super helpful and nice the whole trip through.
The routes themselves were fantastic. There’s a few different options per day and Geoff (who we met with on our first day) gave us some great pointers for the routes (where you should be more careful, what to expect from each ride, etc). We all preferred the quieter routes in the mountains as it gets quite busy in the city so if you do this tour, definitely take advantage of the longer routes that go through the small towns.
The hotels were absolutely beautiful as well!! Perhaps we were lucky with the hotels because we came during off season, but we were all very impressed by the choices that were booked.
We would for sure book another trip with Geoff and Maggi in the future! We had such an incredible experience and it will be a trip to remember!”
A. Zeng – Montréal, Canada – March 2023
“My husband and I just finished the absolutely fantastic Cycle to the Med self-guided bike trip from Cycling Country. I cannot say enough good things about working with this company and its fabulous owners, Geoff and Maggi. From my first email inquiry to the amazing end-of-ride lunch spot they recommended and everything in between, it was a flawless, top-notch experience. This route is a newer offering for them, and we couldn’t have been more pleased. The scenery was beautiful and varied. There was mix of challenging climbs, thrilling descents and breathtaking coastal riding. The hotels were all excellent–and quite different. Geoff and Maggi were super accommodating and worked with us (even mid-ride) to tweak a few things. They clearly know the area inside and out, and all of their restaurant recommendations and points of interest were divine! Highly recommend!”
M. Orth – Seattle, Washington, USA – October 2021
“Cycling near Málaga! All of it. The hotels were great, the cycling excellent and the personal service outstanding.
The weather was also kind to us!”
S. Otty – Bristol, UK – October 2021
“Fantastic trip to Malaga!
We had a wonderful short self-guided trip in the hills above Malaga and enjoyed all aspects of it The places where we stayed were excellent in their varied ways – all very comfortable. The routes were interesting and even the long up-hills were easy on the well set-up e-bikes .The support we got from Cycling Country was fantastic ; it felt very personal and we will certainly recommend them and be back for more ourselves.”
A. Bruges – UK – October 2021
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
TO THE MED
5 DAYS / 4 NIGHTS | SUNDAY STARTS
(Non-Standard Start Days €65 p.p. – Groups of 4+ free)
SINGLE SUPP. FROM € 210
High Season supplement €125 p.p. – June – Mid Oct & Easter Week (24 March – 1 April 2024)
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