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Family Cycling Exploration in the Sun-drenched Spanish Region of Costa del Sol

By WeLoveCycling

For those ardent cyclists in search of an extraordinary family adventure, set your sights on the mesmerizing Spanish region of Costa del Sol. With its spectacular landscapes, historic towns, and serene coastlines, Costa del Sol offers a unique fusion of culture, history, and breathtaking natural beauty.

The Coastal Route

Starting Point: Malaga
Ending Point: Estepona
Length: Approximately 80 kilometers (50 miles)
Suitable for small children with bike trailers or child seats

The beautiful Malaga © Profimedia

Embark on the coastal route, a leisurely ride that allows you to explore the Costa del Sol’s shimmering coastline. Your adventure begins in the bustling city of Malaga, a city famous for its lively atmosphere, stunning cathedral, and the Picasso Museum. From Malaga, you will cycle towards Estepona, passing through some of the most popular tourist towns such as Torremolinos, Benalmadena, Fuengirola, Marbella, and Puerto Banus. This family-friendly route is suitable for riders of all ages, especially when accompanied by small children with bike trailers or child seats.

Ronda and White Villages Route

Starting Point: Ronda
Ending Point: Ronda (circular route)
Length: Approximately 60 kilometers (37 miles) for a circular route
More suitable for older children or teenagers due to hilly terrain

White Village Ronda © Profimedia

The Ronda and White Villages Route offers a slightly more challenging but incredibly rewarding experience. Your journey begins in the mountaintop city of Ronda, known for its towering bridge, the Puente Nuevo, and the oldest bullring in Spain. This circular route takes you through the mesmerizing white villages of Andalusia such as Setenil de las Bodegas, famous for its houses built into the rock, and Grazalema, located within a natural park. Please note that this route has more elevation gain, making it better suited for older children or teenagers.

Axarquía Route

Starting Point: Velez-Malaga
Ending Point: Nerja
Length: Approximately 30 kilometers (18 miles)
Suitable for children, with some hills to be aware of

Nerja © Profimedia

For a medium-difficulty ride, the Axarquia Route is perfect. Starting in the historical town of Velez-Malaga, you’ll cycle east towards the picturesque coastal town of Nerja, famous for its beaches and the stunning Balcony of Europe. The route provides a delightful mix of coastal views and hinterland landscapes, interspersed with quaint, picturesque villages and stretches of tranquil countryside.

Malaga City Route

Starting Point: Malaga city centre
Ending Point: Malaga city centre (circular route)
Length: Approximately 10-15 kilometers (6-9 miles)
Suitable for small children with bike trailers or child seats

Picasso birthplace house and museum in Malaga
Picasso birthplace house and museum in Malaga © Profimedia

For a less strenuous, city-based adventure, the Malaga City Route is ideal. It offers a great opportunity to explore the city’s rich culture, history, and cuisine. As you navigate around the city, you will come across a plethora of iconic landmarks, including the Alcazaba, the Roman Theater, and the Picasso Museum.

BONUS: The Alhaurin el Grande to Antequera Route

Starting Point: Alhaurin el Grande
Ending Point: Antequera
Length: Approximately 95 kilometers (59 miles) over two days
Suitable for older children or teenagers due to longer distance and hilly terrain.

Pear in blossom, Alhaurin El Grande © Profimedia

For those ready for a two-day cycling journey, the route from Alhaurin el Grande to Antequera offers an excellent opportunity. Start your ride from Alhaurin el Grande, a charming town nestled among the hills in the heart of the Costa del Sol. As you cycle towards Antequera, you will pass through several beautiful towns such as Cartama and Pizarra, each providing a unique view of Andalusian culture and lifestyle.

On day one, plan to cover about 40 kilometers (25 miles) to reach the halfway point at Pizarra. Here, you’ll find several family-friendly accommodations for your overnight stay. On day two, continue your journey towards Antequera, a city known for its rich history and stunning architecture, including ancient dolmens (prehistoric burial mounds), the Alcazaba of Antequera, and the impressive El Torcal Natural Park. The route contains several inclines, so it’s more suitable for older children or teenagers.
This cycling route will allow you to experience the breathtaking beauty of Andalusia’s landscapes, witness its rich history, and immerse yourself in its vibrant culture. After this memorable adventure, return to Alhaurin el Grande via train or bus with your bikes.