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Baños del Carmen

A bike ride from Malaga to Rincón de la Victoria is certainly one of the most entertaining trips you can make in this region. In the first place because this is the ‘Real Spain’, as tourists have yet to discover this coastal area.

Moreover, it is a diverse and safe route. You can do the 15 kilometer stretch as a quick bike ride or enjoy it as a day trip, because there is plenty to do and to see on the way.

It’s a nice getaway for both families and sportsmen, day trippers and culture lovers. Along the way you will find not only the expected sun, sand and sea, but also interesting sights, museums, spectacular views, lounge bars and restaurants.

Muelle Uno – the port of Malaga

You start from Malaga city centre at the Plaza Marina. Bikes can be rented here. Continue along the port of Malaga, the Muelle or the quay if you like; passing terraces, a musical playground and of course the port itself.

If you are lucky, you can visit a naval ship. In the absence of uniformed men one can potentially marvel at the Tatoosh, the yacht of Paul Allen (co-founder Microsoft) or the world’s largest cruise ship Oasis of the Seas.

The culture aficionado will get his fix at the Centre Pompidou, which is a surprisingly beautiful venue, even though it is located inside a Parking Garage.

The Malagueta Beach

The prominent lighthouse marks the end of the harbour and the beginning of the beach, here swaying palm trees welcome the visitor. Note that the promenade is shared with skaters, joggers and pedestrians. All of them take precedence over you!

On the beach you will find over and above sand, chiringuitos (beach bars) and playgrounds.

If a relatively short bike tour does not offer you enough physical exercise, en route are several (free) outdoor fitness areas to work off that surplus energy.

You are now four kilometers down the road, well done! An excellent point to have a rest.

Baños del Carmen

Baños del Carmen is my favourite spot in Malaga. The terrace of the lounge café and restaurant overlooks a turbulent sea, white pillars and graffiti. The sky is always blue, the light otherworldly beautiful. But actually, you better keep this pit stop for the return journey as it is the ideal location for a sundowner. Sun, sea and faded glory.  What else? Okay, a George Clooney look-a-like as a waiter would add the finishing touch. Not to worry, there are plenty of other cafes and restaurants on the way. Pez Tomillo for example, a nice restaurant with a cool roof terrace which you’ll find at the beach of Pedregalejo next to the Nereo shipyard. This is a museum and yard at the same time, where ancient ship replicas are built and repaired. Alternatively continue your tour, as a few kilometers down the road, at the beginning of El Palo, you encounter El Tintero, an interesting seafood restaurant.

Peñón del Cuervo

After a well-deserved refreshment it is time get on your bike again. At the marina El Candado you can peek at a beautiful sheltered beach and find another good restaurant. Here you go a bit inland, you have to ride roughly a few hundred meters along the highway. Don´t worry, this path is separated from the main road by a large fence. Across the road stands the cement factory, which to me looks more like the original Centre Pompidou in Paris than the current affiliate in the Malaga harbour. Opposite the Peñón del Cuervo, a giant rock in the sea, is a public barbecue area. In the weekend it is usually crowded here, but during the week it is largely empty. A great place to have a picnic midway and you don’t even need to bring your own barbecue. From here the road takes you to Cala del Moral.  The cycle path, a dirt track continues on the beach.

Rincón de la Victoria

On this stretch of beach you will notice fishing boats, on the boulevard mainly terraces. Riding through various tunnels you will end up in Rincón de la Victoria. Here awaits the ultimate reward for your children, the one and only Burger King. If you would like to camp continue to Almayate or Torre del Mar, here are several campsites at the seaside. Now all that remains is the return journey.

Baños del Carmen Malaga
Muelle Uno Malaga

Practical information

  • You can rent a bicycle from Malaga Bike Tours.
  • A helmet is compulsory for all cyclists outside urban areas, children up to 14 years of age need to wear a helmet at all times.
  • On this route are some minor inclines to be conquered. Gears are not necessary but convenient.
  • Note that the distance Malaga – Rincón is 15 kilometers one way, keep the return journey in mind when planning your trip.

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