CYCLING TO RINCON DE LA VICTORIA
One of our favourite bike routes is to cycle east along the coast. Cycling through the port, along the Mediterranean sea, stopping for a coffee or nice lunch in the fisherman’s neighbourhoods of Pedregalejo and El Palo, then on to Rincon de la Victoria makes for a lovely relaxing day.
However, Rincon de la Victoria is worth a full day trip in itself. Surprisingly, there are several interesting places to visit. In this blog, we will visit an underwater cave, an 18th century fort and the archealogical remains of an ancient Andalusian villa.
FIRST STOP: LA CUEVA DEL TESORO, RINCON DE LA VICTORIA
Rincon de la Victoria is home to the only underwater cave in Europe: La Cueva de Tesoro (The Treasure Cave). In fact, there are only three caves of this type in the whole world. Amazing that one of them is right here!
How can I get to La Cueva del Tesoro?
Cycling from the MALAGA BIKE shop directly to the cave is about 13 kms. After La Cala del Moral, cycling on the road you will go up a hill. When you reach the traffic lights at the top of the hill, turn right onto Avenida de Picasso. The climb up is a little steep- 100m. altitude. Therefore, we recommend renting one of our KONA trekking bikes for this ride.
What can I see at La Cueva del Tesoro in Rincón de la Victoria?
A visit to La Cueva del Tesoro combines history, archealogy and legends. In the cave galleries, they have found remains from Palaeolithic and the Bronze Age, as well as cave paintings. As you walk through the various galleries of the cave, you will see the interesting shapes that the sea has formed in the rock through the ages.
Inside one of the galleries in La Cueva del Tesoro
And if you are lucky, maybe you will find the treasure to which the caves owes its name! Legend has it that the cave contains the treasure of the five rulers of the Almoravíd Dynasty. The Emperor Tesufín ibn Ali, the last of the five rulers, supposedly hid the treasure in the cave before he was killed in 1145 in the town of Orán in Algeria. Archeologists and explorers have been looking for it ever since!
One of the pools of water inside La Cueva del Tesoro
However, they have discovered pottery and weapons of Greek and Arabic origin which you can see in the exhibition at the entrance of the cave. A free audio-guide is also available to get the most out of your visit.
When can I visit La Cueva del Tesoro?
From September 16th to June 14th every day from 10:00- 13:00 and 15:00. 17:00
From June 15th to September 15th every day from 16:30- 19:00
Closed: December 24, 25, 31 and January 1 & 6.
Entrance fee is 4.65€. On their web page it says that advance reservations are necessary. However, when I visited I paid on arrival and it was no problem. (Ask the MALAGA BIKE team for the 1€ discount voucher for the cave).
Entrance and ticket office of La Cueva del Tesoro, Rincon de la Victoria
Is there a nice place for lunch near La Cueva del Tesoro?
Funny you should ask. Yes- right across the street!
Enjoy quality Spanish cuisine and amazing views over the Mediterranean from the rooftop terrace at LACALIZA.
The rooftop terrace of LACALIZA restaurant, Rincón de la Victoria
NEXT STOP IN RINCON DE LA VICTORIA- CASA FUERTE BEZMILIANA
One of our KONA trekking bikes in front of the Casa Fuerte Bezmiliana in Rincon de la Victoria
From La Cueva del Tesoro to Rincón de la Victoria is approximately another 4 kms. Rincón de la Victoria is a medium-sized coastal town. In the centre of the town, set back from the main road, is the CASA FUERTE BEZMILIANA. It is a small fort dating from 1766. King Charles III of Spain ordered its construction with the objective of staving off Dutch and English pirates that were prevalent at that time. A fine example of military architecture, it’s primary use today is as a cultural centre and exhibition space. Entrance is free. The few times I have been there, I have really enjoyed the art exhibits. So why not drop in for a bit of culture on your bike route?
Art exhibition inside the Casa Fuerte Bezmiliana
When can I visit Casa Fuerte Bezmiliana?
Winter hours: Tuesday to Saturday 10:30 – 13:30 & 17:00 – 20:00 Sundays: 10:30 – 13:30 Closed on Mondays
Summer hours: Tuesday to Saturday 10:30 – 13:00 & 18:30 – 22:00 Sundays: 11:30 – 13:00 Closed on Mondays
LAST STOP ON THE RINCON DE LA VICTORIA TOUR!
The archealogical remains of Villa Antiopa
In December 2022, the Villa Antiopa Museographic Collection opened its doors. Don’t be fooled by the modern exterior of the building, which, inside is home to the remains of a whole architectural complex built at the end of the 3rd century AD and the beginning of the 4th century AD.
One of our KONA trekking bikes outside of Villa Antiopa in Rincon de la Victoria
What can I see at Villa Antiopa?
Villa Antiopa is one of the best preserved maritime villas in Andalusia. You can see the foundations, rooms and ancient mosaics, as well as many interactive exhibits, films and archeological artifacts. The goal of the exhibition is to show the different areas that made up the complex, the way of life of its inhabitants and their economic activities.
The exhibit is very special indeed. It offers the opportunity to see, hear, touch, taste and smell history through the combination of traditional and technologically advanced museum resources. It is truly an impressive experience. We highly recommend it!
Ancient foundations and mosaics inside Villa Antiopa
When can I visit Villa Antiopa?
Winter (1st of October to the 30th of April)
Open every day: 10:00 – 14:00 (final entry at 13:00) & 15:00 – 18:00 (final entry at 17:00)
Summer (1st of May to the 30th of September)
Open every day:10:30 – 14:00 (final entry at 13:00) & 16:30 – 20:00 (final entry at 19:00)
Closed: December 24th, 25th & 31st and January 1st & 6th
Entrance fee is 6€ for adults and 4€ for chidren aged 4 -14 years. (Ask the MALAGA BIKE team for the 1€ discount voucher).
Where can I eat in Rincon de la Victoria?
Seriously, you will be spoilt for choice here. There are plenty of restaurants and bars along the beach front from the typical fish beach bars to Greek to Italian to Sushi Bars. But if you are looking for a completely different ambience, then check out the chiringuito Puente Romano. (Beach bar Roman Bridge). Now you probably have a romantic image in your head of this Roman Bridge beach bar, which I am about to quickly erase.
The beach bar/chiringuito Puente Romano
Yes, dear readers, this unique beach bar is in a dry river bed and under a bridge! It’s a really popular place and is always packed so get there early for your under-a-bridge dining experience.
We hope you’ll enjoy your cycling day out to Rincon de la Victoria. We certainly did!