Malaga Bike Routes | East Coast to Rincón de la Victoria
Pedregalejo & el Palo
This is one of our most popular bike routes. The route is all flat and follows the sea along the east coast of Malaga for approximately 20 km. The highlights and a brief description of each place are listed below. If you would like to read more quirky fun facts about each place then please check out our blog.
All of our suggested Malaga Bike Routes can be done on either a city bike rental bike or a trekking bicycle. Always better to reserve in advance to avoid disappointment.
Points of interest:
This sophisticated harbour was renovated in 2011. It is not unusual to see mega-yachts of the rich and famous docked here or one of the many cruise ships that visit Malaga throughout the year. Full of restaurants, bars, shops and weekend markets, it is always a hive of activity. Walk with the bike under the stunning white pergola of El Palmeral de las Sorpresas (Muelle Dos). Then bike along Muelle Uno where you can see an old sailors chapel (1725) nestled between the modern glamour of the rest of the port.
(Cycling is prohibited in El Palmeral de las Sorpresas- the first part of the port with the long white pergola. You can cycle on the road that is parallel to the port in the right hand lane which is preference to cyclists and cars have to go max. 30 km/h. Once you see the Pompideu centre, take the ramp down into the port where you can cycle along Muelle Uno to the lighthouse).
2. The Lighthouse “La Farola”
La Farola is a much-loved landmark of the city. There are plans to turn it into a museum so maybe you can visit inside the next time you are here!
(Cycling is prohibited on the promenade between the lighthouse and the Malagueta so follow the road that goes behind the lighthouse).
3. Malagueta Beach
The closest beach to the city centre is popular with both tourists and locals alike. Have your photo taken on the famous Malagueta “sand sculpture”. Chiringuitos (beach bars) line the coast along this bike route malaga so there are plenty of opportunites to stop and try some fresh fish along the way!
4. Baños del Carmen
A historic and beloved place in Malaga, this old bathing station dates from the early 20th century. Nowadays, it is a popular chill out bar and restaurant with live music on the weekends.
5. Astilleros Nereo
A historic boat-building yard that still hand-builds the colourful wooden boats (jabegas) that you can see all along the beach in this area.
6. Pedregalejo & El Palo
Old fishermen’s neighbourhoods full of quaint little houses and many beach bars and restaurants selling the typical fried fish (pescaíto frito), paella and the famous ‘espeto de sardinas’-sardines cooked on a stick over the open fires of the boat barbecues. It is obligatory to try them! Not an expensive dish sometimes costing as little as 3.00€ in the El Palo area.
(Unfortunately, cycling is prohibited on the promenade in Pedregalejo & El Palo).
7. Peñon del Cuervo
After El Palo, go up the hill and behind the Repsol gas station. You will pass a small marina on your right called El Candado. The next beach has a big rock in the water (el peñon) which is fun to climb up and then jump into the sea.
8. La Playa del Araña
A less touristy beach next to a cute little community of houses that were originally built for the workers of the nearby cement factory.
9. La Cala del Moral
When you see a red promenade, you are in la Cala del Moral. From this point cyclists must take the compact beach track next to the promenade. The beaches here are very wide and expansive, lined with more chiringuitos.
10. Rincón de la Victoria
After cycling through some tunnels, you will reach this medium-sized town with vast sandy beaches and a great variety of restaurants. Visit the shrine of the Patron Saint of the Sailors- la Virgen del Carmen- built into the rock. Turn right just after the tunnels to get to the shrine. At the end of Rincón de la Victoria, if you leave the beach area and go into the town, why not visit the Bezmiliana Castle built in the 1700’s?
Most Malaga Bike customers prefer to end this bike route in Rincón. However, if you would like to continue a few more kilometres cycling next to the beach you will reach:
11. Torre de Benagalbón
After Benagalbón, cyclists must cycle on the road with traffic to reach Chilches beach. A really nice long bike route is to Nerja. We recommend renting a trekking bike for that cycle route.