The best motorcycle routes on the Costa del Sol, Spain

Does the cool autumn  breeze in Malaga make you long for exciting motorcycle rides? The roads of Costa del Sol offer plenty of stunning routes to discover on your motorbike. In this article you will find some original suggestions to prepare an enjoyable motorcycle weekend trip around the region of Malaga.

As we enter the month of October, the wind changes and so does the natural landscape in province of Malaga – although always a bit later than in the rest of Europe. Whether you fancy curved or straight roads, coast or mountains, as a motorcyclist you will be able to choose from a variety of landscapes.

These are some of that the Marbesol editorial team warmly recommends for this autumn:

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Motorcycle routes in Malaga for this autumn

Have you put on your helmet and gloves? Is your motorbike engine already warm? Then off we go!

  • Motorcycle route through the Sierra de las Nieves

It is one of the most beautiful natural spaces of Malaga, located between Marbella and Ronda. This area holds more than half of the forests of “pinsapo” fir trees which have survived on the European continent.

There are no roads going into Sierra de las Nieves (“Snowy Mountains”), so we can only surround it when coming from Marbella through a very special route. Therefore, we will start our motorcycle ride from Marbella to Ojen. As we drive up the hills, we will see more curves. This road segment is wide and offers really charming views of the village of Ojen.

The best part is about of this route is about to begin! From Ojen we will arrive in Monda and  then take the detour to El Burgo driving through Yunquera. Motorcyclists particularly like this segment because of its many slopes, curves and most importantly: there is very little traffic. In any event, we recommend to drive with caution, since there are many cliffs and no side barriers.

If we continue on, we will reach Ronda, where we can make a quick stop to enjoy some good tapas. After the break, we can start  the descent towards the coast. Before we come to El Madroñal, there is a whole itinerary of tight curves with astonishing views – a real treat for nature lovers!

Once we get to the beach, what better way to rest than sitting at a bar eating fried fish and enjoying the best views of the sea?

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  • Motorcycle route through the coastal areas of ​​the Costa del Sol

In this other motorcycle route we will visit the coast of Torrox, Nerja and Rincon de la Victoria. It is a comfortable and shorter route to enjoy during the weekend.

We start off at the Ciudad Jardín highway on its way to Nerja, through Velez Malaga and La Maroma. As we reach Torrox, we take the highway exit of the highway beside the “Faro de Torrox” (Torrox Lighthouse). From here we will enjoy incredible views of the coast of Malaga. We recommend doing the route on a Saturday, since on Sunday the lighthouse is closed.

We continue our journey on the road to Nerja and stop to see the “Rock of the Virgin and Christ of the Sea” (true name!). It’s a small sanctuary on the seashore. Follow the road nex to the beach until you reach the Ruins of Torrecilla, a watchtower designed by the Nasrids in the 13th century.

Next, we set off for Nerja, where we can visit the Nerja Caves, the old town and the famous “barco del Chanquete” (from the Spanish TV series “Verano Azul”). Further on, we will get the chance to see to the Acueducto del Aguila, the San Joaquin Factory and the sculpture “El Rapto de Europa”.

Finally, we arrive at Rincon de la Victoria, where we can stop for lunch at one of the beach bars on the promenade. In a few minutes, we will be back in Malaga city.

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  • Motorcycle route through the mountains of Málaga

The Mountains of Malaga stand 5 kilometers north just outside the city of Malaga. It is a block of higher and lower hills parallel to the Mediterranean coast.

We start this route in Antequera, where we will get the chance to see a mountain called “Peña de los Enamorados”. Due to its original shape, it is called “The Head of the Indian”. We take the exit towards the rocky natural park of “Torcal”, still in Antequera. We can stop at the Torcal Alto restaurant and enjoy the spectacular views of this unique natural landscape.

At the beginning of the descent of El Torcal, we drive into the village of “Villanueva de la Concepcion” and take the Casabermeja-Malaga crossing. We can admire the rural landscape with mountains and streams crossing under the road. We then continue to Casabermeja to visit the original Cemetery of San Sebastian, declared a historical-artistic monument.

The next location is Colmenar, where through the A-7000 road we will enter the Natural Park of the Mountains of Malaga. This will will take us right into the city centre of Malaga. This road segment offers steep slopes and hills all covered with pines. We will arrive at the Puerto de León mountain pass, with a great view over the Mediterranean Sea. Near the viewpoint is the monumental Fuente de la Reina (The Fountain of the Queen), where we can make a quick stop to rest.

We continue the descent through an area of ​​quite steep curves before reaching the magic historical city center of Malaga. As we arrive, we will find the Castillo de Gibralfaro, which offers arguably the best views of the entire city of Malaga. Once we park our motorbike safely, we can walk through the beautiful streets of Malaga city centre.

If you are visiting the Costa del Sol and and would like to do one of these exciting routes for motorcyclists, remember that Marbesol has its own brand for motorbikes (Marbesol Bike), where you can rent a wide range of models and enjoy different discounts (currently 10% off certain models). You can have a look at the current models at Marbesol Bike.

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