No. 1 Bike Ride – Malaga to Chilches
So while my daughter was away on her Gap Year I had a few adventures of my own.
I love this Port. I love watching the boats and the people passing by. I love the Blue Sky. I also love cycling along it with the sea breeze in my face or on my back.
One of the cycle rides I love in Malaga is to Chilches. Last year the path stopped here, but this year it looks like they are continuing it, which will be fantastic.
To get to Chilches we cycled through the port, past the Pompidou Centre and the Lighthouse to get onto the Promenade.
Which runs all the way through to El Baneario Banos del Carmen then stops for a small section. Breakfast here with the waves crashing up against the rocks is a bit special.
We then continued in the same direction to get back onto the path, which I believe is the first right turn.
Along Pedregalejo Playa there are lots of beach front cafes to stop for breakfast. A bit further along is Playas del Palo where fishermen get their coals ready on boats to cook a Malaga cuisine classic – Espetos de Sardinas , 5 or 6 sardines on skewers, perfect with a cold beer!
Cycling past the famous El Tintero restaurant the path goes up hill and merges into a narrow track alongside the road, that goes behind the Respol petrol station and then back on to a cycle path.
This is my favourite part of the ride. Cycling right next to the rocks and the sea.
Playa Penon del Cuervo is a good place to stop for a rest and photo opportunity!
Through the Tuneles de la Cala and on to the Paseo de la Marina where there are lots of intriguing bars and restaurants. This turns into Paseo Maritimo Virgen del Carmen and Playa Ricon, then Playa Bengalbon.
I love this area, it feels a bit like an island .
This was the end of the path for now. Hopefully it will join up to Nerja as part of the Malaga Coastal Path project next time I come here.
Turning round to go back we passed by the start or end of the Arroyo de Santillan Mountain Bike trail. Definitely not a city bike ride!
Having had such a good ride and needing some proper grub to get us back to the centre we stopped off for lunch at Restaurante El Castillo. Which was perfect – a very traditional place on the beach.
There are mixed reviews about this restaurant online, but we had very good service and the food was delicious!
We needed a bit of a siesta to recover! So finding a nice quiet spot we parked up the parks and unrolled our beach towels.
I think we deserved it with 30km under our belts!
No. 2 Bike Ride – Parque del Oeste and Beyond
Heading in the other direction from the centre with the sea on your left this route takes you by the Russian Art Gallery and Chimena de los Guindos. Only a 20 minute bike ride to the Park and the same again to the Parque del Guadalhorce.
Parque del Guadalhorce is a beautiful Nature Reserve.
Graham rented a trekking bike on different days so he could have a bit of a spin while I read books on the beach. Win Win !
On the way back to the beach.
Eating delicious food….
….a cerveza and a little siesta!
…..before exploring Parque del Oeste just across the road from the Chimena.
We discovered a couple of nice local restaurants next to the Parque, so on separate occasions parked the bikes up and had lunch before returning to the beach for some Sun.
One was called the Tapeiado Cai Taverna and the other was called Taberna Las Tinajas. Menu of the day is such a good choice as we got to try dishes we wouldn’t normally cook and the price was very reasonable.
No. 3 Bike Ride – Jardin Botanico La Conception + Cafe
I tend to use the dry river bed as a point of reference when I am out and about on a bike in Malaga. I am not always sure where the start and end of the bike paths are as there is a lot of construction and development going on in the centre.
So I know if I go to the dry river bed I can work out where the bridges are and how to get to a main road where a bike path might be.
It also helps me get back to this fantastic Mural and also the Recyclo Cafe!
Nice organic breakfasts and coffee here. Very helpful staff in the bike shop. We also had some good conversations with other cyclists.
So from here we headed along the dry river bed to Puente Arminia, crossed over it and headed towards Av de Luis Brunel and picked up the cycle path.
Turning right at the football stadium and left at Jorge Silvela. The path goes behind the petrol station and then to Av Santiago Ramon Y Cajal, Calle Munoz Seca, and Av Jacinto Benavente – they continue on from each other.
As there were a few Coffee shops on the side of this tree lined cycle path we stopped at Cafeteria Malaga Norte for a snack, and got much more for our money here!
Further along we crossed over the road at a large Zebra crossing and passed by lots of tennis courts, past another petrol station, then right at then end of a park.
We cycled along a quiet road called Cmo de Casabermeja for a little, then turned left under the main road through a tunnel and left again a little bit further and the Gardens are on the right.
If you turn right here then you are going up into the mountains. You need good bikes for this as we discovered having a little look. Next year we must try this!
We managed this without Google Maps, we just followed our noses a bit, headed in one direction and asked a few people along the way. Everyone knows where it is.
These Botanical gardens were created by the Marquis and Marchiness of the House of Loring after visiting Europe for their Honeymoon. Sold in 1911, then passed on to heirs who neglected them, the City Of Malaga bought them in 1990 to conserve and enrich generations to come with scientific and educational purposes in mind.
The amazing Lemon and Orange Tree that grows both fruits.
Archaeological remains – part of the San Telmo aqueduct built in 1782 http://laconcepcion.malaga.eu/en/para-saber-mas/san-telmo-aqueduct/#.XUaaHy2ZPUI
Extremely scrumptious homemade food at the Cafe.
I felt really chuffed that I had cycled here, as when we were leaving a couple the same age as us got out of a Taxi. (Smug face)
The standard entry ticket is around 5 Euros, but admission is free at specific times on Sundays, so check the website. We were allowed to park the bikes inside the grounds of the garden and bike stands are provided.
The bikes were rented from Malaga Bike Tours and Rentals in Calle Trinidad Grund. At the time the City Bikes were 26 Euros for 3 days and the Trek Hybrid Bike was 40 Euros for 3 days or 15 Euros for 1 day.
Graham also looked at Bikes at Recyclo Bike Shop for more mountainous rides which at the time were around 35 euros per day. The best bikes go early so plan ahead!