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Daniel Brown
• Saturday, 02 January, 2021
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Heard good things about cycling in southern Spain but not sure where to head? It is quiet, barren and remote in places, but there are good quality roads and it's sparsely populated.

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Cycling in this part of southern Spain offers year round average temperatures between 16 and 22 degrees Celsius in the winter months. It's little wonder so many professionals get away from the masses and come to train here: the Dutch World Tour outfit, NL Lotto Jumbo, can often be seen in this area getting ready for the start of their season.

It is one of eight provinces that make up the region of Andalusia which runs from Portugal in the west to Murcia in the east. Our guide aims to provide everything you need to plan your cycling trip to Spain's Almeria region.

The Sierra de Los Flares, to the north of the Tabernas Desert, is the largest mountain range in the province covering approximately 30 miles from west to east in a line running north of the city of Almeria towards Monacan. There are numerous points of crossing the ridge of the range which all create fantastic cycling opportunities of different lengths and gradients.

It was a mountain top stage won by Miguel Angel Lopez of Astana who was chased home on the day by Chris From and Vincenzo Bali. When planning the trip it became evident that in order to find a good hotel we would need to stay on the Mediterranean coast and that if we wanted to venture inland to access the well known climbs then a car would be required to get us near to the foot of some climbs.

It’s within easy reach of serious mountain climbs and quiet roads, yet there’s also the option of relaxing on one of the many golden beaches. The beaches and climate make it a good candidate for a family and cycling holiday.

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The bedroom was of a good size with a very well-equipped large bathroom and an adjoining lounge area with settee and wall mounted flat screen television. We found the staff to be very accommodating, and they provided a room at the rear of the hotel reception area for us to securely store our bikes.

The Marina Play has hosted many World Tour cycling teams over the years and as such offers cyclists a more personalized service with facilities that are more tailored to cycling requirements than the more tourist orientated Paradoxes. It features a large secure cycle storage area, a repair shop and a bike washroom together with a gym and massage facilities.

Anyone travelling with a group of cyclists would probably find this hotel more suitable for their specific ‘ cycling needs. Perhaps due to the lack of cyclists visiting the area from further afield, they don't give much information about their services online.

Another point to bear in mind is that the temperature on the coast with a gentle breeze may be five or so degrees cooler than some places in the Sierra Flares and the desert area. The maximum temperatures in July and August can reach between 30 and 40 degrees around the desert areas.

It will undoubtedly be very warm, and it's extremely unlikely to rain... but you might well find it unbearably hot inland. Some of the best known films to have come from the region are Lawrence of Arabia and the Indiana Jones movie, The Last Crusade.

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In 2009 the stage finished at the summit of the Veronique having previously climbed the Scalar Alto. The winner of the 2006 stage Igor Anton described the summit at Scalar Alto as ‘like being on the moon’ adding ‘Scalar Alto is a very tough climb, but more for the length, than the gradient, and because of the wind, which can be very strong and have a big effect because it's so open and empty.’ ‘We didn't go over Veronique in 2006, there are quite a few different approach roads in the area, but I remember from 2009 that I think Veronique was harder than Scalar Alto, with some ramps, and the road surface is worse, too.

As you can see both of these climbs represent a serious test for professional and amateur riders alike. The 2017 stage up Scalar Alto which the Irish rider, Nicholas Roche, described as ‘horrible’ saw a scintillating shoot out between Chris From, Vincenzo Bali and the eventual stage winner Miguel Angel Lopez.

Watching the age at home on television actually inspired us to visit the area. We are glad we did as it is a fantastic area to go and ride your bike in a tranquil but very challenging environment.

Don’t miss our guides to the best Almeria cycling routes and other articles on this area below. Get recommendations on the best single tracks, peaks, & plenty of other exciting outdoor places.

Mostly well-paved surfaces and easy to ride. Map data © OpenStreetMap contributors. With long warm summers and a lot of undulating coastal roads, Rocky Mountain ranges, city tours and family-friendly cycle tracks, Andalusia offers something for everyone out of the two-wheeled vehicle.

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Surrounded by breath-taking scenery and, for the most part, flat, they’re ideal for family or group rides with less confident cyclists. A total of thirty tunnels provide cooling interludes as you pedal across bridges and viaducts through valleys, meadows and riverbanks.

Starting in Rincón De La Victoria, warm up the legs for 20 km along the N340 coastal road seafront before heading inland at Torre del Mar on the N340a. Passing the quaint little pueblos of Trina, Benamargosa and Salto del Afro-American, you soon turn left onto the MA-3105.

Cycle up through the village walls and reward yourself with panoramic views from the Balcony de la Marquis. Starting in Cal eta de Velez, spin the legs along the N340 coastal road before pedaling inland through Velez-Malaga and Tranche.

The stretch between Cal eta de Velez and La Herrera passes tourism hotspots El More, TORRO Costa and Era before reaching the picturesque Cerro Gordon Natural Park. Cyclists come from all over to cycle this route, which is in part categorized as HC (hard as nails) by Strata.

Surrounded by breath-taking scenery and, for the most part, flat, they’re ideal for family or group rides with less confident cyclists. A total of thirty tunnels provide cooling interludes as you pedal across bridges and viaducts through valleys, meadows and riverbanks.

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Pit stops: With eateries either in Over or Puerto Serrano, it’s advisable to bring food, water and snacks. Starting in Rincón De La Victoria, warm up the legs for 20 km along the N340 coastal road seafront before heading inland at Torre del Mar on the N340a.

Passing the quaint little pueblos of Trina, Benamargosa and Salto del Afro-American, you soon turn left onto the MA-3105. Cycle up through the village walls and reward yourself with panoramic views from the Balcony de la Marquis.

Getting back onto the MA-311 (where the MA-3105 ends), wind your way up the hill and drink in the views, before reaching a plateau where the Montes de Malaga come into sight. After a delightful swoosh on top of the world, descend into the valley, taking care to turn left before Alias and right at Total an to come back to Rincón de La Victoria at the end of the MA-3202.

Pit stops: There are plenty of chiringuitos for a cuppa, fuel or end of ride copy in Rincón de La Victoria and Benajarafe. Starting in Cal eta de Velez, spin the legs along the N340 coastal road before pedaling inland through Velez-Malaga and Tranche.

Pit stops : Stop for refreshment or something more substantial in the bustling villages of Vanillas de Aceituno or Compete. The stretch between Cal eta de Velez and La Herrera passes tourism hotspots El More, TORRO Costa and Era before reaching the picturesque Cerro Gordon Natural Park.

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Cyclists come from all over to cycle this route, which is in part categorized as HC (hard as nails) by Strata. As you climb, the views change from lush avocado groves carpeting the valley, to dramatic mountains and rocky outcrops, to a shaded forest on the plateau at the top.

NB: Adding to this route’s exhilaration quotient, the road is vertiginous and hairpins sharp in parts. This ride starts and ends there, giving you a chance to wander around the historic town and check out the views from its jaw-dropping gorge.

This beautiful undulating road has cork forests, the occasional mountain goat and incredible views across the valley. Pit stops: There are lots of great places to dine or buy artisan delicacies in Ronda and Azalea.

Take the 100 km option and you could fuel up while drinking in the dreamy views of the reservoir at El Moore another place in Algodonales. NB: If leaving from Ronda, be aware that the town adds 12 km and a good 280 m climb to the ride.

Thanks to the abundance of cyclists, cars usually give you a wide berth with road signs on popular routes advising a healthy 1.5 m clearance. Before getting started, be aware that; although the sun shines (almost) daily, you’ll need to adapt your rides, clothes and gear according to the time of year.

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Wear sun cream; carry plenty of water; and choose routes with lots of shade from forests and groves. Our concierge can arrange guides, bike hire and support vehicles for your cycling holiday, contact us for more information.

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