The eastern Costa del Sol
Stages of the route
- Passage of the southern Axarquía | Axarquía, which means "to the east". This is where the Moors moved to during the reconquest by the Catholic Monarchs after ruling the country for 800 years. The Axarquía surprises with snow-capped peaks, rugged cliffs, fertile plains and narrow valleys. On the mountain slopes cling picturesque, flower-adorned White Villages (Pueblos Blancos), so typical of Andalusia, where tradition is still alive and finds expression in numerous festivals and celebrations.
- Visit to the Balcón de la Axarquía in Comares | Comares is a typical white village with a pre-Roman history. The village is perched on a rocky spur and offers a magnificent panoramic view over the mountains to the coast.
- Drive along the town beach Playa Torre del Mar | The beach of Torre del Mar belongs to the town of Velez-Malaga and has an extensive, diversely designed and planted promenade with numerous beach bars and restaurants. Visible from afar: the lighthouse of Torre del Mar (Tower of the Sea), from which the town takes its name.
- Drive on the N340 coastal road from Torre de Mar to Nerja | Via the well-known coastal towns of Algarrobo- and Torrox-Costa we travel to Nerja at the foot of the Sierra de Almijara.
- Visit to Nerja and the Balcón de Europa | Nerja is one of the most outstanding coastal towns on the Costa del Sol and one of the tourist destinations par excellence of Andalusia. Built on the fragments of the historic coastal bulwark in 1885 by the Castilian King Alfonso XII, the Balcón de Europa is the real centre of Nerja. The platform is about 60 metres above sea level and offers a breathtaking panoramic view of the entire coastline off Nerja. The view to the left of the high cliffs as well as small bays shows the true beauty of Nerja. But the palm-lined promenade in front of the Balcón de Europa is also a real eye-catcher. In the immediate vicinity are the alleys of the old town with traditional restaurants, ice-cream parlours, cafés and street vendors where you can buy Andalusian goods of all kinds. On the way to the next stage, shortly after Nerja, is the impressive "Acueducto del Águila". At first glance, it looks like a beautiful bridge, but it is not. Instead, the unique construction from the 19th century is used to transport water - a real aqueduct, even today.
- Visit to the Cerro Gordo natural site | This part of the old coastal road in the Acantilados de Maro Natural Park offers fantastic views of the Mediterranean, on clear days even as far as Málaga and the African coast, only 160km away. The road on the cliff at the "Fat Hill" is about 160 metres high, directly above the sea.
- Visit to the mountain village of Frigiliana | The very well-preserved old town of Frigiliana, with numerous fountains, monuments, churches, small cafés, bars and restaurants, invites you to take an extensive stroll through the narrow streets all year round. For informal sightseeing, the tour guide stays with the motorbikes, also for safety reasons. Helmets and clothing can therefore remain on the bike.
- Drive along the Sierras de Tejeda, Almijara and Alhama Nature Park | From the coast, the Sierras de Tejeda, Almijara and Alhama break the horizon with their spectacular mountain ridges that reach heights of over 2000m. Deep gorges and steep slopes characterise the landscape of the graceful mountains, whose highest peak reaches 2,068m (Mount Maroma). There are many caves and ibex are the most prominent representatives of the fauna. [Note: In the shortened route variant, this stage is only partially ridden!]
- Drive on the N340 coastal road from Torre de Mar to Malaga | Along the endless beaches of Playa Valle Niza, Playa Benajarafe and Playa de Chilches we return to Málaga.
There are traditional ventas (inns) all along the route. There is always plenty of time for a rest with delicious tapas, Spanish desserts, ice cream and drinks. Throughout the ride, there are plenty of opportunities for spectacular group photos. We decide individually at the numerous photo points when to allow the tyres to cool down.