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Here, I put a list together that aims to help you to make your trip planning easier. I am suggesting the ones below because I either have used them myself or have taken a close look about their services. (Disclaimer: For some of the services I do receive a small commission if you book the services with the given promo code. I chose to partner with the companies because I feel comfortable recommending them and it allows me to give you a good deal). With that being said, here is the list:
Car rental. When I first came to Andalusia and landed in Malaga I used Record Rent a Car. I paid 4 Euro/Day! Now, I just looked at the prices and they go as low as 0.99 Euro/Day. For some of the cheaper car rental places you have to walk miles around the airport before finding them. Not in Malaga for Record Car, it is located in the basement of the airport. The desk lady even gave me suggestions where to ride my bike around Malaga. I felt immediately welcomed. I am glad I took an insurance on top of the normal price. The roads can be very narrow in Spanish towns and if you want to park somewhere, cars stand as close as a few centimeters apart. A little nudge while getting the car into a tiny spot is not unusual.
Accommodation. When I am travelling and staying somewhere, I want to feel at home and not closed up in a hotel room, especially with a group. When I met Manuela from Casa Roja in Almunecar, I found exactly that! A house that makes you feel at home. You have a common area, plenty of terraces and nicely furnished rooms that give you a welcoming feeling. Three features that convinced me as a cyclist about this B&B place included that Manuela understands the needs of cyclists whether you want to put your bike into the room or clean it outside. Another feature about this house is the swimming pool within a few meters from your room! So after a tough day on the bike, there is not much needed than just jumping into the pool. And then later over dinner you can take a look at the mountains to see where you rode that day. If you mention “Rad Monika” at your booking, you get early check-in and late check-out for your stay.
Cycling. Now, since we have taken care of transportation and accommodation, we are getting to the most important part: Cycling! I have put a few rides together here and a friend of mine has a website with great cycling routes. All my rides are on Strava as well. In case you are looking for a guided tour, I would highly suggest Paul from Sierra Sports and Tours. Originally from Australia, he moved to Spain six years ago. He has a established cycling tours company based in Andalusia. I had the opportunity to go on a ride with him. Having moved from abroad, he understands what visitors are looking for. He always has an interesting story about the region at hand and really adapts to the pace and needs of his clients. Since I enjoyed it so much, I started working with him offering collaborating training camps. We just completed our first camp in Ronda, Andalusia. Our next one takes place in Granada from 22-25 June. Use “Rad Monika” to get a 50 Euro discount for the Granada camp and 100 Euro for the tours.
Rent a bike/Bike shop. Although 20km from Casa Roja, I suggest Bull Bikes in Motril. When a creaking noise brought me to the bike store, my bike was at the bike stand in the blink of an eye. They took everything apart that needed a close look and gave me a very fair price. You can also rent a bike from them. It cost 35 Euro/ Day or 195 Euro/ week according to the website.
In case you all love it but don’t want to book everything yourself, feel free to contact me for all-inclusive offers.
If you have any questions or comments about a cycling vacation at Costa Tropical, feel free to send me an email or comment below.
I hope this post was helpful to you!
And a bit of a teaser at last:
Stay safe and talk to you soon!