There is no denying that Costa Del Sol is a beautiful location, perfect for a family vacation, plenty of sun, amazing sea food and a lot of history. The best way to go here is by flying to Malaga's airport. There are direct flights to/from all major cities in Europe.
For mountain biking, Southern Spain is a paradise that should be on every rider's bucket list.
The regions's best trails
The trails aren't an everyday sort of challenge though, they are very difficult and the area is a test of endurance, technique and strength. On top of that the heat will make things more difficult.
Trails are not marked, natural trails with roots and crumbly stones. Very unpredictable with many turns and dead ends, steep rocky descents.
The best way to explore end enjoy the trails is to have a local guide.
Juan is a very experienced mtb rider, and very knowledgeable about the hidden trails in the area.
With his help we have explored and rode the best all-mountain trails in the area.
Alhaurin el Grande
The trails located around the city of Alhaurin el Grande will make every rider smile. Fast trails in the woods, technical rock gardens, steep descents, small drops, Alhaurin is a lot of fun. Beginners can also ride here, there are alternatives for the drops and the descents. Never the less, the trails are not easy, the rock garden will test your balance at the maximum.
The downhill trails in Pinos de Alhaurin
Not far away from the city of Pinos de Alhaurin we can ride some DH tracks. Unfortunately, some parts of the trails are not maintained and the nature took it's place. But, what is good enough for ride, is very fun, drops all over the place. fast tracks. Best place to learn new tricks and boost your confidence on DH tracks.
The gorge in El Chorro, a very famous place for it's stunning views and dangerous walkways it's also famous for the MTB trails. Fast descents on big rocks and technical descents on the sandy grounds will test the riders limits. The trails are for experts only, beginners should not attempt to ride the trails here. Also, most of the trails are isolated and far away from the main touristic trail. Take plenty of water with you. The trails are not marked, there are no signs from the main road.
The area is very well known among the local DH riders. There are many DH trails around the city. Most of the trails are maintained by a local community of riders. Also, in the forest there are many technical trails. The terrain is sandy with crumbling rocks. There are plenty of roots and big rocks. At the end of the ride, as a reward, Mijas is a very nice city, narrow streets painted in white, small coffee shops and restaurants. If you had enough of riding the bike, you can try to ride a donkey :)
Probably one of the most well known DH trails on the Costa del Sol is located under the cable car in Benalmadena. Easy to access with the cable car, pain if you ride the 5km of fire road uphill. There are no trees on the road, no shadow. You will taste the Spanish sun at the maximum. This is a DH trail, there are a few big drops.
There is also another trail, this is more technical, big rocks, and technical descents. The trail is a lot of fun.
The trails in Coin
Around the city of Coin there are a few XC trails. Very easy trails, suited also for beginners. Easy access to the trails from the city. There are a few descents through the forest, but most of the trails are on fire roads. This means, a lot of sun :)
The last trail we did was located nearby Ojen city. There are no words to describe the trails here. We think this is the best place to ride. Everything is here: technical descents, drops, roots, rock gardens, jumps, sandy descents. The place is a paradise for MTB. You can ride this place over and over again and you can't get enough of it. We did this trail twice and we did not grasp the hole potential of the trail. The last part of the trail is starting from Hotel El Refugio del Juanar and it will finish on the main road in the city. This trail is the prime of the all-mountain trails. The trail is for experts only, full face helmet is a must and also knee pads, at least. The are also some big drops at the end of the trail. Unfortunately, no photos because we were busy to ride. There is a video in the making, we will update the page as soon the video is done.
No.2: El Chorro
No.3: Alhaurin el Grande
Best time to travel to Costa del Sol
Due the heat, best time of the year to ride would be January->May and September->December