The western Costa del Sol
Stages of the route
- Drive to the Sierra de Mijas | The Sierra de Mijas near the coast reaches an altitude of 1,150m (Pico Mijas) and offers impressive views of the coast from Málaga to Fuengirola. Mijas is a place with a typical Moorish past. But the Romans, the Phoenicians, the Greeks have also left historical traces in this tranquil place. The most striking attraction, which cannot be overlooked, apart from the typical whitewashed houses, are the unusual donkey taxis. [Note: A shortened version of the route bypasses the centre of Mijas].
- Along the Sierra Blanca via Ojén to the Sierra de las Nieves | The white village of Ojén, with over 1,000 years of cultural history, offers a magnificent view of the Sierra Blanca Natural Park. The Sierra Blanca forms the spectacular hinterland of Marbella. The name means "white mountain range", which comes from the marble rock. [Note: In a shortened route variant, the centre of Ojén is bypassed].
- On the A397 along the Sierra de las Nieves Nature Park to Igualeja | The very well-maintained road leading from San Pedro de Alcantara to Ronda is a "must drive" among motorcyclists on their way to the mountains of the Sierra de las Nieves. Since 1995, the area around the park, which is geographically characterised by steep mountains, partly snow-covered peaks (hence the name "snow mountains") and deep gorges as well as rocky streams, has also been entitled a UNESCO biosphere reserve. The highest mountains are Torrecilla (1,919m), Enamorados (1,775m) and Cerro Abanto (1,450m). In the valley of the Río Genal, the no man's land in the gorges below the city of Ronda, a special path leads through chestnut forests to the village of Igualeja. There we visit a natural monument, the source of the Genal River. We are in the heart of a unique natural landscape and a special Andalusian delicacy, the chestnut (castaño).
- Through the Serranía de Ronda to Júzcar | Júzcar was not really a special village until 2011, when a film production from the USA had the remote village painted completely blue for the animated film "The Smurfs in 3D". Immediately, the place became an attraction and has been known as Smurf Village ever since.
- Drive to the Los Reales de Sierra Bermeja Nature Park towards the coast | The Sierra Bermeja reaches an altitude of 1,450m (Los Reales peak) and is coloured red by peridotite rock - hence the name "red mountains". In the protected forest area there are rare Pinsapo firs, whose origins date back to the Ice Age and which grow on periodite rock.
- Along the coast into the marina Puerto Banús and in the old town of Marbella | Puerto Banús is the marina of Marbella, which is mainly used by numerous celebrities. The history of the harbour only goes back to 1970. When the construction was completed, a big opening ceremony took place, to which Grace Kelly was also invited. The myth of the port of the rich and beautiful was born. The old town of Marbella, with its uneven streets and alleys, lies behind an old castle wall. Some of its historic buildings date back to the Moors. The "Plaza de los Naranjos" is undoubtedly the heart of the "Casco Antiguo de Marbella", and therefore a must when strolling through the old town. To ensure that this is done in an informal manner, the tour guide stays with the motorbikes, also for safety reasons. Helmets and clothing can therefore remain on the bike.
- Along the coast to the marina of Benalmádena | Thanks to its unique architecture, combining Indian, Arabic and Andalusian elements, and its man-made islands, the "Puerto Deportivo" is a special jewel on the Costa del Sol. The marina, which has twice been awarded the title of the world's best marina, has been continuously awarded the European Blue Flag - a symbol of service and water quality - since 1987.
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.