Very few things can rival the freedom of riding a motorcycle, feeling the wind, smelling the sea breeze and being open to the whole world. Travelling on two wheels has always been an enticing adventure. And as bikers prefer the sun and mild, comfortable temperatures to rainy and windy weather of the northern countries, Spain has always attracted motorcycle travellers from all over Europe and beyond.
Andalucia in general and Malaga specifically has been particularly popular with a variety of scenic routes, perfect twisty roads and a mix of spectacular scenery and culture. Whether its mountain passes of Sierra Nevada with various tight hairpins that you’re after – gentle rides along the Costa del Sol – Andalucia offers it all. With a great comfortable weather throughout the year it’s no wonder that many motorcycle travellers come here to the south coast of Spain.
There is just one complication with a motorcycle holiday in Andalucia – in order to get here on an own bike from most places in Europe one has to ride thousands of kilometres. But what if you could just leave your house in the morning and enjoy riding the bike on Andalucian roads the very same evening? Now this is possible!
Andalus Moto Rentals in Malaga is a new company located close to Malaga international airport and provides mid-range touring motorcycles for rent to help visitors explore the beautiful regions of Andalucia and beyond. They will even deliver the bikes to the airport or your hotel!
As Alex, the founder of Andalus Moto Rentals, notes: “I’ve been travelling on a motorcycle all around Europe and beyond for over 15 years and almost on every trip there was that part when you just have to cover miles to get to the more exciting part of the route. Southern Spain is an amazing place for motorcycle riding, all year around, and has it all. However when one can only get away for a couple of weeks holiday, spending several days of motorway riding just to get here doesn’t make much sense – it’s way better to fly in and start enjoying the holiday straight away. And when you take into account the distance to cover and the fuel prices these days, a rental might actually be cheaper”
He continues to say – “From our experience we know what is important when going on a motorcycle trip. That’s why we aim to take care of all the technicalities and logistics, ensure the bikes are well-maintained and equipped so the only thing our guests need to do is to arrive and start enjoying their trip straight away. We will do all we can to make you feel as if you’re riding your own bike because we totally get that feeling is very important”.
The motorcycles that Andalus Moto Rentals are offering are primarily mid-size touring bikes, such as Suzuki V-Strom 650 – more suited for people who like to explore and discover new places rather than racetracks. And even if you haven’t planned the trip in advance and are here in Malaga on holiday it’s never too late to incorporate a motorcycle adventure into your trip. With a minimum rental period of just 1 day, free delivery/collection on 3 days+ rentals and helmets provided if you don’t have your own it’s very easy to hop on a bike and go explore the sensation of a sea breeze in your face and perfect roads of Andalucia. Or, perhaps, take a loved one on a unique romantic date? The choice is yours!
Where to go?
When it comes to motorcycle riding, Andalucia has an abundance of options and one can experience a variety of roads and conditions – from a desert to the palm-lined coastal roads and snowy mountains. One of the most popular options – and for a good reason – is a loop starting in Malaga, going up to Sierra Nevada mountain passes and to Granada. One can then carry on to Cordoba across the Sierra Subbeticas national park before turning towards Seville. And for the last leg of the trip, Seville back to Malaga, one can either go through Sierra de Grazalema and enjoy some of the remarkable white villages of Andalucia. Or, as an alternative, stay closer to the coast and even visit Gibraltar for a few hours.
The whole trip should ideally take at least a week to fully enjoy the cities on the way – each of them deserve at least a couple of days of exploring. But even if you don’t have that much time, there are shorter route options, such as a day trip to Ronda or exploring just Sierra de Nevada and Granada. There are some suggested routes available on the Andalus Moto website – or they can help you to craft your own, custom itinerary.
When to go?
Malaga and Andalucia is an excellent place for motorcycling all year around. The average daytime temperature never goes below 17 degrees C – though, it can be colder at times. And with so many sunny days throughout the year you should get at least some sunshine no matter when you come!
For a motorcycle holiday in Malaga the best choice tends to be September and October. The daytime temperatures are still steadily in the high 20s and the chances of rain are low – especially for September and first half of October. Most importantly, the tourist high season is at its tail end and the towns and roads are much quieter, the prices of accommodation are lower and it’s not that big of an issue to find where to stay and eat.
In winter months, starting from November and until March, it’s better to plan the routes along the coast as the inland cities, such as Granada or Cordoba, can be a bit cold and rainy. Thankfully, there are plenty of great motorcycling routes along the coast from Malaga, both towards Almeria and Gibraltar, that it’s easy to spend a week or two roaming around without getting bored. And how cool would it be to spend a Christmas and New Year holiday in the sunshine and warm, balmy weather – all while riding a bike!
So no matter what the day on the calendar is, have a look at those flights and the very next day you may be riding a motorcycle on a coastal road lined with palm trees!