Mountain biking to the lakes of Malaga in Spain


Malaga Lakes & El Chorro

Mountain Bike Ride - Moderate


This is a fantastic cross-country mountain bike ride through isolated landscapes to Andalucia’s "Lake District" and the Kings Dam. If you enjoy being out in the countryside with big views, changing landscapes and a cool destination then this ride is for you.

Read more.....

A 15 min drive takes us to the start point high above the village of Cuevas del Becerro. We start with a long descent, passing by the village and into olive country, with views as far as the eye can see. A mixture of unsurfaced tracks and quiet roads takes us through the tiny village of Serrato, then up and through pine-covered hills with mountain ranges all around. We enjoy a fun, long descent to the town of Ardales before joining a quiet road that follows along the edge of the first lake. You will notice how the landscape changes dramatically into a mountainous, rocky, landscape very different to where we have been. We go off-road up to a viewpoint that rewards us with great views over the lakes and to see where we have ridden. We drop down again and through an old tunnel to head to the 1920s built, Kings’ Dam, the first dam in the creation of this lake-filled region.  Take a pew in the king's chair before we enjoy some refreshments at the nearby cafe.


Extended Finish (+ €30)

Alternatively finish near the dramatic gorge of El Chorro, with views of the recently restored Caminito del Rey walkway, perched high up on the inside of the cliffs of the gorge.  This option takes us back along the reservoir road and down a really nice descent deep into the el Chorro valley.  The views are amazing and it is a fun way to finish the ride.

Watch our video on Youtube of this optional finish


Distance: 42km (51km)

Ride Time: 3-4 hours

Ascent: 590m ⬆︎

Descent: 1152m ⬇︎

Meeting Point: RONDA



  • British Cycling Qualified Guide
  • Bike
  • Water Bottle
  • Helmet
  • Transport from Ronda to the start point and return to Ronda
  • Extended finish in el Chorro = 1 off additional cost of €30


Min. 2 people: €85 per person

3-7 people:     €70 p.p.

Route profile for MTB ride in southern spain, Ronda to Malaga Lakes in el Chorro

Note: This route requires a reasonable level of fitness. Although there is a lot more descent than ascent there is a long climb out of Serrato. The tracks are not difficult and do not require a lot of MTB experience. An optional technical section can be ridden closer to the lakes.



Award Winning Tours & Service

award winning tours in spain

Tel: 0034 638 873 279

Activ Turismo No. AT/MA/00221