Mountains to the Mediterranean

Mountain Bike - Moderate 

This exhilarating and fun ride explores the heart of the protected Sierra de las Nieves Natural Park. It largely follows an ancient route through the mountains, the Puerta Verde de Marbella, and then finishes down by the beaches and marina of Puerto Banus. This route provides spectacular views all the way, firstly across the pine forests and mountains of the park and later down to the Costa del Sol, Mediterranean Sea, Gibraltar and way over to the distant coastline of North Africa.

We take a short drive out from Ronda to the edge of the Sierra de las Nieves Park, where we begin our ride with around 8km of steadily ascending track, followed by a short sharp 500m ascent to the highest point of the ride at 1280m. From here, you reward your climbing efforts with a 33km descent on a wide track, which twists through pine forest and rocky mountainsides down towards the coast. There are a few more short ascents before we reach the end but they make up a relatively small part of the ride. This route is mainly on wide tracks, with the option of some twisting singletrack sections towards the end. Time for optional refreshments in Puerto Banus before we return to Ronda in our minibus.

Note: This ride requires some MTB experience and is not suitable for beginners or road cyclists who are not used to riding off-road. The route includes some notable uphill sections and covers a variety of terrain, with the surface changing regularly between smooth gravelly tracks, rocky sections with loose stones and rough areas where the track has been eroded by rain. Unseasoned riders find it quite tough whereas imtermediate mountain bikers love it. 

Distance: 

40km

Ride Time: 

3-4 hours

Ascent: 

724m ⬆︎

Descent: 

1806m ⬇︎

Start:

SIERRA DE LAS NIEVES NP

Finish:

PUERTO BANUS

PRICE:

€65 p.p.* / €75 p.p.** 

 

Includes:

  • British Cycling Qualified Guide
  • Bike
  • Water Bottle
  • Helmet
  • Transport from Ronda to startpoint and return to Ronda

* Price for 3 people or more 

** Price for 2 people 

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