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Cycling Paradise: Exploring Marbella's 30km Beachfront Stretch

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Are you ready for an exhilarating cycling adventure along the sun-kissed shores of Marbella? Buckle up your helmet and grab your city bike because we're about to embark on a journey that promises stunning views, refreshing sea breezes, and the invigorating sensation of cycling along one of Spain's most picturesque coastlines.

Stretching over 20 kilometers from Rio Real to the east to San Pedro to the west, Marbella's beachfront cycling path offers cyclists a unique opportunity to explore the beauty of the Mediterranean coastline at their own pace.

Along the beach front promenade, you will pass the ports of Marbella and Puerto Banus where you find everything from local fish restaurants, charming beachfront cafes, to luxurious shops and resorts that epitomize the glamour and allure of Marbella.

 

With each turn of the pedal, you'll be treated to panoramic views of the sparkling sea on one side and the rugged beauty of the Sierra Blanca mountain range on the other. Take a moment to pause and soak in the natural beauty that surrounds you – the blue sky, the gentle rhythm of the waves, and the salty tang of the sea air. On a clear day you can see the rock of Gibraltar and even the Atlas Mountains on the coast of Africa. These mountains span across Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia, across the Strait of Gibraltar. The sight of the Atlas Mountains rising in the distance adds to the scenic beauty of Marbella's coastline, offering a stunning contrast between the coastal landscape and the stunning peaks of North Africa.

As you continue your journey westward towards San Pedro, you'll encounter everything from Roman ruins to bustling beach clubs – the contrast is amazing to experience and the “chiringuitos” many to explore. Make sure you do what the locals do; stop, take a moment, and enjoy the food and beverages that the chiriguitos have to offer. You can find everything from fresh seafood dishes, along with tapas, paella, grilled meats, and refreshing beverages like sangria or local wines. Some of my favourites are Playa Nini in San Pedro, Victors Beach in Marbella, and Trocadero in Rio Real right at the furtest east end of the beach pormenade. 

 

One of the highlights of the journey is the charming town of San Pedro. To get to the old town center you will need to deviate a bit from the sea front path, but it’s all worth it. The town has many little local shops, churches, and cafés. In the town square you will find the local seniors sitting in groups and playing cards, chatting, or just watching the world go by. It’s a very distant picture from the hussle and bussle of daily life yet very relaxing to watch and adds a special charm to your holiday, especially if you are from a big city.

Whether you're a solo rider seeking solitude, a couple looking for a romantic escape, or a family in search of outdoor fun, cycling along Marbella's beachfront stretch from Rio Real to San Pedro promises an unforgettable experience that will leave you longing to return again and again.

As the sun begins to dip below the horizon, casting a golden glow over the sea, you'll realize that there's no better way to experience the beauty of Marbella than from the saddle of a bicycle. So why wait? Rent your bike, hit the beachfront cycling path, and let the adventure begin!