The climate on the Costa Del Sol is one of the best in Europe so it is possible to ride throughout the year here. It is of course very hot in summer, so for that reason we generally only ride in mornings and evenings in July and August and make use of the local cable car (for which an additional charge applies) and use more uplifts.
The Spring and the Autumn offer fantastic riding conditions and can also be warm enough for sun bathing and swimming.
The riding in the winter is also awesome with clear blue skies and dry tracks for the vast majority of the time, it obviously does rain occasionally, so you may need to pack a waterproof but the trails dry out so fast you’d be unlucky to catch any full-on mud!
One of the big advantages of not using our own place for your accommodation is that you can chose where you stay and that can be somewhere that suits all the members of your party.
The Costa Del Sol has something for everyone so non-riders will have plenty to occupy them while you’re out on the bike.
The last time we looked on Tripadvisor there were 776 restaurants listed in the Fuengirola area so there’s plenty of choice! This part of Spain is famous for its Café culture and you can enjoy a simple coffee in the sun or fine dine at some great restaurants.
Some of the best places to eat are the Chiringuito’s (or beach bars) that are dotted at regular intervals along the 7km beach. These bars usually offer simple fresh food at very reasonable prices, sample the Paella or the BBQ’d Sardines with a cold beer and look out onto the Mediterranean…what’s not to like! We try and finish every day’s riding down at the beach and that first beer after a hot dusty day in the saddle is the best you’ll ever taste!
All of us at Bike Holiday Spain know the town inside out so we can point you in the right direction whatever your taste and budget!
Eating out and drinking in Spain is generally quite a bit cheaper than the UK. Typically a coffee will be €1.20, a large beer will be around €2.50 and a small beer (typical here, because a Pinta soon goes warm, and called a caña) is €1.50. While a main course in a good Restaurant in the evening will be from €10.00. At lunchtime you can get a three course Menu del Dia (menu of the day) from a mid-range Restaurant from €8 on week days.
Yes, our riding is supported by a van and trailer all day, so help is never too far away. All our guides are MIAS qualified Mountain Bike Leaders & Outdoor First Aid qualified, so you’re in the best possible hands if the worst should happen.
Of course, all the major airlines will take bikes as long as they are packed properly but they do differ on costs and weight allowances (Ryanair are particularly expensive). Remember we offer fantastic top quality 170mm Enduro bikes for hire if you don’t want to go through the hassle (or cost) of bringing your own bike.
See below for advice on packing your bike.
This will depend on what type of riding you want to do but essentially the trails in Spain are rocky, dry and dusty so a Full Suspension bike with a minimum of 140mm – 170mm travel is better for the more aggressive trails! All wheel sizes work well on these trails and we are starting to see more Plus Size wheels which are well suited to the dry and rocky terrain.
We advise something gravity orientated, you don’t want to be running something with thin sidewalls.
We’d also strongly recommend running a tubeless system, it’ll save you time as punctures are a common occurrence if you’re running tubes. If you are not sure we stock suitable tyres and can fit them. If you want to go tubeless we can help you with that to.
There are some really good tutorials on YouTube showing how to pack your bike, here is a good one from GMBN:
However if you want some additional advice contact Andy, he’s packed more bikes than he cares to remember and he’ll happily talk you through his method.
We have a full and comprehensive workshop at The Hub and we also carry many “generic” spares including many shapes and sizes of tyres. The guides are also well equipped for problems on the trail but it’s always worth carrying a multitool and anything you’ll need to fix punctures. A spare mech hanger specific to your bike is also a good idea.
If you’re out for a week we’d suggest you bring at least 3 full outfits, we have a washing machine at the hub so you can `recycle’ your stuff but remember it’s warm and sweaty out here so for the sake of your mates (and us) you don’t want to be wearing stuff twice!
We can cater for all levels of skill & fitness and you’ll be doing much more descending than ascending. However, we think you’ll enjoy the holiday far more if you do have a reasonable level of fitness, even going down is hard work when the descents can last up to 25 minutes!
One thing is for sure, you’ll go home a better and fitter rider than when you arrived!
A good quality helmet and gloves are an absolute essential, we’d also advise knee and elbow pads if you have them. If you’re looking for Gravity Enduro & DH riding then you’ll know you need the full kit!
This can be split into two, firstly Health Insurance, this is an absolute must! The Spanish Health service is actually really good and you will receive free medical attention (on production of a Valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), make sure you check the expiry date! However this is only really for emergency treatment and will not cover mountain rescue and third party liablity. Here is a link to find out more about getting your EHIC from the NHS, you can apply by phone or online and it is valid for 5 years.
So in addition you need to get good sports insurance and make sure it covers the type of riding you you plan to do with us. For example, DH & Gravity Enduro riders you’ll need a policy that covers the following – mountain rescue by helicopter, mountain biking over 1000 metres altitude and Third Party Liability (so if you crash into someone else out on the trails and injure them you are covered). On the other hand, if you are planning on a leisure ride your holiday insurance should suffice.
Without showing us proof of Health insurance that covers the type of riding you are planning with Bike Holiday Spain we will not be able to guide and advise you, so check your insurance policy before you arrive. This is not unique to us, every reputable mountain bike company will require this for your safety because even with the best support, accidents happen! Here is a YouTube video of a real incident on our local trails where an experienced rider has a silly fall that leads to a serious accident. The video also shows good procedure in case of an incident and highlights the importance of adequate insurance. The rider is fully recovered and is back riding now (his bike survived too). And although he didn’t have insurance at the time of the accident he certainly has now after paying the cost of a helicopter rescue.
The second insurance to consider is to cover your bike. We store your bike in `The Hub’ and this is secure and fully alarmed. We do our very best to keep the bikes secure when we are out and about but it’s virtually impossible to be v100% vigilant. So, if you bring out your own bike and its your pride and joy we recommend you take out a policy that covers your bike against theft and accidental damage when you’re on your travels. Many household insurance policies can be extended to cover this.