My family and I love taking some time exploring the new cities we visit on our own. To do it, renting bikes is usually our first choice. That is exactly what we did for our trip to Malaga. We rented some bikes and started exploring. However this time we weren’t able to do as much exploring as we normally do. But it ended up being one of the best days of our trip around Spain.

Photo credit: Marina K. Villatoro /Gringa TravelingMom

Photo credit: Marina K. Villatoro /Gringa TravelingMom

One of my family’s favorite activities while traveling is renting bikes to explore the new town or city we are visiting.
It has become a natural thing for us. I always try to find a great company that offers the kind of bikes that each of my family members need along with a good price.

The company I found while we were visiting Spain was Bike Tours Malaga. It had it all!

While doing my reservations, I mainly had contact with the owner, Vladimir. He was super helpful while arranging everything for our day rental and gave me tons of ideas of what to do, where to go.

One thing that I found interesting about the company was the amount of different countries represented in his staff (over five languages spoken). I love such diversity.

Goal of the Day – Day Trips From Malaga

Our goal for that day was to go on a short day trip that would allow us to go outside the city. Well, we almost managed to make it happen in Malaga.

Photo credit: Marina K. Villatoro /Gringa TravelingMom

Photo credit: Marina K. Villatoro /Gringa TravelingMom

Before getting to the city I read that Malaga was located along the Mediterranean Sea. I also knew that the terrain is flat and easy to get around. Plus, it offers bike paths that circle around the beaches. This got me thinking that we would be able to go for another one of our 25 or more mile bike tours (as we have done in other cities). But we only got as far as two kilometers from Malaga.

But it wasn’t because the roads weren’t good or that there were no fun places to go to. It’s just that Malaga’s beaches will keep you here for days. We ended up deciding to keep it within the coastal city-limits. It was such a fun day!

That what we love about renting bikes: there aren’t schedules or set agendas.

What Our Day Trip in Malaga Looked Like

We got our bikes from the shop, located in Plaza de la Marina. After that we headed towards the sea. We took the route that goes through the popular port. It was a great choice because it has tons of shops, restaurants and outdoor cafes.

Photo credit: Marina K. Villatoro /Gringa TravelingMom

Photo credit: Marina K. Villatoro /Gringa TravelingMom

The areas I just mentioned are technically city center and where you get first access to the beach. We decided to follow the route around the light house to Malagueta Beach. This is the main beach of Malaga. It was just 10 minutes away from city center.

This is where we got stuck. The idea was to continue but every peddle turn we kept on stopping. But we couldn’t help to make pauses in the fun playgrounds. My boys wanted to take advantage of them because where we live the playgrounds are rusty and not too stimulating.

This allowed us to spend a lot of time enjoying the beach while the kids played in the towers, swings and everything else. We hadn’t been to a beach in a long time so it felt great. Plus the weather in Malaga was delightful.

After hours of biking and playing on the playgrounds my oldest son declared he could continue riding unless we eat.

So we had to stop once more at a local “chiringuito” (small restaurant on the beach). These places offer good seafood at great prices.

We stayed here for hours. My husband and I had no concerns at all that they played on the beach for hours without our supervision. As they played we sipped our Sangrias. This was one of the best days of our trip in Spain.

This is all thanks to renting bikes and having the freedom to do whatever we wanted.