The Best Ways to Chill after a Taxing Bike Ride in Malaga
Maybe you’ve cycled up to the mountains and your legs could do with a rest. Perhaps you’ve ridden along the seafront in both directions and notched up 24k. Or you’ve enjoyed one of our bike tours in Malaga, but could do with some time-out from sightseeing.
Whatever your reasons, we’ve got the perfect ways to chill out after a taxing bike ride in Malaga. Check them out, choose yours and then get ready to sit back and relax!
Treat yourself to a spa
This is perhaps the ultimate way to chill after a tough bike ride in Malaga and best of all, the city has two venues where you can treat yourself to time-out in a spa. Both offer different sort of Arabic baths and treatments and have interiors to match.
Pools with different temperatures take centre stage at Hammam Al-Andalus.
You can relax in warm water then hot water before bringing your muscles back to life in the ice-cold plunge pool. Clients who have taken one of our Malaga Bike Tours get a 15% discount here when they show our ‘INSIDER TIPS’’ brochure that we hand out after the tours.
Hammam Open Space has no pools, but plenty of steam to help you and your body chill-out after that bike ride.
Do: book in advance especially if you want to visit a hammam at the weekends.
Don’t: forget to book yourself a massage especially if you’ve cycled up to the Montes to Malaga. Your legs will thank you forever!
Hammam Al-Andalus is in Plaza de los Mártires and opens daily from 10am to midnight.
Hammam Open Space & Spa is on Calle Tomás de Cózar 13 and opens daily from 11am to 10pm.
Lie back and relax
Where better to relax than at the beach after your gruelling bike ride in Malaga? The good news is that you’re spoilt for choice because the city has several great beaches that are perfect for some time-out from sightseeing and cycling. Make your chill-out time extra relaxing by renting a sunbed each with a sunshade for when it gets too hot.
Do: bag a sunbed in the front row to get the best views of the beach and be nearest the water.
Don’t: forget to check out one of the beaches off the beaten track in Malaga Not all of them have sunbeds, but you’ll find true peace and quiet.
Most beach bars and restaurants rent out sunbeds and they cost from €6 for two a day. Book ahead at weekends out of season and any day in July and August.
Get up high
After a hard day cycling in Malaga, reward yourself with some amazing views to accompany a well-deserved drink. Head for one of the rooftop terraces in the city where you can enjoy a cocktail, coffee, snack or even a full meal. Many hotels in Malaga have rooftop terraces and you get a totally different perspective of the city as well as the chance to chill-out.
Do: time your visit with the sunset so you can enjoy the views in glorious yellows, oranges and reds.
Don’t: miss the live music – several terraces have DJ sessions or live bands.
The following hotels have roof terraces: AC Malaga Palacio (the highest), Hotel Molina Larios, Room Mate Larios, Room Mate Valeria, Hotel Mariposa and Alcazaba Premium Hostel. Most open daily from early afternoon until late.
Take in a movie
There’s nothing more relaxing than sitting back in a comfy seat with a box of popcorn and watching a great movie. And it makes perfect time-out from the city. The Albeniz Cinema in Malaga city centre offers a great selection of films in their original language version.
They tend to be indie cinema, unusual films or non-blockbusters so it’s a chance to see something a bit different.
Do: buy your tickets from the box office in advance especially if you’re planning to go to the first session of the day. The box office opens 30 minutes before the first film.
Don’t: forget to check out what’s on during the film festivals throughout the year. Full details (in Spanish only) are on the Albeniz Cinema website.
The Albeniz Cinema is on Calle Alcazabilla (5 minutes’ walk from our Malaga bike rental shop) and opens daily from 4pm onwards. Tickets cost €5.
Stroll round Muelle Uno
Choose one of the loveliest places in town for a relaxing stroll after your bike ride round Malaga. Cross from Plaza de la Marina (near our shop) to the Port and walk under the Pergola to the lighthouse via Muelle Uno. Stop often to take in the views of the city and the port.
Do: plan your stroll for early evening and have a drink in one of the bars along Muelle Uno to enjoy the sunset over the city skyline.
Don’t: miss the arts and crafts market on every Sunday from 11am to 6pm (evenings in July and August).
This pedestrian part of Malaga is open 24/7. The cafés open from 9 to 10am for breakfast and restaurants open from 1.30pm onwards.
Sit in a park
If you’re looking for a quiet, shady spot for some time-out after all that cycling in Malaga, check out one of the city parks. For tall trees and pretty tiled benches, head for Paseo del Parque. For more formal gardens with ponds, go to the Pedro Alonso Gardens. And for great views of the Roman Theatre, make your way to the Alcazaba Walkway. Ask us for directions when you come to pick up your rental bike in Malaga.
Do: enjoy the seasonal flowers and trees. Orange blossom in early spring, jacaranda trees in May and roses in June. The autumn colours on the plane trees in November…
Don’t: forget to explore the parks outside the city centre. See below for some recommendations.
The best parks off the beaten track include: Parque de Huelin opposite the west end of the port, Parque del Oeste on the western seafront and the Concepción Botanical Gardens.
More suggestions for time-out in Malaga
Our staff know the city like the back of their hand and are more than happy to give you more chill-out recommendations. When you book your wheels, just ask and we’ll put you on the right track.
Contact us to find out more here or call us on (+34) 951 138 349 or mobile – (+34) 606 978 513.