Puerto del Leon

 

Puerto del leon 

 

We go deep into the Montes de Málaga, a great scenery for a cycling holiday. The route starts in Málaga city centre and, in a 10 minutes bike ride, we can find a natural park and a high contrast between the noisy town and a peaceful landscape. 

Images by Escapada Cycling

 
 
 
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The climb passes through Montes de Málaga Natural Park, the place chosen for most of local road cycling enthusiasts. Established in 1989, it consists of a large pine forest of mainly aleppo pines arising from a reforestation that took place in 1930. The aim was to create a lush vegetation screen on the slopes around Guadalmedina river, in order to absorb the floodwaters and diminish the risk of floods in Málaga city.

On our way up to the hills we will find two water sources. One is located at the exit of a town named Olias, around 16 km far from the start. The water fountain was built in 1965 to supply water to the local population and honoured with a small pedestal
dedicated to Virgin Mary.
The other water source is 28 km far from the start, right after passing puerto del Leon and at the beginning of the descent back towards Málaga. The fuente de la Reina (the Queen’s fountain) was an important stop-over for all travelers in the past and the main water source for the inhabitants of the old mozarabic citadel in the middle ages. Next to the fountain there is a snack-bar where we recommend a stop to fill up our batteries and enjoy
the views with a coffee. 

 

 
 
 
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TWO FOUNTAINS HELP US ALONG THE WAY. FUENTE DE LA REINA IS OUR MAIN WATER SOURCE THROUGHOUT THE YEAR.

 
 
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The climb is not excessively long, nor very hard so it is reachable for everyone. For most part of the bike trip we will get aid by the great forest mass and its shade.

Furthermore, the little traffic on these roads will help us pedal relaxed and watch on each turn the wonderful views of the city and bay of Málaga.

This road, covers the path between the river Guadalmedina and Jaboneros stream, and it was the most important access to the city for the last two centuries.

 
 
 
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Javier Marín