The seven municipalities that make up the Sierra Norte de Málaga (Archidona, Cuevas Bajas, Cuevas de San Marcos, Villanueva de Algaidas, Villanueva del Rosario, Villanueva de Tapia and Villanueva del Trabuco) have become a national benchmark for the enjoyment of bike thanks to the more than 900 kilometers that can be traveled on 52 routes. With the encouragement of the Malaga Provincial Council and the collaboration of the seven town halls, the region has achieved the distinctive ‘Bike Territory’a project designed by the Spanish Cycling Federation to promote the use of bicycles as a means of transport, as a healthy sporting activity and as a tourist resource.
The president of the Provincial Council of Malaga, Francisco Saladopresented yesterday together with the President of the Andalusian Cycling Federation and First Vice President of the Spanish Cycling Federation, Manuel Rodríguez García, the start of this initiative, with which the Sierra Norte becomes the first territory in Andalusia and the second in Spain to be approved as ‘Bike Territory’. The event was also attended by mayors and municipal representatives from Villanueva del Trabuco, Cuevas de San Marcos and Villanueva del Rosario.
Salado stressed that the implementation of this project will mean a important tourist stimulus for the municipalities of the Sierra Norte de Málaga, since it becomes a privileged area for fans of cycle tourism, and bicycles in general. “And consolidates the province as a diverse and quality destination, a benchmark for tourism in all segments,” he commented.
Precisely, next Saturday, the 26th, the premiere of the Sierra Norte as Bike Territory will take place with the celebration in Villanueva del Trabuco of the first cycling meeting for all-terrain bicycles with a circular route of 21 kilometers.
“Visitors – added the president of the Provincial Council – will have the opportunity to travel through a natural environment of great beauty and spectacularity, characterized by the valley and the mountains, with a rich cultural and gastronomic heritage, enjoying magnificent views of the towns” .
Francisco Salado explained that the Provincial Council has allocated €200,000 to carry out the design and homologation of the 52 routes between the seven municipalities, of which 37 are for all-terrain bicycles and 15 road routes. These are routes that are digitally signposted through the Federation’s yosoyciclista app.
In addition, the provincial institution has made it easier for municipalities to have some bikes for rent and informative signs and bike racks have been installed.
In short, Salado concluded by indicating that ‘Bike Territory’ -which combines leisure, tourism and sport- represents a magnificent opportunity for the province of Málaga, and specifically its Sierra Norte, to become a benchmark for promoting the use of bicycles in society and to promote cycle touring as an innovative tourism product.