Roquetas de Mar is a municipality on the Andalusian coast in the province of Almería. The lack of precipitation and the average annual temperature of around 19 degrees Celsius have made it a tourist destination that can be enjoyed most of the year.
But how did Roquetas de Mar become one of the most attractive places in southern Spain for cyclists?
The commitment to cycle tourism throughout Spain is seeing an interesting growth, indicating seasonal strategies and, in many cases, changing the idea of a sunny and sandy territory for a model that is also an example of sustainability. Also to avoid gentrification problems linked to mass tourism.
In the case of Roquetas de Mar, probably one of the aspects that put the region on the international cycling map is the Almería Classic cycling race, which is gaining prestige on the European circuit, being part of the UCI ProSeries since 2020 ( at the second level in UCI races, only below the World Tour).
Partly influenced by this growth, they have worked in the hotel industry to best support this interest in cycle tourism. There are currently 4 hotels with the Cycling Friendly certification which has enabled them to be recognized as a destination in a tourist target group. One example is the Hotel Bahía Serena, which is just a few meters from the beach and has regularly hosted the Spanish Triathlon Association for several Spanish championships. In this case, it should also be noted that the UCI teams have chosen it in recent years for their preparation for the Clásica de Almería.
Municipal institutions themselves have also made efforts to improve the layout of the cycle lanes along the promenade in recent years.
There is a range of cycle paths in the area, both mountain routes and road routes. One of the most visited routes is the one from Roquetas de Mar to Tabernas. It is a trail of medium difficulty, about 77 km, with a positive slope of 1430 m and a rather difficult first section, ranging from observing the Almerian coast for the first 25 km to an altitude of over 1000 meters.
If we want to create routes for all groups, the best known routes are from Roquetas to the Punta-Entinas Sabinar Nature Reserve or to Almerimar, if we want a slightly longer coastal route.
A cycle tourism region that we hope to benefit from if the pandemic permits.