Cerro del Moro (Benalmádena)

Start Town Altitude Elevation Gain Length Gradient Difficulty Rating
Benalmádena 952m 933m 14.2 km 6.6% 1,045 ****

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Climb Description

Cerro del Moro is one of the best cycling climbs starting from the Costa del Sol. Most of the route is quiet, with a nice road surface and the views on the upper part of the climb are superb, as you look back down towards the Mediterranean.

The climb itself is challenging, with a reasonable length and a respectable average gradient. Indeed, the final 5km average over 10% - enough to test the strongest of riders, particularly when paired with the fiery Malaga sun. Nevertheless, don't be put off by the gradients - as the climb is pretty steady with nothing too extreme And the views, along with a tranquility that is sometimes hard to find on the Costa del Sol, make this is a very enjoyable climb.

Cerro del Moro is open throughout the year.

Roads & Traffic

The road is in good condition throughout.

The traffic varies, but is generally not too much of a problem if you start from Torremuelle. Most of the climb is very quiet - particularly after passing the junction with the AP-7 motorway. However, the 1km before the motorway junction is a bit busier and more care should be taken here. If you start further along the coast in Benalmádena or Fuengirola, there is more traffic on the earlier part of the climbs as well.

Alternative Routes

The climb to Cerro del Moro is just one road for the final 5km, which is the main part of the climb. The first section until this point, however, can be reached by a variety of roads. This profile ascends from the coast at Torremuelle, which is one of the quietest routes. However, it can also be reached by other roads from Torremolinos, Benalmádena, Fuengirola and Mijas.

Take particular care with the climb from Fuengirola and avoid the A-387 if possible (the main Fuengirola-Mijas road), as this carries quite a lot of fast moving traffic.

Nearby Climbs

Puerto del León

Puerto de las Abejas

Puerto de la Joya

El Torcal de Antequera

El Madroño

Cycling Holidays

We can arrange customized cycling holidays to the mountains of Malaga and the Sierra Grazalema; including the climb to Cerro del Moro. If you would be interested in this, please contact us to discuss the options and to put together an itinerary.

You may also be interested in the links below to some of the other tours that we currently run in Spain.

Andalucia Sunflower Fields
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Self-Guided Cycling Holiday
Length: 8 Days
Level: Difficulty Medium to Challenging
Price: from €1,590 EUR
*Bike Hire Included

Lagos de Covadonga
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Self-Guided Cycling Holiday
Length: 8 Days
Level: Difficulty Challenging-Hard
Price: from €1,490 EUR
Tramuntana Mountains - Mallorca
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Self-Guided Cycling Holiday
Length: 7 Days
Level: Difficulty Medium to Challenging
Price: from €1,420 EUR