Location: Valencia, East Coast Spain
Number Days: 5
Number Nights: 6
Start Location: Alicante
Finish Location: Valencia
Bicycle Type: Hybrid / race bike
Meals included: Breakfast (6 days), packed lunch each day riding (4 days)
Access Start and Finish Location: Alicante has an extremely well connected international airport. Valencia has a less well connected international airport, or direct trains to either Alicante or Madrid only take around 1 hour 40 minutes.
Valencia Sun, Sea & Citrus Self Guided Bike Tour
Valencia is the name of both the city and the region that spans the East Coast and has become so popular with sun seekers from abroad over the decades. The coast is the biggest attraction, but on a bike tour you get to experience so much more that passes the average tourist by. Just inland there are impressive hills that generally peak at between 600 and 1000 meters, with charming white villages hidden in the valleys and views back as far as the sea. Then there are the citrus trees which produce the oranges for which Valencia is famous. If you come at the right time of year you will be surrounded by the brightly colored budding fruit.
Another surprise to most is the huge natural lake to the south of Valencia, a natural wetland for birds, and now surrounded by rice paddies where they produce the rice for the local paella. The City of Valencia too is a pearl, with an enormous beach, charming old center, and beautiful modern architecture such as the City of Arts and Sciences, and the renovated port area where the Americas cup was headquartered for a couple of years.
The Valencia Sun, Sea & Citrus self guided bike tour is classified as easy level, but has climbing on the first two days as it passes first through the stunning mountains inland of Alicante before dropping to the coast and passing through citrus plantations and natural Albufera lake to Valencia. This is a really mild region, and this tour can be take all year round, through from mid June to mid September temperatures are likely to be extremely hot past midday. The optimum time for this tour is from March to early June, and from late September to early December.
Day of arrival (thursday): Arrival in Alicante and transport to the four star hotel in a historic village amongst the mountains inland, about a half hour away. Spend the afternoon exploring the historic village center and its magnificent castle, preparing your bike, and taking a dip in the hotel pool before dinner in the village.
Day 1 – The toughest day of the tour, with a number of climbs to tackle. Following a hill to warm you up, the morning is spent passing through pretty flat lands in the valley, before the steepest climb of the day takes over a pass with views back as far as the ocean. The descent passes through one of the driest areas in the region, reminiscent of scratchy hollywood cowboy country. Take a break in the final village before another long, steady rise takes you to the destination for the night, a charming rural hotel in a small village.
Distance: 66 km (41 miles)
Elevation gain: 1,000 meters (3,300 feet)
Day 2 – A similarly tough day, but well worth the effort. Cresting the remainder of the climb started the day before, the scenery turns more lush as you descend into a picturesque valley. Most of the remainder of the day is spent on quiet country roads rising up the north side of the valley, before a long descent towards your stunning rural hotel, complete with swimming pool, for the night.
Distance: 45 km (28 miles)
Elevation gain: 1,000 meters (3,000 feet)
Day 3 – After the hard word comes rest, as a long descent leads you towards the coast. Once arriving there follow a cycle path, one of Spain’s famous ‘Green Ways’, via verde, toward the seaside resort of Gandia, and possibly a break for refreshment. Then follow a quiet road through orange plantations to the seaside resort town of Cullera and a four star hotel close to the beach.
Distance: 52km (32 miles)
Elevation gain: 300 meters (1,000 feet)
Day 4 – The route along the coast is flat all day, passes first through the headland at Cullera with a view back over the enormous bay through which you have just passed, before entering the wetlands and rice paddies of the Albufera Natural Park, a freshwater lake which serves as the nesting site for birds and a hotbed of rice production alike. Finally you arrive back at the coast and your beachside four star hotel.
Distance: 59 km ( 37 miles)
Elevation gain: flat
Day 5 – The final entrace into Valencia follows a cycle path which emerges at the city’s famous Museum of Arts and Sciences complex. Make your way to your four star hotel and spend the rest of the day exploring the city.
Distance: 22 km ( 14 miles)
Elevation gain: flat
This is a self-guided tour and can be scheduled at the time of your choosing. We recommend to avoid July and August due to danger of extreme heat, as should December – February. Pricing may vary during the high season (June to september) and on National Holidays.This is not an accompanied tour, and can be booked at the dates of your choosing, subject to availability. Please get in touch with any queries or to book this tour.
Pricing for this tour, based on a minimum of two participants in shared accommodation:
€ 970 per person
Pricing may vary, particularly during high season (July and August) or on national holidays.
- 6 nights in shared accommodation (twin / double)
- Pickup from Alicante Airport and transfer to start-point
- Breakfast (6 days) and packed lunch (5 days)
- Luggage transport each day
- Information on route and locality
Single supplement: € 180
Bike hire (see options here or contact us to discuss options and pricing)