ALICANTE-VALENCIA
LAND OF CONTRASTS

Info and Booking

LAND OF CONTRASTS - FROM BIAR TO VALENCIA

8 DAYS / 7 NIGHTS / CYCLING HOLIDAYS

Price and conditions

 

The tour is available all year round (except from 01.08 till 28.08), with departures on Sunday.

We have endeavoured to offer the highest comfort possible and hence we have carefully selected accommodation options. 3***/ 4**** hotels , charming rural houses or farmsteads and high-grade B&Bs.

Breakfast is included. 


 

LOW SEASON 17.01.21 – 07.03.21| 15.03.21 – 29.05.21|29.08.21 – 06.11.21 |14.11.21 – 19.12.21

Price for the tour package, per person, occupancy of a double room:

€ 720 + bike hire, see below

 

MID SEASON   07.11.21 – 13.11.21 |30.05.21 – 27.06.21

Price for the tour package, per person, occupancy of a double room:

€ 735 + bike hire, see below

 

HIGH SEASON (FALLAS&SUMMER)

08.03.21 – 14.03.21

04.07.21-25.07.21

 

Price for the tour package, per person, occupancy of a double room:

€ 800 + bike hire, see below

 

INCLUDED:

Accommodation, breakfast buffet breakfast or otherwise, detailed route information, maps, GPS navigation device programmed with route, description of places of interest (available in English, Italian, German and Spanish), General assistance by telephone in Dutch/English/Spanish/German and / or technical assistance on site from 9:00 tot18.00u. Luggage transfer from one to the other property,

 

OPTIONS AND SURCHARGES:

Half board 6 days (excl. the last day in Valencia): per person, € 184

Surcharge single room: € 211

 

 

Bike rental: € 91 per person

E-bike: € 156 per person

A deposit and proof of ID may be required by our local bike rental partner

 

Extra night in Biar (before the tour starts):

€ 41 per person

 

Extra night in hotel**** Silken Puerta Valencia (before or after the tour has finished):

€ 47 per person, occupancy of a double room

 

Train from Alicante to Villena on the first day (45 minutes, € 10 per person)

Trein from Valencia to Villena on the first day (1h 15 minutes, € 15 per person)

 

 

NOT INCLUDED:

Bike rental (see above), lunch and dinner, any extra nights, travel and personal accident insurance, transfers on first and last day (train or taxi), your flight or bus to Spain

 

All rates subject to availability and change.

FOR QUESTIONS OR RESERVATIONS CALL +34 677 709 109

We speak English, Dutch, German, and Spanish.

Overview

 

Welcome to this land of contrasts; of wine and oranges; olive and almond; rivers and sea; city and hamlets; rugged mountain and green valley; orchard and pine tree; modernity and history; religion and secularity, but above all, of sunshine and tradition. Feel the pulse of the region's great city, and step back in time to the echoes of lost ages and cultures as you step outside its walls. Your pedals will propel you gently into a world that few know or ever explore

We have 2 beautiful routes to cycle from Alicante to Valencia: A route through the interior (with some climbing valleys) and a route along the coast, almost flat.

The first route - via the interior - is described on this page. The coastal route will soon appear on this website. 

ALICANTE-VALENCIA - INTERIOR

You step back in time, to the echoes of lost times and cultures. Your pedals will propel you gently into a world few know or ever discover, populated by a proud and hospitable people.

This tour is selfguided, according to our route description and/or GPS.

The total length is 200-260 kilometers. At some points you can choose a short or long route.

It is possible to start all year round (every Sunday) and the departure is guaranteed, ftom just 2 participants.

The first day you cycle parallel to a former railway. In general, you drive on small, low-traffic roads.

 

The total journey takes 8 days (7 nights).

Every day your luggage is transported to the next location.

 

The difficulty level is 3 (on a scale of 5).

The route has been designed to take advantage, as far as possible, of downhill slopes along valleys that start in the interior and wind their way towards coastal plains and the sea. The route hence does not demand a high level of fitness; notwithstanding this, we have different alternatives that can either shorten or lengthen a day’s ride. Some fitness and experience with cycling is recommended.

 

 

By combining these routes with the bike ride on the Vía Verde (Greenway) Ojos Negros, Albufera/Jucar River  or Sierra de Espadan  you can make a bike ride of up to 15 days. 

Route

The description below refers to the route through the inland of the Valencian Region. The coastal route will follow shortly on this site.

Day 1: Arrival in Biar

 

To get to the starting point, you can take a train to Villena from either Allicante (40 minutes, 10€ per person) or Valencia (1h15, 15€ per person). We then provide a taxi from Villena to Biar, where you stay for one night at Hotel Villa de Biar****

Biar is a city well-endowed in heritage sites and crowned by its fanciful 12th Century castle that has witnessed many historic episodes. You can wander around its old quarter with its maze of narrow streets and discover, at our leisure, many quaint squares and churches, etc. How about trying some local fare in one of the many bars and restaurants

 

Day 2: Biar – Bocairent. 24/32/46 Km

 

You make use of the route provided by a former railway that goes parallel to the River Vinalopó. You’ll pass fruit-tree orchards and many small villages as we approach Banyeres de Mariola; in this town, you can choose between two routes:

Route 1: continuing on flat terrain and bordering the natural enclave known as paraje natural de la Serra de Mariola that in just a few kilometres will take us to Bocairent.

Route 2: you venture into the Paraje Natural de la Sierra de Mariola, and ride to higher ground. Here you’ll marvel at the stunning views, the flora and the fauna. You then head to the imposing medieval town of Bocairent for the night’s accommodation Hotel L’Estacio***. Not to be missed is a stroll in its old quarter.

 

Day 3: Bocairent – Ontinyent. 15-30 Km


After a healthy and hearty breakfast You’ll set off and pedal towards Ontinyent, the district capital with an interesting historic heart in terms of architecture. You’ll find a whole host of cafés and restaurants where you’ll be able to enjoy an array of local gastronomic delights.
There are two options:
Route 1: If you want to spend some more time in medieval Bocairent before you leave, we recommend to take the shortest route to Ontinyent.
Route 2: Today's longer, green route takes you to La Valleta d'Agres. Enjoy the serenity here as you cycle past groves of fruit trees at the foot of the impressive mountain range known as Serra de Mariola. You pass through characteristic villages such as Alfafara and Agres.

Accommodation: Hotel Kazar****

 

Day 4: Ontinyent. 0-40 Km


You ride down a quiet road past placid fields sown with grain crops as well as olive groves and vineyards. You’ll see some stately edifices perfectly nestled into the landscape, as you make your way to Fontanars dels Alforins; there you’ll visit one of the former noblemen’s houses now converted into wine cellars and visit some specialty shops that offer artisan-produced delicacies and craftwork. Wine tasting available. 

Accommodation: Hotel Kazar****

Day 5: Ontinyent –Xàtiva. 35 Km


You’ll start the day pedalling past verdant fields and fertile groves of almond, olive and apricot trees, all making a patchwork with persimmon plantations and old vineyards. You’ll go through Albaida with its interesting fortified palace commanding its historic heart. You’ll come across small villages and hamlets as we head to the shores of the Bellús dam. The area around the dam is of great scenic and ecological value. You’ll come across a number of cultural artefacts such as old watermills, azuts (water diversion dams) and elements of irrigation infrastructure. The lands around here are the most fertile in the district and not surprisingly, market gardens are plentiful. You’ll take a path bordering the gorge of the Albaida River, (in spring/summer we can take a dip in its waters to cool off). You will then head to the noble town of Xàtiva, a place steeped in history and crowned by an imposing castle.

Accommodation: Casa Aldomar guest house****

Day 6: Xàtiva – Cullera. 55 Km


You depart from the city of Xàtiva and delved deeply into the hinterland of València with its verdant market gardens and orange groves. The area is renowned for its quality oranges which are blessed by the climatic conditions of the Mediterranean. Another advantage is that there is sunshine and pleasant weather all year round. You’ll take quiet roads and paths that weave their way through orange groves that make up a rich green tapestry along the floor of the valley. At the last stage of the day’s ride you come alongside the River Xúquer, thanks to which all these fields and groves are irrigated... Amongst rice fields, you’ll arrive in Cullera, a coastal city with beautiful sea views where you’ll be able to taste some of the rice specialties of the area. This town has plenty of beaches that you can enjoy even in winter if the sun is shine.

Accommodation: Hotel el Chalet***

Day 7: Cullera – València. 46 Km


You venture into the natural reserve known as Parque Natural de la Albufera, one of the most valuable ecosystems in the Mediterranean. You’ll be able to marvel at different natural environments such as lakes, marshes, sand-dunes and pinewoods that border the seafront. All of these ecosystems have their corresponding flora and fauna.
It is well worth enjoying one of the typical dishes of this rather special district. You can go for a stroll by the port and see the fisherman at work before they return home to picturesque. And you can also take a boat trip . In the picturesque El Palmar you can try one of the regional dishes, such as 'All i pebre'.
Today's destination is the city of Valencia. In the formidable old town you will find the cathedral and central market, surrounded by narrow streets, cozy squares and all kinds of cafes, bars and restaurants. Food lovers will enjoy themselves here. The city's nightlife is as famous as the 'agua de Valencia'...

Puerta Valencia****

Day 8: València

After a good breakfast, the trip will be formally over.