CYCLING HIGHLIGHTS

FROM ARAGÓN TO VALENCIA 

CYCLING HOLIDAY  CASTLES TERUEL - VIA VERDE - VALENCIA

Cycle through the Middle Ages in Albarracín and Teruel, passing geological wonders and fascinating castles in the land of Aragon and Valencia. And taste the region; truffles, ham, olives and 'orxata'.

This is the most versatile cycling holiday, along all my favorite places!

 

It seems as if you see a castle (or ruin) on the horizon at every village in this region; Peracense, Albarracín, the Sierra de Espadán, Sagunto ...

This tour takes you past special buildings and fascinating landscapes. From the red, rugged sandstone fantasy rocks you travel via the railway cycle path 'Via Verde' and an intense green 'jungle' full of cork oaks to the clear blue Mediterranean sea, with its extensive orange groves. You stay in special places, in an 'eco hotel', on a truffle farm, an old villa or a monastery. 

A trip of 7 or 9 days with quite a few altimeters; ideal for sporty cyclists or electric connoisseurs!

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CYCLING HOLIDAY

Individual, from 2 pers.

Difficulty level 3/5

 

Protected Natural Areas

Sierra de Albarracin

Teruel

Sierra de Espadán

Via Verde Ojos Negros

sagunto

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INCLUDING

overnight stays in small-scale accommodations, incl. breakfast

 transfer to starting point

 

Trekking bike met 

panniers and repair kit

English road book

 

Telephonic support

 

Roadside assistance/replacement bicycle

 

Daily luggage transport 

possible (extra charge)

Read more about our extensive security, generous cancellation policy and low deposits.

DATES&RATES

Start cycling on Monday or  Tuesday

Weekly departures from April to October

In winter departures on a last minute basis, weather permitting.

6 days/5 nights

April, October, November

€645 per person

based on Bed & Breakfast

May, June, September

€725 per person

Easter holidays, July, August

€770 per person

9 days/8 nights

April, October, November

€880 per person

based on Bed & Breakfast

May, June, September

€969 per person

Easter holidays, July, August

€1,059 per person

e-bike: +€30,- per day

luggage transport (option)

€32,- per person per day

or 90€ per group (4-8 pers)

surcharge for different departure day:

€100 per person.

extension in ****Hotel Silken Puerta Valencia: €48.00 pp per night

lodging+breakfast buffet 

 
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Summary

Een cycle tour full of highlights, by scenic protected natural areas in the provinces of Badónc_3194-bbónc_Aragón (Aragón)

Start and end point is the city of Valencia, on the Mediterranean Sea. Marvel at the architecture, vast parks and rich decoration of this city, with a medieval centrum, 'modernist' market halls and futuristic buildings of Santiago Calatrava.

Inland it seems like every village 

has its own castle (or ruin) on a cliff on the horizon. Peracense, Albarracín, the Sierra de Espadán, Sagunto... Here you will also find special bouwwerken and fascinating landscapes. From the red, rugged sandstone fantasy rocks around Albarracín and Teruel bicycle je via the Sierra de Espadán - an intense green 'jungle' full of cork oaks - to the clear blue Mediterranean sea, with its vast orange groves. You stay in special places, in an 'eco hotel', on a truffle farm, an old villa or a monastery. 

A tour of 5, 7 or 9 days with quite a few altimeters; ideal for sporty cyclists or electric connoisseurs!

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Itinerary

Below you will find the complete 9-day program. You can also choose the 6-day program. Then days 5, 6 and 7 from the program will expire. 

Do you still want to cycle more or fewer days or have a day of rest somewhere in between?

We are happy to create a tailor-made program.

Day 1 (Monday or Tuesday)

Peracense-Albarracin (37 or 55 km)

Transfer from Valencia to Peracense, the starting point of the bike tour. You start at the fascinating castle, which blends seamlessly into the red sandstone environment. Via a vast plateau you slowly descend to the fortified town of Albarracín, with no less than 2 castles on the horizon. You can extend your route by following the river Guadalaviar, through a beautiful canyon. 

You will stay in ***Hotel Albarracin or La Casa del tío Americano. 

Day 2 (Tuesday or Wednesday)

Albarracin-Teruel (42 km)

After a short climb you cycle through the Pinares de Rodeno nature reserve, where you can literally look into the earth's crust. All kinds of rocks come to the surface here. The view over the vast plain of the Jiloca is fantastic, and you cycle through a forest full of huge red boulders in the most bizarre shapes. Then it goes downhill to Teruel.

At San Blas you can make an extra round to the reservoir. (In the summer you can canoe and paddle there). You spend the night in  Teruel, capital of the 'jamon' (smoked ham) and of course the Moorish architecture. You stay in Hotel Mudayyan, around the corner from the lively Plaza Torico square, with many nice bars and restaurants.

Day 3 (Wednesday or Thursday)

Teruel - Albentosa, 60 km 

From Teruel you cycle to an old railway bridge. Here you merge onto Via Verde, a cycle path on an old mining railway. You climb slowly, through an area full of red clay hills, bordered by pine trees. Accompanied by the scent of wild rosemary and thyme you enjoy the landscape. Cycling through the mountains has never been so easy, because at the time the route was laid out as flat as possible for the train, with gradual differences in height.  

From Puerto de Escandón you come to a plateau again. Black truffles grow under the orange soil, a delicacy from this region.  

You will stay at one of our favorite accommodations: 'La Casa de la Estación'. This B&B is one kilometer from the spectacular Albentosa Viaduct, over a deep canyon; a nice area to have a look around. The owner of the B&B grows truffles around the house and likes to cook with it for his guests. (dinner is not included). Fancy some extra kilometers and altimeters? Then stay tonight in Manzanera or Mora de Rubielos, both historic towns about 10 km from the Via Verde.

Day 4 (Thursday or Friday) 

Albentosa - Segorbe, 62 km 

Today's stage crosses countless railway bridges and several long tunnels (up to 500m in length). You will also pass the 50 meter high viaduct at Albentosa. Spectacular! From Barracas you start a descent and you hardly have to pedal. 

You will stay in **** hotel Spa Martin el Humano in Segorbe. In the evening you can enjoy a nice walk through the historic center and the park around the castle.

Day 5 (Friday or Saturday)

You can skip this day if you want to shorten your trip. You will miss a beautiful route through the Sierra de Espadán, past a number of castles and watchtowers from the Moorish era.

This route is  34 or 55 km long. 

The Sierra de Espadán is  known for its cork oaks, rugged crimson rock formations and orchards full of almond trees and picturesque villages with Moorish castles on the horizon. 

The short route has 500 vertical meters, both uphill and downhill. This route is easy to do on an e-bike.
The long route (+1000 and -1000m) is only suitable for very experienced cyclists who are not afraid of descents along deep ravines. It is a lot easier on an E-bike, but you will also have to pedal firmly yourself.

Day 6 (Saturday or Sunday)

Segorbe-Mar de Fulles, 50 km

You can skip this day if you want to shorten your trip.

From Segorbe you cycle via the edge of the Sierra de Espadán to ' Mar de Fulles '.

A beautiful route through old olive and almond groves, which are laid out on terraces against the slopes. 

This 'eco hotel' has been built according to a sustainable philosophy, which is reflected in all kinds of details. The building is made of wood, generates its own electricity and in the kitchen, where only products from the neighborhood or from the own garden are cooked. You will not find products from 'wrong multinationals'. The rooms have no TV, but a huge window, with a view of the mountains. The minimum stay in this hotel is 2 days. That's nice, because you can relax in the garden, enjoy peace and nature. There is a yoga

space and pool with endless views. 

Day 7.

Extra day at Ecohotel Mar de Fulles.

You can spend the day relaxing or take a short bike ride to the caves of Vall d'Uixo, where you can take a boat trip on a subterranean river.

Or we'll take you to a mountain pass in the Sierra de Espadán, for a spectacular   trek back to the hotel. More information about this tour can be found here.

Day 8 (Monday) 

Mar de Fulles - Sagunto-Canet, 53 km

Today the Mediterranean Sea comes into view. Through endless orange plantations you descend to sea level. In Sagunto you can visit the Roman castle and amphitheater. Then you follow a riverbed to the Canet d'en Berenguer, a quiet seaside resort with a beautiful sandy beach.

You will spend the night at ****Hotel Els Arenals, ****AGH or **Hotel Puerto Canet.

All comfortable hotels, close to the sea. There is a beautiful boulevard and a number of fine restaurants. You can also extend your stay here by one night. 

Day 9 (Tuesday)

Canet - Valencia, 35/50 km 

After breakfast you will cycle towards Valencia, via a long or short route.

The long route goes along the Marjal de Almenara, a wetland where it is sometimes teeming with waterfowl and flamingos.

Then you cycle via Sagunto through 'Valencia's vegetable garden', a horticultural area with small farms. At some farms you can taste 'Horchata', a typical drink whose main ingredient is grown on site. You then enter the city of Valencia via the boulevard and the beach.  

You can continue cycling here via the riverbed of the Turia, nowadays a city park of 8 kilometers long.

A beautiful green lung through the city, where you will encounter futuristic buildings by architect Santiago Calatrava.

The cycling package ends in Valencia.

EXTENSION IN VALENCIA

You can extend your stay in Valencia.

​We recommend ****hotel Silken Puerta Valencia. This hotel is within walking distance of the Turia River City Park and the futuristic buildings of Calatrava. The hotel has a secure parking garage, so you can use our bicycles for the rest of your stay.

In Valencia you can take a nice bike ride through the center, the Turia park and the futuristic City of Art and Science, accompanied by a Dutch guide.

 

MORE BIKES?

For example, check out  our multi-day bike tour to Albufera Lake, the rice fields and the Jucar River .

You can also choose our route over the Via Verde de Zafán and Ebro Delta .

Or a 

Or rent a camper afterwards to further discover Spain.

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Details

This trip is possible every week, from Easter to the end of October.

The day of departure is Monday or Tuesday. 

AIRPORT TRANSFERS are not included.

taxis are always available at the airport.

Their services and rates are reliable.

A taxi from or to the airport costs €20 to €30

An alternative is the subway. A ride by metro from or to the airport costs approximately €4 per person, one way.

EQUIPMENT FOR THE BIKES

The package price includes trekking bikes,  equipped with suspension fork, luggage carrier, 1 or 2 panniers on the back of the bike,  handlebar bag, repair kit, bottle cage and yellow reflective jacket .

 

E-BIKES

E-bikes are available for an additional cost of €30 per day.

Almost all e-bikes have a BOSCH mid-mounted motor.

 

BREAKDOWN ON THE WAY

The repair kit contains a bicycle pump, a spare inner tube and material to be able to change and paste the tires. 

In the event of serious mechanical problems on the way, someone will come to repair or replace the bicycle. By the way, only if people adhere to our suggested  route. A flat tire is not covered by roadside assistance, which people could reasonably repair themselves.

 

DIRECTIONS AND GPS

The participants receive a clear  Dutch route description.

You can also get a Garmin GPS as a navigation aid. Or we'll send you  .gpx files if you want to bring your own GPS or Garmin.

All routes can also be followed via the Wikiloc app, on your own mobile phone. 

TELEPHONE ASSISTANCE (HOTLINE) ON THE ROAD from 08:00 to 20:00.

All accommodations on this trip are subject to availability.

The order or parts of the program can be changed by  weather conditions or to guarantee availability.