Gravel nirvana in the Tuscany of Valencia
Blessed with an amazing variety of gravel routes, the Serra Mariola and Tuscany of Valencia is the perfect gravel destination, with thousands of miles gravel trails, from gentle strada bianchi to high mountain climbs above 1000m, endless ridge lines and routes through National Parks and the stunning valleys of the Fontanars wine region.
Here's there's are Via Verde's , groomed fire road trails covering every mountain range, low lying farmland routes, mountain double and single track, and ancient farm tracks. The trails start minutes from the Casa and go on forever in every direction. You can spend the entire day off road, or join the trails on the quietest car free roads in the region.
awesome Gravel holidays since 2019
We've been running gravel cycling holidays since our first season in 2018/19 and know there's nowhere else in region that compares for the sheer quantity, quality and variety of routes on offer.
Gravel cycling options include
what is included
What's included in the 7 night luxury package (Full board, full service)
o 7 nights’ accommodation in the beautiful Finca Casa Sanz
o Guided rides. You can also ride on arrival / departure days subject to flight times.
o Emergency support vehicle
o Mechanical assistance
o Comprehensive route guides
o GPX route map files
o Secure bike storage
o Use of tools, pumps etc
o Welcome lunch
o Proper cyclists' breakfast with cereals, breads, pastries, fresh fruit, organic porridge and eggs your way
o Post-ride tostada's to re-fuel and freshly baked cakes (daily)
o Three course evening meals ( 5 nights - restaurant days are usually Wed and Saturday)
o Drinks during evening meals are included, soft drinks, wine and beer - we serve local wines from Fontanars
o Kit wash - we provide kit wash bags for guests
o Tea, coffee and water are available at all times
o Fruit bowl - seasonal fresh fruits
o Swimming Pool & pool towels (May-September)
o Restaurant reservations for one evenings
scheduled trip overview
An epic week may look like this, but it all depends on how much climbing and distance is required. Some days may have 1000-1500m plus of cllmbing.
Day 01 Arrival & welcome reception
Day 02 L'Ombria and Fontanars (40-60km off road)
Day 03 Cova Alta & Font Freda (60-80 km off road)
Day 04 Serra Mariola National Park (80km off road)
Day 05 optional rest day / excursion / ride
Day 06 Tuscany of Valencia ride to Moixent and the Serra Grossa (60-80km off road)
Day 07 Bocairent - always on the list of prettiest villages in Spain (60-80km off road)
Day 08 depart / ride
The itinerary is indicative of the planned week, it may be adapted according to your arrival and departure flights, local conditions, and to the level of the group - enabling riders to get the best out of their week.
Hire bike options
We have our own fleet GT Grade e-bikes, which open more of the gravel climbs as well as being suitable for the gentler rolling routes.
We regularly use Orbea Alma hard tail MTB fitted with fast rolling tyres, which are perfect when easier gearing is required or if spending the whole day off road. They're better downhill, offering more grip and stability and slightly slacker geometry. Opens up all routes.
We also have access to 3rd party e-MTB and gravel bikes.
Many guests bring their own bikes too.
epic gravel routes
Gravel cycling can cover a huge range of trails and terrain, with different bikes better suited to some than others.
Our standard scheduled week covers the full range of terrain, including some challenging climbs. For these, standard 1x gravel gearing doesn't provide easy enough gears and we recommend MTB gearing or 2x with with a small chainring (30 or less) and big cassette. (40+)
The harder climbs are not rideable on a 40/42 combination without some pushing.
mellow gravel routes
We have many easier trails that don't tackle the bigger and steeper climbs.
We still recommend larger tyres (min 38/40c) and a good range of gearing.
We can tailor the riding and routes to your level fitness and technical expertise. For example, if a group book onto a scheduled week first and want mellow riding, we'll run the week on that basis for others joining.
your ride your way
We host all kinds of gravel riders throughout the year, from bike packers wanting a base to explore the area from to packaged week-long gravel trips with guiding and full service.
Contact us to build your own trip for you and your group and check our scheduled events for gravel escapes.
We offer guided or self-guided trips of 3-14 days in length, free GPX routes and maps, optional airport transfers, massage service, post-ride meals and luxury accommodation at Casa Sanz.
Serra Grossa routes
To north of the Ontinyent and stretching from Fontanars to Gandia, there are hundreds o gravel routes, single track trails and MTB routes, not to mention fantastic road routes that form the cornerstone of many of favourite rides.
To the south of Ontinyent lies the Serra Agullent, with lots of spectacular gravel routes to Bocairent, Agres, Beneixama from where we can then join the Serra Mariola further to the south. The ride from Ontinyent to Bocairent is an all year round classic and this beautiful mountain town never disappoints visitors.
Stunning routes that start in Ontinyent and climb east towards Cova Alta on endless gravel ridges affording stunning views of the Vall d'Albaida and Serra Mariola.
One of the iconic mountains of the region and the highest peak in the Serra Mariola. It's possible to a gravel route all the way from Ontineynt (350m) to the peak at over 1200m. It's not an easy climb but the views and terrain is jaw-dropping in its beauty.
Serra Mariola routes
There are many spectacular routes through the including the Barxell Bridge near Alcoy, the Griffon Vulture colony and countless climbs that can be reached from Agres, Bocairent, Banyeres and Muro, all of which make for fantastic places to take a detour if you want to venture down from the mountains.
Font Freda routes
Set to the east of Ontinyent in the spectacular Ombria de Benicadell park, beneath the limestone slopes of the Benicadell mountain, these routes provide some of the best views of the Vall d'Albaida and the Carricola valley.