Updated: Feb 24
The Community of Valencia, where Denia and Calpe are located, happens to be the second most mountainous region in Spain (after Asturias) and is a year-round mecca for cyclists. Many riders only scratch the surface when it comes to riding the best climbs and often end up doing the same routes. One club training camp we know climbed the Coll de Rates five times in a week, including twice in one day. It's not unusual to see riders based in Albir and Benidorm ride the Guadlest valley a couple of times a week either. As good as some of these climbs, the region is blessed with many more fantastic and often better options that just require a little local knowledge.
Climbs close to Denia & Calpe #Cyclingweeklymagazine - covered some of the well-known climbs in a short guide to the area. We have a more extensive list here. Coll de Rates - is a good climb with great views, but at 6.5km long and 5%.2 not particularly challenging. The climb starts in the small village of Parcent, has great views and has become popular largely in large part due to it's proximity to Denia and Calpe. Cumbres de Sol - takes its name from the urbanization through which it climbs. The views at the top are fantastic and the climb is one of the hardest in the region, but for the most part, it's not pretty and there are lots of cars and houses, as you'd expect of a housing estate! There are certainly more scenic options that are as hard or harder if you want to test yourself. Vall d'Ebo and Vall de Gallinera - are two of the classic rides, both starting in Pego just over 20km from Denia. They're two of our favourites, but we start them from the pretty town of Planes to the West. Both have extensive options to extend the ride, such as the difficult Miserat and L'Orcha climbs. Our favourite extension would have to be cycling around the lake at Beniarres and taking Port Beniarres towards the Carricola valley. Port de Tudons (from Alcoleja) One of the most famous climbs in the region and a regular in Professional cycling, the climb offers multiple routes to the top including an the occasional open extension past the military base to Aitana. The gradients are mostly shallow and consistent and it is popular for Winter training with Pro''s and racing amateurs alike. The steady gradients make it amenable for most riders and a gentle pace to the summit at just over 1000m is rewarded with some fantastic views. Port de Tudons can also be climbed from Sella and Penaguila
Classic Climbs that you might not know Port Bosquet de Mogente Heading out of the pretty town of Mogente (Moixent in Valencian) this steady climb takes us south from beautiful wine country towards Ontinyent, passing the Bosquet lake and through a spectacular gorge, before rising to give us fantastic views of the Costera plains. Mogente is located close to the nearby 4th BC ruins of la Bastida de Alcusses and the organic wine produced at Bodega Celler de Roure. This is a great climb to include as part of loop from Ontinyent via Fontars del Alforins in either direction, as it also makes an excellent descent.
Puerto del Paller Another one of the fantastic climbs close to Ontinyent, with picture-perfect scenery and twisting ribbons of pristine tarmac that take us back onto the Portixol, from where we can either head back up and onto Ontinyent or to Mogente depending on the plan for the day. Rarely frequented from the coast, the riding in this part of the region is incredibly picturesque and the gradients comfortable for most of the way from Aielo de Malferit. Reconco de Biar An up and back down climb sharing a start with Port de Biar, before turning and snaking its way to 1200m in the Sierra de Fontanella mountains. There are fantastic views from the summit and the climb is popular with riders from Xixona and Alcoy and nearby towns. There are several short but steep sections, but for the most part the gradient will feel alpine. We often combine it with rides into the Maigmo park or the Carresqueta, which can make for an epic day of climbing in one of the best places to ride in the region
A fantastic climb heading from Alcoy into the Font Roja National Park and one of the best in the whole region. The climb has a few steep sections that are tougher than the overall average and the finish kicks up too, but there are no sustained steep ramps which makes for a flowing ascent. There's good shade from the summer sun in parts and the climb provides great views of the Serra Mariola National Park to the north. The summit is over 1000m in elevation and the Sanctuary here is an important tourist attraction, mainly frequented by small numbers of hikers in the summer. The views from Sanctuary are stunning, from where you can see the peak of Mont Cabrer.
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Ontinyent is blessed with fantastic climbs in every direction and Port de Bocairent happens to be one of our favourites in the whole region, for good reason. The views are spectacular and the gradient steady enough to make it the perfect warm-up climb if you have a long day ahead or want to finish the day with a fast and flowing descent back to the Finca. Port Bocairent also links immediately to Port de Mariola which takes you to nearly 1000m and into the heart of the Serra Mariola National Park. It also joins Subida Agres which takes you to Muro from where you can ride to the Vall de Galinera, Beniarres, Vall d'Ebo, Miserat, Port de Tudons, Gorga and many others.
Ermita Sant Esteve (from Ontinyent) Having only been recently paved, it's not as well known as other climbs but that will change as soon as the Volta or Vuelta choose to use it for a summit finish. From the junction it appears as a relatively benign 4.5km and 7.5%. However, with a 3km section averaging 10% of which 800m is over 13%, it is not to be taken lightly. The rewards are worth the effort though, as the panoramic views of Ontinyent and the Vall d'Albaida from the Hermitage are simply unparalleled.
Is one of the region's star 1000m climbs and perhaps one of the most beautiful. As such it is popular for Professionals and amateurs alike, especially with riders based in Alcoy. It's a fantastic climb in every direction and makes for a great circuit when combined with one of the regions other star 1000m climbs, the Carresqueta. The views are spectacular near the summit and when climbed in conjunction with the climb through Torremanzana all the way from Xixona, also makes for an exceptional longer and steady route.
A fabulous climb to the north of the region into the Benicadell mountains. The gradients are mostly benign, save for a tough 500m after the halfway point. Climbing from the north provides stunning views of the twisting road ahead and the peak of Benicadell that separate