the region

the region

The provinces of Valencia, Alicante and Castellon make up the Valencia region, an area with millennia of rich culture and history. The best cycling is found inland, in the north of Alicante and the South of Valencia and includes routes from Denia and Calpe, the Serra Mariola and Font Roja National Parks near Alcoy and Ontinyent. The mountains are classics used frequently at the La Vuelta Espana and La Volta Valencia.


Ontinyent is perfectly located within the Vall dAlbaida on the borders of Alicante and Valencia. It's the best place to ride and hike and the perfect base to explore the wider region.. Locals "in the know" travel from Valencia and coastal resorts at weekends to enjoy the verdant green scenery, mountains and restaurants.

Here's the inside track:


  • Vall d'Albaida &  Serra Mariola

    Perhaps offers the widest, most scenic and diverse range of cycling in the region. Font Roja, Serra Mariola and Maigmo Natonal Parks make for stunning rides and scenery simply not found near the coast. The more remote mountains to the north near Enguera and Ayora are truly unexplored for most and there's also lush green valleys and wine country routes that provide rolling terrain for easier days.

    Here there are more climbs, more 1000m mountains, virtually no traffic and no mass tourism, simply a truly authentic Valencian experience. The best known climbs of the region are reached on out and back routes,  including the Port de Carresqueta, Port de Tudons and Xorret del Cati as well as regional classics such as the Vall de Galinera and Vall d'Ebo. From our base, you're also so far less likely to be retracing your routes from to day to day.

    Hot tip: There are fewer larger hotels and the best accommodation is to be found in Fincas and Casa Rurals. 

  • Denia & Calpe

    ​Popular cycling resorts and tourists come for the entertainment, beaches, bars and nightlife. Summer is very busy and Denia may swell from 50,000 to 200,000 residents. Out of season good quality accommodation is available at competitive rates. There are good bike hire shops and several cycling operators run winter camps out of the larger hotels.

    There are some good routes around Montgo and Pego but the best rides head inland towards the mountains. Traffic can make riding unpleasant, so some local knowledge helps. It’s not the ideal location if you wish to ride more of the bigger mountains, famous climbs and National Parks.

    You will have to ride the same roads in and out each each day, often through urbanisations. Calpe in particular is busy and can be tricky to navigate. Neither offer the very best variety of routes. Calpe is a larger beach tourist town than Denia.

    In a nutshell: for a winter getaway both offer great value and great riding, with an abundance of tourist friendly hotels and restaurants. We don't recommend summer cycling here due to traffic, humidity, heat and tourists!

  • La Nucia & Benidorm

    Similar in style and substance to Calpe from a cycling holiday perspective,  the difference  being the sheer scale. The same recommendations apply; head inland and avoid summer. Benidorm, Altea and the surrounding resorts are very busy, but as you head north west you’ll reach some of the regions classic cycling terrain. 

    If you want something more authentically Spanish and less tourist focused, we recommend staying elsewhere. If you do stay here, there are thousands of bars, restaurants and hotels to choose from.

    Due to traffic, we don't recommend coastal rides in this area, especially southbound. You will probably need to repeat regular routes in and out too.

    Hot tip: Benidorm is a large city, most of which does not match the stereotype. You’ll find large high quality hotels, offering professional level services including massage, sports therapy and bike hire.

    In a nutshell: Best suited for packaged winter training camps. 

  • Castellon

    ​We don't currently offer rides in the Castellon region. 2019's Volta Valencia will visit for more stages than is the norm, as most years are focused further south of Valencia and in Alicante.

    For the Vuelta Espana 2019 we are planning a trip to a summit finish Castellon. Follow the Facebook pages for updates

  • Inland of Denia

    You don’t need to travel far to get away from busy beach resorts. There’s significantly fewer tourists and traffic as you head west towards the mountains and the scenery also becomes increasingly spectacular. It is better to stay no further south than Xixona, as the terrain becomes arid towards Murcia and southern Alicante.

    Many towns are very small, authentically Spanish, but often with only one or two bars or restaurants, so it’s important to choose wisely. A good option is to rent a villa or to stay with one of the independent operators that provide a full service package including meals. We recommend Orba or Xalon, both of which are set in great  locations with more amenities. For a week, we would also consider staying in a couple of locations or hiring car if you like to explore.

    By staying inland you’ll often avoid a dull or busy 10-20km at the start and end of every ride and be rewarded with a wider choice of riding, including La Vuelta classics such Port de Tudons and Benifallim, as well as the edges of the Serra Mariola and Maigmo National parks.​

    In a nutshell: Brilliant year round cycling, for those wanting a quiet week away from the crowds, but check what is open and available nearby. 

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