We have selected places steeped in history, exposure to artisan traditions, small rural enclaves, diversity of landscapes and of course the local folk that will make your trip a warm and memorable experience.
The trip starts down the Vinalopó river valley, taking in castles and medieval towns such as Biar and Bocairent. We then explore scenic valleys that take us to the foothills of imposing mountains.
We’ll venture into the district known as Terres dels Alforins, renowned for its vineyards and marvel at the stately homes built by the bourgeoisie of the18th Century. We’ll be delighted by fabulous landscapes, sometimes referred to as the Tuscany of Valencia; and last but not least, we’ll savour local wines and wholesome locally-made foodstuffs. We proceed through the fertile plains of Vall d’Albaida, on the banks of its rivers and we take the stunning gorge road to approach the historic and imposing city of Xàtiva.
Day by day
- Day 1: Arrival in Biar.
You arrive in Biar, 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. Not to be missed is a stroll in its old quarter.
- Day 3: Bocairent – Fontanars. 21 / 34 Km
After a healthy breakfast we set out in the direction of vineyard country.
You take the green route that will take us to La Valleta d’Agres, conducive to a serene frame of mind as you pedal past groves of fruit trees at the foothills of the impressive mountain range known as Serra de Mariola. You’ll go through villages like Alfafara and Agres, marked by their own distinctive characters. That night our accommodation you’ll be in a truly privileged rural setting.
- Day 4: Fontanars circular. 28 / 44 Km
You ride along a quiet lane past peaceful fields sown with cereals, and studded with olive groves and vineyards. Look out for grand buildings that blend into the landscape, as you make your way to Fontanars dels Alforins. Some of the former noblemen’s houses have been converted into wineries and in the village you can visit speciality shops that offer artesanal delicacies and craft items. If you coose the longer route, you will have the opportunity to visit Iberian town called “La Bastida” which has magnificent views. IV century b.c.
- Day 5: Fontanars –Xàtiva. 43 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 venture into Ontinyent with 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.
- Day 6: Xàtiva.
After a good breakfast, the trip will be formally over.
- 5 nights accommodation in 3* or 4* hotels and excellent rural houses.
- 5 breakfast buffet style or substantial.
- Detailed tour documentation: maps of the tour, route description, points of interest.
- Welcome meeting.
- Local assistance on call.
- Luggage transfer service between your accommodations.
- GPS with the tracks.
- Electric bike rental.
- Lunch and dinners.
- Extra nights.
- Any other transfers.