There is a diversity of settings, experiences, towns, villages and landscapes. This is what we’ll find in a route the weaves together the contrasts of the rugged mountainous terrain of the interior with that of the coastal plains of the Mediterranean.
A considerable part of this route takes in the famous and tranquil green pathway that winds its way to the sea. We’ll pedal our way past fields, groves of fruit trees, vineyards and natural enclaves with exceptional beauty. In the first portion of the route we’ll discover small villages of medieval and Arab origin as this territory was the cause of dispute by warring Christian and Islamic monarchs and caliphs.
After visiting the historic city of Alcoi, a high road that borders a magnificent gorge will take us to the coast where we’ll see a quite different landscape that includes citrus fruit fields and marshlands, not to mention exceptional views out to sea.
We enter the lush plain of orange groves and market gardens known as la huerta valenciana. We pedal next to the River Xúquer and make our way to the natural reserve known as Parque Natural de la Albufera which is of enormous ecological value. We finish our varied journey in the city of Valencia and explore the impressive old quarter with its cathedral and central market – indeed, a cathedral of a market! Not to be missed are the narrow streets and squares that offer so many kinds of cafés, bars and restaurants. The lovers of good food will be pleased at the local offer.
Day by day
- Day 1: Arrival in Sax.
We arrive in Sax, crowned by its brooding 12th Century castle and steeped in history. As we explore the old quarter we’ll notice the unmistakeable Arabic influence in the layout of the streets and alleyways. Why not try one of the typical local dishes at one of the many bars, cafés and restaurants.
- Day 2: Sax – Bocairent. 52 / 64 Km
We set off on our adventure amidst a changing range of landscapes: pinewoods combine with vineyards and cellars to make a rustic patchwork of greens. The scenery is also dotted with fruit-trees and lush market gardens. We will ride into Villena that has one of the best-preserved castles in the district. We then take the green route for the stretch that borders the River Vinalopó and we’ll come across more orchards and small settlements. Later that day we’ll reach the medieval city of Bocairent with its gracious old quarter full of squares old fountains and many nooks and crannies. We’ll have to choose among many attractive places for a meal and we’ll feel transported back in time.
- Day 3: Bocairent – Alcoi. 43 / 53 Km
Passing through mountainous terrain, the valley will lead us to the lake of Beniarrés. The next leg of the trip takes in the villages that surround the spectacular range known as Sierra de Aitana with its exceptional landscapes. At the end of the day’s ride we’ll get to the lively city of Alcoi, where we’ll be able to enjoy its own gastronomic interpretations and its range of wines.
- Day 3: Bocairent – Alcoi. 43 / 53 Km
- Day 4: Alcoi – Villalonga. 40 / 42 Km
This day’s ride is undoubtedly one of the most exciting and spectacular of the whole tour. The rugged contrasts offered by the interior mountain valleys are much greater than those found in valleys closer to the Mediterranean. Pedalling through the higher terrain overlooking Lake Beniarrés, it’s possible to appreciate the impressive views of such instantly identifiable mountains as Benicadell and Montcabrer. By taking a route with many vantage points around the gorge you follow a green path above the River Serpis. Waiting for you will be small villages set amidst a lush landscape of orange groves and it will soon become obvious, from tell-tale sea breezes, that the sea lies ahead, and not too far away!
You have two options to choose from:
– Route 1: follow the former railway line and go into the very dramatic gorge. This option is pretty flat but the surface is gravel.
– Route 2: cycle up the mountain from where you’ll have great views of the sea. The surface is excellent but you need to be fit because it’s hilly. From this route you ‘ll see the Safor Cirque much better.
- Day 5: Villalonga – Cullera. 46 / 62 Km
You start the day riding past orange groves and soon come across small remnants of marshland known as marjals, a favourite nesting spot for birds, and a birdwatcher’s paradise. You venture into a pretty little valley to follow part of the pilgrimage route that linked different monasteries and where there is the opportunity to explore the imposing monastery of Simat de la Valldigna. Amongst rice fields, you’ll arrive in Cullera, a coastal city with beautiful sea views where you’ll be able to taste some of the rice specialties of the area. This town has plenty of beaches that you can enjoy even in winter if the sun is shine.
- Day 6: Cullera– Valencia. 46 / 56 Km
If you choose the long option, at the beginning of the day will be along the banks of the River Xúquer, the waters of which irrigate the many, prolific fields and groves of the whole district. Today, venture into the natural reserve known as the Parque Natural de la Albufera, one of the most precious ecosystems in the Mediterranean. Marvel at different natural environments, such as lakes, marshes, sand-dunes and the pine woods that border the seafront. All of these ecosystems have their own, specific flora and fauna. It is well worth enjoying one of the typical dishes of this special district. Go for a stroll in the port and see the fisherman at work before they return home to picturesque “El Palmar”.
On reaching València, you can explore the formidable old quarter, with its cathedral and central market – a cathedral of a market, indeed! Not to be missed are the narrow streets and squares that offer so many different cafés, bars and restaurants. Lovers of good food will be delighted. The city’s night life is also famous for its variety and vitality.
- Day 7: València
After a good breakfast, the trip will be formally over.
- 6 nights accommodation.
- 6 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.