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 continue pedalling and we’ll come across towns and villages in the Benicadell valley as we enjoy magnificent views, Roman and Arab remnants of buildings, archaeological sites, castles, palaces, natural springs, caves and such welcoming local folk that you’ll feel very much at home. 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.
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 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 have two options to choose from:
Route 1: taking the shortest option, you’ll have more time to placidly visit the medieval quarter of Bocairent.
Route 2: 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. Wine tasting available.
Day 4: Fontanars – Salem. 38 / 56 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.
The day will draw to a close with you exploring the small villages of the Benicadell area. There are magnificent views and plenty of rugged beauty to admire. There are also interesting, historical, man-made features such as the pits built to catch and store snow, (pozos de nieve), and remnants of an irrigation system started by the Romans and later perfected by the Arabs. The area also contains archaeological excavations, castles, palaces, ancient fountains and caves.
Day 5: Salem – Xàtiva. 33 / 39 Km
Explore the small towns, villages and hamlets of this district, thereby enjoying welcoming spots endowed with some of the best preserved architectural heritage in the region. Marvel at traditional handicrafts, and taste fine, locally-produced foodstuffs.
Your route crosses the district on the shores of the Bellús dam, an outstanding area, important for its superb landscape and rich ecology. You’ll come across a number of cultural artefacts, such as old watermills, azuts (water diversion dams), and elements of the old irrigation infrastructure. The lands around here are the most fertile in the district and, not surprisingly, market gardens are plentiful.
You have two options to choose from:
Route 1: the shorter route, where you go directly to the Bellús dam.
Route 2: you finish by visiting the towns of the Benicadell Valley, and, later in the day, you can explore the shores of the Bellús dam, if you wish.
Day 6: Xàtiva – Cullera. 55 Km
You depart from the city of Xàtiva and delved deeply into the hinterland of València with its verdant market gardens and orange groves. The area is renowned for its quality oranges which are blessed by the climatic conditions of the Mediterranean. Another advantage is that there is sunshine and pleasant weather all year round. 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 7: Cullera – València. 46 / 56 Km
If you choose the longer option, you’ll start off along the banks of the River Xúquer, the waters of which irrigate the many, prolific fields and groves of the whole district.
You venture into the natural reserve known as Parque Natural de la Albufera, one of the most valuable ecosystems in the Mediterranean. You’ll be able to marvel at different natural environments such as lakes, marshes, sand-dunes and pinewoods that border the seafront. All of these ecosystems have their corresponding flora and fauna.
It is well worth enjoying one of the typical dishes of this rather special district. You can go for a stroll by the port and see the fisherman at work before they return home to picturesque El Palmar.
Upon reaching Valencia, you’ll 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 kinds of cafés, bars and restaurants. The lovers of good food will be pleased. The city’s nightlife is also famous.
Day 8: València.
After a good breakfast, the trip will be formally over.
• 7 nights accommodation.
• 7 breakfast buffet style or substantial.
• Detailed tour documentation: maps of the tour, route description, points of interest (English, German and Spanish).
• Welcome meeting.
• Local assistance on call from 9h to 18h.
• Luggage transfer service between your accommodations.
• GPS with the tracks.
• Electric bike rental.
• Lunch and dinners.
• Extra nights.
• Any other transfers.
|Basic price season 1 (double/twin)||675 €|
|Basic price season 2 (double/twin)||688 €|
|Basic price season 3 (double/twin)||712 €|
|Surcharge half board (6 days)**||184 €|
|Surcharge single room||178 €|
|Bicycle rental||91 €|
|Electric bike||156 €|
|Biar doble room (Extra days before the route starts)||41 €|
|València doble room||50 €|
|Biar surcharge single room (Extra days before the route starts)||25 €|
|València surcharge single room||35 €|
*All prices per person in EUR
**Excluded half board in Valencia
***These include 3*** and 4**** hotels, charming rural houses or farmsteads and high-grade B&Bs.
Under 5 and sharing with two full paying clients 80%
Under 12 and sharing with two full paying clients 40%
Under 15 and sharing with two full paying clients 25%
The tour is available all year round (except from 29.07 till 24.08), with departures on Sunday.
Season 1: 07.01.19 – 09.03.19| 25.03.19 – 25.05.19 |15.09.19 – 26.10.19 |18.11.19 – 22.12.19
Season 2: 26.05.19 – 29.06.19 |01.09.19 – 14.09.19
Season 3: 10.03.19 – 24.03.19|30.06.19 – 31.08.19 | 27.10.19 – 17.11.19
1stnight in the village of Sax, in a 3 star hotel.
2 nd night in the medieval town of Bocairent, in a 3 star hotel.
3 rd night. Fontanars, in a 3 star rural hotel in a truly privileged rural setting.
4th night. Salem, in a 3 star rural hotel with a swimming pool, spa and massage.
5th night. Xàtiva, in a 4 star guest house in the old quarter.
7th night. Valencia, in a 4 star hotel. The hotel has an outdoor, an indoor heated swimming pool, a sauna and a solarium. It is just 5 minutes’ walk from Valencia city centre.
How to get to Sax.
• If you fly to Alicante:
By train from Alicante Railway Station to Sax Railway Station (45 mins and 10 € per person).
If there’s a long wait for the Sax train you can also travel to Villena Railway Station where we can pick you up. You can check the timetables and prices here.
By bus from Alicante Bus Station to Sax (1hr. 15mins.). Please click here for bus information.
To get from the airport to the railway station you can take a bus from the airport to Alicante Railway Station/city centre. Please click here for bus information.
To get from the airport to the bus station, you can take a bus from the airport to Alicante Railway Station/city centre (please click here for bus information) and a taxi from the city centre to the bus station.
• If you fly to València:
By train from València Railway Station (Estació del Nord) to Villena Railway Station, where we’ll pick you up. (1hr 15mins and 15€ per person). You can check the timetables and prices here.
To get from the airport to València Railway Station (Estació del Nord) /city centre you can take the underground (please, click here for more information). Get off at Xativa underground Station.