Biking through Valencia's lush fruit-filled lanscapes.

Alleyway in Biar, Spain. Photo via Flickr:Diego Albero Román

Valencia, region of color and contrasts

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A bike tour in Valencia through the land of wine and oranges

  • A bike tour in Valencia is a journey of color and contrasts. Valencia is a land of wine and oranges, olives and almonds, rugged mountains and green valleys, rivers and sea, and orchards and pine forests. It is an eclectic mix of modernity and history, religion, and secularity, but above all, sunshine!

    The journey starts in the Vinalopó River valley and leads through scenic valleys and the foothills of imposing mountains. You will cycle through the district known as Terres dels Alforins, renowned for its vineyards and stunning landscapes, sometimes referred to as “the Tuscany of Valencia”.

    You will finish your journey in the vibrant city of València.

    And, last but not least, you can savour award-winning local wines and wholesome, traditional foods, many of which are particular to their village, town or district.

    Highlights:

    • Artisanal traditions, music, and customs
    • Small rural settlements
    • Diversity of landscape
    • Valencian Gastronomy
    • Medieval town centers
    • Serra de Mariola and the Font Roja
    • Parque Natural de la Albufera
    • Fertile plains of the Vall d'Albaida
    • Historic and imposing town of Xativa

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  • 2018

     Season 1Season 2Season 3
    Double/twin £ 627 $ 1,114 765 NOK 7523 kr 6944 $ 903 £ 639 $ 1,136 780 NOK 7670 kr 7080 $ 920 £ 664 $ 1,180 810 NOK 7965 kr 7352 $ 956
    Single supplement £ 172 $ 306 210 NOK 2065 kr 1906 $ 248 £ 172 $ 306 210 NOK 2065 kr 1906 $ 248 £ 172 $ 306 210 NOK 2065 kr 1906 $ 248

    extra options

    6 dinners (excluding Valencia): £ 158 $ 281 193 NOK 1898 kr 1752 $ 228 Electric bike: £ 57 $ 102 70 NOK 688 kr 635 $ 83 Optional transfer from the airport (Alicante) to Biar, minimum 2: £ 41 $ 73 50 NOK 492 kr 454 $ 59 Extra nights:
    Biar:
    Double/twin: £ 33 $ 58 40 NOK 393 kr 363 $ 47 Single supplement: £ 23 $ 41 28 NOK 275 kr 254 $ 33 Valencia:
    Double/twin: £ 45 $ 80 55 NOK 541 kr 499 $ 65 Single supplement: £ 31 $ 55 38 NOK 374 kr 345 $ 45

    please note

    Rates are per person based on double occupancy.

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  • Travel

    You can fly to Alicante or Valencia.

    Local Travel

    If your arrival airport is Alicante, you can go by bus from the airport to the Alicante Railway Station, then by train to Villena Railway Station (45 minutes/€10 per person) where a local transfer can be arranged.
    If your arrival airport is Valencia, you first take the subway to the city center (Valencia Railway Station, Estacio del Nord). You will get off at Xativa Underground Station. From the train station, you will then take train to Villena Railway Station (1 hour and and 15 minutes/€15 per person) where a local transfer can be arranged.

    Climate

    Please check local conditions before your arrival. A good website to explore regional weather including average high/low temperatures, average rainfall, and more is weatherbase.com. Average high/low temperatures in degrees Fahrenheit are: March, 65°/48°, April, 68°/51°, May, 73°/57°, June, 79°/64°, July, 84°/69°, August, 85°/70°, September 82°/66°, October, 74°/58°, and November, 67°/51°.


Tour Dates

This tour is possible all year round with Sunday departures.

2018:
Season 1:
January 7 - March 10, April 8 - May 26, September 16 - October 27, and November 18 to December 22, 2018
Season 2: May 27 - June 30, September 2 - September 15, 2018
Season 3: March 11 - April 7, July 1 - September 1, October 28 - November 17, 2018

Skill Level

This route has been designed to take advantage of the downhill slopes along valleys that start in the interior and wind their way towards the coastal plains and the sea. The route does not require a high level of fitness; notwithstanding this, there are different alternatives that can either shorten or lengthen a day’s ride. For the first two days, the route follows a former railway line, which is traffic free. For the other days, the route follows quiet roads with very little traffic.

Where You’ll Stay

It has been endeavored to offer the highest comfort possible in carefully selected accommodations consisting of 3 & 4 star hotels , charming rural houses or farmsteads, or quality B&Bs.

What’s Included

  • Accommodations for 7 nights
  • Welcome meeting
  • Breakfast
  • Detailed tour documentation consisting of maps, route descriptions, and tourist information (available in English, German, Italian, and Spanish)
  • Emergency hot line number from 9 am to 6 pm
  • Luggage transfer
  • GPS with the tracks
  • Hybrid KLM touring aluminum bicycle with 21/24 gears with tool/puncture repair kit, speedometer, one pannier per bike, one handlebar bag and one map holder
  • Transfer from train station in Villena to Sax/Biar

What’s Not Included

  • Lunches and dinners
TourBike
TypeSelf Guided
SkillEasy–Moderate
Length8 days
From765 Rates
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Day-To-Day Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Biar
Day 2: Biar - Bocairent, 15/20/29 mi. (24/32/46 km)
Day 3: Bocirent - Fontanars, 13/21 mi. (21/34 km)
Day 4: Fontanars, loop ride, 17/27 mi. (28/44 km)
Day 5: Fontanars - Xativa, 27 mi. (43 km)
Day 6: Xativa - Cullera, 34 mi. (55 km)
Day 7: Cullera - Valencia, 29/35 mi. (46/56 km)
Day 8: Valencia

*All distances are approximate.

Day 1: Arrival in Biar
You arrive in Biar, a city rich in heritage sites, highlighted by its 12th Century castle that has witnessed many historic episodes.  We suggest simply strolling around the old quarter with its maze of narrow streets and discover the quaint squares and churches, etc. 

Day 2: Biar - Bocairent, 15/20/29 mi. (24/32/46 km)
Welcome meeting and bike delivery at your hotel. Meeting can be arranged from 8 am until 10 am.  Your route will follow a former railway that goes parallel to the River Vinalopó. You’ll pass fruit-tree orchards and many small villages, approaching Banyeres de Mariola where you can choose between two routes:

Route 1: This option is quite flat, bordering the natural enclave known as Paraje Natural de la Serra de Mariola.
Route 2: This route enters directly into the Paraje Natural de la Sierra de Mariola, leading to higher ground. You will marvel at the stunning views and abundance of flora and fauna. You then head to the imposing medieval town of Bocairent for your overnight.  Not to be missed is a stroll in its old quarter. 
Route 3: During this option, you can explore the Natural Park a bit more by cycling an extra loop.

Day 3: Bocirent - Fontanars, 13/21 mi. (21/34 km)
Following breakfast, you set off in the direction of vineyard country, following the green route that will lead to La Valleta d’ Agres. You pedal past groves of fruit trees at the foothills of the impressive mountain range known as Serra de Mariola, through villages like Alfafara and Agres 34 km), marked by their own distinctive characters, or you can cycle more directly to Fontanars (21 km). This evening you will be accommodated in a rural and serene setting. 

Day 4: Fontanars, loop ride, 17/27 mi. (28/44 km)
Today you cycle on a quiet lane past peaceful fields sown with wild grain and dotted with olive groves and vineyards. Ancient buildings 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 specialty shops that offer artisanal delicacies and craft items (28 km)  If you choose the longer route, you will have the opportunity to visit the historical Iberian town, La Bastida (44 km).

Day 5: Fontanars - Xativa, 27 mi. (43 km)
You’ll start the day pedaling past verdant fields and fertile groves of almond, olive and apricot trees, all making a patchwork with persimmon plantations and old vineyards, venturing into Ontinyent. The old town has been declared Property of Cultural Interest and the architecture showcases 18th-century mansions and the more modest Valencian buildings from the late 18th century and early 19th century.  You’ll come across small villages and hamlets, heading 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 artifacts 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 you can swim in its waters to cool off). Final destination today is the noble town of Xàtiva, a place steeped in history and crowned by an imposing castle.

Day 6: Xativa - Cullera, 34 mi. (55 km)
You depart from the city of Xàtiva and delve deeply into the hinterland of València with its verdant market gardens and orange groves. The area is renowned for its quality oranges which, blessed by the climatic conditions of the Mediterranean. The route leads on quiet roads and paths that weave their way through the rich green tapestry along the floor of the valley. and includes following part of the pilgrimage route that linked different monasteries. There is an opportunity to explore the imposing monastery of Simat de la Valldigna. Your goal today is the coastal city of Cullera with its beautiful sea views. Be sure to sample a few of rice specialties of the area. Located amidst rice field, the star ingredient of the cuisine is rice in all its varieties including Valencian paella, “arroz a banda” (rice with fish stock), “arroz negro” (rice with octopus ink), rice with lobster, seafood rice, etc. Enjoy!

Day 7: Cullera -  Valencia, 29/35 mi. (46/56 km)
Route 1: You venture fairly directly (46 Km) 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.
Route 2: If you choose the longer option, you’ll start the day by cycling along the banks of the River Xúquer, the waters of which irrigate the many, lush fields and groves of the whole district (56 Km). 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: Valencia

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