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Cycling holidaysAlicante and the Costa Blanca

This leisure cycling tour takes you to undiscovered valleys and picturesque inland areas of Alicante before descending to the wonderful Costa Blanca to enjoy the beaches of Denia and Javea.

From 771 € per person

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Difficulty:Easy-Moderate

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Duration:6 nights, 7 days

Dates:March to 30th June | Sept. to 30th Nov.

Start:Any day of the week

Location on map of Spain

Predominantly flat route with a few small ascents each day.

Cycling surface:Tarmac: 80%. Cycle track: 4%. Dirt road: 16%.

Average daily distance / climb:17 miles (28 km) / 676 ft (206 m).

Description

Discover the interior of Alicante in a different way: short cycles along easy and safe cycle tracks from verdant valleys of olive, almond and orange groves to the Mediterranean Sea.

  • A cycling tour away from the usual tourist trail.
  • This is an easy cycling holiday with short stages. Much of the cycling is level or downhill!
  • Explore the interior of Alicante along quiet country roads, visiting charming Spanish towns where few foreign tourists venture.
  • Cross the Mariola Natural Park cycling amongst the sweet smells of aromatic plants.
  • Cycle amongst olive and almond groves, vineyards and orange trees full of blossom.
  • Enjoy two nights by wonderful Mediterranean beaches.
  • Visit the picturesque seaside towns of Denia and Javea and treat yourself to extra days by the beach.

Itinerary

View of Biar town and castle on the hill

Day 1: Arrival to Biar

From Alicante-Elche Airport, take a short transfer to your first hotel in the beautiful historic town of Biar. Top tip: arrive early enough to enjoy the hotel's pool!
cycling along cycle track to Boccairent

Day 2: Biar to Bocairent

Distance: 15 miles (24 km). Climb: 594 ft (181 m).

Bike handover and pleasant cycle along small, quiet country roads and dirt tracks in the Vinalopó Valley amongst vineyards and olive trees. You will reach the undiscovered Arabic town of Bocairent, a historic hill-top village with houses carved from the rock.
line of red peppers drying in the sun

Day 3: Bocairent to Alcoy

Distance: 12 miles (20 km). Climb: 1227 ft (374 m).

Today's cycle takes you through the Sierra de Mariola Natural Park. After an initial climb to wake you up in the morning you will enjoy a wonderful cycle through an area rich in aromatic and medicinal plants amongst mediterranean pine woodland.

The typically Spanish town of Alcoy will welcome you for a the third night away from the usual tourist trail.

cycling along the stunning Serpis river cannyon

Day 4: Alcoy to Villalonga

Distance: 25 miles (40 km). Climb: 722 ft (220 m).

A delightful day cycling along the valley of the Serpis River as it heads downstream towards the coast. Some of the cycle today is along the Serpis Limestone Canyon Natural Park. Mostly downhill!
two bikes on the beach having reached the med.

Day 5: Villalonga to Denia

Distance: 21 miles (33 km). Climb: 131 ft (40 m).

An easy day´s cyclin from Villalonga as the route passes through pretty orange groves before arriving to the coast. Why not stop for a swim and a rest on one of the inviting beaches of Denia?
cycling along the waterfront in Denia

Day 6: Denia to Javea

Distance: 13 miles (21 km). Climb: 705 ft (215 m).

One last cycle takes you from Denia to Javea, skirting the most important landmark between these towns: the Montgó Mountain. Your last night is spent in a fantastic beach-side hotel in the charming historic town of Javea.

You can reward yourself with a chilled drink by the pool in the shade of a palm tree or spend the afternoon on the beach!

Sunset from Javea with the Montgo mountain in the background

Day 7: Departure or extra nights in Javea

You've finished your route! Now, why not enjoy an extra night or two by the beach in this fabulous hotel in Javea!

Travel

Frequent questions:

Which airport should I fly to?
Alicante-Elche international airport.
How do I get to the Starting Point?
We recommend a private taxi transfer from Alicante-Elche Airport (40 minutes) or you can make use of public transport from Alicante to Biar, bus or train.
How do I get back?
From Javea to Alicante Airport: by bus (Alsa Company, 2h:30m) or private taxi transfer (1h:10m).

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Hotels

Delightful small rural hotels and hand-picked seaside hotels. Three and four stars.

Bedroom in Biar hotel

Night 1: Biar

Elegant and modern 4 stars hotel in the center of this interesting historic town. Enjoy a dip in the pool before going out for a stroll and discovering Biar´s Castle and charming squares and narrow streets.

Hotel in Bocairent

Night 2: Bocairent

Historic modernist building, decorated in colonial style. Small and carefully restored hotel situated in the center of this interesting moorish town. 3 stars.

Hotel in Alcoy

Night 3: Alcoy

Larger, modern 4 star city hotel in the centre of the town. This is the ideal accommotation to rest and explore this genuinely Spanish town to soak in the way of life and customs of the locals.

Dining area in Villalonga hotel

Night 4: Villalonga

Magnificent stone house from the early XIXth century. This beautifully decorated small hotel in the center of town is often a favourite amongst our customers on this route. 4 stars.

Bedroom in Denia hotel

Night 5: Denia

Set on the waterfront by Denia Port, boutique hotel just 500 metres from Les Marines Beach and 200 metres from Denia’s Old Town. A perfect base from which to explore this wonderful town. 3 star.

Bedroom in Javea hotel

Night 6: Javea

Fabulous 4 star hotel. Will you relax in the shade of a palm tree by the pool or spend the afternoon on the beach? You won't want to go home!

Our Bikes

Touring bikesElectric bikes

Designed to withstand heavy loads and provide high safety and comfort even after long hours of riding in the saddle, these adventure bikes will serve you well both on and off-road.

The downside to all these extra features and equipment is weight, but on a long distance tour, reliability, comfort and safety, win the day.

Gentleman's push bikeLady's push bike

Characteristics:
  • Time tested components to stay maintenance free during the tour.
  • Broad range of gears.
  • Stable carriers for luggage transport.
  • Permanently mounted lights with a hub dynamo.
  • Comfortable sitting position and straight, adjustable handlebars.
  • Other comfort features include bike stand, mudguards and bottle holder.
  • High bar and low bar models and sizes xs to XL.
Equipment provided:
  • Odometer
  • Rear pannier
  • Map carrier
  • Helmet
  • Water bottle
  • Lock
  • Pump
  • Puncture repair kit
  • Multitool set

Touring bikesElectric bikes

Not every type of electric bike is suitable to use in a cycling tour. Most e-bikes are actually designed for city cycling rather than long distances routes.

Experience allows us to choose e-bikes with the most suitable features for touring: reliability, simple operation, long battery life and short charge time.

Electric bike

Characteristics:
  • Time tested components to stay maintenance free during the tour.
  • Broad range of gears.
  • Stable carriers for luggage transport.
  • Permanently mounted lights with a hub dynamo.
  • Comfortable sitting position and straight, adjustable handlebars.
  • Other comfort features include bike stand, mudguards and bottle holder.
  • High bar and low bar models and sizes xs to XL.
Equipment provided:
  • Odometer
  • Rear pannier
  • Map carrier
  • Helmet
  • Water bottle
  • Lock
  • Pump
  • Puncture repair kit
  • Multitool set

Prices

March, April, May, June, Oct, Nov.:

Per person in double room771 €

This includes:

  • 6 nights' accommodation. 6 breakfasts.
  • Luggage transfers between hotels.
  • Detailed maps with your trail clearly marked.
  • Itinerary description, full of recommendations for things to do and places to visit, advice and suggestions and information about your accommodation, etc.
  • Emergency support.
  • Activity insurance.

Supplements:

Single room supplementHelp button141 €

For those travelling with others, but wanting a room to themselves each night.

Solo traveller supplementHelp button253 €

For those travelling by themselves. Do not choose the "Single room supplement" as well in this case.

High season prices September:

Per person in double room833 €

Single room supplement203 €

Solo traveller supplement350 €

Extras:

Bicycle hire100 €

E-bike hire150 €

GPS rental (one per group)30 €

Transfers:

Taxi Alicante Airport to Biar (1-4 persons)Info button70 €

40 minute journey, 1-4 persons.

Taxi Javea to Alicante AirportInfo button130 €

1h:30 minute journey, 1-4 persons.

Other options:(Prices on request)

Extra night(s) in Javea 

If interested, please contact us with your plans, requirements and queries,

or simply use the "Get a quote" section, which we would recommend.

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March, April, May, June, Oct, Nov.:

Per person in double room
771 €plusminus

Supplements:

Single room supplement
141 €plusminus
Solo traveller supplement
253 €plusminus

High season September:

Per person in double room
833 €plusminus
Single room supplement
203 €plusminus
Solo traveller supplement
350 €plusminus

Extras:

Bicycle hire
100 €plusminus
E-bike hire
150 €plusminus
GPS rental (one per group)
30 €plusminus

Transfers:

Taxi Alicante Airport to Biar (1-4 persons)
70 €plusminus
Taxi Javea to Alicante Airport
130 €plusminus
 
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Reviews

A holiday with Away from the Crowds is a great way to explore parts of Spain that are a bit off the beaten track.

"We had a fantastic holiday cycling the Alicante and Costa Brava route. Away from the Crowds provide everything you need for your trip. Due to flight dates/times we wanted to stay an extra day at the start of our trip and they arranged that for us. Any questions we had prior to the trip were responded to quickly and they also provided some useful last minute tips just before the start of the trip.

Everything went very smoothly - airport transfers, bike delivery and set up, daily luggage transfer. Everything was done as arranged and without fuss. Each day when we arrived at our hotel our luggage was waiting for us and there was somewhere secure to store the bikes. People everywhere were friendly and helpful.

The routes were varied and covered different terrains from cycle paths, quiet roads and off road tracks. There were some sections of busier roads but these were kept to a minimum. We used the road book in combination with the gps maps and that worked well for us. The road book has detailed directions as well as useful suggestions for refreshment stops. It also tells you about the area you are cycling in with reference to points of interest and local history. Some of the off road sections were a little challenging and care is needed when transitioning from road to off road as the bikes are heavy and can slip around a bit. The road book highlighted this and suggests sections where you may prefer to push (I did). The route between Alcoi and Villalonga is stunning with a fair bit of off road and quite a few tunnels!

The hotels were all very comfortable and well located. We especially liked the smaller hotels in Bocairent and Villalonga which had beautiful rooms with their own distinct character. I would also recommend visiting Plaza de Dins in Alcoi in the evening - the square is buzzing with many cafe bars where you can get great tapas and soak up the atmosphere.

A holiday with Away from the Crowds is a great way to explore parts of Spain that are a bit off the beaten track.

Jennifer Anderson, Scotland.

Thank you Jennifer. Very much appreciated. Delighted that you enjoyed!

Jaime, AFTC.

We had the most enjoyable experience

We had the most enjoyable experience cycling the Alicante/Costa Blanca 6 day tour. Everything was brilliantly organised and the course a good mix of lesser visited inland towns and more popular beach locations.

We're a couple with different levels of cycling fitness so we chose this particular tour, rated easy to moderate.

There was one particularly challenging climb but also no hurry so it's OK to walk if you want to. Much of the time we were on old rail trails and sometimes they're quite rough. We had good fun on these although they might not be for everyone.

With only an average of 30 odd kilometres a day to travel, you have plenty of time to get to your destination and have a good look around along the way.

The accommodation was always excellent (Villalonga our favourite), the bikes good quality and the quick responses from the folks at AWTC made us feel as though we were always being well looked after.

All good things come to an end and the time went by too quickly. We'll definitely consider coming back in future to try a different course.

Particular thanks to Jorge and Cris for all their help before and during the tour. Your personal touch is much appreciated.

Stephanie Segoura, UK

The route instructions were really good and easy to follow

Here are our comments, mainly Roger's as he was navigator. We had a very good time, and hope to do another with you again some time. The bikes were fine, although I would have preferred one a bit lighter on some of the route. We have of course already told you about the tunnel that was temporarily closed for works.

We really enjoyed the trip, particularly the section along the R Serpis after L'Orxa which really felt ""away from the crowds""!

It was unfortunate that a lots of the bars were closed in early October, but it couldn't be helped. Weatherwise it was an ideal time to go.

The route instructions were really good and easy to follow, nevertheless it was useful to have the GPX tracks which helped confirm that we were on the correct route (or not). We used these in conjunction with the Gallileo App - the basic version is free.

The luggage transfers all went well, and we liked the hotels. It was good to have swimming pools at some of them.

Margaret Goff, UK

Many thanks Margaret, I imagine the bike would have felt heavy going up to the Sierra de Mariela Natural Park. Here a sports road bike would have been ideal. Touring bikes are certainly heavier than other bikes but they are dependable, sturdy, comfortable and safe. I think it´s a good compromise.

Jaime, AFTC.

I must say we were very impressed

I must say we were very impressed and we both had the BEST holiday.

The bikes were great. Big heavy things but comfortable and well suited to the course. They certainly coped with the rough parts.

The hotels were well beyond what we expected. If we could single out a favourite, it would be Casa Babel in Villalonga. What a beautiful old building and lovely people as well. This was also the only place where we ate dinner at the hotel and it was superb.

The course itself was very thoughtfully planned and we both appreciated seeing parts of the country where few tourists go, although it did test our limited Spanish!

The road book is very detailed, although a bit inaccurate in places. Therefore the GPS is essential. I think you should strongly recommend it, or the downloadable course, to all travellers.

By the way, one of the bikes had a poorly calibrated computer so we had different readings from each other.

Paul Quick, Australia.

Many thanks, Paul and Juanita. We have reviewed the roadbook for inaccuracies since your visit, as we do at the end of every season.

Jaime, AFTC.

CO₂ footprint offsetting

This holiday produces a carbon footprint of 0,3194 tonnes of CO₂. This includes taxis, luggage transfers and accommodation for every traveller.

We will compensate the CO₂ footprint for each booking through tropical reforestation projects in collaboration with the CeroCO₂ platform.

Additionally, you can also offset your own flight emissions by visiting myclimate. See the link below.

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