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Active, self-guided cycling and walking holidays in unexplored Spain

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Cycling holidaysValencia and the Costa Azahar

A mix of exploring off the beaten track valleys of the interior and gentle coastal cycling through secluded beaches and un-spoilt Nature Reserves.

From 772 € per person

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Duration:7 nights, 8 days

Dates:March to 30th June | Sept. and October

Start:Any day of the week

Location on map of Spain

Predominantly flat route with a few small ascents each day.

Cycling surface:Tarmac: 65%. Cycle track: 22%. Dirt road: 13%.

Average daily distance / climb:24 miles (39 km) / 740 ft (226 m).

Description

Discover exciting and vibrant Valencia, the Albufera Wetlands Natural Park, beautiful inland villages, the natural springs and swimming baths of Montanejos and the stunning seaside walled town of Peñiscola.

  • Two nights in fashionable Valencia to explore the city and visit the internationally aclaimed City of Arts and Science.
  • Cycle through the Albufera Wetlands Natural Park, and enjoy a Paella in the area of Spain where they originated.
  • A transfer inland will allow you to continue exploring "the real Spain", cycling along quiet country roads and discovering picturesque villages with few foreign tourists.
  • In Montanejos, you can enjoy bathing in its hot springs, built by 13th century Arabic king for his favourite wives to 'forever maintain the youth and beauty'!
  • Follow the river Millars downstream as it spectacularly descends along a canyon to the coast.
  • A delightful coastal path awaits you on the last two cycling days with fantastic views over the Mediterranean Sea.
  • Lose yourself in the cobbled streets of the historic enclave of Peñiscola, before taking a dip in the Med and relaxing on the beach!

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival to Valencia

Airport transfer to your modern hotel in Valencia where you will spend the next two nights. A chance to explore the historic city centre and the spectacular, iconic City of Arts and Science, a few minutes away.

Day 2: Circular route to the Albufera Natural Park

Distance: 27 miles (44 km). Climb: 92 ft (28 m).

This morning you'll be given your bikes and you'll set off along cycle lanes out of the city. Explore the internationally renowned Albufera Wetlands while enjoying cycling along the beachfront and stopping along the way for a swim.

Day 3: Barracas to Mora de Rubielos

Distance: 23 miles (37 km). Climb: 899 ft (274 m).

Private transfer for you and your bikes to the interior of Valencia. Delightful cycle along a dedicated cycle track (Via Verde) amongst beautiful landscapes and later along quiet country roads to reach the charming town of Mora de Rubielos with its many monuments dating back to the 14th Century.

Day 4: Mora de Rubielos to Montanejo

Distance: 25 miles (40 km). Climb: 991 ft (302 m).

An easy cycle along pretty winding country roads following the course of a river to finish in the spa town of Montanejo with its delightful thermal waters. Here you can take a dip in its crystal-clear turquoise mineral waters which allegedly rejuvenate and cleanse the skin. You'll also see some of the original 13th century stone structures built by the Arabic king Abu-Ceit.

Day 5: Montanejos to Grao de Castellon

Distance: 24 miles (39 km). Climb: 1217 ft (371 m).

Another cycling day amongst mountains, mostly downhill as you follow a beautiful river valley to the sea. A private taxi transfer will take you to El Grao de Castellón where you can spend the afternoon on the beach followed by a seafood feast in its port!

Day 6: Grao de Castellón to Alcossebre

Distance: 30 miles (49 km). Climb: 433 ft (132 m).

Fantastic cycle beside the sea, along the maritime walk and on small coastal roads, with a chance to stop and enjoy the beautiful beaches along the way. Don't forget to pack your suntan lotion and swimming things today!

Day 7: Alcossebre to Peñiscola

Distance: 12 miles (20 km). Climb: 807 ft (246 m).

Today's route takes you through wild tracks, criss-crossing the Natural marine park, 'Sierra de Irta'. On this, the last cycle, you will cross the stunning Sierra de Irta Natural Park to reach Peñiscola. A short cycle, along a dirt road which can be rough at times. Take your time, walk wherever you prefer, and enjoy the natural environment, the undisturbed virgin beaches and the breathtaking views of your destination: the picture-postcard town of Peñiscola for one last night on the Mediterranean.

Day 8: Departure or extra nights

Why not treat yourself to an extra night or two to relax and explore Peñiscola or Valencia?

Travel

Frequent questions:

Which airport should I fly to?
Valencia international airport.
How do I get to the Starting Point?
From Valencia airport there is public transport to Valencia city center or you can take a taxi (20 minutes ride).
How do I get back?
By public transport (train from nearby Benicarló to Valencia city 1h:30m) or private taxi transfer from Peñiscola back to Valencia city or airport (1h:45m).

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Hotels

2 nights in centrally located, three stars hotel in Valencia city, in front of the spectacular City of Arts and Science. 2 nights in charming small rural hotels. 3 nights in modern three and four stars beach hotels.

Dining area in Valencia hotel

Nights 1 and 2: Valencia

Modern 3 star hotel, located in front of the City of the Arts and Science in Valencia's city centre.

Prime location for visiting Valencia’s City of Arts and Sciences, a vast architectural complex where you’ll find everything from an aquarium to an opera house. Plus it’s just a 10-minute bus ride to the center of town.

Night 3: Mora de Rubielos

Small, family-run, rural accommodation in this quaint and typically spanish village away from mass tourism.

View from the Montanejos hotel

Night 4: Montanejos

Rustic Spa 3 star hotel overlooking the river Mijares. It features a gym, spa and indoor swimming pool.

Bedroom at the El Grao de Castellón hotel

Night 5: El Grao de Castellón

Modern 3 star hotel overlooking the Mediterranean Sea and the Port.

The beach is only a short walk away and the many seafood restaurants nearby offer a great selection for dining.

The hotel at Alcossebre

Night 6: Alcossebre

Relaxed 3 star hotel overlooking the sea and very near the beach.

View to the beach at the Peñíscola hotel

Night 7: Peñíscola

4 star Boutique hotel overlooking the Mediterranean. Situated across the road from the beach and a pleasant walk away from Peñiscola castle.

Facilities include: buffet-restaurant with traditional Mediterranean cuisine, café and ice-cream shop, pool and chill-out terrace with excellent views, spa and gym.

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 room772 €

This includes:

  • 7 nights' accommodation. 7 breakfasts.
  • Transfers on day 3 from Valencia to Barracas and on day 5 from Onda to Grao de Castellón.
  • 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 button159 €

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

Solo traveller supplementHelp button349 €

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 room845 €

Single room supplement191 €

Solo traveller supplement374 €

Extras:

Half board (dinners, drinks not included)140 €

Bicycle hire100 €

E-bike hire150 €

GPS rental (one per group)30 €

Transfers:

Taxi Peñiscola to ValenciaInfo button130 €

(1-4 persons, 1h:45min)

Other options:(Prices on request)

Extra night(s) in Valencia 

Extra night(s) in Peñiscola 

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
772 €plusminus

Supplements:

Single room supplement
159 €plusminus
Solo traveller supplement
349 €plusminus

High season September:

Per person in double room
845 €plusminus
Single room supplement
191 €plusminus
Solo traveller supplement
374 €plusminus

Extras:

Half board (dinners, drinks not included)
140 €plusminus
Bicycle hire
100 €plusminus
E-bike hire
150 €plusminus
GPS rental (one per group)
30 €plusminus

Transfers:

Taxi Peñiscola to Valencia
130 €plusminus
 
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Reviews

We will never forget our first sight of Peniscola

Overall - the route design was absolutely perfect. We spent two days and nights exploring Valencia. We added to the bike route that you had selected by cycling in the main park/river bed that runs through the centre of the city.

We then followed your route to find the best Paella we have ever tasted. The NH Las Artes hotel was really nice and the NH breakfasts were up to their usual excellent standard.

Jesus transported us and the bike up in to the mountains on the next day where we enjoyed the Via verde cycling followed by the steady climb up to Mora de Rubielos. Our hotel host was an wonderful lady who made us really welcome. We had lunch and dinner at her restaurant and she insisted that we share our wedding pictures with her. Her hotel accommodation and specially prepared garden breakfast were both exceptional.

The next day we enjoyed the undulating ride to Montanejos. We added a bit to this route, so that we could see the remains of a Roman Aqueduct. The lake-side scenery was some of the best we have encountered. The hotel accommodation was good an the bike parking and maintenance facilities were really appreciated.

However, the breakfast in this hotel was a bit of a busy affair, due to the hotel being full of a bus party who were leaving at 9:00. This could not be avoided, but if it were possible to book a smaller hotel in this town, it may suit more of your guests.

The cycle to Castellon the next day was really interesting and the location and quality of the NH in Grau de Castellon was very good.

The next day cycle route was fantastic and we are very envious of the quality of cycle lanes you have in Spain. The route book provided great information for us to navigate to Alscoceber.

We loved our Saturday night in Alcoceber, as it coincided with a festival, bands playing and a firework display at the beach. The Sancho III was perfectly adequate for our night and we enjoyed using the pool.

Our last day cycling was again on a lovely route - a minor feedback issue here - some of the route was quite bumpy/rocky and whilst we like this type of cycling, a mountain bike would have been the better option for this route.

We will never forget our first sight of Peniscola, as we rounded the hillside. This was a truly exceptional final stop on what was a great cycle tour. We loved exploring the old town and did not want to leave the next day. The RH Portocristo was a very good hotel, and we enjoyed the evening buffet meal.

So, overall, our sixth Away From The Crowds adventure was great. What a way to spend our honeymoon. And thanks again for the lovely present you provided for us in Valencia.

Ged Bell, Scotland

Thanks Ged and Audrey. Always a pleasure to host you. It´s great to see you enjoy our country so much.

Jaime, AFTC.

This was our fifth holiday with you

This was our fifth holiday with you and we will probably come back for number six - so, overall we are very happy with you.

One possible improvement would be to reorganise the first cycling day is it did not see very varied. To spend the night in Rubielos de Mora instead of Mora de Rubielos also could be an opportunity.

Hallgeir Aalbu, Norway.

Thanks for your suggestions Hallgeir. We will study them carefully. Improvements are always welcome.

Jaime, AFTC.

The city of Valencia is lovely and we would have spent at least another night there

We are home now and I am looking at our trip pictures. We had a great time in Spain and really enjoyed our time cycling in the countryside. We especially loved the time in the mountains.

The city of Valencia is lovely and we would have spent at least another night there if we had known. It would have been nice to cycle the length of the greenway there. Next time...

All of the accommodations were comfortable and the staff friendly and helpful. We skipped the half board offerings about half the time even though we had paid for it. We don’t like buffet dinners so we chose to go to other restaurants. Next time we won’t take the half board.

The hardest day of riding was the Barracas to Mora de Rubielos leg. We had headwinds all day and the Via Verde was impassable in one area because of mud so we had to divert around. We were very tired at the end of that day. The other days had some challenging climbs but were more manageable.

Thanks for all,

Vicki Grandy and Steve Hoffman, USA

CO₂ footprint offsetting

This holiday produces a carbon footprint of 0,3974 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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