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Visit Valencia and you’ll soon see a different side of Spain – a melting-pot mix of hilltop fortresses and Borgia ‘palaces’, Arabian castles and rugged sierras, wine-growing ‘fincas’, pine forests and paddy fields, orange groves and golden sandy beaches.
On the coast, vibrant Valencia city is only a pedal-push away from the refreshing flatlands of the Laguna de L’Albufera nature reserve. Further inland, the wild Serra de Mariola, the Terres dels Alforins vineyard district and mighty castles at Bocairent, Biar and Xátiva are just easy cycling days away, yet worlds apart.
Our self-guided cycling holidays in Valencia feature both linear and circular routes and include hotel to hotel cycling tours.
If you like beautiful beaches, a splash of city culture, paella at its freshest and deliciously gentle scenic cycling, then this tour from vibrant Valencia into the vast nature reserve of Albufera has to be for you. The university city is a great colourful mix of medieval and ultra-modern architecture just made for exploring by bike, but venture south down dedicated coastal cycle paths to the outstretched waters of the Laguna de L’Albufera and the rice fields of Spain and you could be in pedalling paradise. The beautiful beach-side Parador El Saler makes for a rewarding retreat complete with spa and golf course as well as a great base for circular tours inland to ‘rice capital’, Sueca, or down to Cullera, where flatlands and mountains meet by the Mediterranean.
In Valencia and Parador El Saler (2 nights).
This gentle pedal around Valencia’s unspoilt coast is a natural choice for discovering a different sort of Spain. Combine the colourful culture and contrasts of Valencia’s vibrant city life with easy-going cycling by the Med’s more secret sandy beaches as you sample the stunning world of the Albufera Nature Reserve and stay at a Parador in a beautiful beachside setting. Laze by the Albufera lagoon, pedal through pine forests, look out over rice paddy fields and citrus groves and maybe even get a taste for the freshest 'Paella Valenciana' down by the fishermen’s sailboats in El Palmar. With your tour starting and finishing in historic Valencia, home to medieval 'Torres' and the striking contemporary structures of the City of Arts and Sciences in the famous Turia Gardens, this has to be the perfect Spanish city-countryside cycling combo.
In Valencia (2 nights) and Parador El Saler.
Rugged and time-ravaged, the sierras of the southern Valencia region offer super, scenic cycling with a rare helping of history heaped up on or hewn out of the landscape. Starting in Biar where the Moorish castle perches high on an outcrop, a cycle path along an old railway trackbed leads the way by the Serra Mariola nature reserve in the Vall d’Albaida to the mysterious underground ‘Covetes dels Moros’ and the monastery and bull-ring carved out of the rock-face at Bocairent. Keeping on track (alternative route options available) there’s a rural hotel stop where you can rest up by the pool or pedal off to nearby Fontanars dels Alforins with its fine wines and mansion houses, but this tour perhaps saves the best till last… the area around the Bellùs lake is as fruitful as it comes with market gardens galore and massively impressive vistas; then finally Xàtiva, home to noble ‘palaces’, tops everything off with a castle.
In Biar, Bocairent, Fontanars (2 nights) and Xàtiva.
See a different side of Spain with this great linear tour right up through unspoilt Valencia, a region of rugged sierras and orange groves, dunescapes and pine forests, wine growing ‘fincas’, market gardens and Moorish castles and the wildlife-rich Laguna de L’Albufera. Starting at Biar’s Arabian castle on the border with the province of Alicante, pedal through the Valencian hinterland valleys, past the historic caves around Bocairent and the heart of the Serra de Mariola nature reserve. Visit Fontanars’ vineyards and the hilltop fortress and Borgia ‘palaces’ of Xàtiva, before moving on to the vast open skies, curious paddy fields and massive lagoon-filled landscape of the Albufera nature reserve. Finally, coast it up past the sandiest ‘platyes’ to that classic-contemporary combo – the vibrant university city of Valencia.
In Biar, Bocairent, Fontanars (2 nights), Xàtiva, Polinyà and Valencia
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