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Valencia - Land of Contrasts

Oranges, Wine, Sun and Sea

map Valencia - Land of Contrasts

Route

Tour profile Level 2

Low traffic route along a former railway track, after that small and low traffic streets.

Day 1: Biar

Individual arrival.

Day 2: Biar – Bocairent, approx. 24 - 46 km

You make use of a former railway track that leads parallel to the River Vinalopó. You’ll pass fruit-tree orchards and many small villages as you 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 you to Bocairent.

Route 2: You venture into the Paraje Natural de la Serra de Mariola and ride to higher ground. Here you’ll marvel at the stunning views, the flora and the fauna. Then you 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 – Ontinyent, approx. 15 - 30 km

After a healthy and hearty breakfast You’ll set off and pedal towards Ontinyent, the district capital with an interesting historic heart in terms of architecture. You’ll find a whole host of cafés and restaurants where you’ll be able to enjoy an array of local gastronomic delights.

Route 1: the shortest option where in just a few kilometres you’ll be in Ontinyent, enabling us to spend more time in a leisurely visit to the stunning medieval town 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 we 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.

Day 4: Roundtrip Otntnyent, approx. 40 km

You have two options to choose from:

Route 1:  you can decide to visit the city of Ontinyent or chill out.

Route 2: do a circular route: you ride down a quiet road past placid fields sown with grain crops as well as olive groves and vineyards. You’ll see some stately edifices perfectly nestled into the landscape, as you make your way to Fontanars dels Alforins; there you’ll visit one of the former noblemen’s houses now converted into wine cellars and visit some specialty shops that offer artisan-produced delicacies and craftwork.

Day 5: Ontinyent – Xativa, approx. 35 km

You’ll start the day pedalling past verdant fields and fertile groves of almond, olive and apricot trees, all making a patchwork with persimmon plantations and old vineyards. You’ll go through Albaida with its interesting fortified palace commanding its historic heart. You’ll come across small villages and hamlets as we head 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 artefacts 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 we can take a dip in its waters to cool off). You will then head to the noble town of Xàtiva, a place steeped in history and crowned by an imposing castle.

Day 6: Xativa – Cullera, approx. 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’ll take quiet roads and paths that weave their way through orange groves that make up a rich green tapestry along the floor of the valley. 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 – Valencia, approx. 46 - 56 km

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. 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: Valencia

Individual departure.

Services

  • 7 nights

  • Daily breakfast 

  • Luggage transport

  • Service-hotline also on weekends 

  • Maps and information material/room

  • Welcome briefing

  • GPS-Data

Dates & Prices

Dates

Merkmale

    Season / Period
    Type
    S3   10.03. - 16.03.24
    S1   17.03. - 30.03.24
    S2   31.03. - 22.07.24
    S2   01.09. - 05.10.24
    S1   06.10. - 26.10.24
    S2   27.10. - 02.11.24

    Extras

    Discount for 3rd person (in double room with 2 adults)
    Children 0 - 4,99 years   -80%
    Children 5 - 11,99 years -40%
    Children 12 - 14,99 years -25%
     
    Bicycles & equipment
    21-/24-speed-bike 100
    E-bike 190
       
    Additional nights
    Biar (dbl/sgl) 50/83
    Valencia (dbl/sgl) 52/87

     


    Best - Price - Guarantee

    If you would verifiably receive better conditions and/or prices from another tour operator at the time of booking we guarantee at least the same conditions PLUS 1 handlebar bag for FREE!
    All prices per person in EUR

    Accommodation

    Hotel samples

    Typically spanish hotels and guesthouses, 2 - 4 star category


    Biar: Hotel Villa de Biar, Hotel rural la Façana

    Bocairent: Hotel L’Estacio, Hotel Agora

    Ontinyent: Hotel Kazar

    Xàtiva: Casa Aldomar guest house

    Cullera: Hotel el Chalet

    València: Hotel Silken Puerta Valencia


    Note: Please be informed that these are hotel samples and therefore subject to alteration! Find Your final hotel bookings at Your hotel list after/at booking.

    Bicycle

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    Arrival / Departure

    Arrival by plane

    Airport: Valencia (VLC), Alicante (ALC)

    If you fly to Alicante:
    By train: from Alicante Railway Station to Villena Railway Station (45mins. and 10 € per person), where we can pick you up. To get from the airport to the railway station you can take a bus from the airport to Alicante Railway Station/city centre.

    If you fly to València:
    By train: from València Railway Station (Estació del Nord) to Villena Railway Station, where we will pick you up. (1hr. 15mins. and 15€ per person).
    To get from the airport to València Railway Station (Estació del Nord) /city centre you can take the underground. Get off at Xàtiva underground Station.


    Arrival by train

    Train station: Alicante, Valencia
    For details see your final travel documents.

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    • Booking handling 5
    • Travel documents 5
    • Per-Tour information 6
    • Accomodation 5
    • Board 5
    • Luggage transport 6
    • Route description 5
    • On-site assistance 5
    • Route-character 5
    • Bicycle + equipment 6
    • Price-performance ratio 6
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    • Booking handling 6
    • Travel documents 3
    • Per-Tour information 5
    • Accomodation 5
    • Board 4
    • Luggage transport 6
    • Route description 3
    • On-site assistance 6
    • Route-character 3
    • Bicycle + equipment 5
    • Price-performance ratio 6
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