Road Cycling in Costa Blanca
The Costa Blanca has over 300 days of sunshine per year and a really mild warm weather (17ºC-18ºC average a year). This area and specially Marina Baixa and Marina Alta (where we will do our cycling) keep all the charm with its small villages and old traditional farming and also have all the appealing of the warm and sunny Mediterranean Sea. 100% Mediterranean essence and flavor.
Being the second most mountainous province in Spain and having an amazing net of local and secondary quite roads, is a paradise for any kind of clyclist, from pure amateur to pros. No wonder why most pro-teams come to this area to do the winter training, Eskaltel, Rabobank, Radio Shack, Saxo Bank, etc, or the Olympic gold medalist Alistair Brownlee does his winter training in La Nucia, 8 km from Altea.
The mountains ranges around here are not that high (Aitana 1558m is the highest peak of the province) but they cover the whole province like a rugged carpet. With a continuous succession of mountain passes, hills and valleys the area is a playground for outdoor lovers and still unspoiled in this sense.
9 good reasons to join this trip
- More than 300 days of sunshine and very rare chances of rain
- Wonderful net of quite and well kept local roads
- The sea and the mountains in the same package
- Altea is 45 minutes from Alicante airport
- The well preserve authenticity of Altea and the countryside of Alicante
- Professional guiding and leadership by an experienced leader based on Altea
plus one local ex pro-rider which knowledge of the area is sincerely unbeatable
- Itinerary designed to explore the best of the whole area through an in-line clockwise circular trip with 4 different overnight bases
- Amazing gastronomy with its star dish ‘paella’ original from this region
- Unique and truly inline road bike trip in Costa Blanca
With this itinerary that we have designed, we get the best of the whole area without going to far away inland. We have the best of the mountains and traditional way of living of Alicante and the best of its Costa Blanca.
Altea, where we begin our trip and our main base, is a peaceful small village in the center of a wide bay surrounded by a big amphitheatre of unspoiled mountains. Also is a traditional village that has preserve one of the most beautiful old center in the area keeping a very authentic and local feeling and avoiding the big resorts, hotels and busy ambient of the towns that are nearby like Benidorm or Calpe.
There are no soft sandy beaches like in Benidorm but also there is not a single tower in the whole area of Altea and in winter you will enjoy drinks and ‘cafes con leche’ with the locals in any of its terraces and bars. Altea is considered one of the most beautiful and well preserved old villages of the Spanish Mediterranean coast. Unique for a beach town in Spain.
There are 3 bike shops fully equipped in the area, two of them in Altea
The trip will be run by a fully registered and legal structure
There are chances for bike rentals but recommendable to bring their own for now
3 star hotel accommodation in Altea (1st, 2nd and last night): http://www.hotelcapnegret.com
Comfortable hotel and mountain hostal are the others overnight accommodations
Day 1. Saturday
Arrival to Alicante airport where a single group transfer is arranged. Accomodation in our hotel in the seafront of Altea. We have plenty of store room on the basement to keep our bikes and we can put them together on the garden while we have a drink looking at the sea.
Day 2. Sunday
A proper Sunday club ride keeping ourselves not to far from the coast. Easy to start and then we head a bit inland to get a taste of the roads and of the constant undulating terrain of Alicante.
Up and downs not too hard, just to test ourselves this first day and to check if everybody will do good on the week ahead, where we can adjust the itinerary a bit depending on the strength of the group. We finish again in Altea enjoying a ‘cafe con leche’ on the very local seafront of Altea.
Day 3. Monday
Today a classic ride crossing the heart of the Marina Baixa, passing some of the most beautiful villages of the area, like the Castell de Guadalest and Confrides. A 73 km ride that will introduce us into the traditional countryside life and wonderful mountains landscapes of this province.
Continuos but not too tuff ascend till half of the route. After that we will do a nice loop visiting nice and quite villages like Quatretondeta before we arrive to Millena where we will stay in a hostal. First real taste of the farmers famous stews for dinner and also we could visit a local almazara (oil press place) just in front of our hostal.
Day 4. Tuesday
Circular route that will take us through two amazing passes, Port of Benifallin (1000m) and Tudons (1020m) one of the most famous passes in the area.
Steady and in some cases steep climbs that will test our strength and stamina. Lunch would be in one of the many villages we pass on our way. Penaguila is one of them perched on a small hill with incredible views of the surroundings. Another night in our hostel in peaceful Millena.
Day 5. Wednesday
Easy and relaxing day after the big climbs from yesterday. We head west through a really beautiful, quite and very smooth road towards Pego. A narrow valley that suddenly open to lush gardens and orange tree plantations, 38 km mainly flat and downhill until our destination.
We can have lunch in here or optionally keep going to the seafront and have it in a terrace by the beach. If not also we could do the afternoon coffee by the beach with or without our bikes.
Day 6. Thursday
Today we head toward one of the most remote areas of the province, Val de Ebo and Val D’Alcali with tiny villages frozen in time and lonely small roads winding around hills, forest and farmlands.
The road ziz zag just leaving Pego offering us a lovely view of the sea and the mountains at the same time. Just after the pass we are down into the recondite valley of Val de Ebo where we will have short but very steep section before reaching the next valley Val D’Alcali.
Again short but spicy climbs await for us. After Facheca all the hard work is almost done, we head mainly down to our hotel in Denia, a very popular beach resort.
Day 7. Friday
A memorable last day for you to keep indelible memories of this place.
First thing in the morning beginning from sea level we climb Mongo, a small hill by the sea that cross the Natural Park of Cap San Antonio.
After a short descend we head inland again to climb the ‘ Bernia’ pass another classic of the area. The road down will allow us to enjoy the views of the amazing bay below us with Calpe and his huge Rock hill on the south side and Punta Moraira and ‘Cap de la Nao’ (Nao Cape) in the north side. Lunch in a terrace in a beautiful small bay in Moraira. Easy return via Calpe to our hotel in Altea.
Day 8. Saturday
Departure to Alicante airport where a single group transfer is arranged.
- 6 days of cycling
- 7 nights hotels and hostels
- Join in Alicante
- All breakfasts + 5 dinners
- Group Size: 5-14 person
- Professional local bike leader
- Single group transfers from and to Alicante airport on Day 1 and Day 8
- All accommodation as described in the trip dossier
- Meals as detailed in the Meal Plan
- One support vehicle
- Baggage transfers to the overnight accommodation on days 3, 5 and 6
- Support vehicle
What’s not included
- Travel insurance
- Airport transfers (other than the single group transfer at the beginning and end of the trip)
- Some meals as detailed in the Meal Plan
- Tips for support staff and guide
- Miscellaneous expenses, drinks, souvenirs, etc
- Bike Carriage on the flights – please check with your carrier for charges
February, March, April, October, November and December
Mid February and end of September there are picturesque ‘Moros y Cristianos’ festivities in Altea
21th till 23th April famous Moros y Cristianos festivities in Alcoy