The port city of Valencia lies on Spain’s southeastern coast, where the Turia River meets the Mediterranean Sea and is the third largest city in Spain.. It’s known for its City of Arts and Sciences, with futuristic structures including a planetarium, an oceanarium and an interactive museum. Valencia also has several beaches, including some within nearby Albufera Park, a wetlands reserve with a lake and walking trails.
There is an extensive purpose built network of cycling paths in and around the city which provide safe cycling for the inner city and also a gateway to make your way into the more rural area, including the mountains. For the cyclist, you can ride in the city, along the beach or in the surrounding countryside and enjoy a number of gentle or challenging climbs.
The climate is warm most of the year and is ideal for cycling and although it is in southern Spain, the landscape mainly remains green and provides breathtaking views from golden rice fields to stunning mountain passes overlooking the green landscape.
Valencia is perfect for the keen cyclist, it frequently hosts La Vuelta Espania grand tour and also has an annual Gran Fondo which features some of the best climbs and attracts over 3,000 cyclists, so why not join us and explore this traditional and authentic part of Spain on one of our cycling packages.
Valencia is perfect for all level of cyclists, with a good variety of mountain passes, coast roads and natural parks all along good quality roads that are low traffic. Cyclists are well respected by other road users and there are sportives, competitions and training races taking place all year round.
Discover the mountain passes and the stages of one of the classic grand tours, La Vuelta a Espania, Valencia has always been featured in this iconic race, which demonstrates the regions abaility to support quality cycling.
We have designed cycling routes from 48 - 160+KM with elevation gains of 0 - 2,000+m, ll catering for all levels of cycling. Our top five mountain passes are:
Puerto del Oronet - (5km Ascent, Avg 2.2% Max 7%) - Located in the heart of the Sierra Calderona, a classic within the local commiunity and providing spectacular views of the entire bay of Valencia.
La Frontera - (5.5km Ascent, Avg 8.8% Max 11.9%) - A tough challenge, as above this ascent is located in teh Sierra but takes a northern approach, a mountain pass with steep sections, onlyrecommended for the cyclist who like tough climbs and appropraite gears recommended!
Alcublas - (12km Ascent, Avg 3.5% Max 11%) - This pass takes you through surrounding fields of orange trees, the roads are especially good and provide views of the entire gulf of Valencia, a mixture of gradients from low to tough are experienced.
Dos Aguas - (11.1km Ascent, Avg 5.6% Max 7.1%) - If you like speed and thrilling descents, then this mountain pass is for you. We feature two climbs with just a few minutes between them which provide some of tghe smoothest roads we have cyclled. We enjoy views of Dos Aguas at the bottom of the valley and the descent is extremely fast for thise who want to open up!
Barx y Barxeta - (4km Ascent, Avg 5.9% Max 9.2%) - There are two passes connected to the rear of the famous Monduver peak which offer stunning views. These are not hard ascents so can be ideal for all levels, great for winter training also. This pass is unique and beautiful surroundings.
What we love about Spain is that every one of the 17 regions offers a unique gastronomic experience and is always perfect for the cyclists nutritional needs.
Start the day with the energy that a good “almorzaret” gives you, the Valencian brunch, and make your way to el Saler to try a proper paella in an unbeatable location. If you wake up from a siesta and need a snack, then there’s nothing like a horchata with pastry fartons! You can finish this culinary marathon having some seafood tapas for dinner, or a delicious suquet de peix, you decide…
Ok, maybe you need more than a day to try everything that our cuisine has to offer. And although paella is still the most well-known dish, we have one of the most acclaimed cuisines for various reasons. Proof of this can be found in the 4 Michelin stars and the 28 Repsol distinctions, that we owe to well-known chefs like Quique Dacosta and Ricard Camarena.
A local drink is especially good for energy called "Horchata" in Spanish and "Orxata" in Valencian. Its a typical drink made from Tigernuts so very nutritious.
Nothing beats pairing the city’s culinary delights with local wines from the València and Utiel-Requena regions. Mistela plays an important part in València’s cultural heritage
Valencia is sunny most of the year with very limited rainfall and minimum temeratures of 18,C.
A good number of airlines fly to Valencia from the UK, budget airlines amongst them. Ryanair flies direct from Bristol, Bournemouth, East Midlands and Stansted to Valencia. And EasyJet flies non-stop from London Gatwick. It takes about two and a half hours. Valencia city is just 8Km from the airport.
Valencia is also a Port and has a good fast rail network connected.