Bike Tour in Spain: The Costa Blanca Hinterland
Through vineyards and olive groves from Sax to València
- Sax – València
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km / day avg.
The hinterland of the Costa Blanca, the white coast, sets the scene for this multifaceted bike holiday. This section of the coast got its name from the many white painted houses and white shimmering sandy beaches here. This bike tour in Spain takes you through spectacular countryside, through valleys and up mountain hills, passing orchards and vineyards until you reach the levels of the coast. More than half the route is on disused railway track, a so-called Via Verde.
- Booking code
- Start / Destination
Sax / València
7 days, 6 nights
approx. 230 – 280 km
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between 40 and 65 km, Ø 55 km
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- Route condition
Most of the route is along a former railway line which is traffic free. Partially quiet side roads.
- Bicycle helmets
In Spain it is required by law to wear a helmet when cycling outside built-up areas. Please bring your own helmet!
- Tour operated by
Local cooperation partner
Day 1: Individual arrival in Sax
From Alicante or Calenca, you reach Sax by train. The Arabian influence on the style of the town cannot be missed. Arabic culture shaped life in Sax here for almost five centuries. A late medieval castle dominates the town's silhouette even today. Although only parts of the walls and two towers remain. If you have reserved bikes they will be waiting for you at the hotel.
Day 2: Sax – Bocairent, approx. 55 / 65 km
Pine forest, vineyards and vegetable plantations form the charming panorama along your route. First you cycle to Villena where the stunning Castillo de la Atalaya is witness to the Arabic settlement. Following the Río Vinalopó you continue to Banyeres de Mariola. From here you can either go directly to Bocairent or take a detour through the nature park, Sierra de Mariola.
Day 3: Bocairent – Alcoy, approx. 45 / 55 km
The route takes you through mountainous terrain and to Beniarrés lake. After a rest, cycle through the small villages on the edge of this spectacular mountain range – Sierra de Aitana – an area of contrasts with amazing views from the cliffs and slopes. At the end of the day you reach Alcoy, one of the oldest industrial towns in Spain. The Plaza de España and the Santa María church form the historic city centre.
Day 4: Alcoy – Villalonga, approx. 40 km
One of the most impressive days of this tour lies ahead. The stark contrasts of the mountain valleys have their own special charm. Today you can choose between two routes. The more level route takes along a former railway track, through a breath-taking gorge, the path is mostly a gravel path. The more challenging route takes you to the coast via the mountain range.
Day 5: Villalonga – Cullera, approx. 45 / 65 km
The sea's not far now and you can already feel the breeze. You pedal through orange groves and then through marshland inland of the coast. This area is a popular breeding area for birds. Bird watchers enjoy coming here. Later, you will arrive in Simat de la Valldigna, a village with an imposing monastery. Along the large marsh area and the rice fields you reach the coastal town of Cullera.
Day 6: Cullera – València, approx. 45 / 55 km
You can prolong today's section if you like. If you choose the longer route, your tour today begins along the river Xúquer. And then to the nature park, Albufera, one of the most important wetlands in the Mediterranean region. Lakes, marsh, dunes and pine forests characterise this idyllic countryside. As well as the historic city centre in València you should also visit the central market with almost 1000 stands.
Day 7: Individual departure or extension of stay
After breakfast your bike tour in Spain through the hinterland of the Costa Blanca comes to an end. We would be happy to extend your holiday in València.