Castles & Orchards: Luxury Hotels
- Self-Guided 6 Nights
- Arrival - Alicante
- Departure - Alicante
- Difficulty - Medium or Challenging
- Price - From €1290
- Dates - Year Round
This cycling holiday crosses the rolling hills Levant in the east of Spain, staying in the finest boutique hotels in the region. It visits the beautiful historic villages that are hidden within the valleys and crosses some of the most picturesque scenery in Spain. The region is also full of castles and historic monuments dating back to the Roman and Muslim occupation of Spain.
It is an ideal holiday for cyclists of most levels, with the basic routes quite short and gentle, with the option for longer extensions.
Similar to the island of Mallorca, this part of Spain is a very cycling friendly region with a huge variety of scenic, quiet and perfectly surfaced roads to explore.
Above all though this is a real luxury holiday, with the hotels and cycling routes combining for an unforgettable experience.
Day 1 - XixonaWe pick you up from Alicante airport or train station and transfer you to a beautiful spa hotel on the edge of the historic town of Xixona. Xixona is known above all for its production of turr&ocute;n, a type of confectionary made from almonds, which is very popular throughout Spain around Christmas. Indeed, almond and olive trees line the groves situated around the town.
The hotel is a delightful spa and wellness hotel, set amongst large gardens.
Day 2 – Font Roja Natural ParkThe first full day in the saddle begins by following a gently rolling route through the orchards that characterize much of this region. The climbing and descents are all very gentle and allowing you to really appreciate the scenery and the tranquility. Highlights include passing the castle at Benifallim and the historic center of Alcoy.
The day finishes in a beautiful Masia - a country house estate situated in the heart of the Font Roja Natural Park.
Short Route - 31km
Long Route - 58km
Day 3 – Vall d'AlcalaThe route today largely heads east, riding through the various olive, cherry, fig and apricot filled fields, which line the country lanes with real colour and fragrance. There is the option to ride along the picturesque Beniarres Reservoir and also the chance to visit the Rull Caves towards the end of the route.
The day finishes in a historic country cottage in the Alcala Valley; a great place to relax after a satisfying ride.
Short Route - 45km /
Long Route - 72km
Day 4 – Castell de GuadalestToday is another spectacular day in the saddle. You continue heading on a route with gentle climbs, passing more beautiful castles and tiny mountain villages. You will ride over the stunning Ebo pass, offering great views along the Mediterranean coastline, and can visit the Font d'Algar, a natural spring site which is popular for bathing.
The day finishes in the historic village of Castell de Guadalest, where you stay in a beatiful rural house within short walking distance of the castle.
Short Route - 57km
Long Route - 75km
Day 5 – Sierra de AitanaThe ride today begins by heading back inland, into the Aitana Mountains. Again, the climbing and descending here is very gentle, making it accessible to riders of all levels, and the fine views certainly encourage you to take your time and enjoy the scenery. Highlights include riding around the Guadalest Reservoir and the beautiful downhill section after Confrides.
The day finishes in a stunning 18th century country house in the heart of the mountains.
Short Route - 27km
Long Route - 51km
Day 6 – VillajoyosaThe final day in the saddle is mostly downhill, allowing you to arrive at the stunning ***** coastal hotel in good time! After a short climb to the Port de Tudons, you will enjoy one of the most spectacular and scenic routes in the region - a long, gentle descent to the coast, with incredible views throughout.
The day finishes in the village of Villajoyosa, famous for its two excellent beaches and also for its chocolate production, with a great museum and numerous chocolate shops dotted throughout the town.
Short Route - 30km
Long Route - 54km
Day 7 – DepartureThe cycling tour comes to an end after breakfast in Villajoyosa. We will transfer you to the airport or train station in either Alicante or Valencia for you to continue with your holiday, or head home.
If you would like to extend the holiday, please contact us, and we would be happy to organise additional days with more excellent routes.
Prices & Dates
|Price (per person)*||Single Supplement|
|Oct-Dec & Jan-Mar||€1290||€450|
|April, May, June & September||€1420||€510|
|July & August||€1590||€600|
*Based on two people sharing a double or twin room. If you would prefer to stay in a single room, the single supplement is applicable.
Bicycle hire (road bike or hybrid) is included in the price of the tour.
Guided TourGroups of six people or more contact us to arrange a private guided tour starting on any date.
The following is included in the tour:
- Six nights accommodation in double, twin or single room with en-suite. Please see price list for details of single supplement.
- Transfer to and from the arrival/departure points
- Continental breakfast every day
- Luggage transferred between hotels
- Detailed maps and route information for each day, with clearly marked points of interest.
- Route extensions every day for those of you who wish to cycle
- Hire of bicycles - road or hybrid (see here for details)
The following are optional extras available for an additional charge:
- Tour Extensions
The following is not included in the tour
- Lunches and Dinners
- Any transfers not stated above
- Travel Insurance
- Entry to any attractions (e.g. museums, churches) except were explicitly stated
Frequently Asked Questions
Please browse through some of the frequently asked questions about this cycling tour. If you have any further questions, or would like any more information, please contact us and we will answer by email.
How far do I cycle each day on this tour?
There are two basic route options to choose from each day. The shorter route is between 25km and 55km.
The longer route is between 50km and 80km and also contains more climbing
There are optional extensions each day for those of you who to wish to cycle even further.
You are free to mix and match the routes, as they both start and finish in the same place. If you wish to do the shorter route one day, then the longer route the next day, for example, it is entirely up to you.
If you would like to do routes of a different length, or with more or less climbing, please contact us and we can work with you to design a custom tour.
All routes are 100% on fully asphalted roads.
How difficult is this tour?
This tour is rated as medium-challenging difficulty.
The shorter routes are mostly 'medium' difficulty on our Tour Level Guide. Although the routes are 'up and down' for most of the day, the gradients are nearly all gentle and the distances are short, so the days in the saddle are not overly long or hard.
The longer routes are closer to the 'challenging' level of difficulty. Nearly every day has more than 1,000m of climbing and most days have at least one longer, sustained climb.
How busy are the roads?
Very quiet. The vast majority of the tour is on very quiet mountain roads between villages, while nearly all of the traffic in the region stays close to the coast. You can easily go for thirty minutes or more on many sections without
seeing a single car.
Be wary of tours to the region which spend a lot of time on roads close to the coast or near to the city of Alicante. The roads in these areas tend to be very busy, but as soon as you leave this strip, it is extremely pleasant for cycling.
What are the arrival and departure points?
The arrival and departure point for this tour is Alicante. Alicante has a large international airport with regular flights to many destinations througout Europe.
If you are unable to find flights here, it is also easily reached by high speed trains, leaving every hour or so, from both Madrid and Barcelona.
We will transfer you to/from the airport or train station at the beginning/end of the tour.
What type of bikes do you provide?
For this tour we can provide both road bikes and hybrids. The daily distances and quality of road surfaces makes either a good option; simply choose whichever you are more comfortable riding.
Please see our bicycles page for further details.
Can I see the altitude profiles for each day?
We believe that the hotels that you stay in are just as important as the towns that you visit and the scenery that you ride through. On this tour we have chosen accommodation that is of a high quality and is typical to the area.
For this tour we have chosen real luxury hotels; each one a small, charismatic boutique hotel or country house.
XixonaIn Xixona you stay in a beautiful spa hotel, surrounded by olive and almond trees. In addition to a swimming pool, the hotel has a wellness center including a salt-water pool and massage facilites. The rooms are large and offer fine views looking out over the Aitana mountains.
Font RojaIn the Font Roja Natural Park you stay in a traditional Masia - a type of country house unique to the regions of Valencia and Catalonia. The Masia is surrounded by large gardens and has a fantastic swimming pool area. The hotel also contains one of the finest restaurants in the area.
Vall d'AlcalaSituated in the picturesque village of Vall d'Alcala, this hotel features beautiful, spacious rooms in a country cottage. The rooms overlook a delightful patio terrace, which makes for a great place to relax with a glass of the local wine.
Castell de GuadalestIn Guadalest you stay in a beautiful country cottage in the heart of the village. It contains just a handful of uniquely decorated rooms, which are well equipped and tastefully decorated in the traditional style of the region. It is situated at the foot of the 11th century castle and also next to the rather idiosyncratic, but highly rated 'Salt and Pepper Shaker Museum'.
AlcolejaHere you stay in a stunning 18th century country house. Surrounded by large gardens and complete with a huge swimming pool, these are stunning surroundings for relaxation. The rooms are large and uniquely decorated in a tasteful, traditional style.
VillajoyosaFor the final night of the holiday you stay in a beautiful ***** hotel situated directly overlooking a quiet beach in Villajoyosa. The hotel has indoor and outdoor swimming pools, as well as extensive spa facilites, and one of the most scenic terraces you could ever wish to find!
To find out more about how we select our hotels, please see our accommodation page.
To reserve a place on the tour, please follow the link below to continue to our reservation form.
Once we have received the form, we will be in contact to confirm the booking and to arrange for the payment of the deposit.