VALENCIA & ARAGON
Self-Guided Cycling Holiday
Beginning in the fairytale town of Albarracín, the holiday stays in the UNESCO World Heritage city of Teruel, the Roman city of Segorbe and the spa town of Montanejos. All before arriving in the enchanting city of Valencia itself. You will visit stunning Medieval castles, thermal springs and some of the most significant Roman remains in the world, and you can enjoy the fine gastronomony in this part of the world.
The tour is suitable for riders of all levels and follows quiet roads and cycling greenways. Below you can find a detailed itinerary, and click on the tabs to see more highlights, as well as all the practical information about the holiday.
We also run a guided version of this tour.
Day 1 - Albarracín
One of the most charming and picturesque towns in Spain, Albarracín is often described as a fairytale town. It is surrounded by a largely intact Medieval wall and has a compact old town, centered around the Alcazar and several impressive palaces.
Depending on your arrival time there is the possibility to do a circular ride around the town.
The Medieval village of Albarracín
Day 2 - Teruel
Teruel is a UNESCO World Heritage site thanks to its incredible Mudéjar architecture. Its historic center is a stunning mixture of Romanesque, Islamic and Renaissance styles; which hints at the truly diverse history of this part of Spain.
The area was a key part of the Kingdom of Aragon, which at its peak in the Middle Ages controlled large parts of the Mediterranean, including territory as far away as Athens!
Short Route: 35km (23 miles)
Long Route: 60km (38 miles)
Riding through a Natural Park
Day 3 - Mora de Rubielos
Your destination is Mora de Rubielos - a charming town which is dominated by its large Medieval castle. For centuries Mora was a key frontier town during conflicts between the rival kingdoms of Castile and Aragon, and much of its old town remain from this period.
The town is also famous for the truffles harvested in the surrounding countryside. The spa hotel where you stay has an excellent truffle based tasting menu which comes highly recommended!
Short Route: 38km (25 miles)
Long Route: 61km (37 miles)
Historic villages dot the landscape
Day 4 - Montanejos
The ride ends in the small town of Montanejos which is home to excellent thermal springs. The natural baths which dominate the town came to prominence in the Medieval period, when Montanejos was part of the Muslim caliphate of Al-Andalus (Andalucia). They are free to visit and situated close to the hotel so make for a very relaxing afternoon and early evening!
Short Route: 39km (26 miles)
Long Route: 64km (39 miles)
Montanejos Thermal Springs
Day 5 - Segorbe & Sierra Espadán Park
Half way into the route you join a cycling greenway which continues gently downhill through the Sierra Espadán Natural Park. You pass through the historic town of Jérica before arriving in Navajas - home to several spectacular waterfalls.
The day finishes in the nearby town of Segorbe. An important center since Roman times, Segorbe is another town with a charming historic center dominated by its hilltop castle and Medieval wall. It is also known for its production of olive oil, which flows freely at the various restaurants in the old town.
Short Route: 38km (25 miles)
Long Route: 69km (43 miles)
Riding over a Medieval Bridge
Day 6 - Sagunto & Valencia
An important town in the Ancient World, Sagunto played a key role in the development of history in the west. It was here that Hannibal besieged before taking his elephants across the Alps and entering into the Second Punic War with the Rome. An event which changed the power balance of the Mediterranean world for seven centuries and led directly to Roman occupation of Spain.
The remains of the Roman citadel are the star attraction and are combined with a later Arabic castle built on the same hilltop. Elsewhere in the town the Roman theatre and Jewish quarter are also well worth visiting.
From Sagunto, the shorter route takes the suburban train the short distance to the edge of Valencia. It is then just a short ride along the city beach and through the spectacular Turia gardens to your hotel in the heart of the city.
The longer route cycles through the orchards into Valencia. Your hotel is very well located, just a short walk from both the cathedral and the UNESCO World Heritage listed silk exchange.
Short Route: 35km (23 miles)
Long Route: 68km (43 miles)
Sagunto Citadel - The fortress that sparked an ancient World War!
Day 7 - Valencia
If you prefer not to extend your stay, we will transfer you to Valencia's airport or train station in time for your onward journey.
Valencia's Silk Exchange
The architecture of Teruel and Valencia is unique in its combination of Muslim and Renaissance styles. The thermal baths at Montanejos and the natural scenery of the Calderona and Espadán Natural Parks are breathtaking.
The gastronomy is also a real highlight. There is ample opportunity to taste the local specialities; including Teruel Ham, black truffles and, of course, the traditional Valencian paella.
And these are just a few of the many highlights of the tour. Check out more in the photo album below:
- ✔ Six Nights Accommodation (see the Hotels section for more details)
- ✔ Continental breakfast each day at the hotel
- ✔ Bicycle Hire (Hybrid, road or e-bike).
- ✔ Transfers to and from the arrival / departure point (Valencia - see below for details)
- ✔ Luggage transferred between hotels
- ✔ GPS tracks and mobile app, so that you can follow the routes stress free
- ✔ Detailed information pack
- ❌ Flights
- ❌ Tour Extensions (optional extra)
- ❌ Travel Insurance
More details about our bikes can be found on our bicycles page. All of our bikes come with helmets and handlebar bags if required, as well as a Cycle Fiesta water bottle.
Difficulty Level & Roads
There are some climbs on the holiday, but they are not too long and have gentle gradients so it's possible to get into a nice rhythm and spin up them at your own pace.
The routes follow a combination of quiet paved roads and cycling greenways. The cycle ways are mostly paved but have some short (non-technical) gravel sections. We hate riding alongside cars so avoid it as much as possible!
Find out more about our tour difficulty levels.
Arrival and Departure
If you can not find a direct flight to Valencia, Alicante is nearest large airport, which is just two hours from Valencia by train or bus. Madrid is another option, with regular high speed trains running between Valencia and Madrid, taking just 90 minutes.
We will pick you up from anywhere in Valencia (e.g. airport, train station, a hotel) and transfer you to Albarracín at the start of the tour. And we will transfer you back to Valencia airport or train station at the end of the holiday. Please contact us if you would like any advice or more information regarding getting to and from Valencia.
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.
What is your policy regarding Covid travel restrictions?
*Covid Policy 2021*
In response to the Covid Pandemic we have made some temporary alterations to our standard terms and conditions.
Reservations made in 2021 (for holidays taking place in either 2021 or 2022) can be postponed for any time in the following two years, without penalty, if you are unable to travel as a result of travel restrictions or other uncertainty. Notification of the postponement must be made at least ten days before the start of the tour.
Before the balance of the invoice has been paid, the deposit of €150 is also refundable in full for reservations made in 2021, if holidays are cancelled because of Covid related travel restrictions or uncertainty.
For reservations not made in 2021, the normal terms and conditions regarding cancellation apply.
Should I do the longer or shorter routes?
This depends entirely on you! The longer and shorter routes all start and finish at the same place, and so you can decide on any given day which you would prefer to do. There is no need to commit until the day of the ride itself.
On the longer routes you see more and are able to visit more places, while the shorter routes are more relaxing and ideal if you like to take your time and go at a slower pace.
If you would like to visit the extra towns and monuments on the longer routes, but are worried about the distances, then we recommend hiring an e-bike, which will give you more flexibility.
What is the weather like?
This region is mostly dry and sunny, with little rain. The best months for cycling are from March to June and September to November when the temperatures are warm
and pleasant for riding, without being too hot.
During spring and fall (autumn), daytime temperatures tend to be between 20°C (60°F) and 25°C (77°F), which we believe is pretty much perfect cycling weather!
We don't recommend going on this holiday in the middle of winter, because the first few days are at quite high altitude (above 1000m / 3300ft) and so sometimes get snow.
It is possible to do this tour in July and August, but you should bear in mind that it can get very hot. Daytime temperatures above 30°C (85°F) are common.
Can I extend the tour?
Yes, we would be happy to arrange any tour extensions for you. The most popular option is to spend extra nights in
But we can also help you to extend the trip if you wish to visit Madrid, Barcelona, the Costa Blanca or any other destination in Spain.
Can I do this as a guided tour?
Yes. For more details, please check out our Guided version of this holiday.
Why book with us?
We are a small and independent company who are locally based, which offers several advantages:
- We have a lot personal experience of all of our tours, which have been refined over many years. We believe we are genuine experts in the regions where we run tours, and we are also close at hand to offer support and a personalized service.
- We are flexible and can tailor our itineraries to suit your requirements.
- We have low overheads. We don't spend money on advertising and don't use third party agents. We only sell our tours through this website.
By cutting out the middle man, you can be sure that more of what you pay is being spent on the important things: like hotels, equipment and other services.
- We are a registered and fully bonded tour operator in accordance with EU regulations.
What is your cancellation policy?
The full cancellation policy can be found in our terms and conditions.
Where can I find more information about the region?
Gran Hotel Botanicos
La Trufa Negra
The hotel is also the best restaurant in the town, offering a gourmet tasting menu which specializes in the local black truffles. The name of the hotel itself literally translates as The Black Truffle!
Hotel Rosaleda de Mijares
Hotel Spa Martin el Humano
|Starting Date||Price (per person)¹||Single Supplement||Bike Hire|
|March - November||€1220 EUR||€540 EUR||Included|
To reserve a place on the tour, click the button above and complete the reservation form. We will then get back to you within 24 hours to confirm the reservation, and to arrange for payment of the deposit.
For more details on the booking process, please check out our Reservations page.