Valencia and Teruel Cycling Holiday
- Self-Guided 6 Nights
- Arrival - Valencia
- Departure - Valencia
- Difficulty - Easy - Medium
- Price - €1270
- Dates - Year Round
This Valencia cycling holiday is a self-guided tour through some of the most spectacular areas of the regions of Valencia and Aragon in eastern Spain. The ride descends from the high plains of the Spanish meseta down to the Mediterranean coast and the vibrant city of Valencia.
You will visit the UNESCO World Heritage city of Teruel, stunning Medieval castles, thermal springs and some of the most important Roman remains in the world on this great journey through one of Spain's most interesting areas.
The route follows cycling greenways and very quiet roads, making for really relaxing and enjoyable riding. The routes are suitable for riders of all abilites, with easy basic rides and optional daily extensions for those who wish to cycle further.
As well as great cycling and historic monuments, this tour immerses you in the culture of the Aragon and Valencia regions. Of particular note is the gastronomy; from the famous ham and truffles of Teruel, to the paella so emblematic of Valencia, this tour is a great choice for food lovers.
On this tour we use some of the best accommodation in the region, choosing boutique hotels and historic buildings to add an extra dimension to the experience.
Day 1 - ValenciaWe collect you from Valencia airport or train station and transfer you to the hotel in the heart of the historic center. From here you can visit the fantastic remains from the Roman and Muslim eras, or explore the historically influential silk market - a UNESCO World Heritage site.
In addition to its historic and cultural heritage, Valencia is also a thriving modern city. This side of Valencia is best represented by the futuristic City of Arts and Sciences, home to a wide array of museums and attractions, all situated inside iconically designed buildings.
Finally it is worth visiting that large sandy beach, which is undoubtedly one of the finest city beaches in Spain.
Day 2 – TeruelIn the morning you will take the scenic train journey from Valencia into the heart of Spain - the meseta. This vast high plateau characterizes central Spain and is full of delightful historic towns, castles and dramatic scenery.
From the train station you will ride along a delightful greenway (an old railway line converted into a cycle route), finishing in the city of Teruel. The longer route also passes through the delightful village of Albarracin, home to fantastic Medieval walls.
One of the most important towns in the historic Kingdom of Aragon, Teruel is a UNESCO World Heritage site thanks to its incredible mudejar architecture. It's historic center is a marvel thanks to its mixture of Romanesque, Islamic and Renaissance styles; a vivid reminder of the diverse history of this part of Spain.
Distance: 39-65km (25-40 miles)
Day 3 – Mora de RubielosFrom Teruel you continue on the cycling greenway for part of the route, before joining a beautiful quiet road through rolling countryside. The ride has gentle gradients throughout and is pleasantly undulating, offering great views and delightful backdrops.
The destination is the small town of Mora de Rubielos - dominated by its Medieval castle, which was a key border fortification during conflicts between the rival kingdoms of Castile and Aragon. The town is famous for its local truffles.
Distance: 45-61km (28-37 miles)
Day 4 – MontanejosThe route today crosses from the region of Aragon into the province of Valencia, following the Mijares River for much of the day. The ride follows delightful quiet roads with a mixture of mountain and forest scenery.
The ride ends in the small town of Montanejos which is home to a pleasant historic center and also, more famously, thermal springs. The natural thermal baths were built during the Arab era and are completely open and free to the public to visit at any time. They are in a beautiful setting and make for a relaxing way to spend an afternoon.
Distance: 40-65km (26-40 miles)
Day 5 – SegorbeFrom Montanejos the route continues heading east towards the coast and, half way through the ride, joins a cycling greenway which plots a flat course between the Sierra Calderona and Sierra Espadan Natural Parks (the longer route heads through the heart of the Sierra Espadan mountains).
The route passes the beautiful reservoir at Navajas and finishes in the town of Segorbe. An important town since Roman times, Segorbe continued to be of prominence during periods of Visigothic and Muslim rule. Today, the Medieval walls, cathedral and Archaeological museum give an idea of the history of the town.
Segorbe is also a center of olive oil production, and there are opportunities to do tastings in the town.
Distance: 38-69km (25-43 miles)
Day 6 – SaguntoThe final day in the saddle follows another cycle way form much of the route, heading mostly downhill towards the Mediterranean coast. The longer route crosses a stunning pass in the picturesque Sierra Calderona Natural Park. While the shorter route stops in the fascinating city of Sagunto.
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 Romans - 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.
Distance: 35-64km (23-39 miles)
Day 7 – ValenciaAfter breakfast, the cycling holiday comes to an end. We will transfer you today to Valencia's airport or rail station.
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||Bike Hire (Optional)|
|September - June||€1250||€430|
|July & August||€1420||€490|
*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.
Guided TourPlease check out ourGuided Cycling Holiday if you would prefer to do a private guided tour to the region.
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
- Train ticket from Valencia to Teruel on Day 2
- 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
- Bicycle hire (we recommend hybrid bikes for this tour, but can also provide road bikes)
The following are optional extras available for an additional charge:
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 route options each day. The shorter route is between 35km and 45km and follows mostly flat or gently rolling routes. On the few occasions where there are longer climbs, the gradients are gentle and it is still comfortable to spin at a nice rhythm.
Most of the shorter routes are on quiet country roads, with some shorter sections on off-road cycle routes (with a good quality, well conditioned gravel surface).
The longer route is between 50km and 70km each day. It is mostly flat or gently rolling, but there are some more sustained climbs.
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.
There are also optional extensions available each day in case that you would like to cycle further.
How difficult is this tour?
If you choose the shorter routes, this tour is rated as easy difficulty on our Tour Level Guide. The cycling begins at nearly 1000m altitude and finishes at sea level, so there is considerably more downhill than uphill throughout the ride.
Overall, it is an excellent choice for a first time cycling holiday, or if you prefer to go at a leisurely pace. There are a lot of places to stop and explore along the way, so the tour has a lot more to it than only cycling.
If you choose the longer routes, the difficulty is medium on our Tour Level Guide. However, the two longer days (at nearly 80km and with some climbing) are challenging.
How busy are the roads?
This tour uses quiet country roads and long distance cycle routes (with no cars allowed). There is very little traffic throughout.
Can I personalise or change aspects of this tour?
Absolutely! We have designed a tour that we feel strikes a great balance between cycling routes, accommodation and interesting towns. However, if, for example, you would like to do the tour
for a different number of days, stay in a different level of accommodation, or extend the route to a different location, we would be happy to discuss the options with you.
What is a single supplement?
Our prices are based on two people sharing a hotel room (in a double or twin room). For cyclists that wish to stay in their own room, the single supplement is payable.
The cost is made up of the extra cost of accommodation when the room is single occupancy and also the greater cost of the transfers (luggage and people) when it is not split between two or more cyclists. We have made every effort to keep this to a minimum wherever possible.
What are the arrival and departure points?
The arrival and departure points are the city of Valencia. Valencia has a large international airport serving many destinations.
If you can not find a direct flight to Valencia, Alicante is the next nearest major airport, which is just two hours from Valencia by train or bus.
Alternatively, Madrid and Barcelona are both just three hours from Valencia by train.
We will transfer you to the hotel from Valencia airport or train station (or another hotel if you are already in Valencia).
What type of bikes do you hire?
For this tour we recommend a sport hybrid bikes. The distances are quite low and there is only a couple of climbs, so the more upright position of a hybrid bike will allow you to appreciate the scenery more.
We can also provide road bikes if you would feel more comfortable with one.
Please see our bicycles page for further details.
When can I do this tour?
This tour is available starting on any day throughout the year except during the middle of March (10th-20th March - this is during the Valencia fallas festival and some of our routes are closed during this time).
The most popular time is in spring and fall/autumn, when the weather is generally pleasantly warm and dry. The tour can also be done in summer or winter. In winter you will need to bring some warmer clothing for the days at higher altitudes.
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.
In the larger towns, these are luxurious hotels set in a prime location for exploring the city. In the smaller villages we use high quality independent hotels with charm and local character.
ValenciaIn Valencia you stay in a excellent **** hotel situated on in the heart of the old town. It is beautifully decorated and is less than a five minute walk to the cathedral and La Lonja - a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
TeruelIn Teruel you stay in an excellent **** hotel in the heart of the historic center. It is within very easy walking distance of the UNESCO World Heritage sites and has large, uniquely styled rooms.
Mora de RubielosIn Mora de Rubielos you stay in a delightful SPA hotel situated at the foot of the town's emblematic castle. The hotel is also the best restaurant in the town, offering a gourmet tasting menu, and which specializes in local truffles.
MontanejosIn Montanejos you stay in a small, charming *** hotel situated in a prime location overlooking the river. It is within walking distance of the town's historic thermal baths.
SegorbeIn Segorbe, you stay in a beautiful **** spa hotel that is situated in a restored 18th century convent.
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.
If you would like to do this tour in a group of more than six people as a guided tour, please contact us and we can arrange a private guided tour.