Valencia Cycling Tour: Olives and Oranges
- Self-Guided 6 Nights
- Arrival - Valencia
- Departure - Valencia
- Difficulty - Easy / Medium
- Price - €980
- Dates - Year Round
Our Valencia cycling holiday is a self-gudied tour to one of the most diverse regions in Spain. Beginning in the historic city of Valencia, you will visit Roman castles, golden beaches, hot springs, natural parks and charming towns on this holiday.
The tour follows minor roads and cycle routes with little traffic; the low daily distances also make this suitable for a first time cycling holiday.
However, as on all of our tours, there are optional extensions to make the route more challenging - including some iconic climbs in the Sierra Espadan Mountains.
Day 1 - ValenciaThe arrival point is in the city of Valencia. After checking into the hotel, you will have time to look around this fantastic, vibrant city.
We recommend a walk around the historic centre, a trip through the huge park to the City of Arts and Sciences or a stroll along the pleasant beach and port area.
In the evening you can try Valencia's most famous culinary creation - paella.
Day 2 Valencia Beach & SaguntoThe first day of the cycling holiday will see you leave Valencia past the fantastic marina. You will cycle along the 5km promenade which runs alongside the beach, leaving the city to the north.
The route continues through the orange fields that characterise the region, before reaching the city of Sagunto. Sagunto is a town dating back thousands of years and boasting a vast Citadel built by the Celtiberians and modified by the Romans. You can also visit the Roman Theatre - an impressive structure built into the hillside.
From Sagunto, you make the short cycle to Canet - a seaside town wich a fantastic sandy beach.
Distance: 40-78km (25-48 miles)
Day 3 SegorbeFrom Canet the route heads inland along the edge of the Sierra Calderona Natural Park - a beautiful area full of orange and olive trees. There is the option to extend the tour here into the mountains at the heart of the Calderona park.
The destination for the evening is Segorbe - a Roman town with a strong regional identity. Segorbe is famous throughout Spain for its festivals and regular public celebrations.
Distance: 41-79km (25-49 miles)
Day 4 Sierra Espadan Natural ParkThere are a couple of optional routes today depending on how far you wish to cycle - both of which head into the beautiful Sierra Espadan Natural Park.
The easier option follows an off-road cycle route to the small village of Navajas, before looping back through the flatter area of the Espadan Park.
The more challenging option - highly recommended if you have the legs for it! - heads into the heart of the Espadan Mountains. It follows isolated roads as they wind through the park, crossing picturesque passes, which are a popular training ground for professional cyclists.
Both routes return to Segorbe, where you stay for the second night in a charmingly restored 18th century palace.
Distance: 25-51km (16-31 miles)
Day 5 Sierra Calderona Natural ParkThe route today crosses the heart of the beautiful Sierra Calderona Natural Park. It begins with a long, but gentle climb along winding, narrow roads almost completely free from traffic.
The views here are stunning, with mountain peaks on either side, their slopes lined with colourful trees and small villages.
The cycling today finishes with a long descent to a fantastic villa, set amongst orange fields, where you will stay for the evening.
Distance: 41-72km (25-45 miles)
Day 6 The Turia RiverThe final day of the cycling tour follows the course of the Turia River back into Valencia.
This cycle route, which is nearly all off-road, is as picturesque as it is peaceful, and is a fantastic way to enter the city, while avoiding the hustle and bustle of the main roads.
The longer route includes a detour into the Sierra Calderona Natural Park, with a short ascent to the monastery at Porta Coeli.
The final evening is spent in the heart of Valencia, where you can soak up the vibrant atmosphere in the city.
Distance: 35-57km (22-35 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||€980||€280||€100|
|July & August||€1070||€300||€100|
*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 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
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 25km and 40km and follows mostly flat or gently rolling routes. On day five there is one longer climb; it is at a gentle gradient so is not too difficulty, but we can transfer you to the
top if you would prefer not to ride it.
Most of the shorter routes are on quiet country roads, but there are some sections on off-road cycle routes (with a gravel or compacted mud surface). Therefore, if you prefer to do the shorter routes, a hybrid bike is required - rather than a road bike.
The longer route is between 50km and 80km each day. It is mostly flat or gently rolling, but there are some more sustained climbs. These routes are 100% on paved routes, so are suitable for both hybrid and road bikes.
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-medium difficulty on our Tour Level Guide. The majoirty of days are easy, with fairly low distances and the route is largely flat.
However, there is one day when the route is more rolling and another day where there is one longer climb (although at a gentle gradient), so these days would be classified as medium difficulty.
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?
The vast majority of this tour is on narrow country lanes and quiet routes through Natural Parks.
Where there are a short transition sections on busier roads, there is always a cycle lane separated from the main road. Likewise, you leave and enter Valencia through the Turia Park entirely on cycle routes, completely separated from the traffic.
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.
The most popular time is from October to December and January to June, when the weather is generally warm and dry, but not as hot as in the summer months.
Can I see the altitude profiles for each day?
Below are the altitide profiles for both the shorter and longer route each day (the shorter one is always first). In addition to this there are optional extensions, with a lot more climbing available!
Please don't be put off by these profiles. Although they may look like something out of the Tour de France, the scale on the left is low and so the routes are not as steep or challenging as they may seem. The average amount of climbing per day is less than 300m (900 feet) on the shorter route and around 600m (1,950 feet) on the longer route.
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.
CanetHere you stay in a luxurious **** hotel situated less than 200m from the large sandy beach, whose promenade is fantastic for strolling along and admiring the Mediterranean coastline.
SegorbeIn Segorbe, you stay in a beautiful **** spa hotel that is situated in a restored 18th century convent.
RibarojaIn Ribaroja you stay in a charming *** hotel on the edge of the Sierra Calderona Natural Park. This family run hotel is situated just metres from the Turia River, where you can bathe and enjoy the natural scenery on offer.
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.