VALENCIA & ARAGON
Guided Cycling Holiday
Beginning in the fairytale town of Albarracín, we continue through the UNESCO World Heritage city of Teruel on our way to Valencia - one of Spain's finest cities. We visit stunning Medieval castles, thermal springs and some of the most signifiant Roman remains in the world.
We also sample plenty of the local delicacies, including Valencian paella, black truffles, Teruel ham, artisan olive oil and the traditional horchata drink.
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 self-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.
Albarracín is a fantastic town for exploring and we will also take advantage of the local gastronomy, discovering some of the region's finest tapas in the evening.
The Medieval village of Albarracín
Day 2 - Teruel
Teruel is a UNESCO World Heritage site thanks to its incredible mudejar 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
Our destination is the small town of Mora de Rubielos - which is dominated by its Medieval castle. For centuries Mora was a key frontier town during conflicts between the rival kingdoms of Castile and Aragon, and much of the old town remains from this period.
The town is also famous for the truffles harvested in the surrounding countryside. In the evening we enjoy a gastronomic treat; a six course tasting menu centered around the local produce.
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 came to prominence in the Medieval period, when the town was part of the Muslim caliphate of Al-Andalus. They are free to visit and are situated close to the hotel, so make for a very relaxing afternoon and early evening!
For lunch we enjoy a traditional Valencian paella in a beautiful setting next to the river.
Short Route: 39km (26 miles)
Long Route: 64km (39 miles)
Montanejos Thermal Springs
Day 5 - Segorbe & Sierra Espadán Park
The day finishes in the nearby town of Segorbe. An important town since Roman times, Segorbe is another town with a charming historic center dominated by its hilltop castle and Medieval wall.
Segorbe also has a fine gastronomic tradition, and we enjoy a tasting menu in one of the best local restaurant.
Short Route: 38km (25 miles)
Long Route: 69km (43 miles)
Medieval walls of Segorbe
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 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 we take the train the short distance to the edge of Valencia, where we go for lunch next to the city's large beach and marina.
After lunch it is just a short ride to our hotel in the old town. On the way we pass Valencia's iconic City of Arts and Sciences, as well as doing some fun riding on the Formula 1 circuit!
The hotel is in the historic heart of the city, just a short walk from the UNESCO World Heritage listed silk exchange.
Short Route: 35km (23 miles)
Long Route: 45km (29 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.
To find out more information about this holiday; including practical information, prices, dates and more tour highlights; return to the top of the page and click on the various tabs.
Valencia's Silk Exchange
The architecture of Teruel and Valencia is unique in its combination of Muslim and Renaissance styles. While 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. We enjoy tasting menus, Teruel Ham, local truffles and traditional Valencian paella.
And these are just a few of the many highlights of the tour. Check out more in the photo album below:
- ✔ 6 Nights Accommodation (see the Hotels section for more details)
- ✔ 13 meals: 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches & 2 evening meals(all with drinks and tips inlcuded)
- ✔ Bicycle Hire (Hybrid, road or e-bike).
- ✔ Transfers to and from the arrival / departure point (Valencia)
- ✔ Luggage transferred between hotels
- ✔ Vehicle Support on the routes
- ✔ Experienced guide cycling the routes and explaining places of interest
- ✔ Detailed information pack
- ✔ Entrance to the citadel and Roman theatre in Sagunto
- ✔ Train tickets for short transfer on day 6.
- ❌ 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). 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.
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.
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, Barcelonathe Costa Blanca or any other destination in Spain.
Can non-cyclists come on the trip?
Absolutely! Non-cyclists are more than welcome.
Although cycling is a big part of the holiday, we also do a lot off the bike. Usually non-cyclists ride in the support vehicle and can explore the various towns and villages along the route.
How big are the groups on your tour?
We usually limit the groups to a maximum of 10 people. We find that if there are many more than that, it can become a bit unwieldly. We think that smaller groups also provide for a more
personal experience, as well as enabling to book more easily in some of our favourite restaurants.
Who is leading the tour?
All of our guided tours are led personally by the founders of Cycle Fiesta - Ian & Lucia.
See our about us page for more information.
Can I do this as a private guided tour?
Yes, we can run this as a private tour for groups of six or more people. Please get in contact with us to discuss dates and any changes you would like to make
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
|Date||Price (per person)¹||Single Supplement||Bike Hire|
|26th September- 2nd October 2021||€1,440 EUR||€320 EUR||Included|
|29th May - 4th June 2022||€1,440 EUR||€320 EUR||Included|
|2nd - 8th October 2022||€1,440 EUR||€320 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.