The Mediterranean green routes

Bike among the vineyards, oranges and olives trees inValencia

Experience

Grade 2 - Medium
Cycling holidays.

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From March to November

Available any day from March to October. 7 days / 6 Nights

Highlights

Visit the best of Valencia region.

620 EUR / Person

We loved all different landscape. We saw flamingo’s. The people we met were extremely friendly”

MAX C.

The route was very nice – great variety of sceneries

In this region there is a great diversity of settings, history, experiences, towns, villages, hamlets and landscapes to be encountered. This diversity is what you’ll experience on a route which weaves the rugged, mountainous terrain of the interior with that of the contrasting Mediterranean coastal plain together.
A considerable part of this route takes in the famous and tranquil, green pathway that winds its way to the sea. You’ll pedal your way past fields, groves of fruit trees, vineyards and natural enclaves of exceptional beauty.

PACKAGE DETAILS

DAY 1 - Arrival in Sax

You arrive in Sax, crowned by its brooding 12th Century castle and steeped in history. As you explore the old quarter you’ll notice the unmistakeable Arabic influence in the layout of the streets and alleyways. Why not try one of the typical local dishes at one of the many bars, cafés and restaurants?

DAY 2 - Bocairent. (52-60 km)

You set off on our adventure amidst a changing range of landscapes: pinewoods combine with vineyards and cellars to make a rustic patchwork of greens. The scenery is also dotted with fruit-trees and lush market gardens. You will ride into Villena that has one of the best-preserved castles in the district. You then take the green route for the stretch that borders the River Vinalopó and you’ll come across more orchards and small settlements. Later that day you’ll reach the medieval city of Bocairent with its gracious old quarter full of squares, old fountains and many nooks and crannies. You’ll have to choose among many attractive places for a meal that will make you feel transported back in time.

In Banyeres de Mariola town you can choose between two routes:

Route 1: continuing on flat terrain and bordering the natural enclave known as paraje natural de la Serra de Mariola that in just a few kilometres will take us to Bocairent.

Route 2: you venture into the Paraje Natural de la Sierra de Mariola, and ride to higher ground. Here you’ll marvel at the stunning views, the flora and the fauna. You will then head to the imposing medieval town of Bocairent for the night’s accommodation. Don’t miss out on a stroll in its old quarter!

DAY 3 - Bocairent – Gaianes. (28 - 45 Km)

You take the green route that leads us to La Valleta d’ Agres, conducive to a serene frame of mind as we pedal past groves of fruit trees at the foothills of the impressive mountain range known as Serra de Mariola. you’ll go through villages like Alfafara and Agres, marked by their own distinctive characters. Passing through mountainous terrain, the valley will lead us to the lake of Beniarrés to spend the night in a charming rural setting.

If you choose the longer option you’ll cycle around the Beniarres’ lake.

DAY 4 - Gaianes – Gandia. (36-38 Km)

This day’s ride is undoubtedly one of the most exciting and spectacular of the whole tour. The rugged contrasts offered by the interior mountain valleys are much greater than those found in valleys closer to the Mediterranean. Pedalling through the higher terrain overlooking Lake Beniarrés, will allow you to enjoy the impressive views of such instantly identifiable  mountains  as Benicadell and Montcabrer. By taking a route with so many vantage points around the gorge you  follow a  green  path above the River Serpis. Waiting for you will be small villages set amidst a lush landscape of orange groves and it  will soon become obvious, due to tell-tale sea breezes… that the sea  lies ahead, and not too far away! By riding a few more kilometres you’ll reach the coastal town of Gandia, with its interesting historic quarter and Ducal Palace.

You have two options to choose from:

Route 1: follow the former railway line and go into a very dramatic gorge. This option is pretty flat but the surface is all gravel.

Route 2: cycle up the mountain from where you’ll have  great views of the sea. The surface is excellent but you need to be fit because it’s hilly. From this route you ‘ll see the Safor Cirque much better.

DAY 5 -Gandia – Cullera. (29-46 Km)

You start the day riding past orange groves and soon come across small remnants of marshland known as marjals, a favourite nesting spot for birds, and a birdwatcher’s paradise.  You venture into a pretty little valley to follow part of the pilgrimage route that linked different monasteries and where there is the opportunity to explore   the imposing monastery of Simat de la Valldigna.

Amongt rice fields, you’ll arrive to Cullera, a coastal city with beautiful sea views where you’ll be able to taste some of the local rice specialties and paellas. This town has plenty of beaches that you can enjoy even in winter if the sun is out.

DAY 6 - Cullera – València. (46 - 56 Km)

If you choose the longer option, you’ll start off along the banks of the River Xúquer, the waters of which irrigate the many, prolific fields and groves of the whole district.

You will venture into a natural reserve known as Parque Natural de la Albufera,  one of the Mediterranian’s most valuable biomes. You’ll be able to marvel at different natural environments such as lakes, marshes, sand-dunes and pinewoods that border the seafront. Each of these ecosystems has its own corresponding flora and fauna.

It is well worth enjoying one of the typical dishes of this rather special district. You can go for a stroll by the port and see the fisherman at work before they return home to picturesque El Palmar.

Upon reaching Valencia, you’ll explore the formidable old quarter with its cathedral and central market – The narrow streets and squares that offer many kinds of cafés, bars and restaurants are not to be missed. Good food lovers will be pleased and surprised! The city’s nightlife is also well known if what you want is a drink and a dance.

DAY 7 - Valencia

After a good breakfast, the trip will be formally over.

Valencia aiport

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  • 6 NIGHTS ACCOMMODATION YES
  • 6 BREAKFAST YES
  • WELCOME MEETING YES
  • GPS DEVICE WITH THE TRACKS (2 hours) YES
  • DETAILED MAP ROUTE YES
  • ASSISTANCE FROM 9 TO 18 YES
  • LUGGAGE TRANSPORT YES

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