On Friday 27th July, I spent a very enjoyable morning biking with a French client who was holidaying with family here in our home village of La Drova. Although not a regular mountain biker, he was certainly an experienced cyclist and last year had in fact cycled to La Drova from his home in Toulouse!
We began the day with a relaxed ride through the valley of La Drova on dirt tracks then headed inland along some rocky trails and wooded singletrack. We then joined a trail through orange groves and pedalled into the Barxeta Valley. We were making good progress and decided to extend our originally intended route, so headed back through the valley to the old farming village of Pla de Corrals.
From Pla de Corrals we took a mountain road over the Valldigna Pass from where we had spectacular views of the peaks of Valldigna with the Mediterranean glistening in the background. The windy descent was great fun and eventually lead us to the historical town of Simat de Valldigna with its famous Monastery of Santa Maria.
After a coffee break in the square in front of the Town Hall we began our climb out of the valley and up over another pass back to La Drova. We´d completed an extremely varied route of 46km, and had enjoyed some superb views of this beautiful and virtually undiscovered corner of Spain.
Written by David Warrington.
Mountain Bike Guide & Instructor at MountainBikingValencia.com