Sep 102012
 

Last week, having spent a few days out in the hills with clients I was in the mood for a long ride with a difference. Most of my clients are looking for cross country mountain bike routes, although from time to time, some clients tend to look for something without the technical challenges of off-road riding but still want a long day out.

Coffee Stops – Essential part of all biking routes!

 

With this in mind, I wanted to work on a route that would offer something completely different – and with huge variety. Essentially, I wanted to design a route that would begin in the countryside of our local area and finish in the heart of the city of Valencia, whilst avoiding main roads wherever possible…

With regular riding buddy Mark, we left the van in the town of Xeraco, just north of Gandia. After an obligatory coffee, we set off along a quiet country road that took us through orange groves and up the coast to the town of Cullera.

 

 

 

Cullera

From Cullera there followed 7km of road riding to the town of Sueca from where we entered the Natural Park of Albufera de Valencia. This section of the ride was particularly pleasant as we rode through the rice fields along surfaced but very quiet country lanes.

The rice fields of Albufera de Valencia

We stopped in the famous “Paella village” of El Palmar for another coffee break before taking another quiet road out towards the coast, passing the lake of Albufera along the way.

Albufera Lake

We then took another trail, this time right alongside the beach. This great little trail took us up the Mediterranean coast and right into the city of Valencia where we biked through the Turia gardens (the original route of the river Turia) to the stunning architecture of the City of Arts & Sciences.

At the Ciry of Arts & Sciences, Valencia

Our original plan was to take the train from Valencia back to our starting point. We´d done 63km and still felt fresh so decided to head back down to the town of Sueca, where having completed exactly 100km decided to call a halt and take the train from there.

Opera House, Valencia

A great ride, superbly varied and something very different.

City of Arts & Sciences, Valencia

 

 

Written by David Warrington.

Mountain Bike Guide & Instructor at Mountain Biking Valencia.

  2 Responses to “Biking in Valencia – Something a little different!”

  1. Nice one! Nearly finished the summer villa rental rush so nearly time to meet up for coffee and even some biking….

  2. Just let me know when you´re free Simon. I´m busy for the next couple of weeks but after mid Oct should have more time. Will be good to finally meet up!

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