I´m going to begin this post by thanking my three clients for a superb week of guided mountain biking in Valencia. This was the second trip in little over a year for two of them, especially gratifying as they´re from Montreal, Canada! It was great to see them all and to enjoy a week together, biking, chatting, and enjoying the wine and tapas of the area.
We had designed a bespoke package that included 6 nights at the Casa Rural Villa Florencia in Marxuquera, and 5 full days of guided mountain biking.
After such a long journey, day one was designed to provide a relaxed ride over the Sierra de Marxuquera on some great mountain trails, with coffee breaks at a couple of Valencian farming villages.
Day two took us high up onto the mountain of Benicadell in the Albaida valley. After a 6km climb, we biked along a high level trail that gave superb, far reaching views way out across the peaks and valleys of this spectacular area of Spain. A long and fast descent took us back into the valley where we biked back through fruit groves before ending the day with tapas and a beer.
Day three was a varied route that included a steep sided valley on a riverside single track, rocky flowing mountain trails and a visit to the historical town of Xativa where we lunched in the sunshine of the old market square.
Day four was the longest day, a route of 80kms that linked together some of the areas visited during the first three days with a limestone gorge that the group had biked in during their previous visit. Well rested we then headed into the town of Gandia where we spent the evening touring the tapas bars.
The final day was a relatively short one in view of their early start the day after, but we opted for a more technically demanding route in the high mountains of the Sierra de la Bernia.
Written by David Warrington.
Mountain Bike Guide & Instructor at Mountain Biking Valencia.