If you love off-road cycling, Valencia is without a doubt the best place to go on holiday. Valencia, which can be found in Spain, is a Mediterranean paradise that has an impressive array of attractions and activities on offer but, for any cycling fanatics, the museums and art galleries will probably have to wait!
When off-road cycling in Valencia, you’re sure to enjoy your fair share of truly spectacular sights. Many of the routes will take you to far-flung places, so you can experience some of the more tucked away areas of the city.
Here are some of the best routes in Valencia that you absolutely have to try out:
Cullera to Valencia (63km)
This route starts in the little town of Cullera and finishes in the heart of Valencia, while avoiding as many main roads as possible. It offers up off-road cyclists something a little different, as it’s more relaxed than some other routes can be.
It’ll also give you a chance to experience the many changing landscapes of the area, as you’ll cycle along little dusty paths alongside rice fields, through the Natural Park of Albufera de Valencia and into the bustling city itself.
The Valencia Hills (61km)
Valencia is known for its varied terrain and surrounding mountains, and they make the ideal setting for an amazing mountain biking day out.
Starting on an off-road track in La Drova, the route then goes through Barx and up the Pinet Pass. This route includes some very tough mountain riding and is definitely not for beginners, but the incredible views are definitely worth the effort.
After this, the route meanders down into the village of Llutxent and offers up some smooth riding. Castello de Rugat is next on the list and consists of country lanes and bridal paths, and then it’s onto the river Serpis trail.
Route of the Monasteries of Valencia (104km)
This route takes you through some of Valencia’s most central areas, so it’s easy to access if you’re staying nearby.
It technically begins in Gandia and finishes in Alzira, but you can choose to only ride the parts that are located in Valencia is you wish.
If you take the full route, you’ll pass by The Monestir de Sant Jeroni near Alfauir, the Convent del Corpus Christi near Llutxent, Monestir de la Valledigna in Simat, Convent d’Aigües Vives near Carcaixent and the Monastir de la Murta near Alzira.
The route begins at the train station at either end and the entire route is well signposted, with each sign in white and red and marked with the path code (GR-236).
Do you know of any other excellent off-road routes in Valencia?
This guest post was written by cycling enthusiast Aurora Johnson on behalf of www.wheelies.co.uk, which specialises in mountain bikes, road bikes and many other bike varieties.
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