Last week, I had the pleasure of welcoming new clients Tina and Dennis, experienced and fit mountain bikers from Denmark. They were staying in the beautiful and historical town of Xativa, an increasingly popular destination for those looking to combine active and cultural tourism. Xativa, the birthplace of both Spanish Popes, and the first place in Europe to produce paper, is located just 50 minutes by train from Spain´s third city, Valencia.
We began our mountain bike trip from the heart of the historic centre of Xativa, riding out of town and immediately joining a great trail that took us into a wooded river valley. The trail was superbly varied, quite rocky, some stretches of single-track, with some great little ascents and descents, it was a joy to ride. We eventually reached the end of the valley, and after a short road ride into a farming village in the Albaida Valley we stopped for a coffee break.
Refreshed and rested, we made the climb up on to the hills of the Sierra de Buixcarro and took to a fantastic rocky trail that took us through a high, wooded mountain pass. This is one of the best trails in the area and is always one of the highlights of any trip.
The next section of the trip was a relaxed ride through orange groves. Once through the Barxeta Valley, everyone was still feeling fit and fresh so we decided on a slight diversion that made the route longer but involved another great stretch of off-road trail that took us back into Xativa.
It had been a pleasure to spend the day with Dennis and Tina, and to share their enthusiasm for mountain biking. They had enjoyed their break, and had combined their love of mountain biking with a trip to Xativa and a day in the city of Valencia.
Written by David Warrington.
Mountain Bike Guide & Instructor at Mountain Biking Valencia