Bespoke Active Holidays in Valencia

Bespoke Active Holidays in Valencia

Last week I had the absolute pleasure of providing a couple of days of guided mountain biking.  My clients were both experienced bikers and outdoor enthusiasts, originally from USA but now living in Switzerland.  They had designed their own bespoke trip and we had worked together to ensure that the biking element of their holiday was exactly what they were looking for. They had begun their holiday in the beautiful city of Valencia where they´d enjoyed the vibrant yet relaxed atmosphere this very special city provides.  They then spent a few nights at the rural retreat Refugio Marnes before ending [read more]

Winter Mountain Biking in Valencia

Winter Mountain Biking in Valencia

This autumn has been unusually warm even by Valencian standards, with November midday temperatures reaching 30 degrees C on many days.  Therefore the sudden drop to around 12 degrees was somewhat of a shock this weekend.  However, the day dawned bright with only light cloud and a good deal of sunshine. My clients for the day were a couple of cyclists from the south coast of England.  One of them owned a holiday property in the area and was keen to enjoy a day of guided mountain biking with his friend who was visiting with family.  We soon solved the [read more]

Mountain Biking Short Breaks.

Mountain Biking Short Breaks.

Early this week I had the pleasure of working with a group of four clients from UK who had designed a holiday that was based upon a city break in Valencia followed by a 3 night mountain bike package at Villa Florencia in Marxuquera, close to Gandia.  All experienced outdoor enthusiasts, they were keen to get out on the mountain bikes to explore this beautiful region. After an informal discussion about the kind of routes they were looking for, we decided on a ride for day one that would take us through a narrow limestone gorge along a riverside trail.  This [read more]

Guided Mountain Biking for Couples

Guided Mountain Biking for Couples

On Saturday 6th April, we arranged a day of guided mountain biking for a couple from Valencia.  This was part of a surprise weekend break, and included two nights at the rural guest house La Casona Ferrando in our home village of La Drova. Fernando and Vibrana were new to mountain biking so we opted for a beautiful route that passes through a wooded limestone gorge, not technical but sufficiently challenging to provide a great environment in which to learn some basic off-road techniques. After the usual safety briefing, we began with a gentle trail before taking on a steep [read more]

Mountain Biking in Valencia.

Mountain Biking in Valencia.

On 28th March, we arranged a day of guided mountain biking for a Dutch couple who were taking a short break in the city of Valencia and wanted to make the most of the region´s beautiful mountains. They took the train from Valencia to Gandia, passing through the natural park and rice fields of Albufera along the way.  We met in Gandia and made the short road journey to the start of the route in the La Safor mountains.  Although both very active people, they were new to mountain biking, so the day commenced with a brief safety demonstration, and [read more]

Guided Mountain Biking for Individuals

Guided Mountain Biking for Individuals

On Thursday 21st March, I provided guiding services for a mountain biker from Wales. Keith and his wife were on a 7 month tour of Spain in their beautiful motorhome and were spending the night in the historical village of Simat de la Valldigna. As Keith was a very accomplished biker, I´d suggested a route that left Simat and headed out through the valley to the town of Alzira. From there we began a long, steep and sustained climb on rocky trails that took us up into a hanging valley in the Sierra de la Agujas. This valley has a [read more]

Welcoming back returning clients.

Welcoming back returning clients.

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 [read more]

Weekend Break & Mountain Biking in Xativa.

Weekend Break & Mountain Biking in Xativa.

On Saturday 9th March, I had the pleasure of providing a full day of guided mountain biking for a couple of Dutch clients. This was the second trip with me for one of them, so it was great to welcome him back to our area. For the other, it was his first visit and he´d made the trip from his home in Ireland.  They´d opted for a weekend break in the historical town of Xativa and to spend Saturday out on the trails. We chose a route of some 40km, that took in some superb trails up in the Sierra [read more]