A Week of Guided Mountain Biking in Valencia & Sierra de Mariola

A Week of Guided Mountain Biking in Valencia & Sierra de Mariola

This week was special for me.  Not just because we enjoyed some great trails, new routes and fantastic Spring weather, but because I spent the week with two long standing clients who have since become friends.  Scott and Alain live in Montreal, Canada and this was the third time in three years that they have visited Valencia to go mountain biking with me. A few weeks before their trip, we discussed various options and designed a bespoke holiday for them.  This included a return to the mountains of La Safor and a few nights at Villa Florencia.  The second half [read more]

Mountain Biking in the Mountains of Valencia.

Mountain Biking in the Mountains of Valencia.

On Monday 13th August, together with my regular riding buddy Mark (he likes to see his titles change from initially “client” to “returning client” to “regular riding partner” and so on!…) I completed a superb route around the valleys and peaks of the Serpis and Gallinera area of Valencia. Despite the heat, once we were on the move it was quite comfortable – an advantage of biking over walking in the summer months is that there´s always a breeze.  We started by descending into the very pretty Serpis valley where we followed the riverside trail to the village of Lorxa. [read more]

Guided Mountain Biking in Spain.

Guided Mountain Biking in Spain.

On Friday 27th July, I spent a very enjoyable morning biking with a French client who was holidaying with family here in our home village of La Drova.  Although not a regular mountain biker, he was certainly an experienced cyclist and last year had in fact cycled to La Drova from his home in Toulouse! We began the day with a relaxed ride through the valley of La Drova on dirt tracks then headed inland along some rocky trails and wooded singletrack.  We then joined a trail through orange groves and pedalled into the Barxeta Valley.  We were making good [read more]

Guided Active Tourism Package.

Guided Active Tourism Package.

I´ve been fortunate enough to spend the past few days with two great clients from Rotterdam in The Netherlands.  Harry and his son Lars contacted me early this year to discuss the possibility of arranging a Guided Active Tourism Short Break prior to their family holiday in Valencia.  Both fit and keen bikers, they wanted to explore this beautiful area of Spain and to enjoy the mountains and countryside that it has to offer.  Following some discussion, I proposed an itinerary that would comprise a day of mountain walking and two days of mountain biking. On our first day together, [read more]

Guided Biking for Families in Valencia

Guided Biking for Families in Valencia

On 10th April I had the pleasure of providing a guided biking trip for a family group who were holidaying in Spain.  The group comprised 4 adults and 2 children, both aged 10.  Although some members had mountain biking experience, others didn´t so we opted to do a trip around the Natural Park of Albufera de Valencia.  Although the route was 34km in length, it was flat with no technical terrain. Each member of the group hired a mountain bike from us, and after some last minute checks, we began the ride.  To make the day more interesting for the [read more]

A day of guided mountain biking in the winter sunshine.

A day of guided mountain biking in the winter sunshine.

On Wednesday I gladly provided a day of guided mountain biking for clients Mark and Nicholas.  For Mark, the owner of a local hotel, this was his third trip out with us.  Nicholas, an Australian tourist was back-packing through Europe and was spending a few days here in Spain. Mark and Nicholas opted to rent a couple of Trek mountain bikes from us, and after a brief introduction and pre-ride checks, we hit the trail. Today´s route was very civilised as the first 1.5km were all down hill, providing a gentle warm up.   Having descended through some woods, we emerged onto [read more]

Combine Mountain Biking in Spain with a City Break, Rural Get-Away or Beach Holiday

Combine Mountain Biking in Spain with a City Break, Rural Get-Away or Beach Holiday

As it´s the time of year when thoughts are turning to the warmer months ahead and of holidays in the sun, we´re all thinking of how we can maximise our precious free time and of course value for our hard earned cash. These days, more people are opting for a vacation that provides the opportunity to enjoy outdoor activities rather than just a beach holiday or sight-seeing trip. However, it´s often the case that to indulge in a favourite hobby whilst away, one has to opt for a specifically organised activity holiday.  Here at Nature Trail Spain, we recognise that such [read more]

Designing a New Guided Mountain Bike Route

Designing a New Guided Mountain Bike Route

In preparation for the forthcoming season, I have been working on a new Guided Mountain Bike Route that will now be added to our portfolio. This is one of our tougher routes as it includes some very steep ascents and takes in a remote and high mountain pass. I´ve been working on this one for a while, essentially trying to join up various off-road sections to form a circular route that minimises the amount of on-road work and makes the most of the rural tracks and trails. After 3 or 4 outings, today´s objective was to ride and record the entire [read more]

Guided Mountain Biking from La Drova.

Guided Mountain Biking from La Drova.

Today, I had the pleasure of introducing Mark, the owner of a local country hotel to the joys of mountain biking.  Although he´s an active sportsman, and a keen runner, he´s never been out on a mountain bike.  He admitted to having been keen to give mountain biking a try for a while, so a day of guided mountain biking from La Drova, our home base, proved to be a great introduction. He was provided with a helmet and fully equipped Trek mountain bike.  Following some initial instruction on bike set-up, efficient braking, pedaling and gear changing we set off along [read more]