Mountain Biking in Spain MTB http://mountainbikingvalencia.com MTB Valencia Mon, 14 Apr 2014 11:07:38 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.3 Mountain Biking from Valencia http://mountainbikingvalencia.com/2014/04/14/mountain-biking-valencia/ http://mountainbikingvalencia.com/2014/04/14/mountain-biking-valencia/#comments Mon, 14 Apr 2014 11:07:03 +0000 http://mountainbikingvalencia.com/?p=2380

Last week I had the absolute pleasure of meeting a couple of mountain bikers from Finland.  They were spending some time in the city of Valencia and wished to incorporate some biking into their plans. We´d talked before their arrival and had agreed upon a package that included a combination of bike rental and a [read more]

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Last week I had the absolute pleasure of meeting a couple of mountain bikers from Finland.  They were spending some time in the city of Valencia and wished to incorporate some biking into their plans.

The historical quarter of Valencia

The historical quarter of Valencia

We´d talked before their arrival and had agreed upon a package that included a combination of bike rental and a couple of days of guided mountain biking in the hills that surround this magnificent city.   During their time in Valencia, they explored the surroundings with the bikes.  They enjoyed rides to the Natural Park of Albufera de Valencia, the coast line north of the city, the village of Alboraya and the bike trails within the city and along the beautiful Turia Gardens.

Guided mountain biking in Valencia

On our first day together, we made the short trip south and began a route in the mountains of the Sierra de Marxuquera.  The day began with a big climb but once up high, we had great views of the Albaida Valley and enjoyed some great rocky trails through this very pretty area.

Mountain Biking in Valencia

Our second day was spent slightly further inland where we started our route in the lovely old town of Xativa.  A super riverside trails took us up into the hills and after a climb up to the Sierra de Quatretonda we took to one of this areas best trails, a flowing rocky track that passes through a wooded mountain pass then descends quickly into the Barxeta valley.

Mountain Biking Valencia

We´d had a couple of great days together, and it had been a pleasure to meet these guys.  Their passion for biking and the great deal of care with which they treated the bikes was a real joy to see.

DJW MTB

Written by David Warrington.

Mountain Bike Guide & Instructor at Mountain Biking Valencia

 

 

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A Week of Guided Mountain Biking in Valencia & Sierra de Mariola http://mountainbikingvalencia.com/2014/03/25/week-guided-mountain-biking-valencia-sierra-de-mariola/ http://mountainbikingvalencia.com/2014/03/25/week-guided-mountain-biking-valencia-sierra-de-mariola/#comments Tue, 25 Mar 2014 13:28:04 +0000 http://mountainbikingvalencia.com/?p=2359

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 [read more]

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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.

Scott & Alain

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 of the week was spent in the Sierra de Mariola, a new area for them and one that I´m developing for this coming season.

Discussing route options at Villa Florencia

Discussing route options at Villa Florencia

On their first day, after a leisurely breakfast, we headed out into the Sierra de Marxuquera and did a route through the Albaida Valley before returing along one of the areas best trails through the Sierra de Buixcarro.  We visited an old farming village when the  bar owner prepared a local dish of fresh herbs and home made pastry.  Whatever it contained was fantastic as for the following 40 kms we didn´t feel any signs of hunger!

Guided mountain biking in Valencia

As they were familiar with the area, on their second day they did a self-guided route through the Albaida Valley and returned via the Serpis Valley, a long but very varied and enjoyable route.

We began our last day in the area with a route that started in the beautiful and historical village of Simat de Valldigna, before biking out through orange groves to the town of Alzira.  From there we began the long climb onto the Sierra de Agujas where we enjoyed a great trail through a high, hanging valley before a fast descent back into Valldigna.

Mountain biking in Alzira

That evening Scott and Alain enjoyed dinner and their last night at Villa Florencia.  The next morning, we set off for the relatively short journey south west to the Sierra de Mariola.

+Qi in the Sierra de Mariola

+Qi in the Sierra de Mariola

We arrived at the beautiful Casa Rural +Qi, a luxury rural retreat that offers organic home cooked food.  Having checked in we set out from the house on a relatively short but demanding ride through the valley then up onto the shoulder of the area´s highest peak, Montcabrer.  A great descent took us back down to the Font de Mariola where we rested in the Spring sunshine before heading for home.

Biking in Mariola

Our second day in the Mariola was our toughest route.  We set out on some technical singletrack down to the ancient village of Bocairent, then biked through the valley, passing the farming village of Alfafara and onto Agres, a historical village perched on the steep mountainside of El Teix.  After a reluctant descent through the village we found a bar in the square where we rested and ate prior to the day´s big climb.

Bocairent

Bocairent

There followed a long and steep climb, up through the forest, out of the tree line then up onto the 1246m summit of El Teix.  The hard work was rewarded by stunning and far reaching views across the Albaida Valley to the north and across the southern Valencian sierras down to the peaks of Alicante and beyond.  We sat on the summit for a while, watching Alpine Swifts soar overhead and enjoying views to the adjoining 1400m peak of Montcabrer.

On the summit of El Teix

On the summit of El Teix

A superb descent along rocky trails took us past some ancient ice-houses before we took to a long and flowing descent back to valley level.  The day ended with a superb section of trail that took us right back to +Qi.  The route was only 46kms but we´d climbed a total of 1862 metres.  After a good rest and hot shower we met up for a dinner of freshly prepared seafood, fish and organic vegetables.

+Qi

+Qi

Our final day was to be a long one but absolutely fantastic.  We opted for a short but demanding ride through the lower stretches of the Vinalopo valley before a steep climb up onto the hills.

Montcabrer

Montcabrer

After a rocky descent we repeated a trail that we´d particularly enjoyed earlier in the week, then headed back to +Qi where we had a leisurely lunch.

A gentle end to the week

A gentle end to the week

We then drove back to the city of Valencia where, having rested for a while we met up once again for a farewell dinner in the historical Barrio Carmen.

The historical quarter of Valencia

The historical quarter of Valencia

It had been a full and demanding week but one that I´ll remember…great biking, superb trails, fantastic views, beautiful food and fabulous company.

 

DJW MTB

Written by David Warrington.

Mountain Bike Guide and Instructor at Mountain Biking Valencia

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Bespoke Mountain Biking & Valencia City Break http://mountainbikingvalencia.com/2014/03/25/bespoke-mountain-biking-valencia-city-break/ http://mountainbikingvalencia.com/2014/03/25/bespoke-mountain-biking-valencia-city-break/#comments Tue, 25 Mar 2014 08:27:22 +0000 http://mountainbikingvalencia.com/?p=2316

I recently had the absolute pleasure of working with Eliane and Silvian from the Netherlands.   They were staying in the city of Valencia and had contacted me whilst arranging their trip, with the aim of combining their time in this enchanting city with a couple of days of mountain biking.  On our first day of biking [read more]

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I recently had the absolute pleasure of working with Eliane and Silvian from the Netherlands.

In the Serpis Valley

In the Serpis Valley

Opera House, Valencia

Opera House, Valencia

 

They were staying in the city of Valencia and had contacted me whilst arranging their trip, with the aim of combining their time in this enchanting city with a couple of days of mountain biking.  On our first day of biking I collected them from their hotel and we made the short journey south to the region of La Safor.  After a coffee stop and the usual safety briefings we began the route with a gentle descent into the valley, biking through woodland and emerging by the side of the very pretty river Serpis.  Our route took us through a gorge, crossing from the province of Valencia to the province of Alicante where the gorge opens out into a lush valley of olive and almond groves.

Beniarres Reservoir and the peak of Benicadell

Beniarres Reservoir and the peak of Benicadell

 

 

 

 

We enjoyed lunch in a traditional farming village before making our way back through the valley and into the gorge for our return leg.  The valley is stunning in Spring, with trout in the river, Swallows passing through on their journey north, and usually eagles and the occasional vulture can be seen circling above.

The day ended with a short climb back up to the van.  Eliane and Silvian returned to the city by local train, enjoying a journey through the rice fields of Valencia.

 

The rice fields of Albufera de Valencia

The rice fields of Albufera de Valencia

 

Our second day of biking was scheduled to take place three days later and the original plan was to head a little further inland to the mountains of Xativa.  However, a Spring storm front had moved in and the forecast for the mountains wasn´t good…not a common problem here in Valencia!  I was unhappy at the thought of taking anyone into the hills just to get wet so we discussed the various options.  Eliane and Silvian are not only exceptionally experienced cyclists but keen nature lovers, so I proposed a coastal ride that would take in the Albufera Natural Park.  

I designed a trip that also included a cultural element, explaining the history and ecology of Albufera and a visit to the heart of the rice growing community.  As we biked through the park, we also enjoyed the diverse bird life, seeing Herons, Egrets, Terns, Gulls, Stilts and to our great surprise a small group of Black Storks.  

 

 

Eliane and Silvian returned to Valencia where they enjoyed the preparations for the famous Fallas fiestas.

Their experience of this wonderful city, and its proximity to some superb natural environments had been a positive one, and they hope to return again soon.

 

DJW MTB

Written by David Warrington.

Mountain Bike Guide & Instructor at Mountain Biking Valencia

 

 

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Mountain Biking in Xativa, Valencia http://mountainbikingvalencia.com/2014/02/17/mountain-biking-xativa-valencia/ http://mountainbikingvalencia.com/2014/02/17/mountain-biking-xativa-valencia/#comments Mon, 17 Feb 2014 22:42:23 +0000 http://mountainbikingvalencia.com/?p=2300

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 [read more]

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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.

Medieval Quarter of Valencia

Medieval Quarter of 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.

Mountain Biking in Xativa

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.

Mountain Biking in Valencia

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.

DJW MTB

 

Written by David Warrington.

Mountain Bike Guide & Instructor at Mountain Biking Valencia

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January 2014 Bulletin http://mountainbikingvalencia.com/2014/01/12/january-2014-bulletin/ http://mountainbikingvalencia.com/2014/01/12/january-2014-bulletin/#comments Sun, 12 Jan 2014 21:48:13 +0000 http://mountainbikingvalencia.com/?p=2280

As ever I would like to begin by wishing everyone a very happy and healthy New Year. I hope that you´re all well, have had a good festive period and that 2014 biking plans and objectives are taking shape! The purpose of this bulletin is to reflect briefly on the last year but more so [read more]

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As ever I would like to begin by wishing everyone a very happy and healthy New Year. I hope that you´re all well, have had a good festive period and that 2014 biking plans and objectives are taking shape!

The purpose of this bulletin is to reflect briefly on the last year but more so to keep you informed of new developments here in Valencia.

2013 was a successful and busy year, and I was fortunate enough to share many a great day with many interesting people. Many thanks to you all for your support. Special thanks to those who made return visits, it´s especially gratifying when clients do so, often with family and friends.

We have had the pleasure of welcoming a huge array of clients, including experienced cross country bikers from countries such as Canada, USA, UK and Switzerland. We´ve also provided trips, holidays and skills courses for clients who have wanted to develop their technique and learn new skills. It´s always a pleasure to watch someone grow in confidence and ability and to introduce others to this fabulous sport.

Mountain Biking in Valencia

Looking ahead to the New Year, our day trips are still proving to be very popular, especially for clients who choose to combine mountain biking with a break in the beautiful and fascinating city of Valencia. This vibrant city is within easy reach of some superb mountain biking areas, so many clients choose to include a visit or short city break and enjoy a hugely diverse holiday. We´re always willing to help clients to design their own break, advise on travel and find accommodation.

Guided Mountain Bike Trips

Another popular option has been our Special Offer Packages. These comprise accommodation and biking and are available for the 2014 season. The guest house Villa Florencia remains as popular as ever. For more details, visit www.gandiacasarural.com

Villa-Florencia

For the 2014 season we have the pleasure of two new collaboration partners – the beautifully restored farmhouse Granja San Miguel. More details of this superb guest house can be found at www.casasanmiguel.com

Granja San Miguel

For those looking to enjoy a touch of true luxury, combined with fine organic cuisine, we have delight in presenting The Energy House.  For top quality accommodation coupled with a 2-day skills course, see the Blog page on our website.
Visit www.masqi.es more details of this very special rural hotel.

Weekend Skills Course

The surrounding Sierra de Mariola is an area in which we are developing new routes for 2014. This provides an excellent base for those arriving through Alicante airport.

One of our key priorities is that of helping clients to design exactly what they want from their holiday or free time, so please do not hesitate to contact us with your enquiries.

Mountain Biking Valencia

Website : www.MountainBikingValencia.com

E-mail : NatureTrailSpain@gmail.com

Tel. : +34 633 117 310

I hope to have the pleasure of welcoming you to this beautiful corner of Spain very soon!

DJW MTB

 

Wishing you all the very best,

David Warrington.

Mountain Biking Valencia

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Bespoke Active Holidays in Valencia http://mountainbikingvalencia.com/2013/12/02/bespoke-active-holidays-valencia/ http://mountainbikingvalencia.com/2013/12/02/bespoke-active-holidays-valencia/#comments Mon, 02 Dec 2013 15:53:38 +0000 http://mountainbikingvalencia.com/?p=2221

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 [read more]

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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 their holiday at the coast.

Mountain Biking Valencia

Our first mountain biking day began in the village of La Drova.  After the usual introductions, briefings and safety discussions, we started out on the trail.  After a stiff climb we were soon up on the Sierra de Marxuquera.  A relatively simple ride along gravel trails followed by quite a fast descent took us to the farming village of Pinet.  Late autumn is a very special time in this area as the olive harvest is well underway.  The groves that are situated at lower levels are the first to be harvested, whilst the higher mountain groves are usually left until December or January.  Some of the harvesting techniques haven´t changes for decades yet the Valencia region produces some of the finest olive oil in Europe.

Olive groves ready for harvesting

Olive groves ready for harvesting

After a coffee in the village square we headed out on a fantastic rocky loop trail through the Albaida Valley, quite flowing, quite quick but demanding of some attention.  Back in Pinet we had lunch before taking on another climb followed by a long rocky descent into the Barxeta Valley before the final few kms back to La Drova.  We´d covered 40km and had seen some beautiful hidden corners of rural Valencia.

Mountain Biking Valencia

Despite a forecast of rain, Day 2 dawned bright and sunny.  We´d chosen to ride a little further south so met up in the village of Xaló in the province of Alicante.  The first 12km of the route was all ascent albeit at a comfortable gradient and with the advantage of placing us up high on the Sierra de Bernia.  The air temperature had dropped considerably and cloud was beginning to blow in so we made a brief stop to put on extra layers of thermals and windproof clothing before we began the first section of descent.

Mountain Biking Valencia

This was a great trail, rocky and quite demanding in places but all bike-able and with some great views all the way down to the Mediterranean.  Having re-grouped safely at the bottom of the trail we took a narrow lane that lead up into a little known valley high in the Sierra.  From there we had a strenuous climb up inbetween a couple of limestone peaks from where we began the long descent back to the Xaló Valley.  The first section of descent was on a wide but quite steep rocky trail.  After a brief stop to enjoy the views across the mountains and down to the sea we took to a short section of relatively demanding singletrack that put us within a short road ride back to the van.  We´d covered 32km with over 800 metres of ascent.  The ride had been extremely varied both in terms of terrain and views and despite the forecast, we´d not seen a drop of rain.

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The day ended with a very kind invitation to lunch by my clients.  We enjoyed a typical Valencian vegetable paella and toasted a couple of superb days on the bikes.  The weather had been kind, the trails had been fun, the views spectacular and the company excellent.  Many thanks to L & S for a couple of great days.

DJW MTB

 

Written by David Warrington.

Mountain Bike Guide & Instructor at Mountain Biking Valencia.

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Winter Mountain Biking in Valencia http://mountainbikingvalencia.com/2013/11/18/winter-mountain-biking-valencia/ http://mountainbikingvalencia.com/2013/11/18/winter-mountain-biking-valencia/#comments Mon, 18 Nov 2013 14:51:48 +0000 http://mountainbikingvalencia.com/?p=2213

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 [read more]

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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.

Mountain Biking in Valencia

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 problem of the chilly morning with a 20 minute climb up a gravel trail that took us up onto the Sierra de Marxuquera.  Having warmed up nicely we continued over the hills before enjoying a relaxed descent into a small Valencian farming village where we stopped for a coffee break.

Guided Mountain Biking in Valencia

Another short but steep climb took us up into little known hanging valley where local farmers have been growing plums, almonds and olives for generations.  After a brief rest we set off down a long, flowing rocky trail into the Barxeta valley.

Winter mountain biking in Valencia

A short climb then took us over to the village of Barx where we paused to enjoy the spectacular views of the peaks of Valldigna.

Mountain Biking Valencia

A good ride out in the winter sunshine, some great trails, spectacular views and good company!

DJW MTB

Written by David Warrington.

Mountain Bike Guide & Instructor at Mountain Biking Valencia.

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Weekend Mountain Bike Skills Course With Luxury Rural Accommodation & Fine Cuisine http://mountainbikingvalencia.com/2013/09/26/weekend-mountain-bike-skills-course-luxury-rural-accommodation-fine-cuisine/ http://mountainbikingvalencia.com/2013/09/26/weekend-mountain-bike-skills-course-luxury-rural-accommodation-fine-cuisine/#comments Thu, 26 Sep 2013 15:25:25 +0000 http://mountainbikingvalencia.com/?p=2204

In collaboration with +Qi “The Energy House” we have pleasure in offering this very special package :- Weekend Mountain Bike Skills Course with Luxury Rural Accommodation & Fine Cuisine. See the flyer for more details…

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In collaboration with +Qi “The Energy House” we have pleasure in offering this very special package :-

Weekend Mountain Bike Skills Course with Luxury Rural Accommodation & Fine Cuisine.

See the flyer for more details…

Mountain Bike Skills Weekend

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Off-road cycling in Valencia: The routes and trails you have to cycle http://mountainbikingvalencia.com/2013/08/15/off-road-cycling-in-valencia-the-routes-and-trails-you-have-to-cycle/ http://mountainbikingvalencia.com/2013/08/15/off-road-cycling-in-valencia-the-routes-and-trails-you-have-to-cycle/#comments Thu, 15 Aug 2013 09:42:29 +0000 http://mountainbikingvalencia.com/?p=2196

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 [read more]

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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!

Mountain Biking in Valencia

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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Bespoke Active Tourism in Valencia http://mountainbikingvalencia.com/2013/08/12/bespoke-active-tourism-in-valencia/ http://mountainbikingvalencia.com/2013/08/12/bespoke-active-tourism-in-valencia/#comments Mon, 12 Aug 2013 12:41:07 +0000 http://mountainbikingvalencia.com/?p=2185

Last week I had the pleasure of welcoming back a group of returning clients from UK.  They had previously visited the Valencia region on numerous occasions so knew the area well.  Prior to their trip, we had worked together to design a specific package of activities for them, aimed at delivering exactly what they were [read more]

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Last week I had the pleasure of welcoming back a group of returning clients from UK.  They had previously visited the Valencia region on numerous occasions so knew the area well.  Prior to their trip, we had worked together to design a specific package of activities for them, aimed at delivering exactly what they were looking for from their holiday.  Ultimately, this included bike hire, a day of guided biking and a day of guided mountain walking.

 

The summit ridge of Benicadell

The summit ridge of Benicadell

Our first day together was a long and challenging trip.  We had opted to trek up the spectacular 1100m peak of Benicadell which stands on the border between the provinces of Valencia and Alicante.  A walk up some steep woods brought us out above the tree-line and onto the rocky slopes leading to the summit ridge.  After a welcome rest in the shade we began the scramble along the narrow summit ridge.  This is a stunning place to be, with the whole of the Albaida Valley below your left foot and the very pretty Beniarres Valley and its reservoir below your right foot!  We all made it safely to the summit where we enjoyed the stunning 360 degree views before beginning our trek back down.  It had been a long hot day but all agreed it had been well worth the effort.

On the summit!

On the summit!

Our second day together was originally planned as a guided mountain bike tour.  However, after a discussion about how to maximise value and enjoyment, we made a last minute change of plan and opted to do a cultural cycling trip to the beautiful and historical town of Xativa.  After a gentle ride through the orange groves of the Barxeta Valley, we arrived in Xativa and began the visit with a climb up to the famous castle.  Once up at the castle, we sat on the terrace of the café bar, enjoying a cold drink as well as the views stretching out across the Valencian plains to the city and the distant peaks.

Xativa Castle

A great free-wheel ride back down to the town was followed by a brief bike tour of the historical quarter.  Xativa is the birthplace of the the only two Spanish Popes, both of the Borja dynasty.  It was also the first place in Europe to produce paper.  It´s historical quarter is a delight of narrow streets, peaceful squares and ancient churches.

After lunch on the main boulevard we began our return ride, using country lanes through orange and olive groves, back to the farming village of Barxeta.

It was a delight to see this group again, and especially so having worked with them to design exactly the kind of trip that they were looking for.

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Written by David Warrington.

Mountain Bike Instructor & Active Tourism Guide.

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