A Morning in the Mountains

A Morning in the Mountains

Last week, together with regular biking partner Mark I enjoyed a great ride out in the mountains that surround our village. In the summer heat it´s always worth adapting the routes to get the steepest or longest climb done first whilst the morning is still relatively fresh. We began by climbing out of the La Drova valley up a steep track that placed us on top of the Sierra de Marxuquera. The hard work done, we then enjoyed a relaxed ride over the hills before beginning our descent into the remote mountain village of Pinet where we sat in the [read more]

Guided Biking & Culture Trip.

Guided Biking & Culture Trip.

For 3 days in June I had the pleasure of providing a guided biking trip for an international group of doctors, scientists and medical experts from Australia, USA and Italy.  They´d attended a conference in the city of Valencia and wanted a short break afterwards that would be based on cycling but would take in some of the local culture.  After a welcome drink at the Casa Rural Casona de Ferrando in our home village of La Drova, we discussed the plans for the trip. On Sunday we travelled to the Natural Park of Albufera de Valencia. As this was [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]

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]

Barxeta Valley - June 2011

Barxeta Valley – June 2011

This weekend I took a local biker out on the trails around the Barxeta Valley, Valencia. The route starts on easy rocky trails through a wooded valley then climbs over a small pass before dropping down to the Barxeta Valley. There´s a superb section of extremely pretty single track through an old pine wood, then it´s onto rocky agricultural trails that have been used by local olive and fruit growers for decades. We called at the lovely old village of Barxeta to enjoy a coffee in the square. This cheerful little place deserves some respect – in the past few [read more]

Mountain Biking in Valencia

Mountain Biking in Valencia

Guided Mountain Bike Tours, Bike Rental & Mountain Biking Skills Courses in the Beautiful Valencian Countryside. mountainbikingvalencia.com is owned by Nature Trail Spain, a small but specialist active tourism company based in La Drova, a mountain village very close to the Mediterranean coast, 70km South of Valencia and 45km North of Denia.  Our aim is to provide the visitor with an opportunity to make the very best of their time here by benefitting from our local knowledge and specialist professional services.  We offer our services  throughout the La Safor region, Northern Costa Blanca and beyond to Xativa, Valencia and the interior [read more]