Upon arrival at Alicante airport, you will be picked up and transferred to your hotel. Where you stay is totally up to you as there are incredible options in Calpe, Moraira and Xabia however, we recommend staying in the Altea, a charming town on the white coast. Here you have direct access to incredible climbs as well as pristine beaches and lively restaurants and bars.
Depending on what time you arrive, pick up your bikes and settle into your hotel before an afternoon of exploring the region.
Today’s ride will provide you with the perfect introduction to cycling in Spain. The ride is made even more special as it largely replicates Stage 2 of the 2019 Vuelta a Espana. You will truly be cycling on the paths of legends.
Following a delicious breakfast at your hotel, jump on the bike and head north, passing the idyllic hilltop town and popular tourist spot of El Castell de Guadalest. From here the incredible riding continues as you follow the winding mountain passes that offer inspiring views through the valleys.
Ride through Benilloba and continue north to Bennimassot before the descent back into Altea begins through Castell de Castells and Tarbena. We recommend a quick stop at the latter where there’s a pop-up drinks shack, perfect for cyclists out riding in the mountains.
There’s a strong chance you won’t come across any cars during this ride. Enjoy the uninterrupted freedom of the winding tarmac roads all whilst taking in the unique mountainous landscape. On return to your hotel, tuck into a traditional Spanish meal and relax after an incredible first ride in Costa Blanca.
Arguably the most well-known climb of the region, the Coll de Rates is a must ride for any seasoned road cyclists. After a relaxed morning in your hotel, join the roads leaving Altea to the north and reach the peaceful village of Parcent. From here, we recommend a ride through the Jalon Valley, where you can take in the orange groves and peaceful surroundings, before heading south towards the famous Coll de Rates.
During the ascent, our GPX routes will take you onto the narrow winding roads that make this region so famous. Too narrow for cars but made from smooth tarmac, this is the definition of climbing and switchback heaven.
All routes in the area provide riders with unforgettable lookouts overlooking the coast. The climbing is easy when the views are this good.
Today’s ride begins with some spectacular coastal riding. Ride from Altea to Calpe and through Moraira, Xabia and Denia before heading inland on smooth roads cut into the sides of rugged mountains. You’ll then come to a town called Planes. A delightful checkpoint that has been one of the most frequently visited places in the Vuelta a Espana in recent history.
Don’t be surprised if you come across professional riders during today’s route. The quiet roads and abundance of climbing opportunities make it the perfect training destination.
Enjoy another unforgettable route through the mountains on your way back to Altea. If this is your final day on the bike in Costa Blanca then take it all in and enjoy the freedom that the roads provide. Relax in your hotel or head out and experience the local restaurants and bars to conclude your cycling holiday.
If today is your last day in Altea, a transfer will arrive to take you back to Alicante airport after your bikes have been picked up. Relax this morning and take your time chilling out on the south-east coast before your onward journey.
If you choose to extend your trip, we can provide you with more incredible routes to ride and, for a change of scenery, we also love staying further along the coast in Calpe where you can enjoy days exploring the town and climbing Calpe Rock (Peñón de Ifach). Just let our cycling experience team know when you enquire.
What makes south east Spain so special, along with the beautiful weather and incredible climbs on offer, is the freedom that the mountains and roads provide. As you venture north into the hills, don’t be surprised if you don’t come across a car for hours. Stay in Altea, Calpe or Xabia and enjoy rides along the coast or into the mountains at your pleasure. The mountain passes here stay open all year due to the region’s excellent weather. Ride the Coll de Rates and to Tarbena and Planes, 3 incredible routes that only touch on the surface of the incredible cycling in the Costa Blanca.