Upon arrival at Alicante airport, you will be picked up and transferred to your hotel. You will be based with 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 riding.
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.
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.
A private transfer will arrive to take your group back to Alicante airport after your bikes have been picked up. Relax this morning and take your time chilling out by the water before your travel home.
Altea, Calpe and the Costa Blanca are ideal for a group or club cycling holiday. You can enjoy the beaches and lively bars but be on the climbs and quiet roads of the region in 5 minutes. As you venture north into the hills, don’t be surprised if you don’t come across a car for hours. 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.