Cycle Cheeky Cols of Costa Blanca
Spain, Bike - Road Cycling, 8 days - from £795 (land only) - from €955 (land only) - from $1,310 (land only)
3 Different Hotels
Our exploration of this road cycling paradise takes us from Altea to Millena and back to the coast at Denia
- Road cycling through the coastal mountains of Eastern Spain
- Bike the classic twisting road climbs of the Tour of Spain
- Enjoy the relaxed Mediterranean atmosphere of Altea and Denia
- Reliably sunny, this is a popular training ground of pro teams
- Profit from budget flights to Alicante and excellent bike hire
With its enviable year round climate, 300 days of sunshine and spectacularly mountainous interior, Spain's Costa Blanca has earned cult status amongst biking aficionados as one of the top short-haul cycling holiday escapes. Less then 30 kilometres from a bustling coastal scene, the quiet, unvisited mountain roads in the Marina Alta and Marina Baixa are a mecca for riders from all over Europe, providing limitless options of sinewy climbs, thrilling descents, awe-inspiring scenery with that perfect café con leche always awaiting in a traditional Spanish café or bar. After a day ride from Altea, we'll leave the coast and climb into the mountains on the snaking Puerto de Confrides, passing one of Spain's most spectacular villages, Guadalest. Tucked away amongst cherry orchards and ruined Moorish castles, we'll stay at a traditional rural village hostal for 2 nights, the perfect way to unwind and savour a very different side of the Costa Blanca. Exploring an array of famous Vuelta de Espana climbs, Puerto de Confrides (966m), Puerto Tudons (1020m), Port de Benifallin (1000m) Col de Rates (780m), we'll descend to civilisation and the lively port of Denia. Climbing over the local's pass, the Mongo, we conquer the unforgettable Alto Bernia (615m) to admire the stunning knife edge ridge before descending to the glittering coastline and Altea, way below. On this unique Costa Blanca journey, we ride through some pretty remote territory, on mainly quiet mountain roads with excellent surfaces, and visit a number of traditional villages en route. We'll also have the opportunity to spend time on the coast in the tasteful towns of Altea and Denia. Altea is a peaceful, traditional town considered one of the best preserved towns on the Mediterranean, the perfect place to while away an hour or two. Superb riding, excellent coastal and mountain accommodation, and a unique journey make this a dream break away from the bleaker days of winter.
Is this holiday for you?
This road cycling holiday is suitable for regular weekend cyclists and sportive riders. The road surfaces are excellent and the gradients are sustained and not overly steep, whilst away from the coast the roads are very quiet. The mountainous interior is light years away from the worst of the coastal crowds and a dream for any road cycling fan. Completing the most famous climbs of the region, we'll accumulate a total of over 8000 metres of ascent and descent with an average of 65 kilometres each day. On our 6 day journey in Costa Blanca our cycling days are totally supported - at the start of the day when the group sets off biking, your kit will be loaded into the support vehicle and transported to the next overnight halt. Lunches will be taken in local cafes en route. We must stress that apart from the spares and tools you would take on any day ride you will not be required to carry any luggage