Cycle Cheeky Cols of Costa Blanca
Spain, Bike - Road Cycling, 8 days - from £795 (land only) - from €995 (land only) - from $1,390 (land only)
Day 1: Rendezvous at the group's hotel accommodation in Altea. Two, timed group transfers will be provided from Alicante Airport on this day and the driving time is approximately 45 minutes. KE Land Only package services begin with dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 2: We warm up with a coastal ride towards the surreal skyline of Benidorm, turning inland to the village of Finestrat, with its views of the Puig Campana (1410m). Continuing via Callosa de Sarria, we drop back down to Altea and our hotel. Ride distance 66 km (41 miles) with 1100 metres of ascent and descent.
Day 3: Biking into the mountainous interior, we reach the village of Guadalest and have time to check out its castle. Then, it's up to the Puerto De Confrides (966m) and through a wild rural region to our hostal in Millena. Ride distance 73 km (46 miles) with 1885 metres of ascent and 1266 metres of descent.
Day 4: Today, we ride the 2 amazing passes of the Port of Benifallin (1000m) and Port Tudons (1020m), via remote villages and twisty hairpins. An exhilarating descent takes us to Alcoleja and on to Millenna. Ride distance 70 km (44 miles) with 1952 metres of ascent and 1955 metres of descent.
Day 5: An easier day, as we bike through the Vall de Gallinera, with its traditional farms. Beyond the small town of Pego, we ride through orange plantations and make a gentle descent to the port of Denia and our hotel. Ride distance 60 km (38 miles) with 700 metres of ascent and 1350 metres of descent.
Day 6: Today is a classic day ride from Denia which will take us over the famous Col de Rates with an exhilarating descent to the mountain village of Castells de Castells to follow. A final easy descent takes us back to Denia. Ride distance 82 km (51 miles) with 1410 metres of ascent and descent.
Day 7: Our final ride takes us through a national park area and amongst citrus groves into the Xalo Valley. Beyond Xalon, we start the 12 km climb to the 'Bernia' Pass, then enjoy a great, twisting descent, with views of the coast and the Penon de Ifach. Overnight in Altea. Ride distance 95 km (59 miles) with 1600 metres of ascent and descent.
Day 8: KE Land Only package services end after breakfast. 2 complimentary timed transfers to Alicante Airport are provided.