Cycle Cheeky Cols of Costa Blanca
Spain, Bike - Road Cycling, 8 days - from £795 (land only) - from €1,115 (land only) - from $1,300 (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 69 km (43 miles) with 840 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 74 km (46 miles) with 1650 metres of ascent and 1050 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 75 km (47 miles) with 1736 metres of ascent and 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 62 km (39 miles) with 550 metres of ascent and 1150 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 90 km (56 miles) with 1200 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 96 km (60 miles) with 1575 metres of ascent and descent.
Day 8: KE Land Only package services end after breakfast. 2 complimentary timed transfers to Alicante Airport are provided.
GPS Trip Data
Click on the link below to view the detailed stats for this holiday via Garmin Connect. Tracked using a Garmin etrex20 you can see detailed mapping of the route, daily distances travelled, the total ascent and descent each day and maximum altitude.