Cycle Cheeky Cols of the Costa Blanca

Road cycling through the coastal mountains of Eastern Spain




From $1,300 Land only

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Holiday Overview


  • 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.

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Explore International. This is one of our Explore International holidays. Participants on these trips can book through KE or through one of our international partners. This helps us to gather together sufficient numbers of like-minded adventurers to get your holiday up and running quickly. Led by an English-speaking guide, the cosmopolitan nature of these groups can be an important part of the experience!

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

Brief Itinerary

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  • Meet at the group hotel in Altea. Two transfers from Alicante Airport are provided.
  • Ride a warm-up loop inland, via Finestrat and the Puig Campana. A second night in Altea.
  • Cycle to Guadalest and across the Puerto De Confrides (966m) to Millena.
  • A loop ride across the Port of Benifallin and Port Tudons (1020m), returning to Millena via Alcoleja.
  • Cycle through the Vall de Gallinera and by way of the town of Pego to the quiet coastal resort of Denia.
  • Another great loop ride, including the Col de Rates and the village of Castells de Castells.
  • Cycle to Altea via the Xalo Valley and the Bernia Pass (615m) with views of the Penon de Ifach.
  • Departure day. Two transfers to Alicante Airport are provided.
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We sell this holiday on a Land Only basis and recommend that you book your flights to Alicante Airport, which is approximately 45 minutes drive from the group hotel in Altea. Please refer to the 'Joining Arrangements and Transfers' section of the trip dossier for further details.

Flights SHOULD NOT be booked until you have received your booking confirmation and the trip is showing 'Guaranteed to Run' or 'Limited'.

If flying from the UK there are a number of low cost airlines offering flights to Alicante. These include Easyjet who have flights from London, Manchester, Liverpool and Edinburgh.Thomson Airways from Manchester, Cardiff & Doncaster. Monarch from Gatwick, Birmingham & Manchester, and Jet 2 from Belfast, Blackpool, Leeds, Manchester & Edinburgh. Other airports may be available. Click on the 'Flight information' link below for further information on booking low cost airlines. Alternatively if you would prefer to book a 'flight inclusive package' using scheduled airlines from the UK please contact our flights department for a quote. Whilst flight prices are likely to be more expensive you will benefit from full financial protection.

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Map & Itinerary

The Route

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Holiday Itinerary

  • Meet at the group hotel in Altea. Two transfers from Alicante Airport are provided.

    Arriving at Alicante International Airport, there will be 2 complimentary timed transfers, where you will be met by our local guide and transferred to the group hotel on the seafront in Altea, approximately 45 minutes drive away. Altea is a small and peaceful town in the centre of a wide bay, overlooked by an amphitheatre of limestone mountains. The town has managed to preserve a traditional and authentic feel, in contrast to the big resorts like Benidorm and Calpe. Whilst there are no soft sandy beaches, Altea is devoid of a single tower block and in winter you will enjoy drinks and 'cafes con leches' with the locals in any of its terraced cafes and bars. Those bringing their own bikes will need to make sure they are reassembled today. KE Land Only package services begin with dinner and overnight at the group hotel.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Meals d

  • Ride a warm-up loop inland, via Finestrat and the Puig Campana. A second night in Altea.

    A day to stretch our legs, test our bikes and become acquainted with the local terrain. From our hotel in Altea, we’ll head along the coast towards the futuristic skyline of Benidorm, a quite surreal sight surrounded by dramatic mountains. In total contrast to peaceful Altea, Benidorm is Spain’s biggest holiday resort and attracts more than 5 million visitors every year. Leaving Benidorm, we continue along the coast to the smaller resort of Villajoyosa, before turning inland. Arriving at the village of Finestrat, the vibe is already totally different, with many walkers and climbers drawn to the village and the impressive Puig Campana (1410) which dominates the entire area and overshadows any mighty tower block of Benidorm. The ‘Puig’ is an interesting mountain with a missing ‘window’ from its southern profile, which has given rise to many local legends and challenged many a climber. After a stop in Finestrat, we’ll continue on rolling roads to Callosa de Sarria, before dropping down to Altea for a drink on the seafront with the locals. There will be chance to explore the narrow and hilly streets of this pretty old town and relax next to the sea at our hotel.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Ascent 840m

    • Distance 69km

    • Meals bld

    • Descent 840m

    • Time 3 - 4 hrs cycling

  • Cycle to Guadalest and across the Puerto De Confrides (966m) to Millena.

    Time to leave the coast and venture into the mountainous interior. Soon we are on the main climb of the day, zig zagging through pine trees to the stunning village of Guadalest. Dramatically situated amongst the mountains of the Aitana, Serella and Xorta, the village was a military stronghold dating back to 715AD and the Moorish occupation of Spain. We’ll have time to explore the castle ruins of San Jose, literally hanging off the edge of a cliff and offering spectacular views of the fortress of Alcazaba, the mountains and azure blue waters of the huge lake below. We’ll have chance to wander the quaint streets of the Arrabal where most of the village’s 200 inhabitants live in the present day. As we leave the village, we’ll break our ties with mainstream tourism and continue climbing up to the pass of Puerto De Confrides (966m). In stark contrast to Guadalest, this is a lonely and wild spot, surrounded by the stunning peaks of the Serella and to the north the traditional rural heartland of the region. With most of the climbing metres in the bag, it’s a fun descent amidst tiny mountain villages, encircled by olive terraces and almond-clad hillocks. The virgin olive oil produced in the area is one of the finest in Spain and said to contribute to the longevity of the local octogenarians. This area has been described by Spanish writers as ‘el tiempo pasa de puntillas’ which translated means,’ time goes by on tiptoe’. The region's charm is undoubtedly its tranquillity and serenity and we can expect to have the roads largely to ourselves - 50 kilometres and 50 years from Benidorm! We check into our hostal accommodation in the tiny village of Millenna.

    • Accommodation Gite / Hostel

    • Ascent 1650m

    • Distance 74km

    • Meals bld

    • Descent 1050m

    • Time 4 - 5 hrs cycling

  • A loop ride across the Port of Benifallin and Port Tudons (1020m), returning to Millena via Alcoleja.

    Today's ride from the hostal will test our strength and stamina, as we ride the 2 amazing passes of Port of Benifallim (1000m) and Port Tudons (1020m). Leaving our hostal, we cycle through remote villages typical of the area - this really is connoisseurs Spain. A series of short, tight and twisty hairpins bring us to the village of Pengauila, perched on the slopes of the Sierra Aitana and surrounded by fruit and almond groves. Here, there are incredible views of the mountains stretching out like a rugged carpet. With only 350 inhabitants, the village has historical significance as it was granted the status of Royal Town. Crossing a deep ravine, we arrive at the village of Benafallim and then begins the first heart-pumping climb of the day, a steady 300 metre climb to the Port of Benifallim (1000m) a classic climb in the Tour of Spain. We are rewarded with a thrilling descent to the village of Torremanzanas and further down into a deep valley to the village of Relleu. Rolling terrain brings us to the village of Sella where we can refuel before the classic ride up Port Tudons. This ascent involves 20 kilometres of twisting mountain road and is one of the most famous passes in the whole of Spain. Arriving at the summit of Port Tudons (1020m) we can see a gated military road, which in the past has been opened up especially for the Tour of Spain. An exhilarating descent brings us the village of Alcoleja and then a final few clicks back to the tranquillity of our hostal in Millenna where our hosts may tempt us with one of the traditional farmer's dishes for dinner.

    • Accommodation Gite / Hostel

    • Ascent 1740m

    • Distance 75km

    • Meals bld

    • Descent 1740m

    • Time 4 - 5 hrs cycling

  • Cycle through the Vall de Gallinera and by way of the town of Pego to the quiet coastal resort of Denia.

    After our 2 epic days of climbing, it's time for an easy day. Leaving our hostal, we cycle along the beautiful and narrow Vall de Gallinera. After the expulsion of the Moors in 1609, the valley became deserted and it was the Duke of Gandia who brought 150 families from Mallorca to repopulate the valley. Today amidst the almond, olive and cherry farming, their origins are easy to spot. The dialect of the local people still has a resemblance to that spoken on Mallorca. In this region, we are likely to see traditional methods of farming - the fruit, nut and olive crops are still collected centuries old methods. At the end of the valley is the small town of Pego, an interesting town whose medieval streets still retain much of their original charm. Pego celebrates several fiestas and festivals including the interestingly named ‘Pinyata’ - burial of the sardine! Beyond Pego, the landscape opens up to lush gardens and orange plantations and we are treated to a spell of gentle riding to the seafront at Denia. With its elegant Moorish style streets, 17th century castle, extensive marina, several beaches and working port, Denia has something to offer everybody and is still very Spanish.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Ascent 550m

    • Distance 62km

    • Meals bld

    • Descent 1150m

    • Time 3 - 4 hrs cycling

  • Another great loop ride, including the Col de Rates and the village of Castells de Castells.

    Today is a classic day ride from Denia which will take us over the famous Col de Rates, followed by an exhilarating descent to the mountain village of Castell de Castells to follow. We are likely to see many cyclists today, maybe even the odd pro team in this cycling paradise. As the rolling hills and mountains start to unfold, the small but beautiful Holy Virgin church in the village of Parcent heralds the arrival at the bottom of the climb. The Col de Rates (780m) is the one everybody wants to ride. This 'God of Climbs' was a decisive climb on stage 9 of the 2010 Tour of Spain. For those who like to test themselves up the 7 kilometre - 370 metre climb, there is the ‘stoppomat’ at the bottom of the Col de Rates. Retrieving a card from the machine at the bottom, you then punch your card at the summit, where there is a similar machine. Cards are collected weekly and uploaded onto the Stoppomat website and riders can check out times compared to to other riders. Of course, Strava, is the modern version of this system. There is a welcome café at the summit and we can enjoy spectacular views of the mountains towards Benidorm. Another cheeky pass and a fast steep descent bring us to the lovely village of Castell de Castells, surrounded by mountains, where olive and almond trees bathe on sundrenched terraces, intersected by ancient Mozarabic trails and dry river beds. With all the hard work done, we can relax and explore the village for a while before the return to Denia. During the mostly downhill return ride, we’ll keep an eye out for golden eagles and wild boar.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Ascent 1200m

    • Distance 90km

    • Meals bld

    • Descent 1200m

    • Time 5 - 6 hrs cycling

  • Cycle to Altea via the Xalo Valley and the Bernia Pass (615m) with views of the Penon de Ifach.

    Checking out of our hotel, we climb out of Denia over the mountain which dominates the area, Mongo (753m). We cross a relatively small coastal pass in the Natural Park of Cap San Antonio. This park covers an area of over 5000 acres and because of its extraordinary wealth of flora and fauna, became a protected area in 1987. After a short descent, we head inland again amongst the by now familiar almond, olive and citrus trees groves. Along the Xalo Valley, we’ll also see vineyards with some very successful family run bodegas starting to emerge in this area. Beyond the village of Xalon, we start the 12 kilometre climb of the Bernia Pass (615m) another classic of the area. A quiet, almost deserted road, leads through forest initially and up to a high point on this rugged ridge, with a far-reaching view that is a fitting reward for our last ‘cheeky pass’ of the journey. The exhilarating, twisty descent will allow us to enjoy the views of the coast, of the town of Calpe and its bizarre rock outctop, the Penon de Ifach. We may choose to stop at the tiny village of Pinos to have a café con leche and admire the ‘vista’. The blue waters fringing the small bays of Moraira make a perfect lunch spot. The last few kilometres to Altea are gentle and allow us the opportunity to soak up indelible memories of this wonderful area.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Ascent 1580m

    • Distance 96km

    • Meals bld

    • Descent 1580m

    • Time 6 - 7 hrs cycling

  • Departure day. Two transfers to Alicante Airport are provided.

    KE Land Only package services end after breakfast. 2 complimentary timed transfers to Alicante Airport are provided.

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Holiday Information

  • Professional English-speaking local bike leader
  • 2 timed Alicante Airport transfers on Day 1 and on Day 8
  • Accommodation as described in the trip dossier
  • All meals
  • All land transport involved in the itinerary
  • One support vehicle
  • Baggage transfer

  • Travel insurance
  • Alicante Airport transfers (other than the 2 group transfers on Day and Day 8)
  • Tips for support staff and guide
  • Miscellaneous expenses drinks souvenirs etc
  • Bike Carriage on the flights - please check with your carrier for charges

For each holiday there is a minimum number of participants required to enable it to go ahead. Once the minimum number is reached, the trip status will change from 'Available' to 'Guaranteed to run'. You can check the trip status for each departure in ‘Dates and Prices’ table. Other than in exceptional circumstances, we will not cancel a trip once it has achieved this guaranteed to run status and so you are free to proceed with your international flight booking and other travel arrangements.

Depending on the arrival times of the group, either 1 or 2 group transfers will be provided from Alicante Airport to the hotel in Altea on Day 1. At the end of the holiday, on Day 8, either 1 or 2 group transfers will be provided back to the airport. Clients arriving on flights that do not work with these transfers should make their own arrangements to meet at the group hotel in Altea by the evening of Day 1 of the itinerary. Taxis and buses are always available at Alicante Airport. Hotel contact details and an emergency number will be provided with your booking confirmation.

During this bike holiday, we will generally meet for breakfast at about 8.00 am. After we’ve eaten (and if we are moving to alternative accommodation) we will pack our trek bags and load them onto the support vehicle. We will generally start our day’s riding at around 9.00 am. We will have regular stops to allow the group to reform and cafe stops wherever it seems appropriate. The support vehicle will bring up the rear to to make sure nobody is lost. Lunch will be at a restaurant where you can purchase a snack or more substantial meal directly. We usually arrive at our hotel by mid to late afternoon and have time to shower, change and relax or attend to any bike maintenance that may be required. Our evening meals are usually taken at the hotel and this is a great time of day for reliving the events of the day and for general socialising.

There are 3 nights accommodation in a resort-style hotel in Altea and 2 further nights in beachfront accommodation in Denia. We also have 2 nights in hostal (simple hotel) accommodation in the village of Millena. Accommodation is generally arranged on a twin-sharing basis and if you are travelling by yourself, you will be paired up with another single client of the same sex. Each of the hotels has excellent facilities with swimming pools and WiFi.

View the gallery below for images of the style of accommodation used

Breakfasts at the hotels that we use are a mixture of 'continental' and 'traditional' in style, with tea and coffee, orange juice, porridge and cereals as well as local pastries, fruit, jam, honey and cheese. At lunchtime, we will generally stop at a wayside cafe for a simple snack. Soup and bread or more filling options like spaghetti Bolognese or paella are generally pre-prepared at lunchtime in these cafes and ready in minutes. Evening meals are usually taken at the hotel and may be buffet style, with an excellent choice of food. Or, there may be a set meal with vegetarian and meat options. There is usually a choice of dessert, too. During the day, the group will be provided with water and with snacks in the form of chocolate, dried fruit and mixed nuts, but Its a good idea to bring along a few of your favourite energy bars from home.

All meals are included, from dinner on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 8.

We suggest that 150 to 200 euros should cover all your personal expenditure, including additional snacks, soft drinks and bar bills. Beer and wine are available every night. This amount will also cover the payment of tips to your local guide and other staff, should you choose to do this.

This holiday will be accompanied by an experienced KE biking leader. In addition, there will be a support vehicle and driver.

Taking a bike on an aircraft is usually straightforward. Different airlines have differing policies with regard to baggage allowances and transporting bikes. We strongly advise that you check the current policy of your chosen airline for carrying bikes and their baggage allowances before purchasing your air ticket. The baggage section on your chosen airline’s website will usually contain this information. We suggest that you are aware of the weight and dimensions of your intended check-in baggage in advance of your arrival at the airport as airlines may charge for both excess and oversize baggage, or refuse to carry oversized baggage. If you are using a domestic flight to connect with your International flight then it is likely that a different baggage policy will exist for the domestic and international flight sections. Again you should check the baggage policy with your chosen domestic airline prior to booking your domestic flight tickets. Any additional charges incurred for transporting your bike on any of the flights required for this adventure (international, domestic and internal flights within the trip itinerary -if applicable) are the responsibility of each individual client.

Your Bike - Road Cycling

A road bike or standard touring bike is recommended for this trip. It should be fitted with a compact or triple chainset and a nine or ten speed cassette. Please call if you are unsure about the suitability of your bike. We cannot stress enough the importance of ensuring that your bike is in perfect working condition before you start this trip. You are depending on your bike to transport you throughout your trip, across demanding terrain. It is VITAL to ensure it is THOROUGHLY SERVICED to guarantee it is in good mechanical order before departure. If you are not mechanically minded, get your local bike mechanic to service it for you. For home mechanics, points to note particularly are:

a) Check rims and if they are worn, cracked or dented replace with a new rim or wheel to avoid wheel failure. It is especially important to check that the rims on rim-braked bikes are not worn concave by the brake blocks -replace them if they are.

b) Check wheels are true and spoke tension is tight.

c) Check ALL bearings and quick release skewers and, if required, adjust, grease or replace.

d) Check and, if required, replace brake and gear cables.

e) Check brake pads, mounts and cables / hydraulic lines and replace if necessary.

f) Check and lube, threadlock and tighten -all bolts (esp. suspension pivots, bottom brackets, disc rotor bolts and brake calliper mounting bolts).

g) Check chain, cassette and chain rings for wear -replace as necessary.

h) Make sure you have the right tyres, inner tubes and BIKE SPECIFIC SPARES for your bike.

Whilst not essential, it is a good idea that you familiarise yourself with how to carry out at least some basic repairs to your bike e.g. fixing a puncture, changing an inner tube. Naturally our bike guide will always be happy to assist with any repairs, but due to the often remote nature of our trips, being able to carry out a simple repair can save time and the inconvenience of waiting for assistance.

Travelling with a bike is usually as straightforward as travelling with any other type of baggage -providing you have packed it adequately. We have many years experience of travelling with our bikes, and nowadays we think that the best way to travel and fly with a bike is to partially dismantle it and put it into a purpose made soft bike bag. Although more expensive than a cardboard bike box, they are smaller in size to transport and are considerably easier to handle. To pack your bike you simply remove both wheels and pedals and prepare it for travel as follows. Obviously, extra care when packing your bike can minimise the chances of accidental damage occurring in transit. Ask your local bike store for plastic wheel hub protectors (which will prevent damage to your bike bag) and plastic fork and frame spacers, insert the spacers into the dropouts, tape them in place and then put extra padding over this area. Use pipe insulation lagging (from your local DIY store) to cover frame tubes, forks and seat post. If required, remove your bars from the stem and attach them carefully to your frame/forks using plastic ties or pvc tape -ensure that your Ergo/Sti levers are well padded to minimise the chance of damage. You may also wish to remove your rear gear mech, pad it with foam and tape it to the chainstay out of harms way. Finally, you should partly deflate your tyres, but leave some air in them to help absorb any impact on the wheels. Don’t forget to pack wheel skewers, pedals and any bolts you have removed, these are the items that tend to get left behind. Finally, find an old cardboard bike box and cut out panels to fit inside your soft bike bag for extra protection. Don’t forget to bring sufficient packing materials to pack your bike on the way home.

PLEASE DO NOT USE a purpose-made rigid bike box -these are heavy (which can put you over your baggage allowance) and are also too bulky to be easily stored or transported on the group’s support vehicle.

During this Costa Blanca road cycling holiday, we will have the back up of a support vehicle. On those days that we are moving to alternative accommodation, our main baggage will be loaded onto the support vehicle which will follow the group on the day's ride. The biking leader and the support vehicle driver will watch over the group and will communicate by walkie-talkie. You will also be able to contact them by mobile phone in the case of a breakdown or other incident. We want everyone to enjoy their cycling experience on this trip and we recognize the importance of group members being allowed to cycle at their own pace. On most of our road biking trips it is usual that there can be a fair distance between the front and rear cyclists in the group and there may be times when other group members, vehicle support and biking leader are out of sight. The support vehicle will carry water, coke, chocolate bars etc. plus fresh fruit, olives, nuts and energy mix for drinks. There will be regular stops to allow the group to reassemble and the support vehicle will pick up any group members who wish to take a break from cycling at any time.

It is possible to hire bikes for this trip. We recommend that you contact Ciclo Costa Blanca online ( to reserve a bike of your choice. This hire outlet has Bergamont Prime, LTD and 9.2 models, as well as Bergamont Dolce 105, Cannondale Synapse and Cannondale SuperSix Evo Ultegra bikes. Full specification of each of the bikes is included on this easy-to-use (English language) website. You will be required to pay a 30% deposit when reserving your bike. Please enter the code CBMB in the comments box on the check-out page when making your booking. See trip dossier for an indication of bike hire costs. Please note that your contract for bike hire is directly with the local bike hire shop and not with KE. It is up to you to get the sizing right. Once you have made your booking, it is important that you let us know what you have booked, so we can pass this information on to our local agent. If you are hiring a bike, we recommend that you bring your own saddle and pedals, as well as your helmet. The cost of hiring these bikes varies between €110 and €140 (December 2014 - subject to change) for the period of the holiday.

All KE clients will receive a FREE KE trek bag.  These have been specially made to stand up to the rigours of adventure travel.  Your KE bag will be posted to you when your trip is guaranteed to run or on receipt of your booking if the trip is already guaranteed.  If you have travelled with us before and already have a KE trek bag you can select an alternative free gift in the booking process.

This holiday does not involve any significant ascent to altitude and we would not expect any altitude issues with this trip.

A passport with 3 months remaining validity is required. Passport holders from the UK, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, or any EU countries do not require a visa. Other nationalities should check with the respective consulate in their own country.

Whilst we keep our information up to date, you should be advised that visa requirements can change. It is recommended that you contact the relevant commission in case of recent amendments.

(CBMB) Cheeky Passes of the Costa Blanca Road Biking

  • The following is a basic checklist to help you with your packing. We recommend using the layering principle of clothing for varying climatic conditions. Good padded cycling shorts are essential.
  • Your Bike MUST be a road bike or standard cycle-touring bike fitted with a compact or triple chainset and a nine or ten speed cassette. It is vital that your bike is THOROUGHLY SERVICED and in perfect working condition before the trip.



  • Road or touring cycling shoes
  • Waterproof cycling overshoes


  • Base-layer - short sleeve cycling top (x 2)
  • Long sleeved cycling top (x 1)
  • Lightweight waterproof jacket
  • Lightweight Fleece top or jumper.
  • Lightweight windproof gillet.


  • Regular biking gloves
  • Long fingered gloves


  • Padded cycling shorts (x 2)
  • Cycling tights or tricksters
  • Casual shorts


  • Eyewear - Biking glasses
  • Cycling helmet - mandatory

    KE Trek Bag Contents

  • Travel and après biking clothes
  • Training/Leisure shoes for après biking
  • Wash bag and toiletries
  • Swimwear
  • Chamois Cream (e.g. Assos or Ozone)
  • Small padlock (to lock trek bag)

To be carried on the bike in your jersey pockets or in a small saddle bag. Note: If you don’t want to carry any of this, you can leave it in your day-pack in the support vehicle – see below

  • Mobile/Cell phone (optional)
  • Mini-pump
  • Multi-tool
  • Puncture repair kit & tyre levers
  • Inner tube
  • Small camera
  • Sun cream

Other items affixed to your bike

  • 1 or 2 waterbottles

To be carried in the support vehicle in your day-pack for easy access

  • Lightweight waterproof top
  • Basic First Aid Kit. Including: antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium), painkillers, plasters, insect repellent (75-100% DEET) and re-hydration salts (Dioralite).


Please note: If you are hiring a bike you do not need to bring spares – just a pump, repair kit and a couple of inner tubes.

  • If you are taking your own bike, you should bring the following with you. Whilst not essential, it is a good idea that you familiarise yourself with how to carry out at least some basic repairs e.g. fixing a puncture, changing an inner tube. Naturally our bike guide will always be happy to assist with any repairs, but being able to carry out a simple repair can save time and inconvenience waiting for assistance.


  • You will need 700 x 25 Touring/Road Performance tyres suitable for mostly dry with occasional wet conditions.
  • Pump
  • Plastic tyre levers
  • 1 rear brake cable
  • 1 rear gear cable
  • Spare set of brake blocks (front and rear)
  • 2 spare spokes for front and rear wheels
  • Spoke key
  • 4 x inner tubes
  • Spare chain links
  • Liquid chain lube
  • Multi-tool with Allen keys
  • Chain link extractor (if not on multi-tool)
  • 2x puncture repair kits
  • A rag and brush for cleaning bike and drive train.
  • Any spares specific to your bike

KE tools and spares

  • On all of our trips we carry a track pump, toolkit and a basic range of spares for emergencies. If any other spare parts are needed, our support vehicle will make a detour to the nearest bike shop, which can be found in some of the larger towns en route.

Energy Gels/Sports Drinks/Power Bars

  • You should take a supply of the gels, power bars, sports drink mix (sachets) and other high-energy snacks that you normally use.

A passport with 6 months remaining validity at the end of your stay is generally required. The information that we provide is for UK passport holders. Please check the relevant embassy or consulate for other nationalities. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct travel documents and visas for your holiday. Visa requirements and charges are subject to change without notice. If you are travelling outside the EU you should have at least 2 blank pages in your passport.

We recommend you check if you require an adaptor for your electrical items at:

The better conditioned you are the more you will enjoy your trip. We suggest that you adopt a sensible weekly exercise regime and fit in a number of long cycle rides in hilly country to ensure you are physically capable of taking part in this trip - this will also provide you with an opportunity to make sure all your riding kit is tried and tested before you travel. Cycling is obviously the best activity to prepare for this trip, however, running, rowing and swimming are also good for developing aerobic fitness and stamina.

As a reputable tour operator, KE supports the British Foreign & Commonwealth Offices ‘Know before you go’ campaign to enable British citizens to prepare for their journeys overseas, and we recommend that all KE travellers take a look at the FCO Travel Advice for their chosen destination on the official FCO website: North Americans can also check out the U.S. Department of State website: for essential travel advice and tips.

KE treat the safety and security of all clients as the most important aspect of any trip we organise. We would not run any trip that we did not consider reasonably safe.  Should the FCO advise against travel for any reason, we will contact everyone booked to travel to discuss the situation.  We receive regular updates direct from the FCO and are in constant touch with our contacts on the ground.  If you have any questions about government travel advice, please call our office.

The Costa Blanca is a year-round destination and has what is often described as eternal spring-summer conditions. During the period from October to April, we can expect daytime temperatures ranging from 20 to 30 degrees Centigrade on the coast, becoming progressively cooler as we gain height inland. The conditions during this season are pleasant for cycling.

This is a Spanish-speaking area. But, the majority of people we come into contact with will speak reasonable English. We do recommend that you take a pocket Spanish phrase-book and learn some basics such as common greetings.

Berlitz Pocket Guide. Costa Blanca. AA Travel Guide. Costa Blanca and Alicante.

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