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Cycle the Cheeky Cols of Costa Blanca

Starts: Alicante, Spain
Finishes: Alicante, Spain

Visit: Alicante, Finestrat, Guadalest, Alcolecha, Beniali, Castell de Castells, Altea, Alicante

Tour Type: Small Group

Accommodation: Moderate

Activity: Road Cycling

Overview

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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 caf con leche always awaiting in a traditional Spanish caf 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) Coll 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.

Highlights

    • Classic Vuelta Espana passes - Puerto Tudons, Port de Benifallin, Coll de Rates
    • Enjoy the relaxed Mediterranean atmosphere of Altea and Denia
    • Early and late in the season, Costa Blanca is perfect for road cycling
    • Budget flights to Alicante and excellent bike hire

Trip Details

The Trip

Product Code: 161854
Tour Type: Small Group
Accommodation: Moderate
Transport: Private & Local (Public)##Private & Local (Public)
Guide Language: Engligh

Starts: Alicante, Spain
Finishes: Alicante, Spain
Duration: 8 days
Physical rating: Basic

Includes

  • 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

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Price

Price person (sharing double) $1,855 ($232/day)

Deposit:

$300 per person for bookings made 56 days or more prior to departure

Full Amount for bookings made less than 56 days prior to departure

Cancellation: Strict

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Spain Alicante, Finestrat, Puig Campana, Altea, Callosa De Sarria, Guadalest, Puerto De Confrides, Millena, Benifallin, Vall De Gallinera, Pego, Castells De Castells
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Neil  

After the surreal experience of cycling through Benidorm at 10 am on a Sunday morning it inland for most of the next 6 days. Brilliant quiet roads. Hard to believe we were so close to the Costa. The Cols were certainly cheeky but never too steep or too long. Relaxing stops for coffees and traditional lunchtime food made for a great experience. Can't thank the guides enough for everything. Especially the paella. Local bike hire was reasonably priced and efficient. I broke a spoke on the first day and had a new wheel on the bike to start riding from first thing the next day.

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Helen  

The fabulous four met up Saturday evening at the lovely hotel in Altea after smooth transfers from the airport. We hit it off immediately and became firm friends over the next seven days, guided faultlessly by the wonderful, Jose and Angel (aka Dastardly and Mutley). I cycle at around 15mph and found that I struggled at times but the group were tolerant and the skill of the guides allowed us to work at our own pace in safety. The hills and the scenery are stunning, a real challenge to all of us, made even more wonderful by the gorgeous weather and the gobsmackingly smooth roads and respectful car / van drivers. Accommodation was just right, the hostel in Mellina gave us a taste of the countryside and the villa in Denia gave us back the beautiful coast line that we had started with in Altea. Dasterdly was true to his word, its either up, or down, in fact my Garmin registered 37mph maximum speed, downhill goes without saying! We all made it to the summit of the Col de Rates in our now predictable formation, wonder woman Chloe and Iron man Dave racing to the top followed by a very consistent Neal and then me, grinding it out at the back. We dutifully posted our cards in thee stopomat box and will take our place in the hall of achievers. Its hard to say what the highlight was, there were so many spectacular moments, one that I will always remember was the look on Dave's face when our food arrived in an amazing restaurant high up in the mountains.

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