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Moorish Spain: Castles of the Levant

Visit the beautiful historic villages that are hidden within the valleys and crosses some of the most picturesque scenery in Spain

  • Bed and breakfast
  • Andalucia —Biar > Denia
  • Activity Type
    • Route advice only
    • Point to point
  • Groups up to 20


It is an ideal self-guided 6 nights holiday for cyclists who enjoy moderate amounts of climbing (although with optional extensions to do a lot more!), and is perfect for a winter or early spring break to escape the cold weather at home.

Similar to the island of Mallorca, Alicante is a very cycling friendly region. If you come in the winter months, don’t be surprised to be passed by a few professional riders - with Trek Factory Racing (Fabian Cancellara / Bauke Mollema) and Etixx-Quick Step (Tom Boonen / Mark Cavendish / Tony Martin) among the regular visitors to the area.

Above all though this is a great choice of holiday for riders who enjoy historic villages and small boutique hotels, as well as fantastic scenery.

The following is included in the tour:

  • Six nights accommodation in double, twin or single room with en-suite.
  • Transfer to and from the arrival/departure points
  • Continental breakfast every day
  • Luggage transferred between hotels
  • Detailed maps and route information for each day, with clearly marked points of interest.
  • Route extensions every day for those of you who wish to cycle

The following are optional extras available for an additional charge:

  • Hire of bicycles
  • Tour Extensions

The following is not included in the tour

  • Lunches and Dinners
  • Any transfers not stated above
  • Travel Insurance
  • Entry to any attractions (e.g. museums, churches) except were explicitly stated
  • Flights


Day 1 - Biar

We pick you up from Alicante airport or train station and transfer you to the historic town of Biar, situated on the edge of the Serra Mariola and Serra del Maigmo Natural Parks.

Depending on your arrival time, there is the chance to do a short circular ride in the afternoon.

In the evening you can visit one of the local restaurants to try one of the fantastic rice dishes that are characteristic of the region - including the world famous paella, which was originally created in this part of Spain.

Day 2 – Sierra Mariola Natural Park

The first full day in the saddle is a circular route around the Sierra Mariola Natural Park. This is a rolling route rather than mountainous and passes through the peaceful and serene parkland, which is a popular spot with bird-watchers.

The route passes through the historic town of Alcoy - a great place to stop for lunch - on the return to Biar. Biar itself is a delightfully small town; originally a Bronze Age settlement, it became an established town in the Roman era before becoming even more prominent during Muslim Spain - when its castle and many historic monuments were constructed.

Short Route - 41km / 650m (25 miles / 2,000 feet) Long Route - 77km / 1,300m (48 miles / 4,200 feet)

Day 3 – Xorret de Cati

The route today takes in two of the most famous cycling climbs in this part of Spain, as you make your way to the mountain village of Aigues, set overlooking the Costa Blanca.

The routes begins by taking you into the Maigmo Mountains; here you can ride to Xorret de Cati - a signature climb in the Vuelta a España cycling race and one which is set in picturesque surroundings.

You continue through the town of Xixona - known for its production of the almond confectionery Turrón - with the option of climbing another of the regions most famous ascents, La Carrasqueta.

The day finishes with a gentle rolling route to Aigues, home to a great castle and a delightful small village which embodies much of the history and traditions of the Costa Blanca region.

Short Route - 56km / 800m (35 miles / 2,500 feet) Medium Route - 64km / 1,200m (40 miles / 3,800 feet) Long Route - 88km / 1,850m (55 miles / 6,000 feet)

Day 4 – Port de Tudons & Castell de Guadalest

Today is another spectacular day in the saddle. You head north on a hilly route, passing more beautiful castles and tiny mountain villages, before beginning the main climb of the day - Port de Tudons.

This is one of the longest and ascents in the Alicante region, but the gradient is gentle allowing you to spin up it at a steady pace, admiring the fantastic views of the coast and of the vast peak of Mount Puigcampana.

The day finishes with a stunning descent into Castell de Guadalest, where you stay in a beatiful rural house in the heart of this historic village.

Short Route - 65km / 1,350m (40 miles / 4,400 feet) Long Route - 82km / 2,000m (51 miles / 6,500 feet)

Day 5 – Coll de Rates

There are a couple of options today depending on how your legs feel. The more challenging route climbs to the Coll de Rates - a popular training climb for professional cyclists, and one of the most scenic in the area.

The shorter route skirts around the edge of the climb and is more rolling with no big ascent. Both routes finish in Castell de Castells, another small mountain village dating back well over 1,000 years. In caves just outside the town you can view paintings originating from the Stone Age.

Short Route - 40km / 800m (25 miles / 2,650 feet) Long Route - 72km / 1,650m (45 miles / 4,900 feet)

Day 6 – Denia

The final day in the saddle is mostly downhill. There are some short climbs, including a beautiful route through the village of Tollos, before a long descent to the town of Denia, situated on the coast.

Denia is the most interesting of all the towns on this coastline. It was founded over 2,500 years ago as a Greek colony, before become an important naval base in Roman times. The 11th century castle, situated on a rock overlooking the town, is the most famous monument in Denia. However, it is also home to several superb beaches and a picturesque old town.

Short Route - 41km / 300m (26 miles / 1,300 feet) Long Route - 71km / 850m (45 miles / 2,800 feet)

Day 7 – Alicante

The cycling tour comes to an end after breakfast in Denia. We will transfer you to the airport or train station in either Alicante or Valencia for you to continue with your holiday, or head home.

If you would like to extend the holiday, please contact us, and we would be happy to organise additional days with more excellent routes.


We believe that the hotels that you stay in are just as important as the towns that you visit and the scenery that you ride through. On this tour we have chosen accommodation that is of a high quality and is typical to the area.

For this tour we have chosen very small, boutique hotels and villas. These are all located in beautiful historic villages in the mountains and display the most attractive and charming side of the Costa Blanca.


In Biar you stay in a beautiful small hotel situated on the edge of Biar, at the foot of the 7th century castle. This charming boutique accommodation has fewer than fifteen rooms, all individually styled, and is set amongst orchards with cherry and almond trees. It also has a pleasant outdoor swimming pool, for relaxing at the end of a tough day in the saddle.


Alicante Mountains In Aigues you stay in a small boutique hotel with fewer than ten rooms. It is exquisitely decorated, with attractive rooms and a beautiful sun terrace which stands at the foot of three spectacular

Castell de Guadalest

In Guadalest you stay in a beautiful country cottage in the heart of the village. It contains just a handful of uniquely decorated rooms, which are well equipped and tastefully decorated in the traditional style of the region. It is situated at the foot of the 11th century castle and also next to the rather idiosyncratic, but highly rated ‘Salt and Pepper Shaker Museum’.

Castell de Castells

Here you stay in a superby situated spa hotel. With fewer than twenty rooms, it is another boutique hotel full of charm and character. If you don’t wish to use the spa facilities here, you could visit the nearby Pla de Petracos caves - which are home to paintings dating from over 5,000 years.


In Denia you end the tour in another small boutique hotel situated right next to the marina and the old town. The rooms are fasionably designed and the beach is also just 200m from the front door. There is also the chance to discover one more castle, with the beautiful views along the coast well worth the short climb to Denia’s 11th century fortress.


This cycling holiday crosses the rolling hills and mountains of the Levant region in the east of Spain. The region is also full of castles and historic monuments dating back to the Roman and Muslim occupation of Spain.

The following are some of the most famous and spectacular mountains that you will climb in this region:

  • Xorret de Catí
  • La Carrasqueta (L)
  • Coll de Rates (L)
  • Port de Tudons
  • Cumbre del Sol (E)
  • Tarbena

(L) = On longer route only (E) - Available as an optional extension