Valencia

Cycling Valencia and the Orange Blossom Coast Trip Notes

Ways to Travel:
Self-Guided Holidays
Destinations:
Spain
Programmes:
Cycling
Trip Code:
C07VA
Activity Rating - Moderate
Moderate

You are moderately fit and possess a spirit of adventure. Some previous experience is required for most activity based trips.

8 Days Flight Inclusive
8 Days Land only

Trip Overview

Inland you discover typically Spanish villages and the Mediterranean coast is a delight to explore with wild beaches and ecologically important and diverse Nature Parks. This 7 night holiday takes in all that the region has to offer, starting with 2 nights in the wonderful city of Valencia, explore the Albufera wetlands to the south of the city where rice was first grown in Europe and the famous 'paella' dish so typical of Spain was created. Make sure you take plenty of time to explore the city of Valencia itself; the modern City of Arts and Sciences is a must and its contemporary buildings were built on the former riverbed of the River Turia. The historic old town area of the city holds the cathedral with a beautiful mixture of Romanesque, Baroque and Gothic styles, for a perfect view of the city, climb the 207 steps to the top of the Miguelete tower and enjoy the 360 degree view of the city. The gothic building of 'La Longa', the Silk Exchange is well worth a visit and has been a UNESCO world heritage site since 1996.

After a short transfer inland you explore the off the beaten track inland valleys with pretty Spanish villages, some with their buildings dating back to the 13th and 14th century. Take a dip in the thermal spas of Montanejos where the crystal clear mineral waters are renowned for their rejuvenating qualities before following the river back towards the coast. The gentle coastal cycling takes you past secluded beaches and through the Sierra de Irta Marine Park where you can enjoy the natural environment at its best, before reaching your final destination in Peniscola, a charming town with a Templar castle and medieval walls surrounded by the sea with plenty of cobbled streets to explore.

At a Glance

  • 7 nights hotel-to-hotel accommodation in a mix of 3-star and 4-star hotels
  • All breakfasts
  • Management by your local Headwater-appointed agent
  • GPS route directions and maps
  • Headwater navigation app
  • High quality bikes
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Cycling transfers on day 3 and 5

Trip Highlights

  • Explore the fascinating and vibrant city of Valencia, a real mix of historic and modern architecture, visit the iconic City of Arts and Science.
  • Cycle through the Albufera wetlands Natural Park, along quiet country roads, discover picturesque typical villages and bathe in the hot springs of Montenejos.
  • Follow the River Millars to the Orange Blossom Coast with fantastic views of the azure waters of the Mediterranean and stay in the seaside walled town of Peniscola.

Itinerary

C07VA map

Land Only

Start City:
Valencia
End City:
Peninscola

Flight Inclusive

Start City:
London
End City:
London

Land Only Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Arrive Valencia

    Explore the fascinating city of Valencia where you will stay for two nights, it is a city of contrast with its beautiful historic centre and the reknowned modern City of Arts and Science.

  • Day 2

    Circular route to the Albufera Natural Park

    Collect your bikes and taking cycle lanes to leave the city behind you will explore the renowned Albufera wetlands. Rice was first grown in Europe in this area and it is still surrounded by paddy fields, no wonder paella originated here. The freshwater lagoon is home to over 300 species of birds and there are plenty of opportunities to discover the fauna and flora. Cycle along the coast along the edge of the lagoon enjoying the wild beaches in this area.

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
    Distance covered: 44 km / 27 miles
  • Day 3

    Barracas to Mora de Rubielos

    A short transfer inland for you and your bikes today before cycling along the tracks of the Via Verde, a previous rail track. Continue along amongst beautiful landscapes and quiet country lanes before reaching the charming Mora de Rubielos where many of its monuments date back to the 14th century.

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
    Distance covered: 37 km / 23 miles
  • Day 4

    Mora de Rubielos to Montanejos

    An easy cycle today through the pretty, winding country lanes following the course of a river to finish in to the spa town of Montenejos with its delightful thermal waters. Take a dip in the crystal clear turquoise mineral waters known for their rejuvenating and skin cleansing qualities before exploring the town with its 13th century building built by the Arabic King Abu-Ceit

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
    Distance covered: 40 km / 25 miles
  • Day 5

    Montanejos to El Grao de Castellon

    Another cycling day amongst mountains riding mostly downhill through the mountains today following the beautiful river Millars valley towards the coast to Onda. A short transfer to the coastal town of El Grao de Castellon where you can spend the afternoon on the beach and enjoy a seafood feast in its port!

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
    Distance covered: 39 km / 24 miles
  • Day 6

    El Grao de Castellon to Alcossebre

    Pedal past beautiful Mediterranean beaches on small coastal roads and paths, with plenty of chances to stop and enjoy the pretty Costa de Azahar (Orange Blossom coast). Don't forget to pack your suntan lotion and swimming things today!

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
    Distance covered: 49 km / 30 miles
  • Day 7

    Alcossebre to Peniscola

    Today's route takes you through wild tracks, criss-crossing the Sierra de Irta Marine park which encompasses over 7000 hectares on land and over 2000 hectares of sea. Take your time, walk wherever you prefer, and enjoy the natural environment, the undisturbed virgin beaches and the breathtaking views of your destination; the wonderful and historic Peniscola, known as the city in the sea. Take time to visit the castle and wander through the steep, narrow, cobbled streets of its historic centre.

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
    Distance covered: 20 km / 12 miles
  • Day 8

    Departure from Peninscola

    Meals included:
    Breakfast

All ascents, descents and distances listed above have been measured by our local partners or tour leaders. Please note that different GPS measuring devices can give differing results dependent on the barometric pressures at the time. Measurements stated throughout these trips notes are given to help you understand the types of terrain and distances you will encounter.

Accommodation

Cycling Valencia and the Orange Blossom Coast

Hotel

You will find a range of hotels during your stay in the Valencia region, from the modern hotels of Valencia to the more traditional hotels inland and perfectly located seaside hotels, either on or just moments from the seafront.

Where a single supplement is available, paying for a single will only guarantee a room for single use. It does not necessarily mean a twin or double room will be provided for sole occupancy.

Please note that a member of the group may be allocated a single room by default if the make-up of the group means there isn’t anyone for them to share with. Paying the supplement in advance is the only way to guarantee a single room.

Single supplements cannot be refunded retrospectively.

Single supplement from £168.00

Joining Instructions

Full joining instructions including local emergency numbers will be sent to you as part of our Final Joining Instructions. If you do not receive these at least a week before departure, or require them earlier please contact our office or your travel agent.

Transfers Details

Alternative transfers
If you require alternative transfers (because you will be arriving at a different time to our standard flights), then we can usually arrange these for you (there may be an additional charge).

Location start:
Valencia
Location end:
Peninscola

What to Take

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Practical Information

Passport

Spain

All nationalities require a full passport that must be valid beyond the intended length of stay. It is your responsibility to have the correct personal documents and to obtain your own visa, if one is necessary, in accordance with the regulations of the country you are to visit. The information offered below is to help you with that process. We are not responsible for the actions of local immigration and customs officials, whether at points of entry or otherwise, and any subsequent effects.

Visa

Spain

Visa regulations can change without notice: please check the current regulations in good time to obtain a visa if one is required.

Vaccination

Spain

There are no specific health risks.

Travel health can often be something people forget about before going away, but a little preparation and knowledge can go a long way to help you stay fit and healthy while abroad.

As we are not qualified to answer all your questions about travel health we strongly recommend you contact your Medical Professional or a Travel Health Clinic at least 8 weeks prior to departure for up-to-date information. Please note: vaccinations that are routinely recommended to residents of the UK, North America or Australasia are not considered to form part of the travel health advice, and you should ensure these are kept up to date where necessary.

For additional information please visit: https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/countries

Insurance - are you adequately covered?

It is a condition of joining any of our holidays that you must be fully insured against medical and personal accident risks (to include repatriation costs and air ambulance or helicopter rescue services where appropriate). On arrival in destination for your trip, you will be asked to present details to your leader or local representative of your policy.

If you are resident in the UK we strongly recommend the Exodus travel insurance policy, this is specifically designed to cover all activities on your trip. If arranging your own policy please ensure that you are covered for all activities that are part of the trip, optional activities that you intend to take part in and/or on high altitude itineraries, that you are covered up to the maximum altitude of the trip.

Local Time

Spain's Timezone:
Europe/Madrid CEST (GMT +02:00)

Electricity

Spain's Electricity:

European plug ‐ 2 round pins. 230 Volts AC.

Money

Spain's Currency

The national currency of Spain is the Euro (EUR), with an exchange rate at the time of publication (August 2021) of approximately 1.17 to the GBP, 0.85 to the USD, 0.67 to the CAD, 0.62 to the AUD and 0.59 to the NZD.

ATM Availability

ATMs are widely available, but we recommend taking some Euros cash with you in case you can't get to a bank at the start of the trip.

Extra Expenses & Spending Money

You will need spending money for meals not included in the itinerary and all drinks. We suggest €25 per day to cover a few drinks if not then €10 per day. On the days where lunch is not included expect to spend €10-€15.

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Responsible Tourism

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Every time we travel, we are part of a global movement that creates jobs, builds more sustainable societies, encourages cultural understanding and safeguards common natural and cultural heritage. To learn more about what Responsible Travel means to Exodus click here

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Important Information

On all guided trips

Although our leaders are well trained to deal with different capabilities, if they have any concerns about someone’s ability to safely partake in an activity, or their impact on other people’s enjoyment, we authorise them to take necessary action which, in some circumstances, may involve asking someone to miss that activity.

Although rarely enforced, by booking this trip you agree to section 14 of our Booking Conditions which clearly states that our leaders have the authority to do this. In these circumstances we will ensure anyone sitting out is safely provided for and offered alternative options where possible. Refunds will not be provided for activities missed and customers may be liable for additional costs incurred.

On all trips

In booking this trip you should be confident in your ability to participate in all activities described in these Trip Notes. If you have any doubt about your suitability you should call the Exodus office and ask to speak to one of the experts on this itinerary.

 

Every time that you travel abroad you should take the time to read the warnings in the essential information in the brochure.

Full joining instructions including local emergency numbers, and details of how to reach the start point, will be sent to you approximately 2 to 3 weeks prior to departure. If you do not receive these at least a week before departure, or require them earlier please contact our office or your travel agent.

The information in these Trip Notes is given in good faith. Where differences exist between the Trip Notes and our current brochure or website, the Trip Notes supersede the brochure and website. All holidays can be subject to unexpected changes; in order to enjoy them you should be prepared to be flexible where necessary. Occasionally, as stated in our brochure, it may not be possible to follow the itinerary as planned. This may be for a variety of reasons - climatic, political, physical or other. In these circumstances we will make the best possible alternative arrangements that maintain the integrity of the original itinerary.

As fuel prices, airport taxes and exchange rates fluctuate, and airlines manage their rates to match demand, it is proving harder than ever to guarantee our Flight Inclusive prices. Although we endeavour to keep our website as accurate as possible, daily fluctuations mean that our Flight Inclusive price may be out of date. For accurate prices we recommend that you contact one of our Travel Experts, or your Travel Agent.

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The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office and the NHS have up-to-date advice on staying safe and healthy abroad. For more on security, local laws, plus passport and visa information, see https://travelaware.campaign.gov.uk/

Keep informed of current travel health news by visiting https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/

Advice can change so check regularly for updates.

For all latest travel information about your holiday, please visit our Travel Safety Advice page.

How to Book

1. Check availability

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2. Secure your place

You can provisionally hold a place on this trip, usually for between three and seven days.

3. Complete your booking and payment

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TRIP NOTE VALIDITY

These Trip Notes are valid from the "Current as" date on page one. They will occasionally be updated post booking and pre-departure; if there are any updates that significantly impact the inclusions or itinerary bookers will be written to separately. All customers will also receive a link to the most up-to-date version of the Trip Notes with their Final Joining Instructions pre-travel.