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Family Friendly Cycling Routes

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FAMILY FRIENDLY CYCLING

The pretty town of Denia with its hilltop castle, Montgo mountain and chic marina is a wonderful beach resort to explore by bicycle.

The town centre has plenty of cycle lanes so you can ride safely while exploring the 15 kilometres of beaches, the historic town centre or the Montgo mountain.

Montgo mountain in Denia

The landscape is mostly flat in and around Denia town centre and beaches so it’s easy cycling for everyone. Tougher terrains include the Montgo nature reserve -  which is still do-able if you are fairly fit – or the mountains and valleys in and around Jalon.

We have chosen five cycling routes where you can see the natural beauty of Denia, which can be enjoyed all the year thanks to the temperate climate in the Alicante region of Spain.

Cycling on the green way in Denia

A beautiful but flat and easy cycling route is through the green way (via verde) in Denia which travels along the old railway track cutting through orange groves and farms with views of the Montgo in the distance.

The train between Denia and Gandia was stopped more than 30 years ago, although there are constant campaigns to have it reinstated. Now, the track has been turned into a beautiful green way between Denia and El Vergel.

It’s a gravel track so suitable for walkers, cyclists, pushchairs and wheelchair users. It’s a flat, comfortable path with orange groves on either side as well as palm trees and vines.

Via verde green way in Denia

It’s a great ride either early morning or towards dusk, especially for bird watchers. There are picnic tables so you can have a rest while enjoying the solitude.

The path ends near Els Poblets and El Vergel but you can continue along the cycle lane to Pego to take a tour of the wetlands where the special Bomba rice is cultivated for making paella.

The path starts by the Natura garden centre in Camino de Pego and is six kilometres long. If you prefer, you can take side turnings to head to the beaches at Las Marinas in Denia instead of staying on the path.

Another flat and easy ride is along the beach at Las Marinas in Denia where you will find sand dunes, a pretty little park and a lighthouse.

Bassetes beach, Denia

There are plenty of restaurants and bars along this stretch of the beach or in El Portet on the way to the lighthouse so it’s great to have a pre-lunch ride to work up an appetite for a paella or seafood by the seaside.

You can start at the Bassetes park in Las Marinas, near Hostal Oasis, or the Plaza de Benidorm square, which is 1.5kms from Bassetes park.

It’s a short ride of between 3.3kms if you start at the park or 1.8kms from the square.

This is another lovely bike ride for all the family and is particularly spectacular at sunrise or sunset with the sun going down behind the mountains.

There are wooden walkways along the beach which are suitable for cyclists to make for easy riding among the sand dunes before reaching Bassetes park.

The green area has picnic tables, swings, open-air keep-fit equipment and a bar.

Heading towards Denia town centre, the ride takes you to the El Portet area with fine yachts, restaurants and bars. You can watch the ferries heading between the resort and the Balearic islands of Formentera, Ibiza and Mallorca.

Denia castle,

Past the ferry terminal is the north jetty leading to the lighthouse. The views from here looking back over Denia are fabulous, so don’t forget your camera for a lasting memento of your trip.

You have a magnificent view over the harbour, the Valencia coastline with its impressive mountain ranges, including the Montgo, as well as the impressive Denia castle.

Keeping by the magnificent Mediterranean, our third bike ride takes us to the rocky coastline of Denia’s Las Rotas.

You could do this ride at the same time as the ride from Las Marinas to the lighthouse.

Simply keep heading south along the coast, past the marina and you will get to the charming Marineta Cassiana beach.

Keep heading away from the town towards the Cabo de San Antonio cliffs. The 5km ride is right by the coast and is pedestrianised in many parts.

Once past Helios bar, the coastline has pretty little rocky bays which are ideal for snorkelling with clear waters to see shoals of little fish and other marine life.

There are several small micro reserves along the route with information boards pointing out the unique plants to be found here.

Las Rotas in Denia

You can finish your ride towards the end of Las Rotas by Restaurante Mena, which is a lovely stop-off point for a paella or fish dish on the terrace overlooking the sea.

Otherwise you can head up to the Gerro watchtower, 130 metres above sea-level, to enjoy fine, far-reaching sea views.

Now it’s time to head away from the sea to take a closer look at the dramatic Montgo mountain separating Denia and Javea. It’s remarkable shape has been compared to a sleeping elephant.

A fairly gentle way to get to know the Montgo nature reserve is a 5.5km ride from the little Pare Pere chapel to the Gamell cave.

If you are starting in Denia, you will need to head to the Plaza Jaume I square and follow the Pou de la Montanyai road with a signpost to the Pare Pere chapel.

Ermita Pare Pere chapel in the Montgo, Denia

The chapel is where the Franciscan monk lived among nature in quiet contemplation and prayer.

The ride is along a mountain trail following a road used by farmers in years gone by. Now, it is a haven for hundreds of different species of flowers, herbs and trees.

It’s home to many wild birds including owls and eagles, and animals such as lizards, snakes, toads, foxes, dormice and badgers.

It’s worth the climb for the views alone as you can enjoy a sweeping panorama of the coast and over Denia. On a clear day, you can even see as far as Ibiza.

Montgo mountain in Denia

Hardier cyclists can enjoy a challenging ride over the Montgo from Denia to Javea. You could cycle back or head into Javea port to catch the little boat back to Denia while you sit back to take in the spectacular coastline of cliffs, bays and sandy beaches.

Again, the ride starts in Plaza Jaume I square but initially takes you away from the Montgo. Instead it heads through the Torrecremada, where the Monday outdoor market is held, and through the roads, past the old cement works, and out towards open countryside.

You will see small farms with orchards filled with orange, olive and almond trees, which look particularly beautiful when the blossom is out in spring-time.

The route takes you along country lanes into La Xara, past the old riu rau building where raisins where dried, and past Jesus Pobre cemetery with its impressive cypress trees.

Javea Arenal

After 25kms, we reach Javea where you can head for the Port to catch the boat back or take a look at Javea’s historic old town or Arenal beach with its pretty promenade lined with shops, bars and restaurants.

This is a fairly long ride and is of a medium level. There are some flat stretches plus a few climbs to stretch you.

Don’t forget to take plenty of water with you, to wear a proper cycling helmet especially in traffic and to top up the sun cream.

If you don’t have your own bike, there are several rental companies or tourism firms offering excursions by bike. Denia tourist information office will have more information.


AMATEUR AND PROFESSIONAL CYCLISTS

Spring is celebrated in the Alicante region of Spain with vibrant colours. Valleys in the Jalon region turn a bright pink thanks to the almond blossom while the fallas fiesta brings vividly coloured cartoon-like characters as big as houses to the streets.  

Another flash of colour heralds the start of Spring in the region too with groups of Lycra-clad cyclists enjoying the challenge of the mountain trails or a mad dash along the flatter coastal roads. The Alicante region is a popular winter and spring destination for amateur and professional cyclists who love the climate as well as being able to pick routes to suit all abilities. The roads are also much quieter than during the summer season. 

The region has also been boosted by featuring in the Tour of Spain and the tough Valencia Region Cycling Tour, which is 827 kilometres long and has attracted top cyclists such as Tour de France winners Alberto Contador and Oscar Pereiro in the past. This winter, the bright blue colours of the Astana cycling team were very much evident in the roads in and around Calpe. A group of Norwegian trail bikers also enjoyed the challenge of the roads around Alfaz del Pi with some off-road biking this Spring.

If you are a beginner or have not ridden a bike for some time, a gentle route along the coast will get you back in the saddle. Most towns have dedicated cycle lanes to keep you safe on the roads while cycling along the seafront means you can enjoy fresh air along with great views while getting some exercise. More experienced or fitter cyclists could try a longer or circular route. 

View of the Montgo mountain from Denia

A favourite trip is to cycle from Javea to Denia over the Montgo mountain and then catch the boat from the port back to Javea. A stop for lunch in one of the restaurants in Las Marinas or the Denia marina is highly recommended while you get your breath back. Some people head for the Costa Blanca specifically to take part in an organised cycling holiday. However, it is possible to hire bikes for a day as part of your break. Spain-Holiday has chosen five favourite cycling routes.   

Up for a challenge?   

This route often forms part of the Tour of Spain and is not for the faint-hearted. This is for experienced riders with plenty of stamina who can face steep uphill climbs. It is a circular tour of 77 kilometres, starting and ending in the pretty little historic village of Abdet. Allow plenty of time because the views are stunning. You may also want to explore the mountain-top town of Guadalest, known as the Eagle's Nest with one of the most spectacular views in Spain. From the cobbled square you can look down on a beautiful turquoise reservoir formed from the Guadalest river This is a great place to stop for lunch with several restaurants serving tasty regional cuisine. The route takes you through the pretty towns of Sella, Finestrat, La Nucia and Callosa d’en Sarria before reaching Guadalest. Again, a stop at Callosa is highly recommended for the stunning Algar fountains, which are a perfect place for bathing in the hotter summer months.   

Guadalest reservoir

Coasting along by the sea  

An easier ride takes place in Denia, where you will find dozens of restaurants and bars to take a breather or enjoy a spot of lunch. This ride is suitable for most people and for families. The ride starts on the Denia via verde (green way) which has been formed from a disused railway line so is flat and suitable for easy riding. The route starts amid orange groves with fabulous views of the Montgo mountain. The path is just six kilometres long so you could go through the Pego natural park, well-known for its marshes and rice fields, to El Verger. The alternative route is to take a right about half-way along the path and head for the Las Marinas beaches of Denia.   

Into the valley at Jalon   

In the Valencia region of Spain are several BTT centres for all-terrain bikes and mountain bikes. One of our favourites is in Parcent, in the wine-making Jalon Valley region. The Vall de Pop BTT centre is surrounded by mountains which provide popular and some challenging cycle routes. On the way, riders will pass by historic villages, farms, terraced vineyards, orchards and almond groves. There is a choice of nine routes, of varying difficulty, with a total length of 260 kilometres. 

The Jalon Valley would, therefore, make an ideal base for a cycling holiday. The easiest ride is suitable for children too at just 9.9 kilometres and goes along the countryside to the charming little village of Murla. One of the most gruelling all-day rides is 28 kilometres long, taking you up the long and winding roads in the Sierra de Bernia mountains. The views are well worth the effort and there is a very interesting restaurant and wine museum at Maserof, where you can take a well-earned rest.       

Jalon valley vineyards

Pedalling by the beaches   

Another tranquil bike ride is along the coast where you can stop at any time for a rest on the golden sandy beaches. The ride is 26 kilometres along flat roads starting at Playa de San Juan in Alicante befoe going north through El Campello and onwwards to Coveta Fuma. El Campello is a fabulous place to break up the journey as it is home to some fine seafood and shellfish restaurants. Coveta Fuma is a very pretty and peaceful village with lovely little coves for sunbathing as well as a few bars and restaurants for refreshments. You can also hop on the little cheap tram which runs every hour and will take you back along the coast to Alicante city in 35 minutes. 


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