On this bike tour you will follow in the footsteps of the warrior El Cid when he conquered the Muslim kingdom of Valencia along the conquest route described by "El Cantar del Mio Cid" (one of the first texts in Castilian history from the 12th Century).
To do so, you descend from the magical Albarracín, a Muslim town and a vassal city of the Kingdom of Navarra. Albarracín is a border town between Castile and Aragon that has particularly unique architectural style and impressive walls. From Albarracín, you continue your journey to Teruel, a Moorish city. You can visit its cathedral, Twin Towers, Tomb of the Lovers, and more. From Teruel, you'll pedal on to Mora and Rubielos, two diamond towns from the south of Aragon. They were also known by El Cid, and their architecture and buildings have been exquisitely preserved.
Discover Valencia with us with our guided bike city tour and in the evening the natural lagoon of “Albufera” cycling through this natural scenery and enjoy a stunning sunset on it.
Day 1: Arrival in Valencia
Arrive in Valencia at the airport or train station. Transfer to Albarracín, where you pick up your bikes.
Dinner and overnight in Albarracín.
Day 2: Albarracín - Teruel (31 miles/50 km)
After breakfast at the hotel, you transfer to Albarracín and then begin cyclig towards Cella (safe passage stamp point), where you will see its fountain, church, Chapel of San Sebastian and Roman aqueduct.
You will then continue on to Teruel along the Greenway. You'll have dinner at the hotel in Teruel and have some time to explore the city. Teruel is a city rich in historical monuments and Muslim art and architecture; especially be sure to see Torico Square and the famous Tomb of the Lovers of Teruel. Dinner and overnight in Teruel.
Day 3: Teruel - Rubielos (36 miles/58 km)
After breakfast at the hotel, you will start cycling on the greenway towards the mountain top of Escandón. Then descend towards La Puebla de Valverde (safe passage stamp point) through Valbona and arrive at Mora de Rubielos (safe passage stamp point). Here you can visit the castle, walls, Colegiata´s Church, and the city hall. Enjoy dinner at the hotel.
Dinner and overnight in Rubielos.
Day 4: Rubielos - Jérica (31 miles/50 km)
You start the route by passing through Fuentes de Rubielos and continue downhill towards the spectacular Mijares Valley. Finally you arrive at Olba and descend downstream reaching Comunidad Valenciana. Visit the Puebla de Arenós, Arenós Marsh, Castle of Viñaza, and La Fuente de los Baños in Montanejos. The resort is known for its hot springs.
Then ascend to Arenillas Mountain pass. If you don't want to climb this pass, you could hire a lift service (20€ per group, 5 passengers max). Then descend towards Jérica (safe passage stamp point) passing through Caudiel. At Jérica you can explore the river walk, Mudejar tower, old town, church, and castle. Dinner at the hotel.
Dinner and overnight in Jerica.
Day 5: Jérica - Bétera (38 miles/61 km)
After breakfast at the hotel, you will depart from Jérica and pass through Pantano del Regajo (Swamp of Regajo) and Navajas. You arrive to Segorbe (safe passage stamp point), where you can visit the cathedral, walls and aqueduct from the 14th century.
From here, you divert from El Cid's official route to go through the Natural Park of Sierra Calderona, visiting Altura, Gátova, Marines and Olocau (conquered by El Cid). From here you follow the bike path to get to Bétera with its Arabic Castle. Dinner and overnight in Betera.
Day 6: Bétera - Valencia (31 miles/50 km)
After breakfast at the hotel, you will cross the highway to reach La Vallesa, a Mediterranean forest area. You will cross L'Eliana and cycle along Camp del Turia until you reach Benissanó. Once there, you descend to the River Turia then continue towards Valencia following the Turia River Natural Park. You arrive in Valencia through the Capsalera Park along the old Turia River Channel.
You can choose to take 2-hour hour guided tour around Valencia by bicycle, either today or tomorrow morning. This optional tour costs extra and must be reserved in advance at the time of booking. Dine at the hotel.
Overnight in Valencia
.Day 7: Valencia
Today you can discover Valencia with us our guided bike city tour cycle with us through the old historic quarters of Valencia, enjoy the beautiful squares while learning about fun, extraordinary facts of the city. Capture intimate and unforgettable moments as we cycle through the City of Arts and Sciences , and in the evening we offer you another guided tour though the natural lagoon of “Albufera” a special natural scenery where you can enjoy a stunning sunset on it and take a boat for an incredibly relaxing boat trip on the lagoon!. (You can also finish the tour with a special Valencian lunch: paella!- ask us!)
Day 8: Departure
After breakfast, you will depart for your onward travels.
The Price includes:
- 7 nights in handpicked hotels and inns, all with en-suite accommodation
- 7 Breakfasts
- 5 dinners
- 5 Picnics
- Trekking bike (front bag, back luggage bag and helmet included)
- Tracks and Rutometer
- Transfer in from Valencia to Albarracín
- Luggage transfer from hotel to hotel (1 x max. 20kg bag per person)
- Guided excursion on bike of the city of Valencia
- Guided excursion on bike + boat of Albufera
- Travel insurance
- 24/7 telephone assistance (English-speaking)
The Price does not include:
- Dinners in Valencia
- Lunches and drinks
- Possibility of eating or dining Paella (optional)
DEPARTURES GUARANTEED WITH MINIMUM 2 PARTICIPANTS