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Costa Blanca

The Costa Blanca (Spanish for white coast) is found in southeastern Spain between the towns of Denia and Pilar de la Horadada and has a coast length of 244 kilometers with many sandy beaches. The total number of beaches is 74.
The coast is also called white because of its exuberant almond cultivation (trees with pink and white blossoms) in the past. The temperature averages 18 degrees. Some well-known places on the Costa Blanca are Alicante, Benidorm and, in cycling terms, Calpe and Denia.

cycling in the sun
With more than 328 days of sunshine a year and an average temperature of 18 degrees, cycling on the Costa Blanca is popular all year round. Not only among the Flemings, who seem to have discovered it before, but it is now booming among foreigners as well. The surroundings show that there are hardly any winters. Oleanders, palm trees, cacti, lemons and tangerines, you can find them all along the road. You should also not be surprised if you are overtaken by a professional team; they all train here. Minimal traffic and exceptionally good roads. The now famous Coll de Rates and Port de Tudons are within easy reach, as are the beautiful Bernia, and Jalón Valley which is white with almond blossoms.

Here are 10 good reasons to come to the Costa:

1)Cycling can be done here all year round.
With more than 328 days of sunshine and an average temperature of 18 degrees, the climate of the Costa Blanca is exceptionally good and one of the sunniest in Spain. Cycling can therefore be done all year round and that is why you see the pro teams doing their training courses here in January and February. An early start of your cycling season and enjoying the sun and sea go hand in hand.

2)Both flat riding and climbing
Whoever talks about cycling on the Costa Blanca talks about the unique and varied landscape in which each route presents you with a new experience. From rugged mountains and bare rock formations to flowering valleys and beautiful coastal roads. The road network here is large, varied and bounded only on one side by the sea. So the possibilities are endless.

3)Cols close to the sea
Did you know that the mountains are almost nowhere as close to the beaches as on the Costa Blanca? And that makes this destination especially suitable to make your cycling trip a real vacation. Not only the larger coastal towns such as Calpe and Benidorm, but also the cozy Albir or authentic Moraira bring the ultimate vacation feeling. Wide beaches, boulevards with stores and plenty of terraces where you can relax after cycling.

4)Good asphalt
The roads in the hinterland of Calpe and Benidorm are generally well maintained and tightly paved. And the government wants to keep it that way, because the increasing number of cyclists naturally provides additional income. More and more roads have bicycle lanes and signage is clear as well. Cars are obliged to pass cyclists at 1.5 meters distance and are regularly reminded of this with a road sign.

5)Coll de Rates
The Coll de Rates is on many a bucket list and has a magical appeal to every cyclist coming to Spain. A beautiful very regular climb of 7.1 km with 387 altimeters. You must have cycled this one and is considered an ideal climb to determine your progression. At the top you are treated to spectacular sea views.

6)4-star Plus accommodations
In recent years, more and more luxury hotels are equipped with bicycle facilities. Guarded bicycle storage, wellness and also sports meals are no longer an exception. There is the choice of a hotel but you can also go to the more exclusive and luxurious villas to keep it homely with a small party

7)Good quality rental bikes
Rental bikes in Spain these days are generally just good. Young bikes made of carbon and some rental companies also offer bikes with disc brakes. Like the hotels, more and more rental companies have begun to differentiate themselves on quality and service. For example, bikes are delivered to the hotel, customized, and also picked up again. Keep in mind that during busy periods a rental bike must be reserved well in advance.

8)Spanish culture
Once off shore you drive right into the real Spain. Mosaic facades, orange farmers with horses and carts, and ancient ruins that let you go back in time. Not to be missed is the village of Guadalest, perched high on a rock. After an earthquake, the old Arabic center can only be reached through a small tunnel, and the 12th-century castle literally hangs from a cliff. Guadalest has been designated a national monument and offers beautiful views of a clear blue reservoir.

9)Affordable vacations
Spain is still among the cheaper vacation countries. Prices are generally lower than in the Netherlands, France and other European countries. This is reflected, for example, in the cost of a rental car, a cab or a visit to a restaurant. A cup of coffee inland often costs no more than €1.50. Of course, the more touristy the more expensive it is, but you don't have to worry about the money for a terrace by the sea.

10)Cheap flight tickets
Flying to Alicante or Valencia can be done from most European airports. And discount airlines like Transavia, Ryanair and Easyjet offer tickets very cheaply. Especially if you can book early and choose a period outside school vacations and public holidays. That way you decide where to fly from and on what day.
For a small surcharge, you can also bring your own bike.

Calpe, CCS Calpe (Spain)

Denia, Marriott La Sella Golf & Bike Resort (Spain)

On the southern Spanish Costa Brava lies the beautiful Marriott La Sella hotel. In the town of...

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  • 5 days
    350 km
    Incl. lodging
    FIETSWomen is heading to its first Bicycle Women Spain trip from the southern Spanish coast Costa Blanca. This coast is hugely popular with pro riders because of its mild Mediterranean climate, good roads and very varied landscape. Experience for yourself what it is like to enjoy riding there, exploring the area and enjoying the terraces in a sunny spring!
    March 26, 2023 / March 30, 2023
    Road bike
    3 /5
    5 /5
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    3 /5
  • 5 days
    450 km
    Incl. lodging
    Cycle Travel is organizing its first Costa Blanca Cycling Women Only Experience from the southern Spanish coast Costa Blanca. This coast is enormously popular in the pro peloton because of its mild Mediterranean climate, good roads and very varied landscape. Experience for yourself what it is like to live like a real pro there.
    March 26, 2023 / March 30, 2023
    Road bike
    3.5 /5
    5 /5
    5 /5
    3.5 /5
  • 5 days
    450 km
    Incl. lodging
    FIETS TRAVEL is organizing its second Costa Blanca Cycling Experience from the southern Spanish coast Costa Blanca. This coast is enormously popular in the pro peloton because of its mild Mediterranean climate, good roads and very varied landscape. Experience for yourself what it is like to live there like a real pro.
    March 21, 2023 / March 25, 2023
    Road bike
    3.5 /5
    5 /5
    5 /5
    3.5 /5
  • 5 days
    450 km
    Incl. lodging
    Ridemeister Puck Moonen is organizing her first Cycle Coffee Society Calpe Cycling Experience from the southern Spanish coastal town of Calpe. This place is hugely popular in the pro peloton because of its mild Mediterranean climate, good roads and very varied landscape. Experience for yourself what it is like to live like a real pro there.
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Explanation sports level

MTB:

1star: beginner 50km2star
: above beginner 60km3star
: average 70km4star
: advanced 100km5star
: pro 160km



Road bike:

1star: beginner 50km2star
: above beginner 60km3star
: average 70km4star
: advanced 100km5star
: pro 160km



Level 1: Starter-Beginner;
You are just starting out in this sport, have no experience nor background as an athlete

Level 2: Beginner-Medium;
You are just starting with this sport, however you already have experience with other sports so you start with a good basic condition. You cycle 1 or 2 times a week.

Level 3: Average;
You are a sporty person, don't shy away from a challenge, exercise at least 2 to 4 per week, you can also already make some altitude gains and ride at higher averages.

Level 4: Advanced;
You are a trained athlete, you are looking for a challenge in sports, you are active at least 3 to 5 times a week, altitude meters and a higher average are not a problem

Level 5: Advanced/Performance oriented;
You train towards goals, challenges and also leave something for it you do not mind, you are driven and several times longer sport per week are no exception, you are performance oriented

Level 6: Advanced Plus;
As a highly trained person, you want to really test yourself to your limits, you seek challenges and are also willing to live for them, exercising is a part of your daily life.

Explanation luxury level

Level 0-1.5: Tour without overnight stay.

Level 2-2.5: Cycle Travel provides an overnight stay in a 2-star accommodation.

Level 3-3.5: Tour with overnight stays in the better bed and breakfast or 3-star hotel, hostel accommodations. Overnight stays on a half-board basis are a 3.5 rating.

Level 4-4.5: Cycle Travel provides a 4-star accommodation or boutique bed & breakfast. Optional full board booking (upgrade to level 4,5 appreciation).

Level 5-5.5: Cycle Travel will provide a more luxurious 4-star or 5-star accommodation or boutique hotel. We can upgrade the level of lunch, on-road catering or dinner to 5.5.

Level 6: Cycle Travel will provide a more luxurious 5-star accommodation, boutique hotel or luxury pop-up location. We can upgrade the level of lunch, on-road catering or dinner to 6+ level if required.

Explanation guidance level

Our team of passionate guides is always there for you. For any type of trip, event or clinic, Cycle Travel will provide the right accompaniment. We have an excellent network of professionals.

With the ranking from 1 to 6, we indicate to what extent the guidance is provided on a trip. Interested in an upgrade? Please let us know! Then we will gladly look for a suitable solution.

Level 0-1: a self-guided tour without guidance. Cycle Travel provides the routes on GPX.

Level 2-2.5: a self-guided tour without guidance including routes on GPX and tips for the road. Cycle Travel has a goody bag or contact person at the locations visited that you will receive as a traveler.

Level 3-3.5: a self-guided tour without guidance including routes on GPX and tips for the road. Cycle Travel has accommodation on the basis of a 3-star hotel or bed & breakfast. There is someone on site who is familiar with our clients and is personally available for you (level 3,5)

Level 4-4.5: a guided tour including routes on GPX and tour guide on the bike or in a follow car.Cycle Travel has accommodation based on a 4-star hotel, hostel or bed & breakfast. During a guided tour it is optionally possible to book a mechanic and masseur. (The valuation then amounts to 4.5)

Level 5-5.5: A fully catered vacation with a complete support team consisting of tour guide, mechanic and masseur. A follow car is provided including care on the road during the rides. Accommodation will be in luxury chalets, hotels or boutique bed & breakfasts.

Level 6: The ultimate luxury cycling vacation with top locations and carefully selected accommodations. Only the very best counts for us and you as our client! Get carried away on a next level cycling vacation.

Explanation gravity level

We roughly determine the heaviness of a trip based on a variety of circumstances. Severity can be determined by distances or by the altitude meters in distances. In addition, you experience a ride on a gravel or mountain bike already 'heavier' than a road bike ride.

Per category this is approximately what you can think of. Always discuss with us alternatives or modified routes which also influence the heaviness.

Road Bikes - Race bikesDistance max - Distance MaxAltitude indication
Level 170 km700-1100
Level 280 km1100-1500
Level 3100 km1500-2200
Level 4120 km2200-2800
Level 5150 km2800-3800
Hors Category175+ km3800-5500
Mountain Bike - MTBDistance max - Distance MaxAltitude indication
Level 130-50 km700-1000
Level 240-60 km1000-1300
Level 350-75 km1300-1800
Level 455-90 km1800-2400
Level 560-100 km2400-3300
Hors Category150+ km3800-5500
GravelDistance max - Distance MaxAltitude indication
Level 130-50 km700-1000
Level 240-60 km1000-1300
Level 350-75 km1300-1800
Level 455-90 km1800-2400
Level 560-100 km2400-3300
Hors Category150+ km3800-5500