Would you like to get to know the Valencian community by bike? We got you. Here are 5 road, MTB and Gravel bike routes through the Valencian Community that you shouldn't miss.
Distance: 129.94 Km | Slope: 754 m | Difficulty: Very Difficult | Modality: Road
This first on-road cycling route through the Valencian Community is better known as the Ruta del Azahar, as it runs along the Costa Azahar, located in the province of Castellón, and it takes about 120 km along the coast of the Valencian Community. The Costa Azahar includes the towns of Vinaroz, Benicarló, Peñíscola, Alcocebre, Oropesa de Mar, Burriana, Benicassim, Chilches, Moncófar and Nules.
In addition, it has natural sites of great value such as the Sierra de Irta, the Prado de Cabanes-Torreblanca wetlands and the Desierto de las Palmas.
Although it’s a 129 km route, its cumulative slope does not exceed 800m which makes for a perfect terrain for cycling, one that allows you to add kilometers crossing the different villages of the Castellón coast. We can start in Vinarós and finish at Playa Almenara (who knows, with a good swim as a reward).
Distance: 40.46 Km | Slope: 1129 m | Difficulty: Difficult | Modality: Road
If you prefer a more inland route in the province of Castellón, you can opt for this 40 km circular route that starts in Villmalur and includes the amazing climb of Torralba del Pinar, one of the best known in the region. In fact, one of the recent memories of this climb was the cyclist Evenepoel's assault during the Volta de la Comunitat Valenciana 2022, when he climbed at breakneck speed on one of its long ramps.
The route mostly takes place on uncrowded single-track roads covered by a forested landscape.
Distance: 20.32 Km | Slope: 160 m | Difficulty: Easy | Modality: MTB
If you are more of an MTB than a road cyclist, don't worry because in the Valencian Community you'll find plenty of options to enjoy your MTB.
Here we suggest an easy route through Santa Pola known as Ruta del Salt, which runs parallel to the Paco el Mañaco ravine. It is an ideal route for the whole family, with hardly any slope and a fairly easy route without excessive technical difficulties.
Distance: 52.97 Km | Slope: 2.499 m | Difficulty: Very Difficult | Modality: MTB
If the previous MTB route seemed too easy for you and you are looking for a greater challenge, we suggest the Muros de Espadán route. 52 km MTB ascent with demanding ramps that cross the Vall d'Uixò. Its slope of nearly 2,500 m is a good indicator of how hard it is. We can leave Artana or El Puntal, from where we branch off towards a long descent that takes us to Vall d'Uixò.
We will alternate asphalt roads with others of gravel and dust in very good condition but this will not make your job easier. It is a route of constant ascents and descents that won't allow you to rest.
Distance: 40.78 Km | Slope: 872 m | Difficulty: Easy | Modality: Gravel
Gravel is gaining ground thanks to its transversality: ideal for road cycling, but at the same time capable of making you enjoy Gravel terrains at much higher speeds than MTB. That's why we could not miss the opportunity to recommend this circular route starting from Villajoyosa and crossing remarkable sites such as Amadorio or El Campello. It is also a fairly accessible route, ideal for beginners, 40 km and a cumulative slope not exceeding 900 m.
During the first section of the circuit, the route is a gradual but undemanding ascent. From kilometer 17 we will reach the highest point and, after flattening out a bit, we begin a gradual descent as we approach the coast. These are areas with little traffic and where you can ride very calmly. The terrain is not particularly technical.