What does Alicante and especially Costa Blanca have that appeal more and more people to practice cycling there? The fact is that the fame in recent years is perhaps partly linked to the large number of cycling teams that complete their pre-seasons training in the area: Astana, Jumbo-Visma, Trek Segafredo, Eolo Kometa.... and we could mention many more.
This may have had a considerable influence on locating towns such as Calpe, Altea, Benidorm and other Alicante towns among the favorites of national and international cyclists, gradually putting themselves at the level of other favorite destinations in Spain such as Majorca or the Canary Islands.
However, do you need some arguments to convince you that you should go cycling on the Costa Blanca? Well, here is our specific manifesto for this 100% cycling area.
The Costa Blanca has some peculiarities that make it different from other coastal areas, and one of them is the possibility of accessing high altitude areas with the coast just a short distance away. So make your own deduction: views from the heights + coastline around you = spectacular selfie with your bike and an unbeatable background scenery. Calpe's Peñón de Ifach is probably one of the most outstanding symbols of this orography, but it is by no means the only one. Either way, cycling in Alicante means dizzying ascents and descents, with some climbs that are not suitable for everyone.
The Alicante coast is one of those with the best temperatures for practicing sports throughout the year, always avoiding the summer months, where we recommend to replace it with some water sports... or simply enjoy the sun on a beach lounger with a mojito.
Costa Blanca has an increasing number of cycling hotels. Thanks to this, you can enjoy cycling in Alicante and leave your bike safely at the end of the route, or get it ready in one of the cycling centers with a bike tool workshop that you will find in these specialized hotels.
Earlier we mentioned the particular orography of Alicante. An orography that implies, yes or yes, some tough climbs that you can learn more about in our post on mountain passes. These climbs are widely known in the MTB and road world, and there are not a few times that we have enjoyed them at a major competitive cycling event such as Vuelta a España. Fortunately, not all climbs in Alicante are extremely hard, making some ascents accessible to all types of cycling profiles.
The province of Alicante has an endless number of road cycling routes to cover as many kilometers as you want. They are generally in good condition, many of them having wide lanes and little traffic, which allows us to adapt to all levels.
The Valencian Community is home to a large number of accessible paths and tracks for MTB. The growth in the use of e-bikes and this mode of cycling has also facilitated access to these types of routes that were hitherto inaccessible to many (nothing like a pedal aid on this slope we choked on before).
In addition, the considerable number of kilometers traveled by the Vías Verdes (Greenways) add up, making it easy to ride a bike designed for all levels.
Let's be honest: a sporting holiday is never complete without tasting the local cuisine. There are even those who cycle conscientiously so as not to have a bad conscience after a cycle route.
And on the Costa Blanca you certainly don't eat badly. Paellas aside, Alicante's Mediterranean diet is present in every one of its dishes, and that's something to be thankful for after putting in a physical effort, isn't it?
Would you like us to propose a spectacular plan to practice cycling in Alicante? Take a look at our bike trips in Spain and book your next cycling holiday.