Valencia is known for its architecture, its broad sandy beaches, its oranges, and its paella. The unsung marvel of the Mediterranean city though, lies in the hills just twenty kilometres north of its walls… the Sierra Calderona Natural Park. Here, you will discover some of the most beautiful and varied road cycling found anywhere in Europe.
The Southern Spain coastline has been a favourite training camp destination with professional riders for as long as most will remember; its temperate climate in the early part of the year has made it a go-to get away from the northern winter—a place for early season miles in short sleeves and sunscreen.
The typical format of such an active vacation is to stay in a non-descript all-inclusive hotel; eating repeat buffet menus and remaining distinctly isolated from the true offering of the Iberian Peninsula. Valencia offers something different. Something unique. Boutique hotels, and a cultural hub that you cannot help but become captivated by on your evening strolls through the old stone walls; as well as a true haven for food lovers and hungry cyclists.
We travelled to Valencia for an experience; a chance to embrace both the incredible riding on offer in the mountains just north of the city, but also a chance to immerse ourselves in the fantastic après-ride atmosphere found in the city itself.