Come to the Mountains of Alicante and enjoy riding our superb state-of-the-art road or mountain bikes around the beautiful, unspoiled region where we are based. This area is used all year round by famous cycling teams from around the world to train for events such as the Tour de France, or the Vuelta a España. The roads are perfect for road cycling, but we also offer mountain biking holidays too where you are spoiled for choice with excellent routes and exhilarating rides! All bikes are personally prepared to every individual's weight and height, giving you the perfect ride and comfort on your holiday.
All holidays are based in the village of Quatretondeta, in our wonderful cottage accommodation. Breakfast is set up in the cottages, and everything needed for pack lunches is also provided. After your invigorating day in the saddle on our superb hire cycle, dinner is served in our wine cellar, all keeping in mind any special diet requirements. If you prefer to be more independent there is always the option of self catering accommodation. We can also combine our biking holidays with our famous walking holidays to provide for you a holiday of a lifetime in the Mountains of Alicante.
We have been supplying some of the finest guided Mountain Walking Holidays in Spain since 1993 and now we are pleased to offer our fantastic Guided Biking Holidays in the Mountains of Alicante. If you are in search of a small group guided cycling holiday led by locally based and experienced cycle leaders, we have the perfect biking holidays for you to discover the delights of the mountains. There is something here for every type of cyclist; from gentle rides through the countryside to strenuous days to satisfy the serious road cyclist or mountain biker.
Our biking holidays are held in the Mountains of Alicante, officially known as “La muntanya d’Alacant” in the Valencian language, which simply translates as the Alicante Mountains. The region is located in the north west of the province of Alicante, and is about equal distance between the cities of Valencia and Alicante. Traveling to your holiday here is simple as both of these cities and their international airports are between 1 and 1.5 hours drive away.
This majestic mountain region of Spain remains largely undiscovered by cyclists due to the overwhelming predominance of the coastal tourism on the Costa Blanca and the reputation that it brings with it. These classic limestone mountains provide a wonderfully varied terrain for mountain bikers and road cyclists and provide all the challenges of better known mountain ranges. Although modest in height (up to 1558m), the views to be seen from this region are incredible. On a clear day you can see the Mediterranean sea and sometimes as far as the island of Ibiza. Rugged peaks, narrow ravines, gorges, ridges and broad terraced valleys dotted with small villages untouched by time can all be found, as well as many remnants of its Moorish, Roman and Iberian past.
First time visitors to the region often express surprise at the lack of other riders and visitors. The feeling of wilderness still prevails today although we are never very far from ‘civilisation’.
During the spring wild flowers including many rare species and orchids abound. Bird life in the region is abundant with Golden Eagles and other birds of prey often seen whilst riding. You may also encounter Griffon vultures on their autumn migration. Between late April and through to June you will hear nightingales wherever you go, and if you are very lucky you may catch sight of the illusive Golden Oriole. It’s an excellent base for a birdwatching holiday combining the rich variety of the mountain region with superb birding to be experienced at the Albufera of Valencia which is just a little over one hours drive from Quatretondeta.
Your holiday is based in Quatretondeta, a small, pretty mountain village located in the heart of the Mountains of Alicante. It is surrounded by hills and mountainsides dotted with small olive terraces. It has been described by Spanish writers as a place where “the time goes by on tiptoe”.
Directly above Quatretondeta on the Sierra Serrella you encounter the limestome pinnacles which form a natural phenomena that are the “Els Frares” which you will see every day - a reminder of the rugged beauty of this place.
This biking holiday in Spain is held in a place that you will want to return to again and again!
Dates and Prices
Biking in the Mountains of Alicante – Dates and Prices
These fantastic cycling holidays in Alicante run all year around.
The price of these holidays is €850 Euros, all inclusive. This includes transport to and from the airport, and transport every day to and from the routes.
All our holidays include the use of mountain or road bikes (out of a choice of 2 kinds, Orbea Alma H70 29″ or Orbea Occam H30), Helmets (Catlike “Diablo”) and Guides (all local guides, based in the area, with a very good knowledge of English).
Single base, small group guided cycling holidays. These holidays are of 7 night duration and run from Saturday to Saturday. They include the following services;
- cycle hire – road or mountain bike
- accommodation, dinner, breakfast and packed lunches
- all local transport relating to the holiday programme including transport to the historic town of Alcoy on the rest day
- 5 day guided cycling with an experienced locally based guide
- standard airport transfers from/to Alicante airport to your holiday base in Quatretondeta
Price includes full board. Wine is available to purchase with your evening meal. All holidays are in small groups with a minimum of 2 people.
Flights to Alicante are not included.
Your holiday will be based in Quatretondeta – a small mountain village located in the heart of the Mountains of Alicante. It is surrounded by typical small olive terraces which are dotted along the hills and climb the steep flanks of the Sierra Serrella Mountain. It has been described by Spanish writers as a place where “the time goes by on tiptoe”.
The main charm of Quatretondeta and the rest of the valley is the tranquility and serenity of the atmosphere, which is only disturbed by the few cars that pass by. The small River Seta crosses the through the village boundary at the bottom, and the village perches above, sheltered from the North and East.
Quatretondeta is a perfect starting point for exploring the Sierra Serrella and surrounding mountains. The Sierra Serrella has 3 different peaks, the Serrella at 1359 metres, the Pla de la Casa, the highest at 1379 metres and the Malla de Llop at 1360 metres. On a clear day you can see the surrounding mountain region, the Mediterranean and as far as the island of Ibiza. You can also climb up and through the rock formations known as “Els Frares” or the Friars. These pinnacles created by erosion stand between 10 and 100 meters high.
Not only is the village a great base for exploring the most emblematic mountain of the region of “La Muntanya d’Alacant”, it also provides a central base for exploring the entire mountain region most of which is accessible in about 45 minutes’ drive at its most extreme points. It is a paradise for road cyclists and mountain bikers, walkers and hikers alike.
Quatretondeta is located just 60 minutes drive north of Alicante airport or 75 minutes south from Valencia airport. There is major road access and the nearest motorway junction is 15 minutes away at nearby Cocentaina. It is also possible to travel by train to Alcoy from Valencia. Alcoy is just 20 kilometres from Quatretondeta.
Accommodation in Quatretondeta is provided in the following four cottages:-
Cottage 1 – Casa L’Ametler ( Almond Tree cottage)
Totally rebuilt in 2003/2004, this is a 2 bed room cottage with 2 en-suite shower rooms which can accommodate up to 5 people over 4 floors. The cottage has a roof top lounge and sun terrace with magnificent views as well as a ground floor kitchen and dining area. The kitchen is fully equipped and also has a washing machine. The cottage is centrally heated throughout to ensure a cosy ambiance during the winter months and is fully insulated to ensure coolness through the hot summer months. Hot water is provided by combined solar and electric.
It is traditionally and comfortably furnished throughout and painted in traditional colours of the region with locally produced fabrics. Free Wi Fi connection is available from this cottage.
Cottage 2 – Casa Dianica
Newly restored 2006/7, Casa Dianica is a 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom cottage lounge /diner, kitchen and roof top terrace. The cottage provides accommodation for up to 6 people, which comprises of 2 double bed rooms and 1 twin room. There are 3 very large shower/wet rooms, 2 of which are ensuite. Facilities include a comfortable lounge dining area with open log fire, and a fully equipped kitchen which includes hob and oven, microwave, toaster, electric kettle, and automatic washing machine. The cottage is well equipped throughout and has central heating via electric night storage radiators.
The cottage is located in a quiet traffic free square near the centre of the village of Quatretondeta, and the roof top terrace provides excellent views over the Arabic tiled roof tops to the mountains.
Cottage 3 – Ca L’Oriol ( Golden Oriole Cottage)
This is a total rebuild of a ruined house. It was rebuilt during 2011/12 and has retained all its wonderful original characteristics. The house has lots of character and provides comfortable accommodation in its 2 en-suite double bed rooms. The house remains at a pleasant 20ºC all year around due to a state-of-the-art environmentally friendly heating system along with the best insulation. The roof top terraces provide excellent views of the surrounding countryside.
Cottage 4 – Casa Tia Consuela
Newly refurbished in 2005, this is a 4 bedroom house with 2 bathrooms, lounge, dinning room and kitchen which provides accommodation for 8 people. There are 2 double bedrooms and 2 twin bedded rooms. The house is centrally heated throughout and decoration is typical of the region. The kitchen is well equipped and decorated green, white, terracotta and blue with many small details.
This property is relatively modern by village standards and dates to the beginnings of the 20th Century. It has been restored recently to provide an welcoming and comfortable accommodation.
To personalize your holiday, we will need to know the following:
- Height and weight of each person
- Level of fitness/Mountain biking level
We will get this information when you book. We look forward to welcoming you in the Mountains of Alicante!
“An excellent week, superb food and very comfortable accommodation – an able substitute for the hotel. Sixth visit and I will return!”
John Bishop, UK.
“Hospitality fantastic. Food exceptional. Best veggie food ever. Superb accommodation and location. Thanks Pat, Brian and Tom for an excellent short break.”
Nicky and Steve Popple.
“Brian & Pat have made this our most favorite part of Spain! They have made a paradise in the most amazing place. We have seen the most amazing views and tasted the most amazing food. This cottage is very comfortable and private.”
Pat and Bill Graham, Philadelphia, USA.