A ten day, self-guided adventure cycling from Madrid to Valencia, from capital to coast. Start off following Vía Verdes, which are cycle routes along former railway lines. The route then takes you through historic and handsome towns such as Huete, Cuenca and Albarracín, over the Sierra de Altamira as well as the limestone, forested terrain of Serranía de Cuenca Natural Park. The last stretch is on a rugged plateau followed by a long, gradual descent. Along forests and orchards you’ll finally reach the Mediterranean sea and the great cultural hub Valencia.
- Remote and scenic sierras
- Vía Verde de Ojos Negros
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Day 1: Arganda del Rey
We recommend spending a couple of days in Madrid, prior to the tour, to explore the bustling Spanish capital. With plenty of museums, bars, restaurants and historic sites, there is plenty to visit over a couple of days. The first hotel of the tour is located in Arganda del Rey, at the edge of the urban area, which is easily reached using the Metro from the city centre or Madrid’s airport (1h).
- Accommodation: Sercotel AB Arganda or similar
Day 2: Arganda del Rey – Estremera | 54km
The first stage predominantly follows Vía Verdes, or former railway tracks that have been converted to purpose-built cycle paths. The route heads through a valley, passing olive groves and forests which were once the scenes of key battles in the Spanish Civil War. The day comes to a close in the unassuming, lively village of Estremera, where you can join the locals in one of the many bars. They will be impressed when they hear about you cycling all the way to Valencia.
- Accommodation: Hostal El Rincón de Higuerlop or similar
- Cycling for the day: 54km, ↑450m
Day 3: Estremera – Huete | 46km
This morning’s route begins by following quiet roads, dotted with small villages, that meander through a pastoral paradise. The route then ascends over the mountainous region of Sierra de Altamira, before bringing you into Huete, the capital of Cuenca and famous for its religious architectural heritage, the highlights of these being Convento de la Merced and Convento de Jesús y María, the latter being home to a beautiful photographic museum, as well as the ruined apse of Santa María de Atienza. Spend the evening taking part in a walking tour around the town, experiencing the local crafts and traditions of the area.
- Accommodation: Hotel Conde de Garcinarro or similar
- Cycling for the day: 46km, ↑750m
Day 4: Huete – Cuenca | 57km
Follow a trail through valleys lined with pine forests and wildflowers as far as Cuenca, which you enter over its famous footbridge, Puente de San Pablo over the Huécar River. This ancient city is located on a rocky spur between the gorges of the Huécar and Júcar Rivers, and with its collection of hanging houses, Gothic Catedral de Santa María de Gracia and stunning Plaza Mayor, are all part of its designation as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
- Accommodation: Hospedería de Cuenca or similar
- Cycling for the day: 57km, ↑600m
Day 5: Cuenca – Tragacete | 60km
Today’s route follows a remote trail through unspoiled landscapes, passing through only one village. Along the way, keep an eye out for the area’s wildlife such as deer, boar, mouflon, griffon vultures and eagles before arriving in Tragacete.
- Accommodation: Hostal Serranía or similar
- Cycling for the day: 60km, ↑860m
Day 6: Tragacete – Albarracín | 55-61km
Begin the day with an ascent to the border of Castile and Aragon, before choosing to follow either the direct route to Albarracín or opting for a longer route through the mountains. The longer route passes through Guadalaviar, where the tradition of La Transhumancia, where farmers take their sheep on a yearly migration from summer to winter pastures, is still carried out. The day comes to a close in Albarracín, famous for its extraordinary medieval houses perched on a rocky promontory above the Río Guadalaviar, with top views of its exquisite environs.
- Accommodation: Hotel Albarracín or similar
- Cycling for the day: 55km, ↑700m
- Optional cycling: 55-61km, ↑950
Day 7: Albarracín – Teruel | 42km
Begin the morning with an ascent through pine forests before descending into the city of Teruel. The city of Teruel is Spain’s smallest provincial capital and contains examples of Mudéjar architecture including its four towers which have been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
- Accommodation: Gran Hotel Botánicos or similar
- Cycling for the day: 42km, ↑430m
Day 8: Teruel – Albentosa | 48km
Leaving Teruel behind, the route heads along the Vía Verde de Ojos Negros, the longest cycle path in Spain. After an initial ascent, the trail then undulates through a wide valley, eventually reaching a small farmhouse-hotel owned by a truffle producer and this evening’s accommodation.
- Accommodation: La Casa de la Estación or similar
- Cycling for the day: 48km, ↑430m
Day 9: Albentosa – Segorbe | 64km
Re-join the Vía Verde, located only a few metres from the farmhouse, to follow a trail through rural landscapes, taking in views down to the villages below before the terrain changes to a more Mediterranean feel as you come to Segorbe. This is a pleasant and historic town, perfectly poised between two mountain ranges – the Sierra de Espadan to the north and the Sierra Calderona to the south.
- Accommodation: Hotel Martín el Humano or similar
- Cycling for the day: 64km, ↑170m
Day 10: Segorbe – Valencia | 65km
Cycle through a mix of forests, Mediterranean shrubbery, orange orchards and finally coastal paths to the city of Valencia. You should have time to visit some of its best sights before sitting down to a well-deserved meal in one of the city’s famous paella restaurants.
Please note: accommodation in Valencia is not included. You end the tour in a place in the city agreed with our agent at the beginning of the tour, where he’ll be waiting for you. In this way, you can choose yourself among its wide variety of accommodations, as well in the city centre as on the beachfront. Alternatively, you can book through us a hotel in Valencia as an optional extra and end the tour at the booked hotel.
- Cycling for the day: 65km, ↑260m
What to expect
Accommodation on this tour includes a mix of mostly small, locally-owned hotels, B&Bs and traditional guesthouses. They have been carefully selected based on a variety of criteria including their location, warm hospitality, fine local food or commitment to responsible tourism. All rooms have en-suite or private bathrooms.
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- Sercotel AB Arganda, Arganda del Rey
- Hostal El Rincón de Higuerlop, Estremera
- Hotel Conde de Garcinarro, Huete
- Hospedería de Cuenca, Cuenca
- Hostal Serranía, Tragacete
- Hotel Albarracín, Albarracín
- Gran Hotel Botánicos, Teruel
- La Casa de la Estación, Albentosa
- Hotel Martín el Humano, Segorbe
Hotels are subject to availability. In the event of a particular hotel being fully booked for your chosen dates, we will replace it with a hotel of equal value and quality level. We will provide exact accommodation details to you upon booking confirmation.
Breakfast is included on all days. When no restaurant location is available en route, lunches and snacks can either be bought from local shops or packed lunches can be pre-ordered from your hotel the night before. Dinner is available either at the accommodation or from restaurants in the local area.
Difficulty and terrain
This tour is rated moderate and is suitable for regular cyclists with most days offering between 46-65km of cycling. The routes mainly follow cycle paths and quiet back roads although some days will involve a couple of steep ascents and descents. The trip is not suitable for beginner cyclists (read more about difficulty grades).
When to go
The tour is available from April-June and August-October, with departures starting (Day 1) on Thursdays.
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Our recommended airport for this tour is Madrid (MAD).
By train or bus
If you are able to travel to Spain without flying, this holiday is reachable by rail, with railway stations in Madrid and Valencia. For more details, see the national rail operator Renfe.
Arrival in Arganda del Rey: From the airport of Madrid (MAD), you can take the metro to Madrid City Centre and then change to take to take the line to Arganda del Rey.
Departure from Valencia: From the city centre you can take a bus or the metro to either the airport or the port.
- 9 nights accommodation with en-suite facilities
- 9 breakfasts
- Luggage transfers
- Detailed digital holiday information pack including GPS tracks, checked and updated route description and maps (Please note, that the information pack for this tour is digital only and will be emailed to you prior to departure. Physical documents are not able to be mailed or provided on-site)
- 24/7 phone assistance by our local office/representative
- Flights and airport transfers
- Lunches, dinners, drinks and snacks
- Accommodation in Valencia
- Additional transfers not mentioned in the itinerary
- Travel insurance (required – get a quote online)
- Personal expenses
- City taxes and entrance fees (payable locally)
- Any items not specifically mentioned as included in the programme
Options, extras and supplements
- If you’re travelling in a group, a supplement applies to group members who would like to have a room of their own
- This holiday is available for solo travellers; a supplement will be charged as accommodation and luggage transfer costs are not shared (we never mix and match – solo travellers will be accommodated in single rooms)
- Extra nights
- Bike and e-bike rental
Both hybrid and e-bikes are available to rent on this tour. All bikes come with a lock, rear pannier, a small handlebar bag and tools for adjustments or fixing a punctured tyre. Sample pictures attached below, note that the exact models may differ depending on availability, but the standard will be the same.
- Male and female Stevens Jazz
- Shimano 3×8 gearing
- 47mm tyres
- Selle Royal saddle and suspension fork
- Equipped with lights, baggage rack, kickstand and bidon carrier
- Merida Espresso City 300
- 504wH Shimano battery
- Shimano motor
- 47mm tyres
- Suspension fork and standard saddle
- Equipped with lights, baggage rack, kickstand and bidon carrier