The picturesque countryside of Alicante is ideal for two-wheeled exploration. Away from the busy cities and resorts, this is where you can enjoy the tranquillity of inland villages and take some time to familiarise yourself with some traditional Spanish culture and cuisine.
During the winter and spring months, when the temperatures are cooler, jumping on your bike in and around Alicante just might be the best time to experience this famously sun-kissed region. Alicante is highly popular with cyclists of all ability levels. During the right months, i.e. the cooler months, the climate is perfect, the roads are quieter than they are during ‘peak’ season and there are plenty of cycle routes throughout Alicante and the terrain is helpfully varied too.
From total beginners to the more experienced professional, tricky mountain trails to fast sprints (or slower crawls) down flatter roads on the coast – it’s all there to be enjoyed.
Cyclists can hire themselves a bike for a few hours at a time. You can pre-book and collect it when you get there, or of course you could just take your own bike if you wish.
Not everybody wants a challenging ride when on holiday though, most prefer something a little more leisurely so they can enjoy the views. With that in mind, we have selected some of our favourite, easier routes.
If you are new to cycling, it has been a while since you have been on a saddle or if you want something a little more sedate so you can enjoy the vistas, then a gentle coastal route is probably the best bet for you.
The three recommended bike rides you may like to try in Alicante
Denia Family Ride (Level: 1/5)
A gentle ride that all cyclists, regardless of age or ability, can enjoy. The route starts on the Denia via Verde (Green Route). This is a decommissioned rail line, and as such is nice and flat. The route winds through orange groves and offers splendid views of the Montgo mountain. The next stop is the Pego Nature Reserve, which is known for its rice fields and marshes. The total distance of the route is around 6 km (a smidgeon over 3.7 miles), and is ideal for a family.
Pink Torrevieja Family Ride (Level: 1/5)
This is another pleasant ride that isn't too strenuous. Choosing a different Green Route will take you further south and toward the resort of Torrevieja. There are two salt lagoons here – one pink and one blue. There are flamingos to be found at the pink lagoon, naturally. There is a second disused rail line that is perfect for a lakeside picnic.
Cruising Moraira and Pedreguer Day Ride (Level: 2/5)
Selecting this route means heading from Lliber and going south to descend on smooth tarmac and on through Benissa. From here you move on down the coastal road. Upon arriving at Moraira, treat yourself to some refreshments and take in the views from across the coast before you make your way back inland. From here, head north and go around the Montgo National Park and here you will find plenty of photo opportunities of the stunning scenery. From here though it is a gentle climb or two to Pedreguer.
The whole of Alicante is ripe for exploration by way of bicycle, so why not give it a try? Just don’t forget your camera!