If you’re looking for stunning mountain scenery, quiet roads, great road surfaces, and near year around sunshine, look no further. Cycling in Calpe and the Costa Blanca offers these things in buckets. March and April are super peak season, but more than 300 days of sunshine each year makes a Calpe cycling trip attractive at any time of year.
The region is often featured in the Vuelta a España and Calpe is the winter cycling training camp destination of choice for many pro teams. In 2016, ten of the eighteen World Tour teams chose Calpe for their training camps.
For those with kids, the Costa Blanca’s long white sandy beaches mean you can probably sneak some cycling into a family holiday too...
All you need to know about calpe cycling
Watch our highlights video, then read on and plan your next road cycling holiday to Spain!
NB the Coll de Rates video we mention in this is found on our two Coll de Rates ride guides: see the Calpe cycling routes section below.
CALPE CYCLing ROUTES
Cycling Calpe and the Costa Blanca is all about the hills and mountains that form its craggy backdrop. Twisty roads weave up rocky mountain passes and offer far-reaching views over the coastal plains and valleys below. There’s little in the way of forest, so for much of every climb, you’re treated to fabulous panoramas.
This is not the place to come if you’re looking for flat, easy riding. Flatter areas do exist, but the geography means they’re along the coastal plains. The coast is densely populated; don’t expect quiet roads.
Want to get inspired?
Check out our Costa Blanca cycling routes, below!
Coll de Rates (from Parcent) and Port de Bèrnia loop
- Distance: 119km
- Elevation: 2,260m
- Epic rating:
Puerto de Tudons and Coll de Rates (inc secret summit)
- Distance: 155km
- Elevation: 3,350m
- Epic rating:
Cumbre del Sol, Playa de la Granadella and Dénia loop
- Distance: 110km
- Elevation: 1,660m
- Epic rating:
Guadelest and Vall d’Ebo loop
- Distance: 138km
- Elevation: 2,600m
- Epic rating:
Coffee ride plus Serra Gelada
- Distance: 54km
- Elevation: 830m
- Epic rating:
And finally… don’t miss our top tips for cycling in Calpe.
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The hotels listed below allow guests to either store their bikes in their room or keep them in bike storage facilities (though you should check that these policies haven’t changed when you book).
You’ll want to focus your accommodation search between Dénia in the north and Benidorm in the south, as this is the part of the Costa Blanca that’s of most interest to cyclists. Just a few kilometres inland from the coastline you find cycling heaven in the magnificent natural parks and mountains.
This stretch of coastline is a huge beach-focused tourist destination during the summer months. This means there’s loads of accommodation and many of the hotels offer excellent deals in winter and spring.
So, where are you going to stay?
Large hotel on the coast?
Most people coming to cycle Calpe and Costa Blanca, stay on the coast in places like Calpe and Dénia. The advantage of these towns is that there is plenty of bike hire, you’re close to the mountains, accommodation is reasonably priced in winter and (if relevant) you’re close to the beach. However, be aware that you’ll inevitably have to cycle the coastal roads, which are busy with traffic.
Or small, inland hotel?
The alternative to a large hotel on the coast is a small hotel in an inland village: for example Guadelest and Benissa.
Many of these villages/small towns are very picturesque, with ancient winding lanes topped by a castle or pretty church. The hotels tend to be small and boutique, and you’re surrounded by quiet roads. The downside is that you’ll probably have to do a fair amount of climbing from the door at the beginning and end of each day.
On balance, we’d probably go for an inland hotel on our next trip, but it’s a matter of preference.
Our selection of inland hotels for cyclists is below. For the quick answer:
The hotels listed below allow guests to either store their bikes in their room or they have bike storage facilities (though you should check that these policies haven’t changed when you book).
OUR CHOICE: GRAN HOTEL SOL Y MAR, CALPE
We stayed in a sea view room on the seventh floor of the four-star Sol y Mar hotel on Calpe’s seafront. It’s a large, glassy structure, with a prominent location on the promenade adjacent to the beach.
What we loved
We'd happily recommend the hotel to friends and would return.
We liked the Sol y Mar (more information above), but we think these would also be great choices.
Av. Europa, 2, 03710 Calpe
Av. Juan Carlos I, 48, 03710 Calpe
Av. del Port, 7, 03710 Calpe
Carr Rotas, 85, 03700 Dénia
Carretera Las Rotas 21, 03700 Dénia
Carrer Llac Major, 3, 03700 Dénia
Bellavista,1, 03700 Dénia
Calle Salva 13, Altea
Partida Pou Roig 15, 03720 Benissa - Lleus
Costa Blanca BIKE HIRE
There is a good range of bike hire outlets in this area of the Costa Blanca. Not all of them are obvious from a quick google, but they’re there!
We hope that our list helps with your planning, but please note:
Undecided on whether to hire a bike or bring your own? Read this now.
Bike hire Calpe
Calle Blasco Ibañez 10A, 03710 Calpe
Solybike bicycle rental is the most prominent of the bike hire places online. They offer Orbea carbon bikes with 105 or Ultegra.
Prices (Ultegra prices are in brackets):
1 day: 32€/day (min 3 days)
2 days: 25€/day (min 3 days)
3 days: 20€/day (25)
4-6 days: 19€/day (23)
7-10 days: 17€/day (20)
Prices include saddle bag, tube, two levers, air pump, two bottle holders, computer and a map.
Baguet Bicycle Center
Carrer Benidorm, 3, 03710 Calp
A Belgian company that works with Tui and provides bicycles as part of bike holiday packages. However, you can hire a bike from them direct.
They are based on level -3 of the garage under the Hotel Sol y Mar and offer TREK ALR4 with Tiagra groupset.
Open seven days a week in season.
Hire is 20 euros per day, and damage insurance is available.
A 90 euro deposit is payable on each bike.
Prices include saddle bag, tube, tyre levers, pump, two bottle holders. Some brands of pedals can also be supplied, but probably better to bring your own.
The Bike Shop by Ciclotel
C/Doctor Fleming 23, Calpe
Corratec carbon bikes with Shimano groupset.
If you need to drop a bike back on a Sunday, the shop is shut, but you can deliver it to Ciclotel Point Ifach hotel.
Prices start at 80 euros for a four day period.
Four day minimum hire period.
Merida bikes with carbon or aluminium frames and Shimano Ultegra groupset.
Specify your dimensions on booking, and they will provide the bike adjusted to those dimensions.
Offer different collection points in Altea, Albir, Benidorm, Calp and Villa Joyosa. On Saturday afternoon and Sunday all the rental points are closed; pick up/delivery is agreed by discussion. Bike delivery to your hotel is available for an additional charge.
Prices are from 17-20 euros per day.
Bikes are provided with two bottle cages, pump and inner tube.
Two day minimum hire period and a 250-500 euro deposit is taken.
Insurance is available.
Located next to the AR Diamante Beach Spa, Calpe
Avenida Rosa de los vientos 7, local 4
Predominantly a cycle holiday company, they also offer bike hire on Specialized bikes.
Specialized Roubaix: 20€/day or 125€/week
Specialised Tarmac Di2: 25€/day or 160€/week
250 euro deposit is payable.
Bike hire Dénia
Café Ciclista Dénia
Have a fleet of carbon Focus, Ridley and Canyon bikes with 11-speed Shimano groupsets. All have compact chainsets (52-36, 11-28).
In addition to bike hire, Café Ciclista is a coffee shop, cyclists’ hub and massage. They offer cycling training camps in Spain via their Train in Spain sister company.
If you’re looking for a group ride, check out their Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 10.00am rides that start and finish is at Café Ciclista. Rides are approximately 60-85 kms, average speed approximately 28-32 kmph. It’s advisable to get in touch with them before your first ride.
1 day: 30€/day
2-4 days: 25€/day
5-6 days: 20€/day
7 days: 125€ (unless on a training camp in which case it’s 100€)
Provided with pump or CO2 gas canister, spare inner tube, levers.
100 euros deposit payable.
Additional options include pedals (2 euros per day) and damage insurance (25 euros).
Note: Café Ciclista is the only company we are aware of that offer road bike rental in Dénia. There are several other bike shops in Dénia. However, they don’t offer road bike rental, just leisure bikes, e-bikes etc.
Bike hire Altea and Albir
Ciclo Costa Blanca
Meta Bike Café
Comercio Enara 2
Cami Vell de Altea, 2403581 Alfaz del Pi
Offer Bianchi, Kuota and Ridley carbon bikes with ultegra groupsets and compact chainset.
Open on a Sunday.
Thursday shop rides depart from the Meta Bike Café at 9:30 am. Speak to the café before you arrive.
Also, offer cycling packages and training camps.
Prices are from around 20-30 euros per day depending on the bike. Most bikes do not include pedals which can be added on to your booking.
Bikes are supplied with hand pump, tool bag, spare tube, tyre levers, multi-tool and two bottle cages.
Minimum hire period for online bookings is three days. There is a five day minimum between 31 March and 18 May.
Crono Bike Altea
Ptda The Planet 207
Offer a range of bike rental in Altea, including Orbea, LaPierre, BH and Megamo.
Group rides leave from the shop every Wednesday at 9 am for 3-4 hours at a moderate level. Check before you arrive.
1-3 day: 15€/day
4-15 days: 12€/day
15+ days: 10€/day
If you need a helmet or pedals, they are each an additional euro per day.
Rental includes a pump and inner tube.
Elite Bikes Albir
Av de l'Albir, 159
03581 L'Alfàs del Pi
Contact [email protected] for information.
See information above.
Bike hire Javea/Xabia
Xabia bikes (also referred to as Xabia bike and Xabias bike)
5 Jávea / Xàbia
Offer Specialized Roubaix SL4, Specialized Tarmac SL4 Sport, and Trek Emonda S5
They also offer repair and maintenance.
1 day: 25€/day
2 days: 23€/day
4 days: 21€/day
7 days: 19€/day
2 weeks: 17€/day
Av. De Augusta 22, Jávea
CUBE Attain GTC carbon bikes with Shimano 105 or ULTEGRA R8000 and 50-32 compact chainset.
Will deliver and collect bikes to and from your holiday address for a small charge.
1 day: 24€
2 days: 44€
3 days: 64€
4 days: 82€
5 days: 100€
6 days: 116€
7 days: 128€
Helmet, water bottles, repair kit with spare tube, pump or oxygen cartridge all supplied free of charge.
bike hire moraira
Calle Naranco de Bulnes 603724 Moraira
Offer Stevens Stelvio bikes.
Offer GPX routes that you can upload to your Garmin.
1 day: 30€
2 days: 50€
3 days: 65€
4 days: 80€
5 days: 95€
6 days: 110€
7 days: 120€
WHEN TO GO
The Calpe region boasts more than 300 days of sunshine per year (or even 325 hours if you read some reports). The World Health Organisation says the Costa Blanca climate is one of the best in the world.
It’s somewhere you can cycle all year around, although the temperatures in summer mean you’ll need to head out early and plan your route carefully.
The most popular time for cyclists to visit Calpe is between February and May, with peak cycling season being March to the end of April or mid-May.
Between late January and early March, it’s almond blossom season and many valleys transform into a sea of pink.
It’s also worth considering timing your visit around one of the festival days. On 19 March it’s the Fallas festival. In many towns and villages, enormous colourful floats made of wood and papier-mache are paraded through the streets before they’re burned on a bonfire at midnight to mark the beginning of spring. This is accompanied by fireworks.
By Calpe standards, the weather is usually cold in these months. However, it is often sunny, and it’s certainly mild compared to much of Northern Europe. It can feel quite warm when standing in the sunshine, but you will certainly want to pack warm weather gear in case you arrive in a cold snap, and also for those speedy mountain descents.
In March Calpe weather is usually mild with many nice sunny days. By April, the temperature starts to rise quickly and by May the evenings should be warm too. This is the most popular time to cycle the Calpe region.
In June the days are sunny and hot, but not as hot as July and August. July has the most sunshine hours and, statistically, the least days of rainfall of the whole year. August can be very hot, with some days reaching 40 degrees Celsius or more. You'll want to get up early for cycling the Costa Blanca in August.
The roads get quieter again as the children go back to school and most cyclists are thinking about the off-season. The weather tends to be warm, with some days being very hot, though evenings start to cool down, particularly in October. You may catch some rain, often in the form of brief showers. October is statistically the wettest month for Calpe.
Winter in Calpe is very mild compared to Northern Europe. Most winter days are clear and sunny with little rainfall. Temperatures are changeable and can vary greatly. There is always a chance of rainfall. Nights are cold.
TIPS AND ARTICLES
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MAPS AND BOOKS
We used Marco Polo’s Costa Blanca guidebook to help plan our trip. The section on Costa Blanca is only 21 pages long, but it packs in some useful information on the main towns.
If you like a physical map, Michelin’s Costa Blanca 1:130,000 may be what you need.
GOOD TO KNOW
Confused about the different names for some of the towns? Calpe is the Spanish name, Calp is the Valencian name. The same goes for Javea (Spanish)/Xabia (Valencian) and Jalón (Spanish)/Xaló (Valencian). Our guides stick with the Spanish names.
Parking spaces marked with blue lines means you need to pay. If you see yellow lines, parking is prohibited.
If you see free chairs at a table occupied by someone else in a busy restaurant/café, don’t ask to sit down. It’s not a habit that’s common in Spain and will make Spanish people feel uncomfortable.
It’s worth knowing that both Calpe and Dénia have attractive old towns hidden away behind the urban sprawl (more on their history, here). If you’re staying in one of the towns and have any time off the bike, it’s worth searching out the old towns. The castle in Dénia doesn’t close until around midnight in July and August, so plenty of time after your ride!
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