Cycling in Valencia - Climbs in Alicante

Relief map of mountains in the province of Alicante, Spain
Relief map showing mountains in the province of Alicante

Away from its popular coastline, Alicante is a rural paradise dotted with small villages, quiet roads and kilometres and kilometres of climbs

The Valencian Community's southernmost province of Alicante is known throughout the world for the excellent conditions it offers road cyclists for training, based on a combination of an extremely benign climate, good transport facilities with the rest of Europe, an abundant offer of accommodation, quiet roads and, of course, a high concentration of easily-accessible mid-range mountains.


Cyclist descending Vall d'ebo, Alicante, Spain
Vall d'ebo, Alicante


Bordering with the province of Valencia,  the north of the province is where we can find the highest concentration of climbs, including Sierra la Solana (incl. Alto del Moro - @1000 m.a.s.l.), Sierra de Mariola (incl. Puerto de Bocairent - @900 m.a.s.l.), Sierra de Benicadell (incl. Puerto de Beniarrés - @ 600 m.a.s.l.) and Sierra de Albureca (Vall de Gallinera - @650 m.a.s.l.)

There are, of course, no Alpine colossi on the scale of the Galibier or the Stelvio, but there are more than enough kilometres of climbing to keep us busy without having to repeat routes too often. 

Cyclists riding in Sierra Mariola, Alicante, Spain
Sierra Mariola, Alicante

Just a little to the south of these ranges we find the climbs that have made Alicante famous in the world of cycling, including Vall d'ebo (@575 m.a.s.l.), Mirador del Xap (@630 m.a.s.l.) Coll de Rates (@625 m.a.s.l.), Puerto de Confrides (@975 m.a.s.l.), Puerto de la Carrasqueta (@1020 m.a.s.l.) and Puerto de Tollos (@825 m.a.s.l.), among many others. These climbs are all withing riding distance of each other and can be combined in infinite ways.

Cyclist climbing el Mirador del Xap, Alicante, Spain
El Mirador del Xap, Alicante


To the west, heading over towards the border with the neighbouring province of Murcia, we find the Sierra de Maigmó, with the pass of the same name (@670 m.a.s.l.) and the leg-breaking Xorret de Catí (@1100 m.a.s.l.). Close to the town of Elda, this range is easily accessible by bike from the city of Alicante.

Cyclist climbing Vall d'ebo, Alicante, Spain
Vall d'ebo, Alicante


The south of the province is, to all intents and purposes, completely flat and offers no opportunities for climbing.

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