Cycling in Valencia - Climbs in Valencia

Aerial relief map of the province of Valencia, Spain
The main mountain ranges in the province of Valencia

Stretching north to south along the Mediterranean coast from the town of Sagunto to Oliva and to Requena in the west, the province of Valencia offers a considerable and varied selection of terrain for those who enjoy the discipline of climbing


Whilst perhaps rightly not as widely-known for its climbs as its southern neighbour, Alicante, the mountain ranges hemming in the province's central, coastal plane from the north, west and south host a variety of climbs topping out up to and above 1000 m.a.s.l.
 

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Bike riding in Sierra Calderona, province of Valencia, Spain
Climbing in Sierra Espadán

North

Sierra Calderona

To the north of the provincial capital of Valencia, and on the very northern limit of the province itself, we find the Sierra Calderona range, with summits of between @500 - @800 m.a.s.l. and a firm favourite of the city's cyclists. 

Although neither especially long or steep, Port de L'Oronet is a firm fixture in many of the bike races that take place in the province, and has featured in the Vuelta a España on numerous occasions. 

A little further west on the same range lies Pico del Águila (also known as Puerto de Chirivilla), which peaks at  @700 metres and can be combined perfectly with Port de l'Oronet on routes starting and finishing in the city of Valencia.

Sierra de Espadán

Immediately north on the other side of the valley to Sierra Calderona lies Sierra de Espadán, which marks the southern limit of the province of Castellón and can also be reached quite comfortably by bike from the city of Valencia.

Cycling in Sierra Calderona, Valencia, Spain
Cycling in Sierra Calderona, Valencia

Both these ranges have little traffic, good roads, pine and cork forests, numerous villages and bars in which to refuel, making them excellent locations for cycling.

North West

The upper course of Valencia's River Turia passes through the comarcas of los Serranos and el Rincón de Ademuz, both of which have climbs of more than 1000 m.a.s.l. accessible via roads with very little traffic indeed.

La Puebla de San Miguel, located in the latter, is situated at an altitude of 1103 m.a.s.l., making it the highest town in the province of Valencia, and indeed the Valencian Community, and can be reached by bike via the very quiet CV-363 road.

West

Climbing by bike in Valencia, Spain
Cyclist climbing el puerto de Campello in Vallada, Valencia


To the west of the province, running approximately from the town of Villar del Arzobispo in the north to the town of Font de la Figuera in the south and some 70-80 kilometres inland from the coast, we have a series of mountain ranges that jointly separate the province of Valencia, and hence the Mediterranean, from Spain's meseta central ("inner plateau"). 

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Muela de Cortes, Valencia, Spain
The spectacular setting of Muela de Cortes, Valencia
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An area of low-density population in general, climbs here include Pico del Remedio, located near the town of Chelva and which reaches @1000 metres with maximum gradients of @14%, the spectacular Muela de Cortes, located upstream on the River Júcar and some @75 kilometres inland from the city of Valencia, which takes us up a multitude of hairpins offering incredible views to a destination the lies nowhere in particular at an altitude of @800 m.a.s.l. 

In the southern extreme of these ranges we find climbs such as the traffic-free Puerto de Casas de Benali (@750 m.a.s.l.), and the tremendous Alto del Campello in the town of Vallada, which offers us a leg-breaking 350-metre altitude gain in a mere 4 kilometres, with stretches at over 20%.


Summit of Puerto de Casas de Benalí, Valencia, Spain
Summit of Puerto de Casas de Benalí, Valencia

South

Cyclist climbing Puerto de Barx, Valencia
Climbing Puerto de Barx, Valencia

Sierra Grossa

To the south, Sierra Grossa runs from the town of Xátiva to Gandia on the coast, and Sierra de Agullent and Sierra del Benicadell run approximately from the town of Font de la Figuera to the coastal town of Oliva, separating the province of Valencia from that of Alicante and offering several mountain passes on the way. 

Dotted with the larger towns of Ontinyent, Xativa, Gandia and Oliva, among others, this is a more densely-populated area and, consequently, is relatively easy to access. 
Puerto del Portixol, Valencia, Spain
Puerto del Portixol, Valencia

Nevertheless, climbs such as Puerto el Moro (@1000 m.a.s.l.), Puerto del Portixol (@800 m.a.s.l.) in the west and Puerto de Barx (@ 375 m.a.s.l.), Puerto de Beniarrés (@580 m.a.s.l.) and Puerto de la Llacuna (@700 m.a.s.l.) in the east offer ample opportunity for bike riding on quiet roads.

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