Guadalest reservoir with turquoise blue waters in the province of Alicante, Spain
Biker on trail in Backroads' Jersey
6 people sitting around dinner table
Cibeles fountain in Madrid, Spain
San Pedro Church in Cuenca at sunset, Spain
Plate of seafood Paella
Biker riding past body of water
View of colorful houses in Cuenca, Spain
Denia Torre del Gerro tower in Las Rotas of Alicante Mediterranean Spain
Aerial view of olive groves and cereal fields, Toledo province, Castilla La Mancha Autonomous Community, Spain, Europe
Gothic cathedral of Cuenca, Spain.
Beautiful panorama of Altea's cityscape and the mediterranean sea.
Street of Altea old town in Spain.
Picturesque and narrow street in Bocairent, town in Valencia
Aerial view of Spanish town Cuenca
Red wine glasses from worm's eye view
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Spain's Madrid to Valencia Bike Tour

Wine & Paella from Dramatic Gorges to Mediterranean Beaches

Couples, Friends & Solos

6 days 5 nights

Activity Level: 2-4

Premiere Hotels

From: $4,999 - $5,099 pp dbl occ

($1,400 for sgl occ)

Between the fabled cities of Madrid and Valencia there is a mystical land. One that exists in cyclists’ dreams. Medieval towns perched atop dramatic gorges. Rock formations of curious shapes and labyrinthine Moorish caves that hold centuries-old stories. Superb wines, paella and the lulling waves of the warm Mediterranean ground you in the moment. In this place. And now you know: utopia is within reach. 

Spain Madrid to Valencia Bike Tour
Spain Madrid to Valencia Bike Tour


Start Madrid / End Valencia

Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.


  • Discover the preserved medieval city of Cuenca, with its arresting position high above the gorges of the Huécar and Júcar Rivers 
  • Bike through Alicante and Costa Blanca, from limestone cliffs and woodland to whitewashed villages overlooking the sea 
  • Savor authentic paella in vibrant Valencia, the birthplace of this beloved dish 
  • Marvel at whimsical rock formations in Ciudad Encantada, including the Sea of Stone and the Mushrooms 


Accommodations may vary based on departure date.
6 Days Premiere Hotels*
Accommodations may vary based on departure.
Days 1-2

Meet in vibrant Madrid, Spain’s modern capital | Get a taste of the beautiful Castilian countryside on a ride through its agricultural heart | The approach to the World Heritage City of Cuenca—with its sublime perch between two river gorges—is nothing short of jaw-dropping | Enjoy spectacular views of the city and the gravity-defying Casas Colgadas during a welcome reception on the patio of our hotel, a restored 16th-century convent | Bike along a stunning tranquil road into the Sierra de Cuenca and through the karst landscape and cork oak forest within the river gorge | Stop for lunch and exploration in Ciudad Encantada, an extraordinary outdoor rock “museum” created by natural forces | Savor dinner and free time in charming Cuenca. 

Exterior image of the Parador de Cuenca hotel.
Parador de Cuenca
| Premiere Hotel

Boasting the “best views of the city,” this restored Dominican convent is now a dreamy hotel with infusions of grandeur and an enviable location. (pool) 

Day 3

Spin along gently rolling hills and past vineyards to the colorful Alforins wine region, known as the “Tuscany” of Valencia | Enjoy a memorable visit to a local winery and learn how grape varietals and traditional winemaking techniques have helped elevate Valencia to a terroir of note | In the stunning village of Bocairent, discover the unique Covetes dels Moros, a collection of caves built into the rock face that date back to the 10th and 11th centuries. 

Exterior view of the Hotel Ferrero at night.
Ferrero Boutique Hotel
| *Casual Hotel

Settle in at this restored farmhouse situated amid lush manicured gardens, orchards and walking paths. (pool, spa)  

Days 4-6

A spectacular route takes you from lush woodland, dramatic limestone formations, ravines and river gorges to crisp white Mediterranean villages nestled into the mountains of Alicante on the Costa Blanca | Similarities between Valencia and Mallorca are striking—their locations along different parts of the same mountain system explain why | The region's smooth roads, beautiful terrain and temperate climate make it popular with professional and recreational cyclists alike | Climb to the mountaintop village of Guadalest, a Moorish city dating to the 11th century | A cobbled street lined with flower-bedecked whitewashed houses leads to the town’s most prominent feature, Castell de Guadalest | Unwind at our paradisiacal hotel, whose modular architecture reflects and complements its natural surroundings | Soak up grand scenery on a smooth rolling ride through pretty villages to a hilltop town overlooking the coastline | In picturesque Dénia, indulge in paella by the sea—nothing compares to the original! | The stunning blue-green color of the Guadalest reservoir is a sight you won’t soon forget from our final ride.  

Interior view of the Vivood Landscape Hotel.
Vivood Landscape Hotel
| Premiere Hotel

The landscape itself dictated the design of this award-winning sustainable luxury hotel with modular buildings set among trees, terraces of olive trees and nature trails. (pool, spa) 

The earlier you book, the more choice you'll have and the lower your price. And you can always change your mind — you won't be charged to transfer to a different trip before your final payment is due. View cancellation policy.

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Activity Level: 2-4

Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. Several routes and a range of levels are offered each day so you can choose how much or how little activity you want to do. Learn more about how we determine activity levels.

Daily Route Options

* Includes shuttle.
Day 1
Level 2 | 22 miles | 1800 ft. gain
Level 3 | 29 miles | 2200 ft. gain
Day 2
Level 3 | 32 miles* | 3600 ft. gain
Level 4 | 49 miles | 4400 ft. gain
Day 3
Level 2 | 28 miles* | 2000 ft. gain
Level 3 | 35 miles* | 3000 ft. gain
Level 4 | 48 miles | 4300 ft. gain
Day 4
Level 2 | 25 miles* | 2700 ft. gain
Level 3 | 35 miles | 3500 ft. gain
Level 4 | 42 miles | 4200 ft. gain
Day 5
Level 3 | 30 miles* | 3800 ft. gain
Level 4 | 42 miles* | 4500 ft. gain
Day 6
Level 1 | 15 miles | 2200 ft. gain

What's Included

Available Bike Options

The key to a stellar day's ride is a bike that's perfectly in tune with your cycling style… Backroads has you covered with the best bike fleet in the world! Please note that bike requests are subject to availability and prioritized based on the date they're submitted.

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Backroads Performance Road Bike
Backroads Performance Road Bike
Performance Road Bike

Included in your trip price

This custom-designed titanium bike is lightweight and responsive, featuring Shimano Ultegra Di2 electronic shifting, 11-speed compact gearing, a premium Mavic Ksyrium Pro wheelset and a full carbon fork. 

Backroads Touring Bike
Backroads Touring Bike
Touring Bike

Included in your trip price

A proven classic, this custom-designed titanium bike is suited for a wide range of cyclists. It features a comfortable ergonomic seat and a long wheel base that add to the bike’s control and stability.

Backroads Electric-Assist Bike
Backroads Electric-Assist Bike
Electric-Assist Bike

Included in your trip price

Keep pace or zip ahead, pedaling with an electric boost. This bike provides plenty of power to flatten the hills and more than enough battery range to cover the distance.
Min. age to ride e-bike: 16+

Cannondale Synapse Pro Carbon Bike
Cannondale Synapse Pro Carbon Bike
Carbon Bike

Ride like a pro with the top-of-the-line carbon Cannondale Synapse Hi-Mod Red ETAP AXS. Delivering phenomenal acceleration and handling in a light and powerful package.
$650 rental fee; subject to availability

Co-Motion Torpedo Tandem Bike
Co-Motion Torpedo Tandem Bike
Tandem Bike

This hand-built frame features Co-Motion's custom-designed cro-moly steel tubeset, powerful Avid disc brakes, Shimano Ultegra drive train, and a custom, upgraded wheelset. For experienced tandem riders.
$400 rental fee

Also Included

  • All breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners
  • Expertise and services of our experienced Trip Leaders
  • Snacks and beverages between meals
  • Additional guides and experts from the region on many trips
  • Van shuttles to support a variety of route options
  • Comprehensive Travel Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at museums, historic sites, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the Travel Planner
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Special events, including wine tastings and other select attractions as mentioned in the Travel Planner
  • On biking and multi-adventure trips, use of fully equipped Backroads titanium bike plus helmet and accessories
  • Trailercycles, carriers, and kid-sized helmets for Family Trips
  • Equipment and experienced guides for kayaking, rafting, snorkeling, sailing and canoeing as described
  • Park and other entry fees
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the Travel Planner
  • Select coach transfers
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

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