Les Millard the Director of TEC Fire and Security in Bedford has just returned from a few days cycling in Spain with a group of friends, organised to celebrate one of our group’s recent 50th birthday. The celebrations were fairly low key however, as each day was packed with a long cycle ride in the local area.
They stayed just outside the town of Oliva, which to give it it’s correct location is in the Costa del Azahar, or some 100km north of Alicante, past Benidorm. Our accommodation was an old farmhouse in the middle of the orange growing region, with orange trees ripe with fruit directly outside our front door.
Their host and guide for the trip was an Irishman named Pat who has owned the farmhouse for several years now, and who provides guided cycle rides which show off the best of the area, whilst also knowing some great places to stop for lunch. His wife Mary was in charge of breakfasts and evening meals, making sure we had everything we needed.
They did manage to find thier way, and ventured out without Pat one day to explore the charming old town of Oliva with it’s steep and winding narrow streets.
Anyone who has cycled on the roads in England will be aware of some motorists’ indifferent attitude to cyclists in general; but in Spain the opposite was true with drivers giving way and waving them on at every opportunity – something they certainly weren’t used to!
Speaking of roads, “we were also pleasantly surprised to find this mainly rural area to have some of the best road surfaces – no potholes to worry about here as we found ourselves climbing and descending some of the same mountain roads where professional riders take part in the Tour of Valencia and La Vuelta each year. ” Les Said. Some pro teams come to that area for training at this time of year.
With great weather (even in early March), superb food and accommodation, coupled with Pat’s extensive local knowledge of the best cycle routes (and coffee stops), we can highly recommend a few days cycling and exploring different area’s.
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