By bike, faster, further... Better!
The nice weather is a constant in València and invites you to explore it by bike. The city is completely flat and has about 150 kilometres of cycle paths, which allow you to reach any point of interest. Cycle at your own pace, as it is within easy reach for everyone and does not depend on your fitness level. You do not own a bike? This will be fixed soon. There are many companies renting bikes by the hour or by the day. You do not want to cycle alone? Then sign up for one of the guided bike tours. Problems solved? Watch out, we ¡ are going to start!
València from corner side to the other through the Jardín del Turia Park
Our first route crosses the city from east to west, passing through the historic centre and leads to the beach. We have divided the proposal into two days of three and a half hours each to make it more bearable. But if your legs allow it, you can cover it in one go (7 hours).
We start in Parque de Cabecera, on the west side of the old Turia riverbed. From here we have a contemplative 3.5 km ride to the Torres de Serranos, one of the town's two old gates that are still standing. We continue through the Plaza de Manises, in front of the Palau de la Generalitat, the seat of the autonomous government, and the Plaza de la Virgen. At this point it is advisable to stop for a moment to visit the Basilica of the Virgin, the Cathedral and its famous bell tower, El Miguelete, and the Archaeological Museum de la Almoina, which contains remains of the Roman city. The palace of the Marquis de Dos Aguas and its impressive façade will welcome us on our way, as well as the headquarters of the University of Valencia with its Renaissance style, and the El Patriarca church-museum. Here we will finish the first stage after about 5 kilometres.
Bridges, villages and beaches
The second stage takes us to the old tobacco factory, crossing the old riverbed on the Puente de la Exposición Bridge, designed by the local architect Santiago Calatrava. Very close by is the palace of the same name, a remnant of the 1909 regional show that changed the face of this neighbourhood. After the first kilometre and a half, we have to cross the old riverbed again on the colourful Puente de las Flores Bridge, to re-enter Spain's largest city park and pedal at leisure. On the left side in the direction of our route we will be surprised by the unmistakable silhouette of the Palau de la Música. A little further on, on the right side, we will enjoy a gigantic figure of a reclining Gulliver, which has been transformed into a park for the amusement of children. This is the intermediate step to the Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències and its spectacular buildings, all creations by the genius of Calatrava, except for the characteristic hyperbolic parabolic structures of l'Oceanogràfic, the posthumous work of the great Felix Candela. Once we have had enough of one of Valencia's main attractions, we still have three kilometres to enjoy the Marina de València, an area of one million square metres for leisure activities.
After a highly recommended drive, which should not leave aside the Veles e Vents building designed by David Chipperfield, you are only a stone's throw away from the seafront promenade, from where you can enjoy the beaches of Malvarrosa and Cabanyal and the fabulous Mediterranean Sea. What a great plan!
El Saler and the l'Albufera Nature Park
If you feel like a little more, don't worry. València offers many cycling routes. Don't miss the route that follows the cycle path that starts at the Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències and leads to the beaches in the south of the city. It is 48 completely flat kilometres (round trip), which can take just over two and a half hours. Although you will usually spend more time because the landscape is so beautiful.
First you reach Pinedo to get to a series of beautiful beaches that seem to have no end: Pinedo's own beach, and the Arbre del Gos, El Saler, La Garrofera - beaches ... We are located in the heart of the L'Albufera Nature Park, that large natural freshwater lake, the largest in Spain, which is located directly on the sea and delimits a narrow strip of sand, dunes and pine forests through which you will walk. Exciting, isn't it?
We suggest you spend a few minutes at the Gola de Pujol viewpoint, where there is a pier, to get to know this beautiful wetland. La Devesa de El Saler, the only virgin beach in the municipality, will delight you with its 5 kilometres of pure nature. Shortly afterwards we reach our final destination, the small village of El Palmar, where it is highly recommended to end the day with a delicious paella prepared on wood. You may find the return trip a little more difficult, but you will reach the state of perfect happiness!
Landscape, mountains and full speed!
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If your fitness level allows you and you feel like it, there are other routes that start in the city and are a constant challenge. These are routes where you must your bike for a road bike or at least take a mountain bike with narrow wheels and a suitable gear ratio. They are not for everyone, but if you feel like it and want to try them out... they will convince you. Have a good trip!