Valencia

Spains’ third largest city built on the street plan of the Roman original. Each day we will do a cycle according to wind direction so cycles on each day may change according to the weather. All routes have a train option nearby in case of accident or tiredness.

Here are the rules for bikes on Spanish trains. Here are the rules for bikes on the metro.

Thursday 11th Jan

Meet at airport 7:30 ish in Wetherspoons airside. Flight FR1071 takes off at 09:30 arriving in Valencia at 13:25. The airport is close to the town by metro to Xàtiva station.  €4 for ticket plus €1 for travel card that we load each time.

Our accommodation, Sorolla House Apartments, is set in Valencia’s popular Carmen district, a 5-minute walk from the Cathedral. All apartments have free Wi-Fi, a large flat-screen TV and a DVD player, a kitchenette, with a fridge for beer and microwave. There is air conditioning.

The building is next to the main market for Valencia where we can buy fresh produce and is also surrounded by 100’s of bars and restaurants. The Botanical Gardens and the Jardines del Real are within a 10-minute walk. The Torres de Quart, part of the old city wall, is also nearby.  Xativa Station is just 900 yards away.

The bike rental shop is on the same street but we will go to the other branch tomorrow for premium bikes.

Visit the Valencia Biopark where animals live together with vegetation from their natural habitat.

Friday 12th Jan ( 25 miles) 

Walk to bike rental shop for premium bikes at Carrer de la Corretgeria, 4. Metro line L2 direction Llíria to Benagusil in the north-west. Cycle back (downhill). The route is here.

We go to Valencia Cathedral to see the Holy Chalice from 25 BC and legend has it is the Holy Grail drunk from at the Last Supper. La Lonja de la Seda de Valencia – the silk exchange built between 1482 and 1533. Finally, we visit Europe’s biggest Oceanarium which is open until 18:00.

Saturday 13th Jan ( 25 miles)

The Valencia football camp is at Oliva Nova with a pitch viewable through a fence despite it being “closed door”.  Get train towards Gandia at 08:41 and get off at Xeraco. The train is every hour and here is Valencia Gandia train timetable. Cycle beach side , riverside then greenway ( no traffic) to  Oliva for lunch. We eat at Restaurante El Lloc in Oliva with menu del dia, tapas, pizza. Five-mile cycle to the football ground. The confirmed time of the game is 15:30  for Nuremberg v Hearts. It’s 10 miles by bike from the ground to railway station in Gandia which takes us home on the 7pm train.

Sunday 14th Jan ( 22 miles)

Cycle to Sagunt along the Xurro greenway through orange groves to the northeast beach at El port de Sagunt where we eat. Train back from Sagunt a few miles inland or metro from Rafelbunyol.

The route today is here.

Levante plays RC Celta today at 12:00. We pass nearby the ground. It is possible to leave the cycle and see the game if you want.

Monday 15th Jan (33 miles, train back halfway option)

Cycle to the Albufera National Park doing 20 miles. Boat ride and lunch. Cycle back 10 miles or take the train from Sollana. The route is here.   Mestalla stadium tour in afternoon

Tuesday 16th

4:30 am – leave the apartment and travel, probably by taxi, to the airport for the flight at 7am.  – arrive Edinburgh 9:05.

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