The Way of El Cid: Following the History and the Story of Rodrigo Díaz de Vivar

  • 6 days, 5 nights, 4 stages
  • Level 2/3 - Available All Year
  • Valencia to Orihuela (Alicante)
  • Daily Luggage Transfer Included
  • 6 days, 5 nights, 4 stages
  • Level 2/3 - Available All Year
  • Valencia to Orihuela (Alicante)
  • Daily Luggage Transfer Included
  • Mountain or hybrid bikeThe route is mostly on unpaved roads, tracks, small roads with almost no traffic.
  • Self-Guided. Travel at your own pace and at your own rhythm. We will give you everything you need to pedal from one lodging to the next with ease.

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Details of the El Camino del Cid – The defense of the south by bicycle bike trip

Cycling through the defense of the south by bicycle is a journey full of history and magical places where the Cid passed and lived very hard events in his second exile. This section of the route of the Camino del Cid, is full of historical places that still today have their fortress on top.

The defense of the south begins in the capital of the Turia, Valencia. And from there you reach Orihuela, passing through Xátiva, Ontinyent, Bocairent, Banyeres de Mariola, Villena or Elche in what is a beautiful historical and literary journey through natural parks, forests, marshes and Mediterranean mountains.

It is a tough route, but if you are used to making this kind of trips, with patience, you will be able to do it.

Do you want to discover more about the Camino del Cid and the defense of the south by bicycle?

Day 1: Arrival at Valencia

Arrival day to enjoy the city of Valencia and relax before the stages.

Day 2: Valencia – Xátiva 45km

Informative meeting of the route at 9 a.m. at the hotel reception and delivery of the material.

Positive elevation gain: 388 meters.

Day 3: Xativa – Bocairent 45km

After breakfast, short day but with a considerable slope through natural pools suitable for swimming and the first contact with the Sierra de Mariola.

Positive elevation gain: 1175 meters.

Day 4: Bocairent – Petrer 56km

We will leave the fantastic town of Bocairent to enter an increasingly arid landscape with small villages with fortresses.

Positive elevation gain: 712 meters.

Day 5: Petrer-Orihuela 73km

Today will be the last day of pedaling to reach Orihuela, here ended the scope of influence of El Cid.

Positive elevation gain: 400 meters.

Day 6: End of the trip

After a nice breakfast the tour will be deemed finished.

Price includes:

  • 5 nights lodging and breakfast
  • Luggage transfer between lodgings (1 piece of luggage / Pax)
  • Tour in digital format and GPS
  • Documentation and road book of the trip
  • Briefing at the beginning of the trip
  • Telephone assistance 09:00 – 18:00


Optional services not included:

  • Accompanying guide (please consult)
  • Extra nights in hotel (please consult)
  • Traditional or electric bicycle rental (please consult)
  • Travel insurance or cancellation
  • Meals and dinners

What is it like to do the El Camino del Cid – The defense of the south by bicycle bike trip

  • Historic cities such as Xátiva, Biar, Villena and Elche.
  • Valencia, the capital of the Valencian Community
  • Albufera and Sierra de Mariola Natural Parks
  • Historical and literary tour of the Camino del Cid by bicycle

Usual accommodations for the trip
The accommodations for this trip have been selected for their quality and location, as close as possible to the route. Always valuing the comfort when arriving with the bike and inspected by our team. They are 3-4 star hotels and rural tourism accommodations, always in private rooms with bathroom and good food!

I am only one person, can I still book?

Yes, you can book as a single traveler.

Is it possible to rent a bike?

Yes, this trip can be done with either your bike or ours. You can choose it during the booking process, hybrid or electric mountain bikes are available.

Is the daily luggage transfer between accommodations included?

Yes, every day we will take your luggage to the next hotel. You only have to leave it at the reception desk, and we will take care of everything. Normally it will already be at the hotel when you arrive.

Is it possible to cancel?

We want to be as flexible as possible. Therefore, in case of unforeseen circumstances, we will do our best to change the dates of the trip free of charge so that you can travel within the same year, as long as you let us know at least 3 weeks in advance.

And if your plans change and you want to cancel the trip before the start date, the following handling fees will apply:

– with more than 30 days, the management fees will be 20% of the amount of the trip.

– between 30 and 15 days, the handling fee will be 50% of the amount of the trip.

– with less than 14 days, the amount to be paid will be 100% of the amount of the trip.

In order to have more flexibility, we recommend taking out travel, assistance, CR and cancellation insurance. Check with us the conditions. Please note that the price of the insurance is not refunded once contracted in case of cancellation or modification.

Are there roads?

Practically the entire trip is on Vias Verdes, tracks or asphalt roads. If you make the stage to Valencia, there are a few kilometers of link that are made by road where you should drive with caution.

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