If you’re looking for stunning mountain scenery, quiet roads, great road surfaces, and near year around sunshine, look no further. Cycling in Calpe and the Costa Blanca offers these things in buckets. March and April are super peak season, but more than 300 days of sunshine each year makes a Calpe cycling trip attractive at any time of year.

The cycling routes in Calpe are also noteworthy. The region is often featured in the Vuelta a España and Calpe is the winter cycling training camp destination of choice for many pro teams. In the past, ten of the eighteen World Tour teams have chosen Calpe for their training camps.

For those with kids, the Costa Blanca’s long white sandy beaches mean you can probably sneak some cycling into a family holiday too…

All you need to know about Calpe cycling

In this guide, you’ll find the information you need to get the most out of your trip: our favourite Calpe cycling routes, plus where to stay, when to visit and all about bike rental in Calpe.

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Calpe cycling routes

Cycling Calpe and the Costa Blanca is all about the hills and mountains that form its craggy backdrop. Twisty roads weave up rocky mountain passes and offer far-reaching views over the coastal plains and valleys below. There’s little in the way of forest, so for much of every climb, you’re treated to fabulous panoramas.

Calpe’s bike routes aren’t the top choice if you’re looking for flat, easy riding. Flatter areas do exist, but the geography means they’re along the coastal plains. The coast is densely populated; don’t expect quiet roads.

Want to get inspired?

Check out our Costa Blanca cycling routes, below!

Tips for cycling in Calpe

And finally… don’t miss our top tips for cycling in Calpe.

Coffee rides

If you’re looking to meet other cyclists in the region – or you’re just after a coffee run kind of a bike ride while you’re in Calpe, check out the cycling focused coffee shops in the Calpe region. More details below.

The Serra Gelada ride above is also worth a look – it heads to D’Origen near Alicante.

Cycling tours on the Costa Blanca

Accommodation

Remember to double-check accommodation bike storage arrangements (and any other services you need) before booking as policies often change.

If you’re coming to Calpe for cycling, you’ll want to focus your accommodation search between Dénia in the north and Benidorm in the south. This is the part of the Costa Blanca that’s of most interest to cyclists. Just a few kilometres inland from the coastline you find some of the best cycling routes in the Calpe area among the magnificent natural parks and mountains.

This stretch of coastline is a hugely popular beach-focused tourist destination during the summer months. This means there’s loads of accommodation, and many of the hotels offer excellent deals in winter and spring.

So, where are you going to stay for cycling in the Costa Blanca region?

(For the in-depth low down on where to stay, read our article sharing the best cycling hotels in Calpe).

Large hotel on the coast?

Most people coming for cycling in Calpe, Spain and the Costa Blanca, stay on the coast in places like Calpe and Dénia. The advantage of these towns is that there is plenty of bike hire, you’re close to the mountains, accommodation is reasonably priced in winter and (if relevant) you’re close to the beach. However, be aware that you’ll inevitably have to cycle the coastal roads, which are busy with traffic.

Our selection of the best hotels for cyclists in Calpe is here.

Or small, inland hotel?

The alternative to a large hotel on the coast is a small hotel in an inland village: for example Guadelest and Benissa.

Many of these villages/small towns are very picturesque, with ancient winding lanes topped by a castle or pretty church. The hotels tend to be small and boutique, and you’re surrounded by quiet routes ideal for some Calpe road cycling. The downside is that you’ll probably have to do a fair amount of climbing from the door at the beginning and end of each day.

Our selection of the best hotels for cyclists inland is here.

Our choice: Gran Hotel Sol y Mar, Calpe

We stayed in a sea view room on the seventh floor of the four-star Sol y Mar hotel on Calpe’s seafront. It’s a large, glassy structure, with a prominent location on the promenade adjacent to the beach.

Check prices for Hotel Sol y Mar here

What we loved

  • The views from our balcony, over the beach and out to the Peñón de Ifach rock. The room was a decent size, and the bed was huge and very comfortable.
  • Tasty breakfast, with lots of choice. Highlights for us were the Nespresso machine for a decent coffee and the freshly squeezed orange juice. There’s also a wide selection of food including meat, cheese, fruit, yoghurt, pastries cereals and cooked options. There’s even cava on offer, should you wish?!
  • The car park under the hotel made parking a breeze. We stored our bike in the car, though there is a bike centre with workshop area, for basic repairs, and a locked storage area.
  • The hotel is well located. It’s a short stroll to lots of restaurants, and you’re right on the beach.
    Good layout of the living areas. The kitchen has a good table with room for eight adults and a partially separated sitting room that you can see through a divider. There is also an additional seating area and dining table which we didn’t use very much.
  • The Calpe bike rental shops are all within a few minutes walk.
  • The outdoor pool (unheated) and beach club are attractive, if rather bijou compared to the size of the hotel.
  • 700m² spa with pools, jacuzzis, Turkish bath, showers, ice fountain, sauna and relaxation room. Treatments are also available.
Bedroom at the Gran Hotel Sol y Mar
View from a bedroom at Hotel Sol Y Mar Calpe
Bathroom at Hotel Sol Y Mar Calpe

Downsides

  • There is an additional charge to use the spa (when we visited it was 29 euros/day at weekends). Car parking in the garage under the hotel is also an additional charge (14 euros/day when we visited).
  • The hotel is adults only. For family-friendly accommodation, stay at Suitopia, Sol y Mar’s sister hotel opened in 2017 (it looks lovely!).
  • If we’re being very picky, we found the bedroom corridors dimly lit and thought some of the decor felt a little tired/uninspired.

Conclusion

We’d happily suggest the hotel to friends heading of cycling in the Costa Blanca area, and would return.

Bar at the Hotel Sol y Mar Calpe
Front of the Gran Hotel Sol y Mar
View from breakfast at Gran Hotel Sol Y Mar

 

Still not sure where to stay in Calpe? Read this in-depth article on Calpe’s best cycling hotels.

Costa Blanca bike hire

Prices, services and bike brands often change. Please let us know if anything is incorrect.

There is a good range of bike hire outlets in this area of the Costa Blanca. Not all of them are obvious from a quick google search for bike rental in Calpe, but they are there!

We hope that our list helps with your planning, but please note:

  • We haven’t used these ourselves.
  • This information is offered as an indicative guide only: we periodically update it, but prices, services and bike brands may change. Please let us know if you find anything that is incorrect so we can put it right.

Undecided on whether to hire a bike or bring your own? Read this now.

Bike hire Calpe

Baguet Bicycle Center – Service Course

Av de los Ejercitos Espanoles 45, 03710 Calp

Service Course by Baguet Bicycle Center offers bike rental and the opportunity to join guided tours. There’s also a cafe, sports massage and bike maintenance/servicing.

 

Open seven days a week in season.

 

Hire is from 15 euros to 35 per day plus. A deposit is also payable on each bike.

 

Prices include saddle bag, tube, tyre levers, pump, two bottle holders. Some brands of pedals can also be supplied, but probably better to bring your own. Trek and Ridley bikes are available.

Solybike Calpe 

Carrer Blasco Ibañez 10A, 03710 Calpe

Solybike bicycle rental is the most prominent of the bike hire places online. They offer Orbea carbon bikes with 105 or Scott.

Hire costs around €21 to €35 per day. A minimum rental period of 3 days applies to some bikes. Longer hire periods work out cheaper per day.

Prices include saddle bag, tube, two levers, air pump, two bottle holders, computer and a map.

Top Bikes

Cap Negret 17, N-332. Local 12, 03590 Altea

Merida bikes with carbon or aluminium frames and Shimano Ultegra groupset.

 

Specify your dimensions on booking, and they will provide the bike adjusted to those dimensions.

 

Offer different collection points in Altea, Albir, Benidorm, Calp and Villa Joyosa. On Saturday afternoon and Sunday all the rental points are closed; pick up/delivery is agreed by discussion. Bike delivery to your hotel is available for an additional charge.

Prices are in the region of euros per day plus.

 

Bikes are provided with two bottle cages, pump and inner tube.

 

Two day minimum hire period and a deposit is taken.

 

Insurance is available.

Vuelta Turistica 

Located next to the AR Diamante Beach Spa, Calpe

Avenida Rosa de los Vientos 7, local 4

Predominantly a cycle holiday company, they also offer bike hire on Specialized bikes.

Specialized Roubaix: from 28€/day or 145€/week

 

Specialised Tarmac Di2: from 33€/day or 175€/week

 

A deposit is payable and rental rates are cheaper per day the longer you book for.

Bike hire Dénia

Café Ciclista Dénia
Carretera de les Marines 16
Dénia 03700

Have a fleet of carbon Focus, Ridley and Canyon bikes with 11-speed Shimano groupsets. All have compact chainsets (52-36, 11-28).

 

In addition to bike hire, Café Ciclista is a coffee shop, cyclists’ hub and massage. They offer cycling training camps in Spain via their Train in Spain sister company.

 

If you’re looking for a group ride, check out their Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 10.00am rides that start and finish is at Café Ciclista. Rides are approximately 60-85 kms, average speed approximately 28-32 kmph. It’s advisable to get in touch with them before your first ride.

Prices:

Hire starts at around 30€/day or 150€ per week.  Special rates may apply to training camp customers, so do ask!

 

Provided with pump or CO2 gas canister, spare inner tube, levers.

 

A deposit is payable.

 

Additional options include pedals and damage insurance.

Note: Café Ciclista is the only company we are aware of that offer road bike rental in Dénia. There are several other bike shops in Dénia. However, they don’t offer road bike rental, just leisure bikes, e-bikes etc.

Bike hire Altea and Albir

Crono Bike Altea

Ptda The Planet 207

03590 Altea

Offer a range of bike rental in Altea, including Orbea, LaPierre, BH and Megamo.

 

Group rides leave from the shop every Wednesday at 9 am for 3-4 hours at a moderate level. Check before you arrive.

Prices range from 20€ per day for shorter hire periods, and decrease when you rent a bike for longer.

 

If you need a helmet or pedals, they each come at an additional cost per day.

 

Rental includes a pump and inner tube.

Elite Bikes Albir

Av de l’Albir, 159

03581 L’Alfàs del Pi

Bike hire Javea/Xabia

Xabia bikes (also referred to as Xabia bike and Xabias bike)

Avda. Lepanto

5 Jávea / Xàbia

Offer Specialized Tarmac Sport disc bikes.

 

They also offer repair and maintenance.

Prices:

Hire prices are from 17€ to 25€ per day, and are cheaper for longer rental periods.

Siesta Advisor 

Av. De Augusta 22, Jávea

More of an adventure tour company, but do also rent out some road, mountian and electric bikes

 

Helmet, water bottles, repair kit with spare tube, pump or oxygen cartridge all supplied.

Bike hire Moraira

Moraira cycling

Calle Naranco de Bulnes 603724 Moraira

Offer Giant, Sensa and Cannondale bikes.

 

Prices are from 35€ to 50€ per day plus.

Weekly rentals cost 140€ to 230€ upwards.

Bike hire Jalón

Alta Bike Rental

La Almazara 17B, 03727 Jalon

Offer Wilier bikes with Shimano parts and compact cassettes.

 

Offer free delivery within a certain radius (that includes Calp, Moraira and Denia).

 

Each bicycle comes with a bicycle pump, bag with spare tire and tire levers.

Prices are from 25€ to 50€ per day plus.

Weekly rentals cost 150€ to 300€ upwards.

 

A deposit is payable per bike

Tips:

  • Book your bike in advance, particularly in peak season (March to end of April/mid-May).
  • Remember to bring your pedals, shoes and helmet. This packing list may help!
  • Check which way around your brakes are set before you ride away (i.e. whether the front brakes are on the right hand (as is usual in the UK) or on the left (as is usual elsewhere in Europe)). Also, take a look at our list of things to check before hiring a bike.

When to go

The Calpe region boasts more than 300 days of sunshine per year (or even 325 hours if you read some reports). The World Health Organisation says the Costa Blanca climate is one of the best in the world.

Calp cycling is viable all year around, although the temperatures in summer mean you’ll need to head out early and plan your route carefully.

The most popular time for cyclists to visit Calpe is between February and May, with peak cycling season being March to the end of April or mid-May.

Between late January and early March, it’s almond blossom season and many valleys transform into a sea of pink.

It’s also worth considering timing your visit around one of the festival days. On 19 March it’s the Fallas festival. In many towns and villages, enormous colourful floats made of wood and papier-mache are paraded through the streets before they’re burned on a bonfire at midnight to mark the beginning of spring. This is accompanied by fireworks.

January By Calpe standards, the weather is usually cold in these months. However, it is often sunny, and it’s certainly mild compared to much of Northern Europe. It can feel quite warm when standing in the sunshine, but you will certainly want to pack warm weather gear in case you arrive during a cold snap, and also for those speedy mountain descents.

  • Average highs: 15-16℃
  • Rainfall: 37-41mm, 8-9 days per month
February
March In March Calpe weather is usually mild with many nice sunny days. By April, the temperature starts to rise quickly, and by May the evenings should be warm too. This is the most popular time to cycle the Calpe region.

  • Average highs: 18-23℃
  • Rainfall: 30-42mm, 8-10 days per month
April
May
June In June the days are sunny and hot, but not as hot as July and August. July has the most sunshine hours and, statistically, the least days of rainfall of the whole year. August can be very hot, with some days reaching 40 degrees Celsius or more. You’ll want to get up early for cycling the Costa Blanca in August.

  • Average highs: 19-23℃
  • Rainfall: 24-37mm, 6-8 days per month
July
August
September The roads get quieter again as the children go back to school and most cyclists are thinking about the off-season. The weather tends to be warm, with some days being very hot, though evenings start to cool down, particularly in October. You may catch some rain, often in the form of brief showers. October is statistically the wettest month for Calpe.

  • Average highs: 24-27℃
  • Rainfall: 71-78mm, 9-11 days per month
October
November Winter in Calpe is very mild compared to Northern Europe. Most winter days are clear and sunny with little rainfall. Temperatures are changeable and can vary greatly. There is always a chance of rainfall. Nights are cold.

  • Average highs: 16-18℃
  • Rainfall: 38-61mm, 8-10 days per month
December

Getting around the Calpe region

Having a rental car opens options for inland family, shopping, dining, rest days, a support vehicle, recceing new routes and non-cycling friends/partners.

Tips and articles

Cycling-friendly coffee shops

A few cycling-focused coffee shops have sprung up in the area. They’re a great place to meet other cyclists – and perhaps the odd pro too!

  • Service Course by Baguet Bicycle Center, Calpe
  • Musette Cafe, Alcalalí
  • Cafe Ciclista, Denia
  • Velosol Cycling bar, Jalon (note that it often closes for two weeks at the end of August!)

Maps and books

We used Marco Polo’s Costa Blanca guidebook to help plan our trip. The section on Costa Blanca is only 21 pages long, but it packs in some useful information on the main towns.

If you like a physical map, Michelin’s Costa Blanca 1:130,000 may be what you need.

Good to know

Confused about the different names for some of the towns? Calpe is the Spanish name, Calp is the Valencian name. The same goes for Javea (Spanish)/Xabia (Valencian) and Jalón (Spanish)/Xaló (Valencian). Our guides tend to stick with the Spanish names.

Parking spaces marked with blue lines means you need to pay. If you see yellow lines, parking is prohibited.

If you see free chairs at a table occupied by someone else in a busy restaurant/café, don’t ask to sit down. It’s not a habit that’s common in Spain and will make Spanish people feel uncomfortable.

It’s worth knowing that both Calpe and Dénia have attractive old towns hidden away behind the urban sprawl (more on their history, here). If you’re staying in one of the towns and have any time off the bike, it’s worth searching out the old towns. The castle in Dénia doesn’t close until around midnight in July and August, so plenty of time after your ride!

Highway code and travel information

As ever, it’s a good idea to check current travel information before you book and travel. For UK visitors, the UK government travel information pages for Spain are here. You should also read and follow Spain’s highway code.

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Want more? Don’t miss our guides to the best Costa Blanca cycling routes in the road rides section above.

Want to check out some other destinations? Don’t miss our overview of Spain for cyclists, our pick of the best cycling destinations in Spain. Also check out our guides to Girona and Costa Daurada to the north and Murcia and Almeria to the south. Or search by the month you want to travel or cycling destination you want to visit, here.

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