Valencia is an ideal city to be visited by bike. A broad network of bike lanes throughout the entire city controls the bike traffic and protects cyclists from automobiles. On the other hand, there are other factors that favour the use of bicycles in Valencia; for example, the city is almost entirely flat, with hardly an important slope; also, the distances between the city centre and the main tourist attractions are virtually non existent, and the fact that Valencia has an enviable weather, providing the cyclist with sunny days and warm temperatures most of the time.
In Valencia, there are several businesses offering the bike rental service, either per hour or days, as well as the city council, which manages a public service for bike rental called ‘Valenbisi’. There are also some tourist companies that offer bike tours for families and groups.
The possibilities that bicycle touring offers are many and diverse, ranging from an urban ride that allows us to visit this historic sites and Valencia’s most representative districts, to routes that last several hours through the outskirts of the city to ride along the seashore, getting deeper into the fields and its fertile region to enjoy the peaceful purity of the Albufera Natural Park.
Among the different routes that bicycle touring in Valencia offers, we are proposing two options: the first one describes a tour around Valencia’s historic centre; the second one, a cycling excursion that connects the City of Arts and Sciences to the beaches near the Albufera.
A tourist bike ride throughout Valencia’s historic centre
The tour start at Paseo de la Alameda where we will cross over through the Puente de las Flores (Bridge Flower) to connect with the bike lane leading to the Puerta del Mar (Sea Gate) and the city centre. When we get to the Parterre Gardens, where the statue of king Jaume I is and with the Tourist Office in the corner, we will take the bike lane along calle de la Nave. Once we reach and pass the Plaza del Patriarca, we will turn right and then left to reach the Gonzalez Marti Ceramic Museum and Palacio del Marqués de Dos Aguas, with its impressive baroque style gate.
Next, we should walk along calle Abadía, carefully crossing over to San Vicente and turning right on Plaza de la Reina, where we can visit both the cathedral and the Tower of Miguelete. Still on calle Abadía, we have to look for a pedestrian street where the Tower of Santa Catalina stands, a nice place to rest and have a horchata at one of the city’s most renowned horchaterias. On your left, you’ll now find the Plaza Redonda, followed by the Plaza Doctor Collado, where our trip will end and you’ll be able to rest and take a nice shower at Hôme Youth Hostel, or maybe go for a walk around and see the Plaza del Ayuntamiento (City Council Square), Lonja de la Seda or the Mercado Central (Central Market).
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A cycling excursion that connects the City of Arts and Sciences to the beaches near the Albufera
The excursion begins at the City of Arts and Sciences, that we can reach cycling from the city centre following the beautiful parks along the old Turia’s riverbed. Once we get to the City of Arts and Sciences, we ride on the bike lane that begins at the roundabout next to the Agora and goes parallel to the highway until the district of Nazaret. This part will allow us to get deeper into a fertile region so typical of Valencia. We cut through Nazaret following the bike lane, and we’ll ride close to the port until we reach a roundabout where the access to the port and the Yacht Club are located.
We will then cross Turia’s old riverbed to get to an area in which many amateur fishermen set foot. From this point we will enter Pinedo’s promenade, that runs parallel to the seashore. Once we get to the Cruz de Piedra (Stone Cross), we can stop for lunch at a local restaurant or carry on until El Saler beaches, where there are several picnic areas available. The excursion finishes when we arrive to the Albufera’s Natural Park, with various dirt roads along which the park can be walked.
This excursion lasts approximately two hours, regardless of the stops we decide to make along the way.
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Hostels in Valencia
Youth Hostel and Backpackers, the two lodgings that Home Hostels has in Valencia, are located in the centre of the city, especially Home Youth Hostel, given that it is located two steps away from the Plaza del Mercado, one of the nerve centres of the city since it accommodates both the emblematic gothic-style building of the Lonja de la Seda, and the Central Market.
Both Home Youth Hostel and Home Backpackers Hostel are two cheap hostels, located on the most attractive and liveliest part of the city of Valencia, and are designed for backpackers, university students, Erasmus students, intrepid and restless travellers,… Both hostels offer linen service, towels, lockers in each room, besides Internet and free WiFi.
Home Youth Hostel and Home Backpackers Hostel are two clear examples that an affordable budget does not mean lower quality lodging. That is why, if you are thinking of coming to Valencia, do not hesitate to make your reservation at Home Hostels Valencia: it’s an unbeatable option for those who have a different idea of what a tourist trip means.