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Spanish Primavera (week 1)

1st March 2020 - 8th March 2020 (8 days)

Escape the British winter for Spanish Spring (Primavera), experiencing a true taste of Spanish living in an authentic hotel in Denía on the Costa Blanca. Ride through orange groves, vineyards and almond plantations, with lots of level riding or graded climbs, fabulous views and magnificent descents. Includes airport transfers.
Denia lies in one of Europe's most significant rain shadows and, as such, it is a fabulous place to spend a week or two getting in some early season cycling. Many of the professional cycling teams base themselves here over the winter, with the opportunity for riding on quiet roads, smooth tarmac and generally reliable weather conditions. But why not do it in style? This small hotel is unlike the many much larger establishments that cater exclusively for the sun loving tourists. Instead, it is a typically Spanish hotel, right in the centre of this beautiful, lively and historic town. We will collect you from the airport and lead you on rides on most days, using our extensive knowledge of local lanes acquired during more than 200 days of riding in the region. Please note that this can be extended to a two week holiday – see the holiday commencing on 8th March 2020.

  • Holiday Type Guided
  • Tour Manager Paul & Maxine Rogers
  • Grade Moderate
  • Booking Status Fully Booked
  • Accommodation Hotel
  • Board Basis Some Meals
  • Travel Arrangements Land Only
  • Road / Off Road Road
  • Holiday Style Centre-based
  • Vehicle Support Carry Own Luggage
  • Holiday Ref 03422

Price
£515

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Sunday 1st March

Transfer from Alicante Airport to the hotel. Stay 7 nights.

Monday 2nd March

Two group rides each day, exploring coastal and inland areas, stopping for elevenses and lunch in local cafe bars.

Tuesday 3rd March

Two group rides each day, exploring coastal and inland areas, stopping for elevenses and lunch in local cafe bars.

Wednesday 4th March

Two group rides each day, exploring coastal and inland areas, stopping for elevenses and lunch in local cafe bars.

Thursday 5th March

There will be no organised ride today, allowing for sightseeing or perhaps selecting one of the prepared routes to explore without the group. One option would be a trip on the spectacular narrow gauge railway to visit the beautiful coastal town of Altea. Note that this rest day may be moved if the forecast is poor on another day.

Friday 6th March

Two group rides each day, exploring coastal and inland areas, stopping for elevenses and lunch in local cafe bars.

Saturday 7th March

On the final day the two group rides are likely to be to the beautiful coastal town of Javea, with lunch taken at one of the beachside restaurants.

Sunday 8th March

An early transfer to Alicante airport where the tour ends.

Accommodation & Meals

This tour is based at a small family-run authentic Spanish hotel in the central old town of Denía on the Costa Blanca. Rooms are based on two people sharing en-suite twin or double rooms, with all breakfasts and four evening meals included in the tour price. Single rooms are generally available for a supplement. Note that vegetarian evening meal options are very limited at this hotel.

Vehicle Support

Flights are not included in the price of this tour, however transfers from Alicante airport are, using a local coach operator with experience of transporting bicycles. To use the transfer, your flight should be scheduled to arrive at Alicante by 1115 at the latest, with many operators offering flights that arrive at around 1100. The transfer coach is likely to depart the airport at approx 1200 and takes just over an hour to reach Denia. Other flights may be available, but please be aware that the transfer from Alicante to Denia is approx 100km and so a private taxi would be very expensive (a pre-booked taxi is approx 120 Euros each way; from the taxi rank, considerably more). Your return transfer will be suitable for flights departing after 1100. Be sure not to book any travel arrangements to the start of the tour until the tour managers have confirmed that the tour is running.

Passports, Visa & Health

NOTE THAT THIS INFORMATION IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE SHOULD BRITAIN LEAVE THE EUROPEAN UNION. EU citizens must hold a passport that is still valid on the date of their return to their home country. Holders of non-EU passports are advised to check whether they require a visa.
There are no compulsory health related requirements for UK residents, but you are strongly advised to check that your tetanus protection has not expired. You must also carry your European Health Insurance Card.

Travel Insurance

Our Booking Conditions stipulate that, for holidays outside the UK, travel Insurance is mandatory. Details of the level of cover needed and other conditions you should check are stated in our Booking Conditions. CTC Cycling Holidays & Tours Ltd cannot accept responsibility for any costs that may be incurred due to insufficient insurance cover.

Price

The price of £515 is based on a minimum number of 10 people taking part in the holiday; please note Booking Conditions, clause 3. If there are insufficient bookings by 22nd December 2019, we will contact you and return all monies paid.

Price Includes

  • Transfers between Alicante airport and the hotel as specified in the itinerary
  • 7 nights hotel, sharing room, bed & breakfast
  • 4 evening meals with first drink included
  • CTC Cycling Holidays & Tours costs

Price Does Not Include

  • Flights to and from Alicante
  • Refreshments/lunches at morning or afternoon stops
  • Entrance fees at any attractions visited
  • Cycle hire charges
  • Any other personal expenses
  • Travel Insurance
  • Single occupancy supplement (£140, subject to availability)

Payment Schedule

A deposit of £95 per person is payable upon booking, with the final balance of £420 per person to be paid ten weeks prior to departure, by 22nd December 2019.

Cancellations

Should you be forced to cancel your booking for any reason you must notify us in writing. Cancellation charges are as follows:

Written notice received:

Before 22nd December 2019

From 22nd December 2019 through to departure

 

Cancellation charge:

Deposit (£95)

100% (£515)

The Area Covered By The Holiday

Based in the historic coastal town of Denía on the Costa Blanca. The coastal plains to the north-west of Denia are predominantly flat, as are the many thousands of acres of Orange groves heading inland to the lovely town of Orba and its surrounding villages. Beyond this the mountains rise, with smooth, well graded road climbs through some fantastic scenery. To the south lies the beautiful town of Javea where we generally have lunch at a beachside restuarant on the final day's ride.

Rides & Rest Days

You will be riding amongst orange groves, cherry, almond and olive plantations and often with sea views. The weather is likely to be dry and sunny but can be occasionally chilly, particularly first thing. Surfaces are generally smooth tarmac, though some rides may just occasionally use odd sections of firm track. Each day's rides allow plenty of opportunity for sightseeing and exploration. Participants may choose from two group rides on most days, riding together where possible, with nobody left behind and plenty of refreshment stops. The slower group rides will be approx 35-55 miles in length, at a pace of 10-12 mph average, with some relatively easy graded climbs (5%). The medium pace rides will be 45-65 miles in length, at a pace of 12-14 mph, and often more hilly in nature. If you are not used to riding with a group and perhaps need some advice with regard to average riding pace, please seek advice from the tour managers before booking on this holiday.  GPX files will be provided for all of the available rides should riders wish to do their own thing.

Accommodation & Meals

The hotel is an authentic, typically Spanish hotel, run by an English speaking family, in the centre of the old part of Denía, close to the mediaeval castle. All breakfasts are included, as well as four evening meals - these will be authentic Spanish dishes (Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday). Due to the nature of Spanish food, vegetarian food may be difficult to obtain and you should contact the tour managers in advance if you are a vegetarian wishing to book. During the day, rides will take you to cafés and bars where snacks and lunch can be purchased. Allow approximately 6 Euros for a sandwich and a drink.

Travel

There are no flight arrangements included in the tour price, thus it is very important to note that neither your Tour Manager nor CTC Cycling Holidays & Tours are responsible for you in any way until the appointed time at the designated meeting point. Should you fail to arrive at the appointed time for whatever reason, we will not be responsible for any additional expenses you may incur in order to meet up with the tour group. Before finalising travel arrangements to meet the tour, you should ensure that you have read and understood our booking conditions. Should this tour not attract sufficient bookings to reach the minimum operating size, we may cancel the tour at any time up to 10 weeks before departure. It is therefore recommended that you book fully flexible and refundable transport and accommodation or wait until you know the tour is going ahead, as, in the event of the tour being cancelled, we will not be responsible for any losses incurred.

Group Information

The maximum number of participants will be 16 excluding the Tour Managers.

Weather & Clothing

“Primavera” means “Spring” in Spanish and although early March might still be considered as winter in the UK, conditions in this area of Spain are some what further advanced. The routes for each day will be discussed the evening before when the likely weather conditions are known to ensure we make the best use of any wind direction. You should carry a light waterproof, both for the possibility of rain and also as an additional layer. The temperature is likely to be such that you can use shorts or 3⁄4 length longs and if you dress for a British spring day then you won't go far wrong. Casual clothing will be needed for the evenings rather than cycling clothing.

Cycles & Equipment

A touring cycle, road bike or hybrid bike would be suitable and you are unlikely to need mudguards or cycle lights. Most airlines now require that your bike is packaged in some form of bike box or bag and these can be stored at the hotel once the bicycle has been reassembled. You should ensure your cycle is well maintained, paying particular attention to wheels, tyres and brakes. Tandems are not suitable as the transfer vehicle cannot accommodate them. A low bottom gear is recommended; if unsure about gears, please talk to the tour managers. Participants will be expected to carry each day sufficient spares and tools to deal with punctures and minor repairs. You will not need to carry luggage but a rack top pack or bar bag will be useful for carrying your waterproof jacket, any spare clothing needed for the day, snacks, a camera and a map.
Cycle hire is possible from a number of locations but needs arranging well in advance. The price for a carbon framed road bike is approximately 125€ per week and a list of local suppliers is available. Please note though that CTC Cycling Holidays do not recommend specific hire bikes and accept no liability for participants using them. Cycle hire is not part of your holiday contract. Helmets are a legal requirement in Spain, though there are some situations where a helmet is not compulsory. Full details about the Spanish law and the powers of the traffic police can be obtained from Cycling UK.

Maps & Guides

As the rides will be led, you will not need route cards, though you will probably wish to carry a map. A cycle specific map of the Costa Blanca area can be found here  www.bikemaps.co.uk/overseas/north-costa-blanca-road-cycle-map.htm (use the code "CTC" to receive a 10% discount). A selection of rides in GPX format will be provided, although the ride leaders will use their experience to guide you, and they might not stick precisely to a GPX track, particularly if there is something unexpected to be seen. The network of lanes is extensive, making route cards extremely difficult to produce and to follow. These electronic route files may assist you should you wish to do a different ride to the groups on any day.

Travel Insurance & Advice

You must arrange your own travel insurance. In addition, EU nationals should carry a European Health Insurance Card. This enables you to take advantage of emergency medical services for free or at a discount under a reciprocal provision that exists between EU member states. Your travel insurer may refuse to meet the extra costs of medical treatment if you do not carry this card.
Before booking, you should check the Foreign Office “Travel Advice by Country” at www.fco.gov.uk or on 0845 850 2829.

Other Information

Please note that this holiday is also being run during the following week, beginning on 8th March 2020. If booking on both weeks, a £100 discount will be applied to this holiday.