Terrain
The village of Castell de Castells is surrounded by mountains high in Spain’s “Marina Alta” area. Within minutes of leaving Pension Castells, you find yourself on some of the best
mountain biking trails Spain can offer.

From wide sweeping forestry trails through to technical single track Mozarabic paths (ancient Moorish trading routes between villages). The Marina Alta has it all!

The trails are pretty much our own. Apart from the odd shepherd and olive farmer, we often see nothing other than awesome
views and any wildlife that may be active.

Generally it’s dry terrain so you won’t be spending hours bike washing when you get back to base. Just relax, sink a beer on
the sunny roof terrace and enjoy our informal hospitality and Sarah’s legendary home cooked evening meals!


 

 

Rider Level & Equipment
To tackle our trails, you need to be keen, fit and up for a challenge. Stamina and the ability to cope with some technical sections are good attributes. This being said, both Gary and Sarah, your guides and hosts, hold SMBLA qualifications and provide ongoing coaching as required. Where trails become very technical, alternative “escape routes” are available, allowing these tough sections to be bypassed. Safety is our number one priority at all times.

We run a fleet of quality mountain bikes for hire. All are maintained to a high standard and are perfect for the terrain. It is not a pre-requisite to hire from us. A good number of people bring their own bikes after checking their suitability with us. Our bike store/workshop is well equipped to carry out most repairs that may be required. We also hold a number of key spares and plenty of tubes! Although we keep some helmets, gloves and sunglasses here, we suggest that you bring your own to ensure perfect fit.

A full checklist of items to bring is forwarded when your booking is confirmed.

What we can provide:
Our itineraries are totally flexible. We provide single day guided mountain biking excursions through to long weekend and week long mountain biking breaks. We can also provide multi-activity breaks tailored to specific requirements -
see our Other Activities page!

  • Our rustic en-suite rooms with their exposed beams offering relaxed comfort
  • Wholesome continental breakfasts
  • Guided mountain biking
  • Packed lunches
  • Afternoon tea and cake on return from rides
  • Sunny roof terrace for post ride relaxation
  • Small in-house bar
  • Sarah’s legendary (so our visitors’ book says!) 3 course evening meals served with the wonderful Jalon Valley vino tinto NB: we can cater for most special dietary requirements with notice.
  • Bike Storage
  • Hire bikes (at additional cost – daily or weekly rates)
  • Airport transfers in our air-conditioned minibus


A Typical Day

9am Continental breakfast
10am Saddle up and head out through the village into the surrounding mountains for a morning of heart pumping climbs and awesome descents. A few breather stops to take in the fantastic scenery and check out local points of interest along the way.
1.30pm Stop for a well deserved picnic lunch and take cool mountain water from an ancient Moorish well or spring in a memorable location.
2.30pm Head back to Castells via an ancient mozarabic trail stopping off for short skills coaching & challenges for those that wish.
4-5pm Arrive back at base for afternoon tea and cake. Clean up and take a beer on the sunny roof terrace dreaming of the delicious evening meal to come.
7pm Enjoy a pre-dinner drink.
8pm Relax over our 3 course dinner with the local Jalon valley vino tinto before sinking into a comfy chair for the evening entertainment and post ride banter!

Holiday Options & Prices:
Below are a selection of mountain biking packages we often provide. Please see Dates & Availability for our organised mountain biking holidays for individual or group bookings. However, we are also happy to tailor a package to suit individual requirements for mountain biking or multi activity breaks.

ONE WEEK MOUNTAIN BIKING BREAK
(based on two people room sharing)

  • 7 nights bed and breakfast
  • 5 guided rides
  • 5 packed lunches
  • 5 evening meals
  • Tea and cake after guided rides
  • Bike storage
  • Information for days when no guiding
  • Airport (Alicante) transfer for groups of four or more travelling together. For groups of less than 4, an
    extra charge is made each way (minimum 2 people). For other airports – price on application

    £595 per person -  flights not included

LONG WEEKEND - 5 DAYS
(based on two people room sharing)

  • 4 nights bed and breakfast
  • 3 guided rides
  • 3 packed lunches
  • 3 evening meals
  • Tea and cake after guided rides
  • Bike storage
  • Airport (Alicante) transfer for groups of four or more travelling together. For groups of less than 4, an extra charge is made each way (minimum 2 people). For other airports – price on application

    £395 per person - flights not included

OPTIONAL EXTRAS for all itineraries (chargeable)

  • Single room supplement £12 per person per night
  • Additional evening meals by arrangement. Alternatively the village has a number of tapas bars where traditional Spanish cuisine can be enjoyed
  • Quality mountain bike hire from  £24 per day to £95 per week (hardtail bikes) and £48 per day to £195 per week (full suspension bikes)
  • Picnic lunches
  • Walking, tennis (coaching and equipment), climbing , horse riding, golf, sailing and other water sports - see our Other Activities page!

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