Cocentaina is situated in the Inland Costa Blanca region, about 44 miles from Alicante airport. It is the county town of El Comtat, which itself is in the province of Alicante and the autonomous region of the Comunidad Valencia.
The immediate area is principally agricultural, with vineyards, olives, almonds, cherries and various other crops. We also pass through areas with citrus fruits and a local speciality, nisperos.
The area is quite simply, cycling heaven. Almost all of the roads we use are wonderfully surfaced and very lightly trafficked by motor vehicles. We use what looks, on the map, like a very small area but each valley is different and our rides will take you through very varied terrain. Some of our rides go tantalisingly near to the coast to give beautiful sea views and then turn round. During this holiday, you will take in 7 'tops' marked by brown signs indicating the altitude reached.
Being based in a town means that you have all its facilities at hand - banks, several supermarkets, including a large Carrefour (supermarket) on the edge of town and even a Decathlon (sports goods). There are numerous bars open all day with pavement seating and very reasonable prices. Cocentaina has distinct old quarters, some dating back centuries when the Christians, the Moors and the Jews all lived separately but part of the same town.
There is a castle overlooking the town which c… (Join People Cycling to read more)