People Cycling Rides

4 Lost Railways of Spain.

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Ride Info
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Ride Leader
Peter South
Tour Dates
Start Location
Torrellano, Alicante, Spain
End Location
Denia, Alicante, Spain
Cost (est.)
$1275 (USD + $100.00 ride fee)
$275 (USD
Payment Due
Tour Company
Travadell Cycling
Avg. Distance
30 mi / 48 km
Avg. Elevation
1642 ft / 500 m
Ride Description


A week following the former railways that criss-crossed the Alicante area. Spectacular scenery without the big climbs!  

The Maigmo, a railway line that never saw a train! The Maigmo then becomes the Alcoy Via Verde, once intended to connect Alcoy with Alicante, but never completed. The Xixarra or VAY, which served Villena, Alcoy and Yecla. The Serpis, now named after the river which it follows, but originally known as The English Train as it was built by a British company. Finally, the Gandia to Denia line serving those two towns. Learn the history behind the railways that once crossed this area, discover old stations, watering stops (for the steam engines), tool sheds and much more. The ride is supported with a vehicle for daily transfer of luggage and emergencies. Most of the tour follows the Eurovelo 8 route, one of many long-distance cycling routes in Europe. We will cycle through numerous tunnels and over spectacular viaducts. 

The tour starts with a short transfer from Alicante to Torrellano for our first night. The next day, we follow quiet lanes with some off road to the North. We will join the Maigmo Via Verde at the now disused Agost railway station, although it sits alongside the new high speed railway line.  

Following the old railway line, we pass through stunning scenery, with viaducts and long tunnels (unlit, we’ll need lights) until we rea… (Join People Cycling to read more)

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