Cycling at Casa Oliva
The hills and mountains of the Marina Alta provide perfect road cycling in unspoiled areas of outstanding natural beauty. The area is used by many UCI professional cycling teams during the winter months as it provides the perfect terrain for training camps before the hectic European racing schedule takes place.
The local climb of the Casa Oliva is the world famous Coll De Rates, featured in GCN's (Global Cycling Networks) top 10 Spanish Mountain climbs. The climb of the Coll De Rates is a good test for any level of cyclist, it is not the hardest climb in the area but certainly one of the most spectacular with fantastic views of the coast and the Jalon Valley.
Those looking for the hard climbs in the region should test themselves with the Port De Tudons, a long climb in both directions and was featured in stage 20 of the 2016 Vuelta España.
You can hire bikes from the local bike shops or feel to bring your own!
For the climbers Casa Oliva is central to the Costa Blanca climbing area, the largest and most popular climbing area in Spain. The Jalon Valley has some famous crags to explore, such as Peña Roja, Murla, Alcalali, L'Ocaive, Font d'Axia and Pego. All just a short drive from Casa Oliva!
The region is famous for its quality and variety of climbing, it has plenty of sport routes across the grades, some superb multi-pitch routes and lots of magnificent traditional climbing.
Casa Oliva is also a perfect base for the Calpe area of the region which is home to some of the more famous climbs in the area, none more so than the Peñon de Ifach located right beside the Mediterranean. The best climbs to explore in this area are found at Bernia, Altea, Mascarat, Castellet de Calpe, Sierra de Toix, Olta and Pinos.
The Jalon Valley offers fantastic self guided walking routes for all levels of walkers, the Marina Alta Mountains have some of the oldest trails in Spain which have been rediscovered and restored in recent years.
These are now easily navigated and signposted to make sure you stay on the right track to the top or the next village along, many walkers enjoy the year round sun in the region as it offers a fantastic climate for walking.
Walking in the Jalon Valley offers 360 degree panoramic views out towards the coast and the valley itself, depending on the season you will notice plenty of stunning wild flowers and wildlife in the area.
In February the Almond blossom is something that must be seen, the white and pink flowers carpets the valley is simply stunning.
The Costa Blanca or The White Coast is famous for its beautiful beaches of white sand, but also boasts some very pretty little coves and bays that are less well known. Here are our nearby favourites...
- The Playa La Granadella is a perfect horseshoe-shaped bay near the delightful resort of Jávea. The intense blue water, dramatic cliffs and Mediterranean pines make it one of the most beautiful on the Costa Blanca. There is a beach bar and a few nearby restaurants, and the bay is famous for snorkelling, thanks to its seagrass beds.
- The Les Marines beach is a long, broad expanse of golden sand that stretches for about 3 kilometres north of the town centre – which means you can always find a spot for your towel, even in peak season. It is sheltered, and the shore shelves gradually, making it particularly popular with families. The beach has been awarded Blue Flag status and has every imaginable facility, including lifeguards (in summer) and beach bars for snacks and drinks. There are plenty of restaurants and cafés located just behind the beach, and it’s also a great spot to enjoy wonderful views of Denia’s castle.
There are plenty more to choose from and we can help you find something that suits you!
Weather at Casa Oliva
The daily average temperature ranges from about 12 °C (53.5 °F) in January and February to about 26 °C (79 °F) in July and August. Even in mid-winter, there are many sunny days, with daytime temperatures reaching or exceeding 20 °C (68 °F).
With an average of 11 hours sunlight in mid summer there really is plenty of time to relax or explore the local area. There is plenty to do in the surrounding towns and small villages, you just need to head out and explore!
See the forecast for the next 5 days below.