Elche - Barcelona Elche - Barcelona

Elche - Barcelona

Less well known outside of Spain then the coastlines further to the south, Costa de Valencia, Costa del Azahar and Costa Daurada actually have just as much to offer visitors and it is easier to avoid the crowds. The attractions include kilometre after kilometre of beautiful golden sands; the lively party city of Valencia; the impressive Roman remains at Tarragona and the Palm Grove of Elche – an orchard of thousands of palm trees that was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2000.

The section is centred on Valencia.  Spain’s third largest city has seen a lot of investment in recent years and now boasts a spectacular arts and science museum complex.  With a history dating back to Roman times, the city and is justly famous for its many festivals, most notably the Falles, which are held every year in the spring and end with the dramatic burning of beautiful sculptures.  

To the north EuroVelo 8 runs parallel with the Mediterranean passing through quiet country lanes away from the developed coastline.  This gives you the opportunity to explore areas slightly off the beaten track whilst being close enough to the sea to take a detour if you are in need of a swim.  Close to Barcelona is the town of Tarragona, which has a number of well-preserved Roman ruins (as well as some pleasant beaches). 

South of Valencia the route leaves the coastline altogether cutting across the Marina Alta province.   Here you can visit country villages that haven’t changed for centuries before arriving in Elche, a welcoming town where you can rest your weary limbs in the Baños Arabes (Arabic Baths), which are partly based on original Roman baths.

  • 200,000
    palms in Palmeral
    de elche
  • 138
    BC foundation
    of Valencia
  • 300
    days of sunshine
    on the costa dorada


  • Jardines del Turia, Spain

    The Turai river used to flow through the centre of Valencia. Following a particularly bad flood in 1957, the river was rerouted around the city and the river bed was made into a path. It make for a thoroughly enjoyable experience, cycling through the city in one huge garden which is overlooked by magnificently majestic bridges. The experience culminates at the 'Ciudad de las Ciencias', where water meets futuristic architecture to quite impressive effect. Photo credit: Juanedc (flickr.com)

  • The Palmeral of Elche, Spain

    The Palmeral or Palm Grove of Elche is a UNESCO site in the Spanish city of Elche. 200,000 palmtrees cover over 3.5km2 within the city of Elche. An oasis in which cyclists can enjoy a rest or better, a siesta after the wonderful cycle trip along EuroVelo 8. The Palmeral of Elche is the only palm grove of its type anywhere in Europe, the northernmost of its kind, one of the largest in the world and it is located in the center of the city! Elche is well connected by train with Alicante and Murcia and you are allowed to carry your bike on the suburban trains known as the 'cercanías'. © Maria Victoria Rodriguez (Flickr)

  • Ebro Delta, Spain

    The unique landscape of the River Ebro Delta will enchant you. The lush wetlands that make up the landscape are ideal for a bicycle detour. From the Gondola-style pole-boats to the Eucalyptus beach, there are plenty of things to do and see. © Xavier Luque (Flickr)

  • Certified EuroVelo Route
  • Developed route with EuroVelo signs
  • Developed route
  • Route under development
  • Route at the planning stage

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