ROAD CYCLING ROUTES
Below we offer you a total of 14 routes where you can enjoy your road bike in the area of Castelló. A few kilometres from the hotel you can enjoy the Alto del Desierto de las Palmas, climbed several times on the Vuelta a España. Below you can see the relevant data of the route or also download the corresponding GPX.
ROUTE 1: HOTEL DEL GOLF PLAYA - MAS DE LA COSTA
Kilometers: 177 km
Accumulated slope: + 3650 m
A hard route with the route of stage 17 of the Tour of Spain 2016 in which for the first time the Mas de la Costa was climbed, a short but hard pass with impossible ramps. Before reaching this colossus located in Lucena del Cid, you will have to climb Alto del Desierto de la Palmas (2nd Cat), Alto de la Serratella (2nd Cat) and Alto de Benasal (3rd Cat). It is a beautiful route that goes into the interior of the Province of Castellón and we recommend you to make a good cassette about 32T.
ROUTE 2: HOTEL DEL GOLF PLAYA - VISTABELLA (PENYAGOLOSA)
Kilometers: 162 km
Accumulated slope: + 3495 m
Itinerant route departing from the coast and arriving at the heart of Penyagolosa Natural Park. In total 162 km of contrasting landscapes, climbing the Alto del Remolcador and the Coll del Vidre with arrival at Vistabella, a small and beautiful municipality located in the interior of Castellón in the middle of the Penyagolosa massif.
ROUTE 3: HOTEL DEL GOLF PLAYA - SIERRA DE ESPADÁN (MATET/VILLAMALUR)
Kilometers: 149 km
Accumulated slope: +2750 m
A circular route for experienced cyclists that goes through the heart of the Sierra de Espadán and climbs 5 hills of different categories and difficulty. Depending on the direction of the route, you will find Collado de Ayodar (3rd Cat, 4 km at 5.6%), Alto del Pinar (2nd Cat, 11.87 km at 4.5%), Alto de Villamalur (4th Cat, 2.35 km at 6.8%), Alto de Matet (3rd Cat, 2.67 km at 7%), Alto de la Nevera (3rd Cat, 4 km at 5.4%) and Alto de Aín (4th Cat, 2.32 km at 4.3%).
ROUTE 4: HOTEL DEL GOLF PLAYA - CASTELLÓN INTERIOR
Kilometers: 124 km
Accumulated slope: +1870 m
A circular route with an easy start, passing by one of the most important water reserves in the Province of Castellón, the Sitjar Reservoir. The difficulty increases when we reach Fanzara, where we will start to climb until we reach Lucena del Cid in descent after crowning the Alto del Remolcador by its shorter slope. The way back is much more favourable with a lot of ground on the way down and some steep slopes.
ROUTE 5: HOTEL DEL GOLF PLAYA - CASTELLÓN INTERIOR II
Kilometers: 140 km
Accumulated slope: + 1430 m
A circular route that in its first part runs along the coast until it reaches Oropesa del Mar where we will look for the only port on the route, Alto de Cabanes, which connects the coast with the interior. Then a stretch of straight road with a slight positive slope until we reach a last area of slopes that will take us to Atzeneta. On the way back you will come across a small hill known as the Coll de la Bassa but with little difficulty.
ROUTE 6: HOTEL DEL GOLF PLAYA - SIERRA DE ESPADÁN CLASSIC
Kilometers: 115 km
Accumulated slope: +1120 m
This is a circular route and one of the usual routes for many cycling groups in Castelló that goes into the Serra d'Espadá Natural Park. As usual from the start the terrain is uphill, first crowning the Port of Aín from Tales (2aCat, 10.15 km, at 3.4%), then the Port of Eslida (3aCat, 4.57 km at 6.2%) and finally the Alto del Matianet (4aCat, 2.20 km at 4.2%). The route has a pleasant descent from the Marianet to Nules where the terrain becomes flat and the wind usually blows against it.
ROUTE 7: HOTEL DEL GOLF PLAYA - ATZENETA INTERIOR
Kilometers: 103 km
Accumulated slope: +1250 m
Circular route through the interior of the province of Castellón with the typical profile of the mountains in this area. Landscape characterized by the low mountain that changes to scattered pine forests in the interior zone. During the route we will find several peaks but only the Coll de Costur and the Coll de la Bassa are worth mentioning.
ROUTE 8: HOTEL DEL GOLF PLAYA - DESIERTO DE LAS PALMAS
Kilometers: 90 km
Accumulated slope: +1100 m
91 km road cycling route with a total ascent of 1,121 positive meters. It runs through towns such as Borriol, La Pobla de Tornesa, Cabanes, Oropesa and the beautiful Desert of Las Palmas through the town of Benicàssim before returning to Castellón. The desert is 7.2 kilometres long and has an average percentage of 5.2%. The incredible landscape makes everyone fall in love. It is a demanding climb, especially the first 3 kilometres, and more so from kilometre 3 onwards. After the climb, we return along the coast to the starting point.
ROUTE 9: HOTEL DEL GOLF PLAYA - VALL D'ALBA
Kilometers: 98 km
Accumulated slope: +785 m
ROUTE 10: HOTEL DEL GOLF PLAYA – VALL D’UIXÓ
Kilometers: 85 km
Accumulated slope: +421 m
ROUTE 11: HOTEL DEL GOLF PLAYA - DESIERTO DE LAS PALMAS II
Kilometers: 71 km
Accumulated slope: +590 m
A pleasant circular route, mostly on flat ground. We start by travelling along the coast along the cycle path and greenway that links Grao de Castellón, Benicàssim and Oropesa until Torre la Sal, where we turn around to return and climb the Alto del Desierto de las Palmas through Benicàssim (2aCat, 7.47 km at 5.2%). Once at the top, we will descend to finish the route.
ROUTE 12: VINAROZ - HOTEL DEL GOLF PLAYA
Kilometers: 90 km
Accumulated slope: +330 m
This is a low-difficulty route with a total ascent of 330 metres. Starting from the Hotel del Golf Playa, the entire route runs practically along the coast of Castellón, touching the Serra d'Irta Natural Park and passing through towns such as Oropesa del Mar, Torreblanca, Peñíscola or Benicarló until it reaches Vinaroz, a town known for its exquisite prawns and rice dishes.
ROUTE 13: HOTEL DEL GOLF PLAYA - DESIERTO DE LAS PALMAS
Kilometers: 43 km
Accumulated slope: +440 m
Route of 44 kilometres and 524 metres of positive height difference. Leaving from Grao de Castellón, we will head towards the city centre to go to the Desierto de las Palmas. A port between Castellón and Benicàssim of 7.8 kilometres and with an average gradient of 4.7%. Road in good condition and with incredible views. The descent is more technical and has several horseshoes. We will reach Benicàssim to return to the starting point. A highly recommended route for people who are just starting out in cycling.
ROUTE 14: HOTEL DEL GOLF PLAYA - PLAYA DE ALMENARA
Kilometers: 39 km
Accumulated slope: +35 m
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