Breaking away from the hustle and bustle of the city, and the craziness of daily life is not only healthy, it’s important.
Calpe provides ideal conditions, in most seasons, for a cycling trip abroad with friends, family or even for a solo trip. But, if you have never done one of these trips before, the prospect of actually getting there, bike in tow, can be daunting. This is especially true if you spent more on your bike than you would be willing to admit to your wife. Handing your pride and joy over to airline luggage handlers, conveyer belts and thinking of it in the hull is scary, no doubt about it, as is landing in a country with all that luggage not being able to speak the language and not sure how to get to your resort. So, we have compiled a handy ‘how to’ to help you better plan for a trip abroad cycling Calpe:
Packaging your bike
The first thing to consider when you are planning a trip abroad, is how exactly to package your bike to keep it both safe and in accordance with airline etiquette. According to this article, there are three main options when it comes to packaging your bike when cycling Calpe: in a hardshell case, a softshell case or a simple cardboard bike box.
Hardshell case: this case will do the best job of protecting your bike, but it will also cost the most, and you need to weigh up what you are prepared to pay for a mere bag. Another downside according to the article, is that luggage handlers have trouble maneuvering these heavy bags, which could lead to them being damaged.
Softshell case: the softshell case definitely costs a pretty penny, but it does do a good job at protecting your bike, and if you have an expensive bike, you obviously want to do the best to look after it. The softshell case could be seen as a happy medium between the hardshell and a cardboard bike box, both price-wise and protection-wise. If you are still unsure if your bike is safe enough in a softshell bag, consider adding bubble wrap and towels as reinforcement. Many cyclists recommend the Pika Packworks bag which weighs in at a light 3kg.
Cardboard bike box: while certainly the cheapest option, packing a really expensive bike in a cardboard bike box can be quite a gamble. Rain at a destination can disintegrate the box, and if you don’t pad it properly, your bike can easily become damaged.
Whichever bag you choose, make sure that it’s not too heavy as this makes manoeuvring it difficult, and ensure that no parts of the bike are actually sticking out. In fact, check out this great article to help you with the sometimes arduous packing process. A Baum S&S bike packs up compactly, and is recommended by cyclists if you are looking for a bike that packs away in approximately 15 minutes (or any travel bike with S and S coupling for that matter>).
If packing your bike, packaging it carefully and paying excess baggage fees, sounds like more hassle than it’s worth to you, but you would still love the opportunity of cycling Calpe, there are some other options. Here they are:
Hiring a bike when cycling Calpe — while this is a more convenient option in terms of travelling, many people have some reservations about hiring a bike when they arrive at a destination. They worry about not being able to find a credible bike hiring place close to their accommodation, or perhaps even a bike in their size, or that the bikes aren’t always of a great quality and that it can quickly become pricey with limitations with regards to when bikes can be collected and returned. But, in Calpe, you can rest assured you are in good hands with the convenient and excellent Vuelta Turística, who not only hire bikes out but run incredible biking excursions — a terrific alternative to bringing your bike all the way to Spain.
Going on a group bike tour: if you want pure peace of mind in terms of all the logistics, then this may be an option for you. The downside is that while these tours can be reasonably priced, the groups can be quite large, and you often have no say in terms of the route, the pace, where you stay and eat, and perhaps even the bike that you ride.
Exploring Calpe on a self guided bike tour: a tour that serves as the happy medium between big group tours and luxury tours when cycling Calpe, is the self guided tour. Everything is pre-organised for you (including luggage transfers ahead of you), making your life quite a lot easier than just going by yourself. The major pro however, is that you have more freedom than other tours and you can meander along routes at your own pace, as there is no group that you have to keep up with.
Indulging in a luxury bike tour: if small groups, a tour leader, and (often) an all-inclusive, hassle-free tour sounds like the way you want to enjoy a trip cycling Calpe, then this option is for you. The high-end, exclusive nature of this tour however, means that they are not cheap.
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Getting from Alicante airport to Calpe
Bus — the cheapest option by far, but by no means the easiest, would be to take a bus into Calpe from Alicante. Costing approximately 8 euros, a bus will have you in Calpe in anything from 90 to 120 minutes, but remember that it will drop you at a bus station, at which stage you will still need to find your way to your accommodation.
Shuttle service — this might be a good option, depending on how big your travelling party is. A trip with a private shuttle will take about an hour and will cost around 90 to 140 euros. If planned ahead of time, you could arrange that your shuttle meets you at the airport, giving you peace of mind when you land, knowing you have an easy and direct route to the accommodation, especially if you are on a late flight.
Hired car — one of the more expensive ways to get from Alicante to Calpe would be to hire a car. The drive will take approximately one hour, and if there are a few of you, you might need to rent a few cars, which will obviously hike the price up further. However, having a car that you hire for a portion or duration of your trip could come in quite handy, but you will have to weigh up the pros and cons.
Taxi — taxi’s can be a little hit and miss when trying to find one that will be willing to accommodate you and your bike bag (not to mention big enough to accommodate the rest of your cycling buddies and all the luggage). And while it is extremely expensive (approximately 80 to 90 euros) it will take a little quicker than some of the other options at an estimated 45 minute travel time, making it one of the fastest and easiest ways to get to Calpe.
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When cycling Calpe, one of the things you will need to think about is insurance, both for you as a traveller and for your bike, but finding the best insurance can be quite complicated. Be sure to do your research on the different policies carefully, and be sure to read the small print. Check out this article for more in-depth information about it.
If a trip cycling Calpe sounds like it is worth going the distance, then you want to be sure that you stay somewhere that not only caters for cyclists, but welcomes them. Contact us to book your stay, or to find out more information about any of our esteemed resorts in Costa Blanca. Our exceptional staff will be able to assist and advise you every leg of your trip.