Mountain bike trails

RUTA DEL CONTRABANDO ”Smugglers road” Start: Alcossebre. Follow the gravel road beyond the lighthouse (El Faro) past the last few houses and the campsite Ribamar. This bike ride continues past the Cala Cubanita pebble beach, Cala Argelaga and on to Pla de Pebret shell sand beaches next to an old coast guard building. From here the road climbs steeply to the Badum watchtower. The slope is concrete surfaced. Impressive views south of the Serra de Irta natural park, hugging the cliffs, the road winds all the way to Font Nova, the north entrance to the park and then the coast road down to Peñiscola. Distance: 26km. Perfect mountain biking day trip.

RUTA DEL FARDATXO Natural springs in the foothills. Leaving Alcossebre beyond the lighthouse and then passing the campsite, you go past Cala la Cubanita before arriving at Cala Argelaga after 1km. There is a fork in the road, signs to Font Dén Canes and a left turn, inland, up to Pou del Moro and on to Mas del Senyor. The path then skirts the hills and drops into the Font Nova urbanisation on the outskirts of Peñiscola. Distance: 28km.

RUTA DEL XORIGUER High ridge mountain castles. Start: Santa Magdalena del Pulpis. Half way between Alcossebre and Peñiscola on the N.340. Set off from the petrol station. Follow the service lane of the A7 motorway 2km. south. Up towards the viewpoint, a steep climb, leaving a small pond reservoir to the right. Head south along the ridge in the direction of Alcala castle passing Coral de la Viuda. The castle and other moorish ruins are well worth a visit. Challenging downhill track to Valle de Estropet. From there a surfaced road leads to Calvari de Alcala. Distance:19 km.