Celebrate New Year's by exploring the best trail running in Spain on our winter 2019 running holiday in Europe. The trails of the Costa Blanca region are a hidden gem, offering everything from technical rocky summits to mellow coastal roads. Our Spain running retreat offers the best of both worlds: sun and moderate running temperatures, mountains and the beach, trails and roads, adventure and relaxation at a Spanish villa, wine and delicious and fresh Spanish cuisine.
We'll provide transport to the best trails and hidden summits of the area for guided daily runs, where we'll explore ridge running, farm roads through olive and almond trees, and seaside runs along the mediterranean coast. You're free to run as much or little as you like from the home base of our villa. Enjoy sunrises, sunsets, and afternoon siestas from our Spanish villa, which offers place to relax and soak up the sun on our terrace overlooking the nearby mountain range. Optional side activities are plentiful, ranging from exploring the nearby beach towns, swimming in the nearby lake, lounging on the terrace, wine tasting at local bodegas, or kayaking the sea caves at the coast.
This retreat adventure is open to ages 15 and up of any pace. In this trip you can run as much or little as you please. To participate in the guided daily group runs, must be able to complete 7-15 miles of running, including hills. Routes will vary from rocky mountain running to flat coastal roads and trails. Optional 12-week training package available from an experienced running coach to ensure you're trained and ready to go for this adventure of a lifetime!
Located in the Alicante province, the traditional food of the Guadalest valley is an important part of the culture and history of the region. Restaurants in the region offer typical dishes such as “pilotes de dacsa”, as well as combine traditional cuisine with a modern twist.
Food and beverages available from the local markets and grocery stores are extremely affordable and delicious. Traditional Spanish food such as paella, jamón ibérico, and famed wine from the Rioja region are also available.
At a comfortable Spanish villa set in the mountains overlooking the sea, you'll have access to a sun terrace, lounge chairs, a self-catering kitchen, and a washer and dryer. Double accommodation is included. A single supplement option is also available. Please see pricing for more information.
(a) Your booking is not considered definite and no contract will exist until we receive a 50% deposit from you and you agree to these terms and conditions.
Cancellation by you
(a) The trip deposit is non-refundable. You (or any member of your party) may cancel your booking at any time, providing that the cancellation is made by the person submitting the booking form and is notified to us in writing. Cancellation will take effect the day such notification is received by us. If such cancellation is made within 90 days before the start of the retreat, we will retain the full payment amount. However, if another person can be found to take your place, then we may offer you a refund at our discretion.
(b) Bookings are for the stated period of the retreat. There are no refunds for an unused portion of the retreat. If the reason for cancellation is covered under the terms of your Insurance Policy, you may be able to make a claim on your insurance.
This retreat is also offered as a long weekend over New Year's from December 29-January 1st. For this option see booking information in the pricing section.
We'll be based in a mediterranean hillside village between Aitana and Xortà mountain ranges. Our village was built on a pinnacle, which offers some amazing views of the mountains and coast. The charming sun-bleached villas and shops in town offer a chance to sample local restaurants and culture, but it is the landscape that truly dominates this spectacular region of the Costa Blanca. Our home base is perfectly situated between the top trail running locations in Spain, and the sea is just 30 minutes away for afternoon adventures.
You can find affordable international flights into our meeting location of Alicante Airport. We've found incredibly cheap flights during this time frame into nearby Barcelona, which is a quick flight or train ride away. We recommend checking out Skyscanner for the latest deals.
More information about this retreat and other running retreats in Europe, including hut to hut trail running the Italian Dolomites and Chamonix Mont Blanc, is up on our website at https://runcation.org