Cycling through the nature of the Costa Blanca
Cycling through the Costa Blanca
While cycling through the beautiful nature of the Costa Blanca North you discover completely different trees and / or plants per season. Many regions in Spain have their own specialty in terms of trees and plants that grow there. For one reason, that has to do with the fertile soil type and the climate, but often it has more economic reasons.
Currently – so writing at the end of May – it is the peak season for the always sweet and juicy Nisperos. In the Netherlands and Belgium this fruit is also known as Mispel and in English it is called Loquat. In terms of shape, it resembles a cross between a peach and an apricot. They are only juicier, even sweeter and have a slightly sour taste. They can be eaten with or without peel. This fruit is quite vulnerable due to the wind, which in this region often wants to blow for the necessary cooling. The trees are therefore often hidden under very large cloths, which breaks the wind. This results in less damage to the fruit. And if that still happens, they will be brought en masse to a small factory on site. Here they make delicious beer, liqueur, honey, marmalade and other delicacies from the damaged fruits.
Wherever or whenever you go cycling, you see the orange trees everywhere. They have since grown so many different varieties that we can pick fresh oranges on the Costa Blanca from mid-November to the end of June. Most of these varieties are specially intended for squeezing fresh orange juice. A nice side effect of this refreshing and healthy drink is that it is super good for muscle recovery due to the potassium content. So good as a booster on a terrace during a beautiful cycling tour.
In the north of the Costa Blanca in the part where the Jallón valley is located, one finds many almond trees. This valley lies between various mountains, which are often climbed by our cyclists. Especially in the months of January and February it is a feast for the eyes to go cycling here. The almond trees are all in a beautiful pink or white blossom. The harvest of the almonds, on the other hand, is not until around September.
Although the climate and soil type naturally also determine the choice of plants, the finances determine that too. The name economic planting stems from the fact that it is economically / financially more beneficial to plant as many trees as possible on a limited surface. For example, in the area around Callosa d´en Sarría de Nispero, we see almond trees in the Jallón valley and a few hundred kilometers to the south a lot of tomato greenhouses. The costs of transport to a processing station are kept as low as possible in this way.
During your cycling holiday – book now – there is always something beautiful to see in the immediate area. And that is ultimately what matters. Enjoy cycling, a beautiful view over the sea, the mountains or the valleys where there are so many healthy fruit trees. Whatever the case, there is always something to enjoy.