Sinus Ilicitanus on two wheels
Route explores 5,000 year-old gulf
By Barry Wright THIS week’s route takes us on a circular tour of an area to the south of Alicante city, which used to be referred to as Sinus Ilicitanus.
Cycle Clips collaborators Cicloturismo Valencia – a local development project that aims to promote the region of Valencia, in particular Alicante province, as a quality cycle tourism destination – who developed the 52.5 kilometre ride, identify Sinus Ilicitanus as the space currently occupied by the Campo de Elche and part of the Vega Baja, but in past times, around 5,000 years ago, formed a gulf between the towns of Santa Pola, Elche and Orihuela.
The route is of low difficulty, predominantly on asphalt, although there are some cycleable off-road sections on the outskirts of Crevillente.
Map showing what was the Sinus Ilicitanus gulf between Santa Pola, Elche and Orihuela