Si­nus Ilic­i­tanus on two wheels

Route ex­plores 5,000 year-old gulf

Costa Levante News - - CYCLE CLIPS -

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

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