This area, the Costa Blanca, has a Mediterranean climate, with the least contrast in weather in all of Spain. Little rainfall and more than 300 days of sunshine a year. The winters are mild and dry, while the Mediterranean climate results in warm and dry summers. However, extreme temperatures don’t happen often. These perfect conditions for cycling is enhanced by the presence of mountains and hills behind the Costa Blanca which retain the warmth of the sea and keep out the cold from the interior in winter.