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Enchanting Spain by bicycle

Spain is an ideal destination for bicycle enthusiasts. Its geographic diversity and beautiful climate allow for year-round bicycle touring. The preserved natural environment is very extensive; in fact, it is the country with the most areas considered as Biosphere Reserve (as many as 53) and there are 16 National Parks.

Walks and itineraries in Spain

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In addition, the country boasts some of the most beautiful and best marked routes in Europe, the best known of which is the Camino de Santiago with its many variations. These include, for example, the French Way, which begins in the Pyrenees, or the Portuguese Way (from Porto and Lisbon). Among the many variations and branches are also the Inland Basque Way, which crosses the Basque Country from northeast to southwest and joins with the French Way, and the Camino Lebaniego, a branch of the Northern Way that runs inland from Cantabria in the heart of the Picos de Europa Mountains.

A peculiar route is represented by the Silver Route, which retraces the historic Roman road that connected northern and southern Spain, from Seville to Gijón between Andalusia, Extremadura, Castile and Leon, and Asturias. Finally, the Camino del Cid, which retraces the footsteps of the legendary medieval knight Rodrigo Díaz de Vivar by traversing inland Spain (from Burgos to Valencia).

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Cyclotourism_Parque JuanCarlos I

Prominent among the types of bicycle routes are the Vías Verdes: more than 3,200 kilometers of decommissioned railway lines have been converted into bicycle touring routes. There are more than 120 routes available and distances vary widely (from 1 to 100 kilometers).

Then there are the Caminos Naturales: more than 10,300 kilometers of nature trails that include old railway lines, canals, transhumance routes, and paths.

Finally, the EuroVelo routes: many stretches of the Mediterranean area are set up perfectly for bicycle touring, for example the EuroVelo 8 route from Cadiz to Athens.

Read more: www.spain.info

The Valencia Region

Valencia’s cultural and natural heritage is of astounding beauty and variety. Villages perched on hilltops, walled cities with a strong medieval character, seaside residential centers, spas, hermitages, monasteries, castles, snow wells, prehistoric caves with rock paintings, royal sheep-tracks, ancient mule tracks and endless hiking opportunities: these are the centuries-old evidences of a man-made landscape that fascinates the visitor. With more than 2,500 hours of sunshine a year and an average temperature between 12° and 20° in winter and between 24° and 32° in summer, the Valencian territory allows cycling 365 days a year.

Spain by bike Valencia Region

Valencian landscapes

Virtually all types of landscapes, excluding high mountains and tropical forests, The territories are characterized by dense forests in the north and inland from Castellón, Valencia, and Alicante, there are beech forests, tejeras, and forests of holm oaks, cork oaks, and junipers, in a good state of preservation, as well as sub-desert landscapes of very high botanical value. The peaks reach nearly 2,000 meters and are covered with high-altitude vegetation. There is no shortage of extensive wetlands embraced by dunes overlooking the sea.

In addition, there are areas exposed to heavy rainfall and brushy areas on the edge of dryness, cliffs overflowing with vegetation but also lonely coves and, of course, wide beaches on the Mediterranean.
An extraordinary diversity due to the abrupt irregularity of geography, its dichotomy rather than its altitude: mountain-coast, hills and valleys, sun and shade, snow and sea. This diversity of ecosystems forms a unique natural environment, rich in more than three thousand different species of plants, including many exclusive endemic species. These places also provide a haven for countless birds during their annual migration and protected nature parks that can be explored leisurely by bicycle.

In the European context, the Valencia Region is one of the main and largest mountainous territories. In particular, the region of Ports, inland from Castellón, is the second most mountainous region in Spain, and the region of Alicante does not differ much.

For those who love MTB

Even without exceeding two thousand meters, the complexity of its structural systems, steep slopes, extensive massifs and intricate cliffs make the Valencia Region an ideal area for mountain biking.
The mountains, which occupy nearly three-quarters of the territory, open like a large amphitheater to the Mediterranean. A narrow coastal strip hosts the most inhabited plains: the Plana de Castellón, the Llano de Vinaroz, the Huerta de València, the Ribera del Júcar, and the Vega Baja del Segura.

These are also the most fertile agricultural areas and where the greatest urban concentration is found. This coastal plain is surrounded by mountain ranges and massifs originating in the Cordillera Iberica to the northwest and the Cordillera Betica to the south. The confluence of the two great peninsular mountain ranges is the origin of this geographic complexity, the offshoots of which reach to the seashore.

Valencia’s bicycle tourism offerings

Valencia offers everything a bicycle tourist wants to find on a trip. Mountain passes are a paradise for road cyclists, and inland towns, villages, and valleys are ideal for bikepacking tourism. The Valencia Region ‘s good accessibility by road, train and air undoubtedly facilitates tourism at all levels, but it is even more conducive to cycling by being equipped with an extensive network of infrastructure, which allows for the safe practice of this mode of excursion.

From fully equipped MTB Centers, to Green Routes and cycling tourism projects such as the Vall d’Albaida, with detailed routes and quality accommodations that specialize in sports tourism, the Valencia Region is at the forefront of cycling infrastructure endowments in Europe. There is practically no municipality or association of municipalities that has not signaled and promoted bicycle paths on its territory.

Benidorm Spain by bike

With a wide range ofaccommodations and all sorts of services tailored to the needs of cyclists, as well as a wide range of companies specializing in active tourism that allow you to contract specific or tailor-made products, it is easy to find the right fit for your cycling vacation.

By extending their stay, cycle tourists can access many cultural offerings, other sports, and outdoor activities (kayaking, hiking, canyoning, climbing, windsurfing, diving, or cultural visits) that can turn their stay into an unforgettable experience.

Last but not least, gastronomy: there is no better combination of cycling and the Mediterranean diet than that of regaining strength in top-quality restaurants that offer an ideal balance for the athlete’s diet.

Areas not to be missed

A bike trip to the Costa Blanca represents a real pleasure for those who love cycling. Cycling is one of the most established products in the province of Alicante, on the Costa Blanca, which reveals impressive mountains, extensive beaches and excellent road conditions. A wide range of routes in fact cater to all kinds of audiences.

Spain by bike Costa Blanca

This, together with the wide range of specialized services, also makes the area an ideal destination for internationally renowned cyclists who choose it for their training and pre-season. The Costa Blanca reflects the spirit of improvement that is admired in major sporting events such as the “Vuelta Ciclista a España.”

Benidorm, with its varied geography and mild climate, also allows for year-round cycling. The roads and trails that wind between the coast and inland offer routes for all levels, beginners and experts alike, who can enjoy routes that climb the surrounding hills or skirt the charming coves and golden beaches. This variety of landscapes not only tests the endurance and skill of cyclists but also offers breathtaking panoramic views, combining sport with exploration of the natural and cultural beauty of the region.

In addition, Benidorm stands out for its excellent infrastructure dedicated to cyclists, including numerous specialized accommodations, bike rental stores, and workshops equipped for every need. The city actively promotes cycling tourism with events, guided tours and marked routes that allow people to discover lesser-known but equally fascinating corners of the area. This commitment to supporting the cycling community makes Benidorm an ideal destination not only for those seeking a sporting challenge but also for those who wish to experience an active vacation, immersed in nature and local culture, exploring the region on two wheels with a unique sense of freedom and adventure.

The Green Ways of Valencia

The Valencia Region is traversed by 13 greenways for about 200 km. By walking through them, the traveler can learn about the history, culture and nature of the Valencian area. They can be found along the coast, inland, in the middle of the mountains, or in the middle of vegetable gardens or orange groves. Taking them up is the best way to discover the Valencia Region, following your own pace and time.

For more information: cicloturismo.comunitatvalenciana.com

Aragon

Aragon is an ideal area for mountain biking and bicycle touring because of its geographic and scenic diversity, extensive network of back roads and other types of trails, and climate. There are trails of all levels, many suitable for families as well. Excitement and adventure are the ingredients of routes in the Pyrenees, the rugged Iberian mountains of Zaragoza and Teruel, and the surprising plains of the Ebro Valley.

The website collects the 300 routes that represent Aragon’s possibilities for mountain bikers.

Spain by bike Aragon_ Photos (Valle de Benasque)
Aragon_ Valle de Benasque

Aragon has 8 MTB centers, large areas that offer marked trails for the best mountain experiences. The trails are divided into different levels depending on the user’s skills: beginners, families/friends, enthusiasts… with incredible downhill, enduro and cross country trails. Aragon is also a reference among BTT enthusiasts for a number of internationally renowned trials, such as Quebrantahuesos, Orbea Monegros, BTT Trans Highlands, Trans-Nomad, Calcenada, Vuelta al Moncayo GR 260 and TowCar Puerto Gorribaza.

And, of course, there are the great bike paths, such as the Transpirenaica and the Ebro Natural Trail, and emblematic greenways (Greenways), such as the Val de Zafán that ends in the Mediterranean Sea, or the Ojos Negros, the most extensive in Spain. In addition, Aragon is affected by the Eurovelo “Iberica”route from Lisbon to Toulouse , which runs through Aragonese territory from south to north.

Tenerife

The island offers spectacular road cycling, mountain biking and e-biking trails 365 days a year, always accompanied by spring-like temperatures.

Tenerife is a well-known destination for its privileged climate, unique natural spaces and gastronomic, cultural and historical offerings. Another key ingredient is the bet on sustainability, which has led it to be recognized as Destination Biosphere for developing several projects in the areas of social, environmental and economic sustainability.

Spain by bike Tenerife Carretera Parque Nacional del Teide
Carretera Parque Nacional del Teide

In recent years, the island has increasingly become a destination of choice for those wishing to enjoy outdoor activities and sports, particularly those related to two wheels.

Mountain bikers have about 200 kilometers of trails that cross the entire island and, in particular, the highlands of Tenerife such as the Corona Forestal. A comprehensive network of trails allows for multiple combinations that can be reached by public transportation or by car.

The island’s bicycle network suitable for road cycling is extensive, very well maintained, and often in sparsely traveled areas traversed by meandering paths. A sure fun for those who enjoy this type of cycling. And even professional cyclists know that the island is an excellence for training: every year many of them come to Tenerife to prepare for participation in the Tour de France, the World Championships and the Olympic Games. It is not strange, nor is it rare, that one may encounter some along one’s path.

Competition-wise, Tenerife is home to some well-established bike races, such as the Vuelta al Teide, a Granfondo run in May around Spain’s highest peak, Teide – 3,715 meters above sea level. There are 175 kilometers in the long version and 95 kilometers in the Half Teide mode. This race is also an ideal excuse to visit the island.

Services in Tenerife

Tenerife’s attractiveness also comes through services, such as its excellent direct or stopover air connections in Spain. And what about the overnight stay? The island is home to some of Europe’s best four- and five-star hotels, boutique hotels, and agritourisms, including some excellences such as the Parador of Teide National Park.

In particular, cycling enthusiasts and professionals have the opportunity to stay overnight in bike-friendly facilities, which offer specific services: from space to safely store bicycles to repair shops and bicycle rentals of all kinds.

Rounding out the bicycle touring offerings are companies specializing in bicycle touring services that provide equipment and advice. These services include local bicycle tour guides. These are experts who know how to tell about the area, point out where to stop to admire the view, explain the most interesting places of island heritage, and, last but not least, show where to enjoy a traditional lunch or snack.

More information about Tenerife: /www.webtenerife.com/sport

Spain to be experienced on two wheels!

Spain is an ideal destination for bicycle enthusiasts. Its geographical diversity and beautiful climate make it possible to make year-round bicycle touring. 53 Biosphere Reserves and 16 National Parks as well as some of the most beautiful and best marked routes in Europe make up the country’s cycling (and other) heritage.

Among these routes, the best known is certainly the Camino de Santiago –Way of St. James with its many variants: the famous French Way, from Roncesvalles; the Aragonese Way, from Somport in the Pyrenees; the Portuguese Way; the Northern Way, which runs along the Atlantic coastline. But there are also shorter routes, such as the English Way in Galicia, the Primitive Way which starts in Oviedo, the Inland Basque Way, which runs through the Basque Country and joins the French Way, and the Camino Lebaniego, a branch of the Camino del Norte in Cantabria.

But also surprising us are itineraries inspired by legendary history, see Way of the Cid or that retrace ancient river routes, such as the Channel of Castile. And again the decommissioned railway lines of the 120 Vías Verdes and the Caminos Naturales. Finally, the EuroVelo Routes: many routes along the Mediterranean are perfect for bicycle touring, such as thei EuroVelo 8 tinerary which runs from Cadiz to Athens.

THE ANDALUSIA

The Andalusian Region is famous for its varied landscapes, white villages full of charm, large monumental cities, and celebrated festivities. Its rich traditional and avant-garde cuisine and vast cultural heritage offer an area full of contrasts to explore by bicycle: valleys and hills, the high mountains and miles of coastline; all with a wide variety of infrastructure and services.

By MTB you can ride, either solo or guided by professionals, the trails of the Sierra Nevada, the Alpujarra and the Sierra Cabrera.

Andalusia
Andalusia

Those looking for a slow vacation that allows them to explore the area at their own pace, there are the aforementioned Green Routes, such as the Via Verde dell’Olio which runs near the Sierras Subbéticas Geopark, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Or the “TransAndalus“, a 2,000-km nature trail that stretches across the region.

InCadiz the color of the mountains, the color of the sea and the sky offer a true palette of emotions; the rhythm of the winds, the flavors of the wines and seafood mingle with the suggestions of its complex history, those of art and flamenco. And you are always greeted by thethe sympathy and kindness of its people.

ARAGON

The geographical diversity, which includes a wide variety of landscapes, the extensive network of secondary roads, and the climate ofAragon, make it a unique territory to practice both mountain biking and cycling in general. There are trails for all levels, many suitable for families as well.

Aragon is the third largest cycling destination in Spain by number of international tourists. Thrills and adventures on two wheels are experienced in the magnificent Pyrenees, in the rugged Iberian mountains of Zaragoza and Teruel, and along the surprising plains of the Ebro Valley.

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Aragon Region

There are more than 300 trails for mountain bikers. The region has 8 centers dedicated to mountain biking, large areas that offer marked trails of different levels, depending on the user’s experience: for beginners, for families, for enthusiasts and for experts, and everyone can try their hand at fantastic descents, enduro and cross country. Aragon is a MTB hub for internationally renowned trials such as the Quebrantahuesos, Orbea Monegros, BTT Trans Highlands, Trans-Nomad, Calcenada, Vuelta al Moncayo GR 260, and TowCar Ribagorza Ports.

Then there are the great cycling routes, such as the Trans-Pyrenees and the Ebro Nature Trail, the greenways, such as the iconic Val de Zafán which ends in the Mediterranean Sea, or the route Ojos Negros, the longest in Spain.

Aragon is included in a route “Iberian” Eurovelo from Lisbon to Toulouse. 145 km that will cross the Aragonese territory from south to north and on large bike paths, in the province of Teruel, taking advantage of the old railroad track. The Val de Zafán and Ojos Negros greenways will intertwine with the Eurovelo 8 “Mediterranean” route, creating a ring in the east of the peninsula.

Cycling in Aragon is a first-class tourism resource in the present and future.

THE REGION OF VALENCIA

With more than 300 days of sunshine a year and an average annual temperature of 19º, the Valencia Region is ideal for mountain biking, road cycling and backpacking.

Here the nature gives forests, peaks nearly two thousand meters high, wild cliffs with dense vegetation, steppes, extensive wetlands, picturesque mountain passes, secluded creeks and endless beaches. Available to cyclists are numerous facilities designed for them: Green Routes, mountain bike centers, bike paths, mountain climbing and marked trails, as well as businesses committed to making the experience authentic and safe. Each municipality promotes and develops bicycle touring routes in its area.

Spain Valencia Region
Valencia Region

There are 13 Green Ways distributed in the three provinces that offer users an easy and convenient, accessible route. They go through tunnels, pass over viaducts with spectacular views, or reveal quiet and beautiful corners, thanks to excellent signage and design. Green Ways such as the Ojos Negros, which runs through the beautiful Palancia Valley; the Via Verde de Alcoi, an oasis of peace that runs through the heart of the Font Roja Nature Park, among pine trees and holm oaks; or the Via Verde del Mar, an authentic Mediterranean jewel that runs along the rugged coastline between Benicàssim and Oropesa del Mar.

For those who love adrenaline, the ten mountain bike centers of the Valencian Region offer an extensive network of mountain trails that run mainly on forest tracks, paths and unpaved roads, which are always marked. Routes tested by experts and graded by color according to difficulty. Most are circular, but some allow you to extend the route and connect with other trails. Andthen it is possible to increase the kilometers by spreading the effort over several days to reach the interior, coastal cities and towns.

Here, whatever the cyclist’s sporting level, he or she always rides in total safety.

THE ISLAND OF TENERIFE

Tenerife is an ideal destination to be able to enjoy numerous sports and recreational activities: the island serves as an open-air gymnasium To be exploited 365 days a year. Its climate, its landscapes and natural spaces, and its excellent infrastructure make it a true paradise for both professional athlete teams and ordinary sports enthusiasts. In just half an hour, one can go from training by the sea to training at 2,000 meters above sea level, where there is the Teide National Park, which allows the body to become accustomed to sustaining great exertion, or delighting the view with beautiful scenery while practicing sports.

The island’s landscapes and its contrasts make Tenerife a place with many different opportunities to be able to enjoy sports and activities surrounded by nature for two-wheelers.

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Tenerife

Cycling. The island’s network of roads is extensive, very well preserved, and often in areas with little traffic. One has the opportunity to practice cycling on roads that reach 2,000 meters in elevation, at the foot of Teide or at sea level. Every year, Tenerife is chosen as an ideal destination by prestigious professional cyclists for holding tests related to major events such as the Tour de France or the Olympics.

Mountain biking. There are about 200 kilometers of trails crisscrossing the entire island. In most cases, these tracks are developed in the upper part of Tenerife, mainly in the Corona Forestal. A comprehensive network of trails characterized by a range of services, such as transportation and parking.

When it comes to the Tenerife brand also includes those who wish to practice their favorite sport at their own pace, who combine sporting activity with the beauty of the landscape around them, alone, as a couple, or with a family; in other words, those for whom it is not important to finish first, but the journey itself. The“Tenerife sports and adventure” brand includes not only activities, but also companies specializing in services for sportsmen and women, entertainment companies, technology centers, major sporting events, and hotel facilities.

Catalonia: to be discovered by bicycle

In Catalonia you find a perfect mix of tourism, sea, vineyards, mountains, gastronomy, culture and traditions. The world of bicycling gives one the opportunity to enjoy it as one pleases. There are those who look for a way to do sports, challenging stages and mountain passes; those, on the other hand, opt for a much quieter vision, in which the bicycle shares the spotlight with landscapes, culture and gastronomy. Each of these experiences can be lived intensely in Catalonia, as cycling is one of the best ways to discover the essence of an area.

Cycling discoveries

This land of contrasts reflects extraordinary diversity and, for this reason, has become one of the most attractive tourist destinations in Europe. Its natural landscapes are particularly suited to active tourism, interested in contact with nature and the regenerative experiences that come with it.

Tourist areas in Catalonia are the best way to identify the characteristics and peculiarities of each area. The Pyrenees, the Terres de Lleida, the Val d’Aran, the Costa Brava, the Costa Daurada, the Terres de l’Ebre, the coast, the landscapes and the city of Barcelona have become renowned cycling destinations due to their infrastructure and excellent services.

Whatever type of bike you choose-mountain bike, road bike, gravel bike, e-bike-the areas boast a wide range of offerings with a vast network of different routes: Greenways, fascinating stretches of road, bike routes, perfect and safe spaces for cycling.

Catalonia
Catalonia

Catalonia is ideal for a cycling vacation, thanks in part to the well-equipped accommodation facilities, service companies and accommodation agencies prepared for bicycle tourists and scattered throughout the territory.

Getting to know Catalonia to the rhythm of pedals will be a unique experience, riding itineraries full of attractions: mountain ranges and streams, ridges and hills, plains and agricultural fields, indelible images that will remain in the memory.

Val d’Aran: in the heart of the Pyrenees

The Aran Valley, with its privileged location, is the only Atlantic valley in the Spanish mountain range.. This gives it a wide variety of landscapes that allow it to enjoy nature in all its facets and in all seasons of the year.

The valley is a paradise for two-wheelers, with more than 800 km of approved trails for all levels, from the more technical and steep ones to family rides. Here you will find spectacular mountain passes, some of them the scene of the legendary Tour de France and, for the more experienced, vertiginous enduro circuits in the forests of Baricauba, La Tuca and Montromies Mountain.

Aran Valley
Aran Valley

A valley to be discovered through marked mountain bike and road trails, peaceful riverside walks connecting villages, or technical descents through lush forests.

Especially for MTB enthusiasts, they can refer to the Aran Valley mountain bike center, which offers more than 400 km of marked, approved and accessible trails at all levels, both for those who want to enjoy direct contact with nature and for the more demanding, lovers of technical trails, long descents and steep slopes. While those who prefer gravel biking will find an infinite number of route possibilities and paved surfaces to ride on in a wide variety of conditions, and at the same time they can ride comfortably and safely on natural trails, dirt, gravel, stone, grass or stone substrates.

Finally, thanks to e-bikes, the mountains have become accessible to everyone and cycling has become a family sport; in fact, the Val d’Aran presents a series of specific routes for eBikes that stand out for their low technical difficulty and beautiful routes.

Green Ways of Girona

Greenways are old disused railroad tracks that have been adapted for walking or cycling. The trails are easy, pleasant, safe, accessible and integrated into the natural environment.

They have their origins in the decommissioned train tracks that ran through the landscape of the province of Girona, which have now become walkable paths to enjoy the nature and culture of northeastern Catalonia.

Vies Verdes Catalonia by Alvaro Sanz
Vies Verdes Catalonia credit Alvaro Sanz

These roads have not stopped growing since the Consortium of Green Streets of Girona began managing them in 2003. In 2013, the following was realized Pirinexus, a 353-kilometer circular bicycle route that connects territories located on both sides of the Pyrenean mountain range and connects with EuroVelo 8. It is a product of the cross-border cycle tourism, which allows uninterrupted cycling, aided by more than 700 markers, between Catalonia and France, encouraging respect for the environment and promoting tourist activity. Pirinexus encompasses culture, history, nature, sports, wine tourism and gastronomy. In 2022, the following was also integrated Pirinexus Litoral, an intermodal axis, allowing for the integration of bicycle and public transportation, be it train or bus, that crosses the coastal areas of Girona and connects with Rosselló.

Aparthotel & Village Golf Beach

An ideal place to stay, which enjoys a favored location of easy access to the Green Streets of Girona and the Pirinexus network. The complex is situated in the very heart of the Costa Brava, 900 meters away from the beach and 4 km from the old town of the small medieval village of Pals, one of the most emblematic and welcoming corners of the Baix Empordà, famous for its historical-patrimonial heritage. Open year-round, it is surrounded by an enchanting natural environment and offers diversified stay options.

Cambrils, Bike Paradise of the Costa Daurada

Cambrils, a destination specializing in sports tourism for more than 15 years, is certified as a Specialized Cycling Destination because there are 9 bike-friendly accommodations, 3 certified bike rental companies, 2 travel agencies specializing in accommodations for cyclists, and 2 agencies organizing cycling events.

Cambrils is located in the south-central part of the Costa Daurada, in a privileged setting where cyclists, in just a few kilometers, go from pedaling by the sea to cliffs with splendid views of the coast and hinterland. It also has more than 24 km of bicycle paths that run along the entire coastline and through the urban section on the plains.

Cambrils
Cambrils

The Costa Daurada offers a variety of landscapes of great beauty, both coastal and mountainous, characterized by some places with very challenging elevation differences and countless secondary roads with almost no traffic and in excellent condition, as well as family-friendly routes. Mountain bikers will also find wonderful and remote trails.