In the footsteps of the Spanish Hero El Cid – A self-guided cycling trip
Would you like to enjoy a cycling route exploring the famous route of the Spanish Hero El Cid*at a moment that suits your agenda? We are now offering one of our classic trips as a self-guided route: enjoy the route on a date you choose and with the companions you like.
From Burgos to Valencia, an impressive MTB route. A journey into the heart of what we call ‘Empty Spain’ with its desolated landscapes that feed the soul.
We have put together the itinerary, booked your hotels and make sure you will find your luggage in the next hotel after each stage. All you have to do is ride and enjoy!
The roads of the famous ‘Poem of the Cid’ (the oldest preserved Spanish epic poem), from Burgos to Valencia are the guideline for a wandering route through some of the most beautiful regions of the Iberian System and the Castilian Plateau.
Dive deep into the rural empty Spain during this 9-day self-guided bike trip. Follow the footsteps of the Cid through Burgos, Soria, Guadalajara, Teruel. Castellón and Valencia, as if you were to visit natural and cultural exhibition. You will end at the east coast at the Malvarrosa beach where you can enjoy a dip in the sea and a delicious paella.
The route will take you through various natural areas like Sierra de la Demanda, El Cañón del río Lobos, Sierra de Pela, Las Parameras de Molina, The Alto Tajo Nature Reserve and the Sierra de Albarracín, heart of the Spanish Lapland, Javalambre, and the Sierra de Espadán.
We have designed an itinerary for you that leads you off the beaten track and over undiscovered paths. Explore old medieval paths and bridges, Roman roads, cattle trails, abandoned railway tracks (now converted into Greenway Cycle Trails) and long-distance footpaths (GR routes).
DAY 1 - FRIDAY
Arrival to Burgos is at your own leisure. We have included an overnight for you in this fantastic city.
DAY 2 - SATURDAY
66KM /+720 meters elevation gain
Landmarks: Monastery of San Pedro de Cardeña, Revilla, Lara de los Infantes, Barbadillo del Mercado
DAY 3 - SUNDAY
75KM /+ 650 meters elevation gain
Landmarks: Cabezón de la Sierra, Hontoria del Pinar and Cañón del Río Lobos Natural Park
DAY 4 - MONDAY
91KM /+ 965 meters elevation gain
Landmarks: El Burgo de Osma, Navapalos, The Castle of Gormaz, Recuerda,
Berlanga, Caltojar, Romanillos, Miño.
DAY 5 - TUESDAY
96KM / +1210 meters elevation gain
Landmarks: Medieval centre of Medinaceli, the Layna wasteland, Ermita del Humilladero, Arbujuelo, Luzón, Valle del rio Blanco, Dehesa de Solanillos, Hoz del Río Gallo.
DAY 6 - WEDNESDAY
49KM / +970 meters elevation gain
Landmarks: historical centre of Molina de Aragón, Sierra del Tremedal, Traid.
DAY 7 - THURSDAY
90KM / +1065 meters elevation gain
Landmarks: Orea, Sierra del Tremedal, Orihuela del Tremedal, Sierra de Albarracín, Albarracín y Teruel.
DAY 8 - FRIDAY
111KM / +515 meters elevation gain
Landmarks: Ruta de los Ojos Negros, Albentosa, Jérica, Segorbe.
DAY 9 - SATURDAY
68KM / +205 meters elevation gain
Landmarks: Ruta de Ojos Negros, Valle del Río Palancia, between the sierras Calderona and Espadán, arrival to Valencia.
DAY 10 - SUNDAY
After breakfast you can go home after a great week, or continue your travels if you like.
*A national Spanish epic, based on the stories about the heroic deeds of El Cid who during the 11th Century, in times of conflict between the Kingdom of Castile and Al-Andalus.
|DURACIÓN||9 noches / 10 días (8 días de bicicleta)|
|KILÓMETROS (APROX)||646KM (desnivel acumulado 6.300m)|
|TIPO DE BICI||Gravel o BTT|
|ÉPOCA RECOMENDADA||Abril a Octubre|
|DÍAS DE SALIDA||Todos los Sábados (viernes noche alojamiento en Burgos)|
|PUNTO DE ENCUENTRO||Burgos|
|HOTELES||Combinación entre hostales, 2* y 3* hoteles|
PLEASE CONTACT US
- 9 nights accommodation & breakfast in hostels, 2* and 3* hotels (rooms with private bathroom)
- Luggage transfers between hotels
- GPS tracks of the route
- Accident and liability insurance
- Transfers to Burgos or back from Valencia
- Lunches & Dinners
- Rental bike (optional extra. Delivery to your hotel in Burgos. Rates: 90€ MTB and 250€ e-bike)
RECOMMENDATIONS – What to bring?
- Casual comfortable cycling clothes
- Sunglasses and gloves
- Rain jacket / rain pants
- Small daypack
- A small first aid kit (with mosquito repellent!)
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INFO & BOOKINGS
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