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Cycling holidaysEuroVelo 1: Spain. World Heritage and Historical Routes.

An epic cycling journey across the Spanish landscape from the North-East to the very South-West. Covering historical routes such as the famous Camino de Santiago and the Via de la Plata (Silver Route) as well as the Duero River Long distance route.

From 1,103 € per person

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Difficulty:Moderate+

Details ...

Duration:17 nights, 18 days

Dates:March to 30th June | Sept. and October

Start:Any day of the week

Location on map of Spain

Longer distances and hilly terrain, with perhaps four ascents per day.

Cycling surface:Predominantly dirt tracks and many sections of small country roads.

Average daily distance / climb:52 miles (85 km) / 2469 ft (753 m).

Description

1332 kilometers taking in seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the Pilgrim’s Route to Santiago, Monasteries of Suso and Yuso, Sierra de Atapuerca Archaelogical Sites (the ‘Rosetta Stone’ of human evolution in Europe), the Burgos cathedral (only cathedral declared World Heritage Site in Spain), and the protected historic cities: Salamanca, Cáceres and Mérida.

  • The Spanish section of the Eurovelo 1 Atlantic route is actually well away from the Atlantic Ocean, except at the very start and end of the route.
  • This epic journey will take you well off the beaten path, to discover continental Spain, crossing six strikingly different regions as you cycle.
  • For two thirds of the way you will be following the Camino de Santiago and the Via de la Plata: both classic long distance cycling routes.
  • Each night will be spent in towns and cities of outstanding historic, cultural and architectural interest, in a centrally located hotel where you will be able to rest and replenish energies.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival to Irún

Day 2: Irún to Zubiri

Distance: 54 miles (87 km). Climb: 4843 ft (1476 m).

Bicycle and equipment handover and first cycle stage in the hilly Basque Country.

Day 3: Zubiri to Estella

Distance: 46 miles (74 km). Climb: 3064 ft (934 m).

First stage following the Camino de Santiago pilgrim route going through the Navarra region.

Day 4: Estella to Santo Domingo de la Calzada

Distance: 63 miles (101 km). Climb: 4580 ft (1396 m).

Another day cycling on the Camino this time in the beautiful wine region of La Rioja.

Day 5: Santo Domingo de la Calzada to Burgos

Distance: 52 miles (83 km). Climb: 2428 ft (740 m).

Third day cycling along the Camino. Going through Atapuerca Archaelogical Sites and one of the extraordinary gothic cathedral in Burgos, both World Heritage sites.

Day 6: Burgos to Palencia

Distance: 68 miles (109 km). Climb: 1476 ft (450 m).

Half way through today´s stage we come off the Camino and continue along the Castilla Canal (one of the most important civil engineering projects of Spain during the Enlightment).

Day 7: Palencia to Medina de Rioseco

Distance: 45 miles (73 km). Climb: 636 ft (194 m).

Another easy cycle along the flat Castilla Canal amongst the castillian plains.

Day 8: Medina de Rioseco to Zamora

Distance: 64 miles (103 km). Climb: 1142 ft (348 m).

Today you leave the Canal route to follow the long distance route of the Duero River. A pleasant cycle alongside this important Spanish river.

Day 9: Zamora to Salamanca

Distance: 55 miles (88 km). Climb: 2493 ft (760 m).

We turn away from the river Duero and South along the historic Via de la Plata to end in the stunning historic city of Salamanca, World Heritage Site.

Day 10: Salamanca to Béjar

Distance: 50 miles (80 km). Climb: 3199 ft (975 m).

Continue along the Via de la Plata towards the Central Mountain Range with separate Castilla from Extremadura.

Day 11: Béjar to Plasencia

Distance: 55 miles (88 km). Climb: 2493 ft (760 m).

Descend into the rich agricultural foothills of northern Extremadura. Full of history and away from mainstream tourism.

Day 12: Plasencia to Cáceres

Distance: 45 miles (72 km). Climb: 2566 ft (782 m).

Follow the Via de la Plata from one stunning historic to another. Cáceres is protected by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

Day 13: Cáceres to Mérida

Distance: 52 miles (84 km). Climb: 1385 ft (422 m).

From one UNESCO city to another: Mérida was an important roman city and many of its buildings are still well preserved.

Day 14: Mérida to Zafra

Distance: 39 miles (63 km). Climb: 1519 ft (463 m).

The last cycling stage following the historical Via de la Plata route and our last day in Extremadura.

Day 15: Zafra to Aracena

Distance: 61 miles (98 km). Climb: 4318 ft (1316 m).

We enter Andalucía, leaving the Via de la Plata and turning South-West towards Portugal to enter the beautiful Sierra de Aracena mountains.

Day 16: Aracena to Trigueros

Distance: 52 miles (84 km). Climb: 2257 ft (688 m).

Penultimate stage cycling along beautiful andalusian countryside passing small rural towns.

Day 17: Triguero to Ayamonte

Distance: 40 miles (64 km). Climb: 1106 ft (337 m).

One last cycle and we reach the South-West tip of Spain and the border with Portugal. The end of our long distance cycle after 1332kms.

Day 18: Return home

Travel

Frequent questions:

Which airport should I fly to?

Biarritz airport in south west France is the closest airport to Irún (only 26kms away).Another important international airport near Irun is Bilbao (90kms away).

How do I get to the starting point?

The tour starts in the small town of Irún, in the border between Spain and Franca. The best way to reach Irún from Biarritz airport is by taxi.

From Bilbao airport you can get a but into Bilbao itself and then another bus to Irún. Another posibility is to take a taxi (around 120 euros)

How do I get home from the end point?

Ayamonte is a small town in the border between Spain and Portugal in the very South-West of Spain. The closest airport to Ayamonte is Faro, in Portugal (68kms). The other nearby airport is Sevilla (149kms). There are regular buses to both cities.

Hotels

Very varied, 2 and 3 star hotels, in the center of towns and points of interest.
hotel irun

Night 1: Irún

hotel zubiri

Night 2: Zubiri

hotel estella

Night 3: Estella

hotel santo domingo de la calzada

Night 4: Santo Domingo de la Calzada

hotel burgos

Night 5: Burgos

hotel palencia

Night 6: Palencia

hotel medina

Night 7: Medina de Rioseco

hotel zamora

Night 8: Zamora

hotel salamanca

Night 9: Salamanca

hotel bejar

Night 10: Béjar

hotel plasencia

Night 11: Plasencia

hotel caceres

Night 12: Cáceres

hotel merida

Night 13: Mérida

hotel zafra

Night 14: Zafra

hotel arazena

Night 15: Aracena

hotel trigueros

Night 16: Trigueros

hotel ayamonte

Night 17: Ayamonte

Our bikes

Touring bikesElectric bikes

Designed to withstand heavy loads and provide high safety and comfort even after long hours of riding in the saddle, these adventure bikes will serve you well both on and off-road.

The downside to all these extra features and equipment is weight, but on a long distance tour, reliability, comfort and safety, win the day.

Gentleman's push bikeLady's push bike

Characteristics:
  • Time tested components to stay maintenance free during the tour.
  • Broad range of gears.
  • Stable carriers for luggage transport.
  • Permanently mounted lights with a hub dynamo.
  • Comfortable sitting position and straight, adjustable handlebars.
  • Other comfort features include bike stand, mudguards and bottle holder.
  • High bar and low bar models and sizes xs to XL.
Equipment provided:
  • Odometer
  • Rear pannier
  • Map carrier
  • Helmet
  • Water bottle
  • Lock
  • Pump
  • Puncture repair kit
  • Multitool set

Touring bikesElectric bikes

Not every type of electric bike is suitable to use in a cycling tour. Most e-bikes are actually designed for city cycling rather than long distances routes.

Experience allows us to choose e-bikes with the most suitable features for touring: reliability, simple operation, long battery life and short charge time.

Electric bike

Characteristics:
  • Time tested components to stay maintenance free during the tour.
  • Broad range of gears.
  • Stable carriers for luggage transport.
  • Permanently mounted lights with a hub dynamo.
  • Comfortable sitting position and straight, adjustable handlebars.
  • Other comfort features include bike stand, mudguards and bottle holder.
  • High bar and low bar models and sizes xs to XL.
Equipment provided:
  • Odometer
  • Rear pannier
  • Map carrier
  • Helmet
  • Water bottle
  • Lock
  • Pump
  • Puncture repair kit
  • Multitool set

Prices

Basic price:

Per person in double room1,103 €

This includes:

  • 17 nights' accommodation. 17 breakfasts.
  • Digitised Itinerary, GPS tracks.
  • Itinerary description, full of recommendations for things to do and places to visit, advice and suggestions and information about your accommodation, etc.
  • Emergency support.
  • Activity insurance.

Supplements:

Single room supplementHelp button324 €

For those travelling with others, but wanting a room to themselves each night.

Extras:

Half board (dinners)290 €

Bicycle hire340 €

E-bike hire580 €

Other options:(Prices on request)

Luggage transport to half way point (Salamanca) and end point (Ayamonte)Info button 

The price will depend on the amount of items of luggage and their weight.

Extra night in Palencia (Rest day) 

Extra night in Cáceres (Rest day) 

Extra night in Ayamonte (end of tour) 

If interested, please contact us with your plans, requirements and queries,

or simply use the "Get a quote" section, which we would recommend.

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Supplements:

Single room supplement
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Extras:

Half board (dinners)
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Bicycle hire
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E-bike hire
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 Luggage transport to half way point (Salamanca) and end point (Ayamonte)
 Extra night in Palencia (Rest day)
 Extra night in Cáceres (Rest day)
 Extra night in Ayamonte (end of tour)

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CO₂ footprint offsetting

This holiday produces a carbon footprint of 1032 tonnes of CO₂. This includes taxis, luggage transfers and accommodation for every traveller.

We will compensate the CO₂ footprint for each booking through tropical reforestation projects in collaboration with the CeroCO₂ platform.

Additionally, you can also offset your own flight emissions by visiting myclimate. See the link below.

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