People have always been attracted to desert areas. Although Spain is not a particularly rainy country (except for on the Cantabrian coast), there are 4 areas where the aridity reaches higher levels:

1.- Monegros

This area seems to have been lifted straight out of the Eastern steppes. The landscape is singularly unique within Europe.

Within its immense expanse of more than 276,000 hectares, there are steppes, wooded areas, ravines, hills and salt-water and freshwater lakes.

It is home to countless species of flora and fauna and there is particularly rich and varied bird life.

2.- Jandía

At the far south of the already dry island of Fuerteventura, this nature reserve has a mountain range with peaks up to 800 m high, between the Jandía peninsula and the isthmus that connects it to the rest of the island.

It is one of the most unusual and valuable areas on the Canaries, with an imposing, almost untouched countryside.

Its arid nature and particular location have turned it into a refuge for various endangered species that are now protected.

3.- Tabernas

In the Almeria province, this area is famous throughout the world for having been used for decades as the backdrop for many Westerns.

It is a 28,000 hectare nature reserve which offers several varied geological points of interest, such as gullies, watercourses and ravines.

Due to its extreme weather, it is the only area officially classed as desert within Europe.

There are hiking routes across the most spectacular sections.

4.- Bardenas Reales

Like Monegros, this area is in the Ebro Valley. One of this Nature Reserve’s peculiarities is that its 42,000 hectares do not belong to any municipality.

Its sandstone layers are interwoven with soft clay and gypsum to create an impossible landscape that changes at dizzying speed.

As well as being the home to bandits, it has also hosted films, adverts and video clips. The magic of Bardenas magic touches everyone.

 

We are planning 2 excursions to these desert badlands for very soon. Everything is arranged by Posada La Pastora in honour of their 15th Anniversary:

Bardenas Reales on MTB

Bardenas Reales on foot

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Domestic exoticism: The 4 driest areas in Spain

11 Feb 2015 Bardenas Reales, BTT Routes, Hiking, Hiking Routes

People have always been attracted to desert areas. Although Spain is not a particularly rainy country (except for on the Cantabrian coast), there are 4 areas where the aridity reaches higher levels:

1.- Monegros

This area seems to have been lifted straight out of the Eastern steppes. The landscape is singularly unique within Europe.

Within its immense expanse of more than 276,000 hectares, there are steppes, wooded areas, ravines, hills and salt-water and freshwater lakes.

It is home to countless species of flora and fauna and there is particularly rich and varied bird life.

2.- Jandía

At the far south of the already dry island of Fuerteventura, this nature reserve has a mountain range with peaks up to 800 m high, between the Jandía peninsula and the isthmus that connects it to the rest of the island.

It is one of the most unusual and valuable areas on the Canaries, with an imposing, almost untouched countryside.

Its arid nature and particular location have turned it into a refuge for various endangered species that are now protected.

3.- Tabernas

In the Almeria province, this area is famous throughout the world for having been used for decades as the backdrop for many Westerns.

It is a 28,000 hectare nature reserve which offers several varied geological points of interest, such as gullies, watercourses and ravines.

Due to its extreme weather, it is the only area officially classed as desert within Europe.

There are hiking routes across the most spectacular sections.

4.- Bardenas Reales

Like Monegros, this area is in the Ebro Valley. One of this Nature Reserve’s peculiarities is that its 42,000 hectares do not belong to any municipality.

Its sandstone layers are interwoven with soft clay and gypsum to create an impossible landscape that changes at dizzying speed.

As well as being the home to bandits, it has also hosted films, adverts and video clips. The magic of Bardenas magic touches everyone.

 

We are planning 2 excursions to these desert badlands for very soon. Everything is arranged by Posada La Pastora in honour of their 15th Anniversary:

Bardenas Reales on MTB

Bardenas Reales on foot

Are you in?

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The first time anyone enters Bardenas Reales the sensation is one of incredulity. We felt it ourselves and our clients also feel it on their “Bardenas baptisms”.

Impossible rock forms, desolate landscapes, pure aridity… The Bardenas Reales area is one of the most unique in Spain. It is not for nothing that it is chosen for numerous publicity shots, music clips and film scenes.

Although tourism is only permitted on certain paths, hiking (together with MTB) is one of the best ways to lose yourself and discover Bardenas’ best-kept secrets. The experience of solitude and absolute silence is unforgettable.

What’s more, between September and March, the restrictions that are in place throughout the rest of the year on certain areas are lifted.

The spectacular scenery, the fact that you can even bring the children for walks, plus the sheer uniqueness of the place all mean that hiking in Bardenas Reales will not disappoint.

Plus, at Rutas Prepirineo we offer hiking and MTB routes that are adapted to everyone’s level. The best destination with the best information: the perfect combination!
 

Hiking in Bardenas Reales

11 Feb 2015 Bardenas Reales, Hiking

The first time anyone enters Bardenas Reales the sensation is one of incredulity. We felt it ourselves and our clients also feel it on their “Bardenas baptisms”.

Impossible rock forms, desolate landscapes, pure aridity… The Bardenas Reales area is one of the most unique in Spain. It is not for nothing that it is chosen for numerous publicity shots, music clips and film scenes.

Although tourism is only permitted on certain paths, hiking (together with MTB) is one of the best ways to lose yourself and discover Bardenas’ best-kept secrets. The experience of solitude and absolute silence is unforgettable.

What’s more, between September and March, the restrictions that are in place throughout the rest of the year on certain areas are lifted.

The spectacular scenery, the fact that you can even bring the children for walks, plus the sheer uniqueness of the place all mean that hiking in Bardenas Reales will not disappoint.

Plus, at Rutas Prepirineo we offer hiking and MTB routes that are adapted to everyone’s level. The best destination with the best information: the perfect combination!
 

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Winter is the perfect time to come hiking in both the Pre-Pyrenees and in Bardenas Reales. Here are our 10 tips for getting the most out of your hiking trips in the countryside:

1.- Plan your trip: Get the most information possible about the best itinerary, dates, maps, weather forecast… If you can also get the track, even better.

2.- Calculate the distances: The length and difficulty of the trip should be chosen according to the abilities of the weakest in your group. This is vital when there are children on the outing.

3.- Footwear: Comfortable, with a rigid sole and boots rather than shoes, for ankle support. In hiking, as in many other sporting activities, it is better not to wear new boots. Make sure you have “worn them in” on shorter walks.

4.- ClothingSuitable for the season. As well as comfortable and light, it must be breathable and you should have some sort of waterproof layer. It is always advisable to cover your legs.

5.- Poles: 2 are better than 1. Telescopic poles are ideal, since you can lengthen them a little during descents and even fold them away during sections when you don’t need them.

6.- Rucksack: Comfortable and with sufficient capacity. Make sure it is well-fitting so that the weight rests on your hips and not on your shoulders when you hike our routes.

7.- Protection: Sun protection, a visor, sunglasses, gloves and lip protection will all be vital on our hiking routes.

8.- Ascents: Take shorter steps, placing the whole of the foot on the ground and following an easy-to-maintain rhythm. If the gradient is very steep, zig-zag across the terrain to make it easier.

9.- Descents: When hiking, lengthen your poles and support yourself to alleviate some of the stress on your knees. If the gradient is very steep, again try to zig-zag and place your feet perpendicular to the slope.

10.- Final piece of advice. When hiking, always try to:

– Eat before you are hungry

– Drink before you are thirsty

– Wrap up warm before you feel cold

– Rest before you feel exhausted

 

Remember that in hiking, more than anywhere else, it is not the end goal that matters but the journey. Enjoy it! 

 

Hiking: 10 tips for routes on foot

11 Feb 2015 Bardenas Reales, Hiking, Prepirineo

Winter is the perfect time to come hiking in both the Pre-Pyrenees and in Bardenas Reales. Here are our 10 tips for getting the most out of your hiking trips in the countryside:

1.- Plan your trip: Get the most information possible about the best itinerary, dates, maps, weather forecast… If you can also get the track, even better.

2.- Calculate the distances: The length and difficulty of the trip should be chosen according to the abilities of the weakest in your group. This is vital when there are children on the outing.

3.- Footwear: Comfortable, with a rigid sole and boots rather than shoes, for ankle support. In hiking, as in many other sporting activities, it is better not to wear new boots. Make sure you have “worn them in” on shorter walks.

4.- ClothingSuitable for the season. As well as comfortable and light, it must be breathable and you should have some sort of waterproof layer. It is always advisable to cover your legs.

5.- Poles: 2 are better than 1. Telescopic poles are ideal, since you can lengthen them a little during descents and even fold them away during sections when you don’t need them.

6.- Rucksack: Comfortable and with sufficient capacity. Make sure it is well-fitting so that the weight rests on your hips and not on your shoulders when you hike our routes.

7.- Protection: Sun protection, a visor, sunglasses, gloves and lip protection will all be vital on our hiking routes.

8.- Ascents: Take shorter steps, placing the whole of the foot on the ground and following an easy-to-maintain rhythm. If the gradient is very steep, zig-zag across the terrain to make it easier.

9.- Descents: When hiking, lengthen your poles and support yourself to alleviate some of the stress on your knees. If the gradient is very steep, again try to zig-zag and place your feet perpendicular to the slope.

10.- Final piece of advice. When hiking, always try to:

– Eat before you are hungry

– Drink before you are thirsty

– Wrap up warm before you feel cold

– Rest before you feel exhausted

 

Remember that in hiking, more than anywhere else, it is not the end goal that matters but the journey. Enjoy it! 

 

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The most famous bandit to ever hide in Bardenas Reales. Sancho Rota (Sanchicorrota) took refuge in the desolate land of Bardenas when he was fleeing from the law.

Accompanied by 30 bandits, for years he attacked anyone who came near this area. It is said that they put their horses’ shoes on backwards so that they could fool their pursuers.

In 1452, King Juan II organised a party of 200 knights to capture him, but Sanchicorrota killed himself before he was captured. His body was taken and displayed in the Ribera Navarra villages.

Jorge Tur Moltó has just filmed a documentary explaining the history of this curious character, who is also known as the Robin Hood of Bardenas.

Along our Bardenas routes you will still be able to feel the presence of Sanchicorrota in the ravines and gullies.

Have you heard of Sanchicorrota?

11 Feb 2015 Bardenas Reales

The most famous bandit to ever hide in Bardenas Reales. Sancho Rota (Sanchicorrota) took refuge in the desolate land of Bardenas when he was fleeing from the law.

Accompanied by 30 bandits, for years he attacked anyone who came near this area. It is said that they put their horses’ shoes on backwards so that they could fool their pursuers.

In 1452, King Juan II organised a party of 200 knights to capture him, but Sanchicorrota killed himself before he was captured. His body was taken and displayed in the Ribera Navarra villages.

Jorge Tur Moltó has just filmed a documentary explaining the history of this curious character, who is also known as the Robin Hood of Bardenas.

Along our Bardenas routes you will still be able to feel the presence of Sanchicorrota in the ravines and gullies.

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At Rutas del Prepirineo we want to offer an alternative to the activities currently available for outdoor sports such as ATB and MTBcycle tours and hiking. An alternative that is innovative and comes from an understanding of the difficulties that often times make us switch to a simpler plan. This is our formula:

 

Ingredient #1: The scenery

We have some of the most incredible scenery in the whole peninsula: the Pre-Pyrenees and Bardenas Reales. Stunning areas without equal, full of  secrets to discover through many means and at many speeds. We could wax lyrical here for some time but instead, we invite you to read this fantastic blog entry by Caviar Comunicación.

 

Ingredient #2: Lodgings

We know how important it is to have a nice place where you can regain your strength after a day of activities, routes, experiences and sensations. Through experience, we also understand how important it is to feel as if you are at home, comfortable and able to share impressions and experiences. That is why we have prepared a selection of the best lodgings in the Pre-Pyrenees and Bardenas Reales regions, so that you can enjoy your activities and rural tourism.

 

Ingredient #3: Personalisation

One of the most important, and sometimes one of the most difficult aspects to achieve, at least in its purest form. But we promise to guide you from the moment you click into our website until the moment you return home. We want you to put us to the test: time available, number of people, physical abilities, type of lodging, type of activity, food, concerns, special requests, challenges… we want to help you plan your Pre-Pyrenees and Bardenas Reales adventure.

 

Result: Rutas del Prepirineo

A project that we created ourselves but that will definitely grow thanks to your experiences, your impressions and your energy. From now on it can only get better: new routes, challenges, equipment, locations, points of interest, events… The journey has just begun and despite how well we are organising it, we want you to do it “your way”.

Welcome to Rutas del Prepirineo

 

Outings your way

11 Feb 2015 Bardenas Reales, Prepirineo, Roadbike

At Rutas del Prepirineo we want to offer an alternative to the activities currently available for outdoor sports such as ATB and MTBcycle tours and hiking. An alternative that is innovative and comes from an understanding of the difficulties that often times make us switch to a simpler plan. This is our formula:

 

Ingredient #1: The scenery

We have some of the most incredible scenery in the whole peninsula: the Pre-Pyrenees and Bardenas Reales. Stunning areas without equal, full of  secrets to discover through many means and at many speeds. We could wax lyrical here for some time but instead, we invite you to read this fantastic blog entry by Caviar Comunicación.

 

Ingredient #2: Lodgings

We know how important it is to have a nice place where you can regain your strength after a day of activities, routes, experiences and sensations. Through experience, we also understand how important it is to feel as if you are at home, comfortable and able to share impressions and experiences. That is why we have prepared a selection of the best lodgings in the Pre-Pyrenees and Bardenas Reales regions, so that you can enjoy your activities and rural tourism.

 

Ingredient #3: Personalisation

One of the most important, and sometimes one of the most difficult aspects to achieve, at least in its purest form. But we promise to guide you from the moment you click into our website until the moment you return home. We want you to put us to the test: time available, number of people, physical abilities, type of lodging, type of activity, food, concerns, special requests, challenges… we want to help you plan your Pre-Pyrenees and Bardenas Reales adventure.

 

Result: Rutas del Prepirineo

A project that we created ourselves but that will definitely grow thanks to your experiences, your impressions and your energy. From now on it can only get better: new routes, challenges, equipment, locations, points of interest, events… The journey has just begun and despite how well we are organising it, we want you to do it “your way”.

Welcome to Rutas del Prepirineo

 

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