Interest in several-day MTB routes has shot up in Spain over the last years. At the same time, the options for this type of cycle route have also hugely increased.

From among all these options, we have chosen our 5 favourites:

1.- Espubike

A recently created route that covers the whole of the Sierra Espuña nature reserve in Murcia. This natural park is the most representative of the region.

Starting off from El Berro, the route is 146 km long, split into 4 sections, with a cumulative elevation gain of 4,300 m.

The route is completed with a passbook, which is stamped as you pass through each stage.

It can be done at any point of the year, except summer, due to the high temperatures.

A highlight are the groups of Atlas mouflon, which you can see easily along the route and the many sumps where historically ice was stored in the winter.

2.- Tracks de Mallorca

This route tours through the Sierra de Tramuntana, a mountainous area in the north east of the island that has recently been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The best times to go are undoubtedly spring and autumn. It is done as a self-guided route with GPS. There are a total of 220 km and a cumulative elevation gain of 5,100 m, with the intention that it be broken into 4 days but of course, this time can be increased or even decreased!

The highlight is the stunning contrast between sea and mountain.

3.- Transandalus

The main feature of this route is that it was created from the information voluntarily shared by various Andalusian cyclists. At a distance of 2,000 km, it offers us a circular route crossing through the 8 Andalusian provinces.

The route is designed to be more cycle tour friendly, in the sense that there are no technical sections and it can be completed without too many problems carrying your own panniers, which on other routes can, quite frankly, get a bit complicated.

It’s also easy to find the tracks on wikiloc (separated into provinces) and of course, you can separate each section into a separate outing.

It stands out because of the large number of nature reserves that it passes through and as long as you avoid the hottest part of the summer, it can be done at any time of the year.

4.- Pedales de Lava

This MTB tour circles this incomparable Canary Island. It belongs to the group of routes called Pedales del Mundo.

The unrivalled Canary Island climate means that it can be done at any time of the year, although cyclists should be aware of the wind forecast, which can really affect the ride.

In total it is 247 km and 3,500 m cumulative elevation gain, designed to be achieved in 4 stages.

There is an incredible feeling of exploring other-worldly landscapes and looking across to Isla Graciosa, which is a jewel across the small sliver of sea.

5.- MTB Cruzada Medieval

Lastly, we must mention the apple of our eye, the MTB Cruzada Medieval that traverses a lesser-known part of the Aragonese Pre-Pyrenees.

This is a route  covering 217 km and with a cumulative elevation gain of 5,600 m, designed for experienced cyclists, as it alternates forest routes with more technical sections and some tarmac sections along deserted highways.

You can complete it at any time between March and November, always remembering to take care during the harsher summer days.

Nowhere else will you experience such overwhelming solitude. You will pass through incomparable medieval villages such as Uncastillo and Sos del Rey Católico as well as abandoned hamlets like Peña.

 

These are our own favourites. What route would you add to this list?

The 5 best staged MTB routes in Spain

11 Feb 2015 BTT Routes, Cycling Routes, News, Prepirineo, Roadbike

Interest in several-day MTB routes has shot up in Spain over the last years. At the same time, the options for this type of cycle route have also hugely increased.

From among all these options, we have chosen our 5 favourites:

1.- Espubike

A recently created route that covers the whole of the Sierra Espuña nature reserve in Murcia. This natural park is the most representative of the region.

Starting off from El Berro, the route is 146 km long, split into 4 sections, with a cumulative elevation gain of 4,300 m.

The route is completed with a passbook, which is stamped as you pass through each stage.

It can be done at any point of the year, except summer, due to the high temperatures.

A highlight are the groups of Atlas mouflon, which you can see easily along the route and the many sumps where historically ice was stored in the winter.

2.- Tracks de Mallorca

This route tours through the Sierra de Tramuntana, a mountainous area in the north east of the island that has recently been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The best times to go are undoubtedly spring and autumn. It is done as a self-guided route with GPS. There are a total of 220 km and a cumulative elevation gain of 5,100 m, with the intention that it be broken into 4 days but of course, this time can be increased or even decreased!

The highlight is the stunning contrast between sea and mountain.

3.- Transandalus

The main feature of this route is that it was created from the information voluntarily shared by various Andalusian cyclists. At a distance of 2,000 km, it offers us a circular route crossing through the 8 Andalusian provinces.

The route is designed to be more cycle tour friendly, in the sense that there are no technical sections and it can be completed without too many problems carrying your own panniers, which on other routes can, quite frankly, get a bit complicated.

It’s also easy to find the tracks on wikiloc (separated into provinces) and of course, you can separate each section into a separate outing.

It stands out because of the large number of nature reserves that it passes through and as long as you avoid the hottest part of the summer, it can be done at any time of the year.

4.- Pedales de Lava

This MTB tour circles this incomparable Canary Island. It belongs to the group of routes called Pedales del Mundo.

The unrivalled Canary Island climate means that it can be done at any time of the year, although cyclists should be aware of the wind forecast, which can really affect the ride.

In total it is 247 km and 3,500 m cumulative elevation gain, designed to be achieved in 4 stages.

There is an incredible feeling of exploring other-worldly landscapes and looking across to Isla Graciosa, which is a jewel across the small sliver of sea.

5.- MTB Cruzada Medieval

Lastly, we must mention the apple of our eye, the MTB Cruzada Medieval that traverses a lesser-known part of the Aragonese Pre-Pyrenees.

This is a route  covering 217 km and with a cumulative elevation gain of 5,600 m, designed for experienced cyclists, as it alternates forest routes with more technical sections and some tarmac sections along deserted highways.

You can complete it at any time between March and November, always remembering to take care during the harsher summer days.

Nowhere else will you experience such overwhelming solitude. You will pass through incomparable medieval villages such as Uncastillo and Sos del Rey Católico as well as abandoned hamlets like Peña.

 

These are our own favourites. What route would you add to this list?

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Some of our English clients tell us that the Pre-Pyrenees is an ideal place to learn to drive on the right. Do you know why? Because there is so little traffic on the routes that it doesn’t matter if you momentarily go on the wrong side.

 

With 2 inhabitants per km2, we are talking about one of the least populated areas in Spain, where the number of cars you see on a day’s bike ride can be counted on one hand, if that.

 

Of all our highway routes, the Pre-Pyrenees Grand Tour is undoubtedly one of the most appealing. There are 225 km to enjoy the sinuous highways, idyllic villages and a peace and quiet we wish could follow us home.

 

A true pleasure that some have already experienced and that is within your reach throughout the whole year. Now you know, the Pre-Pyrenees is at your feet to experience in your way, with Rutas del Prepirineo.

Pre-Pyrenees Grand Tour

11 Feb 2015 Prepirineo, Roadbike

Some of our English clients tell us that the Pre-Pyrenees is an ideal place to learn to drive on the right. Do you know why? Because there is so little traffic on the routes that it doesn’t matter if you momentarily go on the wrong side.

 

With 2 inhabitants per km2, we are talking about one of the least populated areas in Spain, where the number of cars you see on a day’s bike ride can be counted on one hand, if that.

 

Of all our highway routes, the Pre-Pyrenees Grand Tour is undoubtedly one of the most appealing. There are 225 km to enjoy the sinuous highways, idyllic villages and a peace and quiet we wish could follow us home.

 

A true pleasure that some have already experienced and that is within your reach throughout the whole year. Now you know, the Pre-Pyrenees is at your feet to experience in your way, with Rutas del Prepirineo.

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We all know that the bicycle is one of the most ecological forms of transport and for many, it is also their daily source of physical and mental health and well-being. Among the various ways you can enjoy activity on 2 wheels, it is probably on MTB routes where you can truly get up close and personal with nature and the countryside, while still respecting the environment.

Of course, at Rutas del Prepirineo we know every hidden corner of the land and we have prepared some MTB routes for you to discover all the charm and magic of Las Bardenas Reales (Navarra) and the Aragonese Pre-Pyrenees. So if you have reached this point, we are sure that the following will whet your appetite:

The queen of MTB routes in the Pre-Pyrenees is the “Gran Cruzada Prepirineo”, designed for the most experienced MTBers. Its 217 km pass through charming corners in the villages of Uncastillo and Sos del Rey Católico. The cumulative elevation gain for this MTB route is 5,600 m, climbing Santo Domingo and Puy Moné mountains, which are 1,509 m and 1,313 m respectively. You will experience the harshness of the terrain on this MTB route, with the satisfaction of being able to admire stunning views. You choose the duration and your effort. The minimum time needed to complete the route is 3 days and the maximum is 6. You are the main star of our MTB routes.
If this first MTB route seems too hard for your fitness level but you still want to enjoy nature on an MTB, there is another MTB route that may be better adapted to your needs: “Trans Bárdenas Reales“. This MTB route through the aforementioned nature reserve covers a total of 189 km over a 3 day circular trip. The elements that set this MTB route apart are both  the weather and the arid, desert scenery. Solitude and endless landscapes will accompany you throughout this MTB route. The prize at the end is the spectacular view of the Bañales aqueduct, which has more than two thousand years of history.  Now if you don’t like pre-planned trips and you simply want to enjoy a magnificent day out with us on your bicycle, don’t worry about your physical fitness or your time, as we can adapt to your needs and help you plan your own MTB route adventure. Try it!

 

MTB routes – Experience

11 Feb 2015 Roadbike

We all know that the bicycle is one of the most ecological forms of transport and for many, it is also their daily source of physical and mental health and well-being. Among the various ways you can enjoy activity on 2 wheels, it is probably on MTB routes where you can truly get up close and personal with nature and the countryside, while still respecting the environment.

Of course, at Rutas del Prepirineo we know every hidden corner of the land and we have prepared some MTB routes for you to discover all the charm and magic of Las Bardenas Reales (Navarra) and the Aragonese Pre-Pyrenees. So if you have reached this point, we are sure that the following will whet your appetite:

The queen of MTB routes in the Pre-Pyrenees is the “Gran Cruzada Prepirineo”, designed for the most experienced MTBers. Its 217 km pass through charming corners in the villages of Uncastillo and Sos del Rey Católico. The cumulative elevation gain for this MTB route is 5,600 m, climbing Santo Domingo and Puy Moné mountains, which are 1,509 m and 1,313 m respectively. You will experience the harshness of the terrain on this MTB route, with the satisfaction of being able to admire stunning views. You choose the duration and your effort. The minimum time needed to complete the route is 3 days and the maximum is 6. You are the main star of our MTB routes.
If this first MTB route seems too hard for your fitness level but you still want to enjoy nature on an MTB, there is another MTB route that may be better adapted to your needs: “Trans Bárdenas Reales“. This MTB route through the aforementioned nature reserve covers a total of 189 km over a 3 day circular trip. The elements that set this MTB route apart are both  the weather and the arid, desert scenery. Solitude and endless landscapes will accompany you throughout this MTB route. The prize at the end is the spectacular view of the Bañales aqueduct, which has more than two thousand years of history.  Now if you don’t like pre-planned trips and you simply want to enjoy a magnificent day out with us on your bicycle, don’t worry about your physical fitness or your time, as we can adapt to your needs and help you plan your own MTB route adventure. Try it!

 

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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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