King Fernando El Católico is by far the most significant son of the Cinco Villas region in all of history. Born in Sos del Rey Católico, his reign alongside Isabel marked a turning point in the evolution of many aspects of our country.

 

At Rutas Prepirineo we wanted to pay homage to this illustrious character, by dedicating the best of our hiking routes to him, starting in Uncastillo and ending in Sos del Rey Católico:“The King Fernando Route”

 

This is a beautiful route through spectacular hidden pockets of the Pre-Pyrenees. With a distance of 87 km and acumulative elevation gain of 3,600 m, the route is designed for experienced hikers who should be able to comfortably complete it within 4 days without too many problems.

 

On the way, you will encounter stunning villages such as LuesiaBiel, LongásLobera de Onsella and Petilla de Aragón. You will also summit the “roof” of Cinco Villas, the Santo Domingo peak, with an altitude of 1,512 m.

 

As with all our routes, it can be adapted to participants’ physical abilities and as well as reserving lodgings, we also provide services for transporting luggage, insurance, guides etc.

 

If you enjoy walking and discovering charming new areas that are off the usual tourist trail, then the Pre-Pyrenees foothills are for you and the King will be an experience you will never forget.

 

What are you waiting for?

 

The King Fernando Route

11 Feb 2015 Hiking, Hiking Routes, Prepirineo

King Fernando El Católico is by far the most significant son of the Cinco Villas region in all of history. Born in Sos del Rey Católico, his reign alongside Isabel marked a turning point in the evolution of many aspects of our country.

 

At Rutas Prepirineo we wanted to pay homage to this illustrious character, by dedicating the best of our hiking routes to him, starting in Uncastillo and ending in Sos del Rey Católico:“The King Fernando Route”

 

This is a beautiful route through spectacular hidden pockets of the Pre-Pyrenees. With a distance of 87 km and acumulative elevation gain of 3,600 m, the route is designed for experienced hikers who should be able to comfortably complete it within 4 days without too many problems.

 

On the way, you will encounter stunning villages such as LuesiaBiel, LongásLobera de Onsella and Petilla de Aragón. You will also summit the “roof” of Cinco Villas, the Santo Domingo peak, with an altitude of 1,512 m.

 

As with all our routes, it can be adapted to participants’ physical abilities and as well as reserving lodgings, we also provide services for transporting luggage, insurance, guides etc.

 

If you enjoy walking and discovering charming new areas that are off the usual tourist trail, then the Pre-Pyrenees foothills are for you and the King will be an experience you will never forget.

 

What are you waiting for?

 

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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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This coming 14 June, in partnership with Posada La Pastora, we have organised a walking route between Luesia and Biel, one of the prettiest of the Cinco Villas.

It will be an easy day’s walk (for people who are used to walking in the countryside), where we can quietly enjoy the Pre-Pyrenees in the best season of the year.

The walk will be guided by Miguel, from Posada La Pastora, who is a biologist, native of Uncastillo and hugely knowledgeable about the area. We will also be taking a GPS with the path to follow, to get into the habit of using this technology that is ever more present on our trips.

The walk will be 13.5 km and has a total of 500 metres elevation gain. Bearing in mind that the pace will be slow, the total duration will be about 4 hours.

It is a beautiful and very varied walk. Pines, beech and Holm oak groves, peaks and gullies, scrub land… it is all here on this route, which will also provide us with some magnificent views across the Sierra de Santo Domingo.

Some of the landmarks we will pass are Fuent’Isicar, the Refugio de l’Artica, the Bal beech woods, the Ripas Altas ravine and the Arba de Biel river.

As a reward for all our effort, a magnificent meal will be waiting for us at the restaurant, one of the best gastronomic spots in Cinco Villas.

After tucking into our meal, we will have a look around the castle, the church and Biel’s Jewish quarter.

We are planning on travelling back by car from Biel to Luesia, where we will have left the cars in the morning.

 

Luesia Biel hiking route

11 Feb 2015 Hiking, Prepirineo

This coming 14 June, in partnership with Posada La Pastora, we have organised a walking route between Luesia and Biel, one of the prettiest of the Cinco Villas.

It will be an easy day’s walk (for people who are used to walking in the countryside), where we can quietly enjoy the Pre-Pyrenees in the best season of the year.

The walk will be guided by Miguel, from Posada La Pastora, who is a biologist, native of Uncastillo and hugely knowledgeable about the area. We will also be taking a GPS with the path to follow, to get into the habit of using this technology that is ever more present on our trips.

The walk will be 13.5 km and has a total of 500 metres elevation gain. Bearing in mind that the pace will be slow, the total duration will be about 4 hours.

It is a beautiful and very varied walk. Pines, beech and Holm oak groves, peaks and gullies, scrub land… it is all here on this route, which will also provide us with some magnificent views across the Sierra de Santo Domingo.

Some of the landmarks we will pass are Fuent’Isicar, the Refugio de l’Artica, the Bal beech woods, the Ripas Altas ravine and the Arba de Biel river.

As a reward for all our effort, a magnificent meal will be waiting for us at the restaurant, one of the best gastronomic spots in Cinco Villas.

After tucking into our meal, we will have a look around the castle, the church and Biel’s Jewish quarter.

We are planning on travelling back by car from Biel to Luesia, where we will have left the cars in the morning.

 

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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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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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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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