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The "Green-Ways" around Spain - Cycling and Walking for all ages
20 March 2014 @ 16:46

This is such a wonderful iniciative that I wanted to share it with you all as I have only recently discovered it...

Vías Verdes or literally, "Green-Ways" are old disused railway lines that have been recovered and reconditioned for use by walkers and cyclists. Exploring them is a different, enjoyable and environmentally friendly way of getting to know Spain, its culture and its landscapes.

This is an alternative ideal for all ages, which respects the environment and brings together sport and the great outdoors. Many years ago when the trains stopped rolling over these tracks once and for all, they fell into disrepair and were totally forgotten about. The old lines have now had their rails removed, and what was once the domain of wagons and locomotives is the realm of cyclists, walkers and day-trippers.

There are 1,800 kilometres of “Green-Ways” all over Spain. They are easy to get to, and being flat and even, provide no technical difficulties - ideal for all kinds of people: adults, children, the elderly and disabled too. It is well worth taking a trip on one of these trails where motor vehicles are forbidden. Not even mopeds are allowed on these routes, which are synonymous with safety and respect for the environment.

From north to south and east to west, there are 80 established itineraries and thousands of kilometres to be covered on fascinating routes that will take you to stunning spots and reveal a great deal about Spain's cultural heritage. The panels and signposts along the way will keep you constantly informed about interesting artistic locations and landscapes. In some cases there are even guides and guided visits available for certain areas: you just have to choose your line. There are also many places you can hire bikes on certain routes. On your way you will also be able to find accommodation, guesthouses and restaurants where you can rest and replenish your energy.

There are a host of possibilities: routes barely reaching kilometres, urban trails, country tracks through to itineraries of up to 190 kilometres. All in all, an original, varied alternative for those who want to discover Spain's rich landscapes and cultural sites in an easy, environmentally friendly way.

      

  

Here are a selection of some of the best routes around the country but to get full details of each itinerary and the different stages, sights and services along the way go to the interactive "Green -Ways" map and click on the route that interests you.

GO TO "GREEN-WAYS" SPAIN INTERACTIVE MAP

 

1. Vía Verde de la Sierra de la Demanda /  
Burgos 54 Km



2. Vía Verde de la Senda del Oso /  
Asturias 36 Km

3. Vía Verde Tajuña I y II 
Guadalajara / Madrid 21 Km and 49 Km 


4. Vía Verde del Pas /  
Cantabria 34 Km



5. Vía Verde del Cidacos 
/  La Rioja 34 Km 



6. Vía Verde de la Sierra /  
Cádiz - Sevilla 36 Km



7. Vía Verde del Valle de Turón 
/ Asturias 14 Km 



8. Vía Verde de la Jara 
/  Toledo 52 Km 



9. Via Verde de los Alcores /  
Sevilla 25 Km 



10. Vía Verde de las Vegas del Guadiana y las Villuercas 
/  Cáceres - Badajoz 56 Km 



11. Vía Verde Subbética 
/  Córdoba 56 Km 



12. Vía Verde del Val de Zafán /  
Teruel 33.6 Km 



13. Via Verde de Alcaraz 
/  Albacete 74 Km 



14. Via Verde del Noroeste /  Murcia 48 Km 



15. Vía Verde del Litoral /  
Huelva 49 Km 



16. Via Verde del Aceite /  
Jaén 55 Km 



17. Vía Verde del Campo de Cartagena /  
Murcia 51 Km 



18. Vía Verde del Ojailén /  
Ciudad Real 30 Km



19. Via Verde de la Campiña I y II 
Córdoba / Sevilla 28 Km y 65 Km 



20. Vía Verde de Ojos Negros I y II 
Castellón - Valencia / Teruel 67.7 Km and 92 Km 




21. Via Verde del Serpis 
Alicante - Valencia 40 Km 



22. Vía Verde del Carrilet /  
Girona 108 Km 
 


23. Via Verde de Maigmó /  
Alicante 22 Km 



24. Via Verde de Xurra 
/  Valencia 15 Km 



25. Vía Verde de la Terra Alta y el Baix Ebre / 
Tarragona 23 and 26 Km. 







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4 Comments


Andrew Sykes said:
22 March 2014 @ 09:00

Hi Max
Thanks for writing that - very interesting! My uncle, who lives in the south of Spain sent me the link. I run a cycling website called CyclingEurope.org and I hope you don't mind that I am about to reblog your article on the website (with all credits to you and I have linked back to this website). I used the Vias Verdes myself last year when cycling through Spain at the end of a trip along the Mediterranean from Greece to Portugal and am currently writing a book about my experiences which will be published in the summer. The Vias Verdes are sure to get a mention. Please let me know if you are not happy with having your post reblogged at CyclingEurope.org and I will of course remove it. In the meantime, thanks for writing the article and I hope you are enjoying life in Spain!
Best wishes
Andrew


ringmaster said:
20 December 2014 @ 21:00

Hi
I am having problems with planning my spanish cycling trip. We are open to suggestions, we love the sound of the Via Verdes, but I would need some advise as we would need to know where to start as we would love to cycle at least 2000 km exploring Spain, we have 5 weeks.
Please could you assist us, our travelling month end of May 2015



Deb Oliver said:
22 June 2015 @ 22:35

What is the vias verdes like for road bikes?


Deb Oliver said:
22 June 2015 @ 22:35

What is the vias verdes like for road bikes?


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