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biciRoman Route To Salamanca

Leisure
Difficulty: Moderate
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Category: Cycling, self-guided
  • Duration: 7 nights, 8 days
  • Recommended time of year: 1st April - 31st October
 

Self-guided, moderate level cycling tour along the Roman Route to Salamanca.

  • World Heritage Cities: Avila and Salamanca.
  • Gredos Natural Park and ancient holm oak pastures.
  • Quaint mountain towns of Candelario and Béjar.
  • Cycling along little country roads following the ancient Roman Route (Via de la Plata).
  • Self-guided cycling tour with luggage transfers included.

The historic towns of Avila and Salamanca will mark the beginning and end of your tour and you will have time to enjoy discovering both of these wonderful Spanish cities.

You will come across a variety of landscapes along the way: First, the high alpine mountains of Gredos near Avila, then you will follow the river Tormes downstream through a valley covered with oak and pine forests, passing quiet villages along the way.

You will cycle from the province of Avila into the province of Salamanca, through dense chestnut forests which surround the wonderful town of Candelario where you will spend a night.

Later you will descend into the town of Béjar, which despite its modern appearance holds many remarkable historical monuments. From Bejar you travel away from the mountains into a warmer valley where vines and figs grow in terraces. Later the landscape will change once again into the vast “Dehesa” where Spain´s bull fighting bulls are raised, along with the wild pigs that produce our famous “Jamón”.

You then join the Roman “Via de la Plata”, an ancient highway used by many cultures spanning thousands of years crossing the length of Spain.

When you cycle across the town of Guijuelo, famous for its fantastic cured ham products such as Jamon, Chorizo and Lomo. you will see the famous black pigs “pata negra” roaming the fields freely, feeding on acorns. The other main feature of your journey will be the “toros bravos” or brave bulls which are specially bred to provide a good spectacle charging against anything that moves in a bull ring! They are bred for strength and courage, some reach 650kgs and become very dangerous beasts indeed!

Finally, you leave the “dehesa” behind to move on to less-wooded, flat, cultivated landscapes as you approach the breath-taking historic city of Salamanca.

Travel:

Which airport should I fly to? Madrid International Airport.
How do I get to the Starting Point? Train from Madrid to Avila. 1hr and 45 mins.
How do I get back to Palma Airport? Train or Bus from Salamanca to Madrid. 2 hrs and 45 mins.

ITINERARY
Day 1: Arrival in Avila

Arrival to the historic walled city of Avila and a chance to visit its emblematic 11th century City Walls, medieval Cathedral, convent, chapels, and museums.

Day 2: Avila to Barco de Avila

Bicycle and equipment hand-over. Transfer by car to the cycle starting point, in the foothills of the impressive Gredos Mountains. Follow small country roads through rural countryside to reach the lovely town of Barco de Avila where you will spend two nights.
28 miles (44 km)

Day 3: Round trip Barco de Avila

Circular cycle route exploring the valley surrounding Barco de Avila. Take time for a dip in the crystal waters of the Tormes river.
24 miles (39 km)

Day 4: Barco de Avila to Candelario

Gentle cycle along rural countryside from Barco de Avila, into the province of Salamanca. Cycling amongst lovely chestnut and oak woodland and into the very beautiful village of Candelario where you will spend the night.
18 miles (29 km)

Day 5: Candelario to Fuentes de Bejar

Cycle down into nearby Béjar to visit its Romanesque churches, XVIth century Palace and XIVth century Convent. From here you connect with the "Via de la Plata", a Roman highway used to transport silver from the northern mines to Seville, in the south. Today this roman highway is a main artery of the famous Camino de Santiago from the south of Spain.
18 miles (30 km)

Day 6: Fuentes de Bejar to San Pedro de Rozados

Another day following the "Via de la Plata" amongst pastures dotted with ancient holm oak trees. We are now entering the plains of Castilla to the north as we approach Salamanca. We stop overnight at the small village of San Pedro de Rozados.
28 miles (44 km)

Day 7: San Pedro de Rozados to Salamanca

One last cycling day to reach the truly impressive city of Salamanca, now declared a Unesco World Heritage site. Time to settle into your last hotel and enjoy the many sights and monuments and soak up the history of this city.
14 miles (24 km)

Day 8: Departure

Return from Salamanca or treat yourself to an extra night to get to know this singular city.

ACCOMMODATION

Days 1 and 7 conveniently located city hotels. Day 2: 4* hotel in small town. Days 3- 6 small, family run, rural hotels.

Day 1, Avila

 

Day 2 and 3, Barco de Avila

 

Day 4, Candelario

  

Day 5, Fuentes de Bejar

 

Day 6, San Pedro de Rozados
 
Day 7, Salamanca

 

 

OUR BICYCLES
Our hire bikes and equipment:

A bicycle specialist will deliver your hire bike and adjust it to your specifications. We provide you with fully equipped touring bicycles. Remember that we carry your luggage between hotels so you can travel light.

OUR BICYCLES 



OUR BICYCLES
GIANT ARGENTO or equivalent:
  • Hybrid bikes
  • Larger, confort seat
  • Front suspensión
  • Adjustable handle bars
  • 29 inch hibrid tires
  • 24 gears
  • Bicycle stand
  • Bottle holder
  • Mudguards
  • Bike Computer (odometer)
  • V-breaks

Other equipment provided:

  • Rear panniers
  • Map carrier
  • Helmet
  • Pump
  • Puncture repair kit
  • Multitool set
  • Bike lock

PRICES
 

  • Price: 610 € per person
  • Single room supplement: 132€
  • Solo Traveller supplement: 226€
  • Half board / dinners: 120€
  • Bike hire: 90€
  • Electric Bike hire: 150€
What´s included?
  • 7 nights´ accommodation.
  • 7 breakfasts.
  • Luggage transfers between hotels.
  • Detailed maps with your trail clearly marked.
  • 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.

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Cycling Roman Route to Salamanca

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Single Supplement

Single room supplement: 132€

Half Board

Half Board (per person): 120€

Bicycle rental

Bicycle Rental (per bike): 90€

Electric Bicycle Rental

Electric bike rental (per bike): 150€

Extra night

Extra night in Avila (double room): Price on asking.

Extra night

Extra night in Avila (single room): Price on asking.

Extra night

Extra night in Salamanca (single room): Price on asking.

Extra night

Extra night in Salamanca (double room): Price on asking.

Extra night

Extra night in Madrid (double room): Price on asking.

Extra night

Extra night in Madrid (single room): Price on asking.

Customers´ comments

Jane Peden, UK 08/14/2013

I have returned safe and very well from the weeks cycling in Spain on the old roman road. I would like to say that it was the best weeks holiday of my life time thus far. The scenery the route and the experience were just fantastic. The hotels were excellent and I even though others here thought I was off my nut to do it at that time of year and on my own, I have to say I felt that my progress from place to place was being monitored by the baggage forwarding, and that my arrival was expected each day, which gave me a confidence. Edward the chap that started me off on my journey is utterly charming, and I have spouted long and loud about the experience to all around.
Many thanks to your company from me.

regards

Jane Peden


James Langtry, UK 08/08/2013
Dear Away from the crowds team
We enjoyed our cycling holiday enormously. The routes were perfect and the hotels were all very friendly and hospitable. We especially enjoyed our 2 nights in El Barco de Avila and our day and night in Salamanca.
Thank you for arranging this so well.
Muchas gracias por todo
James, Sylvia, Alastair y Max


Carol & Mike Duck , The Wirral ,UK 06/28/2013
We thoroughly enjoyed the whole of the biking holiday in superb countryside on very quiet roads where we saw lots of hoopoes ,storks ,vultures and nearer to Salamanca ,many black bulls ( safely behind fences ! ) The bikes were very comfortable, the route not too strenuous and the daily distances were easily managed . All the hotel accommodation was extremely comfortable and varied , the managers all being very helpful ( especially Hotel villa Maria ) The weather was sunny but cooler than expected for the time of year ,so we were glad we had packed our fleeces for the morning rides.
Salamanca was a lovely place to finish the tour , but for us, we were sad to give our bikes back because we had got quite used to our daily cycling routine !. I would recommend this tour to anyone who enjoys cycling on quiet roads and is reasonably fit ( we are both over 60 but enjoy active holidays )We shall be looking for another route to cycle with Away from the Crowds next year !

Caroline Coffin 06/28/2013

Congratulations on the whole organization and superb route. We thought the scenery was magnificent and destinations very interesting with Salamanca a great way to finish. We particularly enjoyed having a room (in Salamanca) which overlooked the square. That was a highlight as was the visit to Candelario (including hotel). We also really liked the hotel in Fuentes de Bejar. The roads were generally perfect – very quiet and free from traffic. The bikes were very comfortable and we had no mechanical problems at all. From Roger’s perspective there were a few too many hills (!) but I enjoyed the variation in ups and downs. The down hills were a real highlight though. You can really pick up some speed!

Caroline Coffin
London, UK

Tom Sutherland 04/25/2013

Many thanks for a great week!

The hotels were all very good, and Mari Carmen at VII Carreras was especially welcoming. It was nice to meet all the
peregrinos there.

I hope to return next year, maybe do much more of the Via de la Plata, following the ‘bicimap lo esencial guide’

Thanks for all your support,

Tom, United Kingdom

Chisten Thomsen 12/11/2012
This is just to say that we enjoyed the cycling tour from Avila to Salamanca, Sept 17-23. Well Organised, assistance when needed (in my casebeyond the call of duty). The roads were fine, villages and changing landscape. It was great. All the hotels were well chosen.
Thank you.
Christen Thomsen, Denmark.

Paul Fletcher 03/09/2012

We enjoyed this holiday very much and were lucky with the weather, with no rain until the final morning into Salamanca. The varied hotels vere very hospitable, and where we ate in the hotels, the food was good–especially in Hotel Villa Maria. We´d be happy to recommend the ride to others.

Thanks for accommodating our change of itinerary, and good luck with the business.

Regards,

Paul

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