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bici Roman route to Salamanca

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

Cycle the ancient Roman Route to Salamanca and discover the spectacular Gredos Natural Park

  • Two Unesco World Heritage sites: the breath-taking historic city of Salamanca and the ancient walled city of Avila.
  • From the rugged peaks of Gredos Natural Park to the ancient holm oak pastures following the river Tormes.
  • Discover the mountain village of  Candelario. A singular place, lost in time with steep cobbled streets and singular traditional architecture.
  • Cycle along quiet country roads following the ancient Roman Route, la 'Vía de la Plata' highway.
  • Meander through the contrasting landscapes of leafy chestnut forests and the vast 'Dehesa'.
  • Savour the locally produced cured pork: 'jamón', 'chorizo' and 'lomo' of Guijuelo.
  • Enjoy seeing the 'pata negra' black pigs as they roam freely accompanied by the 'toros bravos', specially bred bulls so famed throughout Spain.


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.

Cycling surface:

Tarmac: 92.5% Cycle track: 4.2% Dirt road: 3.3%

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, museums... Don't forget your camera!

Day 2: Villafranca to Barco de Avila

This morning, one of our team will transfer you to the starting point in the foothills of the impressive Gredos Mountains. Follow small winding roads through rural countryside to reach the lovely town of Barco de Avila where you will spend two nights.
28 miles (44 km) / Climb: 401 m

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 and a picnic in the shade!
24 miles (39 km) / Climb: 540 m

Day 4: Barco de Avila to Candelario

Today, winding roads take you from Barco de Avila into the province of Salamanca. Cycling amongst lovely chestnut and oak woodland and into the very beautiful mountain village of Candelario where you will spend the night. Be transported back in time as you wander through the steep cobbled streets lined with ancient 'caceras' which run with fresh mountain water. You'll marvel at the unique traditional architecture of the age-old tall stone houses.
18 miles (29 km) / Climb: 363 m

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 Sevilla, 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) / Climb: 438 m

Day 6: Fuentes de Bejar to San Pedro de Rozados

Another day to explore the "Via de la Plata" amongst pastures dotted with ancient holm oak trees. Leaving the mountains behind, today you enter the plains of Castilla to the north as you approach Salamanca. A warm welcome awaits you at your little family-run hotel in the village of San Pedro de Rozados. 
28 miles (44 km) / Climb: 593 m

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 fabulous city.
14 miles (24 km) / Climb: 111 m

Day 8: Departure

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


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

Day 1, Avila

***star pleasant hotel of classical design.


Day 2 and 3, Barco de Avila

Modern, comfortable ****star hotel with fantastic mountain views.


Day 4, Candelario

Rustic rural hotel, a favourite with our customers! Very friendly host, English speaking.


Day 5, Fuentes de Bejar

Confortable rural hotel with cosy rooms, very welcoming hosts! English spoken.


Day 6, San Pedro de Rozados

Family run village hotel with a warm welcome.

Day 7, Salamanca

A beautiful hotel in the main square of the city, ***star hotel.



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.


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


  • Price: 634 € per person
  • Single room supplement: 131€
  • Solo Traveller supplement: 226€
  • Half board / dinners: 120€
  • Bike hire: 90€
  • Electric Bike hire: 180€
  • GPS rental (one per group): 30€
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.

Using the tool below you can calculate the final price of your trip. PLEASE, BEFORE YOU BOOK, CONSULT AVAILABILITY.
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Cycling Roman Route to Salamanca

Number of travelers

Single Supplement

Single room supplement: 131€

Half Board

Half Board (per person): 120€

Bicycle rental

Bicycle Rental (per bike): 90€

Electric Bicycle Rental

Electric bike rental (per bike): 180€

GPS rental

GPS rental (one per group): 30€

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.

interroacion Difficulty



  • EASY: The route is almost exclusively through valleys and along rivers with no significant ascents.



  • EASY/MODERATE: Predominantly flat route with a few small ascents each day.



  • MODERATE: Undulating / hilly terrain with perhaps three ascents per day.


moderado plus

  • MODERATE+: Longer distances and hilly terrain, with perhaps four ascents per day.



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

I have returned... 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 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. Jane Peden

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! Carol and Mike Duck

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.

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.

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.

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.

I did have an amazing time...
 ...It was definitely one of the most interesting traveling experiences that I have had so far. I will go ahead and share my experience on Facebook. I would say that more than 90% of what it was planned was very good. The bicycle was very good and the travel plan was well written. The detail of the guide was also pretty good. I like the hotels that I stayed in. Obviously I like some better than the others. In particular, I really enjoyed Candelario, Hotel Artesa, Villa Maria (an amazing hospitality and the fact that I was able to speak English with the host), Avila Gredos (very friendly) and amazing hotel in Slamanca in San Polo ... I really enjoyed the road and all the things that I saw .... Thank you so much for providing such a great holiday. Hamid Tabataei.

We had the pleasure... make a trip from Avila to Salamanca. We just want to let you know that everything worked perfect. The road maps were excellent, the trip you had figured out was very well planned and the hotels were very nice. We will certainly consider another bicycle trip in your programme some day and will happy to recommend your company to others.

CO2 footprint offsetting

This holiday produces a carbon footprint of 0,4154 tonnes of CO2. (The calculation includes taxis, luggage transfers and accommodation for every traveller).

We will compensate the CO2 footprint for each booking through tropical reforestation projects in collaboration with the CeroCO2 platform.

Additionally, you can also offset your own flight emissions here:

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