- 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.
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:
Other equipment provided:
- 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€
- 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.