- 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.
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.
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.
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 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: 607 € per person
- Single supplement: 132€
- Solo Traveller supplement: 232€
- Half board: 120€
- Bike hire: 90€
- 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.