The Way of El Cid for hikers
The Way of El Cid for hikers covers a total length of 1497 km. It is divided into 7 thematic routes joined together over a length of between 50 and 308 km. All the routes are signposted and most have been approved as long distance hiking tracks (GR 160 – Way of El Cid).
These routes follow mainly historical or traditional routes and country roads across a geography of plains, mountains, valleys, hills and coastline. In some sections, the large country areas and low population density create a sensation of solitude and being far away from everything, a sensation hikers tend to value highly.
The routes are covered by all kinds of hikers and do not require any special technical skills beyond the basics needed for long distance hikes.
The information sheets for the routes have everything you need to know: guides, tracks, accommodation options, etc.
History, nature and rural areas
The Way of El Cid runs mainly through the countryside and rural areas. It crosses more than 70 protected areas and small villages; although the route also includes a number of large cities, such as Burgos, Valencia and Elche, more than half the 387 villages included on the Way of El Cid have fewer than 200 inhabitants.
The routes are signposted. Every year, we check the condition of the signs. However, given the length of the route, we recommend you travel with the information we offer on each route, which you can download free from our web site (route guides, maps and tracks, etc.).
We also recommend you plan where you want to spend the night and book your accommodation in advance: you will be walking in areas with low population density. Some villages are very small and have no accommodation or the number of beds available is very small. On each route, we offer information about hotels, guest houses, country houses, hostels, campsites and reception centres.
The hiking routes on the Way of El Cid offer a unique opportunity to cross Spain on foot through quiet, safe areas and to learn about the country's history and customs in a way you had never imagined:
- 2 days: Anillo de Gallocanta / Gallocanta Circular route (Zaragoza - Teruel). Difficulty: low-medium.
- 3 days: Ramal de Álvar Fáñez / The route of Álvar Fáñez (Guadalajara). Difficulty: low.
- 11 days: La Defensa del Sur / Defending de South route(Valencia - Alicante). Difficulty: low-medium.
- 12 days: La Conquista de Valencia / The Conquest of Valencia (Teruel - Castellón - Valencia). Difficulty: low-medium.
- 12 days: Tierras de frontera / The Border Lands (Soria - Guadalajara - Zaragoza). Difficulty: low-medium.
- 13 days: Las Tres Taifas / The Three Petty Kingdoms (Zaragoza - Guadalajara - Teruel). Difficulty: low-medium.
- 15 days: El Destierro / The Exile (Burgos - Soria - Guadalajara). Difficulty: low-medium.
Rev. JGG 2.9.2017