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.

Also you can download the kmz track for Google Earth.  

  • 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 / ALC.
  • Hiking near Montanejos, province of Castellón / ALC.
  • 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 / Luis Muñoz Almagro.
  • Across the mountain range of Teruel and Castellón, taking a break / Pedro Pablo Menendez
  • The hiking signs comply with standard signposting. Double red band is used as well as red and white bands (these indicated that you are on a path approved by autonomous mountain federations as a Sendero de Gran Recorrido or long distance track, abbreviated as GR) / ALC.
  • These white and red bands in the Way of El Cid indicate that you are on a path approved by autonomous mountain federations as a Sendero de Gran Recorrido or long distance track (abbreviated as GR) / Diputación de Guadalajara.
  • The Way of El Cid for hikers covers a total length of 1478 km. It is divided into 7 thematic routes joined together over a length of between 40 and 300 km / ALC.
  • Respect the signs you come across: damaging, knocking down or changing a sign means that those behind you might get lost / ALC.
  • Travel safely and unhurriedly: take the tracks and route guide with you.
  • Bidirectional sign post for hikers / ALC.
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. 

Signposting

 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.).

Accommodation

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 routes

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:

 Rev. ALC 06.06.17