Way of El Cid: road cycling tourism routes
The road cycling routes on the Way of El Cid (touring, trekking, hybrid and road bikes) cover a length of 2041 km and there are 10 routes of between 66 and 362 km long.
Types of road
The roads are mainly quiet minor roads with little or hardly any traffic along which pedalling a bike is a sporting pleasure for the senses. However, there are also sections along regional and national roads and connections to dual carriageways: in general, but not always, these roads have a generous hard shoulder. Our cycling tourist guides are available for free download and inform you about each road on your route: its name, the quality of the surface, traffic density and hard shoulder.
Type of bicycle
The cycling tourist routes on the Way of El Cid can be used by cyclists with all kinds of bikes: from road to all-terrain. In our opinion, the bike best suited to these routes is the touring bike (also called the trekking, hybrid or road bike) owing to its versatility:
- In comparison with mountain bikes, trekking bikes usually travel along roads faster, especially on flats and downhill sections.
- They are more comfortable than racing bikes when the road surface is in bad condition or wet, but they also let tourists change over to the mountain bike route (MTB): many sections are very easy and comfortable for trekking bikes, which will let you ride through incredible countryside and avoid the roads you don't want to travel on.
Owing to their attractiveness for pedalling or their countryside, historical or artistic heritage, some roads have earned the title of ‘Singular Road' after an assessment by experts and travellers. Find them on each route. Don't miss them!
The routes are signposted at strategic crossings and other points of interest.
The cycling tourist routes on the Way of El Cid let you travel along roads with little traffic through very quiet and safe rural environments. A different way of seeing Spain!
- 1 day: Ramal de Álvar Fáñez / The route of Álvar Fáñez (Guadalajara). Difficulty: low.
- 2 days: Anillo de Morella / Morella Circular route (Castellón, Teruel). Difficulty: medium.
- 3 days: Anillo de Montalbán / Montalbán Circular Route (Teruel). Difficulty: low-medium.
- 3 days: La Conquista de Valencia / The Conquest of Valencia (Teruel, Castellón, Valencia). Difficulty: low-medium.
- 4 days: Tierras de Frontera / The Border Lands (Guadalajara, Soria, Zaragoza). Difficulty: low.
- 4 days: Anillo del Maestrazgo / Maestrazgo Circular route (Teruel, Castellón). Difficulty: medium.
- 5 days: El Destierro / The Exile (Burgos, Soria, Guadalajara). Difficulty: low.
- 5 days: Las tres Taifas / The Three Petty Kingdoms (Zaragoza, Guadalajara, Teruel). Difficulty: low-medium.
Rev. JGG 2.9.2017