Bike routes through emptied Spain

When we talk about the Spain emptied We refer to those areas of the country in which the depopulation In rural areas it has become a real problem. Among the main ones with lower population density are often cited Celtiberian Mountainsthe border with Portugal known as La Raya, the east of Estremadurathe north of Huesca, the Farmland and the Palentina Mountain, among many others.

So on this occasion we suggest you discover some of the unpopulated areas as beautiful as they are quiet, where you will be surprised by the hospitality of the few people who live in their towns. If you like pedaling, take note of these bike routes through emptied Spain.

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Empty mountains (Serranía Celtibérica)

Cyclists on a route through the countryside/Photo: Pixabay

We start with empty mountainsan incredible route destined to revitalize and publicize the so-called Spanish Lapland, a territory that extends between Madrid, Zaragoza and Valencia. It is the Celtiberian Mountainswhich can be discovered by following around the 700 total kilometers of travel in its entirety during a vacation or traveling through its sections in different stages. In any case, keep in mind that this is a demanding routeso it is not recommended for those starting out with mountain biking.

The starting point is Teruel (Aragón), and continues through the Universal Mountains to drive you through the Javalambre mountain range and the Gúdar mountain range, through forest roads and tracks for the most part. Remember that in certain sections you can go for 75 kilometers without passing through any supply point, so you have to be prepared and take this into account. Not in vain this is one of the places with the lowest population density in all of Europe.

Route of the White Mountains (Soria)

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Bicycle wheel on the road/Photo: Unsplash

If you want to start with a simple bike routewith just over 26 kilometers in length, goes to the south of Soria (Castilla y León). The itinerary known as the White Mountains route runs between Medinaceli and Jalón Arches It is beautiful, it will offer you spectacular views with incredible landscapes in which the white limestone rock stands out. Also keep in mind that you can stop at the Arcos de Jalón BTT Center to request information or plan other tours.

Abandoned towns Las Bellostas (Huesca)

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Helmet on bike handlebars in the forest/Photo: Unsplash

In the Aragonese province of Huesca, in the north of Natural Park of the Sierra and Canyons of Guarathere is the route of abandoned towns The Acorns. It is located between the canyons of Balced, Mascún and Gorgas Negras, and will allow you to enjoy nature and the charm of towns and heritage that will surprise you. You will see the Bagüeste churchthe Romanesque temple of Saint Andrew of Nasarre and other towns like San Hipólito, Nasarre, Letosa and Otín.

You look well equipped because we are talking about abandoned and lonely placesin wild environments, where you can enjoy impressive views of the Sierra de Guara and the Pyrenees. The route is circular, with a length of just over 31 kilometers and a cumulative gradient of more than 757 meters.

El Pocico Circular Route (Granada)

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Cyclists through the countryside/Photo: Pixabay

Some inland areas of the country are also suffering from depopulation. Andalusialike in the Penibetic Mountain Range. And in the province of Grenade you can find hidden towns and beautiful villages, such as Gitano’s Canyonin the Sierra de Baza.

Precisely in the Sierra de Baza Natural Park you can cycle around the El Pocico circular route, with just under 45 kilometers in length. It is possible to start it either in the urban area of ​​Dólar or in the village of El Pocico. If you follow this itinerary, be sure to stop at the Rambla del Agua Ethnological Museum.

Route abandoned villages of Cameros (La Rioja)

In The Rioja There is a beautiful area for mountain bike lovers. We refer to the route of the abandoned villages of Cameros. The beginning is located in San Roman de Cameros45 minutes by car from Logroño, and heads to the bridge over the Leza River to cross the Vadillos ravine. You will then reach points of interest such as the Velilla village and the abandoned town of Santa María, and on the way back to San Román, you will pass by some natural pools perfect for taking a dip if the weather is good.

The abandoned villages route is recommended to intermediate level cyclists. Its length is 22 kilometers and the accumulated slope is 850 meters.

These are just some of the options to enjoy the bicycle routes for emptied Spain, but there are many others. Visit such places in our country and be surprised by the beauty of the towns and villages in natural spaces.

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