Sunny, beautiful Spain is absolutely covered with cross-country cycling trails, where you can experience some of Europe’s most gorgeous weather and landscapes! Every region of the country has hundreds of trail miles, all with something different to offer. Spain’s Ministerio de Agricultura offers an interactive map of all the trails within the country, with detailed information about each countryside, such as trail conditions, slope, difficulty, distance, and even precise GPS locations, making this a great first resource for planning your cross-country cycling trip through Spain.
One of the excellent options is the network of trails called the Green Routes. These are made up of over 2,400 km of old railways lines that have been converted into walking and cycling trails. These make a great choice for family or casual rides, as they remain flat, even, and well-groomed. Also, they vary in length, from 1 to 100 km, and are well-marked with signs and information about the points of the interest that they pass. Accommodations, restaurants, and amenities dot the way, making this an even more leisurely and pleasant countryside vacation destination!
Another route to consider is called the Eurovelo8. This route follows the coastline of the Mediterranean Sea, going through 11 different countries. It’s western-most point begins in Spain, currently in the seaside community of Platja d’Aro, and follows the coast up into France, further on into Italy, and ending in Athens. The Eurovelo8 has made Spain’s Mediterranean coast perfectly equipped for cycle touring and soon the trail will be developed to stretch all the way down to Cádiz. You’ll love this countryside.
Looking for a more challenging option? You may want to check out the Serra de Tramuntana mountain range on the island of Mallorca. Many professional cyclists even choose this location as their home, due to the mountain’s range of trails and year-round cycling weather. The area also hosts triathlete camps starting in January.
Saddlebag cycle touring is all the rage if you are into cycling countryside routes that take several days to complete. We recommend using a hybrid bike fitted out for transporting packs to carry your luggage and supplies. You don’t want to be caught out on the road without your toothbrush! You will also want to make sure that you pack emergency bike repair supplies, just in case. Do you know how to change a tire on the go?
Don’t enjoy the countryside? Prefer to stick to the cities? Check out our post about cycling Barcelona, Madrid, and Valencia! Where are you cycling this summer? We want to know! Tweet us at @CycleMapApp or visit us on Facebook and tell us!