A unique return trip by bicycle and train, over a mountain railway and the longest railway cycle path in Spain; de Vía Verde Ojos Negros. Downhill almost all the way.
Easy and fun for the whole family.
You will stay in a former monastery in the Episcopal town of Segorbe, at the foot of the Sierra de Espadán.
You drive straight through the mountains, over old railway bridges and through tunnels, in a beautiful landscape full of mountains, photogenic villages, orchards and vast and spacious plains, accompanied by sheep, lizards and eagles.. The old town of Segorbe is a historical labyrinth full of historic buildings, and you can also enjoy cycling through the orchards along the Palancia river.
PROGRAM AND DETAILS
Alto Palancia, Region of Valencia
Vía Verde Ojos Negros
The route follows one of the most beautiful sections of the former mine railway, which ran from Ojos Negros to the Mediterranean. Nowadays it's a cycle path (Greenway), almost free of motorised traffic. The difference in altitude between start and end point is more than 600 meters. The route starts on a plateau. After that, you roll down almost automatically!
Various articles have been published about our bicycle tour, including in Dagblad Trouw on 9 September 2018 ,
written by Jeannette van Ditzhuizen.
And an article by Kees Volkers in ' de Vogelvrij Fietser', from the magazine of the Fietsersbond (January 2018).
You will receive route information at the start. Everything is arranged for you; the bikes, accommodations and roadside assistance if you have a serious problem with your bike. You will receive a repair kit to fix a flat tire. The bicycles are equipped with puncture protection to minimise inconvenience.
For young children we have child seats, bicycle trailers or the Follow Me Tandem ; a children's bicycle that can be connected and disconnected. As a result, children aged 5-8 can easily cycle themselves at the pace of adults.
This package can be booked all year round.
Also in winter the cycling weather is ideal in this area, with daytime temperatures around 15 degrees.
The hotel has an excellent restaurant, where you can enjoy lunch and / or dinner (not included). There are also a number of alternatives in the village.
Voyage of discovery by bicycle
Day 1: After arriving in Segorbe, explore the historic center: a medieval labyrinth full of historical surprises such as the aqueduct, the Botxí Tower, the Cathedral, the Olive Oil Museum or the Ducal Palace. Walk along the city wall and the castle. Descend to the river Palancia, with its source of fifty jets of water. You sleep in luxury at **** Hotel Spa Martin el Humano, a former monastery.
Day 2: Today you will enjoy a ride with panoramic views twice.
From Segorbe station, take the train to Barracas, 1000 meters above sea level . The views towards the Sierra de Espadán and Calderona are awesome.
In the meantime, we will bring your bike up and wait for you at the station of Barracas.
Your bike tour begins on the old Ojos Negros mine railway line through tunnels, bridges and abandoned stations.
Most of the path goes downhill. It is an easy trip, also for children. There are a few villages on the route where you can have lunch. After 45 kilometers you will arrive in Segorbe again, where you can end the day with a Spa circuit at the hotel (optional). You also have the bicycle at your disposal the next day.
Day 3 : Today we give you a few ideas for a cycling route. For example Navajas, with its huge waterfall , the Salto de la novia. Or a trip along the Palancia River. The most sporty cyclists can venture up a mountain pass in the Sierra de Espadán . At the end of the day we pick up the bikes and the adventure ends.
3 nights, 2 days
Rental of trekking bike with anti-puncture tires, panniers, helmet, GPS, maps and road book, briefing on departure ,
2 nights including breakfast in **** Hotel Spa Martin el Humano.
train ticket Segorbe-Barracas, transport of bicycles to start and collection of bicycles at hotel afterwards, Repair material for bicycle, Replacement bicycle in case of serious mechanical problems (**)
Telephone support from 08:00 to 20:00
RATES per person:
Low season / High season (*)
€ 239 / € 319
based on a stay in a double room .
Minimum number of participants: 2
Transfer from Valencia to Segorbe by taxi or train.
Spa (1 hour) € 15
Half board: on request
E-bike instead of trekking bike + € 20 per day
(*) High season: June 15 to September 30, Semana Santa, Easter and Christmas holidays until January 7 and during local holidays such as May 1 and October 9, and events such as the village festivals of Segorbe, in September.
As an option, you can take out travel and comprehensive cancellation insurance through us. For bookings in the autumn and winter 2020/2021 we require a deposit of only 10%. View the details here.
(**) Flat tires are not covered by roadside assistance. You will receive a repair kit.