CYCLING HOLIDAY VIA VERDE OJOS NEGROS

Via Verde Ojos Negros: The longest (and most beautiful) cycling track in Spain! Cycling through the mountains has never been easier, because the route for the train was laid out as flat as possible, with gradual differences in height. Gradually cycle down the Mediterranean Sea and Valencia in 3-7 days. Also suitable for families with children (using a follow me tandem or bike trailer).

Drive through the mountains, over old railway bridges and through tunnels, in a beautiful landscape full of mountains, photogenic villages, orchards and vast plains where you hardly encounter anyone.

The Via Verde has no major differences in height or steep slopes because the path was laid as flat as possible for the train at the time. A large part of the route runs almost horizontally, on high plains. There is one part gradually going up, around Teruel. Generally, the route goes mainly downhill. Then you have all the energy to enjoy the beautiful views. No less than 160km of this tour is free of motorised traffic. It is the longest rail cycle path (Greenway) in Spain.

CYCLING HOLIDAYS

Individual or group travel

Railway path with many bridges and tunnels,

no less than 160 km car-free

English road book with tips for restaurants and places of interest along the way

Personal explanation before departure

GPS tracks available

 

Flexible stages,

from 40 to 80 km per day

 

Shortening or extending possible

up to 270 km in total

INCLUDING

overnight stays in small-scale accommodations, incl. breakfast

 

trekking bike with anti-puncture tires

panniers and handlebar bag

helmet and repair kit

transfer to starting point

Luggage transport possible

support/helpdesk in English

during the trip

 

e-bikes on request

Replacement bicycle for serious mechanical problems

Read more about our extensive security, extensive cancellation policy and low deposits here.

DATES & RATES

weekly departure on Tuesday

from April 15 to October 31

Read more about our extensive security, extensive cancellation policy and low deposits here.

5 days / 4 nights

€ 550 per person

based on Bed & breakfast

in a double room

675 € pp from June 20 to August 31

Single room: + € 229

More or less days

or different departure day on request

extension in **** Hotel Silken Puerta Valencia: 47 € pppn

including breakfast buffet

based on double room

Different rates may apply on public holidays and during holidays.  

Read more about our extensive security, extensive cancellation policy and low deposits here.

 
 

MORE INFORMATION

The route follows the old mine railway from Ojos Negros to the Mediterranean. (*)

You cycle back to Valencia in 5 stages, at your own pace and on your own. At the start you will receive an extensive route book in Dutch (or optional GPS) Everything is arranged for you; the bicycles, accommodation on the road and possible daily luggage transport. Although you can also choose to take your luggage with you on the bike.

The steepest slope uphill is a few percent.

We have been organizing this tour for a few years now, and guests are not only enthusiastic about the route, but also about our service and assistance along the way.

For example, we are also available during the trip with (telephone) advice and we also have a number of bad weather scenarios, for example, so that your holiday does not fall into the water if the weather turns bad.

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 can extend the standard route by 1 or more days, via a nice 'detour' through the Sierra de Espadán. You will then have to deal with a number of short climbs and descents with a gradient of 5% to 10%. A great challenge for sporty cyclists.

Are you more of a recreational cyclist? Then book an e-bike to enjoy this wonderful extra tour.

Then you cycle uphill whistling :).

(*) it is possible to shorten or extend the stages.

From November 15 to April 15, we will move the route , because the roads on the higher parts of the interior can become impassable due to rain and / or snow. We have an excellent alternative for that period!

CHECK THE WINTER ROUTE HERE.

In the coastal region it is also excellent cycling weather in the winter months, with daytime temperatures of 15 to 20 degrees.

The sun is also regularly visible in winter. (Valencia has 300 Sundays per year)

We then combine the lower part of the Via Verde with a route through the almond and orange groves, which are full of fruit and / or blossom in the winter. A colorful trip on the coastal plain along the Mediterranean Sea, with the addition of a stay in a beautiful eco-hotel, with views over the mountains.

View the alternative tour here.

By combining the 'Via Verde' route with our cycling tour 'Albufera en Jucar' or 'Land of Contrasts' (heavier in terms of level) you can compose a cycling tour of up to 15 days, with start and end points in Valencia.

Or rent a camper afterwards to discover Spain further.

All our trips start and end in Valencia. Your trip to Spain is not included, but you can easily book it yourself.

There are direct flights with Ryanair, Transavia, Vueling and KLM.

A beautiful and sustainable alternative is the train to Spain! You then travel via Paris and Barcelona to Valencia. Especially the last stretch is very beautiful, because you then drive by train directly along the Mediterranean Sea!

PROGRAM

Our 'standard' tour lasts 5 days. (see description below.) On request we can make the tour shorter or longer, for example by adding an extra stage via Parque Natural Sierra de Espadán or Pinares de Rodeno.

 

On this PDF map you can (roughly) see the route , including 2 extra 'diversions'.

Our 5-day tour (April 15 to 15 novenber):

Day 1 Peracense - Teruel, 55 km (Tuesday)

 

In the morning we bring you from Valencia to the starting point, over 200 km inland.

We start at the castle of Peracense, not far from the mine where iron ore was formerly extracted from the ground. The mountains in this area are red in color and have - due to erosion - the most bizarre shapes. The fascinating castle blends seamlessly into the mountain on which it is built. You descend to the former route of the mine railway, and initially drive on small roads with hardly any traffic, past abandoned villages. After a long descent with enormous views, you will arrive at the plateau at Santa Eulalia. This is where the car-free section of the route begins, over the current rail cycle path. Teruel goes uphill very gradually.

You spend the night in *** Hotel Mudayyan, in the center of the city of Teruel, right next to the famous square 'Plaza Torico' with many bars and restaurants. Teruel has some beautiful Moorish and modernist buildings.

Alternatively, you can also start today in the medieval town of Albarracin, one of the most beautiful fortified towns in Spain. You will then drive through the Pinares de Rodeno nature reserve to Teruel, where you will spend the night. This route is shorter, but more challenging than the route from Peracense (more altimeters). You only insert on the original track on the 2nd day.

 

Day 2: Teruel-Albentosa, 45 km (Wednesday)

 

Today you cycle from Teruel through the valley of the Alfambra river to 'Puerto de Escandon', the highest point on the route. You will gradually cycle uphill over a distance of approx. 15 kilometers. At that time, the railway cycle path was made as flat as possible, because a train cannot drive steeply uphill. There are numerous bridges and tunnels to compensate for height differences. The landscape changes color at Valdecebro. Orange clay contrasts with bright green pine forests. And occasionally you can smell wild thyme and rosemary. Along the way you can stop for a virtual tour and tasting at a 'dryer' of traditional Spanish ham and wine from the region. (15 € pp)

Near Sarrión you cycle through orchards where black truffles are grown. You will spend the night near the spectacular railway viaduct of Albentosa, in B&B / truffle farm La Casa de la Estación or * Hostal Los Maños in Venta del Aire. Both accommodations have a fine restaurant, where you can go for dinner. (Not included)

 

Day 3: Albentosa - Navajas, 60-65 km (Thursday)

Today you cycle over many bridges and through a number of long tunnels (up to 500 m long) and you also cross the 50 meter high bridge over the Albentosa canyon. Spectacular! This stage is mostly downhill. Nice and easy to enjoy the landscape!

You spend the night in B&B Villa Pilar in Navajas, a stately house from 1910 with a beautiful garden and sunny veranda. The vintage interior and furniture are largely original. This house has shared bathrooms.

The breakfast is included. For dinner, there are several options in the village.

Do you want even more luxury? Then cycle on to Segorbe and spend the night in **** Hotel Martin el Humano. In an old monastery, this hotel has spacious rooms and spa facilities (at an additional cost).

Option: Extension of the route (at an additional cost), where you drive through 'Parque Natural Sierra de Espadán'.

At this point in the route you can make a nice detour; 1 extra day cycling through the Sierra de Espadán. (approx. 40 km). This protected natural area is known for its red sandstone ravines and forests full of cork oaks. There are some beautiful asphalt roads full of hairpin bends through this area. Many cyclists come here to train.

You then cycle through the foothills of the Sierra de Espadán, with the necessary cols and descents. Ideal for sporty cyclists or recreational cyclists on an e-bike.

All villages on your way have their own castle (ruin) from the Moorish period. A particularly photogenic route for sporty cyclists. This route starts and ends again in Navajas or Segorbe, where you spend the night again in B&B Villa Pilar or **** Hotel Martin el Humano.

Day 4: Navajas / Segorbe - Sagunto / Canet, 55-60 km (Friday)

Today you descend to the Mediterranean Sea and drive past orange plantations and orchards full of olives and almonds.

Option: Extension of the route (at an additional cost), where you drive through 'Parque Natural Sierra de Espadán'.

(This time less heavy than the extra round that is mentioned on day 3).

You then cycle through the Sierra and spend the night in the brand new eco hotel ' Mar de Fulles '. A hotel with a special, sustainable philosophy. Power is generated 100% with solar energy, water is used as economically as possible, there is no TV (instead huge windows to stare endlessly at the mountains). And a very good restaurant where as much as possible with local products, vegetables and herbs from their own garden. There is an outdoor pool (heated by the sun) and a yoga zone. Most of the guests are lyrical about this place and sometimes stay here for 1 or 2 extra days ...

Once In Sagunto you can visit the Roman castle and amphitheater.

This time the stage ends at the Mediterranean Sea, at the port of Puerto de Sagunto. Trains used to be unloaded here with iron ore.

In the neighboring seaside resort of Canet you will stay in **** hotel Els Arenals, **** hotel AGH or ** hotel Playa Canet, a stone's throw from the boulevard, dunes and the beautiful sandy beach. Breakfast is included. At the boulevard there are restaurants for dinner (own expense).

You can also extend your stay for one or more days / nights at this point. Canet is a great place for a quiet stay on the beach. It is much less crowded than in Valencia.

 

Day 5: Canet - Valencia, 35-45 km (Saturday)

After breakfast you cycle through the orange groves at Sagunto towards Valencia. You can cycle an extra round here to '' El Marjal dels Moros', a protected nature reserve.

In the spring and autumn, many migratory birds settle here in the swamp and reed lands, right behind the coast.

Then you follow the 'Via Xurra'. This former railway line ran straight through the fields and past old 'barracas' (typical farms). At some farms you can stop to eat or to taste 'Horchata', a typical drink from the region. Then you cycle through the seafront into Valencia. Valencia is located by the sea and is as flat as the Netherlands. Cycling is easy. There are now many bicycle paths. One of the most beautiful runs through the bed of the Turia river, a city park of no less than 9 km long.

In the evening the cycling package ends and the bicycles are collected.

You can extend your stay in Valencia through us. We recommend **** hotel Silken Puerta Valencia . We can offer this hotel for a fixed price almost all year round, even on weekends.

Hotel Silken has a secure parking garage for bicycles (and cars) of guests. If you stay here overnight, we can extend your bike rental for the rest of your stay. The hotel is conveniently located near the futuristic buildings of the 'City of Arts and Sciences' not far from the beach or the old town.

You can also cycle a city tour with a Dutch-speaking guide. 3 hours / 28 € pp

Day 6/7/8 (optional) Albufera lake, rice fields and Jucar River, 40-60 km

From Valencia you can make an extra trip, south of the city. You then cycle via the dunes and the beach of El Saler to the Albufera lake and the rice fields, a protected nature reserve where special (migratory) birds regularly descend. A visitor center with an observation point is located by the lake. Rice fields surround the lake. It is not without reason that this is the best place to eat an authentic paella, in a typical 'arroceria'. A little further south is the river Jucar, surrounded by orange plantations. And you can also spend one or more days at the beach in Cullera, a relatively quiet resort with a beautiful sandy beach and boulevard.

Look here for more information.

The stated distances are indicative and depend on the location of the accommodation. The hotels and B & Bs selected by us are as close to the route as possible.

You can further extend your cycling holiday by, for example, linking our route ' Land of Contrast ' to your stay. This route takes 8 days and ends again in Valencia.

PRICES

All rates are subject to availability of accommodations. This tour basically starts every Tuesday from April 15th to November 15th. You will return to Valencia on Saturday.

Other departure days on request.

Price for 2 participants

Based on 5 cycling days / 4 nights:

€ 550 per person, based on occupancy of a double room.

In summer and during high season the price is € 675 per person.

From June 20 to August 31 we adjust the route slightly, because of the higher temperatures during the day.

In Teruel you stay in hotel Parador de Teruel.

This four-star hotel has a nice swimming pool; the perfect place to cool down after the bike ride.

There are a number of (public) swimming pools further along the route, so you can cool down in time.

And the days are long, so you have plenty of time to cycle to your next accommodation.

Prices may vary on other departure days, during holidays, local events or local holidays.

If you fill in the booking form, we will check availability and get back to you as soon as possible with a quote.

Alternatively, we can provide extra large bicycle bags (approx. 2x25 liters), so that you can take your luggage with you on the bicycle. The surcharge for these bags is € 3 per day.

Optional daily luggage transport for 4-8 participants: € 22.50 per person per day

 

INCLUDING:

- Transfer from Valencia to the starting point (approx. 200 kilometers)

- Trekking bike with panniers and helmet for 5 days

- 4 nights in hotels or B&B based on bed and breakfast

- Dutch briefing and detailed route information before departure

- Telephone support for complications on the road and breakdown assistance or replacement bicycle (for serious technical problems) between 9:00 and 18:00

- Alternative routes in bad weather

- GPS tracks are available for the Wikiloc mobile app or as a .gpx file for your own GPS device. Optionally you can rent a GPS through us.

But you should also be able to find your way based on our (paper) directions.

- Daily luggage transport is an option (35€ per person, per stage. Minimum 2 participants)

Surcharge E-bike: € 100 per person for 5 days.

Deposit: € 50 for normal bicycles and € 150 for e-bikes.

Surcharge for single room: € 225 for 4 nights

Surcharge GPS device: € 10 per day

Extra night before or after the bike ride in Valencia: **** Hotel Silken Puerta Valencia

€ 47.00 pppn including extensive breakfast buffet. On Saturday evening and during the months of July and August: € 52 pppn

This is based on 2 persons per room. A surcharge applies for single rooms. A surcharge may apply during major events such as Fallas, the Moto GP or the Marathon.

Price for extending or shortening the route on request. We are happy to tailor your route.

Finally: Nobody likes stress on vacation. 

If the ride turns out to be too difficult, we can still arrange an e-bike or a bicycle taxi for you, so that you can easily continue your journey.

The bicycle taxi is also a solution in bad weather.

This service costs approx. € 70 to € 100 for exchanging a bicycle or transporting 2 persons + 2 bicycles to the next accommodation, depending on the distance.

From November 15 to April 15 we adjust the route due to the winter weather in the interior.

View the alternative winter program here.

 

NOT INCLUDED:

Extra nights, personal travel, accidents or cancellation insurance, your flight or other trip to Spain / Valencia, airport transfers, bicycle deposit.

 

All prices mentioned based on availability and subject to changes.

For questions or reservations you can also call us: +34 677 709 109

We speak Dutch.

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