VIA VERDE OJOS NEGROS

Riding like a train

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.

Soon we will add 3 Vias Verdes to our package and you can (with an intermediate transfer) cycle for another 3-5 days over fantastic

rail bike paths! This extension is likely to be available from mid-September 2021.

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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 a 14-day cycling trip, in combination with our other programs.

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

Check our adjusted program for the winter months.

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 mining railway from Ojos Negros to the Mediterranean Sea. (*)

You will cycle back to Valencia in 5 stages, at your own pace and on your own initiative. At the start you will receive an extensive route book in Dutch (or optional GPS). Everything is arranged for you; the bicycles, accommodations en route and possibly 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, so that your holiday does not fall into the water if the weather is bad for a day.

Various articles have been published about our cycling tour, including in Dagblad Trouw on September 9, 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 with 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 whistling uphill :).

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

From November 1 to April 15 we will change the route , because the roads on the higher parts in the interior can become impassable due to rain and/or snow. We have a great alternative for that period!

VIEW THE WINTER ROUTE HERE.

The coastal region also enjoys excellent cycling weather in the winter months, with temperatures ranging from 15 to 20 degrees during the day.

Even in winter, the sun shows itself regularly. (Valencia has 300 Sundays a 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 winter. A colorful journey across the coastal plain along the Mediterranean Sea, with the added benefit of staying in a beautiful eco-hotel, with a view over the mountains.

View the alternative tour here.

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

Or rent a camper afterwards to further discover Spain.

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. The last section is especially beautiful, because you then drive right along the Mediterranean Sea by train!

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 Albarracín & Pinares de Rodeno. 

 

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

Our 5- or 6-day tour (15 April to 1 November):

Day 1 Peracense - Teruel, 63 km

 

In the morning we take you from Valencia to the starting point, more than 200 km inland.

We start at the castle of Peracense, not far from the mine where iron ore used to be extracted from the ground. The mountains in this area are red in color and have acquired the most bizarre shapes due to erosion. The fascinating castle blends seamlessly into the mountain on which it is built. You descend to the former route of the mining railway and initially drive on small roads with hardly any traffic, past abandoned villages. After a long descent with endless views you arrive at the plateau at Santa Eulalia. This is where the car-free part of the route starts, along the current rail cycle path. 

At Teruel it 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 add an extra leg + extra overnight stay to the trip. On the first day you will cycle from Peracense castle to the medieval town of Albarracin, one of the most beautiful fortified towns in Spain. You spend the night in Albarracin and the next day you drive via the Pinares de Rodeno nature reserve to Teruel, where you spend the night.

This route variant is heavier than the original route from Peracense (more altimeters), but it is by far the most beautiful route from our offer. 

 

Day 2: Teruel-Albentosa, 45 km

 

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 approximately 15 kilometers. The railway cycle path was made as flat as possible at the time, because a train cannot drive steeply uphill. There are countless bridges and tunnels to compensate for differences in height. At Valdecebro, the landscape changes color. Orange clay stands out against bright green pine forests. And at times you can smell wild thyme and rosemary. Along the way you can stop for a virtual tour and tasting at a 'drying house' of traditional Spanish ham and wine from the region. (15€ pp) 

Near Sarrión you cycle through  orchards where black truffles are grown. You 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 an excellent restaurant, where you can enjoy dinner. (Not included)

 

Day 3: Albentosa - Segorbe, 65 km 

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

You spend the night in ****Hotel Martin el Humano in Segorbe. This hotel - in an old monastery - has spacious rooms and spa facilities (at an additional cost, to be booked on site).

At this point you have 2 options to extend your cycling tour by 1 or 2 days.

You can also combine both options with each other.

Option 1:

You can stay an extra night in Segorbe to cycle our 'Castles Tour', through the foothills of the Sierra de Espadán. (approx. 40 km). This conservation area is known for its red sandstone ravines and cork oak forests.

All villages on your way have their own castle (ruins) from the Moorish period. A particularly photogenic route for sporty cyclists. This route ends again in Segorbe, where you spend the night again in ****Hotel Martin el Humano.

This castle tour is on asphalt roads with little traffic. In total you will cycle about 500 vertical meters uphill. And downhill again. 

Option 2:

From Segorbe you first cycle a bit on the Via Verde. Then you continue on quiet roads, through the Sierra de Espadán. A beautiful route along orange plantations, carob and almond trees. Spread over the route, this tour is about 500 meters uphill and about 400 meters downhill. The distance is about 35 km.  

You will spend the night in the ´ecohotel'  Mar de Fulles '. A hotel with a special, sustainable philosophy. Electricity is 100% generated with solar energy, water is used as economically as possible, there is no TV (instead huge windows to gaze endlessly at the mountains). And a very good restaurant where as much as possible is cooked with local products, vegetables and herbs from our own garden. There is an outdoor swimming pool (heated by the sun) and a yoga zone.  The location of this hotel is unique, hidden between the orchards and its own walking park with ancient cork oaks. The minimum stay in this hotel is 2 nights.

From the eco hotel, the route  continues to Sagunto and Canet.

Day 4: Segorbe - Sagunto/Canet, 55 km

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

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

The stage ends this time on the Mediterranean Sea, at the port of Puerto de  Sagunto. In the past, trains with iron ore were unloaded here. 

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

You can also extend your stay in Canet by one or more days/nights.

Canet is a great place for a quiet stay by the beach. It is much less crowded than in Valencia.

Day 5: Canet - Valencia, 35-45 km

After breakfast you cycle through the orange groves near Sagunto towards Valencia. You can cycle an extra round here to 'El Marjal dels Moros' or the 'Marjal de Almenara', lagoons directly behind the coast. 

In the spring and autumn, many migratory birds settle here in the marsh and reed beds.

There are several lookouts for bird watching.

Then 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 into Valencia via the beach promenade. 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.

The cycling arrangement ends in the evening and the bicycles are collected.

You can extend your stay in Valencia through us. We recommend **** hotel Silken Puerta Valencia  or ****Eurostars Acteon. We can offer this hotel for a fixed price almost all year round, except during public holidays, major events or school holidays.

Both hotels have a secure parking garage. If you come to Valencia by car, it will be safe here (15€ per day).  

These hotels are conveniently located for the futuristic buildings of the City of Arts and Sciences and not far from the beach or the Old Town. 

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

From Valencia you can also cycle one of our other routes, both day trips and multi-day trips.

You can find them elsewhere on this site. For example de  day trip to the Albufera and Jucar River.

Or a multi-day cycling holiday through the rice fields and orange groves.

And don't forget the other rail cycle path ' Via Verde del Zafan/Ebro Delta '

The distances mentioned are indicative and depend on where the accommodation is located. The hotels and B&Bs selected by us are located as close as possible to the route.

PRICES

All rates are subject to accommodation availability. In principle, this tour starts every Tuesday from April 15 to November 15. On Saturday you will return to Valencia.

Other departure days on request. In the winter months it is too cold around Teruel and the route becomes impassable. 

Closer to the Mediterranean Sea, on the other hand, it is excellent cycling weather in winter. Take a look at our winter sun route !

Price for 2 participants

Based on 5 cycling days / 4 overnight stays: 

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

Surcharge for an extra day of cycling + overnight stay in Abarracin: 100 € pp In that case, the journey lasts 6 days. 

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

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

In Teruel you will stay in hotel Parador de Teruel.

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

Further on are a number of (public) swimming pools on the route, so you can cool off 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 with a quote as soon as possible.

Alternatively, we can provide extra large panniers (approx. 2x25 litres), so that you can take your luggage with you on the bike. The surcharge for these bags is €3 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 & breakfast

- Dutch briefing and detailed route information before departure

- Telephone support in case of complications en route and roadside assistance or replacement bicycle (in case of 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 on the basis of our (paper) route description.

Supplement E-bike: € 150 per person for 5 days. All our ebikes have a Bosch mid-mounted motor.

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

Single room supplement: €225, for 4 nights

Surcharge GPS device: € 10 per day

Daily luggage transport is an option, this costs €35 per person, per stage and with a minimum of 2 participants.

Extra overnight stay 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-make your route.  

Finally: Nobody likes stress on vacation. We regularly receive guests who doubt whether 'cycling in the mountains is not too hard'.

If the ride is disappointing, we can still arrange an e-bike or 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 approximately €70 to €100 for the exchange of a bicycle or the transport of 2 people + 2 bicycles to the next accommodation, depending on the distance. 

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

View the alternative winter program here.  

 

NOT INCLUDED:

Extra nights, personal travel, accident or cancellation insurance, your flight or otherwise travel to Spain / Valencia, airport transfers, deposit for the bicycles.

 

All prices quoted are subject to availability and subject to change. 

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

We speak Dutch.