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VIA VERDE OJOS NEGROS

Riding like a train

CYCLING HOLIDAY  VIA VERDE OJOS NEGROS
Trek with hotels, Linear route from 260 to 280 km, cycling level 2/8
5 Days / 4 Nights, Individual or Group Tour

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 5 days. 

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 motorized traffic. It is the longest rail cycle path (Greenway) in Spain.

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CYCLING HOLIDAYS

Rail bike path with many bridges and tunnels, of which

no less than 160 km  autovrij

Gradual height differences, here and there false flat. And a lot of downhill, from the mountains to the sea.

Stay in historic towns such as Teruel and Segorbe

 

View the PDF brochure here with all details about route and program

Option: Group tour with daily guidance and broom wagon

From 8 participants

Ideal if you travel alone and are looking for cycling buddies.

View the list of departure dates for Group Travel.

 

Extension possible

to a 15-day cycling trip, in combination with our other programs such as

Albufera/Jucar River

or

Via Verde del Zafan/Ebro Delta

INCLUDING

4 nights in small-scale accommodations, incl. breakfast

transfer to starting point

Briefing about the route

Itinerary and tips for restaurants along the way

1 GPS device per booking

your own bike

or rental bike (surcharge):

trekking cycling or

mid-engine e-bikes

All rental bikes equipped with 

small pannier 

handlebar bag

helmet and repair kit

 

Luggage transport possible

Assistance ini English/Dutch/German/Spainish

during the trip

Replacement bicycle in case of serious mechanical problems of bicycles rented from us. And help in finding a repairer for your own bicycle or even a rental bicycle (additional charge).

Freedom to take a day off if necessary. We will then arrange transport to your next accommodation. 

(surcharge on site)

Arranging a 'Plan B' in case of bad weather or unforeseen circumstances

Safe storage of your own bicycle and our rental bicycles

Storage of excess luggage

DATES & RATES

Onderstaande tarieven zijn voor de standaard 5-daagse reis.

De prijs is per persoon, bij deelname van 2 personen in een tweepersoonskamer.

Prijs voor 3-daagse reis (met langere etappes) op aanvraag.

Data voor Groepsreis:

(onder voorbehoud)

2 mei 2023

13 juni 2023

19 september 2023

Tijdens de groepsreizen gaat er een begeleider/bezemwagen mee en is bagagevervoer inclusief!

Minimum aantal deelnemers: 8

Meerprijs t.o.v. individuele reis: €50 per persoon

Toeslag éénpersoonskamer: €150

Alle tarieven onder voorbehoud van tussentijdse prijswijzigingen en beschikbaarheid

Datum
Prijs Individuele reis, per persoon
12/09/2023
€549 GROUP
13/06/2023
€549 GROUP
02/05/2023
649 GROUP
11/04/2023
€599
18/04/2023
€499
25/04/2023
€499
02/05/2023
€599
09/05/2023
€499
16/05/2023
€499
23/05/2023
€499
30/05/2023
€499
06/06/2023
€499
13/06/2023
€499
20/06/2023
€599
27/06/2023
€599
04/07/2023
€599
11/07/2023
€599
18/07/2023
€599
29/08/2023
€599
05/09/2023
€599
12/09/2023
€499
19/09/2023
€499
26/09/2023
€499
03/10/2023
€499
10/10/2023
€499
17/10/2023
€499
24/10/2023
€499
31/10/2023
€599
Extra Opties
Prijs
luchthaventransfer
€40 per traject, max 4 pers.
Parking auto Silken hotel
€12 per dag
boekingskosten
€25 per boeking
Extra nacht **** Silken Valencia
€96 2p. kamer met ontbijt
Huur trekking fiets
€75 voor 5 dagen
Bagagevervoer 5 dagen
€150 per deelnemer
Huur E-bike
€200 voor 5 dagen
1-persoons kamer toeslag
€175
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MORE INFORMATION

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

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 English or Dutch (or GPS) Everything is arranged for you; accommodations along the way, roadside assistance, and optional bike rental and daily luggage transport. Although you can also choose to take your luggage with you on the bike.

The steepest uphill slope 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.

We are also available for you during the trip with (telephone) advice and we also have a number of bad weather scenarios, just in case.

Several articles have been published about our bike ride, including in Dagblad Trouw on September 9, 2018,

written by Jeannette van Ditzhuizen.

And an article by Kees Volkers in 'the bird-free cyclist', from the magazine of the Fietsersbond(January 2018). 

From November 1 to April 15, we will change the route, because the roads on the higher parts inland can become impassable due to rain and/or snow. We have beautiful ones for that periodalternative routes.

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

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 trip across the coastal plain along the Mediterranean Sea, with the added bonus of a stay 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 River or Via Verde del Zafan  you can put together a cycling tour of up to 15 days, with start and end point in Valencia.

Orrent a camper afterwardsto 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 many direct flights to Valencia from all main European airports.

A nice and sustainable alternative is travelling by train, via Paris and Barcelona to Valencia.

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

Check the available departure dates and prices here .

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

All rates are subject to accommodation availability.

This tour starts every Tuesday from April 15 to November 15. You will then return to Valencia on Saturday.

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, the weather is great for cycling weather in wintertime.

Therefore, also view our winter sun routes, such as the Via Verde del Zafan or the cycle route Albufera (rice fields) and Júcar River!

During the summer we 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 there are a number of (public) swimming pools on the route so that you can cool off in time.

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

INCLUDING:

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

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

- Dutch briefing and detailed route information before departure

- Telephone support in case of complications along the way and roadside assistance or replacement bicycle (in case of serious technical problems) between 9:00 and 18:00

- Alternative routes in bad weather

- GPS device or mobile phone with Wikiloc route app

- .gpx files for your own GPS device on request.

BICYCLE RENT

- You can rent a trekking bike or e-bike through us, but you can also bring your own bike.

All our bikes are equipped with panniers, repair kit and helmet

The ebikes have a Bosch mid-mounted engine for optimal driving comfort.

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

LUGGAGE TRANSPORT

is possible from 2 participants. 

You can also bring your own luggage on the bike.

In that case, you can rent extra large panniers through us.

Please note: The maximum permitted weight for our bicycles (rider + luggage) is 125 kilos.

Extra overnight stay before or after the cycling tour in Valencia: ****Hotel Silken Puerta Valencia

€ 48.00 pppn including extensive breakfast buffet. On Saturday evenings and during the months of July and August: €52 pppn

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

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

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

Once you start, 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 approx. €70 to €100 for exchanging a bicycle or transporting 2 persons+2 bicycles to the next accommodation, depending on the distance. 

NOT INCLUDED:

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

 

All mentioned prices are based on availability and are subject to changes. 

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

We speak Dutch, English, German and Spanish.

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