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Language: Castilian Spanish
Currency: Euro
Population: 46,754,784
Size: 195,124 square miles (505,370 square kilometers) - slightly more than twice the size of Oregon
Border countries: France and Portugal
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At a glance

With more than 50 million tourists visiting each year, Spain is the second most toured country in the world. Sitting on the Iberian Peninsula in southwestern Europe, Spain is known for its miles of beautiful Mediterranean coastline ranging from the rocky Costa Brava to the white sand of Costa Blanca and Balearic Islands off the coast. Spain’s culture thrives in its urban centers of Madrid, the capital, Barcelona and Seville. The countries history is exhibited in countless monuments, ruins, castles and cathedrals, contributing to Spain's ranking as the second country with the most UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Amazing renowned wines from La Rioja, olive oils from Baena, paella rice from Levanta, Crema Catalana liqueur from Catalonia and more than one hundred varieties of cheese define Spain’s mouth-watering Mediterranean cuisine.

Why cyclists love it

Cycling is an extremely easy and convenient way to tour Spain. On top of warm, sunny weather and diverse landscape, Spain has many dedicated, paved bike paths with minimal traffic. The Spanish government is committed to improving cycling conditions throughout the country, leading to an increase in bike paths with easy and understandable signs. Information boards are posted along many of the trails describing the history and culture of each region. Catalonia, Andalusia and Majorca Island are top destinations for biking tours. Another highlight is the Carrilet, a 75-mile (120 km) bike path converted from a railway line, running from the Pyrenees Mountains to the Mediterranean.
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Top regions


Bordered by France and the Mediterranean, Catalonia boasts unique traditions and a rich history that make the region a rewarding destination. Among the many reasons to visit Catalonia are the music, architecture, literature, delicious cuisine, amazing wines and bubbly champagnes – all influenced by the rich history of the region. 
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Top tours

Majorca: Loop Tour

This tour takes cyclists off the beaten track on Majorca island cycling through the coast and inner regions, to dreamy bays and clear blue-green water, to dragon caves and small villages. Known as "La Luminosa- The Enlightened," Majorca will never fail to amaze visitors.
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Medieval Villages of Catalonia Bike Tour

Traveling through the quiet region of Catalonia, this tour starts in Girona city, winding its way along quiet country roads part of the Baix Emporda Cycle Network, finishing in the small village of Monelis.
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Camino de Santiago Cycle Tour

Camino de Santiago is a pilgrimage route traveled for more than 1,000 years. Beginning in the city of Astorga, the tour follows the route through the Galicia region of Spain. The cycling is a combination of roads, with mountain passes and some off-roads, ending in Santiago with the famous Cathedral of Santiago in the distance.
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Catalan Coast, Villages, and Mountains Bicycle Tour

Experience the Catalonia region, cycling through the coast, medieval villages and mountainous interior. Along the way, you will be surrounded by the beautiful landscape of vineyards combined with the history and culture evident in castles, churches and small fishing villages.
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Segovia's Medieval Villages Cycling Tour

This easy, 7-day tour enables cyclists to discover the Spanish heartland, renowned for its wine and food. Beginning in Segovia, the tour visits the towns of La Granja, Pedraza and Sepulveda, along with the Guadarrama Mountains Natural Park and Natural Park of the Canyon of the River Duraton.
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