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Aragon to Valencia: From Ancient Iron Mines to the Mediterranean

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  • 6 nights | 35 miles/day
  • Difficulty Level: 2
  • Guided from: €955
  • Self-guided from: €805
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Tour description

This tour takes you from the ancient iron mines of Ojos Negros in Aragon, to the city of Valencia, near the Mediterranean Sea.  It's perfect for family groups with children, if needed the daily distances can be adjusted.

You will cycle from the steppe city of Teruel to the Mediterranean Sea going across the Sarrión high plateau, and Palancia's Valley, with a drop of more than 3937 ft/1200 m. This route offers an insight into emblematic cities such as Teruel, Jerica Segorbe, Sagunto and Valencia itself, the capital of ancient Kingdom of Valencia.

The old iron mines of Ojos Negros are located in Sierra Menera, the boundary of the old medieval kingdoms of Aragon and Castile. The striking Peracense Castle is settled on the slopes of the Sierra Menera. From this overwhelming steppe landscape, the route will follow the former mining railway closed in 1972, to Santa Eulalia.

From this small town, Santa Eulalia, you will begin your tour through the longest greenway in Spain. From Teruel, a UNESCO World Heritage city, you will start the descent towards the Mediterranean Sea going through The Sarrión high plateau and Palancia's Valley, Jerica and Segorbe. Finally, you will arrive at Sagunto and Puerto de Sagunto, the endpoint of the ancient railway at the Mediterranean Sea. This beautiful journey is interrupted by many tunnels and viaducts. From Sagunto, an ancient Roman city destroyed by Hannibal and his African elephants, you will arrive at Valencia along the old Roman road Via Xurra, currently a greenway and bike path.

Valencia, the former Renaissance capital of the Kingdom of Valencia, welcomes you with the stunning City of Arts and Sciences, designed by one of the greatest minds of Valencia, the architect Santiago Calatrava.

The route stages of this tour can be shortened to accommodate families with children.

Daily Program

Day 1: Valencia
After your arrival at Valencia, you will be transferred to Jerica.
Overnight in Jerica.

Day 2: Ojos Negros – Cella (32 miles/50 km)
After breakfast, you will transfer to Ojos Negros, an old mining town. The route follows two old railway paths. For the first stage, you head towards Santa Eulalia with the ancient railway on your right. Once in Santa Eulalia, you cycle towards Cella, over Jiloca's Valley.
Overnight in Cella.

Day 3: Cella – Puebla de Valverde (35 miles/56 km)
We crossed the "desert of Teruel" and start our ascent to the Port of Escandon. Optionally you can visit the city of Teruel, a distance of 3 kilometers of the route (map can be provided). The ascent passes through an interesting forest. The first tunnels and viaducts of the Greenway appear. After reaching the highest point of the route, 1200 meters high, starts the tour of High plateau de Sarrión to the medieval town of La Puebla de Valverde.
Overnight in Puebla de Valverde.

Day 4: Puebla de Valverde – Jérica (42 miles/67 km)
Today you will cycle through the Sarrion high plateau, between Escancon and Barracas, an area where it frequently rains. The route passes through groves of Mediterranean Oaks and ancient trees of Savin of great botanical value. From the impressive Wind Park of Barracas, you begin a 3280 ft/1000 m descent to the Mediterranean. The stretch along Barracas-Rio Palancia is a continuous descent of 22 miles/35 km. In this area there are numerous viaducts and tunnels some of them are over 1640 ft/500 m long.
Overnight in Jerica.

Day 5: Jérica – Puerto de Sagunto (37 miles/59 km)
The stretch between the Masia Novales and Navajas is the most commonly used by cyclists because of the easy access to the rail service. From Algimia, the route continues through a combination of rural roads that leads to Puerto de Sagunto, near the Mediterranean Sea. This city was born with the arrival of the mining rail road and nowadays is a dynamic industrial city. There are numerous restaurants close to the beach area where you can dine.
Overnight in Puerto de Sagunto.

Day 6: Puerto de Sagunto – Valencia (29 miles/46 km)
The route today takes you back to Sagunto, where you can see the old castle. From there through the magnificent orange orchard of Sagunto, you will reach Puçol, where you begin a tour of the Via Xurra, another former railway line converted into a greenway and cycle path leading to the city of Valencia. Here you could take a two-hour guided tour, in English or Spanish, that you book in advance for an extra cost.
Overnight in Valencia.

Day 7: Departure
You will be transferred to the airport or train station for your onward travels.

Daily program

Day 1: Valencia
After your arrival at Valencia, you will be transferred to Jerica.
Overnight in Jerica.

Day 2: Ojos Negros – Cella (32 miles/50 km)
After breakfast, you will transfer to Ojos Negros, an old mining town. The route follows two old railway paths. For the first stage, you head towards Santa Eulalia with the ancient railway on your right. Once in Santa Eulalia, you cycle towards Cella, over Jiloca's Valley.
Overnight in Cella.

Day 3: Cella – Puebla de Valverde (35 miles/56 km)
We crossed the "desert of Teruel" and start our ascent to the Port of Escandon. Optionally you can visit the city of Teruel, a distance of 3 kilometers of the route (map can be provided). The ascent passes through an interesting forest. The first tunnels and viaducts of the Greenway appear. After reaching the highest point of the route, 1200 meters high, starts the tour of High plateau de Sarrión to the medieval town of La Puebla de Valverde.
Overnight in Puebla de Valverde.

Day 4: Puebla de Valverde – Jérica (42 miles/67 km)
Today you will cycle through the Sarrion high plateau, between Escancon and Barracas, an area where it frequently rains. The route passes through groves of Mediterranean Oaks and ancient trees of Savin of great botanical value. From the impressive Wind Park of Barracas, you begin a 3280 ft/1000 m descent to the Mediterranean. The stretch along Barracas-Rio Palancia is a continuous descent of 22 miles/35 km. In this area there are numerous viaducts and tunnels some of them are over 1640 ft/500 m long.
Overnight in Jerica.

Day 5: Jérica – Puerto de Sagunto (37 miles/59 km)
The stretch between the Masia Novales and Navajas is the most commonly used by cyclists because of the easy access to the rail service. From Algimia, the route continues through a combination of rural roads that leads to Puerto de Sagunto, near the Mediterranean Sea. This city was born with the arrival of the mining rail road and nowadays is a dynamic industrial city. There are numerous restaurants close to the beach area where you can dine.
Overnight in Puerto de Sagunto.

Day 6: Puerto de Sagunto – Valencia (29 miles/46 km)
The route today takes you back to Sagunto, where you can see the old castle. From there through the magnificent orange orchard of Sagunto, you will reach Puçol, where you begin a tour of the Via Xurra, another former railway line converted into a greenway and cycle path leading to the city of Valencia. Here you could take a two-hour guided tour, in English or Spanish, that you book in advance for an extra cost.
Overnight in Valencia.

Day 7: Departure
After breakfast, you will depart for your onward travels.

Dates

Apr 29, May 20, Sep 16, Oct 21, 2018 (additional dates upon request for minimum 4 participants)
Low season: Jan 01, 2018 - Mar 23, 2018, Apr 03, 2018 - Jun 30, 2018, Sep 01, 2018 - Dec 22, 2018
High season: Mar 24, 2018 - Apr 02, 2018, Jul 01, 2018 - Aug 31, 2018, Dec 23, 2018 - Dec 31, 2018

Prices

Tour package
Per person, double occupancy
€955
High season surcharge
€50
Single room surcharge (1 person/1 room)
€120
Vegetarian menu option for picnic lunches
€20
Guided 2-hour tour of Valencia
€50
Bike Rentals
Hybrid touring bike, 21-speed
€60
Mountain bike, standard
€60
Electrically assisted bike
€120
Cycle computer
€50
Extra Nights, Jerica
Per person, double occupancy
€37
Single room surcharge (1 person/1 room)
€16
Extra Nights, Valencia
Per person, double occupancy
€60
Single room surcharge (1 person/1 room)
€10

Dates

Daily: Year-round, 2018
Low season: Jan 01, 2018 - Mar 23, 2018, Apr 03, 2018 - Jun 30, 2018, Sep 01, 2018 - Dec 22, 2018
High season: Mar 24, 2018 - Apr 02, 2018, Jul 01, 2018 - Aug 31, 2018, Dec 23, 2018 - Dec 31, 2018

Prices

Tour package
Per person, double occupancy
€805
High season surcharge
€50
Single room surcharge (1 person/1 room)
€120
Vegetarian menu option for picnic lunches
€20
Guided 2-hour tour of Valencia
€50
Bike Rentals
Hybrid touring bike, 21-speed
€60
Mountain bike, standard
€60
Electrically assisted bike
€120
Cycle computer
€50
Extra Nights, Jerica
Per person, double occupancy
€37
Single room surcharge (1 person/1 room)
€16
Extra Nights, Valencia
Per person, double occupancy
€60
Single room surcharge (1 person/1 room)
€10
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  • Support: We’re your advocates from initial planning through final pedal stroke.
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Hardacho S.C. Terms and Conditions

CANCELLATION POLICY

  • Up to fifteen days before the starting day, the route can be cancelled without penalty.
  • In the fifteen days remaining the cancellation charge will be 15% until the tenth day
  • 20% until the fifth day
  • 50%  third and fourth days before activity
  • 100% if the cancellation is made less than 48 hours beginning of the activity.

- The booking is made one month in advance at most, at the time which the groups will be closed.

- Providing normal costumer data, who will be covered by travel insurance and other accidents since arriving in Valencia till the departure.

- If the group does not have enough participants, we will propose perform the self-guided route with a 10% bonus on our price.

- The day of arrival the customer will be taken to our store and choose the materials and equipment included in the tour, proceeding to the preparation of the bike and the equipment. The client can choose additional material not included in the tour price (helmet, GPS etc ...).

- In the self-guided tours, at the beginning of the route will be provided: road maps, road book and travel guide with travel milestones (locations, telephone numbers, etc. ..), the material will be in English and must be returned the end of travel.

All photos used by permission. ©Hardacho S.C.

Ratings

Ratings Snapshot

  • 5 Star 0
  • 4 Star 0
  • 3 Star 1
  • 2 Star 0
  • 1 Star 0

Average Ratings

  • Overall

    3

  • Difficulty level (Actual vs. expected) 3
  • Value 4
  • Included meals 3
  • Bikes & equipment 3
  • Hotels or boat 5
  • Scenery 4
  • Ease of navigation 2
  • Tour documents 2
  • Local tour company services 4
  • Route selection 3

Reviews

Yard Dog September 18, 2016

Via Verde

This tour required almost daily transport in a dirty old van. On the other hand, the tour company was immediately responsive to all of our needs and the operators were most gracious and friendly. The inclusion of a day at La Vuelta a Espana was a true highlight!

The operator did not have a large selection of bicycles and did not provide regional maps. While the turn-by-turn directions were specific, they were also vague and did not always include correct road names and numbers. In addition, distances were not computed the same way every day. Sometimes the kilometers were cumulative and other times they point-to-point but never both. Finally, we only received the directions for each segment each morning and these sometimes required last minute corrections.

We enjoyed the tunnels and viaducts along the old rail trail but much of the surface is in poor condition. The small towns and villages along the route are charming.

Responses from Biketours.com

Lindsay Nash April 26, 2018
Hi, thank you for your review! We followed up with the local tour operator and, over the course of the last few months, they have worked to improve this situation. This route is along a greenway with limited motor vehicle access. Normally, there is only one transfer (at beginning to take travelers to the tour start). However, this particular tour date mentioned in the review was a special case. The route had to be changed last minute because of the event, La Vuelta A Epana. Since October, the operator has purchased a new transfer van: a Mercedes Vito with 9 seats, and new bikes, in great condition. The operator said they have received very positive reviews of this tour and look forward to hosting new travelers in the coming year. We hope this is helpful!