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BASQUETOUR, BASQUE TOURIST AGENCY

Vitoria-Gasteiz 2019


Otxanda Lookout, Garaio

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ROUTE CONTENTS CAPITALS

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Vitoria-Gasteiz.................................................................................................... 12-17 Bilbao...........................................................................................................................18-21 Donostia/San Sebastián....................................................................... 22-25

GREEN WAYS

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Vasco Navarro Railway Greenway............................................. 30-35 Plazaola-Leitzaran Greenway......................................................... 36-37 Bidasoa Greenway....................................................................................... 38-39 Urola Greenway.............................................................................................. 40-41 Arditurri Greenway..................................................................................... 42-43 Montes de Hierro / Itsaslur Greenway.................................. 44-45 Mutiloa-Ormaiztegi Greenway.....................................................46-47

MOUNTAIN BIKE

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Izki Montaña Alavesa MTB Centre............................................52-59 Valderejo Añana MTB Centre........................................................ 60-65 Tolosaldea MTB Centre...........................................................................66-71

GREAT CYCLE TOUR ROUTES

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Alava Plain............................................................................................................ 74-79

SERVICE COMPANIES................................................................... 82

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RECOMMENDATIONS 6

• Always wear a helmet. • Give way to pedestrians and follow general traffic regulations. • Follow route signposts and the direction of traffic. • Before setting out, check the condition of your bicycle and make sure you are aware of the weather forecast and the route. • Treat nature (flora, fauna, rivers, etc.) with respect and look after it. Do not alter, change and/or remove elements of the natural environment. • Do not throw away or bury rubbish, handkerchiefs or fruit peel. Put them in a nearby rubbish bin. • Close doors and gates you find along the way. • Consult the weather forecast. • Take water, a telephone and food. • In summer, take precautions against high temperatures. • Enjoy nature and everything the Basque Country can offer: its genuine people, its cultural heritage and its renowned gastronomy. • In case of emergency, call: 112

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KEY 7

START / END of routes

Accommodation

Intermediate STAGE point

Chapel / Religious building

Caution / Difficulty

Lookout / Panoramic view

Tourist Information

Recreation area

Car park

Fortification / City walls

Bar / Restaurant

Museums / Visitors’ centre

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LOCATION MAP

RECOMMENDED ROUTES Kobaron

BILBAO

Traslaviña 8

BIZKAIA

GREEN WAY Montes de Hierro/Itsaslur

BILBAO Panoramic view of the river

ARABA/ÁLAVA Angosto Campsite

VITORIA-GASTEIZ

VALDEREJO AÑANA MTB Centre Árcena Sierra (R10)

VITORIA-GASTEIZ Green Ring Tour

VITORIA-GASTEIZ Tour of the Ullíbarri-Gamboa reservoir THE BASQUE COUNTRY BY BICYCLE

Ataria


DONOSTIA/SAN SEBASTIÁN Urban route

GREEN WAY Arditurri

GREEN WAY Plazaola-Leitzaran

Behobia

Pasai Antxo DONOSTIA SAN SEBASTIÁN

Aditurri Mines

Andoain Azpeitia

Bergara

Legazpi Oñati

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GIPUZKOA

GREEN WAY Bidasoa Legasa

Tolosa

Ormaiztegi Mutiloa

Kaxarna

Puerto Arlabán TOLOSALDEA MTB Centre Izaskun-Berastegi (R07) GREEN WAY Urola

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GREEN WAY Mutiloa-Ormaiztegi

PAMPLONA

GRAN RUTA CICLOTURISTA Álava Plain

Antoñana

GREEN WAY Vasco Navarro Railway Greenway Estella

IZKI MONTAÑA ALAVESA MTB Centre Izki (R08)

LOGROÑO

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CAPITALS

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CAPITALS

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VITORIA GASTEIZ Welcome to Vitoria-Gasteiz, one of the greenest cities in Europe. Without any doubt, you’re going to be surprised.

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With a medieval Old Quarter full of history, completely pedestrianised, and boasting a network of nature parks with endless possibilities, this city has become an essential visit for anyone coming to the Basque Country with friends or children. Do you want to discover some of its corners by means of pedal power? Vitoria-Gasteiz has an extensive network of bidegorris (cycle paths), stretching for more than 135 km, complemented by a spectacular circular route around its perimeter, the Green Ring, which allows you to ride around the city and enjoy all of its charms. More information: www.vitoria-gasteiz.org/turismo

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1. Paseo de Fray Francisco de Vitoria 2. San Miguel church


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VITORIA-GASTEIZ Green Ring Tour 1

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The Vitoria-Gasteiz Green Ring Tour is a 30.8 km circular route, which goes right around the city, travelling through, and linking up, all the parks comprising the Green Ring. The Tour route can be easily accessed from anywhere in the city. However, we propose the Plaza de la Virgen Blanca as the starting point. Using the Paseo de la Senda as a connecting element, we reach the Basilica of San Prudencio in Armentia, near which we can link up with the Tour route. Its route traverses very different environments, from the typical wooded areas when the Tour enters deep into the parks of Zabalgana and Armentia, to truly urban areas, when passing through the city’s peripheral neighbourhoods. A large part of the Tour takes place on Green Ring paths.

1. Ataria. Salburua Wetlands Visitors’ Centre 2. Wooden walkway in Salburua Park

A journey through the peri-urban parks of Vitoria-Gasteiz

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The route is of low to medium difficulty, ideal for families as well as people more used to the sport. It is a perfect setting for a bicycle ride. Throughout the Tour, you’ll find places of environmental and cultural interest, as well as picnic areas, drinking fountains and lookouts where you can stop for a rest. The most urban stretch also allows you to enjoy cafés and shops situated just a few metres from the route.


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Route Difficulty Surface Time Climb Departure / Arrival

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Signposted route

Low to medium Compacted earth / cycle path 2 h. 30 min. ± +100 m. Ataria. Salburua Wetlands Visitors’ Centre

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ZADORRA

Ataria

Vitoria-Gasteiz

SALBURUA

Plaza de la Virgen Blanca

ZABALGANA

LINK

Basílica of San Prudencio

Casa de la Dehesa (Pasture House)

ARMENTIA

OLÁRIZU


VITORIA-GASTEIZ Tour of the Ullíbarri-Gamboa reservoir 1

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A route which goes right round the Ullíbarri-Gamboa reservoir. You can start at Landa or Garaio. If you wish, you can also start from Vitoria-Gasteiz, using the Basque-Navarre Green Way as a link. This extends the route by approximately 12 kilometres. It is a very interesting itinerary which we will enjoy by travelling along various wooden walkways, gazing at wonderful green landscapes. We will even be able to enjoy birdwatching from the different lookouts available on this circular route. It is possible to follow a shorter route, covering the southern part of the reservoir known as Tour of the Reservoir’s Southern Wetlands. It is ideal for families, thanks to its distance and the gentleness of the climbs involved (13km and 25m). It lasts for just an hour and a half, setting out from Garaio. THE BASQUE COUNTRY BY BICYCLE

Enjoy observing the birds that nest around the reservoir

1. Cycling around the reservoir 2. Stretch near Garaio 2


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17 Walkway Garaio

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Marieta

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Walkway Dam

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Azua Nanclares de Gamboa

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Mendixur

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Andoain Garaio

Signposted route

Medium Compacted earth 5 h. ± +100 m. Garaio, Landa, Vitoria-Gasteiz Garaio, Landa, Vitoria-Gasteiz

UllibarriGamboa

Route Difficulty Surface Time Climb Departure Arrival

More information and tracks available by scanning this QR code

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Landa

Ulibarri Gamboa Dam Walkway Amárita

Marieta Nanclares de Gamboa Azua

Garaio

Retana LINK Vasco Navarro Green Way 12km

Vitoria Gasteiz

Ataria

Mendixur


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BILBAO 1

Bilbao is a city that has been planned with enjoyment and learning about its architecture and history in mind. It offers an endless variety of plans to be enjoyed alone or in company: Museums, urban parks, street markets, the river, etc.

A shining city full of modernity Discovering the cosmopolitan city of Bilbao is an experience not to be missed. It is held up throughout the world as an example of urban transformation, but has maintained a culture and distinguishing features which make it unique and singular.

1. Zubuzuri Bridge 2. Guggenheim Museum Bilbao

Bicycle hire companies and tours around the city are a magnificent opportunity for the visitor to get a close look at Bilbao. Come with us on this adventure! More information: www.bilbaoturismo.net

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BILBAO Panoramic view of the river 1

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During an easy bicycle ride starting out from the Arenal, you’ll have the chance to discover and enjoy some of this modern city’s icons, the Guggenheim Museum, the Euskalduna Conference Centre and the river are some of the main features. Although we ought not to miss out on visiting some other highly interesting recommended places located close to the itinerary, such as the new San Mamés stadium, the Sagrado Corazón de Jesús monument, and Doña Casilda de Iturriza Park, where we can relax and enjoy this beautiful space. The return journey gives us a chance to gaze upon the city from the other side of the river, giving us a different, but also attractive, view of Bilbao.

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Gaze upon the city from another viewpoint

1. Cycle path by the river 2. Guggenheim Museum Bilbao 2


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Signposted route

Route Difficulty Surface Time Climb Departure Arrival

Low Cycle path 50 min. ± +35 m. El Arenal El Arenal

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Guggenheim Euskalduna Doña Casilda Park City Hall

San Mamés Moyúa Square

Bilbao El Arenal

Casco Viejo

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DONO STIA/SAN SEBASTIÁN In Donostia-San Sebastián, thrilling history awaits discovery, as well as enviable gastronomy, wonderful beaches with golden sand and a wide range of leisure activities for all tastes.

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You’re in a very easy and safe city for bicycle-based visitors. There are several specialist companies where you can hire all the necessary material to live this experience. This city of dreams is ideal to fall in love with from the saddle of your bicycle.

More information: www.sansebastianturismo.com

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1. Pedalling along the Boulevard 2. Donostia-San Sebastián Port


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DONOSTIA/SAN SEBASTIÁN Urban route 1

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Using the extensive network of cycle paths or bidegorris (as they are called in the Basque Country), you can visit the beautiful city in a peaceful, different way. You’ll have the opportunity to go and discover some world-famous places around the city. By means of this route, the visitor will be able to gaze upon the imposing sight of the Kursaal, where the route begins, pedal alongside the most famous urban beach in the world, La Concha, and visit the Comb of the Wind sculpture by Eduardo Chillida. There will be a chance to visit Anoeta, the stadium of Real Sociedad Football Club, and to enjoy the sight of the beautiful bridges crossing the Urumea river as it makes its way to Cantabrian Sea.

Pedal alongside La Concha, the most famous urban beach

1. El Peine del Viento (‘The Wind Comb’) 2. La Concha Beach

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The route can be shortened or extended depending on each person’s capacity, or the available time, always with the protection offered by the city’s network of cycle paths.


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Signposted route

Route Difficulty Surface Time Climb Departure Arrival

Medium Cycle path, tarmac 2 h. 30 min. ± +379 m. KURSAAL Conference Centre KURSAAL Conference Centre

Zurriola beach Paseo Nuevo

Kursaal Wind Comb

Ategorrieta

Aquarium Udaletxea Kontxa beach

Ondarreta beach

Loiola Ametzagaña Park

San Sebastián Urumea TUNNEL Lugaritz Tunnel Anoeta

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Vasco Navarro Railway Green Way

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GREEN WAYS

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GREEN WAYS

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GREEN WAYS Decades ago, the Basque Country’s rugged territory became home to one of the densest narrow gauge railway networks in the Iberian Peninsula. The difficult orography of this territory was, to a large extent, responsible for the growth of a network which, clinging to the terrain, joined together towns and villages and the rapidly expanding factories, thus providing a boost to the socio-economic development of the Basque Country.

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Currently, the Basque Country has managed to prepare 9 Green Ways and more than 180 kilometres along which the user can discover the history, culture and nature of this beautiful land. More information: www.viasverdes.com www.tourism.euskadi.eus/en/greenways

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1. Bidasoa Green Way 2. Vasco-Navarro Green Way tunnel


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GREEN WAYS Vasco Navarro Railway 1

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On 31 December 1967, the “trenico” (little train), as this railway was known, made its last journey. Today we can travel along the old route, made into a Green Way, either on foot or by bicycle, thanks to the recovery efforts of the different administrations who have participated in the project. A total of 125.5 km, making it one of the longest and most appealing Green Ways in Spain. The visitor can enjoy varied landscapes, including urban and industrialised areas and more rural and natural areas of great beauty, with the unique opportunity to dive into the internal background of this train, visiting and admiring the traces of the old railway still in existence.

Don’t miss the interesting Green Way Visitors’ Centre in the town of Antoñana. It includes a look at the history of this old railway. Don’t miss out on this unique experience.

Travel along one of the longest Green Ways in Spain

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1. Basque-Navarre Railway Visitors’ Centre, Antoñana.


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Bergara

BYPASS-Oñáti

Eskoriatza

HIGH DIFFICULTY

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Arrasate Mondragón

Landa Arlabán

Laminoria

Andollu

Atauri Maeztu

Antoñana

Zuñiga

Santa Cruz de Campezo

Acedo

Estella

Murieta

Signposted route

Medium Compacted earth and tarmac 9 h. ± +1.046 m. Estella-Lizarra Bergara I Oñati (Bypass: 11,7 km) Vitoria Gasteiz

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CAUTION

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Bergara

Eskoriatza

STAGE 2

This green way passes through tunnels, most of which are lit, but the use of lamps is recommended.

BYPASS 11,7km

Arrasate/Mondragón

Oñati

Arlabán Mountain Pass (Stretch of road)

Landa

ARABA/ÁLAVA Vitoria Gasteiz

Nª Sra. de Estíbaliz

Andollu

Laminoria Condado de Treviño

NAVARRA STAGE 1

Maeztu

Arquijas Tunnel 1,4 kms

Antoñana Santa Cruz de Campezo

Murieta

Estella/ Lizarra


Arquijas viaduct

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GREEN WAYS Vasco Navarro Railway STAGE 1.

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76,1km

Estella/Lizarra > Vitoria-Gasteiz Difficulty Medium

Time 5h 30m. ±

Climb +994 m.

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Bergara

LINK-Oñáti

Eskoriatza

Arrasate Mondragón

Landa Arlabán

Vitoria Gasteiz

Andollu

Atauri Maeztu

Antoñana

Santa Cruz de Campezo

Acedo

Zuñiga

Murieta

Estella

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The first stage connects Estella-Lizarra with Vitoria-Gasteiz and gives you the chance to enjoy and discover Navarre, the wild landscapes of the Álavan Mountains, and end up on the Álavan Plain. The route is conditioned by the Laminoria tunnel (2,195 m), which is impassable and closed nowadays. To overcome this, the itinerary is diverted up to the Guereñu mountain pass, which involves steep slopes and a descent which should be approached with caution.

STAGE 2.

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Vitoria-Gasteiz > Bergara I Oñati (Variante)

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LINK-Oñáti

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Arrasate Mondragón

Climb +52 m. Landa Arlabán

Laminoria Guereñu M.P.

Andollu

Atauri Maeztu

Antoñana

Santa Cruz de Campezo

Acedo

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Time 3h 30m. ± Zuñiga

Murieta

Estella

Difficulty Easy

CAUTION

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Heading north from our starting point in Vitoria-Gasteiz, it takes just 17 km to reach Landa. From here, we need to overcome another obstacle to reach Gipuzkoa. The Arlaban Mountain Pass is the best option to negotiate the stretch, which has not been prepared as a Green Way. Once we reach the town of Eskoriatza, we will ride along the cycle path until we reach Bergara, or take a diversion to the town of Oñati along the prepared branch line. THE BASQUE COUNTRY BY BICYCLE


Bergara

Arrasate/Mondragón

BAYPASS 11,7km

STAGE 2 Aretxabaleta

Oñati

Eskoriatza

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Arlabán Mountain Pass (Stretch of road)

GIPUZKOA Landa Urbina

Retana

Sanctuary of Nuestra Señora de Estibaliz

Vitoria-Gasteiz

Sanctuary of Nuestra Señora de Estibaliz

Agurain Salvatierra

DIVERSION 3,2km

Aberásturi

Andollu

ARABA/ÁLAVA

Erentxun

Laminoria Tunnel

Guereñu Mountain Pass

HIGH DIFFICULTY

CLOSED

STAGE 1 Maeztu

Condado de Treviño Antoñana

This green way passes through tunnels, most of which are lit, but the use of lamps is recommended.

Santa Cruz de Campezo


An adventure for the whole family

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Basque Naverre Green Way, Ă lava Plain

Thanks to its distance, the BasqueNavarre Green Way is ideal for planning a simple cycle trip within the reach of any enthusiast. You choose your starting point. Estella-Lizarra, Bergara, OĂąati, or even Vitoria-Gasteiz are starting points to discover this green way.

Different options and different stretches that you can discover in the manner that best suits your possibilities. A unique adventure to enjoy in the company of family or friends.

Estella Station

Arquijas tunnel

Arquijas tunnel 1,4 kms

NAVARRA

Acedo Murieta

Estella/Lizarra

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GREEN WAYS Plazaola-Leitzaran 1

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This greenway has rescued nearly 50 km of the former railway line. Visitors can now walk or cycle on this enjoyable route which runs from the town of Andoain in Gipuzkoa to Kaxarna in Navarra. The itinerary passes through spectacular scenery and areas of high environmental value, including the Larráun Valley and the Leitzaran Valley, the latter declared a Protected Biotope.

Through the heart of the Leitzaran Valley This route also allows you to walk or ride through Uitzi, the longest tunnel – its 2.7 km in perfect condition – in the Spanish rail-to-trail network. Water plays a prominent role in this route, following the Leitzaran River as its winds its way through this corner of the Basque Country.

1. Stretch near Andoain 2. Plazaola Green Way alongside Olazar Park (between Andoain and Leitzaran)

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Low to medium Compacted earth and tarmac 4 h. +650 m. Andoain Kaxarna

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Latasa

Areso Leitza

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Kaxarna

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Andoain

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Inturia

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Lekunberri

Uitzi

550

Mugiro

Signposted route

Route Difficulty Surface Time Climb Departure Arrival

San Migeltxo

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Andoain

GIPUZKOA Inturia

Tolosa

Leitza

Ordizia Beasain

NAVARRA Uitzi Tunnel 2,68 kms

Lekunberri Mugiro

This green way passes through tunnels, most of which are lit, but the use of lamps is recommended.

UNPREPARED STRETCH

San Migeltxo

Latasa

Kaxarna


GREEN WAYS Bidasoa 1

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This greenway runs alongside the river Bidasoa, following the route of the old mining railroad that once connected Elizondo and Irun. Today the greenway continues to Bertiz, passing through outstanding scenery and a number of villages and tunnels. The Bidasoa Greenway is a long, enjoyable and virtually flat route, taking you past small dikes, bunkers from the Spanish Civil War and curious kiwi plantations. Another thing to keep your eyes out for along this former railway line are the fish ladders used by the salmon to travel up the Bidasoa.

The Bidasoa Greenway is part of EuroVelo, an ambitious Europe-wide project consisting of over 8000 km of trails.

The greenway linking Gipuzkoa and Navarra

1. Pedalling alongside the Bidasoa river

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FRANCE

Irun Behobia Pasai Antxo

San Miguel (Station)

Lezo

Errenteria Oiartzun Bera

Astigarraga

Alkaiaga Bereau

GIPUZKOA

Berrizaun

Zubigain

NAVARRA This green way passes through tunnels, most of which are lit, but the use of lamps is recommended.

Sunbilla

Santesteban

Legasa

Sumbilla

39 Santesteban Legasa Kaxarna

Zubigain

Lesaka

Alkaiaga Bera

Behobia

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San Miguel

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Low Compacted earth and tarmac 3 h. +90 m. Behobia (Gipuzkoa) Legasa (Navarra)

Yanci

Signposted route

Route Difficulty Surface Time Climb Departure Arrival

Berrizaun

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GREEN WAYS Urola 1

Following the former Urola railway

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This greenway is a spectacular route featuring several points of interest. The route passes over more than 40 bridges and through 19 tunnels, all of which are illuminated. The points of greatest interest include the Sanctuary of Loyola and the Basque Railway Museum. The best way to enjoy this route is to begin in Zumรกrraga and end at the train station in Azpeitia, which today houses the Basque Railway Museum. This is the perfect plan for outdoor enthusiasts and families, offering a combination of nature, sport and culture.

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1. Sanctuary of Loiola (Azpeitia) 2. Section with tunnels


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Azpeitia Sanctuary of Loiola

Aizpurutxo

GIPUZKOA

Urretxu Zumรกrraga

This green way passes through tunnels, most of which are lit, but the use of lamps is recommended.

Legazpi

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Legazpi

Urretxu

Aizpurutxo

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Azkoitia

300

Azpeitia

400

Sanctuary of Loiola

Signposted route

Low Compacted earth and tarmac 2 h. +350 m. Azpeitia Legazpi Zumรกrraga

Route Difficulty Surface Time Climb Departure Arrival

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GREEN WAYS Arditurri 1

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The Arditurri Green Way is an open door to an encounter with nature and history, a gentle landscape to escape to territories that will captivate you with their rich and varied landscape. This historical route once connected the Bay of Pasaia to the Arditurri mines, now part of Aiako Harria Natural Park. The railway was built in 1901 and remained in service until 1966. Reminders of the region’s mining past can still be seen along the route – mills, tower-houses, tunnels, entrances to mines, ventilation shafts and lime kilns.

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Nature at its best

1. Arditurri Green Way 2. Information Panel in the Aiako Harria Nature Reserve 2


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Signposted route

Route Difficulty Surface Time Climb Departure Arrival

Low Cycle path, tarmac 1 h. 30 min. +160 m. Pasai Antxo (Gipuzkoa) Mines of Arditurri (Gipuzkoa) Mines of Arditurri

Oiartzun

Cruce AP-8

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IrĂşn

Lezo LINK

Pasai Antxo Errenteria

Oiartzun

Mines of Arditurri

Astigarraga

GIPUZKOA This green way passes through tunnels, most of which are lit, but the use of lamps is recommended.


GREEN WAYS Montes de Hierro / Itsaslur 1

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Bizkaia’s mining heritage To learn about how Bilbao became the cosmopolitan 21st-century city it is today, the Montes de Hierro Greenway is a must. The route takes visitors on a journey through the early days of the industry that helped forge the foundations of this great city. This is the longest greenway in Bizkaia. This 42 km route features areas of high ecological value including the Montes de Tiano protected biotope and La Arena beach at the mouth of the Barbadun River (Red Natura 2000). It is also dotted with impressive

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vestiges from the mining days – ore carts, foundries, mines, lime kilns and others – making this greenway a unique experience. Two active tourism centres are now open to the public along this easy stretch. The first, located in Traslaviña at the beginning of the route, offers information and bicycle rental, as well as a chance to sit and rest and enjoy a selection of local products. The second is located beside the Aceña recreation area, where in addition to information and bicycle rental, every Sunday visitors are invited to try their hand at a new activity: archery, indoor rock climbing, etc.

1. Walkway on the Iron Mountains Green Way


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La Arena

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El Castaño

Signposted route

Low to medium Compacted earth and tarmac 3 h. 30 min. +650 m. Traslaviña Kobaron Kobaron

Route Difficulty Surface Time Climb Departure Arrival

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La Arena

Kobaron

CANTABRIA Santurtzi Gallarta

BILBAO

El Castaño

Arenao

BIZKAIA

Traslaviña

This green way passes through tunnels, most of which are lit, but the use of lamps is recommended.


GREEN WAYS Mutiloa-Ormaiztegi 1

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It runs between the towns of Mutiloa and Ormaiztegi, in the heart of Goierri, following the old route of the mining train which was used to operate the mining reserves of Mutiloa and Zerain. It is an agreeable journey with very few climbs. You can see old mineral mining and processing areas and enjoy the views of the Aizkorri-Aratz Nature Reserve. You can also discover the calcination furnaces and see inside a real mining operation at the Aizpea Mines. There is an orientation game aimed at families. To complete the game, players must answer the questions corresponding to each beacon around the route (map and information available at the Tourist Information Offices in Ormaiztegi).

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The Basque Highlands Green Way

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1. Stretch of the Green Way 2. Family riding bicycles


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Route Difficulty Surface Time Climb Departure Arrival

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Mutiloa

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Ormaiztegi

Signposted route

Low to medium Compacted earth and tarmac 50 min. +217 m. Mutiloa Ormaiztegi

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BASQUE MTB CENTRES By travelling through the Basque Country by mountain bike, you’ll discover firsthand the beautiful landscapes hidden in the Basque territory. Currently, there are 3 Basque Country MTB Centres located in exceptionally beautiful landscapes, allowing the traveller to discover the Basque Country through the

diversity of its landscapes, culture and people. • Izki-Montaña Alavesa (Araba/Álava) • Valderejo-Añana (Araba/Álava) • Tolosaldea (Gipuzkoa) There are Welcome and Information Points at each of these centres. There you will find services associated with the sport of mountain biking: route information, changing rooms, showers and bike-washing facilities.

DIRECTION SIGNS Signs show the direction to be followed, the route number and the difficulty colour. You will see these signs either on vertical posts, walls or other fixtures.

Very Easy Easy

WELCOME POINT

INFORMATION POINT

Difficult Very Difficult

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Route signpost

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IZKI MONTAÑA ALAVESA 1

The Izki Montaña Alavesa BTT Centre is located in the south-east corner of the province of Álava. The headquarters can be found at the Urturi golf course, 38 km from Vitoria–Gasteiz and 28 km from the town of Laguardia in the Basque region of Rioja Alavesa. If anything typifies the Montaña Alavesa region, it is the scenic open spaces. Limestone mountains rise above planted fields and dense forests, making this region a land of contrasting landscapes.

1. Path near Antoñana 2. Paso del Agin, Korres

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The Izki Montaña Alavesa MTB Centre provides easy access to an abundance of tracks and trails for mountain bikers. Some of the routes here take advantage of stretches of the former BasqueNavarro railway line, now converted into a greenway. Others overlap with the GR-38 “Wine and Fish Route”, which connects Rioja Alavesa with the Basque Coast.


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URTURI GOLF COURSE

Barrio de Arriba s/n, Urturi (Araba/Ă lava) T. +34 945 378 262 E. izki@btteuskadi.net

WELCOME POINT

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This route, which travels deep into the heart of the Izki Nature Reserve, offers us an unbeatable natural spectacle. The fauna and flora of this park, whether the middle spotted woodpecker (Dendrocoptes medius), the agile frog (Rana dalmatina), the bird’s eye primose (Primula farinosa), or the extensive sessile oak forests, they make this route one of the most interesting in the area. We must remember that we are cycling through a conservation area, and we must treat the area surrounding us with respect at all times.

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1. Views of Soila and Gaztelua 2. Izki Natural Park path


RECOMMENDED ROUTE

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Route Time Climb

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Departure

Antoñana (Araba/Álava)

Arrival

Antoñana (Araba/Álava) San Román de Campezo

Korres

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Bujanda

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Antoñana

Soila

Muela

Bujanda

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Quintana

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IZKI MONTAÑA ALAVESA Routes 27,7km

Green Way (R01) Very Easy

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+135 m.

3h 30’

Return route

DEPARTURE point: Santa Cruz de Campezo (Araba/Álava) ARRIVAL point: Santa Cruz de Campezo (Araba/Álava)

5,8km

Aguake (R02) Very Easy

+93 m.

0h 45’

Return route

DEPARTURE point: Antoñana, Information point (Araba/Álava) ARRIVAL point: Antoñana, Information point (Araba/Álava)

21,6km

Santa Luzia (R03) Easy

+106 m.

2h 40’

Return route

DEPARTURE point: Antoñana, Information point (Araba/Álava) ARRIVAL point: Antoñana, Information point (Araba/Álava)

6,6km

El Paseo (R04) Easy

+69 m.

0h 50’

DEPARTURE point: Urturi, Welcome point (Araba/Álava) ARRIVAL point: Urturi, Welcome point (Araba/Álava)

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Korres (R05) Difficult

+345 m.

1h 30’

Circular route

DEPARTURE point: Antoñana, Information point (Araba/Álava) ARRIVAL point: Antoñana, Information point (Araba/Álava)

50km

San Cristobal (R06) Difficult

+1.127 m.

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6h 15’

Circular route

DEPARTURE point: Antoñana (Araba/Álava) ARRIVAL point: Antoñana (Araba/Álava)

38,3km

Arrieros (R07) Difficult

+591 m.

4h 50’

Circular route

DEPARTURE point: Urturi, Welcome point (Araba/Álava) ARRIVAL point: Urturi, Welcome point (Araba/Álava)

27,9km

Izki (R08) Difficult

+510 m.

3h 30’

Circular route

DEPARTURE point: Antoñana, Information point (Araba/Álava) ARRIVAL point: Antoñana, Information point (Araba/Álava)

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IZKI MONTAÑA ALAVESA Routes 34,2km

GR-1 (R09) Difficult

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+819 m.

4h 15’

Circular route

DEPARTURE point: Peñacerrada (Araba/Álava) ARRIVAL point: Peñacerrada (Araba/Álava)

23,8km

Ioar (R 10) Very Difficult

+1.103 m.

3h 00’

Circular route

DEPARTURE point: Santa Cruz de Campezo (Araba/Álava) ARRIVAL point: Santa Cruz de Campezo (Araba/Álava)

20,6km

La Dormida (R 11) Very Difficult

+628 m.

2h 30’

Circular route

DEPARTURE point: Santa Cruz de Campezo (Araba/Álava) ARRIVAL point: Santa Cruz de Campezo (Araba/Álava)

38,6km

Markijano (R 12) Very Difficult

+1.234 m.

4h 45’

Circular route

DEPARTURE point: Antoñana, Information point (Araba/Álava) ARRIVAL point: Antoñana, Information point (Araba/Álava)

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43,8km

Igoroin (R 13) Very Difficult

+838 m.

5h 30’

Circular route

DEPARTURE point: Antoñana, Information point (Araba/Álava) ARRIVAL point: Antoñana, Information point (Araba/Álava)

79,9km

GR-38 A (R 14)

Route 14. Okina Ravine

Very Difficult

+1.616 m.

10h 00’

Circular route

DEPARTURE point: Urturi, Welcome point (Araba/Álava) ARRIVAL point: Urturi, Welcome point (Araba/Álava)

97,2km

GR-38 B (R 15) Very Difficult

+2.261 m.

12h 15’

Circular route

DEPARTURE point: Urturi, Welcome point (Araba/Álava) ARRIVAL point: Urturi, Welcome point (Araba/Álava)

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VALDEREJO AÑANA Located 30 km from Vitoria-Gasteiz, capital of the Basque Country, and just 60 km from Bilbao, Valderejo-Añana the MTB Centre is in the Angosto Campsite and its welcome points are in the middle of Sobrón Adventure, right in the heart of Valdegovía.

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You will discover areas with very different landscapes. On the one hand, the Western Valleys and, on the other hand, the Plain, which we reach via the municipality of Iruña de Oca. As for the climate, it is influenced by the Cantabrian Sea to the north and the Mediterranean to the south, so it could be defined as inland Cantabrian. Likewise, the orography is unique, being made up of different valleys independent from each other. The Valderejo-Añana MTB Centre has 7 routes of differing difficulties, among which a highlight is the Sobrón Alto highland route, 24 kilometres long. The most accessible route is that of Espejo and Angosto. THE BASQUE COUNTRY BY BICYCLE

1. MTB Centre users 2. Church of the Assumption, Tuesta. Route 7


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ANGOSTO CAMPSITE

Ctra. Villanañe-Angosto 2, Villanañe (Araba/Álava) T. +34 945 353 271 E. valderejo@btteuskadi.net

WELCOME POINT

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VALDEREJO AÑANA ÁRCENA SIERRA (R10) 1

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We recommend this 31.5 km route which takes you close to the Valderejo Nature Reserve. The route is divided into three stretches; a gentle opening stretch towards Villanueva de Valdegovía as a warm-up before tackling the second part, with more of a climb, which takes us onto the northern slope of the beautiful valley protected by the locality of Barrio, which comprises the mountains of Mota, Canto Pero, Batxikabo and Los Castros. We’ll continue at mid-

Come to the Valderejo Nature Reserve height as far as the locality of Bachicabo, where we will take on refreshments and collect water from the renovated drinking fountain. We descend to the town of Espejo and then the final stretch takes us along route 1 (Espejo R1) of this MTB Centre.

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1. Path 2. Route 10 signpost


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Angosto Campsite

Villanañe Quejo

Nograro Villamaderne

Espejo

Barrio

Bachicabo

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VALDEREJO AÑANA Routes 8,9km

Espejo (R01) Very Easy

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1h 00’

Return route

DEPARTURE point: Angosto Campsite (Araba/Álava) ARRIVAL point: Angosto Campsite (Araba/Álava)

5,6km

Angosto (R02) Very Easy

+66 m.

0h 45’

Circular route

DEPARTURE point: Angosto Campsite (Araba/Álava) ARRIVAL point: Angosto Campsite (Araba/Álava)

12,6km

Gaubea (R03)

Route 3. Torre-Palacio de los Varona (Tower House-Palace of the Varona Family)

Easy

+144 m.

1h 30’

DEPARTURE point: Angosto Campsite (Araba/Álava) ARRIVAL point: Angosto Campsite (Araba/Álava)

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RECOMMENDED ROUTE

10,6km

Arreo (R05) Easy

+220 m.

1h 15’

Circular route

DEPARTURE point: Salinas de Añana (Araba/Álava) ARRIVAL point: Salinas de Añana (Araba/Álava)

27,9km

Las Salinas (R07) Difficult

+738 m.

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Circular route

DEPARTURE point: Salinas de Añana (Araba/Álava) ARRIVAL point: Salinas de Añana (Araba/Álava)

Sierra de Árcena (R10) Difficult

+669 m.

4h 00’

31,5km Circular route

DEPARTURE point: Angosto Campsite (Araba/Álava) ARRIVAL point: Angosto Campsite (Araba/Álava)

24,3km

Sobrón Alto (R11) Very Difficult

+1.068 m.

3h 00’

Circular route

DEPARTURE point: Aventura Sobrón (Araba/Álava) ARRIVAL point: Aventura Sobrón (Araba/Álava)

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TOLO SALDEA 1

This Basque Country MBT Centre is located in the Tolosaldea region, just 15 minutes from the capital city of Gipuzkoa, San Sebastián. The Welcome Centre is at the Usabal Sports Centre in Tolosa. At this centre you’ll find routes for all levels, routes to share with your family around Leaburu, and also tougher routes running through the Aralar Nature Reserve and the Leitzaran Biotope, ideal for mountain bike enthusiasts who enjoy new challenges. Near emblematic peaks such as Txindoki and Uzturre, we’ll be able to enjoy fantastic views and go through forests and meadows, following tracks among farmsteads. There are also several recreational areas where we can have a short rest.

1. Tolosaldea MBT Centre Information Panel 2. Descent from Mount Belabieta

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USABAL SPORTS CENTRE

Usabal 25 A, Tolosa (Gipuzkoa) T. +34 943 536 400 E. tolosaldea@btteuskadi.net

WELCOME POINT

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TOLOSALDEA IZASKUN-BERASTEGI (R07) 1

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Due to the technical difficulty and the different surface types we’ll encounter, it could prove highly entertaining for those who are used to all types of route. As for landscapes, this is also a very diverse route. During the first stretch between Belabieta and Berastegi, we’ll have an unbeatable panoramic view of the Leitzaran Valley. Half way through the route, we’ll have a short rest in the Uli rest area, where we’ll get a surprising view of the “Malloak” sierra in the Aralar Nature Reserve, where we’ll be able to make out the Ernio and Aizkorri sierras in the distance, thanks to the villages of Amezketa and Altzo.

1. Views of Aralar 2. Cycling through beech forest

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Gaztelu

Uli

Usabal Sports Centre, Tolosa (Gipuzkoa)

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Departure

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We recommend the use of GPS

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San Antón

Signposted route

Very Difficult

Orexa

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Berrobi

Elduain

Belauntza

Usabal S. C. Tolosa

Ibarra Berastegi

Leaburu Gaztelu

Lizartza Alegia

Altzo Orexa

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TOLOSALDEA Routes 8,1km

San Blas (R01) Very Easy

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0h 50’

Circular route

DEPARTURE point: Usabal Sports Centre, Tolosa (Gipuzkoa) ARRIVAL point: Usabal Sports Centre, Tolosa (Gipuzkoa)

9,6km

Zazpibideta (R02) Easy

+250 m.

1h 00’

Circular route

DEPARTURE point: Usabal Sports Centre, Tolosa (Gipuzkoa) ARRIVAL point: Usabal Sports Centre, Tolosa (Gipuzkoa)

19,1km

Leaburu (R03) Difficult

+672 m.

1h 45’

Circular route

DEPARTURE point: Usabal Sports Centre, Tolosa (Gipuzkoa) ARRIVAL point: Usabal Sports Centre, Tolosa (Gipuzkoa)

30,3km

Uli (R04) Difficult

+1.075 m.

4h 15’

DEPARTURE point: Usabal Sports Centre, Tolosa (Gipuzkoa) ARRIVAL point: Usabal Sports Centre, Tolosa (Gipuzkoa)

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RECOMMENDED ROUTE

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Belabieta (R05) Very Difficult

+1.000 m.

3h 45’

Circular route

DEPARTURE point: Usabal Sports Centre, Tolosa (Gipuzkoa) ARRIVAL point: Usabal Sports Centre, Tolosa (Gipuzkoa)

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Leitzaran (R06) Very Difficult

+1.900 m.

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Circular route

DEPARTURE point: Usabal Sports Centre, Tolosa (Gipuzkoa) ARRIVAL point: Usabal Sports Centre, Tolosa (Gipuzkoa)

Izaskun-Berastegi (R07) Very Difficult

+1.245 m.

4h 00’

43km Circular route

DEPARTURE point: Usabal Sports Centre, Tolosa (Gipuzkoa) ARRIVAL point: Usabal Sports Centre, Tolosa (Gipuzkoa)

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Txindokiko Itzala (R08) Very Difficult

+2.685 m.

6h 45’

Circular route

DEPARTURE point: Usabal Sports Centre, Tolosa (Gipuzkoa) ARRIVAL point: Usabal Sports Centre, Tolosa (Gipuzkoa)

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GREAT CYCLE TOUR ROUTES

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A mountain bike, panniers and a desire to enjoy and discover wonderful places is all the traveller needs to start out on this adventure, which begins and ends at the Ataria Visitor Centre (Vitoria-Gasteiz). It is advisable to do it clockwise, thus encountering the six short routes; Green Ring, the old route of the BasqueNavarre Railway, the Ullívarri-Gamboa reservoir, Camino Real de las Postas, Camino de Santiago and, once again, the Basque-Navarre Green Way on its Estíbaliz branch. To enjoy all the route has to offer, it is ideal to do it over 2-3 days, dividing the stages to adapt to the abilities of each cyclist. The intermediate towns of Maturana, Narbaiza, Araia and Agurain- Salvatierra

are perfect stop-offs on our journey, equipped with facilities and places to stay overnight. In addition, part of the route is connected by train, which allows us to return or access the route quickly and easily.

Discover Álava and fall in love

1. Vasco Navarro Railway Greenway

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Marieta

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Gamarra

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Galarreta

Audikana

Ataria

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Heredia

Luzuriaga

Zalduondo

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Andollu

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Amarita Garaio

Mendixur

Gamarra

Vitoria-Gasteiz

Ataria

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Armentia

Otazu Olárizu

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The route is designed with all kinds of people in mind. Alone, with the family or with a few friends, it’s the perfect opportunity to go deeper into a land, Álava, which offers infinite possibilities. You just need to see for yourself.

Cycling through Álava means delving deep into the history of this land, while a colourful landscape accompanies the cyclist on an unforgettable journey.

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Narbaiza

Walkway, Garaio

LINK 2,5km

Galarreta

Maturana

LINK 3km

Araia

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Zalduondo Luzuriaga

Audikana Heredia BYPASS

ÁLAVA Ezkerekotza

Zuazo de San Millán

Agurain / Salvatierra

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Alegría-Dulantzi

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ATARIA

Visitors’ Centre T. +34 945 254 729 E. ataria@vitoria-gasteiz.org With the collaboration of BH Bikes I www.bhbikes.com

SIGNPOSTS DIRECTION PLATE Shows the way to go. These signs can be found on vertical posts, on walls or street fixtures.

LOTURA / ENLACE

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GIPUZKOA CYCLE PATHS NETWORK

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SERVICE COMPANIES

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SERVICE COMPANIES Vitoria-Gasteiz CAPITAL BIKES Bicycle hire, guided tours, courses and workshops.

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VITORIA-GASTEIZ · Casa de la Dehesa de Olárizu · Araba/Álava T. +34 691 112 292 I E. administracion@capitalbikes.es W. www.capitalbikes.es

E-BIKE VIALKI Electric bicycle hire.

VITORIA-GASTEIZ · Goikoberaza, 28 - P. Ind. Jundiz · Araba/Álava T. +34 607 197 130 I E. info@ebikevialki.net I W. www.ebikevialki.net

LOKOLOKA Bicycle and child carriage hire, sales and workshop.

VITORIA-GASTEIZ · Badaia, 1 · Araba/Álava T. +34 615 79 61 41 I E. lokoloka.sl@gmail.com I W. www.lokoloka.com

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Bilbao TOURNÉ Bicycle hire and guided tours. Day trips.

BILBAO · Villarías, 1 · Bizkaia T. +34 944 249 465 I E. info@tournebilbao.com I W. www.tournebilbao.com

URBAN BIKE Bicycle hire, guided tours

BILBAO · Estación de la Concordia (FEVE) · Calle Bailen, 2 · Bizkaia T. +34 944 077 373 I E. bilbao@urban-bike.es I W. www.urban-bike.es

BILBAO BIKE TOURS Bicycle hire, Pedal go-karts... Guided tours.

BILBAO · Viuda de Epalza, 12 · Bizkaia T. +34 688 608 184 I E. bilbaobiketours@gmail.com I W. www.bilbaobiketours.com

ALQUIMOTO Bicycle hire.

BILBAO · Jon Arróspide, 14-16 · Bizkaia T. +34 944 012 563 I E. info@alquimoto.com I W. www.alquimoto.com

MOTORVERDE Electric bicycle hire.

BILBAO · Jon Arróspide, 14-16 · Bizkaia T. +34 946 128 526 / 688 606 706 I E. alquileres@motorverde.es W. www.motorverde.es THE BASQUE COUNTRY BY BICYCLE

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EMPRESAS DE SERVICIOS Donostia/San Sebastián SANSE BIKES Alquiler de bicicletas. Rutas y excursiones para grupos.

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DONOSTIA/SAN SEBASTIÁN · Boulevard, 25 · Gipuzkoa T. +34 943 045 229 I E. sansebikes@gmail.com I W. www.sansebikes.com

BIKES SUPER RENT Alquiler de bicicletas.

DONOSTIA/SAN SEBASTIÁN · Reyes Católicos, 14 · Gipuzkoa T. +34 943 44 22 33 / 697 99 12 79 I E. rosayce@yahoo.com

BICI RENT Alquiler de bicicletas. Rutas guiadas y grupos.

DONOSTIA/SAN SEBASTIÁN · Zurriola, 22 · Gipuzkoa T. +34 943 271 173 I E. info@bicirentdonosti.es I W. www.bicirentdonosti.es

BASQUE COUNTRY CYCLING Alquiler de bicicletas, MTB, Urbanas, Tandem y Eléctricas. Rutas guiadas en bicicleta.

DONOSTIA/SAN SEBASTIÁN · Txomin Aguirre, 12 Bajo · Gipuzkoa T. +34 943 537 134 I E. info@basquecountrycycling.com W. www.basquecountrycycling.com

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Vasco Navarro Railway Green Way NATOURING www.natouring.net SANTA CRUZ DE CAMPEZO · La Villa, 36 · Araba/Álava T. +34 656 411 185 I E. info@natouring.net

Plazaola Green Way CENTRO DE TURISMO ACTIVO LEITZARAN www.leitzaran-andoain.eus ANDOAIN · Parque Otieta, Barrio de Leitzotz, 48 Bajo · Gipuzkoa T. +34 943 300 929 I E. info@leitzaran-andoain.eus

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EMPRESAS DE SERVICIOS Urola Green Way AITZAKI KIROLAK www.aitzakikirolak.com 88

AZPEITIA · Plaza José Antonio Agirre, 5 - 5º D · Gipuzkoa T. +34 943 150 738 I E. info@aitzakikirolak.com

Arditurri Green Way ALLAN DAVIS CYLING www.allandaviscycling.com OIARTZUN · Rafael Pikabea 27, 3º B · Gipuzkoa T. +34 659 788 936 I E. alby@allandaviscycling.com

Bidasoa Green Way BASQUE BY BIKE www.basquebybike.com/es HONDARRIBIA · Barrio Zimizarga, 49 - Casa Rural Haritzpe · Gipuzkoa T. +34 635 727 120 I E. basquebybike@gmail.com

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Montes de Hierro Green Way BURDINKLETA www.burdinkleta.com ARTZENTALES · B.º La Herbosa, 76-B · Bizkaia T. +34 669 330 277 / 636 374 520 I E. info@burdinkleta.com

BIZKAIROUTE www.bizkairoute.es ZALLA · Urbanización Teèyac, 11 Bajo · Bizkaia T. +34 685 757 999 I E. info@bizkairoute.es

Witches’ Bridge, Otegieta. Plazaola Green Way

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El an t

Plentzia

“talo”

Mungia

Getxo

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rb

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sardine

xo be

Be rm eo

TXAKOLINGUNEA Bakio Armintza

AP-8

Bilbao

Carranza

Gernika

- Pintxo areas: City Centre, Ledesma, Diputación, Garcia Rivero. - Traditional Ribera Market: the largest covered food market in Europe - Typical products: cod (with garlic Red onion and pepper sauce, Biscay-style, Zalla with garlic...). Sweets: the carolina (merengue pastry), butter pastry, Balmaseda Bilbao “tarta de la baldosa” (tile cake), rice cake... - Saint Thomas Fair (December) “putxera”

“Koko AP

-8

Durango

Berriz

“Carolina”

AIARALDEA TXAKOLI ROUTE The Route goes through Aiaraldea in the Álava region, including Txakoli wineries, tourist lodging, restaurants, etc... so you can immerse yourself in the traditional txakoli culture. Amurrio - Artziniega - Ayala - Llodio Orduña (Bizkaia) - Quejana

Markin

Orozko

Aiaraldea

Amurrio

Ar Mon

“garrafa” NATURAL PARK

LeintzGatzaga

G o r be i a Urduña / Orduña Murgia

www.rutadeltxakoli.com

N-1

Salinas de AÑana / Gesaltza Añana

AP-68

“Goxua”

Vitoria-Gasteiz

truffle GR 38 WINE AND FISH ROUTE 166 km. - 7 stages (Hiking) Travel the cart driver route, from the ports of Bermeo, Ondarroa and Lekeitio, where they left with their mules loaded up with fresh and salted fish, and on the way back from Rioja Alavesa, packed their carts with wine, wheat, salt and vinegar. bit.ly/1M48V9y

N-1

Álava bean

- Pintxo area: City Centre and Ensanche - Supply Market: Products from Álava’s gardens blend with several food bars. - Typical products: Snails, beans, mushrooms... Sweets: Goxua, Vasquitos and Neskitas, truffles... - Christmas Agricultural Fair, Pintxo and Cazuelita Weeks, Ardoaraba * National Capital of Gastronomy 2014

Labastida / Bastida

VILLA-LUCIA Thematic Wine Centre Laguardia Elciego


Donostia/ San Sebastián

na

Eibar

-1

Azpeitia

“Rellenos”

Zumarraga legazpi Oñati

Ibarra

chili

EZKIO Ordizia Beasain

D’ELIKATUZ

blood pudding I diazabal

Arantzazu

“Tejas y Cigarrillos”

Tolosa

IGARTUBEITI Manor-Museum

Bergara

a

GORROTXATEGI Sweets Museum

“ezkur-txerri”

Irun

Hernani Urnieta

“Ignacios”

Pasaia

Astigarraga

Aia

N-1

chocolate

rrasatendragón

Usurbil

“ezkur-txerri”

Mendaro

AP

ote”

Hondarribia

AP-8

O rio

Z

Z ar au tz

um aia Ge ta ria

BA

DE

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ku

O n da rr oa

Le ke it

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mackerel

“mondeju”

SAGARDOETXEA

Donostia/ San Sebastián

- Pintxo areas: La Parte Vieja, Gros and Centre (Reyes Católicos y San Marcial streets). - Traditional markets: San Martin and La Bretxa - Typical products: Txangurro, cod or hake kokotxas, elvers... - San Sebastian Gastronomika Conference (October) - Saint Thomas Fair (December)

Zaldibia

NATURAL PARK

ARALAR

Natu

Aizko ral PARK rri-Aratz

IDIAZABAL Cheese Interpretation Centre

GR 283 IDIAZABAL CHEESE ROUTE

salvatierra / Agurain

truffle

95 km. - 6 stages (Hiking) A circular route to see the Idiazabal Cheese preparation cycle: Natural Parks Aralar and Aizkorri-Aratz, the markets, the town that gives it its name (Idiazabal), museums... www.rutadelquesoidiazabal.com

Campezo Kanpezu

EUSKADI T H E BE S T WI N E A N D F OOD EXPERIENCE Basque gastronomy is much more than just eating good food. From the most traditional to the most innovative, Basque gastronomy is one of Euskadi’s identifying marks, deeply rooted in our people’s dayto-day, hearkening back to our history, customs and leisure. It’s a lifestyle, an identity, a way of being. It has crossed borders and its internationally wellknown and praised. The secret? The excellent and diverse raw materials offered by land and sea, the savoirfaire of great Basque chefs, and above all else, the care, attention to detail and passion with which Basques understand gastronomy. Ask, research, take the plunge, try, savour and enjoy. This way, your visit to Piece of roasted beef, Euskadi will definitely leave the best taste in your mouth.


THE SEAL THAT GUARANTEES HIGH QUALITY FOOD AND DRINK... How to find your way, how to get around, how to know what to look for with so much on offer? The Euskadi Gastronomika brand will help you find the best establishments during your stay, where local produce is treated with the honour it deserves, where tradition and traditional recipes are respected and regularly on offer, where the staff is trained to attend and welcome tourists and travellers.

...AND THE GUIDE THAT GUARANTEES THE BEST WAY TO ENJOY IT Euskadi is Gastronomy, and the Food and Wine Tourism guide is the best way to taste it, with full references of all establishments linked to Euskadi Gastronomika. Get your copy at one of the Tourist Offices or download it at euskaditurismo.eus Enjoy your stay and... Eat your way around the country of the Basques!

MORE THAN 700 ENTRIES WITH ALL THE NECESSARY INFORMATION FOR THE BEST FOOD AND WINE EXPERIENCE IN EUSKADI


Edition: 2019 Š: Administration of the Autonomous Community of the Basque Country. Department of Tourism, Trade and Consumer Affairs Published by: Central Publications Service of the Basque Government Content coordination: Basquetour, Basque Tourist Agency. Design: Leku Multimedia. Photographs: Basquetour image bank (various photographers). Regional tourism bodies in the Basque Country. Cartography: Directorate of Territorial Planning, Town Planning and Urban Regeneration. Basque Government. Hazi Fundazioa.

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