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Cycling Spain and Portugal
« on: February 04, 2011, 09:58:01 AM »
My girlfriend and me will spend some months cycling Spain and Portugal.

Any info is welcome of course, but I have some specific questions, and I know there are some active members from Spain here  ;D

-Of course I have heard about the ancient pilgrim routes to Santiago de Compostella. What about cycling on this routes? Do we share the path with walkers? Is this allowed? I am not only thinking about the famous routes from France, but also the others.

-I heard about old roman roads and old railways in Spain that are now used for cycling. Does anyone know where to find more info about this?

-Any hidden gems, like ancient cities, remote mountain areas with high passes, National Parks, quiet roads, etc?

-We know nothing about Portugal, except the names of some cities and the Algarve. What are the main attractions for cyclists that love nature and peace? I heard there is a route to Santiago through Portugal as well, Cyclable?

Thanks in advance for any info.

Peter
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Re: Cycling Spain and Portugal
« Reply #1 on: February 05, 2011, 07:33:53 PM »
hey Peter
Camino De santiago is ok. You can choose many roads. Small, bigs..., and yes you share it with walkers or with cars. I do not recommend to you do it in High season (Between May and September) it will be too touristic. Many people and hard to find accommodation.
Ruta de la Plata cross Spain from South to North. Is better for cycling in terms of less people walking.
North coast, specially my region Asturias, is amazing. Small roads. Look for Picos de Europa, a nice park but hard to be there on a heavy load bike.
http://www.rutadelaplata.com/
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