On the 16th June 2019, I will start my cycle which will see me leaving Santander airport and cross Spain towards Malaga airport.
The idea is to cycle through most of Spain's fantastic Nature reserves and discover the "real Spain" away from the tourist trails.
From the Parque Natural de Fuentes Carrionas e Fuente Cobre to the fabulous Parque Natural de Arribes del Duero to the peaks of Parque Natural Sierra de Hornachuelos , the the trip will see me cycling approx 1450km in 9 days climbing approx. 16800 meters.
Day temperatures will be around 30 degrees, but can easily rise under the hot June sun.
Along the route, I will visit tourist attractions, meet the locals and write about my adventures and discoveries in beautiful rural Spain.
Day# 2: Suances to Alba de Los Cardanos (147.47km)
Day# 2 will be a tough day in the saddle. Where the distance is an easy enough 147.47km, it will be continuous climbing from the morning until the afternoon.
Highlights will be the Cuevas de Altamira and the beautiful town of Santillana del Mar.
Heading higher and higher, I will leaving Cantabria behind me and heading into Castile and Leon. Cycling through Parque Natural Saja- Besaya towards the small town of Cervera de Pisuerga.
From there onwards, I will head into Parque natural de Fuentes Carrionas Y Fuente towards the small hamlet of Alba de los Cardanos where i will stay for the night.
This will be one of the toughest days where the total elevation gain for the day will be 3531 meters.
Day# 3: Alba de Los Cardanos to Riello (140.60 km)
Day# 3 will see another day of climbing (1657 meters of elevation gain).The day will start off with a steady drop in elevation until the town of Guardo.
Following a route north of Leon will bring some amazing views toward Parque National de Los Picos de Europa.
The day will finish nearby the town of Riello.
Day# 4: Riello to Miranda do Douro (179.90km)
A long day in the saddle starts in Riello towards the beautiful town of Astorga, a walled town on the crossroads of the Camino de Santiago pilgrims route and the Roman Silver road. On the list of things to see is the Episcopal Palace designed by Gaudi.
Carrying onwards will see me navigating through the flatlands towards Portugal cycling through sleepy hamlets.
At the end of the day will see me climbing into Portugal.
The late afternoon will be spend discovering the region along the Douro.
Day# 5: Miranda do Douro to CuiSalto de Saucelle (116.34 km)
Day# 5 takes in the fabulous Parque Natural de Arribes del Duero, an area of extreme beauty.
One of the first stops is the beautiful medieval town of Fermoselle where the small medieval streets and stone houses make a great photo opportunity.
From here, i will be heading deep into Parque Natural de Arribes del Duero. Although the day is one of the shortest days in the saddle, the day will be filled with hiking, canyoning and swimming.
A hike to Pozo de los Humos waterfall is also planned, although there might not be much water running in June.
The end of the day will see me rolling into Salto de Saucelle, a small town located at the Douro.
Day# 6: Salto de Saucelle to Las Mestras(141.41 km)
Day# 6 will bring another tough day in the saddle. With temperatures now well in the 30's, this will be a day of climbing.
In the morning, i will reach the beautiful city of Cuidad Rodrigo, a walled city with fabulous historical buildings.
After saying goodbye to this beautiful city, most of the day will be mainly spend in Parque Natural de las Batuecas. Climbing Pena de Fancia will be the highlight which with it's 1727 meters will be the highest point of my trip.
I will leave castile and Leon behind me and enter extremadura.
Extremadura is famous for it's historical towns, but it is also a place where you have average temperatures of well into the 30s, so keeping the head cool will be important. The end of the day will be spend in the small town of Las Mestras which has a beautiful river perfect for swimming.
Day# 7: Las Mestras to Caceres (180.2 km)
This day will start off with a cycle towards Plasencia following a route nearby the beautiful Embalse de Gabriel y Galán.
After a shot stop on Plasencia, the route will take me to Parque Nacional de Monfragüe , a nature reserve famous for the many birds.
The day will end in the beautiful city of Caceres, a Unesco world heritage site. The old town, Ciudad Monumental, has a mix of Gothic and Renaissance architecture, with cobbled medieval streets, fortified houses and palaces.
Day# 8: Caceres to Cazalla de la sierra (226.43km)
The longest day in the saddle will be a hard day in the saddle under the heat of the Spanish sun.
Leaving Caceres behind, I will be cycling towards Sierra grande de Hornachos.
By late afternoon, I will reach Parque Natural Sierra de Hornachuelos where I will start a gradual climb towards Cazalla de la sierra.
Day# 9: Cazalla de la sierra to Osuna (125.99km)
Todays trip is clearly divided in 2 different landscapes. In the morning, I will be enjoying the beautiful hills of Parque Natural Sierra de Hornachuelos , in the afternoon I will be cycling through the lowlands along long straight roads where shade will be very hard to find.
My destination is Osuna which is also called the frying pan of Spain, so I am expecting the worst.