MTB Routes

Eurovelo

Discover Extremadura atop an all-terrain bike.

MTB Routes

Eurovelo

Discover Extremadura atop an all-terrain bike.

EuroVelo is a European long distance cycling network which aims to connect the European continent through 12 long routes, crossing Europe from one end to another passing through the main cities and tourist areas.

In Spain, the EuroVelo 1 (EV1) route runs from Irún until Ayamonte, on the border with Portugal. The stretch of this route in Extremadura runs along the old Vía de la Plata path, starting at the provincial border between Salamanca and Cáceres, known as Puerto de Béjar and ends at Monesterio. This route has been divided into five stages along its path in Extremadura.

STAGE 1. SALAMANCA-CÁCERES PROVINCIAL BORDER - GALISTEO

Puerto de Béjar is the start of the first section of this route in Extremadura which runs parallel to the Vía de la Plata and consists of 62'3 km. Following the old Roman road we will pass through Baños de Montemayor, where just before crossing the A-66, we may off the track visit the beautiful Jewish quarter of Hervás.

Continuing down through the Ambroz Valley, we will return to our route at Aldeanueva del Camino, a town through which we will visit the Cáparra-Tierras de Granadilla region, whose meadows will take us to the old Roman town of Cáparra. Explore its ruins, you will be pleasantly surprised.

Leaving this place behind we will arrive at cortijo de Ventaquemada, where we can take the alternative track to visit Plasencia, about 12 km from this point. If you choose this option, we will be able to end the stage at Plasencia or from there continue up to Galisteo, where we will be back on the Vía de la Plata path. If we follow the Vía path, after passing through the town of Carcaboso heading south, this first stage will end at Galisteo.

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STAGE 2. GALISTEO - CÁCERES

From Galisteo, a town with medieval charm, following the bike trail of Vía de la Plata, we travel the 72 km that separate us from Cáceres, where the stage ends.

Visit its historic centre, full of stately homes and palaces, declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco since 1986. Near to the capital of Cáceres, we may explore one of the most well known natural and cultural spaces in Extremadura, the Los Barruecos Natural Monument and the Vostell-Malpartida Museum.

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STAGE 3. CÁCERES - MÉRIDA

A 75 km path leaves behind the Montánchez-Tamuja region and meadows of Extremadura that dot the landscape of this area in Extremadura, to enter into the vicinity of the Cornalvo Natural Park and thus reach Mérida.

The capital city of the autonomous region which marks the end of this stage, has one of the most important Roman sites of Europe, led by its imposing Theatre and Amphitheatre. Don't forget to visit the National Museum of Roman Art, which houses the most important collection of Roman art in Spain.

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STAGE 4. MÉRIDA - ZAFRA

After leaving behind Mérida, the route continues through Tierra de Barros. A 63 km path to ride on our bike to reach the noble town of Zafra. The route continues till we reach near Santos de Maimona, where we will take the EX 101 bypass towards Zafra. Visit its historical site.

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STAGE 5. ZAFRA - BADAJOZ-SEVILLE PROVINCIAL BORDER

This last stage which passes through the last few kilometres of the Vía de la Plata in its track in Extremadura, a 64 km path which starts at Zafra and ends at Monesterio, an area dotted with huge meadows where some of the best Iberian pigs of Extremadura are raised.

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