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Self-Guided Pre-Pyrenee's Mountains to Desert

Aragon, Uncastillo
February - October
Suitable For
Intermediate to Advanced
From
£840pp
Price Based on

Package Includes

  • 6 Nights High quality accommodation with breakfast
  • Airport Transfers (Zaragoza)
  • 6 x Self Guided Stages
  • 3 x Dinners included
  • Daily Luggage transfer and support line during the trip
  • A guidebook with topo, a map and the GPS tracks
  • Mollydoo Cycling Jersey

What's Not Included

  • Flights (we can arrange)
  • Travel Insurance
  • Meals outside what is included
  • 6 days-bikes rental . (Orbea MX30 aro 29”) £125/week
  • 6 days E-bikes rental . (Chimobri) £170/week

Package Highlights

  • Impressive gorges in the Guara Natural Park
  • A Medieval village trio, Aínsa, Alquézar and Uncastillo
  • Abandoned villages linked by wild, isolated and ancient trails
  • Boundless landscapes and the breathtaking Bardenas desert

Package Overview

A beautiful six stage bikepacking route that flows from the green southern face of the Spanish Pyrenees to the Bardenas Desert. It’s designed for Mountain biker's who are in no rush, but like to enjoy the rich, cultural heritage hidden in the wild, countless romanesque chapels, medieval castles, hermits carved in the rocks and the natural hot spots as Mallos de Riglos and Vero Canyon.

You will experience a diverse landscape on this trip and get a real taste of wild Spain, along with some traditional and isolated accommodation. The stages are between 40 and 55 kilometers. 

Package at a Glance

Ride Type
Self-Guided
Suitable For
Intermediate to Advanced
Daily Distance
33-58 (km)
based on your ability
Daily Climbing
600-990 (m)
based on your ability
Bike Included
Optional (see bike rental options)
Vehicle Support
Luggage Transfers

Accommodation Options

This package includes six individual accommodation based in Ainsa, Alquezar, Panzano, Huesca, Murillo de Gállego, Uncastillo with a mixture of bed & breakfast and half board.

Huesca, Aragon
Alquezar, Aragon, Province of Huesca
Ainsa, Aragon, Province of Huesca

Ride Itinerary & Useful Info

Day 1: Arrival

We will be awaiting your arrival at Zaragoza airport and will transport you to your accommodation in Ainsa. During the transfer we will discuss the cycling plan personally and we will answer any questions you may have. We will join you for a welcome dinner and trip briefing.

Transfer time approx 2 hours.

Day 2: Stage 1 The path of the reconquest. (Ainsa-Alquézar)

On the first stage of your mountain biking tour, we’ll discover Eastern Sierra de Guara, enjoying its ancient villages and discovering the small treasures hidden in this isolated territory. From Aínsa, we will ride a local road going to the beautiful village of Guaso, and after passing Arcusa and Eripol Col, we will arrive to Almazorre, another charming medieval town with a very interesting cultural and monumental heritage.

We continue cycling to Bárcabo and the spectacular Mirador del Vero viewpoint, a highlight where you’ll enjoy the impressive views of Vero River Canyon. The beautiful village of Lecina and its ancient oak, located only 2 km from the route, are also worth a visit. You will only have to ascend San Caprasio Col, surrounded by deep gorges, before ending the stage in Alquézar.

Technical facts

  • Distance Cycled: 58 km
  • Riding Time: 5-6 hours
  • Climbing: 600 m
  • Physical Difficulty: Medium
  • Surface type: 100% quiet local road

Day 3: Stage 2 Alquézar and Natural Park of Guara (Alquézar-Panzano)

The mtb route passes by Southern Sierra y Cañones de Guara Natural Park, from the exceptional medieval village of Alquézar, officially appointed as one of the Most Beautiful Villages of Spain.

From Alquézar we head west through a series of quiet local roads with little traffic, cycling across olive fields and vineyards near the foothills of stunning Tozal de Guara, an ideal place to rest before facing the second stage of the tour.

Technical facts

  • Distance Cycled: 33 km
  • Riding Time: 3-4 hours
  • Climbing: 670m
  • Physical Difficulty: Medium
  • Surface type: 100% quiet local road

Day 4: Stage 3. Vine, olive and almond trees (Panzano-Huesca)

Today we ride by a series of quiet local roads on a pleasant trip, where we’ll enjoy the beautiful landscape of Southern Sierra de Guara. Riding between olive and almond fields under the attentive look of Mallos de Vadiello, we will reach the small town of Huesca, located on the foothills of majestic Salto de Roldán, one of the most characteristic landscapes of Sierra de Guara. Tomorrow, we will ride in the “Reino de la Mallos” territory.

Technical facts

  • Distance Cycled: 38 km
  • Riding Time: 4-5 hours
  • Climbing: 730 m
  • Physical Difficulty: Medium
  • Surface type:65% quiet local road, 35% unpaved roads

Day 5: Stage 4 Castle of Loarre (Huesca-Murillo)

Salto de Roldán and San Julián gorges are two unique rocky landscapes, hiding between amazing rock-carved hermitages, which were inhabited in the Middle Ages. 

Pedalling along the foothill of Loarre mountain ranges. We’ll find some peaceful and charming villages settled in their fertile foothills. The bikepacking stage passes under the Medieval
hermitages of Virgen de la Peña de Anies and the medieval castle of Loarre .

Technical facts

  • Distance Cycled 55 km
  • Riding Time 5-6 hours
  • Climbing 870m
  • Physical Difficulty Medium
  • Surface type: 40% quiet local road, 60% unpaved roads

Day 6: Stage 5 El Reino de los Mallos (Murillo-Uncastillo)

Running through the “Reino de los Mallos” has an excellent reward: passing under the huge conglomerate needles of Mallos de Riglos. After crossing the Gállego Canyon, we will get into the wild and isolated Sierra de Santo Domingo where we won't find anybody else but us mountain bikers!

Technical facts

  • Distance Cycled 54 km
  • Riding Time 5-6 hours
  • Climbing 990m
  • Physical Difficulty High*
  • Surface type: 35% quiet local road, 65% unpaved roads

Day 7: Stage 6 “Las Bardenas” Desert

This traverse starts in the mountains and ends in the desert. During our last day on the mountain bikes we will get into the “ Bardenas Reales ” where desert and water combine. There is also a short transfer of 40 minutes with this stage.

Technical facts

  • Distance Cycled 49 km
  • Riding Time 4-5 hours
  • Climbing 230m
  • Physical Difficulty Low
  • Surface type: 60% unpaved roads

Day 8: Departure

All good things must come to an end, until next time anyway! After breakfast, we will transport you to Zaragoza Airport.

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