Europe Magazine May 2017

SPAIN

SOUTHERN EUROPE

Photo copyright: Ruta Vía de la Plata, TrackMTB

BIKING THE VIA DE LA PLATA CYCLING ALONG A ROUTE WITH CENTURIES OF HISTORY

Discover one of Europe’s most attractive itineraries by bike, located to the west of the Iberian Peninsula and forming part of the Eurovelo-1 route in Spain. The basis of this tourist route is a Roman road that began to be built in the 1st century BC and eventually became one of the main roads linking the north and south of the peninsula. Along the route, you will find some of the most important archaeological sites of the Roman period as well as monuments dating from later periods. If you want to enjoy a different kind of holiday, the Via de la Plata Route allows you to cross Spain from north to south in 12 stages. The route, which is more than 500 miles long, passes through 4 autonomous regions (Andalucía, Extremadura, Castilla y León y Asturias) and 7 provinces, where you will discover settings with numerous historical, natural, cultural and gastronomic attractions. Route suitable for road and mountain bikes You can explore the Via de la Plata Route on your road or mountain bike. See all the stages and different

resources for cyclists on the website or the app, where you will find the tracks in all formats, as well as a section listing the services that you may need along the route. You can also get a passport which enables you to get discounts. Unbounded nature, World Heritage Cities, places with a thousand aromas, colors and flavors seasoned with a huge variety of gastronomic products all constitute an invitation to enjoy this cultural route in both body and soul.

Spain Tourism Board The Via de la Plata Route

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