Descubre nuestros paisajes, pueblos, historia, monumentos, costumbres y tradiciones, arquitectura popular, … y cómo no, nuestra gente, a lo largo de estas tierras en torno a la cabecera del Río Duero. Y todo ello, de la mejor manera, sobre una bicicleta!!!
The proposal consists by now of five circular routes with distances between 120km and more than 300km, so that you can visit different areas of this territory as many times as you wish.
Different shortcuts and connections are also proposed so that you can adapt your experience to your own preferences and available time.
The Santander-Mediterranean greenway and the Senda del Duero nature trail, in the western half of the province of Soria, also enable very interesting connections and give even more flexibility to this cycling area .
If you like easy life and easy logistics, then you also have very interesting options around here. You can already find several day routes throughout the south of the province of Soria, three of them starting and finishing in Berlanga de Duero. The idea is to keep expanding the network of routes of this type.
Due to its geographical location, in the central area of the province of Soria, close to the A-15 motorway, and equipped with a train and bus station with regular services from Madrid and other capitals in the northern half of Spain, Almazán is the official zero kilometer in this project.
The name of Almazán, of Arab origin, means “The Fortified” and was a frontier land first between Arabs and Christians and afterwards between Aragón and Castile.
Its historical and monumental wealth and its spectacular Plaza Mayor looking towards the river Duero, make Almazán a perfect place as kilometer 0 for these Border Roads.
When establishing an exact point for the start of these tours, a circular bronze grid placed between the town hall and the Romanesque church of San Miguel in the reform of the Main Square, completed in 2011, is the perfect choice.
Its function is the drainage of the square, and following the cardinal points, its inscriptions, indicate the direction to the monuments of the town, historical milestones related to this Almazán, the distance to the different towns of the municipality, the name of the predominat winds …
In addition, Almazán also has a long cycling tradition, and its Main Square is usually the meeting point for cyclist in the town for their rides.
In spite of the circular designs of the routes and the interconnection between them, other towns such as Berlanga de Duero, El Burgo de Osma, San Esteban de Gormaz, Abejar, or Soria, are also be very good options as a starting point.
The tracks and other details will appear on the web as soon as the routes are confirmed.
This route is the one generating all this idea of Caminos de Frontera – cycling zone.
The first half, runs along the south of the river Duero,and returns through the mountains between the south of the province of Soria and its limit with Segovia and Guadalajara.
It is a route with a very important historical component, which will allow us to soak up the history of this area so active during Middle Ages and dotted with a good number of castles, towers and watchtowers.
Do not forget the first inhabitants of this territory. Their testimony can be found in the surroundings of Tiermes and its Archaeological Site.
The artistic touch of the route is provided by the numerous examples of Romanesque that patiently wait for us to discover them.
Dovecotes, fences, sheepfolds, wineries, winepresses … will give us some clues about the day-to-day lives of the people in this area.
Regarding to the natural environment… Ribera del Río Duero y afluentes, Hoces del Río Riaza, Sierra de Ayllón, Encinares de Tiermes and Altos de Barahona, Cañón del Río Talegones, are the areas protected by the Natura 2000 Network within this route.
And outside the Red Natura 2000 protection, but quite and beautiful, the Cañón del Río Caracena.
In summary, a lot of very good reasons to travel this route, either in whole or in part.
Route designed to connect two very different natural areas.
The first one, is the area known as “pinares llanos” or flat pine forests, extended between Almazán and Quintana Redonda. An area rich in mycological resources and that since few years ago, has recovered its activity extracting the natural resin from this type of pines.
Continuing to the north, we first cross the oak groves of the Sierra de Hinodejo, between Quintana Redonta and the N-122 road, and then, we arrive at the Sabinares de la Sierra de Cabrejas.
It is a natural space with an area of about 33,000 ha, included in the Red Natura 2000 protection.
In this space, we find two natural pearls like the Natural Reserve of the Sabinar de Calatañazor ( an ancient juniper forest) and the Natural Monument of La Fuentona (a resurgence of karstic origin).
The traditional architecture is another characteristic of the identity of this area, with towns such as La Cuenca or Calatañazor, where time seems to have stopped.
The last part of the way back, is by the Natural Path of the Senda del Duero, but in the opposite direction, with good Romanesque and beautiful landscapes.
El Burgo de Osma-Ciudad de Osma, is the epicenter of this region. Declared as Town of Tourist Interest since 1962 and as Historical-Artistic site since 1993.
Its origin dates back to the Arévaco settlement of Uxama, in the City of Osma. Its historical wealth and medieval air is evident at every step through its historic center.
Its typical Main Square and arcaded streets, guiding us towards the cathedral and the various monuments of the town, the surroundings of the Ucero river with its walls and going downstream the bridge and Osma castle and the watchtowers arround this area, complete a very interesting visit.
We continue through the fertile plain of the Ucero river to the north. We arrive at Ucero and the Wolves river Canyon, a natural reserve between the provinces of Burgos and Soria.
We ride the centire canyon, up to Hontoria del Pinar, to return by the Orillares gorge and Alcubilla de Avellaneda and its palace.
We complete the route returning to the Ribera del Duero vineyard area, through Bocigas de Perales and also by two Romanesque pearls (San Ginés and San Martín), in Rejas de San Esteban and the watchtower in Quintanilla de Tres Barrios.
We leave Soria, on the Santander-Mediterranean Nature Trail to the west, with the Frentes peak in front of us. Closeby Fuentetoba, we can deviate slightly if we wish to visit La Toba waterfall.
We continue between pasture areas next to the northern slopes of the Sierra de Cabrejas and its junipers until we reach Abejar.
We fully enter in the heart of the “Comarca de Pinares”, visiting its most typical villages with their characteristic stone houses, such as Salduero, Molinos de Duero and Vinuesa, and next to the Cuerda del Pozo Reservoir.
We reach the highest point halfway through the route. There, one of the most spectacular places in the province of Soria is awaiting to us. It´s the “Laguna Negra de Urbión” (lagoon of glacial origin), in the heart of the natural park “Black Lagoon and Urbión Glacial Cirques”.
The return to Soria is by the Senda del Duero Nature Trail, riding through the area known as “El Valle”, passing by the castle and the lagoon in La Hinojosa, and “El Soto de Garray”.
Third route departing from Almazán, this time towards the Jalón riverbank and its junipers, at the southern tip of the province.
Mix of historical, artistic and natural elements.
We start pedaling towards the southeast, crossing the Sierra de Perdices montains , until we reach Monteagudo de Las Vicarías, which still preserves a good part of its walled area.
Just before reaching Monteagudo de las Vicarías, a reservoir forms a wetland where various species nest and which is an important transit area for migratory birds.
Continuing to the south, we get to the Jalón river, and after that to Santa María de Huerta and its Cistercian monastery. It was built between the 12th and 16th centuries, and combines the Gothic and Plateresque styles in a beautiful complex.
From here, we go to the Jalon junipers, passing through very unique towns and places.
The return to Almazán is through Medinaceli and its region towards the north. We will still pass through Morón de Almazán and its impressive Plateresque-style Main Square.