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 walls of the upper Duero
Welcome to this route through the time tunnel.
The route, of about 300 km, passes in its first half around the Duero River, mainly on its southern slope, and returns through the Sierra de Pela, which traces the southern border of the province of Soria, with its neighbors ones Segovia and Guadalajara .
This area next to the riverDuero, was very active during the Middle Ages and the reconquest. The continuous fights between the Muslim and Christian kingdoms first, and later on between Aragon and Castile, has left us a rich legacy in the form of fortified towns, such as Almazán, Maderuelo, Ayllón or Rello; castles such as Berlanga de Duero or Gormaz, and muslim watchtowers such as El Tiñón, spread over this territory.
And if we want to go back even further into the past, in the area of Tiermes, we can find a great testimony of the first settlers in this territory.
The artistic touch of the route is provided by the numerous and beautiful examples of arcaded Romanesque such as the Church of San Miguel in San Esteban de Gormaz, the first of this style in Castile; or the Burgo de Osma Cathedral, a whole mix of architectural styles.
Dovecotes, fences, farmyards, wine cellars, winepresses, agricultural crops …, they will give us a view on the people´s day to day in this area.
And the natural environment … Banks of the Duero River and tributaries, Riaza´s River Gorges, Ayllón montains, Tiermes holm-oak woods, Barahona Highlands and the River Talegones Canyon, are areas of great ecological interest protected by the Natura 2000 Network within this route.
A multitude of placespatiently await surprise us. Do you want to discover them?.
SHORTCUTS & CF+
This is the first of the planned routes that includes a shortcut, in this case, with different alternatives depending on whether you prefer more or less road, or where you want to continue. This shortcut Tiermes-Caracena-Gormaz-El Burgo de Osma, is also the first connection between the projects of Caminos de Frontera – cycling zone and Montañas Vacías, in its XL version. And there will be more as long as the next developments allow, and also with other very interesting projects like the ones you can find here in the Connecting projects section.
The CF + routes, are intended to be complementary proposals for those who want a little more and do not want to miss other interesting places near the main loop. At the moment the two ones here below are propossed, and surely some more will emerge in the future. The tracks can be downloaded from the link at the bottom of this page, along with the main loop and the shortcuts.
This is just a short summary of the route. In the link at the end of this page, you can download the complete and interactive guide of the route, in pdf format. By now it´s only available in Spanish, but we´re working to have it also in English.
To all those who either with your encouragement or with your advice and technical support, you are also contributing to make all this gradually moving forward. Thanks to my family who are there at all times and thanks also to the great people that I´m meeting throughout this trip. You all know that you are in my mind and in my heart.
You can find different types of grocery stores in Almazán, Berlanga de Duero, Quintanas de Gormaz, El Burgo de Osma – Ciudad de Osma, San Esteban de Gormaz, Miño de San Esteban, Langa de Duero, Ayllón y Retortillo de Soria.
Also possible to find mobile vendors and weekly street markets in the biggest willages.
Puedes encontrar distintos bares y restaurantes en Almazán, Berlanga de Duero, Recuerda, Gormaz, Quintanas de Gormaz, Gormaz, El Burgo de Osma – Ciudad de Osma, La Rasa, San Esteban de Gormaz, Miño de San Esteban, Langa de Duero, Castillejo de Robledo, Maderuelo, Ayllón, Tiermes y Retortillo de Soria.