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Cycle Touring in Spain
This handy pocket-sized guidebook contains detailed route descriptions for eight multi-day cycle routes in Spain. Away from the busy Costas, the routes take you through Bilbao, Madrid, Sevilla, the Sierras and even the Pyrenees and Picos de Europa. The routes vary from short, introductory tours to harder, more demanding ones for the enthusiasts. More...
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Route 5 (Stages 1, 2 and 7), Route 6 (Stage 1) and Appendix 5 (Aeropuerto de Madrid)
All the above have been affected by significant changes to roads around Madrid and the opening of Terminal 4 at Barajas Airport. Route 5 Sierras de Gredos and Guadarrama Stages 1, 2 and 7. Stage 1 used originally used the M501 which has been upgraded to motorway standard and from which cyclists are banned. This has a knock on effect to Stage 2. Stage 7 used dual carriageways south of Alcobendas which have been upgraded to motorway standard and from which cyclists are banned. Have no fear that the revised routes are inferior to the originals. In fact many would consider them superior including the author. Route 6 Madrid to Bilbao Stage 1. The tunnel under the airport to Paracuellos has been rebuilt and cyclists are banned.
The following PDF file includes amended text and maps for these sections.
There are many other minor changes that will affect other areas of the guide but these should all be apparent from up-to-date commercial maps.
Route 7 – Los Pireneos
With thanks to Gail Boehm, October 2008.
Page 231 Delete Camping Peña Oroel. Reported closed autumn 2008.
Add Camping Aín, Camino de San Salvador (tel: 656 47 77 12)
Page 231 Add before Biescas
Camping Valle de Tena, Ctra. N260 km 513 (tel: 974 48 09 77)
(3) Casba, Unica, s/n (tel: 974 48 01 49)
Page 232 Add after Laspaúles
Camping Baliera, Bonansa (tel: 974 55 40 16)
Page 233 Add after Coll de Nargó
Camping Organyà, Calle Piscina, s/n (tel: 973 38 20 39
(3) Dom, Ctra. de Lleida, 56 (tel: 973 38 35 13)
Camping La Comella, Ctra. Organyà a Sant Llorenç (tel: 973 48 90 24)
Stage 5. The campsite 10 km south of Biescas is highly recommended and campers may wish to end the stage here instead of Jaca.
Stage 7. An alternative route from Campo is to take the road east through Aguascaldas, Egea and Villacarli. Then turn north through Beranuy and Bonansa. The Coll de Bonansa is 1,380m. At the N260 turn right to rejoin the main route. Recommended for its mountain scenery and canyons. There is a camp site at Bonansa
Route 2 Sierra de Grazalema and Torcal, Andalucía
Stage 1 Álora or Málaga Airport to Carratraca
It has been confirmed that bicycles are allowed on all the local trains between Málaga and Álora. The rule is one bicycle per platform. Unless told otherwise this may be interpreted as one bicycle per standing area adjacent to the doors. Bicycles are not allowed on trains that leave Álora before 09:30.
Bicycles are not allowed on any train between Málaga and Fuengirola. This includes the trains between the airport and Málaga.
Appendix 4 Travelling to Spain, page 273
European bike Express telephone number now 01430 422111 and fax 01430 422877. Website URL unchanged.