This must be a loop. I was thinking Galicia and incorporating parts of the Camino Portuguese but I’m open to suggestions, ideally route contains some coast and lots of off road. Likely doing this August so not massive miles. 40 off road miles a day is plenty.
Reviving this: anyone have a gravel route from Barcelona to Bilbao?
There’s tons of gravel through the priorat region- if you got a train from Barcelona to near reus you’d then have loads of scope to head inland. Most of it is semi tech through vineyards.
I don’t know a specific route all the way to Bilbao but if you find one I’d be interested!
I looked into this, there is a ‘green way’ / via verde loop that goes from girona. It overlaps with a route that was done by a bunch of people on the bear bones forum, last two years i think. I think I still have a pdf brochure somewhere if you want me to email it to you? Also mentioned on stw. Then add parts of the Camino and you are nearly there.
Search for pirinexos I think that is what it’s called
I rode this last summer, mostly following the Transpirenaica BTT route (some bits are tough on a Gravel bike). you could however use most of the route on the Spanish side and divert onto Bilbao at the end.
And that’s all offroad? What sort of terrain? Places to find water and wildcamp?
When are we going?
The first half, then I diverted and followed the route of the Transpyreenes ultra race for the second half. You can read more here, with pictures.
The first half is inspired by the route below, which is clearly marked on RWGPS "OSM Cycle" maps as "TP" and it turns out it's quite popular in Spain, but as BTT (aka MTB), not gravel. I rode it in July with 36c slicks and it was doable, I'd take some 40c Gravelking SK next time.
There is a video on Youtube that shows bits of the route.
It is definitely offroad for the vast majority of it, mostly fire roads, but some single track as well. You can generally resupply quite easily as it goes through different awesome villages, but as far as water streams it's quite dry on the mediterranean end. Plenty of places to wildcamp.
I have a week free at end of March
I'll touch base with my diary planner
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