SELF-GUIDED CICLOTURIST ROUTE
BARDENAS REALES & NAVARRA INCÓGNITA
BARDENAS REALES & NAVARRA INCÓGNITA is a bike trip both for classic mountain bikes and for the modern concept of gravel bikes.
The route is located in Northern Spain, in the South of the PYRENEES, just in the geographical areas known as Ribera Navarra and Baja Montaña.
The PIRINEOS PUNTO BIKE proposal to visit the BARDENAS is in broad strokes,
a Self Guided Pack which includes the Half Board Accommodations, the Tracks of the route and the Luggage Transport from hotel to hotel.
In the proposal can also participate non-cyclists as companions.
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The starting plan we make for this proposal is a route with 5 stages. Two of them cross what we have come to call the NAVARRA INCÓGNITA, a territory with inhospitable and forgotten character, located in the limits with Aragon and often unknown to the inhabitants of Navarre.
The remaining 3 stages of the proposal go directly through the BARDENAS REALES, a Natural Park declared a Natural Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO. We speak of an absolutely unique semi-desert territory that we could define as "the closest place to a desert" that we can find in all of Europe
From this initial approach we make personalized modifications of the route to adapt it to the interests and the days available by the interested cyclists.
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The standar route
Distance: 298 km Unevenness: 4.750 m
The SLOW option
Distance: 193 km Unevenness: 1.580 m
We do not really stick strictly to the stages as we present them here. Sometimes, in this semi-desert territory - in all aspects - some lodgings may be closed or complete. On other occasions, cyclists themselves have a preference for a particular place they wish to visit or for the length of the stages they prefer to do.
Likewise, geography is so generous here, and there are so many "essential" places to visit, that although we must always remove some of them from that list of "essentials", at least we have the ability to play with them and include them - sometimes some and sometimes others - depending on the stages that we design for each case.
In any case, we can be sure that although the stages may vary according to the above, they will always remain BARDENAS REALES & NAVARRA INCÓGNITA, and say that one of the options is better than another will be without any doubt an absolutely subjective exercise .
The route starts at Gallipienzo, one of the oldest towns in Navarre (10th century). Located then in a place border between the old kingdoms of Navarre and Aragon, at present and as far as we are concerned it is located in the "pure center" of NAVARRA INCÓGNITA.
Starting from Gallipienzo, the course of the Aragón river takes us into what we could call "no man's land". We will pedal through the bottom of a strangely maintained valley without roads and that maintains for that reason a biological diversity far above the usual.
South slope of the Sierra de Peña. During the ascent and once a certain height is reached, the silhouette of the Moncayo appears on the horizon line. He will accompany us until the end of the trip.
As an apparition and almost out of place, the Despoblado de La Torre de Peña arises in the middle of the Mountain Range.
Despoblado de La Torre de Peña. With the remains of its old tower at the top, the place invites an extended stop. Inhabited until the second half of the 20th century (1964) and with the ghosts of the past emerging in every corner, it is undoubtedly one of the neuralgic points of our NAVARRA INCÓGNITA.
The view that can be seen from the remains of the tower makes us see the strategic value of the place during the years of conflict.
Ruins of the Roman City of Santa Criz in Valdaibar, one of the "essential" places that we include in the SLOW option of the route.
It will be hard to forget a night walk through one of the most authentic villages of Navarre. In Gallipienzo things are, because they were and still are. Nothing is set for you to see it.
Low mists in the Comarca of Sangüesa, stage of the 1st half of this 2nd day of the route.
Paths between vineyards in the lands of ancient Valdaibar.
The course of the Aragón River is the natural line - and our SLOW option - to join the Pre-Pyrenean valleys with the Ribera Navarra.
Medieval village of Eslava, a town that recovers its important historical heritage through its own efforts.
The Sierra de Peña, where the stage of yesterday passed, closes the horizon. The Navarran vineyards begin to make their presence.
Ruins of San Miguel church on the outskirts of Ujue. In the background, the snow-capped peaks of the Pyrenean chain. BARDENAS REALES & NAVARRA INCÓGNITA occupies the geographical space located between said chain in the North and the Iberian System - with the Moncayo as the main and always recognizable peak - in the South.
In the solar hoop, the same church seen from Gallipienzo.
The kilometers that we have left to finish the stage are less demanding, so the stop in Ujue becomes "essential".
The monumental complex, which is in itself the entire Villa, is finished off with the impressive Fortress - Castle / Church - of Santa Maria. A church enclosed in a castle.
We visit the so-called Media Zone of Navarra heading towards the BARDENAS REALES. In this transition zone we will find the Laguna de Pitillas, a Natural Reserve, place of passage of thousands of migratory birds, and shelter for more than a hundred species of birds nesting.
Navarra forgotten during the final kilometers of the stage.
Murillo El Fruto and Carcastillo from the Mirador del Castillo. Today's stage comes to an end. On the horizon El Plano of the BARDENA tells us where we will continue tomorrow.
Despoblado de Rada on the Basin of the Aragon river in the doors of La Bardena. Unlike the depopulated of the Peña Tower of the 1st stage, Rada was already depopulated in the fifteenth century.
It is not necessary to cross the official limits of the Natural Park to realize that we are already in Las Bardenas.
Characteristic landscape of El Plano, the geographical area that together with the Bardena Blanca and the Bardena Negra, make up the orographic totality of the BARDENAS REALES.
El Paso constitutes the "official" entrance to the Bardena by the North, the point at which visitors perceive that they enter a space of semi-desert character and with their own personality.
The Monument to the Shepherd which identifies the place, pays homage to the transhumant shepherds that for centuries have been repeating the cycle of bringing in winter to this place the sheep that graze during the summer in the incredibly close and different Pyrenees.
In its southern slope, in Cornialto, the plateau of El Plano collapses in Bardena.
Geological formations characteristic of La Bardena.
From the slopes of Cornialto the most characteristic and recognizable Cabezos of the Bardena Blanca. are outlined. It is the territory where the stage of tomorrow will take place.
Ruins of the Peñaflor Castle in the pure center of the bardenera geography. We are in the middle of the stage.
Rest in the vicinity of the Ermita del Yugo. On the horizon the Moncayo is gaining presence.
4th stage of BARDENAS REALES & NAVARRA INCÓGNITA. Bardena Blanca in full.
The heart of the Bardena seen from Aragon, one of the "star" moments of the day.
Malvecino Reservoir in Bardena Aragonesa, the easternmost point of the stage.
Castildeterra, the icon par excellence of the BARDENAS REALES.
Pedaling between crops under the walls of El Rallon
In the Cabezo de las Cortinillas we visualize perfectly the layers of plaster that color and make this Bardena be called "la Blanca".
Cabezo del Piskerra and its "niño". At the bottom the 2300 meters of the Moncayo, habitual horizon of the Bardena.
Bardena in its purest state
The famous Paso de los Ciervos among the intricate geography that forms the Bardena under the walls of El Rallón.
Heart of the BARDENAS REALES. Unquestionably a completely different place.
Bardean environment in the surroundings of the Poligono de Tiro.
Corral de Zapata. The color of the slopes of La Nasa warns us that further south will appear the Black Bardena.
We lined up towards the Black Bardena
In the SLOW option we will avoid the most demanding section of La Plana de La Negra and we will go to the end of the stage through a more direct route.
National Park environment in the Natural Reserve of Las Caidas de la Negra from the vicinity of Cabezo de Sancho Abarca.
Typical constructions of Las Bardenas, Corral de Farrique. We are on the border with the Bardena Aragonesa.
Cabezos de Sancho Abarca (left) Peña El Fraile (center) and Punta del Aguilar (right) are the last formations of the Bardenas in the South. They indicate that the end of the route is close.
From Sancho Abarca, the typical Bardenas territory is diluted in the Ebro Basin.
We reached the Ebro Basin, we finished BARDENAS REALES & NAVARRA INCÓGNITA and we are already looking beyond. The Moncayo, which has been our-increasingly closer-horizon, during the 5 days of the route, is now absolutely present and invites us to continue looking for other horizons.
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During our stay at Las Cuevas Bardeneras it will be the responsibility of Sidrería Bornax to give us dinner. We will be in good hands.
5 Stages Pack - 7 days / 6 nights
Minimum group 2 people
920 € Price per person for groups of 6 or more people
990 € Price per person for groups of 4 or 5 people
1.150 € Price per person for groups of 2 or 3 people
690 € Price per person for groups of 6 or more people
760 € Price per person for groups of 4 or 5 people
820 € Price per person for groups of 2 or 3 people
Transport of luggage between hotels
1 bag or package of a maximum of 20 kg per person
If not needed, the cost of this service will be deducted from the proposal
One of the afternoons, after the activity, a taxi service will accompany the drivers of the vehicles to move them from the starting point of the route to the end of the same.
If not needed, the cost of this service will be deducted from the proposal
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Rates for the whole year, subject to availability.
The prices may vary when the dates coincide with the Easter holidays or with the Patron Festivities of any of the places of accommodation.
All the proposals presented on this website are sold through Pirineos PUNTO BIKE CIF 15954000-G
Inscribed in the Tourist Registry of Navarra with Code CI. NA-128