Details of the Romanesque Art in Palencia with a gravel bike trip
A new proposal to tour Palencia on a gravel bike or rigid MTB and pedal through the area with the highest concentration of Romanesque art in Europe.
Discover an incredible mountain scenery, among the mountain ridges, through meadows and pastures where you can discover the flora and fauna unique to the area. You will also enjoy the Pisuerga river that will accompany you in a great part of the tour, with an environment of deciduous forests.
It will be a great opportunity to get to know the history of the Province of Palencia on a gravel bike and its artistic, cultural and monumental heritage of Romanesque origin. During the stages you will visit small hermitages, monasteries and churches with a singular attraction of their own.
Day 1: Arrival at Cervera de Pisuerga
Relaxing day to visit Cervera de Pisuerga and its wonderful narrow streets the day before starting to cycle. Today is a day to relax and prepare for the cycling route. You can visit its beautiful old town, with emblazoned houses, narrow streets, typical buildings of the Cantabrian and Castilian landscape.
Day 2: Cervera de Pisuerga – Santa María de Mave 53km
From Cervera de Pisuerga, one of the three towns in the heart of the Montaña Palentina, characterized by its livestock, commercial and artisan tradition, our cycling route will begin.
You will start pedaling through the unspoiled natural landscape of the province. A transition zone between the Cantabrian Mountains and the Duero depression. Bordering the Aguilar Reservoir, among a landscape of oaks, pines, holm oaks and meadows, until you reach Santa María de Mave.
Day 3: Santa María de Mave – Salinas de Pisuerga 43km
In Santa María de Mave, it is mandatory to visit its Monastery, declared a Historic Artistic Monument, one of the most important Romanesque temples in Palencia. Although it has undergone modifications its church continues with the aesthetics of the time.
Continuing towards Salinas de Pisuerga. We will pedal through the natural area of the Tuerces, a set of stone forms generated as a result of water erosion and limestone rock, which has formed a kind of labyrinth. Passing through Aguilar de Campoo, a town with a great monumental and historical-cultural wealth, which makes it one of the most striking villages in the province.
Finally, again bordering the Aguilar reservoir, we will finish the stage in Salinas de Pisuerga.
Day 4: Salinas de Pisuerga – Cervera de Pisuerga 36km
Already in Salinas de Pisuerga, a municipality that owes its name, as they say, to the location of this on a salty ground. You can enjoy various monuments of the sixteenth century, including the Parish Church of San Pelayo, with a large bell tower. Or the medieval bridge that was the main access road to the municipality and that crosses the Pisuerga River.
From here, we will leave on our last stage through the Palencia Mountains, until we finish again in Cervera de Pisuerga.
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What is it like to do the Romanesque Art in Palencia with a gravel bike trip
Pedal through the Montaña Palentina through a landscape of oaks, pines and meadows. Ride along roads and tracks through forests. And, above all, take advantage of the visit to the different villages to admire their architecture, monuments and let yourself be fascinated by the multitude of churches, monasteries and hermitages of Romanesque art.
Come and get to know and get lost in this unique environment full of historical, cultural and natural heritage.
Usual accommodations in the route of the Romanesque Palencia through Palencia with gravel bike.
The accommodations on this cycling route are of the Hostal and Rural Hotel type, with private bathroom, half board (dinner and breakfast). They have been selected for their quality and location.
I am only one person, can I still book?
Yes, you can book as a single traveler.
Is it possible to rent a bike?
Yes, this trip can be done with either your bike or ours. You can choose it during the booking process, hybrid or electric mountain bikes are available.
Is the daily luggage transfer between accommodations included?
Yes, every day we will take your luggage to the next hotel. You only have to leave it at the reception desk, and we will take care of everything. Normally it will already be at the hotel when you arrive.
Is it possible to cancel?
We want to be as flexible as possible. Therefore, in case of unforeseen circumstances, we will do our best to change the dates of the trip free of charge so that you can travel within the same year, as long as you let us know at least 3 weeks in advance.
And if your plans change and you want to cancel the trip before the start date, the following handling fees will apply:
– with more than 30 days, the management fees will be 20% of the amount of the trip.
– between 30 and 15 days, the handling fee will be 50% of the amount of the trip.
– with less than 14 days, the amount to be paid will be 100% of the amount of the trip.
In order to have more flexibility, we recommend taking out travel, assistance, CR and cancellation insurance. Check with us the conditions. Please note that the price of the insurance is not refunded once contracted in case of cancellation or modification.
Are there roads?
Practically the entire trip is on Vias Verdes, tracks or asphalt roads. If you make the stage to Valencia, there are a few kilometers of link that are made by road where you should drive with caution.
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