What are greenways / "Vías Verdes"?
They are former railway lines, now
disused, recovered as non-motorized itineraries to be used
primarily by walkers and cyclists. In Spain there are over 3.100
km of greenways spread over every autonomous region.
Greenways are designed to take advantage of easy to travel disused railway routes. Most of the routes offer universal accessibility; they are accessible to young children, seniors, and people with disabilities alike.
Greenways are magical itineraries, dotted with old stations, impressive tunnels, and spectacular viaducts where once trains used to run, in many cases mining trains, or even railway lines that were never completed and on which no train ever ran.
The Ministry of Agriculture, Fishing and Food has developed three such itineraries in Navarre: Tarazonica, Plazaola and FC Vasco Navarro within the framework of the Nature Trails Programme.
- Respect the environment, the local people, the crops, and the livestock and wildlife.
- Respect the signage and the rules for using the greenways.
- Enjoy nature quietly and unhurriedly.
- Travel carefully where the route is shared with vehicles.
- Take special care in tunnels and on viaducts.
- Don’t forget to carry a flashlight or have lights on your bike on greenways where there are tunnels.
- Binoculars, water and comfortable footwear will always be good basic equipment to take on your excursions.
- If you are cycling, it is advisable to wear a helmet.
- Check the rules regarding taking cycles on trains (at www.renfe.com) and on buses.
- Go to www.visitnavarra.es and www.viasverdes.com for more information about your route and warnings of possible incidents that may affect it.
Greenways / Vías Verdes in Navarre
Today the Autonomous Community of Navarre
has five greenways with a total length of over 120 km. By using
these greenways tourists can discover the history, culture, and
natural resources of Navarre and the story behind these narrow gauge
railways. There are greenways in the Pyrenees, in Navarra Media, and
in La Ribera (the north, centre, and south of the region); in the
heart of the mountains, among vegetable farms and vineyards, or by
cool rivers. Perhaps the best way to discover the Kingdom of Navarre
at your own pace would be to visit all five greenways.
Also, projects in progress such Eurovelo 1 or the future prolongations of a number of these greenways, such as Plazaola, Bidasoa or Irati, presage a promising future to these small railways of old. And if you are still hungry for more, you can follow these magical routes on through the Basque Country and Aragon.
Bidasoa GreenwayOn the banks of the Bidasoa and next to the Señorío de Bertiz Natural Park
Plazaola Nature Trail GreenwayFrom Navarre to Gipuzkoa through the most unspoiled areas of Leitzaran
Irati GreenwayA surprising route through the Foz de Lumbier Nature Reserve
Vasco-Navarro Railway Nature Trail GreenwayFollowing the trail of the “Trenico” from the monumental city of Estella-Lizarra
Tarazonica Nature Trail GreenwayFrom the Ebro river to the Moncayo mountain through La Ribera de Navarra
For more information about Spain’s Greenwayswww.viasverdes.com
Atlantic on Bike and Eurovelo 1
Eurovelo 1 is a 8,186 kilometre long route which runs from
Nordkapp (Norway) to Sagres (Portugal), with a large section of the
Spanish part running through Navarre. In our region it will connect
greenways with the French Way of St James and will enable users to
enjoy forests, rivers, Roman monuments, mediaeval cities, local
traditions, and a delicious gastronomy for when we need to replenish
Atlantic On Bike is a transnational cooperation initiative of 18 partners from six countries (Norway, Ireland, UK, France, Spain and Portugal) which enjoys the support of the European Cyclists' Federation and whose aim is to make Eurovelo 1 a tourism destination of excellence.
This project, based on sustainable mobility, the concept of
healthy living, and tourism awareness, aims to create innovative
tourism services and products in collaboration with the local
sector; to make trips along Eurovelo 1 easy and attractive and to
develop synergies in order to publicize this European bike route.
More information: www.ederbidea.com