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The Total Cycling Experience in the Bardenas Reales and in the most incógnita and unknown Navarra

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SELF-GUIDED CICLOTURIST ROUTE

3 to 7 Stages of Expert, Medium and Slow levels

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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Horizon of the White Bardena. Cabezos Piskerra (left) and Rallón (right)
Castildeterra, the icon par excellence of the BARDENAS REALES
NAVARRA INCÓGNITA - Depopulated of Peña, during centuries the guardian of the borders with the neighboring Kingdom of Aragon
Sunset in the White Bardena.
Gravel tracks under the Cabezo of Piskerra
BARDENAS REALES views from the Aguilares viewpoint
Peña del Fraile and Punta del Aguilar, we are at the southernmost end of the route, in the Black Bardena.
Better not forget that we are in an "almost desert"
NAVARRA INCÓGNITA - "Watchover" village of Gallipienzo over the Aragon river. Our "home" for the first 2 nights.
La Ralla and El Rallón views from the Cabezo de las Cortinillas
Cabezo and hut, a constant binomial in the Bardenas
The tracks are lost in the bardenas horizon
NAVARRA INCÓGNITA - Ruins of the Church of San Miguel - In the solar hoop - and Ujue Fortress seem from Gallipienzo
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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

Stage 1: Gallipienzo/Aibar - Gallipienzo/Aibar - Distance: 56 km   Unevenness: 1.020 m

Stage 2: Gallipienzo/Aibar - Ujue - Murillo El Fruto - Distance: 62 km   Unevenness: 1.400 m

Stage 3: Murillo El Fruto - Valtierra/Arguedas - Distance: 55 km   Unevenness: 650 m

Stage 4: Valtierra/Arguedas - Valtierra/Arguedas - Distance: 61 km   Unevenness: 800 m

Stage 5: Valtierra/Arguedas - Buñuel/Tauste - Distance: 64 km   Unevenness: 880 m

The SLOW option
Distance: 193 km   Unevenness: 1.580 m

Stage 1: Gallipienzo/Aibar - Gallipienzo/Aibar - Distance: 38 km   Unevenness: 630 m

Stage 2: Gallipienzo/Aibar - Murillo El Fruto - Distance: 27 km   Unevenness: 70 m

Stage 3: Murillo El Fruto - Valtierra/Arguedas - Distance: 36 km   Unevenness: 180 m

Stage 4: Valtierra/Arguedas - Valtierra/Arguedas - Distance: 37 km   Unevenness: 320 m

Stage 5: Valtierra/Arguedas - Buñuel - Distance: 55 km   Unevenness: 380 m

Important

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 .

   
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Stage 1: Gallipienzo/Aibar - Gallipienzo/Aibar - Distance: 56 km   Unevenness: 1.020 m

Stage 1 SLOW: Gallipienzo/Aibar - Gallipienzo/Aibar - Distance: 38 km   Unevenness: 630 m

Gallipienzo-Aragon-river

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.

Aragon-river

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.

Navarra-Incognita.stage-1 Navarra-Incognita.stage-2 Aragon-Moncayo

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.

Despoblado de Peña Despoblado de Peña-cyclist

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 Peña Despoblado de Peña Despoblado de Peña

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.

Despoblado de Peña-panoramica

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.

Santa-Criz-roman-village

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.

Gallipienzo-La-Nuit

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.

   
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Stage 2: Gallipienzo/Aibar - Ujue - Murillo El Fruto - Distance: 62 km   Unevenness: 1.400 m

Stage 2 SLOW: Gallipienzo/Aibar - Murillo El Fruto - Distance: 27 km   Unevenness: 70 m

Valdaibar inside the mist

Low mists in the Comarca of Sangüesa, stage of the 1st half of this 2nd day of the route.

Eslava-wineyards

Paths between vineyards in the lands of ancient Valdaibar.

Aragon-river Aragon-river-vignobles

The course of the Aragón River is the natural line - and our SLOW option - to join the Pre-Pyrenean valleys with the Ribera Navarra.

Eslava-village

Medieval village of Eslava, a town that recovers its important historical heritage through its own efforts.

Eslava-village

The Sierra de Peña, where the stage of yesterday passed, closes the horizon. The Navarran vineyards begin to make their presence.

Ujue-San-Miguel Ujue-San-Miguel-inside-the-sun

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.

Ujue-village Ujue-church-castle

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.

Laguna-Pitillas Laguna-Pitillas-detail

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.

Ruta-a-Murillo

Navarra forgotten during the final kilometers of the stage.

Ruta-a-Murillo

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.

   
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Stage 3: Murillo El Fruto - Valtierra/Arguedas - Distance: 55 km   Unevenness: 650 m

Stage 3 SLOW: Murillo El Fruto - Valtierra/Arguedas - Distance: 36 km   Unevenness: 180 m

Despoblado-Rada

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.

Bardena-Caparroso

It is not necessary to cross the official limits of the Natural Park to realize that we are already in Las Bardenas.

El Plano - Bardenas Reales

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.

Bardenas-El-Paso Bardenas-Monumento-al-pastor

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.

Bardenas-El-Plano-Cornialto

In its southern slope, in Cornialto, the plateau of El Plano collapses in Bardena.

Bardenas geological

Geological formations characteristic of La Bardena.

Bardena-blanca

In work.

Bardena-blanca-desde-El-Plano

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.

Castillo-Penaflor-Bardena-Blanca

Ruins of the Peñaflor Castle in the pure center of the bardenera geography. We are in the middle of the stage.

Bardenas-El-Yugo

Rest in the vicinity of the Ermita del Yugo. On the horizon the Moncayo is gaining presence.

   
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Stage 4: Valtierra/Arguedas - Valtierra/Arguedas - Distance: 61 km   Unevenness: 800 m

Stage 4 SLOW: Valtierra/Arguedas - Valtierra/Arguedas - Distance: 37 km   Unevenness: 320 m

Descenso a la Bardena blanca

4th stage of BARDENAS REALES & NAVARRA INCÓGNITA. Bardena Blanca in full.

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The heart of the Bardena seen from Aragon, one of the "star" moments of the day.

Scenes in Bardenas

Pure Bardena

Embalse-Malvecino

Malvecino Reservoir in Bardena Aragonesa, the easternmost point of the stage.

Bardena blanca Castildeterra

Castildeterra, the icon par excellence of the BARDENAS REALES.

Pedaling between crops under the walls of El Rallon

Bardena Blanca with bike

In the Cabezo de las Cortinillas we visualize perfectly the layers of plaster that color and make this Bardena be called "la Blanca".

CLimbing up to El Rallon Cabezo Piskerra

Cabezo del Piskerra and its "niño". At the bottom the 2300 meters of the Moncayo, habitual horizon of the Bardena.

Bardena Pura

Bardena in its purest state

Paso de los ciervos 1 Paso de los ciervos 2

The famous Paso de los Ciervos among the intricate geography that forms the Bardena under the walls of El Rallón.

Heart of Bardenas

Heart of the BARDENAS REALES. Unquestionably a completely different place.

   
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Stage 5: Valtierra/Arguedas - Buñuel/Tauste - Distance: 64 km   Unevenness: 880 m

Stage 5 SLOW: Valtierra/Arguedas - Buñuel - Distance: 55 km   Unevenness: 380 m

Poligono-de-tiro

Bardean environment in the surroundings of the Poligono de Tiro.

Corral-de-Zapata

Corral de Zapata. The color of the slopes of La Nasa warns us that further south will appear the Black Bardena.

Route-Bardena-Negra

We lined up towards the Black Bardena

Route-Bardena-Negra-slow

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.

Caidas-de-la-Negra

National Park environment in the Natural Reserve of Las Caidas de la Negra from the vicinity of Cabezo de Sancho Abarca.

Cabines de Farrique

Typical constructions of Las Bardenas, Corral de Farrique. We are on the border with the Bardena Aragonesa.

Cabezos-Aguilar-Fraile

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.

End of day in La Bardena End of Bardena

From Sancho Abarca, the typical Bardenas territory is diluted in the Ebro Basin.

Fin de La Bardena - Moncayo

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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  • 1st and 2nd night
    • Depending on availability we will stay in one of the following accommodations.
      • Gallipienzo - Hotel Heredad Beragu
      • Aibar - Hotel Nobles de Navarra
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    www.heredadberaguhotel.com

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    www.hotelnoblesdenavarra.com

  • 3rd night
    • Depending on availability we will stay in one of the following accommodations.
      • Murillo El Fruto - Hotel Txapi Txuri
      • Carcastillo - Hostal Deportivo
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    www.txapitxuri.com

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  • 4th and 5th night
    • Depending on availability we will stay in one of the following accommodations.
      • Valtierra - Cave Houses
      • Arguedas - Hostal Camino de las Bardenas
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    www.bardeneras.com

    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.

    Sidrería Bornax-1 Sidrería Bornax-2 Sidrería Bornax-3

    www.bornax.com

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    www.caminodelasbardenas.com

  • 6th night
    • Depending on availability we will stay in one of the following accommodations.
      • Tauste - El Patíaz de la Reína Rana
      • Sancho Abarca - Hotel Santuario Sancho Abarca
      • Buñuel - Hostal Plaza
  • Hotel El Patíaz de la Reína Rana hall Hotel El Patíaz de la Reína Rana Hotel El Patíaz de la Reína Rana room

    www.reinarana.es

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    Hostal-Plaza-ext Hostal-Plaza-comedor Hostal-Plaza-room

   
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5 Stages Pack - 7 days / 6 nights

Minimum group 2 people

Standar Option

1.080 € Price per person in double room

960 € Price per person for groups of 6 or more people in double room TWIN
The hotels included in this proposal correspond to those listed first (every day) in the "The hotels on the route" tab - the most expensive -
When for any reason these must be replaced by others of inferior quality, the corresponding discount will be made.

Economic Option

760 € Price per person in double room

690 € Price per person for groups of 6 or more people in double room TWIN

INCLUDED

  • 6 nights accommodation in half board
  • Taxibike

    Transport of luggage between destinations
    1 bag or package of a maximum of 20 kg per person

    Transport of non ciclists participants
    If not needed, the cost of the Taxibike will be deducted from the proposal

  • Tracks of the route in GPX format for mobile phones or GPS devices
    Warn us if you prefer them in another format
  • Displacement of the participants´ vehicle

    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

  • Presentation of the route and delivery of information in hand the day of the arrival of the group to the hotel or the morning of the next day when groups are of 6 or more people
  • Telephone assistance for incidents or consultations during the days of the contracted activity

NOT INCLUDED

  • Beers or other consumptions outside the proposed menus in the dinners or during the stay in hotels
  • Meals in restaurants at the time of the noon, unless it has been agreed previously to replace dinner with meals
  • Any kind of sports material, helmets, shoes, etc
  • Anything not expressly indicated in the offer

If you are interested in other types of Packs, call us or use the "Perform a Query" button

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

   
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  • Best time to go: The route can be done at any time of the year as long as there is no snow, something rare in this geographical area of Navarre.
       Spring and autumn are usually the most pleasant seasons; in summer it can be very hot and we will have to take the same precautions as in a desert journey.

       The route is also cyclable during the winter, but some hotels are closed and the route tracks are therefore different from the rest of the year.
  • Type of tracks: In general, trails and tracks with more physical than technical demand, both uphill and downhill.
  • Ideal bike: Any mountain bike. There are no particularly technical descents, so you can prioritize the lightness of the bike more than its potential in the descent.
  • Orientation: The route is followed by a GPS track.
  • Ciclability: The route is 99.9% cyclable.
  • Philosophy: The route is designed so that the stages can be completed and we still have a large part of the day to enjoy the place where we are.
  • Provisioning: In the 1st and 2nd stage we have intermediate points where we provide food and water. In the stages inside the Bardena we must be self-sufficient.

   
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  • Hire assistance vehicle during the route
  • Bicycle rental
    We put them at the starting point of the route together with a mechanic to adjust them to your sizes
  • Airport/station pick up
  • Hire Accident Insurance
  • Delete if not necessary the night at the starting/finalising point of the route
  • Single room supplement: + 240 €
    When the group is made up of an odd number of people, will be equally necessary an odd number of requests to access this supplement
  • If your need is different from what we propose here, if for example, you have fewer days than the required ones for the route and do not know how to trim off, or if instead, you have more days and you want to stay a whole day in one of the lodges, pedaling or touring the area and continue the next day, do not hesitate to contact us. We will send you options and alternative routes for these or any other variable you can think of.
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