El Carrilet, GironaA narrow-gauge railway once ran the 57 kilometres between Olot and Girona. Now it’s one of Spain’s best-known greenways. You will begin your journey passing by some volcanoes in the region of Garrotxa, and will end up in the Mediterranean, in the province of Girona.La Sierra, CádizThis route is 36.5 km long and has won a number of European awards. It will take you from Puerto Serrano to Olvera. Along the route you will come across the Chaparro de la Vega, a holm oak tree that is over 200 years old. Also, don't forget to look up at the sky as you pass through Peñón de Zaframagón, as you will be able to see one of the largest colonies of griffon vultures in Europe.
These greenways are old railway tracks that have been converted to make them suitable for walkers and cyclists. They're perfect for travelling solo and at your own pace. There are also some old railway stations that have been turned into hotels, hostels and information centres. There are more than 2,000 kilometres of greenways in Spain, so it will be a challenge deciding where to start. We have some suggestions to help you:
Ojos Negros, TeruelAt 160 kilometres long, the longest greenway in Spain connects Teruel with the Valencian coast. Due to its length, you will be able to see a wide variety of different natural landscapes along the way. You will also be able to see a number of cities along the route, such as Teruel, which is a World Heritage Site.El Plazaola, NavarraThis greenway follows the Plazaola route and passes through the valleys of Larraun and Leitzarán. It's a small mining railway that connected Pamplona and San Sebastián for the first time. It offers 40 kilometres of dense woods and tunnels burrowed through the mountains. Travelling solo along these greenways, in harmony with nature, will be an experience you'll never forget.