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Spain's Greenways, rail trails through nature

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The Greenways are abandoned railway lines converted to trails, perfect for hiking or cycling in a natural setting. Why? Because they are easily accessible paths, comfortable for walking or cycling at any age or fitness level; no motor vehicles are allowed on them, they go through beautiful landscapes, and bring us to locations rich in culture.Do you want to find out more about Greenways? Visit the official website: www.viasverdes.com

More than 2,900 kilometres of paths

There are over 120 Greenways in Spain, offering a total of more than 2,900 kilometres of paths through natural settings. They can be found practically everywhere in the country (except for the Canary Islands), both inland and near the coast. The routes are very varied, going through both rural and urban areas, and their length can range from just five kilometres to well over 100 kilometres. There are also activities organised around the trails, such as sports events, photography workshops and cycle touring meetings. Routes accessible to all: the trails are all very flat, with slight curves and slopes always less than 3%, ensuring universal accessibility for anyone who wants to enjoy nature. Your age and fitness level are not important, and reduced mobility or any other disability does not have to hold you back.

Greenway in Lucainena de las Torres

The rich heritage of the railways

Not to forget that there are also over 100 former railway stations that have been restored to provide new services to the new type of traveller: small charming hotels and hostels, restaurants and cafés, railway museums and nature centres, tourist information offices and bicycle hire shops. You won't have to go without anything! Another attraction is the wealth of heritage of the old rail routes, with tunnels, viaducts and bridges, turning a walking or cycling trip into a magical experience.

Serpis Greenway

Why choose Greenways for hiking?

For their comfort, safety, variety, and of course, their natural beauty. However, Greenways offer much more than nature. These former railway tracks have been prepared for sport use and are all clearly signposted. Furthermore, everything has been carried out with the greatest respect for the environment, integrating the routes in their natural setting. Along the trails, you will find panels explaining the main natural and cultural points of interest. The Greenways website also has a map of all the rail trails in Spain with detailed information on each one.

Arrazola Greenway (Bizkaya, the Basque Country)

Why choose Greenways for cycle touring?

Because you can enjoy nature as you cycle without the inconveniences of sharing a road with motor vehicles. Motorised traffic is restricted, and in most places where Greenways cross roads, they go over or under them. The tunnels along the routes are also lit up for the convenience of cyclists and walkers, with a good surface and straight stretches for a comfortable transit. On some routes, there are also bicycles for hire, and all the trails offer a wide range of accommodation and restaurants.

Plazaola Greenway