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This is EuroVelo, a network of cycle paths that connects Europe.

If you like cycling, this will interest you. Whether it’s because you’re using the weekend to explore new places at the touch of a pedal, or because you’re on vacation, you load up your shopping carts and hit the miles on two wheels, the EuroVelo is made for people like you.

EuroVelo is a European project of long-distance cycling routes that cross Europe from end to end, from top to bottom and from side to side. A cycle path network dedicated to promoting sustainable travel and responsible tourism. It has a total of 17 routes, which, when completed, will cover a total of 90,000 km, of which 45,000 are already fully operational today using dedicated bike lanes and underused roads.

The idea originated in 1995 in Brussels, but it wasn’t until 2001 that the first route, EuroVelo 12, was launched, which circles the North Sea. The development of such an ambitious plan requires the coordination of a large number of countries, which is sometimes difficult, and national, regional and local governments and even some NGOs, if any, are responsible for the formation of its entire infrastructure. Its implementation and quality assurance is coordinated by the European Cycling Federation (ECF) in cooperation with various regional focal points, including the Spanish Focal Point, which is responsible for the operation and development of EuroVelo at the national level. Where they have already done a great job and continue to do so every day.

17 routes connecting Europe

The idea of ​​EuroVelo is that it serves both cyclists who want to cross entire countries and those who use a bike every day in their daily lives. Many sections use existing routes, while others are being developed anew. All routes have a total length of more than a thousand kilometers, and there are more than ten thousand of them, and there is not one that does not pass through at least two countries.

For it to be a cycle path network suitable for all spectators, EuroVelo routes must comply with certain guidelines which, depending on the orography of the area, may not always be followed. Therefore, they must not have a slope of more than 6%, they must be paved on at least 80% of the track, they must have a minimum width that allows two bicycles to pass, they must not have vehicular traffic, and if there is, it must be on average not more than 1000 vehicles per day, and which are open throughout the year, with the possibility of supply and accommodation.

Of the 17 cycling routes that cross Europe, ten are north-south, five are east-west, and two are circular. Between all they cross a total of 42 countries. Here you have a list of country by country with the routes that go through each of them. And as you can see below, there are routes for every taste and need:

Three routes crossing Spain

To enjoy the EuroVelo routes without going too far, you can start by getting to know the ones that run through Spain. You have three to choose from: 1, 3 and 8. Here, the autonomous communities are responsible for compiling and signaling them, so their development is not always the same. They all pass through other European countries, so they can be a good starting point if we want to start an international cycling route that involves cycling from home. You will see that on the EuroVelo Spain website you have a breakdown of each of the routes, divided into sections, as well as all kinds of tourist and useful information for cyclists. However, be aware that not all sections are filled or fully signposted, so it’s important to find out well before you start your trip.

EuroVelo 1 is a route along the Atlantic coast that runs from the North Cape in Norway to Cabo de San Vicente in Portugal and through Spain via Gipuzkoa, Navarre, La Rioja, Castile and León, Extremadura and Andalusia, being its northern tip Irun . , and its southern end is Ayamonte. It can be said that it partly follows the Camino Frances de Santiago and partly the Via de la Plata. It is almost entirely signposted and, in case you are wondering, once it reaches Cabo de São Vicente, it continues along the entire Portuguese coast until it reaches Galicia. EuroVelo 3 is known as the “Pilgrims’ Route” and runs from Trondheim in Norway to Santiago de Compostela. On its way through Spain, it runs parallel to the French Way, so that it passes through Navarre, La Rioja, Castile and León and Galicia, leaving places of special cultural interest along the way, such as Pamplona, ​​Puente la Reina, Viana , Logroño, Santo Domingo de la Calzada, Burgos, Leon, Ponferrada or Santiago de Compostela. And finally, EuroVelo 8 is a Mediterranean route that goes from Cadiz to Athens and Cyprus. In Spain, it runs along the entire Mediterranean coast, so it crosses Andalusia, Murcia, the Valencian Community and Catalonia. It leaves the peninsula via La Honquera, but the section that runs from Barcelona to the French border is especially difficult to design, given the saturation of buildings and roads that the project finds along the way, which also happens in different parts of the Levante. , so drawing a bike path that follows a continuous path is not easy.

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