Kingdoms of the north MTB
Pamplona – Sos del Rey Catolico
– Javier – Pamplona
We travel through the medieval kingdoms of Navarra and Aragon on this trip to showcase the fascinating history of the region and the interwoven stories of these two kingdoms over a thousand years. We explore their castles, churches, monasteries and towers all against the backdrop of stunning scenery. A mountain bike is the perfect way to travel through these beautiful corners of northern Spain. We combine sports, history, gastronomy and culture on this impressive adventure, certain to stimulate both the mind and the spirit.
Always accompanied by an assistance vehicle, we customize our routes so that the difficulty and distances are tailored to your abilities and personal challenges and includes accommodation, bikes, if needed, and most meals.
KINGDOMS OF OLD
We travel to the Aragon Kingdom for a day. The intertwining histories of Navarra and Aragon make for better drama than anyone could invent: plots, betrayals, revenge and war enough to fill anyone’s imagination.
We leave the magnificent views of the white capped Pyrenees behind us and coast down a mountain pass to the magical town of Uncastillo.
Our trails are on paths through beautiful almond trees that bloom in the spring. Glorious country air keeps us refreshed on our journey.
We cycle to the town of Javier in the Kingdom of Navarra. Navarra was always its own kingdom. High and tall stands the tenth century Castillo de Javier.
Pamplona – Sos del Rey Catolico
– Javier– Pamplona
Day 1 : Pamplona
We begin with a meet and greet welcome and we have a chance to size up your bikes to fit. We have the option of taking E-bikes. Afternoon pleasure: Our cycling journey begins with a gastronomic experience show cooking in a private gastronomy club from the 1920’s to learn how to make and then enjoy traditional Navarran dishes.
Day 2 : Royal Visit of the Kingdom of Aragon
We make an early start from Pamplona and travel towards medieval Aragon, the land of kings and queens. We visit the impressive villa where Fernando the Catholic was born, perhaps the most famous king in Spanish history. We carry on through a landscape covered in beautiful almond trees, which will be in bloom if it is spring. We leave the plains and the stately Pyrenees finally appear before us. In the medieval town of Sos, we will stay at a luxurious posada. Afternoon pleasures: We visit the Sos del Rey Catolico with a local guide and then to dinner for a meal fit for royalty.
Day 3 : A Gregorian Day
Replenished the next day by a delicious buffet breakfast, we head out to visit the tenth century Castillo de Javier in the kingdom of Navarra. We then follow the Irati River to the beautiful Lumbier gorge, where a vulture sanctuary ensures we will see them sailing overhead on windy spirals. We transfer back to stay at the Hotel Javier with views of the castle. Afternoon pleasures: We visit the Leyre Monastery to listen to the authentic resident nuns and monks sing Gregorian chants and then we have dinner in the monastery.
Day 4 : Into The Medieval Ages
Crossing the central path of our Transhumance stage we cycle between the mountain and the middle region of Navarre offering a subtle contrast of landscapes and colors, crossing historic paths and monuments from the ancient ages to now a days. We get into the most medieval region of Navarra where we will visit some of the Navarra jeyls us the Leyre monastery and the graves of the medieval Navarre Kings.
Day 5 : From Castle to Castle
Our last pedals are for reaching the capital of the Kingdom «Pamplona». We cycle to the second to last Castle «Egulbati,» from where we are high enough to view our destination. We coast along a beautiful path to reach the climax of our journey among kingdoms and what better place to end our journey than in our hotel castle, the Castle of Gorraiz. Afternoon pleasures: A well-deserved rest, spa session and gastronomic tribute to the protagonists of our crusade to two Kingdoms on the seat of an MTB; a gastro walking tour of the city of Pamplona to enjoy the lively old quarter and its pintxos and wines.
Day 6 : Morning to Relax
After a fine breakfast, we transfer you back to the airport.