CYCLING THE BARDENAS DESERT

AT FIRST SIGHT

Navarra is a land of contrasts to include its breathtaking landscapes. From the lush, sheep-speckled foothills of the Pyrenees, to the lunar landscape of one of Europe’s largest deserts – only 100 kilometers separate the high peaks of the Pyrenees from the Bardenas Reales Natural Park, where dry winds have shaped an extraordinary and starkly beautiful desert.

AN UNESCO BIOSPHERE

The Bardenas desert boasts unique formations and abrupt landscapes, forming canyons and plateaus molded by a rare micro-climate

 

A DESERT LIKE NO OTHER

 The many layers of reds, golds, oranges and white reveal the erosion of clay, chalk and sandstone over the geological eras.

 

DESERT BLISS

As the sun sets turning the desert from gold to pink and purple, we contemplate the silence of the desert and unwind from our day. As night falls, we will go for a walk among the blanket of stars.

 

 THE MOORISH CITY OF TUDELA

We meander through the winding narrow streets, through the old Jewish neighborhood, and enjoy the feeling of being transported to another era. 

 

THE ITINERARY
Summary

We begin our two day journey on a path through this veritable mountain biker’s paradise. On the first night we stop at an authentic shepherd’s cabin where we dine on traditional mouth-watering grilled lamb. We end the night sleeping in accommodation out in the desert. The next day, replenished, we set out by bike for Tudela, the Ribera’s beautiful historic and cultural center. Arriving to Tudela, we are welcomed at a top hotel (with the possibility to end the tour here). We will relax and stroll around the beautiful old town, once the medieval crossroads of Christianity, Islam and Judaism in Spain. We combine this with a dinner at a fine restaurant featuring local produce. In the morning we will visit some of the historical points in this medieval town, including its unique cathedral, and the beautiful 9th century Moorish tower, Torre Monreal.

Including
  • Transportation Pamplona – Bardenas Reales and return
  • 2 nights / 2 days of excellent cycling
  • 2/3 expert cycling guides 
  • Bicycles fitted to your specifications, or option of an E-bike
  • Cycling snacks and drinks
  • Picnic traditional Navarra dinner (personalized to your needs) 
  • Drinks – beer and wine
  • Night walk into the desert
  • Breakfast and day – picnic
  • Cycling snacks and drinks
  • Cycling equipment includes: water bottles and helmets
  • Possible accommodation in Tudela second night
  • Dinner at a fine restaurant in Tudela
  • Morning walking tour
Not Including
  • We offer top of the line E-bikes for an additional cost of 100€ (name brand Specialized and Hai-bike)
  • Appropriate footwear and sports clothing