TRANSIBÉRICA 2020 | CHECKPOINTS
START | VALENCIA (ES)
Valencia is the third-largest metropolitan area of Spain and one of the most important cities of the Mediterranean coast.
Valencia was founded as a Roman colony in 138 BC, and largely occupied by Arabs with big influences on their language, religion and customs.
Its historic centre, close to the local beaches, is plenty of ancient monuments and cultural attractions.
CP#1 | BOCAIRENT (ES)
The picturesque village of Bocairent is one of the most beautiful villages of Valencia Region.
Bocairent was settled during the Muslim period in the mountainous region of Vall d’Albaida, located at 680m over the sea level.
The village is plenty of remarkable caves, building made of stone and medieval constructions framed in a stunning green horizon.
CP#2 | SIERRA DE CAZORLA (ES)
Sierra de Cazorla Natural Park is the largest protected area in Spain with more than 200.000ha.
The mountains over 2.000m, the abundance or totally absence of water make this one of the most diverse natural habitats in Europe.
The River Guadalquivir passes through a deep valley, while its tributaries carve out steep ravines and spectacular waterfalls.
CP#3 | GORAFE (ES)
Gorafe is a small village located in the impressive valley carved by the river Gor, in the Province of Granada.
The village counts with numerous cave houses and a Megalithic Park, which is one of the highest concentration of dolmens in Europe.
Erosion is one of the main features of the landscape in this region, which has created spectacular badlands, giving it a unique character.
CP#4 | PICO VELETA -3.384M- (ES)
Pico Veleta (Veleta Peak) is the highest paved road in Europe and one of the most challenging climbs in the world.
The name comes from the Arabic word balata (cut, edge), referring to the evident vertiginous north face, with a staggering 500m drop.
The climb starts at the city of Granada at 738m height and reaches the summit after 45km climbing at an average gradient over 6%.
CP#5 | NERJA (ES)
Nerja is a village located on the southern Mediterranean coast known as Costa del Sol, in the province of Málaga.
Nerja is located in La Axarquía, a region characterized by the hilly terrain, labyrinth of olive an almond groves and vineyards.
Beaches of Nerja are one of the towns´s biggest attractions, with crystal clear waters and amazing rocky outcrops.
CP#6 | TORCAL DE ANTEQUERA -1.231M- (ES)
El Torcal de Antequera is a nature reserve located in the mountaine range Sierra del Torcal, in the province of Málaga.
Ringed by the stunning and rocky landscape, the mandatory parcours includes a climb of 11km long with a gradient close to 8%.
The area is known for its unusual landforms, and is regarded as one of the most impressive karst landscapes in Europe.
CP#7 | SETENIL DE LAS BODEGAS (ES)
The town has a distinctive setting along a narrow gorge and extends along the Rio Trejo with some its houses built into the rock walls.
The mandatory parcours connects some of the White Towns of Andalusia: Zahara de la Sierra, Grazalema and Ubrique.
The parcours includes also Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park and the Col of Las Palomas (1.189m), a climb of 14km at 6%.
CP#8 | MONSANTO (PT)
Monsanto is nestled on a steep hill slope which abruptly rises out of the prairie and reaches 758 meters on its highest point.
Its most typical aspect is the fact that the village developed around impressively big and miraculously balanced granitic boulders.
Monsanto, one the most stunning of the Iberian Peninsula, is popularly known as the most Portuguese village in Portugal.
CP#9 | PORTO (PT)
Located along the Douro River estuary in northern Portugal, Porto is one of the oldest European centres.
The historic centre and the River Douro on the Gaia side, where the Port Wine lodges are located, are classified as World Heritage.
While the west extends to the Atlantic coastline, the Ribeira District is a labyrinth of narrow cobbled streets and ancient houses.
CP#10 | ASTURIAS (ES)
High limestone peaks, green mountains, lush forests, mighty rivers, lakes, waterfalls, high mountain meadows, wild beaches and vast grazing lands…that’s the ancient Kingdom of Asturias, a perfect combination of culture, nature and gastronomy in a spectacular scenery.
The CP include a Parcours of 174km +3.600m climbing some of the most beautiful and challenging Cols of Asturias: Somiedo [1.486m], Farrapona [1.708m], La Cubilla [1.683m], San Isidro [1.682m] and Tarna [1.625m].
CP#11| SAN VICENTE DE LA BARQUERA (ES)
Founded as a fishermen’s refuge, San Vicente de la Barquera offers one of the most picturesque sights on the Cantabrian coast.
It sits at the mouth of a wide river estuary within the Oyambre Natural Park and framed by the impressive Picos de Europa.
It was declared a site of Cultural Interest because of its monumental Old Town, its beaches and the local fish markets.
CP#12 | ESTACAS DE TRUEBA -1.166M- (ES)
The Puerto Estacas de Trueba is a mountain pass that connects the atlantic province of Cantabria with the Castilian Plateau.
Estacas de Trueba is 14km long, with its highest point at 1.166m and an average climbing close to 6%.
The Parcour includes also Puerto de la Braguía (8km, 6%), giving a total distance of 30km with a climb of 1.300m.
FINISH | BILBAO (ES)
Bilbao is the largest city in Northern Green Spain and the main urban area in Basque Country.
The region has its own identity, language, gastronomy, landscape and a distinctive cycling culture.
The city of Bilbao is surrounded by green hills and is within close proximity to the coast.