This ride is like finding a hidden treasure. You would never expect such splendor and beauty in the southern “foothills” leading up to the Pyrenees. Deep Canyons, big vista views, small winding roads with little traffic, and unique rock formations.
At mile 10.5, stop at the pullout and walk out to the view point, “Mirador del Rio Vera“. Look for the giant vultures circling in the air. They are really cool!
The ride should be done south to north, as mapped, because of road quality. In our view, it is much more enjoyable to climb roads with marginal tarmac then to descend them.
A ride that encompasses much of this beauty, but is a loop, is Parque Natural de Guara – Boltaña.
– Point to Point: 39 miles / 4000 ft gain
– Location: ~ 20 minutes northwest of Barbastro
– Date Posted: August 2017
– Terrain: A long gradual climb that turns into a series of “rollers” followed by a big descent.
– Pavement: Mostly back country roads and local transit roads. Light chip seal with some rougher patches within the Natural Park.
– Traffic: Very little to little.
**The Start & Finish
Start: small parking area (east side) at the intersection of A-1229 and A-2205
Finish: the plaza near the church in Boltaña
**Food / Water
Bárcabo, mile 14, is the last town for food and water.
For General information on riding in Galicia, see our blog post.
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