This is the Ojos Negros Greenway, the longest in Spain today, named after the former railway line from the mining town of Ojos Negros.
The 167-kilometre (103 mi) route runs from Santa Eulalia del Campo in Teruel to Algimia de Alfara in Valencia. The project aims to upgrade the route and link it with other greenways in the area in the future. This will allow more cycle tourers to enjoy a holiday in Spain on two wheels.
This adventure is full of surprises and contrasting landscapes. The first kilometres from Ojos Negros give you a true sense of freedom and peace. It runs along the almost impassable roads and dirt tracks of Teruel province. Here, you spot the mines around Ojos Negros, hidden among the colourful hills. This section of the route is very special; you’ll see the railway tracks as they were in the past.
The old Santa Eulalia del Campo station is the current start of the greenway. From here, you follow the former railway line to the sea. Occasionally, new road construction interrupts the track, but just follow the komoot route to link back up with the path.
There is only one climb along the route, the Escandón pass. The rest of the route is a long descent with spectacular scenery. The greenway passes through long tunnels and viaducts. As you ride through them, it’s intriguing to find out what’s on the other side. Along the way, you can visit castles, caves, trenches and bunkers, so always keep your eyes peeled.
The old railway stations are perfect places to take a break. Usually, they have picnic tables and shade and some have a drinking water fountain and a playground. You can also spend the night here, if necessary.
The last kilometres to the port of Sagunto follow quiet roads and cycle paths.
The greenway skirts around and passes through towns where you can stock up on supplies.
This route is ideal for families as it isn’t physically demanding. Or, if you’re looking for a bigger challenge, you can complete the route in one or two stages.
The road surface is mixed, with asphalt and compacted gravel. It’s ideal for touring bikes, gravel bikes, or a road bike with at least 28mm tyre tread.
The nearest train station to Ojos Negros is in Monreal del Campo, about 14 kilometres (8.6 mi) away. Otherwise, Ojos Negros can be reached by car or taxi. There are also a number of train stations close to the greenway, if you plan to do just one section. Sagunto is closest to the end point, just 7 kilometres (4 mi) away.
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Last updated: September 21, 2022
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