This time we move to Cervera del Río Alhama. In the heart of the Alhama river valley, in the Rioja Baja and border with Aragon, to enjoy its trails.
Before describing the route, I want to emphasize that, although it is kilometers short. Do not underestimate it since the unevenness is important. … And if you have done in summer months. Heat is too.
But having said that. Do not forget to visit this area unknown to many, but beautiful in all its aspects and mainly for its people.
We started pedaling from the Hotel Cervaria where we have stayed and enjoyed the welcome of its owners.
We start the route going down and then flattening along the LR-123 road towards Arnedo. But the joy lasts a few minutes because we immediately turn to the left to climb suddenly towards the Cemetery of Cervera del Río Alhama. There we already go to the path of the Camino de Las Cruces, also known as Subida a las Antenas, passing through Los Cantos and La Fuente until we reach the Camino del Pinirolo path that is uphill.
We arrive at the Senda Lozana path, which takes us to La Peña Amarilla and then we border the Peña Podrida, where once we have passed we already have good views of the Alhama Valley.
The path takes us down again to Cervera del Río Alhama, which we cross again to exit on the other side, which is also uphill, parallel to the stream that rises with the LR-123 road from Lodosa to Valverde. And on the road we turn right onto the ascent of the Harvester, which is La Pista del Purgatorio.
When we came to an abandoned hut at the top of Purgatory. We turn right to take the downhill path, known in the area as Senda de Bici Fantasma. What is to enjoy it! And that we go down through the cut of Valverde to Cervera enjoying possibly the best views of the town of Cervera del Río Alhama.
Max elevation: 846 m
Total climbing: 969 m
Total time: 05:53:13