Castilla y Leon information
Some sections of old railway tracks have been today set aside
for the use of tourists wishing to go hiking or cycling along
them. These trails are known as the Greenways where tourists have
over 7,000km of those lines, once used by trains, to cover, be
it on foot or cycling. Many of the other tracks were never actually
made operational as work on them was not completed. The fact that
many railway lines are not in use, leaves Castilla y León with
a lot of possibilities for taking advantage of the land which
has a great historical and cultural value. The creation of new
social demands for hiking and ecological tours has given a new
purpose to the once operational railway tracks.
At the beginning of the year 2000, in Spain, over 800km of old railway tracks were converted into so-called Greenways. Today, railways, the most ecological means of transport, offer a new form of non-mechanical transport with these sections of railway lines that have been long out of use. In addition to this, roads and paths with the appropriate infrastructure, such as the towpaths along the canals, enable tourists to do these routes. All of this makes up a strong network of Greenways, which each day become the target of new projects aimed at preserving the region's heritage.
Greenway of El Moncayo
Greenway of Channel of Castilla
Greenway of La Demanda
Greenway of El Esla
Source: Web server of Instituto de Turismo de España, TURESPAÑA.