The Basque-Navarra Railway Greenway Trail recreates the route of the "little train" which, from 1927 to 1967, connected Estella-Lizarra
, passing through Vitoria-Gasteiz
The Greenway is divided into 2 sections:
- From Estella-Lizarra to Vitoria-Gasteiz, 76.1km:
The Navarra section is the simplest, covering a distance of 27 kilometres. It starts at the Estella-Lizarra bus station, which was the former railway station, and then passes through the municipalities situated along the banks of the river Ega, with Zuñiga being the last village in Navarra.
The route gets slightly more complicated as it goes into the mountains of Alava. This first section is conditioned by the tunnel of Laminoria (2,195 m) which is currently closed and impassable. To overcome this problem, the route is diverted, going up the Guereñu mountain pass, with steep slopes and a descent that needs to be taken with care. The section ends at the lowlands of Alava.
- From Vitoria-Gasteiz to Bergara (Oñati bypass), 47.4 km:
In just 12 kms, we come to Landa, a village close to the Ullibarri Gamboa reservoir. From here, and in order to reach the lands of Guipuzkoa, the mountain pass of Arlaban needs to be crossed. As this is by road, great care should be taken in this section. At about 5 km from Arrasate-Mondragón, a 7 km branch can be taken leading to Oñati.
In general, the route has a medium level of difficulty and is suitable for walking or biking
, while allowing you to enjoy a rich railway and cultural heritage, and to rediscover our most recent past.