The Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food has developed, from 1993, Natural Paths Program, which gathers more than a hundred itineraries totaling just over 10.200 kilometers, of which 1.500 former railway lines are also called “greenways”, where you can enjoy nature, history, gastronomy and sport.
These routes have extensive series of natural qualities, cultural, landscape and historical allowing promotion, recovery and knowledge among rural population, recovery and transport infrastructure, now obsolete day, offering walkers and cyclists a wide range of itineraries.
Are paths for walking or cycling, ensuring minimal environmental impact on the environment while friendly transport systems are favored by encouraging environmentally, therefore, sustainable mobility, explained from the Ministry.
The importance of Natural Paths Program is apparent to the actions of supra-regional and insular area it has been included in the National Rural Development Program 2014-2020 managed by the Ministry through the Directorate General of Rural Development, Innovation and Forestry Policy, and co-financed by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD).
In 2018, Ministry investment totaled Caminos Naturales 7,8 million. Since the launch of the Program in 1993, there have been many refurbishments have made an accumulated investment of 238 million.
As part of this program and during the period 2018-2019, the Ministry has commissioned new sections of dirt roads in the communities of Castilla y León, Aragon, Catalonia, Navarre, Andalusia, Estremadura, Castile – La Mancha and Valencia, to total 424,71 new kilometers.
These new sections are part of various natural pathways such as Santander – Mediterranean in Burgos and Soria; Natural Way of Matarraña affecting the provinces of Zaragoza and Tarragona; Natural Basque Railway Trail – Navarro; the Natural Way Almanzora Valley in Almeria and Natural Way Camino de la Plata in Zamora in their sections of Zamora, Salamanca and Caceres.