Montanas Vacias: A Journey through Spanish Lapland (Video)

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Set in Spanish Lapland, Montañas Vacías is a new 35-minute video from Sergio Luna that documents his time spent riding the 700-kilometer route of the same name, offering a close-up perspective of the people who call the sparsely populated region home. Watch it here…

Our friend Ernesto Pastor, creator of the lauded 700-kilometer Montañas Vacías (“Empty Mountains”) bikepacking route that traverses Spain’s Serranía Celtibérica, also known as Spanish Lapland, recently tipped us off to filmmaker Sergio Luna‘s documentary that chronicles his time along the route last fall.

Sergio’s 35-minute video provides an in-depth look at this infrequently visited region of Spain and the people who call it home, mixing footage from the trip with interviews and post-ride reflections to tell the story of the Montañas Vacías route and the unique slice of Spanish culture anyone who rides it will experience. Watch it below, followed by a small gallery of images from Sergio’s trip and illustrations by Ernesto.

“The sum of my love for cycling, my love for cycling trips, and the awareness of the problems we have here were the motivation behind this project.” -Ernesto Pastor

  • Sergio Luna, Montanas Vacias
  • Sergio Luna, Montanas Vacias
  • Sergio Luna, Montanas Vacias
  • Sergio Luna, Montanas Vacias
  • Montanas Vacias Bikepacking Route
  • Montanas Vacias Bikepacking Route
Illustrations by Ernesto Pastor
Sergio Luna, Montanas Vacias
  • Sergio Luna, Montanas Vacias
  • Sergio Luna, Montanas Vacias
Montanas Vacias Bikepacking RoutePicture high elevation plateaux, remote refugios, abundant wildlife, and kilometre upon kilometre of quiet forest roads… Welcome to Spanish Lapland, as it’s been dubbed, an area in SE Spain with a population density similar to its Finnish namesake. The 700km Montañas Vacías route offers a wonderful introduction to this little travelled area, linking the Montes Universales, Sierra de Javalambre, and Sierra de Gúdar via a dense network of doubletracks and quiet paved roads. View the full guide.

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