Here are some of the more common signs that you will find on Spanish trails. Please note that this is not exhaustive and are limited somewhat to my own travels.But you should get the idea. I’ll order them as ‘statutory’ – meaning ‘That’s the law!’ – and ‘advisory’ – which are for information only but may have some legal comeback, e.g. private property signs.
Prohibition signs: these follow the EU standard designs. The ‘standard’ above seems to be the most common but normal European ‘No Entry’ and No Through Road’ signs are also used – or incorporated into more complex signs as seen below:
Some trails are prohibited in times of high fire risk, animal breeding seasons, etc. and have provisional signs. So in route planning you have to be prepared to abandon a trail like this on the day:
Direction signs indicate a right of way irrespective of whether a trail is surfaced. The first here is a standard Spanish road sign, whereas the second are a new type that seems to be used on minor roads and trails:
The green sign above is strictly speaking an advisory sign, but I guess the ‘No Entry’ sign within it does have statutory meaning. But this doesn’t mean that all such signs prohibit biking.
There are a wide variety of advisory signs that don’t have any impact on the right of way. This is bound to be a growing collection. But the sign below seems to cause a great deal of confusion, mainly because you see variations of them everywhere! These signs refer to hunting rights, not land ownership, and do not normally imply any restriction on riding. The only exception to this is that these hunting grounds (cotaSp. = range or reserve) are numbered into given parcels. Hence if you apply for permission to ride in groups or hold a rally you may find given zones out of bounds if a hunt has already been organised there – but if just a few riders genuinely stumble on a hunt there’s no problem -. just don’t dress like a Red Deer 🙂
Local and ‘Home made’ signs:
The various nature reserves have their own signs and of course private landowners are a law unto themselves! These signs are impossible to enumerate by their very nature. Here are a few examples: