This will be our fifth Flavour of Spain tour and each year we change elements of the “recipe” whilst still maintaining the key ingredients of riding on excellent motorcycling roads through some of the lesser travelled parts of the country, exploring mountains, National and Regional Parks and the Mediterranean coast.
Having sailed to Spain overnight we have 10 nights in 4* hotels where you will enjoy regional cuisines at both breakfasts and dinner with wine included for seven out of ten evening meals. Our first destination is for a 2 night stay in the historic town of Lerma. Our ride-out the following day is into the Urbion Mountains and Duero River valley crossing through the Rio Lobos Canyons Nature Park with its sweeping roads and stunning scenery. As we head towards the Mediterranean our route from Lerma to our next hotel crosses through four Spanish Provinces which are home to some of our favourite riding roads. The changes in landscape and soil colour from pale creams to deep reds alone will keep you captivated as we head to the city of Teruel for the following 2 nights. There will be a ride-out day from Teruel taking in the sweeping roads of the Sierra de Javalambre and the Sierra de Guidar, historical mountain ranges in the Iberico mountains with terrific riding roads, stunning scenery and pretty villages which nestle amongst the rocky outcrops and ridges.
Leaving the mountains we head to the Mediterranean coast crossing through provinces into Castello to spend the following three nights in our next hotel which is located on the beach complete with its own beach bar, hammocks on the balconies and the sea on your doorstep. We have two ride-outs planned whilst in this location, the first is a short ride into the Desert de les Palmes mountains which rise dramatically from the sea and stand to the west of our hotel and the second takes you through rustic villages, gorges, canyons and orange groves into the Sierra D’Espada National Park on yet more superb riding roads.
The El Cid route takes us away from the coast and back into the mountains. The wide open roads lend themselves to a relaxing, flowing ride through the provinces of Valencia and Guadalajara with an afternoon stop in the historic village of Medinaceli, home to the only three-gated roman arch in Spain and a great spot to take in the panoramic views over the countryside of the Soria Province
Our hotel for the following two nights was once a 16th century university and has retained much of the original architecture. The roads in this area are some of our favourite in Spain with very little traffic, wide open roads, smooth tarmac and ever changing scenery. Our ride-out follows the Duero river valley and into the Sierra de Pela and Sierra de Alto Rey passing through villages and visiting cafes which give you the Spanish flavour this tour is all about.
For our last full day of riding in Spain we head further north climbing out of the Rio Lobos Canyons and into the Sierra de Cebollera. The route ascends over high mountain passes before dropping into the gorges of the Rio Najerilla valley and into the Rioja region, famous for its wines and scenery where we spend our last evening in a beautiful Parador which was originally a 12th century hospital and retains many original features such as the gothic archways.
As the tour draws to a close and we ride to the port of Bilbao for our return ferry to the UK, the stunning Spanish scenery and riding roads continue as we ride through the Obarenes mountains and cross into the Basque country for an overnight sailing to Portsmouth.