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12 DAYS FROM £1299

The Spanish; Picos de Europa and Portugal tour is full of mountains, lush open countryside, lakes, rivers and great food. The Picos de Europa Loop and the trip down into Portugal is famous in biking circles for traffic free, silky smooth roads winding through hundreds of miles of breath taking sun drenched scenery. No other location offers such a variety of brilliant roads, great weather and wonderful cuisine so close to home.

Our route takes you along the famous “pots and pans” route, through the ever changing scenery of northern Spain and then down and through national parks into Portugal. We spend a few days there, enjoying the wine region and more national parks before returning back up to the bottom of the Picos de Europa for a final taste of the rugged green motorcyclists paradise.

On a Magellan Self Guided tour we take care of everything, your hotels, routes and crossings are all sorted by us and we are totally flexible on dates, departure points and trip lengths. So why not get in touch today to start your adventure.

Highlights of the tour

  • Santiago de Compostela pilgrim route and cathedral.
  • High Hills of western Gallicia.
  • Da Peneda-Gerês National Park and the ancient Portuguese capital of Guimaraes.
  • The wine growing region of the Duoro valley.
  • Serra de Estrela Mountains and national park.
  • Sierra de la Culebra hunting reserve.
  • Lake of Riano.
  • Best roads and weather in Europe?
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Enjoyed every moment…an experience I won’t forget in a hurry. Fabulous.
Mark S

Picos de Europa Trailer

Northern Portugal and Sierra de Estrella

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Self Guided

Motorcycle Tour of Spain and Portugal

Picos de Europa

12 days

2 Countries

From £1299

Self Guided Motorcycle Tour of Spain and Portugal: itinerary

Day 1 Starting in Plymouth you take the ferry to Santander, aboard you can relax in the comfort of an ensuite cabin, enjoy dinner in one of the restaurants on board, have some drinks in the bar or even watch a film in the cinema.

Day 2 / 114 miles Scenic ride towards the mountains, lakes and gorges of the region gives you your first taste of the Picos de Europa.

Day 3 / 160 miles Continuing our journey through this biking mecca you wind via little sleepy Spanish towns along smooth ribbons of empty roads and onto your overnight stop on the Pilgrim Trail.

Day 4 / 169 miles From here unspoilt sweeping empty roads lead you through the National park and its scented forests towards the pilgrimage destination of Santiago de Compostela.

Day 5 / Day off to explore this famous cathedral city or we’ll have a rideout planned for those who want more saddle time!

Day 6 / 170 miles Across the quieter, even smoother roads of the high hills of western Galicia we ride past Ourense and cross the border through the Da Peneda-Gerês National Park before heading towards Guimaraes the ancient capital of Portugal. Your hotel in the nearby town is the perfect spot for you to relax and enjoy your next evening.

Day 7 / 177 miles You leave the ancient capital and journey through the wine growing region of the Duoro valley and onto the blissful roads of the Serra de Estrela national park. Taking in the mountain and valley views on the way to your hotel in the Cova de Beira Valley where you will spend the next 2 nights.

Day 8 / 90 miles Have a well-earned day off enjoying the scenery, swimming pool, spa facilities and local walks or head off on the optional ride out through the national park to the Torre, the highest point in the Serra da Estela mountain range (an indeed mainland Portugal).

Day 9 / 215 miles You cross back into Spain through the Sierra de la Culebra hunting reserve in the foothills of the Cantabrian Mountains, famous as one of the last places you can see an Iberian Wolf in the wild. You can then share you near wolf sighting stories at the next hotel before settling down for dinner!

Day 10 / 195 miles Heading back north you cruise through the ever changing countryside, the lake of Riano with its stunning mountains provides the backdrop for your lunch stop. Continuing on north you journey up to the hotel back in the Picos de Europa.

Day 11 / 117 miles Hearty breakfast and then on through the rolling countryside towards Santander to get the overnight ferry for the final leg of the trip home…

Day 12 Arrive home safe and sound and make your friends jealous with your tales of the tour!

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one of the hotels we use on the self guided motorcycle tour of spain and portugal
What biker can resist the scenery and the bends of the Picos de Europa roads? Rumour has it that they were designed and built by a motorcyclist…I am mesmerised by the new views round every corner
Sue Dowle, The Telegraph

What’s included

  • Ferry return Plymouth – Santander with cabin (if Plymouth isn’t convenient for you do please get in touch as other crossings can be arranged).
  • 11 Nights accommodation in good quality hotels (inc 2 nights ferry cabin accommodation) and 5 evening meals (We do this to allow you the flexibility to explore and choose where you eat on some of the evenings).
  • Excellent breakfast each morning in the hotels
  • Full use of all hotels’ leisure facilities
  • Detailed route plans and maps
  • GPS routes (Garmin / Tom Tom)
  • Detailed daily itinerary including sights and suggested coffee / lunch stops

What’s not

  • Fuel (we will provide an estimate in the tour pack)
  • Toll charges
  • Admission charges
  • Occasional hotel parking charges
  • Meals and drinks other than specified above
  • Travel/Breakdown insurance covering repatriation back to the UK (see “before you go” section above)


  • We require a £295.00 deposit per person at the time of booking. The balance payment is due 10 weeks before the commencement date.
  • Two people – One bike shared room £1299pp

  • One person – One bike shared room £1499pp

  • One person – One bike single room £1699pp

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For more information on what to get prepared before your trip, what insurance to sort as well as the answers to many frequently asked questions see the “before you go” section at the top of the page.

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We frequently arrange motorcycle hire for our touring clients from abroad or those in the UK who don’t currently have their own bike or just fancy a change. We have access to a full range of modern Touring, Sports Touring and Adventure bikes as well as the full current Harley Davidson lineup through our rental partners in the South East.

Depending on provider we can arrange:

  • Airport transfers or Hotel delivery & pickup
  • Luggage storage facilities
  • Clothing, GPS, hard and soft luggage hire
  • Comprehensive breakdown and insurance
  • Unlimited mileage agreements

Let us know which trip takes your fancy, what type of bike you require and we’ll do the rest.

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