Explore the Alhambra Palace
You start your sunny adventure in Santander and once off the ferry, you are straight into a scenic ride towards the mountains, lakes and gorges of Llanes giving you your first taste of the winding roads and stunning scenery of the Picos de Europa.
The Picos de Europa offers some of the most beautiful roads and views in the whole of Europe and they are a firm favourite among the biking community bringing bikers back year after year to ride the unspoilt, sweeping empty roads. After playing in the mountains you go down into central Spain and towards the cathedral city of Salamanca.
Explore the Alhambra Palace
You have your first day off the bikes in Salamanca where you can relax around the city sightseeing in the sunshine or if you’re still raring to go on the bike there is of course a rideout planned on more of Spain’s impeccably beautiful and empty roads. Well rested you continue your journey south through the foothills of the tranquil and colourful rolling mountains of Sierra Norte de Sevilla to your overnight stop in the pretty town of Cazalla de la Sierra the second largest town in the Sierra Norte National Park.
From Cazalla de la Sierra you make your way to the hilltop fortress of Granada, here in this beautiful medieval city surrounded by mountains you have a day off to see sights such as the Moorish Alhambra palace, Granada cathedral or just meander around the city and sample some of the incredible tapas. As always if you want more saddle time a twisty rideout on the Sierra Nevada is planned to keep you and your bike happy!
Leaving gorgeous Granada you head east towards Cuenca in Castile La Mancha set in the junction of the deep gorges of the Jucar and Huecar rivers, this beautiful area encompasses plains dotted with vineyards, windmills, castles and mountains. From here you go north over Madrid and visit Franco’s tomb in the Valle de los Caidos before ending your last but one day in style overlooking the heart of Segovia’s old town.
Leaving Segovia you make your way back through the unmistakable rolling countryside of Spain and back up towards the Picos de Europa for a final play before heading to where your adventure started in Santander and to the overnight ferry to bring you and your trusty steeds home again.
The Picos de Europa: A dramatic, beautiful combination of geological magnificence and lush green vegetation with roads to die for.
The Celtic cathedral city of Salamanca: A city of sandstone with every street containing beautifully carved churches, palaces and plazas.
Granada: Spain’s Andalusia region is beautiful and the city of Granada is no exception being home to the Alhambra palace and surrounded by the Sierra Nevada.
Valle de los Caidos: The catholic basilica was commissioned by Franco to house the bodies of those who fell during the Spanish civil war, he was also buried here after his death in 1975.
Cazalla de la Sierra: Surrounded by the beautiful National park of Sierra Norte de Sevilla this picturesque town is filled with ancient religious buildings and monuments.
The Lake of Riáno: This beautiful lake is over 22 square kilometres and at the bottom of it is the old town of Riano itself.
Cuenca: A world heritage site with narrow winding streets filled with brightly painted medieval buildings is described by lonely planet as one of the most memorable cities in Spain and we tend to agree
The Sierra Nevada: The highest point in Spain standing at 3,500ft the Sierra Nevada mountains in Andalucia are littered with tiny villages and spectacular views.
Starting in Plymouth you take the ferry to Santander.
Day 2 114 Miles
Scenic ride towards the mountains Llanes giving you your first taste of the Picos de Europa.
Day 3 140 Miles
Ride out around the Golden Triangle of the Picos de Europa.
Day 4 230 Miles
You ride through central Spain towards Salamanca.
Day 5 Explore Day / Rideout Day
Day off to explore this famous cathedral city or you’ll have a rideout planned if you want more saddle time!
Day 6 260 Miles
Today you continue south through Sierra Norte de Sevilla to your overnight stop in Cazalla de la Sierra.
Day 7 174 Miles
A leisurely ride to Granada where you spend the next 2 nights.
Day 8 Explore Day /Rideout Day
A well-earned day off enjoying this fantastic medieval city. With a walking tour on offer to explore the Moorish Alhambra palace or a twisty rideout.
Day 9 260 Miles
From Granada you ride east towards Cuenca in Castile–La Mancha.
Day 10 165 Miles
You cruise north over Madrid visiting Franco’s tomb in the Valle de los Caídos before reaching your hotel in Segovia old town.
Day 11 220 Miles
You ride back towards the Picos de Europa for a final play before making your way to Santander to get your overnight ferry for the last leg of the trip home.
Arrive home safe and sound and make your friends jealous with your tales of the tour!
When is the best time of year to do this trip?
May to September as a rule (with August being too hot for most people) although April and October can work with a dash of luck. The limiting factor with these trips is the start and end dates of the Brittany Ferries timetable for their crossings over the Bay of Biscay.
Is what I hear about the Spanish not eating until 10pm correct?
The Spanish do indeed eat late, in fact it's not unusual for people to go out for dinner at 11pm or later. We've tailored the trip to take in English sensibilities and rumbling bellys after a long day’s ride and you will normally be able to find somewhere to eat around 8-8:30pm.
Can I get a different crossing on this trip?
Of course, while the crossing from Plymouth allows you to go on the nicer, larger boat, leave on days that fit easier with the trip and arrive at a sensible time we know that Plymouth doesn't suit everyone. If you would like to make your own arrangements to get over to Spain and join the route at the hotel on the first night near Santander just let us know in the comments section of your booking form and we will deduct the cost of the included crossing from your booking.
Ride the exquisite scenery of northern Spain and then down through national parks into Portugal on this fantastic trip.
Self Guided Tour