A popular Portuguese saying has it that Porto works, Braga prays, Coimbra studies and Lisbon plays. Portugal, a relatively small country, with its population of around 10 million, offers plenty of attractions and contrasts to discover. Every fan of diverse wildlife, nature, a lot of sun, winding roads, charming streets where people don’t go often, and the merging of the modern and historical world will surely be delighted to visit Portugal. Its calm, friendly inhabitants, amazing landscapes and long, full of interesting events history attract millions of hungry for beauty and unforgettable experiences visitors every year. It is also right here, in the Douro Valley, where the oldest wine region in the world is located.
The route of our trip will lead us through the northern part of Portugal, within a radius of 200 kilometres from Porto. The inhabitants of Porto, called the Tripeiros, put up unparalleled resistance to the enemy troops in the 1920s and the second largest city of Portugal had become known ever since as the “Ancient, Very Noble, Always Loyal Undefeated City”. The terrain and architectural diversity of this region of Portugal is visible here at every step and during every kilometer of the traveled routes. Numerous mountains, hills and the maze of roads surrounded by both the modern and medieval buildings built into the cliffs create ideal conditions for every motorcyclist who’d like to experience the unique Portuguese climate.
The main attractions
Porto – the second largest city of Portugal located along the Douro River. The mix of the unique atmosphere of its listed on the UNESCO World Herritage List Old Town with the contrasting, full of night life modern districts make the city a really charming and exiting place at tbe same time.
Douro Valley – the sharp, rocky, full of slopes terrain with the flowing sapphire of the river, surrounded by Portugal’s finest vineyards. Except for Porto at the river mouth, you can find a couple of little towns in this area, e.g. Amarante and Tua.
The N222 Road – the 28-kilometer long route leading from Peso de Régua to Pinhão, considered to be one of the most scenic roads in the world.
The trip is stationary. We leave our accommodation for six routes around the area, but each time we return to the same hotel, which makes it a perfect formula for an active motorcycle holiday. Don’t worry about carrying the luggage – we leave it in a comfortable hotel room and do not need to pack our suitcases every day. During the trip we use brand new Yamaha motorcycles, and each one of the six different tours around the area is led by an experienced guide.
The tour program will be published soon.
We leave Calpe and head for Cumbre del Sol where we enter the highest point in the area with a beautiful panorama. Then we descend to the sea where we visit the atmospheric Cala Moraig cave – one of its pillars crosses sea waves getting inside. After that, we go to the Cap de la Nao cape, and then, passing the charming seaside resorts, we head to the next Cap de Sant Antoni cliff where the view by the lighthouse is just breathtaking. Then we plan to relax at the seaside in a cafe in Les Arenetes and after a short break, we go further to Pego, where we can see the rice fields stretching next to the road. The return route leads right next to the Ifach rock – a huge rock which is standing at the interface of the sea and the city.
Route length – 150 km
Riding time – 4.5 hours + breaks
We leave Calpe and head north to Valencia, where we will see:
Serrano Towers – to this day, in the metropolis have survived two towers, Serrano and de Quart. Serranos Towers is the best preserved monument in Valencia. It was built at the turn of the 14th and 15th centuries, mainly for defensive purposes.
The Cathedral with the Holy Grail – one of the most important relics of Christianity and the tower with a beautiful view of the whole of Valencia. Cathedral of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Valencia, because that is its full name, is one of the most famous monuments in Spain. Its construction began in the 13th century. According to the ancient tradition, the Holy Grail located in The Cathedral was made available to watch by the faithful visiting this temple.
The Water Tribunal of Valencia – the institution of Justice to settle disputes arising from the use of irrigation water by farmers in several Irrigation Communities, the oldest judicial institution in Europe. Today it is only a tourist attraction. In 2009, the Water Tribunal together with the Council of Wise Men in Murcia was included on the UNESCO list of intangible heritage.
La Lonja – The Silk Exchange built in the Gothic style is one of the most beautiful buildings in Valencia (and even in all of Spain). The construction of this facility began in the 15th century and it was once the largest silk trade center on the entire Mediterranean coast.
Plaza de Toros – the famous bullfight arena located in the heart of Valencia is one of the largest arenas in the Kingdom of Spain. It was designed and built at the beginning of the 19th century.
The City of Arts and Sciences – an extensive building complex with numerous cultural and entertainment centers. You can see one of the largest oceanariums and a dolphinarium in Europe there. The Science Museum is also one of the most interesting objects in the complex.
If our guests would like to have more riding than sightseeing, after a glance at the city we return to the base by a roundabout road that provides one of the best views in Spain.
Route length – 280 km
Riding time – 3.5 hours + sightseeing
We leave Calpe and head northwest. Circling Benissa, we drive south-west where a very winding road offers beautiful views of the Serra de Bernia mountains. Then, going north we visit a charming ecological restaurant located in the total remote in the heart of the mountains. After the meal, we go to the Col de Rates pass, where hundreds of turns await us with views of the rocky peaks. At the pass we stop for a short coffee break and then head south where we will be able to admire the magnificent Algar Waterfall Complex along the way. Later we will go to the base along the coast and enjoy the view of the marina where the artist Enrique Iglesias moors his yacht sometimes.
Route length – 190 km
Riding time – 4,5 hours + breaks
The day full of mountain riding. We leave Calpe and head towards Benissa. Passing on the left side of the Sierra del Ferrer massif we reach Parcent. Moving further west we pass the Sierra de Carrascal massif with its highest peak Cocoll and going a little south we reach the town of Castell de Castells, where we turn west to Gorga. Along the way, we can feel a little dizzy because of the number of turns! From there, we go to the famous El Castell de Guadalest, a small town with the ruins of a fortress built by the Moors at the turn of the eighth and ninth centuries. There we anticipate a break to explore and admire the area from the perspective of the town walls and continue our ride southwest towards Benidorm. Due to one of the highest number of skyscrapers in Europe per population, Benidorm is called little Manhattan or just shortly “BeniYork”. We go back to Calpe along the seaside boulevard through Altea.
Route length – 150 km
Riding time – 5 hours + breaks
We decided to call this route “for eagles only” with a lot of mountains and even more bends. We leave Calpe and head west along the Guadalest River, then turn south and ride along the Sierra Aitana mountain range to the Riu de Sella River. Going further north, we experience the scenic road straight over the abyss – you should definitely use your camera to capture this extraordinary view. Then we head north along the Sierra de Albureca mountain range and next go towards Pego through the Val de Galimera pass. We return to Calpe from Xalo.
Route length – 200 km
Riding time – 7 hours + breaks
We leave Calpe and head towards Guadalest. This time, however, we stop at the Automotive Museum along the way. It is a highly interesting place, which gathered over 140 exhibits (mainly motorcycles). Then we continue west CV70 road to the Carrasqueta Pass, full of faster and slower turns. This road is highly popular among local Spanish motorcyclists. This is one of the highest places during our trip with a beautiful view from above. We stop for a meal in the atmospheric pub Venta Teresa between the streamers. After the meal, keeping the southern direction, we reach Busot, where we can take photos of another wonderful landscape. This is where our favorite winding episode begins – we usually cover it several times in both directions. We continue to Relleu – no fewer turns! We go back to the base in Calpe through Terra Mitica.
Route length – 200 km
Riding time – 7 hours + breaks
There will be 6 days of riding during the one-week of Spanish Motofiesta. The above trips are only suggestions that we can combine and modify in any way at the request of our guests.
dates and PRICEs
4th – 11th of June, 2022
11th – 18th of June, 2022
from 1,300 €
The price includes: airport transfers for a suggested flight, accommodation, breakfast and dinner buffet, Yamaha motorcycle rental, motorcycle tours with a guide, Allianz Globetroter travel insurance, souvenir T-shirts, photo and video recordings.
The price does not include: plane tickets, motorcycle fuel and your own expenses
● In the Portuguese capital, there is the Vasco da Gama Bridge, a 17 km long bridge over the Tagus River, the second longest bridge in Europe.
● The largest omelette in the world was made in Portugal. It weighed as much as 6 tons!
● Portugal is one of the world leaders in renewable energy – almost 70% of the country’s energy needs come from solar, wind and hydropower.
● Since 1139, Portugal has kept the same defined borders, making it the oldest country in Europe.
● The city of Porto organized the world’s biggest Santa Claus Parade with a number of 14,963 participants.
● In 2011, Fado, originated from poor port districts, Portuguese national music characterized by sad lyrics and melodies, was entered onto the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage List.