Southern Spain tour
Spain is a country located on the Iberian Peninsula. Its territory includes also the Canary Islands and the Balearic Islands. Due to its wide, sandy beaches and mild climate, Spain is one of the top holiday destinations. The eternally shining sun and warm sea are an ultimate invitation to relax. The Spaniards always amaze others with their cultural diversity and open attitude when interacting with the tourists – they are energetic, friendly and full of optimism people.
This charming country is not only full of friendly people, but also beautiful sandy beaches and mountains. Spain abounds in many kilometres wonderful, winding mountain trails offering unforgettable landscapes and just excellent weather for riding a motorcycle.
The history and culture of Spain is as fascinating as its monuments. Eight centuries of the presence of Arab-Muslim culture on the Iberian Peninsula changed the face of this part of Europe. We can admire excellent Spanish monuments such as the Alhambra in Granada, Real Alcazar in Seville or La Mezquita in Cordoba today. When visiting this country, you also need to taste its traditional cuisine. Spanish cuisine consists of culinary traditions from as many as 6 different regions. Each of them is characterized by the use of slightly different ingredients and has been influenced by other parts of the world.
Andalusia is full of interesting qualities which attract many travelling enthusiasts. The picturesque land is located in the southern part of the Iberian Peninsula and consists of eight provinces. In Andalusia, you can admire the white villages scattered among the picturesque spaces, as well as feel the rhythms of flamenco or experience a real bullfight. Andalusia is located between Europe and Africa – you can find the wealth of Moorish architecture and the ruins of Roman aqueducts among the mountains and on the border with the sea. In addition to the beauty of its nature and amazing monuments, the advantage of this corner of Spain is a a well-organized hotel and gastronomic base and a wide recreational offer. Everyone will find something for themselves, and holidays in Andalusia will surely be remembered for a long time.
The main attractions
Alhambra – The Alhambra in Granada is one of the most magnificent monuments of Andalusia and one of the most important traces of Arab (Moorish) rule over the Iberian Peninsula.
Plaza de España in Seville is a semicircular square with galleries describing the history of all of the 48 regions of Spain on the azulejos tiles. A fairy-tale place to visit and get some rest there.
El Rocio – a small town in southern Spain, where the time stopped a long time ago. There is no asphalt there, and the inhabitants ride on horseback. There is an interesting legend associated with the local, very rich Sanctuary of Our Lady.
La Mezquita – The Great Mosque, the main architectural attraction in Cordoba. The interior prayer room is 130×115 meters and there are 544 columns inside. It’s currently converted into a church.
Ronda and Setenil de las Bodegas – two towns “on the rocks”. Ronda with buildings above the edge of the cliff and Setenil de las Bodegas with buildings integrated into rock caves make a great impression and are always worth a short stop.
1450 kilometres of the most beautiful Spanish routes are waiting for us. This trip is an optimal combination of the amazing views, the curves, good asphalt roads and the flagship sightseeing points in the southern part of Spain. Without visiting them, nobody can say they have been to Andalusia!
As always, during the trip we provide the highest level of service. The group will be led by our best guide who, apart from his motorcycle riding skills, has an amazing knowledge of the region and a fantastic contact with the participants. The participants will have a bus with luggage and service equipment at their disposal – it will ensure the comfort of traveling without the load. They will be also provided with a quick assistance in the event of a breakdown. The group will be able to admire the nature driving at their own pace without a fear of disconnecting from the rest of the team.
The architectural gems and all the attractions are just an addition to the incredibly winding Spanish asphalt roads designed for riding a motorcycle. The routes are personally checked, selected and designed by our team to ensure the maximum level of satisfaction of our participants.
We land in Malaga on the first day. We will be transferred to the hotel, getting familiar with motorcycles, signing contracts, integration with students and a welcome dinner.
Malaga – Seville
We will start the second day of the trip with a strong accent. Leaving Malaga via Marbella, we will head to Ronda using one of the most popular roads among motorcyclists. The A-397 road is also often used when presenting new motorcycle models or testing tires. Grippy asphalt, numerous bends, beautiful scenery – it will provide us with great fun. Then we will stop at Ronda and Setenil de las Bodegas, through which the famous tourist trail runs called Ruta de los Pueblos Blancos (The Trail of the White Cities of Andalusia), named after the white facades of the houses painted with lime. Both cities are interesting because many of these houses are “integrated into” the surrounding rocks. Further on, the road will lead us to Seville, where we will stop for the night.
Route length – about 270 km
Seville – Cazalla de la Sierra
After an evening visit to the Spanish Square in Seville, which is one of the greatest pearls of the south of Spain, where we will see 48 galleries corresponding to 48 Spanish provinces, the first kilometers will go west. We will go to a very special place, which is El Rocio – a small and at the same time popular place of Andalusian pilgrimages. It’s uniqueness lies in the fact that time stopped there some 150 years ago. There is no asphalt there, the inhabitants ride horses, and in the middle of it all there is a beautiful and very rich Sanctuary of Our Lady, where the Virgin of Pentecost has been venerated since the end of the 13th century. also called the Virgin of Rocio. We will continue back towards Seville, but this time we will pass it from the north, heading towards the mountainous Parque Natural Sierra de Hornachuelos, where we will stop for the night in Cazalla de la Sierra.
Route length – about 240 km
Cazalla de la Sierra – Jaén
The next day is a further drive in the mountains of Hornachuelos Park towards Cordoba. There, depending on the willingness and decision of the group, we can either make a short stop for a coffee or a longer stop combined with visiting La Mezquita, where we will reach the bridge built by the Romans in the 1st century BC, La Mezwuita is the Great Mosque, which is now transformed into a cathedral . The adjective Great did not come out of nowhere – it covers over 5,000 square meters and makes a great impression with its panache and columned room. Then we will go on a slightly flatter terrain with views of recently abandoned mountains, among fields and olive groves, all the way to Jaén, where we planned to stay overnight.
Route length – about 260 km
Jaén – Almeria
The fifth day of our trip will direct us to the southeast. From Jaén, we set off along the Sierra Magina Mountains towards the Sierra de Castril Park, where we will pass a beautiful, winding mountain road with numerous tunnels and beautiful views. We can stop at Cueva del Agua – interesting rock formations with flowing water. Next, we will go towards Almeria, on the way passing through the Sierra de Baza range, where there is a beautiful pass at an altitude of almost 1800 meters above sea level and a descent through countless serpentine on the other side. A little-known place, and its beauty does not differ from the most beautiful European passes. At the end of the day, we will also drive around the Tabernas desert, where the landscape will change dramatically. We will stay in Almeria for the night.
Route length – about 280 km
Almeria – Granada
The main attraction of the day will be a road that looks more like a kart track than a regular public road. Fantastic asphalt, lots of bends, beautiful views of the Sierra Nevada mountain range, at the foot of which we are going to go. Could there be a better day on a motorcycle? At the end of the day, we will reach Granada, from where we will turn into the mountains and enter the Prodollano ski resort – the highest point of the Sierra Nevada mountains, which can be easily reached by motorbike – it is almost 2,180 meters above sea level. Depending on the availability of free time, we can also go to the Alhambra – one of the most magnificent monuments of Andalusia and one of the most important traces of the reign of the Arabs (Moors) over the Iberian Peninsula.
Route length – about 230 km
Granada – Malaga
The last day of driving is a bit shorter than the previous day. From Granada, we will go south,
on a beautiful road loved by motorcyclists, which offers (of course!) Lots of turns, good grip and fantastic mountain panoramas, all the way to the Mediterranean Sea. Further along the coast, right by the water, we will go west towards Malaga, but before that we will turn into the mountains again and take a circular road, enjoying the fantastic climate and the turns of Andalusia for the last time.
Route length – about 200 km
It is the last day of our adventure. We go to the airport in Malaga and go back home.
dates and PRICEs
16th -23rd of October 2021
The price includes: airport transfers for suggested flight, Yamaha motorcycle rental, a guide on a motorcycle, assistance provided by a service bus carrying the luggage, accommodation in good 3 or 4 star hotels with breakfasts, travel insurance, souvenir T-shirts, photo and video recordings.
The price does not include: plane tickets, meals (except for the breakfast), motorcycle fuel, your own expenses.
● The name of the country, España, is derived from the word “Ispania” which means “Land of the Rabbits.”
● Spanish language is one of the 5 top most spoken languages in the world.
● The Spaniards brought potatoes, tobacco, tomatoes, cocoa, corn and many more products to Europe.
● Spain is the biggest producer of olive oil in the whole world and produces on average about 44% of the world’s supply of olive oil each year.
● Madrid boasts an average of more than 300 days of sunshine per year.
● Spanish is the official language in 23 countries in the world.
● In general, a person born into a Spanish-speaking family is given a first name followed by two surnames, the first being the father’s family name and the second being the mother’s family name.
● In Spain, people greet each other and say goodbye with a kiss on each cheek. They usually touch their right cheeks together and make a kissing sound, then repeat the process on the left side.
● You can hear a whistled language in The Canary Islands! In 2009, the language was included in the UNESCO list.
● The iconic Chupa Chups lollipops come from Spain (the name comes from the Spanish verb “chupar” – “to suck”). They have been around for over 56 years!
● La Tomatina is a Spanish tomato battle. It takes place every year on the last Wednesday of August.
● Spain is the largest banana producer in Europe.
● The national delicacy of the Spaniards is paella, and they call tortilla … an omelette.