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.
Caminito del Rey – King’s Path, a walkway, pinned along the steep walls of a narrow El Chorro gorge, is hailed the best tourist attraction in Spain after its renovation.
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.
Toledo – The city which is one of the most valuable gems of the Spanish architecture. It’s a symbol of the coexistence of three cultures: Moorish, Jewish and Christian. The entire old town has the UNESCO World Heritage designation.
2,500 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 at the Alicante airport on the first day of the trip. Then we visit the castle of Saint Barbara located on the top of Monte Benacantil above the city. The medieval fortress is one of the most important symbols of Alicante. You can admire the beautiful panorama of the city, the port and the sea from its top. After that, we arrive at the hotel to get familiar with the motorcycles, sign the contracts and have an integration with the participants of the trip.
The second day is planned as one of the longest parts of the route in order to get out of the highly urbanized coast area. Along the way, we can admire the impressive Peñón de Ifach, a massive, rising to 332 metres limestone outcrop, which, together with the surrounding area, has been under protection since 1987. The smallest National Park in Spain, with many rare representatives of the local flora and fauna, was established there. The Peñón de Ifach is also a breeding ground for many bird species every year. During our trip, we will also see the protected as nature reserves salt pans in Santa Pola. The salt mining has began there in 14th century and is continued to this day. Then we will have a look on the famous Laguna Rosa – the only pink lake in Europe and one of the most interesting attractions in Spain.
Route length – 370 km
On the third day we will visit Cabo de Gata, the largest coastal protected area in Andalusia and the only region in mainland Europe with a true hot desert climate, where the volcanic rocks formations with sharp peaks fall into the sea, often in the form of 100-meter cliffs intercut by gorges. The observatory, which we will visit, offers a beautiful view of the cliffs and the plentiful rocky islands. Then we will ride along the southern edge of the Sierra Nevada massif, a fantastic road that resembles a kart track. The phenomenal asphalt, with a number of bends which makes your head spin, will give every participant an amazing riding experience.
Route length – about 210 km
During this day we will have some sightseeing and visit the Alhambra in Granada, one of the most magnificent monuments of Andalusia, being the highly important trace of the reign of the Arabs (Moors) over the Iberian Peninsula. Nowadays, the Alhambra is mostly known for the palace rooms of the Nasrid dynasty. This stunning palace complex, dazzling the viewers with its harmony, decorations and gardens, is included in the UNESCO World Heritage list. From there, if the weather permits, we will ride 2,350 meters along a beautiful mountain road to the Sierra Nevada resort. Then we will head towards Ardales.
Route length – about 220 km
On this day we will also have some walking and sightseeing. Firstly, we will go to Caminito del Rey, which was recognized as the best tourist attraction in Spain back in the day. It is a walking trail on the footbridges attached to the limestone walls of the gorge, where the cliffs reach up to 100 meters tall. The river which flows down in the gorge is an additional enrichment of this fairy-tale scenery. From there we will go to Ronda. Next to Ronda lies Setenil de las Bodegas, through which runs the famous tourist route called Ruta de los Pueblos Blancos (The White Towns of Andalusia). Its name comes from the from the white facades of local houses whitewashed with the limestone. Both cities are interesting to see because many of the houses are integrated with the surrounding rocks.
Route length – about 210 km
A visit to Seville, where we will focus mainly on designed by the famous architect Aníbal González, the Spanish square (Plaza de España). Walking around the richly decorated place, we will see how the artist was inspired by various architectural styles. We will see 48 galleries corresponding to 48 the Spanish provinces. The most important events in the history of the province are presented on the painted azulejos tiles. Later we will go to the very special place – El Rocio, a small, but highly popular place of Andalusian pilgrimage. Its uniqueness lies in the fact that the time literally stopped there about 150 years ago. There is no asphalt there, its 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, also known as the Virgin of Rocio, has been venerated since the end of the 13th century.
Route length – about 300 km
We will go to Cordoba, where we will see the bridge built by the Romans in the 1st century BC. The bridge will lead us to Mezquita, the Great Mosque, which is now converted into a cathedral. The adjective “great” comes from the fact that it covers over 5,000 square meters and makes a great impression with its panache and columned room. The nearby streets of Cordoba are incredibly atmospheric, so it is worth to experience getting lost there. Then, without any long stops along the route, we will take a ride straight to Toledo, a city that used to be the Spanish capital until the 16th century. Toledo is sometimes called “A Museum City” thanks to the numerous monuments which can be found in its central part.
Route length – about 315 km
We continue our sightseeing in Toledo, one of the most precious gems of Spanish architecture. The city is almost entirely included on the UNESCO World Heritage list. We will intentionally get lost in its streets, which are a real treat for the enthusiasts of sightseeing and exploring history. In this city you can admire the amazing works created by architects every step of the way. After spending time in Toledo, we will go to Cuenca, which is a kind of combination of the previously visited Setenil de las Bodegas and Ronda. It is mainly known for its amazing location on the rocks criss-crossed by two rivers. The city also owes its fame to the historic market square, which is considered to be one of the most beautiful in Spain. Thanks to these two facts, Cuenca is also inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage list.
Route length – about 200 km
The longest riding day during our trip will lead us through our signature route which we normally ride by in the standard version of the Spanish Motofiesta. During this day, we will experience a lot of riding along the roads with many curves and the views that take the breath of even the most experienced riders away. Later, after arriving at the hotel, we will organize a farewell evening, share our thoughts and impressions with other participants and start planning the next trip with Motofiesta! 😉
Route length – about 420 km
On the last day of our adventure we arrive at the Alicante airport and go home.
dates and PRICEs
The dates are:
6-16th of February 2021
1400 € – a rider
800 € – a passenger
The price includes: airport transfers, motorcycle rental for the trip (with a top case and GPS navigation), a guide on a motorcycle, assistance provided by a service bus carrying the luggage, accommodation + breakfast, travel insurance, souvenir T-shirts
The price does not include: plane tickets, boarding (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.