SPANISH MOTOFIESTA -
best motorcycle holidays
Spain is a country located on the Iberian Peninsula. Its territory includes also the Canary Islands and the Balearic Islands. Due to its the 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 often being described as 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 nature. 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, Plaza de España 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. It is worth going to Spain to experience everything that awaits us there.
During the Spanish Motofiesta you explore Costa Blanca, a unique combination of the mountainous areas of Sierra Aitana, picturesquely contrasting with the covered with green lowlands and the cliff coasts, which is the dream come true for every motorcycle expedition lover. During the day you can ride through hundreds of turns on mountain passes with breathtaking views, in the afternoon you can relax by the hotel pool with a drink in hand or enjoy the sound of the sea waves lying on a nearby beach.
The main attractions
Castillo de Santa Bárbara – historic stronghold, situated on a Benacantil mountain, above the old town of Alicante. Together with the skyscraper of the Tryp Gran Sol hotel, it dominates the city’s panorama from the Mediterranean Sea.
Valencia Cathedral – is known as the place where, according to legends, the Holy Grail is kept.
Museo Vehiculos Historicos – automotive museum near Guadalest, a must see for lovers of vintage motorcycles. There is a very nice shop with local products next door.
Parque Natural del Peñón de Ifach – Spain’s smallest National Park with a 332-meter Ifach rock towering over Calpe
Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias – Valencia’s City of Arts and Sciences, It is home to Europe’s largest aquarium, as well as a dolphinarium, an IMAX cinema, restaurants and museums.
and thousands of breathtaking views and many times more corners,
There are six planned trips around the place that end with returning to the same hotel each time. It is the perfect formula for an active holiday in the form of a motorcycle vacation, because you ride “lightly” and leave your luggage in a comfortable hotel room from where you do not have to move it anywhere.
Our guests are accommodated in double rooms in Port Europa, Calpe, the high-standard hotel on the seafront. We use our fleet of new Yamaha motorcycles for riding. Each trip is led by an experienced guide.
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
24th of September – 1st of October 2022
1st – 8th of October 2022
The price includes: transfer to and from Alicante for suggested flight, accommodation in Port Europa Calpe hotel, breakfast and dinner buffet, Yamaha motorbike rental, 6 motorbike tours with a guide, Allianz Globetroter travel insurance, a souvenir shirt, photos and videos recorded during stay.
The price does not include: plane tickets, motorcycle fuel and your own expenses.*
The price does not apply to the period of Christmas, New Year’s Eve and Easter. Those dates are priced individually.
● 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 in Buñol.
● Spain is the largest banana producer in Europe.
● The national delicacy of the Spaniards is paella, and they call tortilla … an omelette.