Spanish Offroad tour –
far from asphalt
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 nature. Eight centuries of the presence of Arab-Muslim culture on the Iberian Peninsula changed the face of this part of Europe. 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.
Costa Blanca, which is a unique combination of the mountainous areas of Sierra Aitana, picturesquely contrasting with the covered with green lowlands and the cliff coasts, is the dream come true for every motorcycle expedition lover. During the day, you can traverse hundreds of turns in mountain passes and enjoy breathtaking views. We also pass Costa Calida (“The Hot Coast”) during the trip. It is a region of contrasts – mountains and plains, beaches and wooded areas, arable fields, citrus orchards, oranges and lemon trees, huge olive crops and almond plantations.
In the past, Murcia was inhabited by numerous ancient civilizations. The most famous building in the city is the mighty Gothic cathedral of Santa Maria (Catedral de Santa María). Its tower is 92 meters high and, together with the Seville tower (96 meters), it is the highest tower in Spain. During the trip, we will often spend the night in one of the most important pilgrimage cities in the world, located in the western part of the Murcia Caracava de la Cruz. Pilgrims from around the world come here to see the amazing relics, which are supposed to protect them against the threats and ensure the peace throughout their lives.
The main attractions of an off-road trip are simply the fact of being away from the paved roads and having a chance of a close contact with nature and the ever-changing landscape. The off-road riding gives you a big thrill and can be described as a certain challenge, impossible to experience on the asphalt roads. Each overcome obstacle on the road fills a rider with a great satisfaction. Moreover, the expedition is full of beautiful views, emotions and adventure which will make each participant remember it for a long time. The planned route is very diverse. It leads mainly through the mountain sections, but it is also full of riding through the olive groves, vineyards or riverbeds with even short sections leading along the beach.
The main idea and the attraction of our trip is to travel in the field, on the gravel roads away from asphalt (only 15% of the entire route are the asphalt roads) and civilization. The areas we will drive through offer beautiful, breathtaking, mountainous views and a unique opportunity to enjoy the Spanish wildlife. We will visit the surrounding cities to refuel our motorcycles, eat and get some sleep.
Our trip is circular, which means that we sleep in a different place every day, and eat our meals in bars and restaurants along the way. Our guests decide which of these places to choose – we only provide our recommendations. We carry our luggage on motorbikes with us.
The route is about 1250 km long. In 85%, it runs off the asphalt, so it is not constant and there may some of the sections may be temporarily closed, e.g. due to hunting or impassable after heavy rains. However, it is not a problem, since we can quickly set the optimal detours.
About 15% of the route is a paved surface – asphalt or concrete slabs. The rest are the gravel, rocky or clay roads. We will make sure that each day of the trip is varied and full of excitement. We will travel between the many vineyards for which the region is famous, along the rivers (and even the riverbeds) and mountain valleys. We will also climb the peaks and ride through the mountain passes.
The difficulty level of the trip can be described as moderate. The route runs on the loose stones mostly and requires the ability to move the motorcycle freely in a standing position.
We try to make the trip as attractive as possible and available to a wide range of motorcyclists at the same time. However, the most important thing is safety. Therefore, we reserve the right to verify the skills of each participant on the first 40 kilometers of the route. If we think that the level of difficulty is too high for someone, we will ask them to return to the hotel base. If the availability of our bikes allows, there will be the opportunity to exchange the motorcycle for another one from our road fleet (free of charge). You can use it to explore Spain on your own from the perspective of the fantastic surrounding asphalt roads. It will allow us to ensure the comfort and safety of the whole group and each individual.
On the first day of the trip we arrive to Alicante. We meet at the airport and head to the nearby beach to get to know each other and celebrate the start of our adventure with a glass of champagne. If the time permits, we can either go on a quick tour to visit St. Barbara castle in Alicante or have a walk along the promenade. After that, we go to Calpe and check in at the hotel. On this day, our team provides the participants with soft bags that will be used while riding and puts the suitcases in our office to keep them safe. We will also try to sign all the documents and assign the motorcycles immediately in order to avoid wasting time the next day.
Calpe – Villena
215km, 9 hours of riding
Our adventure starts quite early, around 9:30 am, right after the breakfast and packing the motorcycles. Around first dozen kilometers we go along the access route to the charming town of Altea, characterized by the low-rise buildings and its traditional architecture. Turning right, we go to Guadalest, a place full of beautiful corners, filled with the atmosphere of peace and tranquility. We pass the valley of the river of the same name. This section of the route is a test of the participants’ skills. It is a little more difficult comparing to the rest of the route, and due to the river valley ride, it has also the most variable character. After heavy rains, the rough water can take up road fragments and force us to search for the detours. Next, after visiting the Guadalest dam, we enter the mountain roads with a beautiful view of the neighbouring peaks, the azure water reservoir at the dam and a slightly more distant sea. We go across the Sierra de Aitana mountain range. Then, riding mainly along the mountain roads between the rocky peaks, we have to switch to the asphalt road here and there, although not for the long sections of the route. Closer to the finish line of this section, the terrain flattens out a bit, but the route is still as attractive as before.
Villena – Moratalla
220 km, 9 h of riding
At the beginning of the day, we enter the Sierra de Salinas, admiring the wonderful panorama of the characteristic for this particular region landscape. You can see the short, single mountain ranges located several kilometers away from each other and the contrasting, flat as a plank, terrain between them there. This hugely impressive landscape will accompany us for most of the day. In the meantime, we will have a delicious lunch in Jumilla, one of the oldest and most famous Spanish Denominación de Origen Protegida for wines. After lunch, we visit St. Anna’s Mountain to see one of the most beautiful landscape sections of the entire trip. For several kilometers, our route leads through a well-maintained, winding gravel road situated in the slope of two mountain ranges. We also pass through two seasonal streams. Near the town of Calasparra, where wheat, olives and almonds grow among the vineyards, the terrain flattens out and provides the riders with a little respite, but that is definitely not the end of the attractions. Before the night we return to the mountains, to Sierra de Moratalla this time, where we will experience being a bit shaken by the exceptionally numerous stones lying on the road. Crossing the nameless pass at an altitude of 1000 meters above sea level, under the upcoming sunset, we get to our accommodation base by a long descent.
Moratalla – Lorca
250 km, 9 h of riding
Another long day of riding. There are long mountain sections, between the numerous rocky peaks alternate with passes through the flat valleys covered with numerous orchards and crops. Far away from civilization, visiting wonderfully situated towns in the middle of nowhere, with lost cellular signal, we will have a taste of a fantastic steak for reasonable price. Coming closer to the other towns on our way, we enter about a dozen kilometers of the asphalt road, and finally go down to our team’s favorite part of the entire route. The area we enter is full of low, sharp hills stretching to the horizon which surround us on all sides. Many incredibly twisted gravel roads were marked out along them. You can simply forget about straight sections when entering this area – the road will turn, rise or fall all the time. Therefore, the ride is highly demanding, but the views you can enjoy along the way are fantastic. After some time, we will enter a dry riverbed and ride through it for several kilometers. The flat, rocky bottom meandering between the rocks, among the richer vegetation than seen before, guarantees to make a huge impression. Next, we return to the hills, where, after the hundreds of exciting twists and turns, we suddenly arrive to the historic city of Lorca to have some rest at a good hotel.
Lorca – Cartagena
100 km, 5 h of riding
Usually, the fourth day of riding is the time when the fatigue crisis happens to the riders the most often. That is why the route planned for that day is really short, but distinguished not only by its length, but also by its terrain. Starting from Lorca, we ride through the mountain range. This short section leads mainly through the asphalt road, so we say goodbye to the mountains for a brief moment. Entering the temporary riverbed again, we reach a beautiful beach, where, surrounded by the soothing sound of the waves, we can relax. Going along the shore, we get to probably the most photogenic place on the entire route. The path leads to the fragment of the wall of the unidentified properties which is crossing a picturesque bay. The wonderful view from the top of the bay surrounded by cliffs and our motorbikes standing on the narrow wall is a memory that can definitely stay with you for a long time. Although the place is beautiful, it is also quite scary due to its great height and the small width of the wall and not every participant is able to pose for a photo there. Next, through another small, but picturesque mountain range, we begin to return to the north. The accommodation will be chosen from the available places with the possibility to wash our things.
Cartahena – Yecla
240 km, 7 h of riding
After the previous regeneration day we have another long distance to cover, but the planned route is not as tiring as those at the beginning of our trip. Most of the day will be spend on the relatively flat, wavy terrain. The expressways will lead us through the countless olive groves, vineyards and solar farms. Our average speed will be significantly higher, and the ride itself is going to be extremely easy and pleasant. Of course, we will not skip the mountain riding completely, because, after all, this is what came for, but those sections of the trail will be far less numerous and rather short this time.
Yecla – Calpe
200 km, 6 h of riding
The last day of riding is once again a little shorter than before. Although we mostly go around the same towns as on the first day of the trip, our chosen route is a different one – a little easier and faster. The ride continues through the mountains, parks and the Spanish forests, but we will often experience the pure pleasure of riding on the well-maintained roads. The part of the route near Guadalest stays the same as the previous one, but the landscape around the area is so beautiful that we are almost sure that no one is going to complain. After all, the same distance traveled the other way creates a different riding experience 😉 According to our plan, we arrive in Calpe at around 4 p.m. and go straight to the car wash. After tidying up the motorcycles, we head to the hotel, where we will deliver your suitcases and take our bags. Later that day we all meet at our farewell evening during which we can plan more trips with Motofiesta!
We meet in front of the hotel a few hours before the departure. After that, a comfortable bus takes the participants to the airport, where the Spanish off-road with Motofiesta officially finishes.
Dates and prices
8th – 15th of October 2022
The price is 1100 EUR / rider
The price includes: airport transfer for suggested flight, accomodation with breakfast, renting a motorcycle with the luggage bags, a guide on a motorcycle, planned route, travel insurance.
The price does not include: plane tickets, meals except for breakfasts, 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.