About our Spain Picos & Portugal Motorcycle Tour B –
Tour duration: 10 Days / 9 Nights
Dates: 15th – 24th September 2019
Price: from £1195
Tour Type: Fully Guided Tour Graded Intermediate
Spain Picos & Portugal Motorcycle Tour is a touring holiday on some of the best motorcycling roads that Spain, Picos and Portugal have to offer. Mountains, gorges and valleys offering you not only a fantastic view as you go, but a great relaxing all round motorcycling holiday.
We will take an overnight cruise to Santander where we start our journey into the Picos de Europa National Park. From here we head west from Cantabria into Asturias on some of the most enjoyable roads you will ever ride. Breath-taking scenery, hair pin bends, fast sweepers, technical twisty sections and fantastically smooth tarmac not to mention the huge panoramic vista around every bend.
Heading south through Galicia from Lugo to Santiago de Compostela, a better road than the B500 and onto Pontevedra for the night. From here we head south through the Parque Natural Monte Aloia into Portugal and 3 days spent riding some great roads in Northern Portugal. Picos via Castilla Y Leon, Pots and Pans Route and Cantabria are not forgotten as we come back through Spain on our ride home. This tour is about riding our bikes the way they were meant to be ridden.
Guided Tour Price & Deposit
We require a £200.00 deposit per person at the time of booking. The balance payable is due no later than 60 days prior to the commencement date.
One person – One Bike Shared Room £1195
One person – One Bike Single Room £1395
Two people – One Bike Shared Room £1695
Brittany ferry return trip with cabin
9 Nights en-suite accommodation in a good quality hotel
Detailed route plans and maps
GPS Co-ordinates (Garmin/Tom Tom)
Full support of a professional tour guide throughout the trip
Repatriation back to the UK
Parking and Toll charges
Admission charges to any tourist sites
Meals other than specified
On all tours it is a condition of booking that you hold valid and adequate breakdown/recovery insurance which includes repatriation of you, your pillion (if applicable) and your motorcycle.
Plymouth to Santander
Meeting point – Brittany Ferries main terminal We take the overnight mini cruise from Plymouth to Santander on-board the Pont-Aven, which is Brittany Ferries flagship cruise ferry.
The ship boasts a swimming pool, a la carte restaurant, cocktail piano bar and a two storey lounge bar/entertainment area. We book outside 4 berth club cabin on all crossings.
Day 2 –
Santander to Cantabria (110 miles)
We dock in Santander at lunch time, off the ship and we are straight into the beautiful region of Cantabria.
This area offers nothing but stunning scenery, with its jagged peaks, medieval mountain villages, and emerald green pastures leading to the blue sea and beaches of the Costa Verde.
We end our day with the first glimpse of the Pico’s de Europa and our overnight stay in Potes, where you can enjoy a dip in the pool or a couple of beers on the terrace taking in the stunning views of the mountains and beautiful green countryside that surrounds the hotel.
Day 3 –
Cantabria to Asturias (200 miles)
After breakfast we set off north along the Pots and Pans route. So called due to the two towns which lie along the route, Potes on the south and the location of our first hotel, and Panes at the northern tip, which is our first stop of the day.
Next its west straight through the heart of the Picos Mountains, which is just stunning to both the view and ride. Mountain passes, river gorges and coast roads all ridden today. Costa Verde with its white sand beaches and deep blue sea is nothing short of breath-taking. Our hotel is situated on the western coast of Asturias close to the Barayo nature reserve. An extensive stretch of pristine golden sandy beaches.
Day 4 –
Asturias to Galicia (130 miles)
After a good night’s rest we follow the valle Del Navia out of Asturia and into Galica.
Today its twisty technical sections in the morning but the route from Lugo through Santiago de Compostels is made up of some of the best fast sweepers you will find (think B500 plus), with fantastically smooth tarmac and huge panoramic vistas around every bend.
Tonight we stay in the old town part of Pontevedra, a great place to chill, have a few beers and some tapas while watching the world go by in the old town square.
Day 5 –
Pontevedra to Ribadouro (220 miles)
Heading south we go through the Parque Natural Monte Aloia into Portugal, calling into the Marina at Arcade for a coffee. From here we hit the motorway toward Porto before we turn inland into the vineyard of the Douro Valley. Reaching our spa hotel on the banks of the Douro River around 1pm. The rest of the day can be spent enjoying the views from the infinity pool on the seventh floor.
Day 6 –
Ribadouro – Braganca (225 miles)
Following the river Douro switching from one bank to the other as we leave weave our way through vineyard after vineyard, what a relaxing day. Its then onto the sweeping twist and turns all the way to Breganca.
Day 7 –
Braganca – Leon (205 miles)
From the Parque natural de Montesinho heading back into Spain riding the high mountain pass into Ponferrada and onto Leon for the night. Motorcycle touring is about riding, scenery, roads, and people. Sometimes there is nothing more to say about a day, its all in the experience.
Day 8 –
Leon to Pechon (175 miles)
After a great night in Leon we make our way back into the Picos today, up past the Dam at Embalse del Porma following the banks of the lakes round to Riano for a lunch break and a garage with the best view in Europe. Lunch, it’s over the mountain top with its stunning road surface and views for hundreds of miles. We drop down towards Potes via hairpin bends and fast sweepers tracing the mountain side. Back into Cantabria, passing through the Parque Natural Fuentes Cabrionas Y Fuente Cobre and the Valles Altos del Nansay Y Saja Y Alto Campoo on our way to the Cantabria Coast for the nights rest and more vino and tapas.
Day 9 –
Pechon – Santander (120 miles)
Today we hit the Pots n Pans route for one last blast in the Picos before cutting back up to Torrelavega and heading for the dock in Santander to catch the ferry home. Leaving ourselves an hour to view the six hundred odd bikes waiting to board the Pont Aven for the crossing back to Portsmouth is a must.
Day 10 –
We spend the morning enjoying the many pleasures of the Pont Aven, a swim, a stroll around the deck or maybe a film before landing in Portsmouth early afternoon. Farewells said and numbers exchanged we leave Portsmouth docks for the journey home.
One Person – One Bike Shared Room, Deposit One Person – One Bike Shared Room, One Person – One Bike Single Room, Deposit One Person – One Bike Single Room, Two People – One Bike Shared Room, Deposit Two People – One Bike Shared Room