Weaving around the mountainous landscape as the sun starts to come up, a trail zooms resolutely towards a series of summits already bathed in an early morning haze. Further on, a series of tiny winding roads and secret paths leads right into the intricate heart of the sierras...
Give yourself a trip to remember and revel in a true slice of life. Wax lyrical. Seize the day…
And come back with a whole lot more than just the journey itself…
This is Spain like you've never seen it before!
Your day by day program
A short warm-up day: small roads interspersed with legendary stretches of trails clinging to the verdant mountains. Just after lunch, the route becomes a tightrope, teetering along the top of the precipitous ridge line dotted with wind turbines.
With its horses, sheep, cows and goats, this place is amazing. Ferns, heather, gentians and foxgloves adorn the embankments. A thousand flower scents fill the air on the colourful meadow.
In this multi-coloured alpine pasture, cows with silky, honey-coloured coats and fine blond curls watch curiously as our helmeted convoy goes past, before continuing their daily munching on the grass...
Now gaining momentum, the landscape intensifies much to everyone's delight. But it's worth keeping something in reserve at the start of the day as we're approaching a renowned stage, one of the longest on the trip.
The grand finale in Pas Valley, Spain's own green Grand Canyon!
The trail weaves over the never-ending plateaux, here where the sky seems ever so slightly larger than before... Keep your eyes wide open, filming's in wide-screen and you're the lead actor!
We go up in altitude again at the end of the day. As we go over one last stretch, the landscape changes dramatically into deep, narrow gorges where our lodgings nestle.
As we zoom across truly amazing landscapes, things calm down a bit when we get to the mountainous region. Don't worry, the respite is short-lived! In the afternoon, the route is unleashed once more into the bare mountains. The trail flits in all directions before winding up in a small hidden village.
At the beginning of the stage, our travels meander between the vineyards and cherry orchards. And, to round off the morning with a bang, did we not promise you another fabulous surprise for the lunchtime break? Perched above a valley with a canopy of ancient sweet chestnuts, in the heart of the historic mining region of Las Médulas, a magical restaurant awaits the travellers with its superb rustic specialities cooked up by Maria... The path then disappears back into the mountain before dropping down to Margarita's.
With its Far West landscape, the route soon takes us through quintessential hamlets overpowered by the heat. Streets lined with broken paving lead to mostly deserted dwellings. With the midday sun beating down on us, a mouth-watering aroma draws us to a tucked-away restaurant... Crossing into Portugal, the route quickly moves on to the spectacular Douro valley. Afternoon sets in and beautiful trails sweep resolutely to the South. A few, sometimes sandy stretches wind their way through enormous chunks of rock to lead us into Almeida.
Among the groves of green oaks, a smooth trail stretches out over the arid plateaux, taking us back to Spain with the first early morning port of call the fortified village of Cuidad Rodrigo. And no sooner have we arrived than we depart for new climbs and discoveries in the Sierra de Gredos.
The fiesta continues as soon as we hit the road after leaving El Hotelito!... The team bounds along the banks of a sprawling lake before wending its way beneath the great pines. One last stone bridge spans the mountain stream. A concrete path zigzags along the rocky banks. And then suddenly we arrive in the black stone village...
Those last wonderful 300 kilometres make you feel as though you've crossed several countries...
A trail packed with non-stop roving spirit in a vast landscape. After the aptly named Vulture Canyon, perched atop
the El Buste crag and its deep red rocks, a daring slipway breaks free from the brink of an expanse of desert. What a sight!
The route begins with a beautiful and amazing foray into the Bardenas Reales. Next, we head straight to the Pyrenees. After Larau, tiny precipitous trails along the crests cling on to the Basque Country. That feeling envelops all of your senses.
The last stretch leads on down among the banana trees and ferns towards Ainhoa as we head back to where we started.
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- Ainhoa - 30 km from Biarritz
- We've sourced some wonderfully charming accommodation for when it's time to rest and relax. As is often the case in the world’s remotest places, you can be sure of a very warm welcome!
A few examples of accommodation:
- Who can take part?
The route alternates between minor roads, byways, local roads and small tracks which are all open to public traffic. Good physical fitness, strong determination and some off-road experience are all desirable to be able to embark on this trip in Spain with complete peace of mind.
The sections of off-road driving are broken up in a way that will not deter beginners but that experienced riders will enjoy...
TWO UP? It could of course be evaluated, provided that both riders and passengers are fit and have the adequate off-road experience.
- A TrailRando guide will supervise the team on board their own vehicle.
At the same time, a chase vehicle will transport your luggage between stages every day. They will travel by road with regular meeting points along the route.
They can also pick up a rider and vehicle in the event of breakdown or exhaustion. The team also have a basic first aid kit, tools, some spare parts and are able to lend a hand if required.
- PROGRESS ALONG THE ROUTE
There's a definite feeling of freedom about this trek. And to preserve the spirit of exploration and discovery that we wanted to create, we've put you in control.
For this reason, and so that everyone truly plays a part in their own
journey, we provide an uploadable GPS file with the complete itinerary.
This technology allows you to ride with total independence.
With the wonderful tool that is GPS, everyone has the freedom to go on ahead, to be carried along by their artistic inspirations, or to stay with their friends, knowing that as a general rule the TrailRando motorcycle guide will be looking out for the team at the rear.
What a pleasure it is to follow your own course!
“Free people in a structured group” is the motto that accurately reflects the reality of a TrailRando trip.
A GPS IS MANDATORY
The route is safely stored stage by stage on the GPS...
At the start of the trip, Trail Rando provides everyone with a detailed uploadable GPS file with the complete itinerary. The entire route and its main points such as sites of interest, petrol stations, lunch meeting points and accommodation are programmed into the GPS.
If you do not own a GPS device, Trail Rando can rent you one.
- Single room supplement : 335€
- GPS-rental : 60€
- Yamaha WR250R : 1500.00€
- Yamaha XT660R : 1650.00€
- Yamaha XT1200Z : 1950.00€
- • Lodgingo hotels, in twin rooms,o from the evening of the first stage, to the morning of the last stage
Food :o Breakfast, lunch, dinnero from the morning of the first stage to midday of the last stage,• The GPS device with the trip's complete track,• Tourleaders :o Tourleader on his motorcycle,o Support vehicle for luggage transport
- • Transportation :o To and from tour start,o Vehicle transportation to and from tour start,• Beverages
- With which motorcycle ?
Ideally any 600 to 1200 cm3 trail motorcycle is suitable for this tour.
What kind of tires ?
Mixed tires with knobbies
If you don't own the adequate motorcycle, we can rent you one. We will surely find somethig suitable.
To know precisely the available makes and models, please refer to our online booking form.
This tour can be driven with a quad or SSV.