Spain - Rio Zancara

Pavement - Self-Guided

7 days / 6 nights / 5 stage / 1 450 km

Spain - Pavement
Motorcycle - Quad / SSV - Car - 4x4

Last updated: 03/12/2021

price from 1365 €
passenger price 1365 €

This audacious and thrilling trip through Spain is a simple delight! The landscapes are not only beautiful but they offer a range of colors that set the scene for an enchanting trip and for the friendly mood that overcomes each team member, from the very beginning!
Wherever you are in Spain, be it under the hum of a line of wind mills, on the edge of a rocky cliff, in the shadows of an enclosed valley, on the slope of a pine covered mountain, or on a dry extension of land, you will always come across a sleepy village, a mysterious castle, a historical abbey, among so many other architectural interest.
You will travel not only in space but also in time in this European country where history has been so rich and intense and nature so generous. This trip plunges into deep gorges, glides over immense extensions of land, zigzags through infinite landscapes, takes you off the beaten track and through history! Not to mention the 12 windmills in Consuegra that will actually transport you all the way to Holland!
Our “Río Zancara” circuit is the perfect option for all those who want and need to decompress from everyday routine!

Your day by day program
Day 1 / Arrival in Navaluenga

Arrival in Navaluenga.
Overnight stay in hotel.

Day 2 / Stage 1 - Navaluenga - Los Navalucillos: 270 km

This charming section of today’s itinerary follows a river of clear transparent waters, under a tunnel of thick vegetation. On either side of the river, cattle graze on silky mountain slopes.
Then the circuit starts to climb towards Sierra de Gredos, its peaks reaching a total height of 2600m. The winding road continues to rise under the low branches of sweet pine smelling trees. Further down the Embalse del Burguillo seems to stretch its different sounds through a lace of mountain peaks. The landscape changes all of a sudden and gives way to dry desert-like lands before the journey takes you back to Sierra de Sevilleja! What an array of landscapes in such a short period of time!
Overnight stay in a hotel.

Day 3 / Stage 2 - Los Navalucillos - Cuenca: 435 km

The superb “Montes de Toledo” welcome the traveler in this enchanting stretch of the trip into the very heart of the Cabaneros National Park. Off the shores of River Bullaque a huge expanse of golden land peppered with grazing cattle spreads all the way to Lake “Embalse Torre de Abraham”. Although most of the itinerary offers a series of easy-going curves, here and there you will drive along straight stretches of road that seem to cut through the forest like metal swords.
Overnight stay in a hotel.

Day 4 / Stage 3 - Cuenca - Zaorejas: 210 km

Right from the start, you will drive up to a sparse plateau from which to enjoy the views of the jagged gorges. The drive down is pretty steep but at the end of the valley you will be able to enjoy a well-deserved rest in a quiet village, featuring a most original restaurant! You will receive a warm welcome and though the food is homely, it is particularly good!
After this lunch pause, the itinerary continues to surprise the traveler. As far as the technical aspects are concerned, you will be able to enjoy a seemingly never-ending series of curves that bounce back and forth from the shores of River Tajo. A waterfall feeds an unexpected natural reservoir and although you will be reaching the end of the day’s ride, it is well worth pausing to enjoy this little corner of paradise.
Overnight stay in a hotel.

Day 5 / Stage 4 - Zaorejas – Sépulveda: 310 km

Today’s journey bounces back and forth between rocky mountain walls and ragged hills all the way to Berlanga del Duero and the sturdy stone walls of its XVth century old castle. It’s time to stop for some Spanish tapas: fried squid, parsley sprinkled mussels, shrimps in artichoke hearts, tiny red peppers, Spanish ham and so many other delights!
This refueling will allow the traveler to face the next stage of today’s trip, through a canyon inhabited by flocks of vultures and along deserted expanses of dry land before reaching a group of ancient pigeon pens in Estebanvela. These elegant structures are peppered all over the valley. Towards the end of the day, a last narrow gorge that opens up onto Sepulveda, a majestic city from the middle-ages.
Overnight stay in the hotel.

Day 6 / Stage 5 - Sépulveda - Navaluenga: 225 km

This is the last stage but of course, not the least of them! Once again you will be driving through narrow and windy passes, huge deserted expanses of land and tiny villages where time seems to be at a standstill! Sometimes, the mineral décor seems to light up with the sun, bringing back memories of old forgotten Western movies.
In Turegano, you will drive past yet another medieval vestige dating back to the XVIth century. Further away appear the foothills of the blue Sierra de Guadarrama mountain range, stretching along 80 km and peaking at 2428 m (Pico Peñalara). The temperatures drop slightly but not the enthusiasm! The views are stunning! A wonderful way to finish the trip before driving back to Navaluenga!
Overnight stay in the hotel.

Day 7 - Departure from Navaluenga

Trip back to your home country.


From May to November.

Technical information
Fact sheet
Starting point
  • Navaluenga (in the Spanish autonomous region of Castile and Leon)
  • Navaluenga
  • We've sourced some wonderfully charming accommodation in the very nook and crannies of the Spanish peninsula, for when it's time to rest and relax. As is often the case in the world’s remotest places, not only will you enjoy homely meals, you can also be sure of a very warm welcome!
    Here are a couple of examples:
    paradore de Cuenca
Number of people
  • Le départ peut être assuré à partir de 1 pilote, même si pour des raisons de sécurité, nous préférons proposer des départs en formule Liberté à partir de 2 pilotes.
Level of difficulty
  • Given the fact that most of the roads are paved and that traffic is light, this motorcycle trip in Spain is suitable for every bike model and biking experience. However, the total amount of kilometers involved means a comfortable seat is required, especially when riding two-up. Likewise, the many hours spent driving also mean it is important to be in good physical shape.
Guide and luggage
  • You wish to be independt and therefore have chosen a trip without a Trail Rando tour leader or a chase vehicle; you will therefore be able to chose your own departure dates.
    All lodging is booked and confirmed by us and they will be waiting for you.
    Your GPS-device is set to follow the uploaded circuit.
    Trail Rando provides one device for each rider, in which you will find all useful information, the complete track, hotels, restaurants, gas stations etc...
  • Single room supplement
    (If the group is an uneven number, a single room supplement will be invoiced to one of you or split between the group.) : 220€
  •  • Lodging
         o hotels, in twin rooms,
    (If the group is an uneven number, a single room supplement will be invoiced to one of you or split between the group.)
         o from the evening of the first day, to the morning of the last day
    • Food :
         o Breakfast
         o from the morning of the second day to the morning of the last day,
    • The GPS device with the trip's complete track and handlebar support, the user's manual and a phone briefing for its proper use.
Not included
  • • Transportation :
         o To and from tour starting point,
         o Shuttles between the airport and the hotel,      o Vehicle transportation to and from tour start,
    • Lunch, dinners and beverages
  • With which motorcycle?
    Any road motorbike or small, medium or large trail motrocycle are perfectly suited for this trip.
    What kind of tires?
    The OEM tires provided with the bike should be fine but any mixed road tires will do, too!
    Other vehicles
    This trip can also be enjoyed at the wheel of a car.
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