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From 24th October 2022
To4th November 2022
Category Guided Tour
Location Malaga
Price€ 3450
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Andalucía is without doubt one of the best destinations for a motorcycle tour in Europe. It has it all – twisting mountain roads and picturesque white villages. Great cities full of history, delicious food plus wonderful weather all year round. The roads are in great condition and often deserted. There are around 330 sunny days a year in Andalucía. People are friendly and helpful, food is a subject of it´s own and the variety is endless. Also there is nothing to add about Spanish wine, that you don´t know already. Andalucía is just a biker´s heaven. The famous biking road to Ronda, Extremadura, the Island of Majorca, the highest mountain road in Europe up to Sierra Nevada, charming Cordoba, The Monastery of Guadalupe, The Pueblos Blancos. The list is endless and these are only few of the highlights of this tour.

Key Information

Start / Finish Location
Malaga, Spain
Regions Visited
Andalucia, Majorca, Extremadura
Duration
12 Days & 13 Nights
Distance
Approx. 3,000km
Riding Difficulty
Easy - Moderate
Culture Shock
Low
Pillion Supplement
€1,250
Single Supplement
€520

The very first every Overlanders Fly & Ride shipment arrived in Malaga in May 2010. We were heading for a tour of Morocco and had a few days to kill in advance of the rest of the crew flying in. We spent 3 days riding around Andalucia / Sierra Nevadas and distinctly remember how good it felt to be riding our own motorcycles on blissful roads through stunning scenery with that warm mediterranean breeze – after a 3 hour flight from Ireland.

Over the years we’ve ran many variations of our Spain / Spain & Portugal tours in all different directions. Our new Andaluica & Majorca tour is designed to take in the very best the south has to offer.    

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Day 1 – Malaga to Motril

Leaving Malaga we head north into the Montes National Park on some nice twisty regional roads before turning east into the mountains of the Sierras de Tejeda. Time permitting, a visit to the historical hidden jewel of Antequera (dubbed ‘the crossroads of Andalusia’) is on the cards. Our final destination is the 4 star beach resort of Impressive Playa Granada near Motril.

Day 2 – Motril to Mojacar

Today sees us entering the Sierra Nevadas and traversing along the southern foothills to the region of Almeria, one of the most popular regions in all of Europe with motorcycle manufacturers for the launch of new models. It’s easy to understand why considering the amazing roads and scenery. Our destination today is the Parador de Mojacar. Mojacar Pueblo, a whitewashed hilltop village with a picture book setting, nestles in the foothills of the Sierra Cabrera mountain range overlooking the beach resort of Mojacar Playa where the Mediterranean sea washes onto a seventeen kilometre coastline of uncrowded sandy beaches.

Day 3 – Mojacar (optional rideouts in the Sierra Nevadas/Almeria Region)

Startegically located for a day exploring more of the Sierra Nevadas, riding fantastic roads and visiting Tabernas. The landscapes surrounding Tabernas are practically lunar. Its canyons and rocky plains have been used as film sets since the days of Clint Eastwood and the Spaghetti Westerns. More recently, Game of Thrones was filmed in the desert gorges known as the Rambla del Cautivo and La Rambla del Buho near the village.

Day 4 – Mojacar to Palma, Majorca

It’s time to visit the Island of Majorca (Latin for large Island). Heading northeast we meander our way to Denia to catch our ferry to Palma, Majorca (ferry duration is 5 hours departing at 5pm). On arrival in Palma our hotel is a short ride and will be our base for the next three nights allowing 2 full days to explore the very best of Majorca.

Days 5 & 6 – Explore Majorca

Not usually frequented by motorcyclists from the mainland, Majorca has stunning scenery and excellent motorcycling. Relaxed or ambitious, with dream views and a thousand and one bends. From the hills of the southeast and the bays in the west to the mountains of the Tramuntana: Majorca is a paradise for motorcyclists – never mind beach resorts…

Day 7 – Palma to Cieza

This morning we catch the ferry (departing at 8am) back to mainland Spain arriving at lunch time. The early afternoon sees us traverse the dramatic massif of Sierra de Aitana which has remained a secret from all but a few discerning visitors. We follow rural roads with panoramic vistas, through beautiful valleys with natural springs, fantastic limestone amphitheatres, and where castles dot distant hilltops. The rocky peaks and steep valleys which sweep down to the Mediterranean coast.

Day 8 – Cieza to Jaen

Srategically located on the east side of the Sierras de Alcaraz, Segura & Cazorla; today brings more excellent motorcycling. The Sierras de Cazorla, Segura and Las Villas National Park is the largest protected natural space in Spain: an orographic labyrinth of valleys, gorges, mountains and flat lands of enormous hydrological importance (due to the numerous rivers and streams which spring within the Park); of great botanical importance (different varieties of pine trees and a lot of endemic species); it is also important aesthetically and from a wildlife point of view. Because of this it is one of the most visited and frequented natural spaces in the country.

Day 9 – Jaen to Guadalupe

This morning we leave Jaen heading north-west, riding through the natural park of Sierra de Andujar. After a morning on amazing roads we will finally cross into Extremadura. In the Extremadura region we pass vast wetlands and reservoirs. The two main rivers, the Tajo and the Guadiana, are dammed for almost all of their passage through Extremadura, being used for hyro-electricity production, the supply of water to the population and the irrigation of crops. The shortage of water during the summer months, which can be prolonged, has led to the building of numerous reservoirs and dams. In fact, Extremadura is the region with the greatest length of interior coastline in the Iberian Peninsula, measuring almost 2,000 kilometres. These artificial wetlands are used intensively by bird-life for which they are a real oasis. After lunch we will ride north across the network of crystal-clear reservoirs before reaching Guadalupe. Our destination at Guadalupe village has grown up around the fabulous Monastery of Guadalupe which is one of Spain’s most popular tourist attractions. In 1325 a farmer found a statue of the Virgin Mary buried in his field. The statue was rumoured to have been carved by St Luke and visitors came flocking from far and wide to see it and a shrine built to house it. The monastery grew in splendour and has towers and turrets and is a beautiful building. The Monastery of Guadalupe is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Our hotel tonight is the Parador of Guadalupe.

Day 10 – Guadalupe to Cordoba

More Extremadure before crossing back into Andalucia; we head south in search of Cordoba and it’s mesmerising multiarched Mezquita. One of the world’s greatest Islamic buildings, the Mezquita is a symbol of the worldly, sophisticated culture that flourished here more than a millennium ago when Córdoba was capital of Islamic Spain and western Europe’s biggest, most cultured city. Córdoba’s real charms unfold as you explore the winding, stone-paved lanes of the medieval city to the west, north and east of the touristic area immediately around the Mezquita, wandering between wrought-iron balconies and lamps, potted plants, overhanging trees, golden-stone buildings and verdant interior patios, emerging every few minutes on yet another quaint little hidden plaza.

Day 11 – Cordoba to Grazalema

After a relaxed start, today see’s us continue our journey south in search of the famous Serrania de Ronda –  where more motorcycling paradise awaits

Day 12 – Grazalema to Malaga

The Serrania de Ronda is a range of mountains in the province of Malaga dotted with picturesque white-washed villages (pueblos blancos) such as Zahara de la Sierra and Grazalema. Interlinking these beautiful villages is one of the regions best roads – the Puerto de las Palomas or Dove Pass. Puerto de las Palomas leads through Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, high over a rugged pass with excellent views north and south. It’s that good you will want to turn around and do it all again! Finally we have an option to detour north via the scenic setting of Caminito del Rey or ‘Kings Pathway’ before travelling onwards to Malaga via the Sierra de Chinenea. El Caminito del Rey is an air path built into the walls of the Gaitanes Gorge of Spain, in the province of Malaga. Caminito del Rey is considered one of the most impressive and dangerous mountain trails in the world.

Included:

  • Return transport of your motorcycle from our base in Gorey, Co. Wexford to Malaga, Spain
  • B&B accommodation in quality 3 – 5 star hotels.
  • Half board on selected riding days. 
  • Tour guide(s)
  • Detailed route maps / itinerary etc. allowing some self-guiding if preferred.
  • Ferry to / from Majorca

Not Included

  • Any travel costs to get to the start and from the finish point for the tour.
  • Personal travel, accident and medical insurance (covering matters such as medical expenses, repatriation, cancellation, curtailment, loss or damage to property)
  • Motorcycle insurance cover, motorcycle breakdown cover or recovery costs
  • Entrance fees to sights and parks, optional local excursions or local activities, (except where stated)
  • Lunches or snacks (except where stated). Any meals whilst on board ferries. Evening meals on rest/optional ride out days.
  • Personal spending money, tips, souvenirs or other extras.
  • Personal documentation (eg visas, passport), vaccinations, personal taxes, border crossing fees, motorcycle documentation
  • Costs of motorcycle repair (parts, labour or other related costs), tyres
  • Fuel, oil & other motorcycle consumables
  • Toll road fees, traffic fines or other charges relating to breach of the law
  • Any other item not specifically included in the price.

As with all our guided tours we carefully select very good standard 3 to 5* hotels. Over the years we have built up a vast selection of tried and tested hotels around the world and we select hotels for their character and service rather than just on their star rating.  Hotel standards vary all over the world and a 4* in Africa or South America is not always the same as in Europe. In some more remote locations, we may use equivalent 3* hotels or the best available in the area, which could be a more family run establishment, with local character.

Pre trip we provide you with Tour Specific Information that gives you detailed information about how to prepare and plan your tour, and what to expect when on tour.  These are a few FAQ that many people have. If you have any further queries or concerns please do not hesitate to contact us.

What bike is suitable to bring?
Generally speaking we recommend adventure or touring style motorcycles as the most suitable.  However, sports, sport-touring and cruiser motorcycles may also be suitable subject to you being comfortable riding it for the distance and duration of the tour and that it has been properly prepared and adequately serviced with good tyres.

What riding experience do I need?
Generally speaking we recommend all participants to be experienced tourers in Europe and/or beyond. Obviously, some destinations are easier than others, as classified by our difficulty ratings, and should you have concerns please do not hesitate to contact us. It is your responsibility to ensure your motorcycling skills are up to the requirements for this tour. Obviously advanced riding skills increase enjoyment factor and reduce risk.

Do I have to ride in a group?
No!  We do not make you ride in convoy and we offer you the freedom to decide how you would like to ride. However, we find most people prefer to ride with the group without the need to navigate. We use either the ‘drop off’ or ‘buddy’ systems when group riding (depending on country and complexity of navigation); these are tried and tested systems of group riding and allow riders to ride at their own pace. Full details are provided at pre-trip briefings. Daily departure times are set every evening for the following morning depending on the days route and points of interest. If you prefer to ride on your own, we provide you with a map and route cards with recommendations for lunch or coffee stops and hotel information. We offer a very flexible approach with an emphasis on maximum enjoyment.

Is this ride suitable for a passenger?
Yes. Pillion passengers should be experienced tourers / travellers. 

What is the average group size?
Our groups are normally between 8 – 14 riders (some riders will have passengers). Most riders are from the Ireland, but we do also have overseas riders who may take part.

What documents do I need?
You will need your original documents as follows: 

  • Passport and Driving Licence.  Passengers only need their passport.  As a general rule, passports should be valid for at least 6 months after the end of the tour; however, this may be shorter in some European countries. 
  • If you are bringing your own motorcycle, you will also need your motorcycle registration document (RF101 / log book) and your motorcycle insurance.
  • In addition, you must have valid travel/medical insurance.
  • Visas as required Please ensure that you are fully aware of all passport and visa requirements and that you allow adequate time to obtain them.

What will the weather be like?

Depending on season / time of year we will advise expected weather conditions in the pre-trip information and also suggest the most suitable gear based on our experience. It is imperative that tour participants have suitably adequate gear. Please note our tour calendar is carefully planned taking into account the most suitable seasons / local weather for the destination. However, as much as we would like, we cannot always guarantee the best weather. Particularly considering the un-predictable climates the world has been experiencing.

What about my health when I am abroad?
You need to be physically fit and healthy and also take the necessary health precautions.  It is essential for you to consult your doctor or travel clinic for up-to-date medical travel information prior of travel, particularly if you have a pre-existing medical condition. Please ensure that you are fully aware of all official travel advice, local customs, current affairs, travel requirements and medical/travel advice. Please check with your GP regarding recommended inoculations. 

Do I need Travel / Medical Insurance?
It is a condition of you travelling with us that you are adequately insured.  Your insurance policy must cover you for the costs of any medical expenses, medical treatment or repatriation needed, due to injury or illness on this trip, including those that occur whilst motorcycle touring, either as the rider or a passenger.  It is important that your insurance company understands that the main purpose of your trip is motorcycle touring, using your own large capacity cc motorcycle or a rental motorcycle.  Your insurance must cover you for the full duration of the trip and for all countries we travel through.

In addition, we strongly recommend that your insurance policy has cover for loss or damage to your personal belongings, delay at your outward or homeward point of departure, personal liability, overseas legal expenses and cancellation and curtailment. We do not refund your deposit simply because you failed to take out insurance in sufficient time. Some travel insurance policies do not cover motorcycle travel over a certain cc or for a prolonged duration.

Minimum Numbers
We require a minimum number of 8 riders on this tour.  If we do not have this number of bookings, then we reserve the right to cancel the tour.

Booking:

  • Overlanders may accept a booking online, via telephone or by email. To confirm a booking a deposit is required – once the deposit is received the booking is confirmed.

Payments & Fees:

  • A deposit is required at time of booking.
  • Guided tours – 50% required at least 60 days prior to the shipment / travel date.
  • All payments must be made in full at least 30 days prior to the shipment / travel date.

Cancellation/Amendments/Refund Policy:

  • Please note that all payments and deposits are non refundable nor transferrable if cancellation accrues within one month before the shipment / tour date.
  • Where possible we will try to accommodate any amendments you wish to make.
  • In the event of curtailment no refunds shall be made.
  • Refunds may be processed via the original method of payment, except for cash transactions where refunds will be provided by cheque.

Preparation for Shipping (if applicable)

  • All rider/pillion gear including boots and helmets should be packed into a kit/sports bag and labelled with the owners name, bike make/model and registration. One kit bag permitted per person.
    • Please note loose items or items tied onto the motorcycle will not be transported.
    • Bin liners, rubbish bags, cardboard boxes etc are not acceptable.
  • Motorcycles should be in a clean and presentable condition both for outbound and return shipments. If your motorcycle is considerably dirty post trip please wash it before returning it.
  • All Luggage (hard and soft panniers) should be left unlocked and removable from the motorcycle if necessary for transport purposes.
  • Alarms should be switched off or in “Ferry” mode for transport purposes.
  • Fuel level should be kept relatively low. All our depots are within a few km of fuel stations.
  • Keys for both the motorcycle and luggage should be left with the motorcycle.
  • At handover we will require a signed customs declaration form and a photocopy of the registration document / log book stapled together. Customs declaration from will be emailed pre-shipment. These should only be handed over in hard copy at time of delivery.
    • Do not email copies in advance.
    • We will not accept original copies of registration documents/log books.

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