Andalusia is known in the motorcycle world for its fantastic, winding roads, beautiful views and the season lasting whole year. In addition, plenty of sun, charming towns, vibrant cities, monuments and a unique mixture of Spanish and Arabic culture. Portugal is famous for the tourist region of the Algarve with one of the most beautiful coasts in the world, ornamental, ceramic azulejos tiles, strong Porto wine and the road N222, considered the most beautiful scenic route in the world. Although we have to admit that in Portugal we will ride few roads that are almost as beautiful as N222.A two-week stay on our trip will allow you to enjoy everything that the coast of the Iberian Peninsula has to offer. During 9 days of driving, we will cover about 2700 km, and the whole trip includes 13 overnight stays. Feel invited!During this time, we will see, inter alia:
- Ifach rock in Calpe, which is also the smallest National Park in Spain,
- Salt pans in Santa Pola,
- "Cat's Cove" - Cabo de Gata,
- Sierra Nevada, where we ride 2150 meters above sea level,
- The Alhambra in Granada - the fourth most frequently visited monument in Europe,
- El Caminito del Rey - The King's Path - a fantastic system of footbridges and bridges hung on the limestone rocks of the ravine, 30 meters above the level of the river flowing its bottom,
- Zahara-El Gastor reservoir,
- Setenil de las Bodegas and Ronda - cities built on rocks,
- Plaza de España in Seville,
- The most beautiful beaches of the Algarve coast,
- Benagil cave,
- Vasco da gama bridge - the longest bridge in Europe,
- Sintra monuments,
- Cabo da Roca - the westernmost cape of continental Europe,
- Nazare - a place where one surfer set a Guinness record surfing on a 24-meter wave,
- Douro river valley with the N222 road - considered the most beautiful scenic route in the world,
We will sleep only in four-star hotels selected so that each of them is also a real attraction, a place of relaxation and tasting Iberian flavours, and not just a stopover to get some sleep.
Motofiesta road trip takes place in both directions between the Spanish town of Benissa and Portuguese Porto, hence the following trip plan has a double chronology.
DAY 1 - Transfer day
This day we will spend on the accommodation and rest after the journey or preparing for departure, respectively.Depending on the time and day of arrival, we offer a transfer to our base from the airport.
Benissa - Aguilas (day one to Porto, day twelve to Benissa) 275 km, time: about 7-8h.
This day is mainly the national road number N332, whose excellent surface with gentle, smooth turns will lead us along the coast. We will see spectacular rock formations along the way, which we will pass several times during our ride through several tunnels drilled in the rocks.Santa Pola will welcome us with lots of water reservoirs that are used to obtain salt and hundreds of flamingos feeding on them. In the vicinity of Alicante, we will pass the majestic castle of Saint Barbara towering over the city, to stay nearby in the most beautiful palm park that we met in Spain, where we will make a stopover. Next point that we will be enchanting on the way will be the old town of Carthage, whose majesty and beauty will surely make a big impression on everyone. We will also drive narrower, more twisted mountain roads, and for those interested there will be the option of stopping on the nudist beach ;)
DAY 2 - Aguilas - Lanjarón (day two to Porto, day eleven to Benissa) 305 km, time: about 8h.
Today's route will lead us through more severe, but also very diverse landscapes. Between Aguilas and Garrucha we will go along a road with fantastic, almost moonlike landscapes, where sharp, black rocks emerge straight from the sea, and where the vegetation almost does not exist. At the same time, we will be able to observe rugged mountains and sea waves. Several dozen kilometres from this place we will pass numerous seaside resorts with kilometres of beaches.If we are nearby Cabo de Gata, we can stop over the backwaters being the habitat of many species of birds that can be observed from the viewpoint. The "cat's cove" is a fantastic observation point, to which leads a narrow, winding, single-lane road. When we look at the views that stretch over there, the stress caused by driveway will soon pass. We will also go along a wonderfully winding road with a perfect surface, right on the border of the Sierra Nevada National Park. The landscape is strongly green, which contrasts with the rest of the road. The route will end after about 300km, more than half of it will be similar a go-cart track.
DAY 3 - Lanjarón - La Joya (Day three to Porto, Day ten to Benissa) 300km, about 8-9 hours.
Today we have a hard day, because the plan is to climb 2150 metres to Sierra Nevada, visit the Alhambra and totally 300km to ride. The road to Sierra Nevada is particularly crowded by motorbike drivers, while in the winter we will probably come across snowdrifts on the sides of the road. Be prepared for the hour in cold that we experience at this height. We will also visit the famous Alhambra - the fourth most visited monument in Europe and the eighth in the world. The Alhambra is a fortified palace complex that has been started to be built in 1232, while in 1492 it was the last bastion of Arab defence in Spain. A masterpiece of Arabic architecture even equipped with a gravity ventilation in all chambers. The route will not be particularly winding and will allow us to maintain a slightly higher average speed of travel, so we should not spend more than 9 hours on the whole route.
DAY 4 - La Joya - Seville (Day four to Porto, Day nine to Benissa) 205 km, about 8 hours.
Today, there will be the shortest part during our trip, but there will also be a lot of sightseeing. The star of this day will be obviously el Caminito del Rey, the king's path. Pedestrian trail built on the vertical limestone rocks of the gorge in the national park, where the river flows at the bottom. The rocks are over 100 meters high and the footbridge is about 30 meters above the water surface. Before modernisation, it was considered the most dangerous climbing route in the world, where despite several official closures, several people per year died. Now, it is an amazing tourist attraction for people who are sensation-seeking and they are not afraid of heights. Two towns - Setenil de las Bodegas and Ronda are places where the work of human hands is smoothly combined with the natural landscape. A lot of buildings stand directly on the precipices, and some are even "stuck" on the rock hollows. On the way we will also pass the fantastic Zahara-El Gastor water reservoir with azure water. It is one of the most beautiful places for souvenir photos.
DAY 5 - Seville - Portimao (Day five to Porto, Day eight to Benissa) 337km, about 7-8 hours.
Today we have a longer part to overcome than usually, but it runs so that the next night we should arrive after 8 hours. Seville is another point that we cannot ignore during our trip. The Spanish Square is a spectacular plan surrounded by horseshoe-shaped galleries, built in 1929. Fountains, water elements, bridges, benches and walls decorated with azulejo depicting most important historical events of all 48 Spanish provinces, a beautiful park ... you have to see it. Between Seville and the border with Portugal, unfortunately, there is not much to see, but at the Portuguese part there is much to see. Beautiful, not crowded and very winding roads, mountain views. Portugal is much more forested than Spain, which does not seem so harsh.
DAY 6 - Portimao (Day six to Porto; Day seven to Benissa) day for break.
Today we have a day of rest from motorbikes. For sure we feel the distance we travelled, and is there any better place to rest than here, at the most beautiful coast in Europe or even in the whole world? Algarve are beautiful, sandy beaches, cliffs shimmering with colourful layers of soil and rocks, there are spectacular views and the Atlantic Ocean. In the plan there is an hour and a half trip by boat through caves and grottos, you can reach only from water, including the Benagil grotto that appears on all postcards from this area. In addition, there is also time to relax on the beach considered to be the most beautiful in Portugal or visit Portimao, at your discretion.
DAY 7 - Portimao - Sintra (Day seven to Porto, Day six to Benissa) 320 km, about 6-8 hours.
This day journey will pass us along the calm, side roads that run near the ocean, where we can see what the Portuguese province looks like. There will be more and more green trees and grass, which should effectively disturb the Portuguese stereotype of the austerity and rocky nature of this country. In the vicinity of Lisbon there will be tracts of cork-oak plantation. As a curiosity - Portugal dedicates 20% of its area for the cultivation of cork oaks, which accounts for 30% of the world's resources of this tree and 50% of the world's cork production. In Lisbon, we will ride through the Vasco da Gama Bridge (prepare for the payment of EUR 2.80), which connects the banks of the Tagus River and is the longest bridge in Europe - it is over 17 kilometers long.
DAY 8 - Sintra and Lisbon (Day eight to Porto; Day five to Benissa)
Today will be dedicated to visiting the magical corners of Sintra and Lisbon. We will be guided by local guides who, like no one else, will show and tell stories of individual buildings, estates and alleys. Sintra is a small town adjacent to Lisbon from the west.Located in the Natural Park Sintra-Cascais, it has a spectacular location, full of mountains, greenery and wilderness.It is hard to believe that it is located only 20 kilometres from the main pedestrian street of Lisbon.The town itself is very atmospheric, with narrow streets and handicraft shops.There are several pearls of architecture in the area, although we chose only two of them to visit - the National Palace in Sintra and Quinta da Regaleira, which is also called the Palace of Monteiro Millionaire.The reason for this naming is prosaic - the first owner of the Palace was a Brazilian merchant and coffee trader António Augusto Carvalho Monteiro.
Sintra - Coimbra (Day eight to Porto; Day four to Benissa) 256km, time 7-8h.
The first point of the day is Cabo da Roca - the westernmost tip of the continental Europe.Fantastic viewpoints on cliffs up to 130 meters above ocean level.On this day, we will also visit Nazare - a very popular place among surfers, known for its high waves during the winter period.It was here in 2011 that Garrett McNamara set a Guinness record by surfing a wave of almost 24 metres high!There is also a lighthouse in the town, from which there are beautiful panoramas.
DAY 9 - Coimbra - Longroiva (day nine to Porto, day three to Benissa) 300 km, time 7-8h.
This day provides a variety of curves and mountain views.There are no points to visit, however, many times we will stop to take photos or catch a breath after passing a thousand turns.We will go through both, winding narrow roads and the national IC6, which will guide us through gentle arches through numerous viaducts, from where we will see a fantastic panorama of the surrounding countryside.When turning on N17, we will ride trough the area, which last year was affected by the most tragic fires in the history of Portugal.Thousands of hectares of burned forests, black trunks of fire-blackened trees with successively growing greenery give a truly striking impression
DAY 10 - Longroiva - Porto (Day ten to Porto; Day two to Benissa) 212km, time 5-6h.
This day route is ride along the Douro River valley. It is a winding, good quality road.We will see a lot of vineyards on terraced hills.We will pass a section of the N222 road, which in 2015 was chosen the best scenic route in the world.Is it justly appreciated in comparison to other roads on our trip?You will have a possibility to check it yourself.This day, we will also visit Porto, the magical, most picturesque city in Portugal, whose surroundings have already charmed so many tourists.
DAY 11 - Porto (Day eleven to Porto; Day one to Benissa)
The whole first day we will spend visiting Porto.Considered the most beautiful city of Portugal, located at the Douro River estuary, Porto captivates with its charm and atmosphere.Many times it won rankings for the best European location.In Porto, we will be able to try ourselves at a surfboard, see the old port area, eat fantastic seafood or Francesinha - the famous Portuguese sandwich with five kinds of meat in beer sauce.Moreover, probably the most beautiful train station in the world is located here, the Lello bookshop, where JK Rowling drew inspiration to write Harry Potter... It could take long to mention all attractions.This is one of those cities that must be visited!
This day we will spend on the accommodation, sightseeing and rest after the journey or preparing for departure, respectively.Depending on the time and day of arrival, we offer a transfer to our base from the airport.
Items that are included in the cost of tour price
- 13 nights in selected, 4 * and 5 * hotels with breakfast
- Yamaha motorcycle from our fleet guide on a motorcycle traveling with a group
- Service bus carrying luggage, also pulling a trailer with an emergency motorcycle
- Entrance tickets to all attractions - Benagil Tours, Alhambra, Caminito del Rey etc.
- Allianz Globetrotter travel insurance local guide services for visiting cities - Porto, Lisbon, Sintra
- Airport transfers
not included in this tour
- Airline tickets
- Additional accommodation outside of the dates of departure
- Meals outside the hotel breakfast
- Fuel for a used motorcycle own expenses