The Delights of Green Spain

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Tour Description

The Unforgettable Journey Around Northern Spain

This tour starts in Santiago de Compostela, a Galician city famous for the “Camino de Santiago” (St. James Way) pilgrimage. Galicia is renowned  for its beautiful countryside and seafood rich coast. You will ride through the provinces of Asturias, Cantabria and the Basque Country and experience the perfect blend of Northern Spain’s rugged coastline and the majestic “Pico de Europa” Mountains. Your accommodation is a collection of  Paradors or elegant boutique hotels allowing you the opportunity to enjoy your holidays to the maximum . Beautiful scenery , amazing biking roads and fantastic local cuisine  add together to create, in every sense a premium tour.

 

Day 1. Arrival day

We collect you at the airport and take you to the hotel, where you can relax  or go exploring the city.The early evening tour briefing gives everybody a chance to meet the other tour participants and arrange the bike allocation. Later over dinner we can  discuss the details of the days to come.

 

Day 2. Santiago de Compostela – Corias

We start the day heading north, direction La Coruña through green rolling hills. Hugging the rocky coast with steep cliffs and quaint of fishing villages of northern Galicia, After lunch we head south into the mountains to our destination for the night , the beautiful Parador placed in the ancient monastery of Corias.

Day 3. Corias – Santillana del Mar

Today we explore Asturias, known as Spain´s natural paradise. We start the day on incredible curve-filled roads through the Asturian´s mountains. We turn towards the coast and head for Santillana del Mar, known as the jewel of Cantabria, . Santillana del Mar,is one of the highlights of this tour, is an “alive museum” of a medieval village developed around the “Santa Juliana” collegiate church, although most of the houses were built between the XIV century and the XVIII century. The whole of Santillana can only be visited on foot.

Day 4. Santillana del Mar – Picos de Europa

Today we spend a day discovering the natural beauty of the Picos de Europa.You will need to divide your attention between the breathtaking scenery and narrow twisty mountain roads.If you are lucky, you might spot one of the biggest habitant of the Picos, the brown bear. If you feel adventurous, you can catch a cable car up to the Aliva viewing point.Make sure you are back on time for a lovely dinner in the Parador.

Day 5. Picos de Europa – Ponferrada

We can still see the Picos in our mirror, as we head south west. Today is another bikers dream day on both twisty mountain and sweeping country roads, with hills and lakes and beautiful scenery along the day. We stop for lunch in Ponferrada and make a quick visit to the old Templar castle, and then continue to Villafranca del Bierzo, town of churches, monasteries, convents and fine buildings, to our Parador, surrounded by mountains covered with cherry and fig trees, slopes dotted with chestnuts, poplars and small farms. The building is clad in stone and slate, in the vernacular style of the region.

Day 6. Ponferrada– Santo Estevo

Today we head to one of the highlight destinations of this tour.In the heart of the Ribeira Sacra region, a uniquely beautiful natural area in inland Galicia that is home to the Miño and Sil rivers, concealed within a great cloak of green woods, stands Santo Estevo Monastery, which has been converted into a beautiful Parador. The monastery’s origins are believed to date back to the 6th and 7th centuries. It is easy to distinguish elements of the baroque and romanesque styles and the building has three incredible cloisters: one Romanesque, one Gothic and the third Renaissance, where you can spend a peaceful evening in a relaxed atmosphere . Its beauty and historical features led the building to be declared a historic-artistic site in 1923.We will arrive early enough to enjoy this wonderful place.

Day 7. Santo Estevo – Santiago de Compostela

It´s hard to believe that today is the last day of the tour.We head west to the coast, for a visit and lunch in the beautiful fishing port of Cambados. The town is  famous for its seafood and also Albariño white wine , also called“the wine of the sea”, because of its coastal vineyards and its compatibility with seafood . From there we take very enjoyable ride back to Santiago de Compostela for the last night and a good-bye dinner.

Day 8. Santiago de Compostela

Unless you booked some extra nights in Santiago, after a lovely breakfast in the hotel, we arrange a transfer to the airport for you and your new touring friends.

Should you require additional info or didn’t find suitable date, please, contact us!

Itinerary

Day 1. Arrival day

We collect you at the airport and take you to the hotel, where you can relax by the pool until our evening briefing with introduction to other tour participants, we finish the paperwork, allocate bikes and go for dinner together to discuss the details of the days to come.

Day 2. Santiago de Compostela – Corias

We head north direction La Coruña through green rolling hills. Hugging the rocky coast with steep cliffs and quaint of fishing villages of northern Galicia, we continue to our destination, the beautifful Parador placed in the anciant monastery of Corias.

Day 3. Corias – Santillana del Mar

Today we explore Asturias, known as Spain´s natural paradise. We start the day on incredible curve-filled roads through the Asturian´s mountains. We turn towards the coast and head for Santillana del Mar, known as the jewel of Cantabria, another autonomous community of norther Spain, that we visit on this tour. Santillana del Mar, one of the highlights of this tour, is an “alive museum” of a medieval village developed around the “Santa Juliana” collegiate church, although most of the houses were built between the XIV century and the XVIII century. The whole Santillana can only be visited on foot.

Day 4. Santillana del Mar – Picos de Europa

Today we spend a day discovering the natural beauty of the Picos de Europa.You will need to divide your attention between the breathtaking scenery and narrow twisty mountain roads.If you are lucky, you might spot one of the biggest habitant of the Picos, the brown bear. If you feel adventurous, you can catch a cable car up to the Aliva viewing point.Make sure you are back on time for a lovely dinner in the Parador.

Day 5. Picos de Europa – Ponferrada

We can still see the Picos in our mirror, as we head south west. Today is another bikers dream day on both twisty mountain and sweeping country roads, with hills and lakes and beautiful scenery along the day. We stop for lunch in Ponferrada and make a quick visit to the old Templar castle, and then continue to Villafranca del Bierzo, town of churches, monasteries, convents and fine buildings, to our Parador, surrounded by mountains covered with cherry and fig trees, slopes dotted with chestnuts, poplars and small farms. The building is clad in stone and slate, in the vernacular style of the region.

Day 6. Ponferrada– Santo Estevo

Today we head to one of the highlight destinations of this tour.In the heart of the Ribeira Sacra region, a uniquely beautiful natural area in inland Galicia that is home to the Miño and Sil rivers, concealed within a great cloak of green woods, stands Santo Estevo Monastery, which has been converted into a beautiful Parador. The monastery’s origins are believed to date back to the 6th and 7th centuries. It is easy to distinguish elements of the baroque and romanesque styles and the building has three incredible cloisters: one Romanesque, one Gothic and the third Renaissance, where you can spend a peaceful evening in a subdued atmosphere . Its beauty and historical features led the building to be declared a historic-artistic site in 1923.We will arrive early enough to have enough time to enjoy this wonderful place.

Day 7. Santo Estevo – Santiago de Compostela

It´s hard to believe that today is the last day of the tour.We head west to the coast, for a visit and lunch in the beautiful fishing port of Cambados. The town is widely famous for it´s fish and seafood and also Albariño white wine , also called“the wine of the sea”, because of its coastal vineyards and its compatibility with seafood . From there we take very enjoyable ride back to Santiago de Compostela for last night and a good-bye dinner.

Day 8. Santiago de Compostela

Unless you booked some extra nights in Santiago, after a lovely breakfast in the hotel, we arrange a transfer to the airport for you and your new touring friends.

Day 9. Departure day

Should you require additional info or didn’t find suitable date, please, contact us!

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Whats in Your Package

  • Accommodation in high quality hotels, Riads & Paradors
  • Rental of a BMW motorcycle
  • Motorcycle insurance
  • All Breakfasts
  • All Dinners (apart of rest days)
  • Ferries – when applicable
  • Airport collection and drop off
  • Multilingual Guide on a motorcycle
  • Support vehicle if group of more than 4 motorbikes

Not Included

  • Flights
  • Fuel
  • Drinks
  • Lunches
  • Personal Expenses
  • Medical and accident insurance
  • Anything else not listed as included

6 reviews for The Delights of Green Spain

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    MAURICE

    If I could, I’d give this six star. I’ve done a few tours with Hana and David but this for me is the pinnacle. If you want a tour that combines good roads, good food, good wine and good – and often really interesting – accommodation this is it.

    It’s the perfect combination of riding and relaxing. I’ve toured on my own up around here but David has found parts which are very special, not full of hordes of other bikers and tours and it just is very special.

    I’m very happy to give reviews for the tours I’ve done with them as I’ve never had a bad one and I think they deserve the praise they get. Very relaxed, low-key but very competent at what they do combined with a strong sense of humour. It’s probably why they attract the type of riders they do, who are very similar.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jim & Connie Korb

    Thank you so much for sharing this past week with us and giving us a ride of a lifetime. Truly a ¨Holiday ¨ we will never forget
    Jim & Connie

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Sheila & Rodney Cubbage

    Dear Hana & David, Rondey and I can´t begin to tell you how much we have enjoyed spending the past week with you!Our travels through Northern Spain have been so much more then we have ever imagined.The roads were spectacular and the scenery was absolutely breath-taking. It was truly a Moto-Adventure!The food was fantastic, accommodation was fabulous, not to mention your hospitality, which was second to none. We can´t wait to book our next trip with you! Sheila & Rodney Cubbage(USA) Green Spain May 2017

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Brian & Viv Coles

    Green Spain May 2016 Brian and Viv Coles(UK)
    Hana and David organised a wonderful tour for us. They led us through breathtaking mountains and forests on fabulous twisty roads which all seemed brand new and with hardly any other traffic. Plenty of stops for coffee, cake and chats and chances to photograph the stunning mountains. All the accommodation was superb with tons of character and good food. Northern Spain and the Picos Mountains are beautiful and as good as anything in the world, in my opinion. The weather was dry and blue skies and the temperature just right for biking (around 18-20 degrees C.) The company we had was great and Hana and David were delightful hosts. Well done and thank you. Brian and Viv Coles

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    Tom Brennan

    Green Spain is a fantastic tour. Hana and David, the owners, provide top of the line equipment in the best mechanical condition. The roads travel go through some of the most beautiful country in Europe. If you like twisty mountain roads you will like this ride. And when they say green, they mean it. Green valleys, green forests greeen mountains. Every thing is made ready and easy for the rider from the first meeting hotel until the final dinner. The hotels and inns included in the costs are top of the line, from monastery’s to paradors. And the food is to die for. I really enjoyed my second trip with Motoadventures. Give them a try and you won’t regret it

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    duncan

    The Green Spain tour was my Third under the Hana’s Guidance.Probably the most enjoyable and least exhausting. The Day’s riding Length reflected the Concentration require to negotiate hairpin bends, ascents, descents, gorges,mountain passes and spectacular scenery.The North of Spain reminds me of parts of The Rockies in Canada….but with better roads and better food!. No Golf Courses,No unsightly or unfinished Tower blocks just beautiful towns and villages connected by little used Roads.
    Pilgrims, completing their Camino to Santiago de Compostela were the only visitors apart from ourselves.Santiago,was the perfect start and finish place.I was so impressive I’ve been back since. The Cathedral with its Swinging Fumar, Wine cellars and Tapas Bars is the Perfect place to start and finish this trip. Take and extra day here, if you can.The Accommodation David chose also was a clever mix of Biker friendly Monasteries! If you want to use your own bike the Ferry to Santander makes this an option.Either way DO IT!

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