Travelling always has its charm no matter how you do it, where you stay or what kind of transportation you use. However, touring a country like Spain on a motorbike is an exciting experience that will allow you to soak up the culture of every little place you visit at your own pace, while enjoying some of the most beautiful landscapes you will ever see. Here are the best routes to get to know this magnificent country on two wheels.
The Pyrenees are the largest mountain range in Spain, which turns them into one of the best areas to enjoy mountain roads on two wheels. When discovering the Pyrenees on motorbike you will face the hardest mountain passes from Navarre to Catalonia. There are roads for all tastes along this route: impossible curves, long straights roads that allow you to enjoy the landscape, paths that get lost into the wild, and so on. Since it rains and snows often, the best time of year to take this route is summer, although spring and autumn also have their charm.
The N-260 Route from Barcelona
There are many options to cross the Pyrenees on a motorbike, but one route that is certainly worthwhile is the N-260 -or Pyrenean axis. This small road crosses the entire Pyrenees across 500 kilometres, from the border with France in the Mediterranean. To make it even more interesting and complete experience, you can start the n260 route from Barcelona, which will allow you to know both the Catalan capital and see many charming villages before you hit the actual road: Caldes de Montbui, Castellterçol, Moya, Montvi de Baix, Prats de Llusanes, Borredá, La Pobla de Lillet, La Molina, Alp, La Seu de Urgell and Pont de Sort.
Picos de Europa Route
The Picos de Europa are a small paradise of steep mountains for nature lovers. This mountain range has incredible curves surrounded by beautiful green terrain. Lakes, mountains and many curves for adrenaline-loving bikers is what Picos de Europa route has to offer.
The Cantabrian Sea Route
The route starts at San Sebastian and continues along the Basque and Canabrian coasts until reaching Galicia. You will travel along the coast of Cantabria and Asturias crossing beautiful coastal towns such as Cudillero, Ribadesella, Comillas, Llanes or Cabo de Peñas. In Galicia, you must stop at the breathtaking Beach of the Cathedrals and, of course, in Santiago de Compostela.
The Silver Way Route
La Vía de la Plata -or Silver Way- is a perfect itinerary to be traveled by motorbike. Over 800 km link Seville and Gijón offering a landscape of great variety and contrast. Whether through the modern A-66 or the more classic N-630, the bikers that take this route will climb mountain passes on winding roads, cross meadows and valleys to the sea, or travel miles of plains with the horizon as the only limit, enjoying a relaxing and unforgettable experience.
Sierra de Gredos and Jerte Valley
If there is a mountain system perfect for bikers, it is undoubtedly Gredos’s. The route begins in these incredible mountains and later it goes to the Jerte Valley, where you can enjoy the cherry blossom during spring. In addition to the marvellous natural landscapes, on the way to other points of Spain you can visit El Escorial or Plasencia.
The route begins in the capital of Spain to cross the Sierra de Guadarrama and finish tasting a good piglet in Segovia. Take the road from Colmenar to Soto del Real. There, you will visit entertaining mountain ports such as Cotos and Navacerrada.
Route through the Serranía de Cuenca
This route goes along secondary roads allows you to visit beautiful towns like Torrelaguna, Uceda, Puebla de Beleña. A visit to Sigüenza and Cuenca is obligatory in this route.
Cabo de Gata to Granada Route
The route begins in the Natural Park of Cabo de Gata-Nijar (Almeria) to cross the Alpujarra next to Sierra Nevada. Cabo de Gata has 63 kilometres of coastline with numerous beaches and cliffs, in one of the best coastal landscapes in Spain. In La Alpujarra we will enjoy its typical villages and as we pass through Sierra Nevada we will get to know Lanjarón. As a destination, Granada, one of the most spectacular cities in Andalusia with the Alhambra as a symbol of the city.
The White Villages Route
The route runs through the northern part of Cadiz and also enters Malaga, as they share beautiful hills with its winding roads and picturesque white villages that are perfect for relaxing after a good binge of curves. This route is one of the best known and has a network of roads that take us to about 20 municipalities in the provinces of Cadiz and Malaga.