Spain/Portugal - The Sierras
Pavement - Guided - 10 Stages

10 days / 9 nights / 10 stages / 2 700 km
Spain - Pavement
Motorcycle

price from 2790 €
passenger price 1645 €

Weaving around the mountainous landscape as the sun starts to come up, a trail zooms resolutely towards a series of summits already bathed in an early morning haze. Further on, a series of tiny winding roads and secret paths leads right into the intricate heart of the sierras...
Give yourself a trip to remember and revel in a true slice of life. Wax lyrical. Seize the day…
And come back with a whole lot more than just the journey itself…
This is Spain like you've never seen it before!

Map

Your day by day program

1
Day 1 / Stage 1 - Aïnhoa - Aizpun: 160 km

A short warm-up day: small roads interspersed with legendary stretches of trails clinging to the verdant mountains. Just after lunch, the route becomes a tightrope, teetering along the top of the precipitous ridge line dotted with wind turbines.
With its horses, sheep, cows and goats, this place is amazing. Ferns, heather, gentians and foxgloves adorn the embankments. A thousand flower scents fill the air on the colourful meadow.
In this multi-coloured alpine pasture, cows with silky, honey-coloured coats and fine blond curls watch curiously as our helmeted convoy goes past, before continuing their daily munching on the grass...

2
Day 2 / Stage 2 - Aizpun - Vega-de-Pas: 320 km

Now gaining momentum, the landscape intensifies much to everyone's delight. But it's worth keeping something in reserve at the start of the day as we're approaching a renowned stage, one of the longest on the trip.
The grand finale in Pas Valley, Spain's own green Grand Canyon!

3
Day 3 / Stage 3 - Vega-de-Pas - Lugeros: 280 km

The trail weaves over the never-ending plateaux, here where the sky seems ever so slightly larger than before... Keep your eyes wide open, filming's in wide-screen and you're the lead actor!
We go up in altitude again at the end of the day. As we go over one last stretch, the landscape changes dramatically into deep, narrow gorges where our lodgings nestle.

4
Day 4 / Stage 4 - Lugeros - Sorbeira: 180 km

As we zoom across truly amazing landscapes, things calm down a bit when we get to the mountainous region. Don't worry, the respite is short-lived! In the afternoon, the route is unleashed once more into the bare mountains. The trail flits in all directions before winding up in a small hidden village.

5
Day 5 / Stage 5 - Sorbeira - Trefacio: 160 km

At the beginning of the stage, our travels meander between the vineyards and cherry orchards. The path then disappears back into the mountain before dropping down to Margarita's.

6
Day 6 / Stage 6 - Trefacio - Almeida: 290 km

With its Far West landscape, the route soon takes us through quintessential hamlets overpowered by the heat. Streets lined with broken paving lead to mostly deserted dwellings. With the midday sun beating down on us, a mouth-watering aroma draws us to a tucked-away restaurant... Crossing into Portugal, the route quickly moves on to the spectacular Douro valley. Afternoon sets in and beautiful trails sweep resolutely to the South. A few, sometimes sandy stretches wind their way through enormous chunks of rock to lead us into Almeida.

7
Day 7 / Stage 7 - Almeida - Navaluenga: 330 km

Among the groves of green oaks, a smooth trail stretches out over the arid plateaux, taking us back to Spain with the first early morning port of call the fortified village of Cuidad Rodrigo. And no sooner have we arrived than we depart for new climbs and discoveries in the Sierra de Gredos.

8
Day 8 /Stage 8 - Navaluenga - Campillo de Ranas: 320 km

The fiesta continues as soon as we hit the road after leaving El Hotelito!... The team bounds along the banks of a sprawling lake before wending its way beneath the great pines. One last stone bridge spans the mountain stream. A concrete path zigzags along the rocky banks. And then suddenly we arrive in the black stone village...
Those last wonderful 300 kilometers make you feel as though you've crossed several countries...

9
Day 9 / Stage 9 - Campillo de Ranas - Tudela: 360 km

A road packed with non-stop roving spirit in a vast landscape. After the aptly named Vulture Canyon, perched atop
the El Buste crag and its deep red rocks, a daring slipway breaks free from the brink of an expanse of desert. What a sight!

10
Day 10 / Stage 10 - Tudela - Aïnhoa: 300 km

The route begins with a beautiful and amazing foray into the Bardenas Reales. Next, we head straight to the Pyrenees. After Larau, tiny precipitous trails along the crests cling on to the Basque Country. That feeling envelops all of your senses.
The last stretch leads on down among the banana trees and ferns towards Ainhoa as we head back to where we started.

Calendar

Departure Return Price Guaranteed departure
09 September 2021 18 September 2021 2790 € 7 drivers required Book

Technical information

Fact sheet
Starting point
  • Ainhoa - 30 km from Biarritz
End
  • Aïnhoa
Accommodation
Level of difficulty
  • Who can take part?
    The trip is composed of small secondary paved roads and there is no difficulty whatsoever. It is therefore accessible to all drivers and all motorcycles, alone or two-up.
    Just be aware that the average of 250 km per day requires a good physical condition.
Guide and luggage
  • A TrailRando guide will supervise the team on board their own vehicle.
    At the same time, logistical support on four wheels will transport your luggage between stages every day. They will travel by road with regular meeting points along the route.
    They can also pick up a rider and vehicle in the event of breakdown or exhaustion. The team also have a basic first aid kit, tools, some spare parts and are able to lend a hand if required.
Navigation
  • PROGRESS ALONG THE ROUTE
    There's a definite feeling of freedom about this trip. And to preserve the spirit of exploration and discovery that we wanted to create, we've put you in control.
    For this reason and so that everyone truly plays a part in their own journey, we provide an uploadable GPS file with the entire itinerary.
    This technology allows you to be totally independent.
    With the wonderful tool that is GPS, everyone has the freedom to go on ahead, to be carried along by their artistic inspirations, or to stay with their friends, knowing that as a general rule the TrailRando motorcycle guide will be looking out for the team at the rear.
    Each time a track forks, there is the option to go by road instead, generally a local route or byway; this allows everyone to travel as they wish, depending on how they feel or on the weather conditions…
    What a pleasure it is to follow your own course!
    “Free people in a structured group” is the motto that accurately reflects the reality of a TrailRando trip.
     
    A GPS IS MANDATORY
    The route is safely stored stage by stage on the GPS...
    At the start of the trip, Trail Rando provides everyone with a detailed uploadable GPS file with the complete itinerary. The entire route and its main points such as sites of interest, petrol stations, lunch meeting points and accommodation are programmed into the GPS.
    If you do not own a GPS device, Trail Rando can rent you one.
Options
  • Single room supplement : 335€
  • GPS rental : 60€
Rental vehicles
  • Yamaha XT660R : 1650.00€
  • Yamaha XT1200Z : 1950.00€
Included
  • Lodging
         o hotels, in twin rooms,
         o from the evening of the first stage, to the morning of the last stage
    Food :
         o Breakfast, lunch, dinner
         o from the morning of the first stage to midday of the last stage,
    The GPS device with the trip's complete track,
    Tourleaders :
         o Tourleader on his motorcycle,
         o Support vehicle for luggage transport
Not included
  • Transportation :
         o To and from tour start,
         o Vehicle transportation to and from tour start,
    Beverages
Vehicles
  • With which motorcycle ?
    Any road motorcycle is adapted for this trip.
    What kind of tires ?
    Usually the OEM tires are perfect, but any mixed road tires are suitable
    Rental bikes
    If you don't own the adequate motorcycle, we can rent you one. We will surely find somethig suitable.
    To know precisely the available makes and models, please refer to our online booking form.
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