Spain - Rio Zancara
Off Road - Self Guided

7 days / 6 nights / 5 stages / 1 450 km
Spain - Off Road
Motorcycle

price from 1365 €

This audacious and thrilling trip through Spain is a simple delight! The landscapes are not only beautiful but they offer a range of colors that set the scene for an enchanting trip and for the friendly mood that overcomes each team member, from the very beginning!
Wherever you are in Spain, be it under the hum of a line of wind mills, on the edge of a rocky cliff, in the shadows of an enclosed valley, on the slope of a pine covered mountain, or on a dry extension of land, you will always come across a sleepy village, a mysterious castle, a historical abbey, among so many other architectural interest.
You will travel not only in space but also in time in this European country where history has been so rich and intense and nature so generous. This trip plunges into deep gorges, glides over immense extensions of land, zigzags through infinite landscapes, takes you off the beaten track and through history! Not to mention the 12 windmills in Consuegra that will actually transport you all the way to Holland!
Our “Río Zancara” circuit is the perfect option for all those who want and need to decompress from everyday routine!
 

Map

Your day by day program

1
Day 1 / Arrival in Navaluenga

Arrival in Spain.
Overnight stay in a hotel.

2
Day 2 /Stage 1 - Navaluenga - Los Navalucillos: 270 km

This charming section of today’s itinerary follows a river of clear transparent waters, under a tunnel of thick vegetation. On either side of the river, cattle graze on silky mountain slopes.
As the asphalt becomes scarce, the track begins to climb towards Sierra de Gredos, its peaks reaching a total height of 2600 m. The winding road continues to rise under the low branches of sweet pine smelling trees. Further down, the Embalse del Burguillo seems to stretch its different sounds through a lace of mountain peaks. The landscape changes all of a sudden and gives way to a yellow wild savanna interspersed here and there with sturdy trees that can only remind one of the baobab trees. The journey continues and takes you back to Sierra de Sevilleja!
Overnight stay in a hotel.

3
Day 3 / Stage 2 - Los Navalucillos - Cuenca: 435 km

The superb “Montes de Toledo” welcome the traveler in this enchanting stretch of the trip into the very heart of the Cabaneros National Park. Off the shores of River Bullaque a huge expanse of golden land peppered with grazing cattle spreads all the way to Lake “Embalse Torre de Abraham”. Although most of the itinerary offers a series of easy-going curves, here and there you will drive along straight stretches of road that seem to cut through the forest like metal swords.
The first salt water lakes are a prelude to the plain and the quieter roads to come. This is a region of vineyards and windmills. At the San Isidro Chapel, however, things begin to change again as the itinerary starts to climb towards the shores of River Zancara. You will then swerve enthusiastically along this mythical river as you head for Cuenca.
Overnight stay in a hotel.

4
Day 4 / Stage 3 - Cuenca - Zaorejas: 210 km

Right from the start, you will drive up to a sparse plateau from which to enjoy the views of the jagged gorges. The drive down is pretty steep but at the end of the valley you will be able to enjoy a well-deserved rest in the quiet village of Fuertescusa, featuring a most original restaurant! You will receive a warm welcome and though the food is homely, it is particularly good!
Above Santa-Maria del Val, close to the ancient sheep pen and just beyond the stream that trickles down from the rocky mountain side, the heath fills the air with the fragrance of wild honeysuckle and a thousand other sweet smelling scents.
As you drive over the pine cones, you will enjoy the stunning views over sparse plateau, narrow gorges and ragged peaks. The landscape offers and array of colors and hues. A seemingly never-ending series of curves bounce back and forth from the shores of River Tajo. A waterfall feeds an unexpected natural reservoir and although you will be reaching the end of the day’s ride, it is well worth pausing to enjoy this little corner of paradise.
Overnight stay in a hotel.

5
Day 5 / Stage 4 - Zaorejas – Sépulveda: 310 km

Today’s journey bounces back and forth between rocky mountain walls and ragged hills all the way to Berlanga del Duero and the sturdy stone walls of its XVth century old castle. A small square surrounded by arches also houses a few very tempting restaurants! Fried squid, parsley sprinkled mussels, shrimps in artichoke hearts, tiny red peppers, Spanish ham and so many other delights are presented to the traveler in the form of “tapas”… But after lunch, it is time to hit the road and head towards new and exciting landscapes!
Nature seems particularly wild and austere at this point but the views from up high are spectacular! Our track follows the edge of the cliff, almost touching deep-seated nests of vultures, as you head for Liceras, zigzagging between scattered bushes and fallen rocks. Then as you drive over deserted expanses of dry land you will reach a group of ancient pigeon pens in Estebanvela. These elegant structures are peppered all over the valley. Here and there, clumps of green oak trees make a huge contrast with the red almost purple earth they are rooted to.
Overnight stay in a hotel.

6
Day 6 / Stage 5 - Sépulveda - Navaluenga: 225 km

This is the last stage but of course, not the least of them! Once again you will be driving through narrow and windy passes, huge deserted expanses of land and tiny villages where time seems to be at a standstill! Sometimes, the mineral décor seems to light up with the sun, bringing back memories of old forgotten Western movies.
A huge choice of earth tracks will take the traveler through stunning landscapes!
In Turegano, you will drive past yet another medieval vestige dating back to the XVIth century. Further away appear the foothills of the blue Sierra de Guadarrama mountain range, stretching along 80 km and peaking at 2428 m (Pico Peñalara). The temperatures drop slightly but not the enthusiasm! The views are stunning! A wonderful way to finish the trip before driving back to Navaluenga!
Overnight stay in a hotel.

7
Day 7 - Departure from Navaluenga

Trip back to your home country.

Calendar

From May to November

Technical information

Fact sheet
Starting point
  • Navaluenga (in the Spanish autonomous region of Castile and Leon)
End
  • Navaluenga
Accommodation
  • We've sourced some wonderfully charming accommodation in the very nook and crannies of the Spanish peninsula, for when it's time to rest and relax. As is often the case in the world’s remotest places, not only will you enjoy homely meals, you can also be sure of a very warm welcome!
    Here are a couple of examples:
    paradore de Cuenca
    www.el-hotelito.es
Number of people
  • Even if we recommend always riding in pairs, on self-guided tours, this trip can be undertaken on one’s own.
Level of difficulty
  • Given the fact that the majority of tracks are not only smooth and biker-friendly but also not very busy and that some stretches of the road are paved, this circuit is perfectly suited for all off-road motorcycles.
    Though this circuit is not particularly difficult, it is important to be determined and in good physical shape.
Guide and luggage
  • You wish to be independent and have chosen an unguided tour. There will be no tour leader or chase vehicle and you will chose your own departure dates.
    However, all lodging will be booked and confirmed by us.
    All hotels and restaurants will be waiting for you!
Navigation
  • GPS PROVIDED BY THE ORGANIZATION
    Your GPS-device is set to follow the track.
    Trail Rando provides one device for each rider, in which you will find all useful information, the complete itinerary, hotels, restaurants, gas stations etc...
Options
  • Single room supplement
    If the group is an uneven number, one single supplement will be invoiced to one of you, or split between everybody. : 220€
Included
  • • Lodging
         o hotels, in twin rooms,
    If the group is an uneven number, one single room supplement will be invoiced to one of you, or split between everybody.
         o from the evening of day 1 to the morning of the last day,
    • Food:
         o Breakfast
         o from the morning of day 1 to the morning of the last day,
    • The GPS device with the trip's complete track and handlebar support, the user's manual and a phone briefing for its proper use.
Not included
  • • Transportation:
         o To and from tour starting point,
         o Shuttles between the airport and the hotel,      o Vehicle transportation to and from tour start,
    • Lunch, dinners and beverages
Vehicles

  • With which motorcycle?
    Ideally, any trail model between 250 cm3 and 450 cm3 is perfectly suited for this trip.
    With what tires?
    Any tires with knobbies.
    Rental bikes
    If you don't own the adequate motorcycle, we can rent you one. We will surely find something suitable.
    To know precisely the available makes and models, please refer to our online booking form.
    Other vehicles
    This trip can also be enjoyed at the wheel of a quad or SSV.
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