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!
Your day by day program
Arrival in Spain.
Overnight stay in hotel.
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.
Then the circuit starts to climb towards Sierra de Gredos, its peaks reaching a total height of 2600m. 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 dry desert-like lands before the journey takes you back to Sierra de Sevilleja! What an array of landscapes in such a short period of time!
Overnight stay in a hotel.
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.
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!
After this lunch pause, the itinerary continues to surprise the traveler. As far as the technical aspects are concerned, you will be able to enjoy a seemingly never-ending series of curves that 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.
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. It’s time to stop for some Spanish tapas: fried squid, parsley sprinkled mussels, shrimps in artichoke hearts, tiny red peppers, Spanish ham and so many other delights!
This refueling will allow the traveler to face the next stage of today’s trip, through a canyon inhabited by flocks of vultures and along deserted expanses of dry land before reaching a group of ancient pigeon pens in Estebanvela. These elegant structures are peppered all over the valley. Towards the end of the day, a last narrow gorge that opens up onto Sepulveda, a majestic city from the middle-ages.
Overnight stay in the hotel.
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.
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.
Trip back to your home country.
- Navaluenga (in the Spanish autonomous region of Castile and Leon)
- 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
- Given the fact that most of the roads are paved and that traffic is light, this motorcycle trip in Spain is suitable for every bike model and biking experience. However, the total amount of kilometers involved means a comfortable seat is required, especially when riding two-up. Likewise, the many hours spent driving also mean it is important to be in good physical shape.
- A Trail Rando staff member will accompany you in the chase vehicle which carries your luggage between stages every day. They will travel by road with regular meeting points along the route and can pick up a rider and vehicle in the event of breakdown or exhaustion.
- PROGRESS ALONG THE ROUTE
There's a definite feeling of freedom about this journey. 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 track for the entire trip. This technology allows you to be totally independent in terms of navigation.
Thanks to this wonderful tool, 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 Trail Rando motorcycle guide will be looking out for the team at the rear.
“Free people in a structured group” is the motto that accurately reflects the reality of a Trail Rando trip.
A GPS IS MANDATORY
Trail Rando will provide you with the different stages of this trip in order for you to upload them onto your personal GPS. This will include main points such as sites of interest, petrol stations, lunch meeting points and accommodation.
If you do not own an adequate GPS, Trail Rando can rent you one.
- GPS rental : 60€
- Single room supplement : 220€
- Yamaha WR250R : 950.00€
- Yamaha XT660R : 990.00€
- Yamaha XT1200Z : 1150.00€
- • Lodgingo hotels, in twin rooms,
o from the evening of the first day, to the morning of the last day
• Food :
o Breakfast and dinner,
o from the evening of the first day to the morning of the last day,
• An uploadable version to a GPS device of the trip's complete track• Support:o Chase vehicle to carry the luggage.
- • 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
- With which motorcycle?
Any road motorbike or small, medium or large trail motrocycle are perfectly suited for this trip.
What kind of tires?
The OEM tires provided with the bike should be fine but any mixed road tires will do, too!
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.