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A Taste Of Spain
An eight day tour introducing you to a tantalising taste of South Spain
Introduction: Our "El Tapas' Tour" is certainly one of the most varied tour we offer, sampling some of the most scenic and entertaining roads in the south of Spain. The route is packed with rides through breathtaking scenery across mountains, forest, open country and coastline. The theme of this tour is that of a sedate, relaxed nature, Not like our "Spanish Peaks Challenge"!! The riding is much less demanding, however we do give you a good helping of bends requiring second and first gear riding! This is a great tour for those new to riding abroad, our standard is that your riding skills should be at a safe predictable level, with good scanning, anticipating and planning, riding to a system which is safe and that others can recognise and easily plan for. On this tour we are happy for you to ride Two up but you must be well accomplished at this. Our villas are the finest you will find, with a fully fitted kitchens spacious rooms, heated outdoor pools, hot tub*, games room*, (*subject to villa used) air conditioning units in each room and private secured parking. You can have a spacious room to yourself or share with a friend/partner giving excellent value for money and provides a central base for our various routes. We never have large numbers on any of our tours, and our "El Tapas Tour" has a maximum of six bike places per group. This is not an off road tour, all the roads we use are tarmac, and mostly traffic free.
Approx 1500 kilometres of tasty riding over five days
Dia Uno, El Fly Oot: Hola! Arrangements to travel to Edinburgh Airport will be made in advance. This may be our first meeting as a group, but Tom will have most likely been riding with everyone within the group earlier in the year. We fly from Edinburgh to Alicante Airport. On landing at Alicante we are collected by a member of the BMW Motorent team for the fifteen minute drive to their rental centre and met there by Antonio to finalise rental arrangements. We check out our bikes, all new BMW 650 - 700 - 800 -1200GS models (other models may be available). A fifteen minute taxi drive takes us to our villa "Isabella" at Cala Merced, a small settlement east of Alicante where we are greeted by the owners Louise and Kal who then show us round the villa's.
have other villas available should you decide to come back and visit the
area another time (ask Tom for more
information) they also have a riding school for trekking up and around
the local mountains - one horse power! The villa's are for self catering groups but
an ample food welcome pack previously arranged with Louise will be available for
the group's arrival. During the holiday we take time to do a food shop
during a ride out, evenings see us either eating at local restaurants or in the
villa's (a catered "Spanish
Food Night" is optional). To find out more information on our
accommodation please click on our "Villa Isabella" photo above .
Dia Dos, El Intro: Riding day one. Fresh from our first night in our villa's we return to the BMW rental centre by taxi where Antonio has our bikes lined up, fuelled up and ready to go. Each bike comes well equipped with a decent sized top box should you wish to carry any bits and bobs, heated grips (no need, the temperature is often in the mid 20's!), ESA - Electronic Suspension Adjustment, ABS - Antilock Braking System, ASC - Automatic Stability Control, and RDC - Tyre Pressure Control. We will also meet our local guide Lute, a professional motorcycle instructor for the Spanish Police and guide and advisor to the Spanish Government with matters regarding EU motorcycle directives. His riding and knowledge are second to none.
The first few hours riding is relatively easy allowing us to gain better machine control (on our unfamiliar machines) After lunch we soon discover what this riding holiday holds for us! Our riding days are mystery tours, only Lute and Tom knows where we are going, but you can bet they will be entertaining and scenic. "Riding Day One" gives us the opportunity to see and plan for each other's riding style. We do not cover a great distance each day, normally around 150 to 300 kilometres, but the riding is by no means boring, the quality is high and at times demanding, with refreshment and lunch stops en route. The road surface is tarmac but on several stretches landfalls can add that little bit more of a challenge! We finish the day back at our villa's around 4.30pm and say goodbye to Lute until the following day.
Dia Tres, El Run-Aboot: Riding day two. After a refreshing dip in the villa's own heated outdoor pool/hot tub and a group breakfast (self catering) we get ready to ride for Lute's arrival around 9.30am. The area that surrounds our villa is a maze of minor roads and to find the best suited to the group's abilities and demands, requires good local knowledge, Lute is well experienced in gauging a group's and individual's biking abilities and sets the pace accordingly.
Although many of the roads we use are of a minor classification, they are major coastal and mountain pass routes. Spain has had the benefit of EU funding for its road improvements, with a considerable number of Spanish roads upgraded to a better road surface with good roadside advisory information. March is still a very quiet time of year in this area of Spain and is to our advantage, it's unusual to come across any other traffic on the mountain passes.
Although you are never pushed to keep up a pace that is beyond your skills, some of the days are mentally exhausting. Each day ends back at our Villa around 4.30pm with our hot tub and refreshments awaiting us, it's a hard life!
Dia Cuatro, El Biggie: Riding day three. An other day with Lute and it's the longest route of the tour. The day starts around 9.30am with Lute's arrival at our villa's, and will finish around 6.00pm The hot tub beckons. If the group wishes we have a Spanish Food Night to look forward to later that evening, with a professional Chef provide for us at the Villa.
Dia Cinco, El Ride of a Thousand Bends: Riding day four. This is our last day with Lute but it wont be easy, you can be sure of that! Our riding day normally finishes around 4.30pm with a low sun, just to add an other challenge to the days riding! with a farewell to Lute back at base. The next day will see Tom as your guide. "El Ring Of Fire" is one of Tom's favourite routes of the area with around 170 kilometres of peg scraping bends and great scenery, if you can find the time to admire it!
Dia Seis, El Mixers: Riding day five. This is our last day out on the bikes, we take full advantage of our new route knowledge to plan the day's routes the previous evening, we do try to include individual requests, though this cannot be guaranteed, or we run the "El Ring of Fire" Tom's favourite, finishing at the CV775 information sign for a group photo. Although Tom will be your guide, group members are given the opportunity to lead on their favourite section of this holiday.
Our local guide Lute Portes, a professional motorcycle instructor for the Spanish Police, guide and advisor to the Spanish Government with matters regarding EU motorcycle directives. His riding and knowledge are second to none. www.escuelademotociclismo.es
Dia Siete, El Site-Seeing: After a refreshing dip in the pool/hot tub and a good breakfast, we ride the bikes back to the BMW rentals centre. The rest of the day is spent as tourists in Alicante, gift shopping and visiting attractions such as "Alicante Castle" and the superb replica of the 18th century Spanish Galleon "Santisima Trinidad" moored in the marina. We return to the villa for refreshments and a meal out.
Dia Ocho, El Fly Hame: Our day starts as usual with a refreshing dip in the heated outdoor pool/hot tub and breakfast at a leisurely pace. Then its all hands on deck to get the villa's back to a clean and tidy condition, ready for the next users. Tom and Louise will have arranged a taxi to Alicante Airport, only a twenty minute drive from the villa's. The flight back to Edinburgh takes about three hours. On arrival at Edinburgh Airport and subject to each group member's home location, a farewell is made until the next tour. Adios amigos!
General Information :
:The theme of our tours is for a relaxed and unhurried trip, taking in local scenery and points of interest, some of you will be riding two up whilst others are solo. We try to ride at a pace to suit everyone in the group, but appreciate that some may wish to increase the pace more than others, we will endeavour to accommodate such riders on appropriate sections of the tour.
Please note: This tour is a great opportunity to develop your riding skills for our "Spanish Peaks Challenge" trip, so we will be happy to advise on how you can improve your riding during your time with us but this advise will only be given on request. We understand that some within the group will appreciate advise and constructive criticism of their riding ability but we ask that you remember that this may not apply to all of whom you ride with during your time with us.
Although the El Tapas Tour is a motorcycling holiday, wives, husbands, partners and friends are most welcome and may take full advantage of the villa's and use them for a non- biking holiday at the same time (see below). However any activities and outings must be arranged by the non-bikers themselves, it is not generally the responsibility of Adventure on Wheels to organise the non-biking aspect of this trip, but Tom may be able to advise. Louise also has a pony trekking business and takes individuals and groups trekking (off road only) through the same peaks we ride by motorcycle. For more information on pony trekking and other interesting things to do around the area, please have a look at our Villa page or give Tom a call.
Dining Out: We are always happy to advise on where to dine but prefer us to dine with the whole group. On this tour we have several evening meals at "Restaurante Mim's" www.restaurantemims.com where John the owner looks after us very well.
The theme of all our tours is for a safe relaxed and unhurried exciting trip, taking in local scenery, points of interest and great twisty roads. We try to run at a pace to suit all within the group but appreciate that some may wish to go faster than others and will endeavour to accommodate such riders on appropriate sections of the tour.