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9 Day Tour:
Awaken your mind with a ride of a life time
A nine day motorcycle adventure awaits you in a land far far away
Introduction: Our Spanish Morocco tour is certainly the biggest most diversified and challenging tour we have, with approximately 15000 miles,(2400km) sampling some of the worlds most scenic and entertaining roads. The routes are packed with rides through breathtaking scenery across the Spanish Sierra Nevada and Morocco's Atlas mountains.
Although the theme of our tours is that of a sedate, relaxed nature, the riding on this tour can at many times be extremely demanding. This is not a tour for those new to riding, our standard is that your riding skills should be at or close to an advanced level, with good scanning, anticipating and planning, riding to a system which is safe and others can recognise and easily plan for. Our hotels are the finest you will find, with a spacious room to yourself (unless sharing with your partner or close friend) giving excellent value for money. We never have large numbers on any of our tours, and this adventure has a maximum of ten bike places. This is not an off road challenge, all the roads we use are tarmac, and mostly traffic free.
The Sierra Nevada Mountains at 3400mtr
Approx 1500 miles of intense riding over seven days
Dia Uno,Thursday, El Fly Oot and riding day one, the warm up: Hola! 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. A prerequisite to joining us in Spain and Morocco is a ride assessment on you carried out by Tom, Richard or Martin and if at all possible a wee group ride before we all head out to Spain. We mostly fly from Edinburgh to Alicante Airport and we arrange this for you. On landing at Alicante you will be taken to our first hotel of our great adventure, Hotel Santa Faz, a two minute walk from our BMW rental centre, "Motocenter Levante" After settling into our Hotel we walk round to Motocenter Levante and met our contact Marcos Atienza to finalise rental arrangements, all new BMW F650GS - F700GS - F800GS R1200GS models (other models may be available). During our time at the centre we will also meet Toms good friend and our Guide Lute Portes, a professional Guide and motorcycle instructor for the Spanish Police. Lute is also the senior advisor to the Spanish Government with matters regarding EU motorcycle directives. His riding and knowledge are second to none. After lunch Lute takes us for a small warm up ride by the Carrasqueta CV800, great fun but a bit of an eye opener if you have never been with us on previous Spanish peaks challenges !
Dia Dos, Friday, El Intro: Riding day two, Alicante -Motril (by Alpujarras) Approx 500KM Fresh from our first night on Spanish soil we return to the BMW rental centre where Marcos has our bikes lined up, fuelled up and ready to go. Each bike comes well equipped with a decent sized top box and panniers, you will need it as on this tour we carry what we need. The bikes also come with heated grips, ESA - Electronic Suspension Adjustment, ABS - Antilock Braking System, ASC - Automatic Stability Control, and RDC - Tyre Pressure Control.
This is a full on day covering almost 500kms as we are heading for our ferry at the port of El Varadero, Motril to Morocco. We depart Alicante and head towards Guadix and then on to the A337, rising to around 2000mtr our gateway onto the Sierra Navada Mountains, now the fun begins! With loads of fantastic sweeping bends and hairpins on a constant climb the A337 is very demanding of any good rider, but this is just the warm up road! We ride the A337 into Laroles and then take several rider challenging roads through, up and down the Alpujarras, just fantastic! We finish the days ride at our hotel in El Varadero Motril. Did I mention that this is one seriously demanding day!
Located in the Spanish province of Granada, Motril is the second largest town located on the Mediterranean Sea coast.. The town is around 70 km from the city of Granada, close to the Guadalfeo River and nestling in the foothills of the Sierra Lujar mountains, midway between Malaga and Almeria. Its the perfect town in which to be based. It enjoys great beaches, sunny weather, lovely local produce and the town and surrounding region's have great cultural heritage.
Dia Tres, Saturday, El Ferry and Morocco: Riding day three. Motril - Fez Approx 400km After an early breakfast we make our way to the Motril ferry, boarding at 7.00am sailing at 8.00am and landing at Al-hucemas, Morocco for Mid day.
Al Hoceima is a city on Morocco that lies on the edge of the Rif Mountains, on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea. The city is often regarded as one of the most picturesque cities in Morocco and the backdrop of the Rif Mountains and the blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea certainly help reinforce that label. The city is also called Biya by the locals and was colonised by the Spanish for more than three decades, when it was called Villa Sanjuro. Many of the city's residents speak Spanish as their second of third language but most of the population are Berbers from the Bucoya tribe who speak Tamazight which is a Berber dialect.
Shortly after landing at Al-hucemas we make our way to one of Morocco's most demanding and fun roads, the N8 up, along and down the Rif mountain range all the way to Fez. Although many of the roads we use are of a minor classification, they are major mountain pass routes. September, October and November are very much quiet times of year in Spain and Morocco, which is great for us!
Dia Cuatro, Sunday, El Big Resto: After two very big riding days its time for a well earned rest, so we take full advantage of the City of Fez
The Medina of Fez is not only referred to as Morocco's cultural and spiritual centre, but it is also one of four of the country's imperial cities. The Fez Medina was discovered in the 9th century and became prominent when it replaced Marrakech as the capital of Morocco (now Rabat). This all took place during the 13th and 14th century under the control of the Marinids. The Fez Medina is no longer the political capital of Morocco since Rabat was given this title in 1912. Today UNESCO has designated the entire Medina of Fez as a world monument.
The Fez Medina is an incredible place made up of beautiful historical buildings that date back to medieval times. These well preserved buildings include mosques, palaces, fountains and residential homes. The oldest university in the world is also located in the Medina of Fez. These old buildings are surrounded by eight kilometres of fortified walls that were built in an attempt to keep invaders (like us) out of the city. The Fez Medina is also one of the most complex labyrinth cities in the world, with houses and shops built close together along tangled streets making it near impossible for visitors to find their own way around, its a good job that we have Lute!
Dia Cinco, Monday, El Ride of clouds: Riding day four. Fez - Imilchil Approx 300km Yet an other great day in store with Lute. A little shorter than day three (just over 300km) but you can be sure it will be entertaining! This day we begin the journey towards the high Atlas mountains. Passing through Ifrane (The Morococcan Switzerland) with its Atlas cedar forest is home to the rare Barbary macaques. Riding to a height of about 2,400meters of altitude. Difficult road in some sections, but spectacular for its height, layout and landscapes. We finish our day at one of Imilchil's finest hotels.
Dia Seis, Tuesday, El Goat Run: Riding day five. Imilchil - Midelt approx 300km. After a good nights sleep and fine breakfast, we continue touring the Alto Atlas with some of our routes being little frequented by tourists. Another fantastic days riding with some cracking sweeping bends through the R703 taking us to our most southerly point of this amazing tour, Ait Hani, at this point we join the P7103 and continue through Er-Rich where we finally reach the important city of Midelt
Dia Siete, Wednesday, El Great North Run: Riding day six. Midelt - Nador approx 400km. After another deep sleep! and a fine breakfast we are back on the road. This is another day full to bursting with us finishing, boarding the Nador, Almeria ferry before 22.00hrs. We dine and sleep on the ferry, arriving at the Spanish port of Almeria by 7.00am. This days riding is much easier with big straights at the start of the day but finishing with yet an other large helping of sweeping curves at the end of the day. Sadly our last day in Morocco.
Dia Ocho, Thursday, El last leg: Riding day seven. Almeria - Alicante approx 300km. Back on Spanish soil we have breakfast at Almeria. After breakfast we make our way back to Alicante. Although the route back to Alicante is not as demanding as previous roads that we have ridden, the route has some fine views and several sweeping bends. We hope to be back at or Hotel Santa Faz, for around 2.00pm. After freshening up we return the bikes to Motocenter Levante and say our farewells to Marcos till the next Spanish tour at the end of October and November.
Andalucia's city of Almeria for now remains largely uncommercialised and is known as a rough diamond, the area is rich in minerals such as Iron, lead and gold and became a focus for French and British mining companies in the 19th century. In its early days it was a large Islamic fort and major port.
Dia Nueve, Friday , El return home: Our day starts with an early breakfast. Tom will have arranged a taxi to Alicante Airport, only a twenty minute drive from the Hotel. 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 this tour is for a challenging ride, yet taking in local scenery and points of interest, a great pre requisite for this tour is our El tapas tour or our Spanish Peaks Challenge tour.
Please note: Like our "Spanish tours" this tour is a great opportunity to develop your riding skills 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.
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.
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.
Please contact Tom for further information.