Motorbike routes through Andalusian landscapes
We propose five routes perfect for a motorbike tour of Andalusia. These ideas are a different and rural type of tourism which reveal the beautiful natural landscapes the south of Spain has to offer. If you are a fan of motorcycling you will love these roads, which connect small villages and provide amazing views. And if you have never experienced this type of tourism these itineraries will show you the freedom of travelling on a motorbike.
MOTORBIKE ROUTE THROUGH THE SIERRA DE ARACENA AND PICOS DE AROCHE, HUELVA
Distance: about 175 kilometres. When to go: autumn, summer and spring are the best seasons.
This is a good route to explore the natural surroundings of the Sierra de Aracena and Picos de Aroche, connecting the municipalities of Aroche, Cumbres Mayores, Santa Olalla del Cala, Aracena, Alájar and Fuenteheridos. These small villages are full of white houses and narrow streets which are great to pass through. Along the route you will also come across several castles such as the ones in Cortegana, Aracena and Cumbres Mayores. The Gruta de las Maravillas in Aracena is unmissable. When it’s time for lunch, take the opportunity to try the famous Jabugo ham. Most of the route is along the N-433 and A-434 motorway. You will pass by a number of pastureland where pigs live in semi-freedom, and a natural environment rich in fauna. There are interesting views from the Zufre reservoir, and the Tugóbriga archaeological site is worth a visit. More information.
MOTORBIKE ROUTE ALONG THE COSTA DE LA LUZ, CADIZ
Distance: about 70 kilometres. When to go: autumn, summer and spring are the best seasons.
We suggest a route between Tarifa and Caños de Meca. It is the southernmost area of Spain and from the road you can see Africa on the horizon. To take in these views we recommend stopping at the Mirador del Estrecho (just 7 kilometres from Tarifa) Part of the itinerary goes through the interior along the N-340 and continues along the coast from Zahara de los Atunes to Caños de Meca. The enormous fine golden sand beaches stand out. They are full of life in summer and very calm the rest of the year. The beaches at Bolonia, Zahara de los Atunes, los Alemanes, Caños de Meca and Valdevaqueros are the most beautiful ones. Particularly interesting places to visit include the important Roman archaeological site of Baelo Claudia (Tarifa), on Bolonia beach; and La Breña y Marismas del Barbate Natural Park, where you can see traditional fish salting. The Almadraba tuna is typical of this region. More information.
MOTORBIKE ROUTE THROUGH THE SIERRA MORENA, CORDOBA
Distance: about 200 kilometres. When to go: autumn and spring are the best seasons.
Along this route you will discover eight whitewashed villages sheltering in the Sierra Morena mountains. The route, which is mainly along the A-3075 motorway and the N-432, passes through beautiful natural landscapes and penetrates deep into areas full of cliffs, large pasturelands, river crossings and the habitat of a range of fauna. This route connects the villages of Hornachuelos, Villaviciosa de Córdoba, Villanueva del Rey, Espiel, Villaharta, Obejo, Adamuz and Montoro, and may take about five hours of driving. The area is also known for its game dishes and Iberian ham. Interesting cultural visits include the megalithic tombs at Mina de don Juan (Puertocacho) and Villanueva del Rey, and the Cerro del Ermitaño archaeological site (Villanueva del Rey). More information.
MOTORBIKE ROUTE THROUGH THE ALPUJARRA, GRANADA
Distance: about 175 kilometres. When to go: autumn, spring and summer are the best seasons.
An itinerary of extraordinary panoramic views among the mountains, which descend towards the Costa Tropical in Granada. Cross the Sierra Nevada and travel through a region known for its springs and thermal waters—the Alpujarra mountain range. The route connects Guadix and Dúrcal, passing through white villages in the mountains such as Bubión, Capileira and Pampanería. The most interesting are probably Guadix, Trévelez and Lanjarón. Guadix has cave houses which are well worth a visit. Trévelez is one of the highest-altitude villages in Spain and produces one of the best Iberian hams. Lanjarón is commonly known as “the water town” because of its springs and its attraction as a tourism destination for health and well-being. The route is mainly along the A-337 and A-348 motorways and requires about four hours of driving. Remember that the roads are mountain passes, which often see snow in winter. More information.
MOTORBIKE ROUTE IN CABO DE GATA, ALMERIA
Distance: about 115 kilometres. When to go: autumn, summer and spring are the best seasons.
Did you know that Almería is one of the Spanish provinces with the most hours of sunshine per year? It’s just another reason to travel along its roads, discovering what looks like a desert landscape, with valleys, canyons and cliffs overlooking the sea. You will find small beach oases like at Mónsul, or villages with white houses and sea views such as San José or Agua Amarga. In the Las Negras area there is an abundance of coves which have very few tourists. The route connects Almería, Cabo de Gata, San José, Las Negras and Carboneras. The most interior part of the route is along the A-7 motorway, while the part closest to the sea is along regional roads. More information.
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