12 days / 11 nights
The Pyrenees are another exceptional motorcycle territory with fascinating mountain roads along the borders between Spain and France. Summer is the perfect time for this motorcycle tour in the Pyrenees, that leads you to the best tracks in this unique environment while you enjoy Culture And Curves ! You visit 5 cities, explore 3 countries and ride on countless pass roads.
The Culture and Curves Tour starts in Barcelona from where you ride west towards the beautiful Pre-Pyrenees and the catalonian countryside. From here you explore breathtaking gorges, small rivers and endless combinations of curves on your daily stages in the heart of the mountains. You rest in the bullrun Mecca of Pamplona and reach the Atlantic coast at Bilbao and beautiful San Sebastian. Here you stop for one day to explore the city and the miracles of the basque cuisine. On your way back east you hit the tracks of the Tour The France and enjoy the best roads for motorcycling on peaks like Tourmalet or Col d‘Aubisque on the french side of the Pyrenees. Last but not least you spend an aditional day in one of the most impressive castles on the french side of the Pyrenees: Carcassonne. This tour is big fun, interesting and a challenge for every biker – the Pyrenees are probably the best motorcycle spot in Southern Europe !
The tour offers complete motorcycling pleasure on small quiet roads through stunningly beautiful scenery. The roads throughout the entire route are asphalted. The comfort of a firstclass 4* hotel (Parador) awaits us after a day’s riding.
Arrival to Barcelona airport and check in at the tour hotel in the city of Barcelona.
The first day of the journey will be challenging but rewarding, because we cross the catalonian countryside towards Montserrat Mountain, a sleeper among the local riders. After lunch we continue through curvy, pleasant streets towards the first peaks of the Pyrenees. We stay overnight in the historical convent of Boltaña.
In the morning we discover the beauty of Monte Perdido Nature Park and the spectacular roads of the Añisclo Cañon. From here we drive towards Loarre Castle, an ancient fortress of the 12th century, that reminds us of the old history of this area and the crusades that have been fought here. In the evening we reach Pamplona, where we will find reminiscence of the yearly Running of the Bulls almost everywhere.
We reach the Atlantic and the most western point of our tour in Bilbao where we stop for a look at its main-sight, the iconic Guggenheim Museum. After lunch we will enjoy the fantastic coastal road that brings us along stunning views and small fisher ports to our destination San Sebastian, the ancient and beautiful summer residence of Spain´s aristocracy.
We stay off the bikes and visit one of the most charming cities of Spain. San Sebastian is well known for its yearly Jazz Festival, the Film Festival, its sea-front La Concha and the old part of the city.
Back on the road, today we will cross the borders between Spain and France up to 6 times as our track leads us along lakesides and Nature Parks into the heart of the Pyrenees. We will pass the Roncesvalles area, one of the oldest starting points of the Jacobs trail, where every year thousands of pilgrims begin their way to Santiago de Compostela.
The mountain roads of Col Pierre St. Martin and Col Pourtalet both above 1700 meters will give us access to the valley where we stay over night.
Nothing compares to the beauty of the mountains that is waiting for us at sunrise today. The queens´s stage of the Culture and Curves tour will make us conquer 8 pass roads, amongst them the mythical Tourmalet (2115 m) and Col´d Aubisque (1709 m). A unique day of sheer riding pleasure ends on spanish territory in Viehla.
We cross the stunning nature park of the Aran Valley towards the Principality of Andorra, where we rest for lunch. In the afternoon we enter France on the highest point of this tour at Pas de la Casa on 2400 meters and ride north over the Col de Chioula to one of the most impressive castles on the french side of the Pyrenees:Carcassonne.
Perched on a rocky hilltop and bristling with zig-zag battlements, stout walls and spiky turrets, from afar the fortified city of Carcassonne looks like something out of a children‘s storybook. It‘s most people‘s perfect idea of a medieval castle, and it‘s undoubtedly an impressive spectacle.
On our way back south we explore the land of the Cathars, an ancient tribe who appeared in Europe in the eleventh century, their origins something of a mystery though there is reason to believe their ideas came from Persia by way of the Byzantine Empire. Back in Spain we arrive to Peramola at one of the finest resorts of our tour.
On the last riding day of the tour we enjoy a fantastic mountain road, that brings us to the monastery of Queralt. From here we reach the Montseny Nature Park and arrive back to Barcelona.
Note: We reserve the right to make minor changes to the tour.